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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing in Chicago

I had some luck just walking the dock at Chicago Y.C. one weekend. Asked around if anyone needed crew, and got a nice ride. It seems I helped them improve their results enough to get me asked back on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By paulk
Re: Deck Hatches-- Lewmar vs. Vetus

Why?

We have an original Lewmar forward hatch on our 1981 boat. When our equally original Bomar cabintop hatch cracked after getting stepped on a few too many times, we replaced it with...
Forum: Racing 5 Days Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 7,736
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

It would seem that professional sailors want us to think they are the best. It's better for their self-images. Since they try to sail full-time they certainly have an advantage over most of us who...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By paulk
Re: In-mast (un-)furling problems

If it's going to cost you several boat units at the sailmaker's to recut the main, it might be cheaper to simply add some grommets to the sail and some fittings to the boom and go with slab reefing...
Forum: Racing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By paulk
Re: Help needed to develop fun sailing events for a small club

Another option is the Rabbit Start, but it might not be less stressful for some.
New Page 1 (http://www.centerboardyachtclub.com/race/RabbitStart.htm)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 2,098
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailboat interior seaworthy design

Moving the galley forward is not going to make it more fun to use underway. There's a reason designers put them in the aftmost corner of the salon. Handholds are a good thing. In a boat that short...
Forum: Racing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 7,736
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

According to the Vestas website the reef they hit was high enough to enable them to walk to a dry area(!). Does that make it an island? If they were doing 19 knots, there must have been wind, and...
Forum: Racing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 7,736
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Aren't these guys supposed to be professionals? It's one thing to perhaps lose a rig when you get rolled in the Southern Ocean, or in a storm. But to run aground and lose the boat? Even if you...
Forum: Racing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 28,297
Posted By paulk
Re: Best 30' PHRF Boats

Gee guys, the OP put it out there in 2009. Think he has a boat yet? Has he been back looking at this thread lately? Please start a new thread instead of dredging up stuff that seems to have been...
Forum: Racing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By paulk
Re: Setauket Yacht Club

Your best bet in the off season is probably to give a call to the fleet captain. This may mean doing some research to find out who he is, since the club is likely closed for the winter. (If not, so...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,278
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY composite boatbuilding ...

The Gougeon brother's book on boat construction examines a wide range of options, including composite core materials. In the book they discuss the different materials they tested, and by my reading,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,051
Posted By paulk
Re: Looking for premium coastal cruiser 39 LOA or less

+1 for Barry. I was surprised not to see Sabres mentioned as an option by the OP. While our J/36 passes them to leeward, they certainly perform better than a Catalina. Sabre joinery and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By paulk
Re: Design and Performance

I still like the CCA's compilation "Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts", edited by John Rousmaniere. It covers various hull shapes, keel configurations, rigs, sails, and...
Forum: Racing 11-14-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By paulk
Re: Help needed to develop fun sailing events for a small club

We have an annual race - The Rat Race - in the fall. It starts in a pursuit format (based on PHRF handicaps) that ends at a port about 16 miles away. Boats used to have to start from anchor, but...
Forum: Racing 11-09-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,359
Posted By paulk
Re: PHRFs

We use PHRF TOT in our fleet. We find it helps to tighten up the competition because how long a race takes varies according to how much wind there is. Having the handicap depend solely on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By paulk
Re: deck paint peeling

We find Brightside does not last well and needs repeated re-coating to continue looking respectable. 2-part polyurethanes last a LOT longer (ten years in our case) and since prep for either kind of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-04-2014
Replies: 91
Views: 5,352
Posted By paulk
Re: Annoying Halyard Slap

If the whole fleet had their halyards left attached to the mainsail, it sounds to me like they're part of a program of club-owned boats that are used by a large number of people.
They leave the...
Forum: Racing 10-29-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,729
Posted By paulk
Re: Flat Calm

Looks like plenty of wind to me, but I guess you're not used to what we have to deal with on Long Island Sound.
Forum: Racing 10-29-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,303
Posted By paulk
Re: Anyone wear a PLB?

After reading a post on SA from the skipper of the boat referred to by the OP here, the problem in this situation wasn't in finding the MOB, it was in getting him aboard quickly. Several boats...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-20-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,497
Posted By paulk
re: In the market for a new boat - please help

For a big cockpit, it is difficult to beat a Tartan 10. High freeboard, reasonable performance, a smallish engine, (but bigger than the Pearson Flyer's), and some space below for food & minimal...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,809
Posted By paulk
Re: Anchoring

In tight spots, a Bahamian moor can often work wonders. You drop two anchors and essentially sit between them, so your anchoring circle radius is really short. We did this once, anchoring at night...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By paulk
Re: Alternate and/or Emergency Ladders - Who's Using What?

Ladders off the transom are useless in most situations at sea. If you manage to grab onto a rung as it rises up, you get bashed on the head as the stern comes back down- if you can keep your grip and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,074
Posted By paulk
Re: Moorings Put Where There Weren't Moorings

Checking charts more carefully would show a number of good places to anchor on both shores of Long Island Sound. On Long Island we've anchored in Port Jefferson, Cold Spring Harbor, Northport, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 6,531
Posted By paulk
Re: Max wind

It would be surprising to need to reef in just 15 knots of breeze - especially with only a 100% jib up. If it is a new boat, are the instruments calibrated properly? It could also be that she's quite...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 745
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY Jacklines

We rigged DIY jacklines by re-purposing the wire from our old jib halyards when we went to all-fiber. We ran them them from a padeye at the bow, inside the shrouds, and aft to the car that our...
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