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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Bareboat certification?

ASA and US Sailing both offer bareboat certification.
Forum: Learning to Sail   4 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,249
Posted By MITBeta
Forum: Learning to Sail   5 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,249
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Need help with onshore wind beach launch

How do you turn the hull without steerageway?
Forum: Learning to Sail   1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,249
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Need help with onshore wind beach launch

Having steerage is key. Starting with the sail hoisted, can you push the boat forward as you jump in, then immediately bear off and trim the sail? When deep enough, push down the centerboard?

My...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-19-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,243
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Sailing with excess brain power

Lift does not require a curved surface, nor even a difference in distance over the two sides of the foil. If it did, planes would not be able to fly upside-down.

"A flat plate can generate lift,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-18-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,997
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

The rule I always heard was that if the crew failed to call out the pot and you got hung up on it, it was their responsibility to clear it. If the crew called out the pot and the helmsperson caught...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-10-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,745
Posted By MITBeta
Re: USCG Stole my wind!

See also: Sobriety Checkpoints
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 810
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Finding a good small boat for day sailing, trailering, or cartopper

There's no way this boat takes more than a few minutes to set up. It doesn't even appear to have side stays.



Pictures on Google search suggest that the centerboard is fully retractable.


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Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   06-03-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 926
Posted By MITBeta
Re: best boat to drag down to the beach

We have a Hobie Getaway, which is a great family boat, but it's (relatively) heavy and needs beach wheels unless there's a boat ramp nearby.

We also just bought a used Topper Topaz Race Plus which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-01-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Headsail tack attachment.

When I sail boats like this, I always try to remember to flake the sail to the opposite side that the hook opens on when hanking the sail. This is effective 100% of the time so far.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-21-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By MITBeta
Re: 218 yr old USS Constitution is getting a refit

Time lapse video of the movement of the ship into drydock:

https://www.facebook.com/USSConstitutionMuseum/videos/10153403457970625/?fref=nf
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,591
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Knot failures

Better than after you were home on the couch.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-19-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By MITBeta
Re: 218 yr old USS Constitution is getting a refit

Constitution is parked on Pier 2 in Charlestown, and my sailing center (Courageous Sailing) is on Pier 4, so I get to see Old Ironsides frequently. It's a little sad to see her de-rigged/short masted...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-19-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Volvo in Newport

I brought the whole family down on Saturday to watch the In-Port race. I was surprised, to say the least, to run into Zdeno Chara in the bathroom before he went off with Team Abu Dhabi. Everyone had...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-07-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,410
Posted By MITBeta
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

My handheld radio allows me to scan multiple "favorite" channels, including 16 and 9. It also has a weather alert button and floats (a feature I inadvertently tested recently...). I have to imagine...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-05-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,820
Posted By MITBeta
Re: This PFD could have killed me!

I disagree, for a couple of reasons:

-- I don't think I've ever seen an adult PFD of any kind with an integrated crotch strap. Strangely, this feature seems to phase out between the 30-50lb and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,410
Posted By MITBeta
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

"Technically the guy left us for dead."

I was only repeating what I read in the article and saw on the video. I've been trying to find out what happened to the other boat, to no avail. Anyone...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-29-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,410
Posted By MITBeta
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

These guys were left for dead by the boat that ran them over:

'Light O Mobile' rescues 3 men stranded in the bay after Dauphin Island Regatta disaster | AL.com...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-28-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By MITBeta
Re: My Check list

It's a good list.

If I may suggest a slight amendment: Under the "Coming In" section, you want to end on a close reach with sails luffing. This is known as the "Safety Position" and allows to...
Forum: Racing   04-14-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 2,303
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Rule 16 situation: Room to Keep Clear

I assumed he was DSQ'd for starting his engine.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-08-2015
Replies: 108
Views: 15,763
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor

In case anyone is still looking for this, it's page 84 of the January 2014 issue:

ISSUU - Latitude 38 Jan. 2014 by Latitude 38 Publishing, LLC
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-27-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Sailboat hits Power Line in Cocoa, Florida!

I believe the "air breakers" to which you refer are disconnects that are used only after the main breakers have been opened so that a line can be taken out of service. This is what happens when you...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-03-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 4,700
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Too Much, Too Soon?

You need to STOP the boat to heave to (or nearly so). make a slow tack leaving the jib alone so that it becomes back winded. When you are head to wind, keep the boat pointed here until you are...
Forum: US Northeast   11-26-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Riggers in Massachusetts

I used Rigging Only to have a new rig built earlier this summer. They made some kind of a mistake related to a change in the hardware they were using, but they fixed it immediately with no questions...
Forum: Learning to Sail   11-26-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 5,520
Posted By MITBeta
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

My wife and I stayed with friends in the Outer Banks this summer and we all wanted to go sailing, so we rented 2 Hobie Getaways. I had some trouble tacking at first, but my wife (who has WAY less...
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