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Search: Posts Made By: sailingfool
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Just another "heave to" question ...

In general in flat water, my experience is when hove to you can adjust the riding angle of the boat to the wind with the mainsheet. With the mainsheet fully eased, most boats will sit in the area of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 786
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Hard tiller steering Cal 36

The actual effect in play is prop walk, being the tendency of a right-hand prop when in forward to move the stern to starboard. Normally when in forward gear, the propwash force on the rudder...
Forum: Racing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,164
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Rule 16 situation: Room to Keep Clear

..unless the next mark is rounded to starboard, in which case this overlap earns you room.
Forum: Racing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,164
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Rule 16 situation: Room to Keep Clear

FWIW, unless you are a much larger boat you generally wont benefit from "ducking" the boats ahead, that is likely to leave you parked in their their lee. If there's another rounding mark ahead, which...
Forum: Maintenance/How-to Videos 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 336
Posted By sailingfool
Replacement Buttons for Cushions

We are cleaning the interior cushions from our 1987 Pearson 31-2 this spring and while we are at it, we want to repair the three cushion buttons that have lost their fabric covers. The attached...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,435
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Questions about borrowing a friend's boat

Event thought there is not money exchanging hands, I would think you would need to go through the same process a charterer would, where her insurance company issues a rider covering your use of the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By sailingfool
Re: "Good Old Boat" From NE or FL Preferred?

Generally a boat from NE may be in use six months a year, versus twelve months in Florida (under a lot more sun). So all other things being equal, I would expect a NE boat to age materially less than...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Posted By sailingfool
Re: PS37 genoa -- what size?

To me the crux of your question is the role/design of the staysail. Is the staysail a strong material sail that serves as your heavy wind jib? At what wind speed will the boat perform satisfactorily...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By sailingfool
Re: sealing cabin sole

I did this project last year with MAS low viscosity epoxy with the slow hardener and I found it excellent for this purpose. You have good...
Forum: O'Day 03-19-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 357
Posted By sailingfool
Re: O'Day 31 Bimini

Unless the bimini is designed for your model boat, I don't think you are likely to get much of a fit from a generic size, whether from online or Amazon. Not as bad as fitting a dodger, but even a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-18-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Help needed with keel (some pics inside)

After prepping, I would cover with two coats of straight West Systems 105 epoxy or similar, I find that finish much harder than Interprotect. I've finished lead keels with Interprotect, but for iron,...
Forum: Electronics 03-13-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Lookin' for a new HANDHELD VHF

My last ICOM36 also stopped working, just out of warranty, the cost to have it looked is too close to buying a replacement, so its trash. Meanwhile an old West Marine handheld that came with my boat...
Forum: Learning to Sail 03-13-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,974
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Do I tip the instructor?

Instructor typically get about $20/hour, so $ income is at best a limited compensation for the experience and energy delivered by a good instructor. The students' sincere appreciation for a job well...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Boston Area Recommendations?

North East Rigging (NER) pretty much handles Boston and areas north, last year they replaced my standing rigging at Boston Harbor Shipyard. Seems they're in that yard once a week or so...

If the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-11-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Main halyard clutch, line slippage

Does the clutch hold when you are setting a reef? If yes, maybe the line cover is worn, try taking up a few inches of halyard at the head and see if a fresh cover section holds or not?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-11-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Buying sails on line or from a local shop

A few years ago I ordered a new main from FX Sails. I received a sail smaller than I ordered, due to confusion between the order-taker and the sail-maker. After months of emails and back-and-forths...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-25-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,126
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Anchoring and Mooring Rules and Regs

1000 pound cement won't keep much more than a laser in place. Cement is not a good mooring alternative.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-22-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 558
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Mainsheet needed

The best blocks for the money are Garhauer Garhauer Marine Hardware -10142793 (, I assume a fellow named Guido is still providing sizing advice over the phone. I suggest...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-21-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 965
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Docking under Sail - Beam reach approach

Actually when approaching a dock fast, shorts turns will slow a boat well. Close in, rapid turns helm turns lock-to-lock will stop a boat without much change of course. How effectively such maneuvers...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 965
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Docking under Sail - Beam reach approach

With much of a breeze and the main not fully down, you wont be able to stop the boat if the wind is abeam or aft. So you need to plan to fully drop the main in those circumstances. Even if you can...
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-17-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,477
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Setting up a spinnaker

I would hesitate to adopt this practice unless you've done some careful load analysis for that configuration. With the pole full forward and a bit of a breeze, the load on the the foreguy will be...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-15-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 12,962
Posted By sailingfool
Re: C & C 30'

An early '80s would be a Mark I, built until 1984, a boat I owned and think the highest of. You can buy a nice one for $15,000 and go sailing... a hull like this is worth nothing and it would be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-12-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Purchasing a boat in Maryland

FWIW Maryland seems to have some odd terminology with their "excise" tax, which seems to actually be the same tax that many states may call a sales/use tax:
"5% VESSEL EXCISE TAX imposed by...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-11-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By sailingfool
Re: New halyards for an S2 7.9 what to get

I use the 3/8 Salas as a P31-2 mainsheet, while a little undersize, it serves wonderfully, kink-free, fast running and soft on the hand. Looks good too. But it is not low stretch from a halyard...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-11-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By sailingfool
Re: New halyards for an S2 7.9 what to get

What the professional rigger selected for a Pearson 31-2:
Main - 8mm T-900
Jib -8mm T-900
Spinn - 8mm VPC
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