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Search: Posts Made By: SailingJackson
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: forestay max diameter?

The winds you may see are only half of the equation. The rigging does not need to hold up against the wind. The rigging only needs to provide counter torque against the righting moment of the boat....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 911
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Concern about lightning strikes

If you want to feel safer just pound a piece of rebar into the ground and then use jumper cables from the mast to the rebar.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-07-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 9,410
Posted By SailingJackson
Sail to work

For years I lived on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin and kept my boat at a mooring field on the western short of Lake Mendota. I worked downtown Madison, just 3 blocks from the pier and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,110
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Topping lift loads?

I recall times when I or someone else happened to be up on the cabin while flaking the main while the mainsheet was eased, just when some power boat wake comes by and rolls the boat. Loosing balance...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 676
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Radar reflector questions

Practical Sailor did some testing. My recollection is that most of the radar reflectors were sort of OK, even the cheap ones, but almost all of them showed dramatic reductions in the effectiveness...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 147
Posted By SailingJackson
Les Voiles de St. Tropez

I've always heard about the annual gathering of classic yachts, but this year I find I'll be in the area about that time. Can anyone suggest where I can find out more? Everything I can find is in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,460
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Anchoring/leaving under sail

I think it depends on a detail. My feeling is that it's irresponsible to do so strictly under sail since something can go wrong, BUT, there's nothing wrong with entering or leaving under sail with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,504
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Why don't boats have headlights?

I'm with you. I think the concept is clueless.

I remember one beautiful night, rowing to shore from the mooring. It was a great summer night with a full moon. You could read a newspaper it was...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-25-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,096
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Cruising and career

Depends where you want to work and how much you want to make. In Chicago or New York you're expected to be career focused. If you're not career focused, then get out. Go to Hawaii, Boulder...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Looking for boat; limited by bridge clearance

I knew a sailor in Oxnard who had a 35' boat with bridge limitations. He had a deck stepped mast and rigged a system toggles and guys to bring the mast down to about 45 degree angle every time they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: ATN Tacker experiences???

I'm on the side of the positive reviews here. I had one on my 25' boat and now use one on my 36' boat. It was nice sometimes on the 25', it's essential on the 36' boat. The bigger the boat is, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-17-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Bow Thruster by eXturn.

$6k installed seems high for that sort of unit. There are a couple of traveling companies that will install a conventional for $7.5K. Florida Bow Thrusters quoted about that to drive from Florida...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-17-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

You have plenty of anchor for a 2500 lb boat. Just get some nylon rode. The poly line will float and the Bahamian mooring as pictured in an earlier note will guarantee fouling the lines with the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

One more thing to consider. It seems like those poly lines came with the boat and also appears that you are still learning about boating/sailing. Please note the consistency of the responses here,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

Your 30' of heavy chain should be about 53 lbs. Your 53' of light chain is probably 38 lbs. URL reference is here: New Page 1...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

The heavy chain is a poor match to the anchors, but as long as you have it you might as well use it. If you want a more secure hold, heavier chain is better.

You don't have an anchor rode. That...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I usually throw out old junk. Potential replacements are stored shoreside except for critical things like replacement Vbelts or impellers. I like keeping sailing simple and too much junk on board...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 2,483
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Liferafts and other survival equipment

I sail a Catalina 36 on Lake Michigan. The smallest raft that seemed to have any sort of reputation is Winslow. I got their 4 place ultra light offshore, which is really coastal I think. Sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,491
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Deck core - what on earth am i doing wrong....

Sounds like you're starting at the deck. When I've seen this done they were coming up from below. I think most boats have a good deal of glass and resin on the outside, built right up to the gel...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 04-08-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,952
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Take me with you on your next sailing adventure! Short notice OK!


This is not a good way to start. You only want to be on a safe boat with a careful skipper. A careful skipper will be circumspect about taking you on board with no experience and now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SailingJackson
bottom feeding, democracy, and economics

It's been a popular discussion here recently. The focus is on cost of new boats and where one sits in the social hierarchy; from expensive new down to used beater boats.

I'd like to say that I'm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-02-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By SailingJackson
Navionics web charts and SonarCharts

Navionics has charts online at WebaApp | Navionics (
They offer the standard charts, plus their new SonarCharts. SonarCharts are turned on when in the web...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 932
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: towing vehicle choices

Be sure you know what is in the "factory tow package". I know someone who burned out the transmission on his new Suburban and was not covered under warranty. The dealership told him that his...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-27-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 4,791
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Jeanneau or Catalina

Absolutely true, from a matter of perspective. One person's "old fashioned" is another person's "classic". It's my belief that classic looks lead to a slower depreciation as classic does not go out...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-27-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 4,791
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Jeanneau or Catalina

The 34 and 36 were low freeboard, skinny, and pretty classic. Catalina tried the Winnebago/Hunter approach and created the 350. The 350 had tremendous room inside but looked a bit blimpish with all...
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