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Search: Posts Made By: bob_walden
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-15-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Oops--the URL for the list server is actually <A href=''http://list.sailnet.net/read/all_forums''>http://list.sailnet.net/read/all_forums</A>.

This is all undocumented so far--likely the operators...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-15-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Thanks guys, that did the trick. I guess the lists are moving to a new server at <A href=''http://list.sailnet.net''>list.sailnet.net</A> (note the .net). I''t''s a pretty nice new web interface,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Hi;

Does anyone know if the SN email lists are still running? I tried to subscribe to the Cal list, but it won''t take any of my posts. When I try to post, it says I''m not subscribed, and when I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-10-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 5,616
Posted By bob_walden
Beneteau 361 wheather helm

Sailormon nailed the response to this: even with the main completely luffing, in strong winds, a large headsail will also induce strong heeling and weather-helm. I had this experience on a Cal 31...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-30-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 3,278
Posted By bob_walden
Main Sail Shape

Ya know Dave, I think you just hit the nail on the head: if the wife is happy, you''re doing great! That''s probably the #1 thing to aim for--everything else is secondary. If she''s happy, then it''s...
Forum: Chartering 10-30-2004
Replies: 14
Views: 3,252
Posted By bob_walden
Last minute charter in BVI''''s

One thing occured to me to add: please be sure to cover all possible safety issues with your crew for dinghy operations. There was a very sad event in the bvi earlier this year, when a dinghyload of...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-29-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,135
Posted By bob_walden
Reefing

I''d add 2 items to the advice already given:

- When you''re getting ready to reef, heave-to on starbord first. Heaving-to is pretty easy: start on port tack, then tack over to starboard withough...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-29-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 3,278
Posted By bob_walden
Main Sail Shape

Dave;

The outhaul is a control line that pulls the clew (aft bottom corner) of the main backwards. Look at your boom and figure out what the clew is attached to. On some boats it''s attached to a...
Forum: Chartering 10-29-2004
Replies: 14
Views: 3,252
Posted By bob_walden
Last minute charter in BVI''''s

Mike;

There is a ton of stuff for a 20-year old to do in the bvi. Besides snorkeling, try getting a basic windsurfing rig from your charter company--most of them offer them as a "boat toy", along...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-20-2004
Replies: 55
Views: 25,308
Posted By bob_walden
In-mast furler; to buy or not to buy;

Hi;

My only experience with in-mast furling has come from 1 charter this year of a 2003 benny 42 CC, 20,000 lbs displacement--not particularly easily driven. I found the furling unit to be simple...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 10-06-2004
Replies: 0
Views: 837
Posted By bob_walden
Need Crew for Cost-Share Charter in BVI Jan 05

Howdy;

We''re chartering a 3 cabin, 2 head Beneteau 41 out of Road Town, Tortola, for 12 days starting Jan 14. You don''t need to book all 12 days.

Looking for a couple to share expenses with...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-26-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 2,944
Posted By bob_walden
MOB procedure with Spinnaker up?

Ugh! This scenario gives me the willies.

One thing it makes me think is that when short-handed there should always be some provision for autosteering, at least a tiller-tamer.

Jeff: I''m...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-10-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 3,049
Posted By bob_walden
Safety

to me, it just makes sense to use a tether if I think there''s a chance I might go over. If I''m alone and I can''t get back on board, I can cut the tether. At least I have the option. And there''s a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-03-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 917
Posted By bob_walden
Dodger window spots

You might try plastic polish. Try it on a small corner first. If it looks like it won''t harm the window, then try using it to gently rub out the spots.

bw
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 4,772
Posted By bob_walden
roller furling vs hanked on headsails

I''m curious what the more experienced people''s opinions are for a cutter-rig that either has both headsails on rollers, or has the jib on a roller and uses hanks for the staysail.

This way you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2004
Replies: 12
Views: 1,752
Posted By bob_walden
Hand held GPS

I too have a garmin 76map and am very happy with it. One suggestion: in the system settings, set it to battary-saver mode (slow-refresh mode or something like that) hand turn on WAAS support. This...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-14-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,720
Posted By bob_walden
Catamarans

To add to the excellent points above, I''ve sailed cats in the caribbean on charters, but only sail monohulls here at home in the SF bay. My wife, of course, loves the cats--says she likes the extra...
Forum: Racing 07-06-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 3,277
Posted By bob_walden
upwind Genoa trimming - lighter airs

The key to pointing as I understand it is to reduce the side forces that cause leeway. You reduce the side forces by moving the center of effort forward. Things that do this:

- Closed leeches on...
Forum: Racing 07-06-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 3,277
Posted By bob_walden
upwind Genoa trimming - lighter airs

The key to pointing as I understand it is to reduce the side forces that cause leeway. You reduce the side forces by moving the center of effort forward. Things that do this:

- Closed leeches on...
Forum: Racing 07-06-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,914
Posted By bob_walden
Mainsail Controls for conditions

It seems to me you''re past the "sailing for dummies" point, Mike.

A book I can recommend, which I have yet to get everything out of after over a year of reading and re-reading and re-reading: "A...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-05-2004
Replies: 34
Views: 13,276
Posted By bob_walden
Proper use of the Traveler

I think the most common use for a traveller is to use it to dump the main during puffs while sailing close-hauled. As the puff hits and weather helm develops, you ease the traveller down to spill air...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-01-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 3,967
Posted By bob_walden
What should I have done?

I''d add to the well-reasoned comments above the following: try not to be taken by suprise by the weather. You''ll never be able to do this 100%, but try nonetheless. Make sure you have a good NOAA...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 722
Posted By bob_walden
tides / guides

I think the best place to start is to find a good set of tide tables for the region you''ll be sailing in. Admiralty Charts in the UK is a good source for worldwide charts, current and tide...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-29-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 4,506
Posted By bob_walden
Wind speed vs safe learning?

Everyone else has had good advice for you, I don''t have any to add. I just wanted to say that if you do follow the above advice, and begin methodically teaching yourself while the wind is low,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-11-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 2,689
Posted By bob_walden
Quickstop COB recovery

Re high-wind quickstop: I was taught that this is a technique that should only be used when sailing close-hauled or close-reaching if the wind is up ("up" being a relative term depending on your...
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