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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By nolatom
Re: 33 CFR 334 Danger Zones

Well, I have dived the Liberty Ship JAMES LONGSTREET off Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Also known as the "target ship" since that's what she was after grounding in a gale during WWII.

SS James...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By nolatom
Re: How to keep it interesting

toss the life cushion overboard and let him be captain in a figure-8 pickup, appointing the crew to be on sheets pointing at "Oscar", and grabbing Oscar.

let him bring the boat to heaved (hove)...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Sticky: Docking
Views: 1,452
Posted By nolatom
Re: Docking

I grew up with moorings up East, where you could moor or cast off in most any weather or sea. Not necessarily so in the marinas down south... sometimes I think the screeching wind and spray-driven...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 984
Posted By nolatom
Re: Top 10 Sailing Destinations in the U.S.

Very true, but if you learn to sail there and have to beat in through that mooring field to get home, you learn an awful lot about how much you can pinch to "make it", and how much you can't, when to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 1,954
Posted By nolatom
Re: Captains License Downside

Civil courts will entertain a suit against anyone, if there is enough of a theoretical case to survive a "motion for summary judgement" (rough translation--a reasonable person/juror could possibly...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By nolatom
Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

This durable little "plastic classic", if you can find one used (which likely) were a barrel of fun when I was growing up in New England. the 8-footer is better as a rowing dinghy when you go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 984
Posted By nolatom
Re: Top 10 Sailing Destinations in the U.S.

I don't think you can really do a top-10 list for sailing. Sailing can make most any environment beautiful. And some of those grimy commercial waterfronts can turn out to be great places, with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,730
Posted By nolatom
Re: Single handed sailing in BVI

I've been there all of once, in 1977 as "chaperones' for a bunch of prep school kids from Massachusetts, out of Charlotte Amalie. Three 42-foot sloops. What fun, I thought the kids would screw up a...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By nolatom
Re: New sailor looking to learn more

Michael, best wishes with the new boat and new (sailing) town. Crawl the waterfront and introduce yourself to sailors there, should be simple to get a ride. Make friends with any delivery skippers...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By nolatom
Re: Suggestions for a first boat

From how you describe yourself, small keelboat is a good choice.

Corinthian

Ensign

Two good Alberg designs, Ensign with a much larger cockpit, though at 23' a little longer.

Used...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,793
Posted By nolatom
Re: slip vs. mooring

Moorings taught me how to row. Also moorings were the only game in town, in Mass. Bay where I grew up, with the 9' tide range.

But down south, especially along the Gulf, all marinas and slips. ...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,212
Posted By nolatom
Re: Long Island (and slightly east) anchorages

If you've done Hadley's, try Quisset? pretty little harbor.

Cuttyhunk you've done, but it has some nice hiking too if you have some hours to spare.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,465
Posted By nolatom
Re: Is Ericson 35 1972 built for offshore cruising?

What do you mean by offshore cruising? Ocean passages of more than a week? I too think of it as more of a coastal boat, where you make port instead of riding out really bad weather at sea.

Thing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 304
Views: 16,063
Posted By nolatom
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Are we talking at 2:40-3:00 on the video? They're on the rail on that main-up boat, looks like they're trying to bear off (?) but boom-end drags in the water so they can't. In the last view they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By nolatom
Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

And it might keep you from getting caught in irons with just the main, it's hard get through a tack in a screeching breeze, and you don't want to jibe, so it may be useful in that way too.

And on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 304
Views: 16,063
Posted By nolatom
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I'm inclined to cut all these guys/girls some slack. They were out there, we weren't. And yes, trying to round upwind could have been a knockdown when beam-to, the boat may take it but the...
Forum: Racing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 954
Posted By nolatom
Re: What do you wish you knew going into your first serious regatta?

How hit the line on time, moving, and with clear air.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By nolatom
Re: May be getting a free Thistle

And you can name it...


"Kilya"

;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,206
Posted By nolatom
Re: Need Help with Neglected Boat

Photos, or we can't help as much....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-15-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By nolatom
Re: Movie "Open Water 2 Adrift"

The Lonergans were from Baton Rouge so it stays in the news down here.

Getting left behind is very rare, but does happen. Since we don't know how they died, it's hard to say, once they were left...
Forum: Chartering 04-15-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 3,432
Posted By nolatom
Re: SOBER SAILING *help*

"We fly for free, which makes it easier to get places. But because of her drinking, we aren't able to utilize the opportunity"

She can't be sober enough to board a plane? Or remain sober on one...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-14-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By nolatom
Re: Movie "Open Water 2 Adrift"

The first Open Water was about stranded scuba divers.

So we trashed it on the Scuba message boards.

Equal time here for sailors....
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-14-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,626
Posted By nolatom
Re: Is a 32' Sailboat Over-sized for a Beginner?

Oh, man, I am reluctant to disagree because our "mileage may vary" and you may be right as to some sailors, but...

I disagree. I've taught sailing (okay, part-time, but relatively steadily) for...
Forum: Racing 04-14-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,712
Posted By nolatom
Re: Rule 16 situation: Room to Keep Clear

Before you tried to overlap him, Rule 12 required you to keep clear of the "boat clear ahead".

Then, once overlapped, Rule 11 required you, as windward ("W") to stay clear of leeward ("L").
...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-13-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,626
Posted By nolatom
Re: Is a 32' Sailboat Over-sized for a Beginner?

Are you a complete beginner, or just haven't sailed the bigger stuff?

Ordinarily I'd encourage you to get some small-boat sailing in first, ie "learn the basics of driving in a smaller car before...
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