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Search: Posts Made By: maxcontax
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-12-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 65,443
Posted By maxcontax
lots to consider all right.

boat lenght certainly is important but unfortunately it is important only to you! I was thrilled and happy with a 16 ft Wayfarer for years. Now a 34 seems about right. My charter experience leans me...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-12-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By maxcontax
headed south

Dichrome, would you be OK with a second hand account? I have to say I was not there for this:
A 35 ft well provisioned boat with crew of 5 left Sidney for the Panama Canal in the fall. The storms...
Forum: Provisioning 09-25-2007
Replies: 40
Views: 7,517
Posted By maxcontax

Henkel makes a draw-thru knife sharpener that has two slots: one has stones and the finer one ceramics. it works like a hot damn, non-electric, and stows anywhere. will sharpen a pocket knife, a...
Forum: Provisioning 09-25-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 2,638
Posted By maxcontax
well done

This is a really good post.

I add to the BBQ idea, the idea of the Dutch Oven: A cast iron pot of sorts that really does a great job of meals. Look them up, they are a "silver bullet" of...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-25-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 7,606
Posted By maxcontax
safety first.

Yeah, piling on, but drop all the sails since you have no idea what sort of a squall you are hitting, power up, and adjust as seen fit: if you are head to wind try a bit of headsail to stiffen the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-25-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,856
Posted By maxcontax
keep it simple.

When you heave-to, use the jib. It's so easy then. let the boat, fullkeel or finkeel, settle down, and the rest is like driving in a parking lot, slow and simple.

If you do not use the jib, what...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-25-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 4,152
Posted By maxcontax
there is a technique

If you are on a boat with no furling headsail, slow down. set it up for you. Firstly if you are reducing sail, be a master of the "heave-to". get the wheel/tilller tied off with the boat settled...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-25-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 3,519
Posted By maxcontax
it works.

My Catalina 22 has boom-end sheeting and it's great. Not so good for racing but great for what I do which is lazy, cruising sort of stuff. When it gets blowing, you do have a clear cockpit for making...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-25-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 8,624
Posted By maxcontax
what for

You can try sailing jib only, the boat looks lame, and why would you. Try balancing the sails for the wind and it all is for the better. Yes you can. Esp. with the wind behind you. If you are...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 09-25-2007
Replies: 3,397
Views: 838,595
Posted By maxcontax
max contax

I sail Lake Okanogan BC and between Seattle and Anchorage, mainly BC gulf island water
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-25-2007
Replies: 94
Views: 7,398
Posted By maxcontax
what are you trying to do, really

I may be late in on this, but are you trying to get something for nothing?? Are you aware of the fact that you may be gambling the lives of yourself and your crew on this? think it thru man, what...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-23-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 6,093
Posted By maxcontax
seaworthiness and size

Some rather small boats have been way out to sea, perhaps foolishly, nonetheless with the right skipper and an eye to weather, it can be done: an 18 ft Catalina was sailed from California to Hawaii,...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 07-23-2007
Replies: 3,397
Views: 838,595
Posted By maxcontax
Sailing area this summer

Circumnavigated Vancouver Island
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-27-2007
Replies: 3,397
Views: 838,595
Posted By maxcontax
SanJuan Islands, WA to Desolation Sound, BC

SanJuan Islands, WA to Desolation Sound, BC
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-22-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By maxcontax
one possible reason

Port side could make it easier to put the motor on and take it off the motor mount transom, since it is closer to the dock. Port-side, right? My C-22 is set up that way. the downside on a monohull is...
Forum: Beneteau 10-20-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 2,893
Posted By maxcontax
by the numbers

Thanks for your reply, I did the IPEJ numbers and came close to manufacturer's 540 ft2 ( it was 513 ft2) for total sail area.

Presuming a "square function" for pressure on sails, ie 70% sail area...
Forum: Beneteau 10-19-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 2,893
Posted By maxcontax
sail dimensions, Bene First 345

Just wondering if anyone has the SA of a 100% jib for the Beneteau 345. I am attempting to right-size a storm jib (70%) and seek independent (ie noncommercial) thoughts on the right size.

I want...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-14-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 4,583
Posted By maxcontax
Raising sail alone

Try sailing out to give yourself some searoom under jib only--be sure you install a downhaul if you are singlehanding, they are simply a small cord attached to the hank below the headboard on your...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-08-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,120
Posted By maxcontax
New trailerable boat

I belong to an Association of Trailer Sailors. At our meetings, the kind of boats we trailer are a constant topic of compare and contrast, related to performance and to their quirks. The short...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-04-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 5,135
Posted By maxcontax
Tiller vs Outboard for steering

To keep it simple I use tiller only, leaving the engine straight ahead, but controlling the docking with Fwd/N/Rev. It''s to the point where it never occurs to steer with the engine, but if you got...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 1,705
Posted By maxcontax
total cost of ownership

I chartered for over 10 years before I bought, and did alot of calculating on what made sense, charter or own, and how many days a year you''d need to use the boat before it was cheaper than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-03-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,128
Posted By maxcontax
Charging adapter for phones, laptops,etc

My laptop runs on 19 VDC not 12. My cellphone charges on 12, but my MP3 speakers run on 5 VDC. They all adapt to 110V so we have an inverter that very inefficiently takes 12V off the deepcycle 12 V...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-30-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By maxcontax
Favorite sailing book

Sailing Around the World Alone, by Joshua Slocum, is the all time classic and a good read.
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-06-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,290
Posted By maxcontax

Jeff, Several times I got back and looked at the load points on my boat when reefed and could not see how I could unload the luff edge by tieing down the middle reef points. I think my Catalina rep...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-05-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,290
Posted By maxcontax

Can I tweak this thread just a little off topic to ask a question of everyone about those middle reef points? Are they just for tidiness or are they very important for redistributing the load...
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