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Search: Posts Made By: Merit25lovers
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children 05-17-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 3,773
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Just bought my little guy a Zuma. He's 9 years old.

He has the rigging and operation all figured out and we haven't even had it on the water yet. :rolleyes:

Sailing lessons this summer, then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-20-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Keel Patch Required?

And the winner is....

HelloSailor!



Yep, guess what? The stuff peeling off was 5200 painted over with VC17M Extra. And the worst part is... I am the one who put it on! I must be getting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-05-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Keel Patch Required?

Thanks CalebD!

Yes, I think it is just paint, and calk of some sort. So, if scrape & sand, will it be necessary to paint with epoxy paint prior to applying the anti foul? If so, what type of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-05-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By Merit25lovers
Keel Patch Required?

Hello all,

Well, spring is just around the corner and I'm making my "to do" list for the Merit. I usually paint the hull, keel and rudder with “VC17M EXTRA with Biolux” anti foul paint e/o...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-08-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 2,034
Posted By Merit25lovers
Flying the Gennaker

Does anyone out there fly a Gennaker? We typically sail our Merit 25 with a crew of 2, and sometimes my 9 year old son in addition, so the Spinnaker is not something I am ready to risk :eek:.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Turned Around - Yikes!

Oh, also...
We have quite a bit of rake. I tie a bucket of water to the main halyard, and it doesn't even touch the mast. Not to mention that I need tangs on the backstay tensioner, as it is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By Merit25lovers
Unhappy Re: Turned Around - Yikes!

How accurate is your wind assessment? Did you guess at 28 kts?
Well... the wind was oscillating and gusting. I know it was reading 24-26 knots on the gauge going upwind. IF we were traveling at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Turned Around - Yikes!

Thanks both of you for the advise. I'll go over this info and craft a plan for the next outing (which, sadly will not be until next spring - she comes out for the winter in 2 days)
:-(
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By Merit25lovers
Turned Around - Yikes!

We were out this past weekend and the wind was blowing from the South of the lake (very unusual for this lake) at 12-18 knots. We had a nice, long pleasurable sail downwind about 10 miles. We had...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-10-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,153
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: V berths

V-berth in the Merit 25 is roomy, but we have to sleep feet toward the bow, which puts my head right near the potty (note: we keep a VERY clean potty)!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-31-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 1,133
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Looks like some wonderful family fun!

I found this video to be very informative on backstay tension - especially the video of the actual sail with and without backstay tension...

Backstay...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 9,078
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Tohatsu 6hp Sail-Pro Version

From Answers website:

"A cavitation plate is a permanent horizontal plate on the vertical shaft of the outboard right above the propeller. It sits just at the water level when the boat is up on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 2,493
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: So dumb its funny ... or just sad?

Common sense = at least 1 sailer on the boat and a tether tied from the boat to a flotation device for those in the water (and ALWAYS hold onto that tether!)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,620
Posted By Merit25lovers
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-11-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 9,078
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Tohatsu 6hp Sail-Pro Version

I purchased a 6hp Tohatsu 4-stroke with a 25" shaft last season. Beautiful motor, and light, in my opinion, for its size (long shaft).

It does vibrate a bit, probably louder than my 2 cylinder 2...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-04-2012
Replies: 150
Views: 12,173
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Before yelling at your significant other for sitting in front of the depth gauge when you think the depth is fast approaching your draft...:eek: make sure it IS the depth gauge you have been...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-25-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 2,396
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Choosing a slip at the Marina

Electricity and Power boats = Party City at my Marina. It all depends on what you want to do after your outing. We opt for relaxing, drinking a bottle of wine, and enjoying the quiet!

The slips...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-25-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 2,958
Posted By Merit25lovers
Re: Over Powered in 30 knots?

I agree! My Merit 25 doesn't do well at all in high winds with just the jib up, but does "OK" :rolleyes: on the Mainsail alone
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-22-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,476
Posted By Merit25lovers
We are at Allen Treman State Park in Ithaca... ...

We are at Allen Treman State Park in Ithaca... Southernmost tip of the lake.
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-10-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,789
Posted By Merit25lovers
When in doubt - reef! Better to take the reef...

When in doubt - reef! Better to take the reef out after you are out in light wind, than trying to put the reef in after you are out in heavy wind!

If you didn't or couldn't reef and the wind gets...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-09-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 2,533
Posted By Merit25lovers
We have all our lines running to the cockpit. My...

We have all our lines running to the cockpit. My Fiancé prefers to raise the main and jib via halyards at the front of the cockpit. She uses the winches, but I usually pull the lines behind her,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-19-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,476
Posted By Merit25lovers
Wow! Where has the time gone? I have been so...

Wow! Where has the time gone? I have been so preoccupied I forgot to post a follow up on this thread!

Boat came out in October and the keel was FINE! only a minor chip in front. Yep, the lead...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,476
Posted By Merit25lovers
:laugher You hit the nail on the head! ...

:laugher

You hit the nail on the head!

Time to pull up my big boy pants and get over it!

Thanks all for the advice and support, you guys are great :D

I just needed some reassurance and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,476
Posted By Merit25lovers
...I'm certain it was a fallen tree. I'll call...

...I'm certain it was a fallen tree. I'll call the Coast Guard tomorrow before someone rips their keel off! :eek:

Things like that just add stress to something that is supposed to be FUN :cool:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2011
Replies: 1,048
Views: 232,961
Posted By Merit25lovers
Looking Northwest on Cayuga Lake in August ...

Looking Northwest on Cayuga Lake in August

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