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Search: Posts Made By: flandria
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 880
Posted By flandria
Re: Are sailors an easy target?

It all comes down to (over)crowding. A remote latrine is no problem, but a concentration of human waste in a crowded city has (thankfully) resulted in elaborate sewage systems. Even so, it seems to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 880
Posted By flandria
Re: Are sailors an easy target?

OK, and, yes, things are not what they used to be. A major reason: there are simply a lot more boats - power and sail - everywhere. We were in the BVI in April 1988 and nary a boat in sight, and only...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 960
Posted By flandria
Re: What Y'all think of this scheme?

"If you are an American, you are allowed 90 days in the EU out of every 180"

This observation - and a number of others regarding issues ranging from permission required to visit Palmyra Atoll, to...
Forum: Looking for Companionship... 6 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 6,009
Posted By flandria
Re: Male crew wanted: Must be buff!

Well, all in all, the humour content of this thread is... funny. Isn't it great a lot of us do not take ourselves too serious (anymore?). Note to Moderators: "stand up comedians" should pay an entry...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 960
Posted By flandria
Re: What Y'all think of this scheme?

When on the rivers and canals you must assume that you will never sail, even if you have an easy mast-up assembly: currents, bridges, lack of sea room, traffic, locks, not to speak of very narrow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 248
Views: 14,907
Posted By flandria
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

Would you consider letting your anchor out to snag bottom before the hull starts bouncing off the shore? Has anyone tried this? Did it work? Seems possible it could buy you some time, even if it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 960
Posted By flandria
Re: What Y'all think of this scheme?

"The Islands won't look all the same" over there, for sure... You will, of course, do one heck of a lot of motoring. Consider the sometimes very strong currents on the Rhine and Danube, you will need...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 248
Views: 14,907
Posted By flandria
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

I will only make a general comment here - leaving aside that some comments were made about possible pre-existing health conditions before the family departed on its voyage.

The current issue of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,231
Posted By flandria
Re: Advice on Clearing in and Out of the Leeward Islands

Re: entering the U.S. - Canadian vessel and crew... Since Canadians only require a passport to enter the U.S. (no visa for visiting, unless extended stay), may I presume I would not be subject to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-06-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,235
Posted By flandria
Re: Do I have to know swimming to sail?

I am not saying at all that we should not be able to swim. When we learn to sail in dinghies, on lakes, near shore etc..., when we have to capsize and turtle and all that stuff, swimming ability is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-29-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 2,235
Posted By flandria
Re: Do I have to know swimming to sail?

For anyone to believe that his or her swimming ability is making them more secure is totally erroneous. All of us who sail know that the first rule is: stay on board! That means, use safety lines...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-02-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By flandria
Re: roller furling v battened main and hank on head sails

Furling the main in the mast is child play (personal experience). You don't even have to head fully into the wind and you can crank in as much sail as you wish to get rid of! I am 69 myself and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-02-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By flandria
Re: roller furling v battened main and hank on head sails

I am not the definitive expert on this, but I had hank-on and roller furling on two different boats. Currently I have in-mast furling on a Catalina 36. The result is a smaller mainsail, and you can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-14-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 21,174
Posted By flandria
Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Jeff H 's observation is well taken.

You have no idea how tedious it is for non-Americans to witness those gun-diatribes!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-03-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 5,836
Posted By flandria
Re: Composting Toilets vs. Holding Tank

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There was quite an extensive thread on this topic a while ago, and, again, the need to dispose of "material" before it is fully decomposed (e.g. the 3 months+) defeats the purpose for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-28-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 2,855
Posted By flandria
Re: Anchor Snubbers Redux

Ditto for me... Also, why? I have sort of given up on them. Is it to reduce noise from a chain scraping the bottom? Reduce or eliminate strain as the boat swings into the wind?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-23-2013
Replies: 51
Views: 4,006
Posted By flandria
Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

Once upon a time, Catalina sold a MkII47 with a washer/dryer in the forepeak... Maybe they can tell you more about how it works, what it consumes (and what current models they may still fit in...)
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-18-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By flandria
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

If there is a Power Squadron in your neighbourhood, check it out. They may offer a Piloting or Navigation course. We took one, over one winter, many years ago, and are still amazed at how...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 1,775
Posted By flandria
Re: 21st Century Seamanship?

All points made here are well taken. I am a believer and user of modern technology. I also cannot claim to be a world-cruiser in my (non tidal, non current) Georgian Bay. What occurs to me, though,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-16-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By flandria
Re-caulking companion way hatch cover

The seams of the cover over the companion way hatch on my Catalina 36 MkII "have given up" and (rain) water now makes its way from there to the cockpit. I have to remove and replace the caulking....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-03-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,557
Posted By flandria
Re: A harrowing tale from Cape Scott

Thx bwindrope for the comment.

My own observation starts with the premise that sufficient scope has been paid out when anchoring, to begin. This is when I, personally, suspect that the anchor is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-03-2013
Replies: 89
Views: 7,344
Posted By flandria
Re: How Far Do You Heel...?

It may have been covered already:

Be prepared for temporary, possibly excessive heeling (not dangerous, but upsetting to passengers...) if you are sailing in "stable" (wind) conditions and a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,214
Posted By flandria
Re: The Perils of Rafting On

I notice that a lot of the discussion has shifted to scope etc... The 2 boats "in trouble" did not drag... they were simple beating the sh@# out of each other in a squall with a nasty little chop......
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-01-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 4,702
Posted By flandria
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

You also asked a question about communication between "anchor crew" and helmsman.

We have worked out simple signals to indicate

anchor down (arm straight up)
reverse (arm out, crooked elbow,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-01-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By flandria
Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

IF assistance is available - and you don't have a wing keel - here is what we did one day when inattention got us stuck:

Attach the main halyard to the assisting vessel with as much slack as...
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