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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-11-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 868
Posted By aqwert5
SF Bay Area boat recommendation

All,

I'd like your recommendation for a 25-30 ft boat for the bay area. My criteria are:
- Most important attribute: Forgiving (new sailor w/ ASA101 only).
- Mostly bay area use
- Coastal...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-06-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 3,048
Posted By aqwert5
Thank you for your input. So I wasn't going nuts:...

Thank you for your input. So I wasn't going nuts: if you are going to use a furling system for your main, you're better off with boom furling rather then mast.

Regards.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-06-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 3,048
Posted By aqwert5
In boom furling?

This may be a dumb question but why is it that anytime somebody talks about main sail furling they talk about in mast furling?

I would think that in boom furling would have some advantages over...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   08-03-2010
Replies: 58
Views: 3,402
Posted By aqwert5
Heat? What heat? San Jose hasn't gone above...

Heat? What heat?

San Jose hasn't gone above 90 this whole summer and San Francisco medium high has been 63 (with no humidity to speak of).:D

Now, wind, lots of wind... 5-15 in the morning...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-14-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 10,892
Posted By aqwert5
Very interesting snort. I was just going to ask...

Very interesting snort. I was just going to ask the same question before I read your post. I was sailing last weekend and the wind was 15-25 (I was in a Catalina 22). While I was playing around with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By aqwert5
Tragedy outside SF Golden Gate Bridge

Did a quick search and didn't find this posted yet. A couple died right outside the Golden Gate last Sunday when their boat capsized.

I've sailed last Saturday and the wind picked up very good in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 1,471
Posted By aqwert5
I know it's a long shot but you could advertise...

I know it's a long shot but you could advertise in Craig's list and give somebody use of the boat for the cost of the slip.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-11-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By aqwert5
Hays, I've just started sailing out of...

Hays,

I've just started sailing out of Tradewinds in the Marina Bay Harbor (Richmond) and I can tell you that you are much closer to the bay in Berkley then I am in Richmond. Prices for a 30ft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-02-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 2,922
Posted By aqwert5
Was this during the open house at OCSC yesterday?...

Was this during the open house at OCSC yesterday? Just curious because I sent a couple of friends there yesterday.

I was going to take them out with me for a couple of hours today but thought...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-02-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By aqwert5
Hmm. Reefing the jib never even crossed my mind....

Hmm. Reefing the jib never even crossed my mind. I'll try playing with reefing as well as depowering main/jib as I'd like to know more about "what happens if I do this" kind of thing with sail trim....
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-02-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By aqwert5
Although I did end up reefing (hove-to), I...

Although I did end up reefing (hove-to), I certainly could have done so much earlier. One of my problems will be to know what to expect on the bay versus what the conditions are in Richmond. The...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-01-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By aqwert5
1st Sail

Well, with the two of us (my son and I) having passed our ASA101 last weekend, we lost no time and went sailing today. Aside from the two of us, we had my wife, her sister and 3 little ones. I know...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-27-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,673
Posted By aqwert5
But seriously, how do you like the Capri?I saw...

But seriously, how do you like the Capri?I saw one couple of years ago at the boat show and fell in love. Was thinking of buying one and campaigning her in the Bay to go against the Tuna boats and...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-27-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,673
Posted By aqwert5
I understand what you're saying. I actually meant...

I understand what you're saying. I actually meant to say that any long ocean crossing won't happen for at least 10 yrs if at all. Right now, we're approaching this whole thing as another "adventure"...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-27-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,673
Posted By aqwert5
You are quite right, that's what i get for...

You are quite right, that's what i get for assuming things. I guess is should have read: 103 and 104.

Thanks,
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-27-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,673
Posted By aqwert5
ASA 101 - Basic Keelboat and the "Plan"

Wanted to let everyone know that my son (14) and I just passed our Basic Keelboat certification last weekend.

I apologize for the longer post in advance.

Although I haven't been sailing...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-19-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 7,014
Posted By aqwert5
I'll try to write something next week.

I'll try to write something next week.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-19-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 7,014
Posted By aqwert5
Do I tip the instructor?

Went for my first 2 days (out of 3) of Basic Keelboat instruction (ASA) last weekend, and with the class being over next weekend I want to find out if it is customary to tip the instructor at the end...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-08-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,696
Posted By aqwert5
Wow, you guys are great. Thank you for the...

Wow, you guys are great. Thank you for the encouragement.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-08-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,696
Posted By aqwert5
ASA Cerification jitters

Although not having seconds thoughts, I am growing a bit apprehensive of the whole ASA written as well as practical testing. Maybe it's just that our first class (Basic Keelboat, ASA 101) is just one...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   04-07-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 4,355
Posted By aqwert5
Just starting down that path myself

Great thread. I am just starting down that path myself, but since sailing is new for my as well, I've decided to enroll by son (14 yrs old) and I in lessons. Once we have our Babeboat cert I am...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   03-22-2010
Replies: 58
Views: 3,911
Posted By aqwert5
Thumbs up Please accept my vote for a "Cruising w/ Kids"...

Please accept my vote for a "Cruising w/ Kids" forum.

I've found people on this site super helpful and extremely knowledgeable. I think having more discussions on this subject will only help those...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-22-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 892
Posted By aqwert5
I am in the exact same position as you, having...

I am in the exact same position as you, having looked at liveaboard classes in the Channel Islands or San Juan Islands.

Being from the SF Bay Area, learning to sail on much "easier" places will...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-19-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 657
Posted By aqwert5
Thank you for that link. I'll take my son there...

Thank you for that link. I'll take my son there and see if he'd like to try windsurfing as well.

I've checked a lot of the sailing schools around the bay and I'm getting settled on Tradewinds....
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-09-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 657
Posted By aqwert5
Anyone familiar with Tradewinds In SF Bay?

I've been lurking for a long time. I'm finally ready to take the plunge and really like the Tradewinds package: $50/mo + a fixed monthly rental charge (i.e. $150 gets you up to 31' boats) gets you...
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