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Forum: Learning to Sail   1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 3,272
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: My plan, your thoughts

A lot of nice and helpful replies, but I gotta say that WanderingStar has it right. Get a little boat, maybe a pocket cruiser, and start sailing about. Right now you don't really have a plan, you...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   6 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 2,572
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Boat Shoes - you're lucky if you're average

Most of the fast dry synthetic shoes, like Harken, and all of the molded shoes (Crocs, 5 fingers, etc) only come in a normal width. Nobody wants to invest in the mold cost for making a shoe that few...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 2,572
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Boat Shoes

I'm in agreement with this. My favorite are the super soft rubber on Sperry but I've witnessed first hand that venturing into town for an hour then getting back on the boat transforms the shoes. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 189
Posted By SailingJackson
Shoreside following of AIS and Spot Trace

My wife rarely comes sailing but she likes to know where I'm at. My AIS transponder shows the boat at MarineTraffic.com, but in my sailing area there are some major areas where there are no public...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 410
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Anyone buy laminate sails from China Sails?

The last sail I got was from the North loft last year. It was Series 300 Soft Norlam Mylar, a paneled laminate sail. I was surprised to find it was made offshore. I forget if it was China or some...
Forum: Electronics   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: AIS problem

Are you sharing the VHF antenna? I had endless problems until I stopped sharing the antenna between AIS and VHF. If you do have dedicated antennas you cannot have them side by side on the mast. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Garhauer EZ Glide Genoa Car

I have their systems with the bearings. I've never found them to move easily and I think I'd be just as happy if I had solid low friction material on it instead of the balls. I've also lost balls...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-12-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 1,701
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Sequence for offer/buying

Same here. Survey had a lower value than purchase price. The banker was experienced and he felt very comfortable with the transaction price despite the survey.

Fact is, you can do any sequence...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-11-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,193
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Should I fix it, or scrap it?

Go for #1 but think more about $1500 or just give it way. You'll never get $3000 unless it's someone who will regret the purchase. #2 is crazy talk. #3 would work, but what you will get will barely...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-11-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 1,701
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Sequence for offer/buying

I agree that a flat 20% off whatever asking is isn't the right approach. You can ask the broker for recent selling prices of comparable boats. Brokers can always pull that info off Yachtworld.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-10-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Detroit Sailors Question

The trip is 800 miles from Whitby Ontario to Milwaukee Wisconsin. We're planning to go pretty much nonstop except for the Welland canal and stopping for customs. I'm estimating that it will take 7...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-10-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 901
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Dock lines and shackle size

I used 5/8 and also had some 3/4" lines on my Catalina 36 but it was not for the strength. Strength it's way overkill. I used the heavy lines because there were often conditions on transient docks...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By SailingJackson
Detroit Sailors Question

I purchased a boat in Canada and the US Customs people tell me that the only practical place to clear customs is Detroit. They suggest to got to a Detroit marina and then meet them there. On the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-04-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,519
Posted By SailingJackson
Drone for sailing video

What's the best GoPro drone for doing sailing videos? Is it still the Phantom II? Anybody know what kind of airspeed that can do? I'd think it would need to exceed apparent wind if you tried to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-04-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Is Ericson 35 1972 built for offshore cruising?

I think most of us have read about a fellow who went offshore in a wooden boat that was claimed to be near to 100 years old before his refit. If the Spray could make it, I'm sure a properly...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-26-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: List of Fast, Offshore-Capable Cruising Boats?

You might add some perspective to your qualifier of "fast". That looks like a list of very slow boats as far as I can see. C&C 38 or Cal 40 would be lots faster. If you want to go a little more...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-19-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 3,789
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: How to get back in after falling overboard solo...

I've seen that and some other reports of controlled situations where people simulated solo overboard and trying to get back on board. Seems like the conclusion from anyone who has actually tested...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,407
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: sailing around Michigan

Brad,

Wave as you go past. I bought a boat in Toronto area and will be sailing to Lake Michigan in a few weeks. Eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan has endless harbors and anchorages. Great...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-05-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Whisker pole end fittings.....

On my previous boat (36') I elected to get the clip type fittings on either end. That pole could go out to 22' and I got the clip type because it seemed more general purpose. I figured if I were...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-04-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Picking out a whisker pole

Yea, I guess I did. Survey is next week. I looked at used Tartan, Alden, Sabre, and Morse and decided I just didn't want to give up all the modern design features. I was going to go to Sweden and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-04-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By SailingJackson
Picking out a whisker pole

Seems like the standard recommendation for a whisker pole on a Catalina 445 is for a pole that will extend to 24'. I'm wondering if 27' pole might work better. The attached image shows a 24' and...
Forum: Electronics   04-02-2015
Replies: 0
Views: 258
Posted By SailingJackson
Raymarine Android App

I know the more recent Raymarine chartplotters work with an iPad, but has anyone tried them on an Android tablet? HP makes a 12" tablet which would seem to be a lot nicer option than the smaller...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,154
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Single handed docking...

I'd agree that the primary solution is the aft spring, picking up a line left for that purpose, which you left behind hanging on a dock hanger. There remains the problem of what you do if, in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-09-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,566
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Where do the costs of a bigger boat come from?

If a boat were a blob shape then costs sensitive to surface area (sails, bottom pain, deck wash, varnish, etc) would rise as the square of the basic linear dimension. Costs sensitive to volume (lead...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-04-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Needing to use engine alternator vs. generator

Of course it depends. In terms of physics and the 2nd law of thermodynamics, running a generator and charger has a lot more places for losses. The path of energy flow has more stuff to go through. ...
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