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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,612
Posted By nolatom
Re: Suppose you ran around on a falling tide

Definitely not a stupid question, but the answer is "big" because lots of variables. What are you grounded on? Mud? Sand? Rock? You're an hour from low tide, I think you're asking, and attempts...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By nolatom
Re: Need help to I.D. a small sailboat.

Yeah, Cal 20 is a plastic classic, still good and still being raced and pocket-cruised as we speak.

Well-designed and indestructible it seems, kinda like *this* ;-)

200 year old Volkswagen...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By nolatom
Queasy crewmember? The "old standards" still work...

Well, at least they did yesterday, a charter I had in a small sport skiff with two couples.

One of whom felt a little queasy an hour in, hid it well but finally 'fessed up.

Step One: We turn...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-29-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,046
Posted By nolatom
Re: need help my brain is toast

My advice to you is to sail here in New Orleans where the variation is almost zero, with a compass having less than a degree or two of deviation on any heading, in good visibility.

Life will be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 2,537
Posted By nolatom
Re: I Equate it to Driving in a Bad Snow Storm!

Usually I will ease the traveler out, and then out some more, before reefing. It allows you to pull the main down to flatten it for going upwind in the heavier air, without pulling it quite so far...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-04-2014
Replies: 92
Views: 6,731
Posted By nolatom
Re: VSC saved me from CG boarding

No, and I don't regard what I've seen in 55 years as being oppressive, as you evidently do. And I do see a risk in the 'free-fire zone" of (some) weekend boat operators on which the existence of...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 913
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Well, yes, sort of crazy, but in a good way... ;-)

I wouldn't encourage flying it without the pole, though it can be a useful skill for short period just after you've removed the pole, or just...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 913
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

I would bet that 70% of cruisers don't use spinnakers, though many of that 70 do wing out their jibs on whisker poles or on the otherwise unused spinnaker pole.

But if you live or cruise in...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-01-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,195
Posted By nolatom
Re: high wind gybing technique??

Here's why, in the right circumstances, I'm a big fan of the chicken-jibe:

About four decades ago, when the Marblehead Town Class (the "Townies") were a very competitive fleet of about 70, I found...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-16-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By nolatom
Re: What creates the most power...

well done on the race, and kudos for "adapting to circumstance and keeping her going after something breaks", an essential skill for sailors ;-)

I echo the good advice above. Another thing to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By nolatom
Sometimes it doesn't take much.

A friend invited me out on his 30-footer for a short sail, the boat hadn't been sailed in a while, probably for want of crew.

Nice day, westerly wind 5, built almost to 10. Sails are probably...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,043
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trip S Florida to Galveston Bay

I think the Pilot charts are the best advice:

Atlas of Pilot Charts for the Major Oceans of the World (

If you can do the Canal, you'll...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-30-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 3,386
Posted By nolatom
Re: Magnetic Variance

Absolute simplest way to do it, IF your compass has almost no deviation?

Just lay your course out using the Magnetic compass rose, and steer magnetic.

Yes, you'll still have to adjust for...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 12-28-2013
Replies: 212
Views: 10,971
Posted By nolatom
Re: Wow... Bernard Stamm's Open 60 "breaks in half" in the Western Approaches...

Well, yes, it is really an argument. Your rescuers will ideally be fellow racers who nevertheless take a big risk doing it, but they are "in the game" so each racer is grateful if they can assist...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-11-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 5,223
Posted By nolatom
re: Jib vs Genoa vs Spinnaker

I echo Faster completely.

Practical difference in spinnakers he describes:

Symmetrical spinny = doesn't beam reach as well as asymmetrical because it is way more curved, but will sail a deep...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 11-08-2013
Replies: 956
Views: 57,183
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trouble on Route to the Caribbean

Here's more detail from the Coast Guard today:

Coast Guard rescues 4, assists others off Va., NC coasts (

I fully concur with "don't go to sea if...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-15-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 876
Posted By nolatom
Re: More beginning sailing technique questions

Re para 1, use tape on the turnbuckles for a start, then decide later what's "perfect". the little "wheel" your buddy's using is probably a roller to prevent the jib from dragging across the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By nolatom
Re: Moving on up! LOL!

Ah, the venerable Merc!!! Many of us in Boston grew up with them at Community Boating Inc. on the Charles River.

I'd think 3-4 hp would be more than plenty, the Mercs are kind of heavy but heck,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-25-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,753
Posted By nolatom
Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

If it's a nice day, go. Light air never killed anyone (I hope??). And chances are it will pick up.

Anyway, since 3 hours ago when you posted, I gather you're out there now. Good decision, have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-30-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,148
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sail twist

You are correct, and it has to do with the difference in angle between the apparent wind down low versus up high, once you begin moving forward . Typically the true wind at the surface of the water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-21-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By nolatom
Re: Mobile and Looking for a Great Sailing Community

Stuart/Jensen Beach/Port St Lucie Fla.

Lots of harbors, lots to do, good weather, not too expensive, very year-round, you can jump over to the bahamas if you want to get adventurous, or ICW to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-09-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By nolatom
"Do they see us??" The Sun as "frenemy"

Ah, sunny summer, out on the water..

Okay, that powerboat, are they heading towards us? Yeah.

*Do they see us*??

Well, do they? Hmmmmm, it's important. they can manuever quicker than...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-07-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By nolatom
"Stupid human trick"--estimate bearings without yr compass

So, here's a "stupid Human trick"--estimating degrees of angle w/o instruments

Did you ever want to be able to easily determine approximately how many compass degrees something is from...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-03-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By nolatom
Re: Topping lift

As above, only if the weight of a heavy boom affects sail shape in near-calm conditions. Very rarely used in my exp.

Rigid vang could do the same if it is adjustable enough.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-26-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 4,652
Posted By nolatom
Re: Know the rules!

Sail/sail: starboard over port, leeward over windward

Sail/power: sail wins (unless power is *really* huge and/or hard to steer e.g. deep draft, restricted, etc and you should't be that close...
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