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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-20-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,228
Posted By rtbates
Re: Sailing with a dog

As in most cases it totally depends on the animal...

Our dog, a 37 lb sheltie/lab mix would rather explode than crap where she
should not. A very very big plus...

We use a piece of astro...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-20-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 6,415
Posted By rtbates
Re: wind conditions and reefing

Just so you can get the feel. Go out with all sail area up and wait until you are way over powered to reef. Should only take ONE to get the point across.

Yes you should reef BEFORE you need to......
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-20-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 2,849
Posted By rtbates
Re: Roller reefing

when was the last time the system was maintained? Lubed? Cleaned?

FRICTION is your number one enemy
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-20-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By rtbates
Re: Trouble tacking

I confused... IF you can get the JIB BACK FILLED then you're TACKED or soon will be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-15-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 11,100
Posted By rtbates
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

In TEXAS we call it, "being neighborly".

I found it interesting that you felt it necessary to mention that unlike all the tubers, floaters and general boating folks you are CRUISERS...

Good...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By rtbates
you'll get rid of that main system after it jams...

you'll get rid of that main system after it jams and shreds in a blow...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,491
Posted By rtbates
How's your karma?

How's your karma?
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 6,440
Posted By rtbates
Yup, too much head sail... or not enough helm to...

Yup, too much head sail... or not enough helm to windward (tiller to leeward)

I heave to with my 130 head sail reefed to 50-80 and tiller full to leeward and then set and/or douse my main.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 13,927
Posted By rtbates
Rule # 1 or #2?? Mine is less than 1kt,...

Rule # 1 or #2??

Mine is less than 1kt, 1/2kt best, as bow passes slip end...

PS
if folks are having to step off at your home dock in order to dock your boat you are NOT set up correctly.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 80
Views: 19,909
Posted By rtbates
Rule #1: Have ALL your reef lines run BEFORE...

Rule #1: Have ALL your reef lines run BEFORE leaving the dock... The sail may not be reefed YET but the lines should always be in place.

You just learned the biggest issue with 'coastal...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,059
Posted By rtbates
Bow in!

Bow in!
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-07-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 4,115
Posted By rtbates
why is your wife stepping off the boat BEFORE...

why is your wife stepping off the boat BEFORE you're tied off?? I've never understood why folks step off, grab dock lines and hand back to boat. IF it's your 'home' slip aren't the lines attached at...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-01-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,636
Posted By rtbates
easy fix

The fix is quite easy. Anchor by the stern.. I do and it works...
Jordan Series Drogue - Mooring and Anchoring (http://www.jordanseriesdrogue.com/D_14.htm)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-15-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 3,675
Posted By rtbates
Sure you can. Just raise the boom, and no need to...

Sure you can. Just raise the boom, and no need to raise the entire boom, just the aft end. That's what we did to mount a bimini with headroom on our 25D Cape Dory. simply re-cut the mainsail's foot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-15-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,575
Posted By rtbates
Just stay the hell away from my dock and my boat...

Just stay the hell away from my dock and my boat with those sub woofers, especially playing hip hop. BOTH should be banned from planet earth...

IF you do go that route, be sure you attach a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-31-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 1,614
Posted By rtbates
How will it sound over the VHF? Will you need to...

How will it sound over the VHF? Will you need to constantly spell it and or sound it out?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By rtbates
wow indeed. Another reasonn to hate winter, ice,...

wow indeed. Another reasonn to hate winter, ice, snow ,cold (below 55)...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   03-18-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 14,828
Posted By rtbates
I agree, kids should have them. What I did, since...

I agree, kids should have them. What I did, since I make my own harnesses, is make an adult harness and adjust it to fit by making folds and sewing to shorten the straps. I can now let it out as my...
Forum: MacGregor   02-18-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 5,981
Posted By rtbates
It IS too good to be true..They are half ass...

It IS too good to be true..They are half ass power boats and worse sailboats..but they fill a niche...
Forum: Learning to Sail   01-27-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,559
Posted By rtbates
Buy a $500 sailing dingy and get to it.

Buy a $500 sailing dingy and get to it.
Forum: Chartering   04-23-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 5,341
Posted By rtbates
I have no credentials, just 25 years sailing and,...

I have no credentials, just 25 years sailing and, like you, no one has ever asked to see my "sailing school diploma". My chartering experience has been that the company told me up front that a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 4,602
Posted By rtbates
Stop

Why are you fighting the laws of nature? Full keel boats don't back down worth a tinker's damn. Quit fighting it. I assure you that you can not and will not win. Use reverse for one purpose and one...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-15-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 16,372
Posted By rtbates
It totally depends on the boat and rig. On a...

It totally depends on the boat and rig. On a fractional rig, I wouldn't as the headstay is not balanced by the backstay. On a masthead rig, it depends on the boat. My Cape Dory sails upwind,...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   04-15-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,781
Posted By rtbates
My Cape Dory's ice box drains directly to the...

My Cape Dory's ice box drains directly to the bilge with no problems with smell etc. You don't want your ice to be sitting in melt water as it will hasten the ice melting. I added a petcock to the...
Forum: Provisioning   04-14-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 41,106
Posted By rtbates
Sure you can! Use Myer's DARK Rum and...

Sure you can!

Use Myer's DARK Rum and Mexican Limes....
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