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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-20-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 1,830
Posted By mdougan
Favorite sailing book

As already mentioned, Sailing Alone around the World is my all time favorite... followed closely by The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier about the first single-handed, round-the-world, non-stop race. ...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-01-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 2,958
Posted By mdougan
wind vane

I think you''re making it more difficult than it needs to be... you don''t really need to think about what direction you are heading or what direction the wind is coming from (direction as in East,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-16-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,577
Posted By mdougan
Novice Sailors buying boat

Just a couple of additional points to consider...

You may not know exactly what type of characteristics you want in a boat until you''ve had time to sail on a few. So, generally it''s...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-09-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,127
Posted By mdougan
Docking/Manuevering

One other option... if you only need this cleat for docking... I bought a set of cleat that fit onto the track that runs fore and aft for the jib sheet blocks... it lets me position the cleat...
Forum: Living Aboard   08-06-2004
Replies: 18
Views: 12,160
Posted By mdougan
Babas? +/-''''s

Sailingfool,

Curious about why that might be the case, I dug up the specs on the C&C 32s and plugged them into my trusty boat calc spreadsheet that dumps out all sorts of useful metrics.

First...
Forum: Living Aboard   08-05-2004
Replies: 18
Views: 12,160
Posted By mdougan
Babas? +/-''''s

I deeply respect Jeff H''s knowledge and experience but I almost always disagree with his opinions (lol)

This time, I was right with him on his discussion of Westsails, the only part I disagreed...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-19-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,190
Posted By mdougan
Anchoring

If you just want us to nod our heads in agreement about how big of idiots these "other" boaters are, great! No contest on that... however, I think you missed my point... by attempting to fend off...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-19-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,939
Posted By mdougan
Cat -vs- Mono ?

Last year, a good friend bought a PDQ32 cat at about the same time I bought my Westsail 32 monohull... we''ve alternated trading off crewing each other''s boats.

Without the discomfort of...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-12-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,190
Posted By mdougan
Anchoring

throw a bumper down if you want to fend off, but don''t get in the way yourself... a woman was recently crushed to death when she tried to fend off a boat dragging into theirs... you can replace a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-12-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,784
Posted By mdougan
Catamarans

Yea, but to be fair, the multi-hulls you are talking about do not resemble, in the slightest, what regular production multi-hulls are built like.

There are lots of people out there world cruising...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   06-28-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,130
Posted By mdougan
Want to crew Martha''''s Vineyard

Likewise, I will probably be taking a week during the Labor Day week to sail up from NYC to Block and Martha''s Vinyard... looking for someone for all or most of the trip (probably 5 - 7 days)... you...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-28-2004
Replies: 12
Views: 6,481
Posted By mdougan
A circumnavigation?

Have you looked at the Valiant 40''s or the Baba 40''s... those are two of Bob Perry''s (the designer) favorite designs.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-28-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 3,115
Posted By mdougan
Boat comparison spreadsheet

Hi, I sent a seperate e-mail with an attached spreadsheet... not exactly the one your after but take it for what it''s worth...

I think I''d once seen the spreadsheet that you mentioned,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-21-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 2,638
Posted By mdougan
quick tacks on a cutter

Well, the "fast" way on my boat is to send somebody up to the forestay and tug on the leeward jib sheet to walk the sail around...

But, care must be taken to avoid flailing sheets, and/or a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-21-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 1,316
Posted By mdougan
Norman Island

Maybe all the noise from the William B. Thorton will keep the potential home buyers away ;)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-11-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By mdougan
gybing a big gaffer

Well, there is no question that this boat was born to be a gaff-rigg... and, it would be outstanding of you to restore it as such... or for you to sell it to someone who would...

Whether this is...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-04-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 9,195
Posted By mdougan
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

Thanks to all on comments for reducing weather helm on a gaff-rigged boat... I tried out the suggestions at the end of last season, reefing the main before dropping or reducing headsails worked like...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-03-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 4,095
Posted By mdougan
What should I have done?

I agree... my first reaction is to sheet out the main to depower it, then bear off a bit... heading up is good if you can''t uncleat the main, but it causes extensive flogging.

One other option,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By mdougan
gybing a big gaffer

Jeff''s description pretty accurately describes how I gybe my cutter rigged (ok Jeff, it''s probably not technically a cutter rig - grin) gaff Westsail 32. Normally, I don''t feel the need to hobble...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 1,473
Posted By mdougan
gaff sails

There is a little bit of an explanation here, though Jeff''s is more complete...

http://www.messing-about.com/gaffrig/gaffmain.htm#sailcut

He references two books, the Gaff Rig Handbook by...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-04-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,486
Posted By mdougan
Releasing tension on a winched line

Well, the easiest solution is for you to mount those cam cleats in front of the winch. The line runs thru, you crank the winch, lock the cam down and then you can remove the line from the winch if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 4,116
Posted By mdougan
Packless Shaft Seal (PSS)

There was a thread on the Crusing World BB a while back about this, and the consensus was that stuffing-less seals failed a lot, with pretty dire consequences. A few people recommended a type of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2004
Replies: 13
Views: 2,555
Posted By mdougan
GPS question

Well, obviously, they do it for people who want to use the compass while the the unit is vertical, but they know that it''s not going to be as accurate as your boat''s compass, and at least they say...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-13-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 5,791
Posted By mdougan
gaff rig

As always, it''s impossible to argue with JeffH''s facts but easy to argue with his conclusions ;)

I''ve sailed numerous times aboard a friends (Reid Stowe) 70'' gaff rigged schooner which he...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-13-2004
Replies: 13
Views: 2,555
Posted By mdougan
GPS question

You''ve pretty much answered your own question. I probably have the same unit (mine is the GPS Map 76S)

Anyway, the way I understand it is this, the reason they set the default speed for using...
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