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Search: Posts Made By: matthewwhill
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 5,579
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

I see your point.... I have a 16.5 lb Bruce with 15 feet of 3/8 chain with 185 ft of rode. I am fortunate that I can handle the weight and pull it up quickly. My method may be unsuitable for your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 5,579
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring question

Great question! Again, this is why I do everything from cockpit. First i cleat the proximal rode at stern and release rode from bow cleat. Boat swings stern to wind and rode tensions again. Start...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 5,579
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Well here's an update. I sail single handed all the time. And I have been practicing anchoring. My awesome method:
1. Store anchor, chain and rode in cockpit locker
2. Approach anchorage slowly by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By matthewwhill
Recommendations for insurance

Hopefully will be moving to a new marina which requires insurance and has lots and lots of really expensive boats.

My boat is a 40 year old craigslist special so I am mostly concerned about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By matthewwhill
Die hard battery charger? Ok for deep cycle marine?

I have had my boat for almost two years. It came with an inexpensive Die Hard charger/maintainer and my outboard charges it too (supposedly). I have never had the battery run low or die. I have no...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Halyards turning black

Thanks everyone!

I don't really care about my halyards color.... does anyone think this could damage the line?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By matthewwhill
Halyards turning black

The segments of my main and jib halyard that "live" inside of my mast when the sails are down are becoming darkly discolored. I've had the boat 2 years and have only noticed it with in the last few...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,161
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

In an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak, can one stand up whilst next to the sailboat and climb in relatively easily? I don't have a swim deck or swim ladder.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Moving from fresh to salt water moorage - questions

Yeah, I can pull it out of the well. I'm trying to think if I can then clamp it on the transom or one of the sidewalls of the well so that the prop is up out of the salt water.

Still fixating on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Moving from fresh to salt water moorage - questions

Alex-

Unfortunately my motor doesn't pivot out of the water, its stuck in a well near the transom.

Do I need zincs? Even if I pull the motor out every time I still have a through-hull... does...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By matthewwhill
Moving from fresh to salt water moorage - questions

I enjoy sailing in Puget Sound much more than Lake Washington, but it takes nearly three hours to motor through the shipping canal and locks. Thinking about mooring my boat at Shilshole.

If I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-25-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Battery question

Yes, it holds a charge for a long time. I've had the battery for two years now. Not sure how old it is. Vigor is the manufacturer.
Used to have shore power until the marina removed it. Now the only...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-25-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By matthewwhill
Battery question

Been reading a Sailboat Electronics Made Simple book.

Opened up the top of my old battery to see if I needed to add distilled water. To my surprise, the water level is nearly up to the caps (maybe...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By matthewwhill
Headsail rigging question

We are blessed by the quality, sturdiness and affordability of 40 year old small fiberglass sailboats. I got mine on Craigslist for next to nothing, put some work into it, got the rigging replaced...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-19-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,161
Posted By matthewwhill
Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Hi

I've got a small racer cruiser. A rigid or inflatable dinghy seems a bit too big and unruly.

Any recommendations for an inflatable two-person kayak for use as a tender?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By matthewwhill
Angle between course over ground tacks?

I know that the tacking angle is the angle between headings of two tacks when beating.

What is the term for the angle between two courses over ground after a tack? (ie greater than tacking angle...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,737
Posted By matthewwhill
How does keel create lift?

I have read that the keel is a foil that creates lift. But I am confused.

So it does more than resist leeway (which seems like drag against leeway)?

What causes the lift? Water flow? Keels...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-23-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Jib halyard shackle too small for jib's head

Thanks everyone. It sounds like a soft shackle would be good. I would plan to use it to attach the hard shackle on my halyard to the head of my jib... right? Like a link in a chain.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-18-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By matthewwhill
Tiller hardware sealing/calking

Going to install a tiller tamer.

After drilling holes for screws, how would you protect the tiller from rot?

Silicone grease?
Epoxy into the holes? (That's what I did for the autopilot pin)...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-17-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Jib halyard shackle too small for jib's head

Or how about, loop of halyard thru grommet. Shackle thru loop, then pull tight...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-16-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Jib halyard shackle too small for jib's head

So I would just leave the soft shackle on the jib, and attach the halyard shackle to it?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-16-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Jib halyard shackle too small for jib's head

Don't think I can tie a bowline because the shackle is spliced on the end of my halyard and the shackle won't fit thru the grommet....

Good advice about carbiners spontaneously attaching to stays...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-16-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By matthewwhill
Jib halyard shackle too small for jib's head

The shackle that is spliced onto (no bowline) my jib halyard is not big enough to attach to the head of my new jib. The grommet is placed too far from the edge of the material and the edge of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 897
Posted By matthewwhill
24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

Have a 24 foot sailboat. Want to do some overnights and weekends. Interested in recommendations for dinghies - I am imagining inflatable, small enough to stow uninflated and tow when inflated and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Radar reflector questions

Hmm.. can someone attach a picture of this bridle arrangement. My brain is not powerful enough to comprehend.
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