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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-19-2012
Replies: 115
Views: 31,573
Posted By TractorJohn
Re: Largest Semi-Trailerable Sailboat ???

I may be getting in a little late since I've been absent awhile. But if I can help others, fine. I've been there and done that. Rather than mention all the obvious, I will point out problems I have...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-26-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,854
Posted By TractorJohn
heaving to has multiple uses for me

sometimes by myself I'll heave to for reefing and shaking out a reef
with boom out out over the water it's somewhat a pain and the cloth tends to be pinned on shrouds, but it is doable and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-11-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 4,919
Posted By TractorJohn
Another vote for wind board mast

when I needed a mast for my dinghy I was able to remove the pivoting step from a old wind board and attach it to my 9' Livingston. Now the mast simply clicks into place. got it all for free off...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-20-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 9,492
Posted By TractorJohn
JRD22 is so right and we all know it. Next time...

JRD22 is so right and we all know it. Next time the fog rolls I'm staying put, unless I have a schedule or appointment or date or some lame reason to put myself and others in harms way. Hard to...
Forum: Diesel   12-06-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,378
Posted By TractorJohn
what to look at in a survey (diesel engine)

In used boat shopping, what should I look out for when I go boat shopping? What should a mechanic do when he/she checks out a diesel? How much should I be paying a mechanic. With no believable...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-06-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 7,494
Posted By TractorJohn
I have used this large extension ladder method...

I have used this large extension ladder method many times. It is some what time consuming rigging all the lines, (about 3 hours) but it is very safe and controlled. If the picture thingy works you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-06-2009
Replies: 59
Views: 4,918
Posted By TractorJohn
We use a Coleman drip coffee maker. It works just...

We use a Coleman drip coffee maker. It works just like any drip machine except you sit it directly on your gas burner. We use ours tent camping and camping on the boat and we have up to 12 cups just...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-30-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 8,313
Posted By TractorJohn
Having purchased a Campbell sailer myself I...

Having purchased a Campbell sailer myself I second everything that has been said and will buy another when I need to. But I was not told that I would be charged for repitching and ultimately paid...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-29-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 4,071
Posted By TractorJohn
lots of run time

[QUOTE=scottyt;546444]well john sense you dont need the genny i will politely take it off your hands for 200 bucks shipped.
The pre paid shipping is a deal breaker, sorry. Besides it starts first...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-28-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 4,071
Posted By TractorJohn
Where will you store it??

I brought a Honda 2000 on board and couldn't find a good place to store it while underway. It missed the anchor locker by one inch, the head door was too small. After a week on board in our way we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 5,650
Posted By TractorJohn
go for it

The fact that your considering do it yourself tells a lot. Most people that don't no what to do shouldn't try it. (that would include the nay sayers) Go ahead and hammer me.
I've done what your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-07-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,863
Posted By TractorJohn
What about tarp garages?

I dont hear of anyone using tarp garages, Costco use to sell a 20' long system for about $150. the legs can be made longer using pvc or abs sleeves and if snow loading is an issue they can be...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-22-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 3,222
Posted By TractorJohn
I think where you live or plan to visit is a big...

I think where you live or plan to visit is a big decision maker.
Inside steering and/or a pilot house sounds really inviting when the temps. drop to freezing or in the rain. TJ
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-19-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 6,844
Posted By TractorJohn
Question What do you tell 1st timers on your boat

Our forecast is for drippy calm weather all week so I just read all of the posts here for preparing for a knock down and really had my eyes opened. I need to get more serious about being shipshape...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-14-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 4,398
Posted By TractorJohn
Try heaving to and then reefing with some spare...

Try heaving to and then reefing with some spare line. I dont remove 1st and 2reefs so I can go back to them.
Heaving to depowers the main and makes it a snap to reef 1st 2nd 3rd
Dont forget to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 8,445
Posted By TractorJohn
Microwave was best upgrade to cabin

This isn't 12 volts but, I tossed out the factory alchohol stove and found a small 750 watt microwave that fit the space. I use a 2500watt inverter powered by two 100 amp rv batteries. I kept a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-23-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,692
Posted By TractorJohn
For everyone with a swing keel, Try adjusting...

For everyone with a swing keel, Try adjusting the keel for balancing. When first raising the keel it is not moving up so much as moving to the aft. Moving the keel just 6" aft substantially changes...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska   09-14-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 6,190
Posted By TractorJohn
OK, so how did Labor day sailboat trip go

[QUOTE=JM3;513409]I'm trying to figure out a strategy that will allow me to sail the islands for labor day weekend. I keep the boat in Seattle and figure it will take me +/-2 days to get to the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska   09-10-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 6,859
Posted By TractorJohn
How about a list of advisories "both good and bad"

We have experienced out of date guide information.
I would like to see updates from current cruisers.
Examples would be when a anchor bouy is missing or a gas dock has gone out of business or a...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska   08-29-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 6,190
Posted By TractorJohn
two cents for free

I don't think you need to worry about your boat any where you anchor as long as it's more or less public.
Moorage is expensive and not available all the time.
You could anchor at Friday Harbor for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-25-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 3,902
Posted By TractorJohn
Don't assume correct prop

Even Catalina will not prop correctly for everyone, do you want power/speed or less drag? The two aren't always possible with the same prop. If it wont go well then it probably wont stop/back down...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 7,681
Posted By TractorJohn
Thumbs up support boom with halyard

If the boom lift is connected near where you connect your load (block and tackle) you should be able to handle a lot but as you swing over the side the force directions change and your boom to mast...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-28-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 4,598
Posted By TractorJohn
"Hanging Rope"

OK, just asked the boss and she says, you can call it a rope or line but they are all lines on our boat except the "hanging rope" (or in boat speak the lynching line)
what about that rope thingy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-22-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 856
Posted By TractorJohn
HD cutting board

consider using a chunk cut from a HD cutting board available just about anywhere for a few bucks. Simple to saw to what ever specs you need.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-13-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 3,299
Posted By TractorJohn
onlookers cheer from bridge

Really poor planning is when you fight the current both ways in one day or cruise.
You can't see the bridge in the video, but theres probably a bunch of tourists up there betting on whether he will...
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