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Search: Posts Made By: SchockT
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,096
Posted By SchockT
Re: I Equate it to Driving in a Bad Snow Storm!

Well Merit25lover,

I know exactly where you are coming from! I can safely say that I have never reefed my main, and I can think of very few instances where I have raced on a boat with a reefed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By SchockT
Re: jib sheets + clew

it takes 3 seconds to tie a bowline....what could be easier?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 815
Posted By SchockT
Re: New Sails arrived any tips?

A brand new sail should not need much halyard tension to achieve it's designed shape. It is not until it starts to get old and stretch that you end up having to start cranking on the halyard to pull...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 13,087
Posted By SchockT
Re: Refrigeration-Frigoboat Keel Cooled vs. others?

If you are having to run your thermostat at it's warmest setting in order not to freeze the contents then your thermostat is probably intended to control the evaporator temperature rather than the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-15-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 898
Posted By SchockT
Re: Need suggestions - 20' competitive lake boat

They have large flotation tanks built into them that make up the v-berth area and under the cockpit. The only way they are going to sink is if you manage to swamp it AND you have left the caps off...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-13-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 898
Posted By SchockT
Re: Need suggestions - 20' competitive lake boat

It's a bit of a long shot, but keep your eye open for a Hotfoot 20. It was the predecessor to the Ultimate 20; the same hull with different deck and a smaller sa plan and a symmetric spinnaker. It is...
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-02-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,392
Posted By SchockT
Re: Closer to the wind question

6 inches is what we would consider "footing" for speed rather than max pointing. We would only ease the sail that much to accelerate out of tacks, or punch through some powerboat wake.

Every boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-05-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,727
Posted By SchockT
Re: WTF is this?

based on the fact that the fuse is a "slow-blow" that is typically used on loads that have high in-rush current on starting, such as a motor, and the heavy gauge of the wire I would say it is meant...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By SchockT
Re: Outboard no water through tell tale

Yes that is exactly how a faulty thermostat would manifest itself. There is usually a small passage that bypasses the thermostat in order to maintain a minimum water flow. As the thermostat heats up...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By SchockT
Re: Broken Roller Furler Foot attachment

I have a swivel snap shackle like this one on my Harken furler.

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I am one of those guys that doesn't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By SchockT
Re: Backstay tension

I have a Navtec hydraulic system as well. For racing purposes you should be able to ease it off so that the forestay is a bit floppy, but nothing like you describe. Last summer when we were out...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 1,970
Posted By SchockT
Re: Window AC Unit

You'd be better off getting a small portable room air conditioner rather than a window shaker. Then all you need to do is put the hot air exhaust duct out the hatch. With a window shaker it is going...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 794
Posted By SchockT
Re: Winch fails under load

I suspect the problem will be pretty apparent when you take the winches apart. Best case scenario is that one or more of the pawls are sticking due to broken springs or grime build up. You could also...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-17-2013
Replies: 92
Views: 6,126
Posted By SchockT
Re: VSC saved me from CG boarding

In all my life on the water I have NEVER been "boarded" by any authorities. The closest thing would be a fishing license check by the DFO.

It's interesting that in a country that seems to cherish...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-15-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By SchockT
Re: Navionics - Lake Ontario/Thousand Islands

You're right, it is alot of chart for the money! I have Marine& Lakes and lake Ontario is in there. Of course Navionics is not a substitute for paper charts! :rolleyes: (Although I don't pull my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-15-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By SchockT
Re: Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

As long as the load is spread out on the forestay a bit, which the commercially available "tacker" type products do, you shouldn't have a problem. Where you might run into a problem is if you just...
Forum: Racing 07-13-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,770
Posted By SchockT
Re: Twist

I appreciate the kind words, but really I am just passing on what i have learned from much better sailors than myself! (and a fair number of years racing helps I guess!) That's what makes this...
Forum: Racing 07-11-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,770
Posted By SchockT
Re: Twist

It is true that on the '70s and '80s era high aspect masthead rigs it is normal to carry a bit of a bubble in the luff of the main when sailing upwind in breeze, but you still want to try to minimize...
Forum: Racing 07-10-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,016
Posted By SchockT
Re: Sizes of genoas

Sails are not normally handicapped using the simple overlap percentage you are referring to. The measurements of the sail are used to calculate sail area and then compared to the standard sail area...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-03-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,214
Posted By SchockT
Re: Dinghy Capsize

Capsizing a dinghy is not something to be feared, it is something that should be accepted as inevitable, and prepared for accordingly. Dinghy sailing IS a water sport, and you should expect to get...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-10-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,353
Posted By SchockT
Re: Wizards, put on your hats...

My guess is that you have a broken wire or corroded connection. As others have said, just because you have voltage with no load doesn't mean the circuit is capable of providing the current required...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-23-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By SchockT
Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

Of course your jackass maneuver wasn't helped by taking the advice of a professional jackass at Westmarine saying "Why don't you just use twice as much of the wrong wire" instead of "Why don't we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-22-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,349
Posted By SchockT
Re: Bottom paint tricks

The only tricks to the masking tape is to take your time putting it on, and peel it off right away, while the paint is still wet. Oh yeah, and don't use cheap tape!

As for the painting, I find...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-26-2012
Replies: 1,133
Views: 360,205
Posted By SchockT
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Our boat is an IOR era masthead rigged racer cruiser. The spinnaker pole is a a bit of a handful for my wife to handle, and the monstrous symetric spinnaker is even more of a handful short handed. So...
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