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Search: Posts Made By: DonScribner
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 930
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Replace Sails

"Not bad" is a relative term. I usually ask how big the boat is. That determines the threshold of not bad. A guy sailing a 25 footer, not unlike myself, sees $1100 as a no-go scenario. $300, maybe...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 930
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Replace Sails

What size of boat, have you? Difficult it is to comment if this information I have not.

Have you considered making your own? Sailrites "kit" is about 1/2 the cost of a finished sail and most of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,106
Posted By DonScribner
Re: 2014 Sailing, another season almost finished...

Nice pics, lovely girls.

It was 24 degrees this morning. Boat should have been covered a month ago.
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By DonScribner
Re: bareboat vs. Flotilla for 1st time in BVI


Are you a sailor? Go it alone. Don't worry about it. The GPS will keep you off the reefs. The folks are friendly. It's a fairly safe area. The islands are what . . . 5,6 miles apart? How can...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 850
Posted By DonScribner
Re: New, Scared, Excited, and in love with the the Idea


You say "we" so I figure there is probably an estrogen fueled constant to this equation. Think about buying a "first boat" for about 1/3 your budget. Something that you can trailer but also...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By DonScribner
Re: keel vs deck stepped

If you loose you deck stepped mast in a blow, there will probably still be a hole in your deck.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,576
Posted By DonScribner
Re: What to do with 450' of 1" line that -- ready for this? -- floats!

I'm with Chris,

Rather than toss what must have been a dukes ransom, weight it with oval fishing weights every 25 feet or so. Twist the line to open, insert the weight, and sew thru the eyelet. ...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By DonScribner
Re: need sails


14 feet isn't a huge boat. It might be reasonable to get a kit from Sailrite and sew your own. I've read reviews from people who have done that and are quite pleased with the results. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,617
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Suppose you ran around on a falling tide

One night, after a rousing game of Yacht-zee and a refreshing Sam Summer, or two, we bedded down for the night. The Admiral read for a bit while I attempted to drift off, a term that is more...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Overwhelmed and Anxious/New

I've read good seaworthiness in the Westsail 32. Not the fastest boat or the most nimble, but built like iron. A little more than a Catalina 30 but might fit your bill. But make sure you do your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 5,505
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Planar Heater Install advice

Have you discounted bulkhead heaters? Solid fuel or propane models can be installed for less than $1k. I'm a Mainah and I like seein' open flame. My pellet stove has just been roarin' all night.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 603
Posted By DonScribner
Re: port light gasket material

Check the compressibility. McMaster stuff is sold in several durometers. You don't want it like camper tape but you don't wand it like tire material. Neoprene, Santoprene, silicone should all be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,157
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Do I even need a spinnaker pole?

I asked myself the same thing about a whisker pole. I answered me "No!" and went about making one from a boat pole, a number of clips, eye bolts and the like. The geometry and function was flawless....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,005
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Wet core in the hull - what are the options?

There's an article in GOB this month on this subject. A fellow logs his journey from mapping his cuts to laying the new core. Glassing is next month. The gist that I get from it is that reglassing a...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By DonScribner
Re: New here and looking

Not convinced that boat pads are the way to go. They work great if you'll have your baby slung into the water once a year . . . for a week's salary, but if you're trailering and launching on a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By DonScribner
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,188
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Foam for cushions?

Look around for closed cell foam of the marine variety. It won't get wet very quickly and will function as an unofficial flotation device, closely akin to the cooler that got tossed out with you....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Small cooler for weekending

Extend your ice.

Use 3 blocks

1) straight water. 1) water and 10% alcohol 1) water and 15% alcohol (Jim Beam works)

They thaw at different rates (so to speak) and at the melting point...
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 861
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Fitting place for this post....

Sailing angle . . . I've sailed about 5 degrees off wind, no kidding. BUT . . . there was barely a whisper and we made maybe 1/2 knot, tops. And my sails were tighter than my bed sheets in basic. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-24-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Companionway hatch extrusion

This is actually a very simple extrusion. The problem with extrusions is they are so cheap to design that anybody that can justify 1000 lbs of it will have the die cut and pass the cost off to the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,784
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Your Favorite U.S. Coastline

This one's for Oyster Man. Penobscot Bay for 9 days. Yeah, I'm jess bein' mean.

So, throw the Maw-g'n on a trailah, and haul the bast'd upta Rockland. Takes 'bout ten owahs ta get he-ah. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,784
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Your Favorite U.S. Coastline

I MAY be biased but how can you beat Maine's 3400 miles of coastline and 3166 islands? You can't. Looking at much of the rest of our nation's coast, most states are essentially miles and miles and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-22-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Curved opening port lights?

Could you flush mount a plexi portlight and add a small vent to that? I've seen it done but can't remember where.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-22-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,399
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Just set sail


tell him to reef! If it's blowing hard enough to heel greatly, he's loosing power from the sail leaning away from the wind and he's probably fighting the tiller to keep her on course....
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-19-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By DonScribner
Re: Ahoy! I'll be mostly just lurking here for a decade or so.


Have you not sailed before? If this is true, start out with something smaller and, well, disposable. In that, I mean the Mac 26 is fine as well as most trailerables. That way if the...
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