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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 663
Posted By nolatom
Re: DIY Sunshade/Rain tent

That is way skillful.

I sail on borrowed boats. So my improv would typically involve the smallest jib on board, folded over some way or other, in a total jury rig which would sorta work (as long...
Forum: US Northeast   01-09-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By nolatom
Re: Chesapeake to Maine and back for summer 2017?

You will be traveling from "marina country" to "anchor or mooring buoy country" and back, so your "where can I leave her for a while Up East" question will depend more on finding a nice mooring buoy,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-16-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 2,131
Posted By nolatom
Re: Hull cleaning in the water

Being now a "done it once" bottom-cleaner (on a friend's 34' Luders, with scuba gear, at the marina), I'm a big authority on the subject ;-)

If you are going swimming to do it, a *great* help is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-16-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 985
Posted By nolatom
Bottom scrubbers earn their money! Says a first-time scrubber..

I get to borrow this nice Luders 34' Sea Sprite from a friend so yesterday I volunteered to clean the bottom of brackish "moss" from the bottom paint and boottop.
Nice day, warmish Lake...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-04-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By nolatom
Re: Correct way to motorsail in light airs...

I used to deliver boats occasionally, so motorsailing was a regular part of the drill. I try to trim sails to where they are doing some work, dampening the roll, and saving me a little fuel.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By nolatom
Re: Last Task: Smoky 6hp outboard

Just a guess, a smoky engine usually means it's running rich, too much fuel mist, not enough air, so combustion is incomplete and smoke results.

How to fix, I wouldn't know, I'm just an English...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 812
Posted By nolatom
Re: Licence Upgrades?

Take a look at Figure 11.403 in 46 CFR, here:

It shows that an OUPV license does not lead you to a 100-ton (or 50 or 25) Master's license of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 756
Posted By nolatom
USCG hearing into EL FARO sinking

Not sailing, but I think lessons about routing and storms and hurricanes are important to all mariners, the attached summary from gCaptain (a good daily maritime newsletter) may be of interest,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-13-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 767
Posted By nolatom
Re: Things to do CT & RI coast in Nov

I second the Mystic Seaport museum. And you might try a visit to the Coast Guard Academy, it's a pretty campus:
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-14-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,184
Posted By nolatom
Re: Force 5 sailboat good trainer?

In five to seven knots of fairly steady wind, absolutely, good for beginners.

Ten knots? good for sailing after you've done a couple of 5-7 knot sails

Fifteen knots? Downright sporty, dicey...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,622
Posted By nolatom
Re: Can a USCG Masters license help pay my way sailing around the globe on my own ves

Inside the US (which would include some of the Pacific, eg Hawaii, Samoa), the license is good, and will keep you legal when you carry passengers for hire. So yeah, this could offset some of your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-19-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By nolatom
Re: An inner city state school in London has bought an old race boat

Looks great, good on everyone involved. Here in New Orleans we are trying to raise money for and build, a community sailing center on the Lake.

Though I did kind of want to see the main up, too.....
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-22-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,056
Posted By nolatom
Re: ASA 101 Prep?

I will give a "chalk talk" at the outset, but if everyone has studied either a book or an on-line tutorial, or even just looked at the standard Points-of-sail circular diagram, I can make the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-10-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,332
Posted By nolatom
Re: Just finished teaching first asa 101 class

I try not to touch the tiller. Whoever has never run an outboard is our chief engineer. Get the sails up early, sail in the harbor and even in the piers if wind direction lets you.

Sail in and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-27-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 442
Posted By nolatom
Re: downwind sail for P26

you could find an old drifter (though they are mostly for reaching not running as I recall), or better yet, a newer assymmetrical spinny (descendant of the "gennaker"), as long as the luff length is...
Forum: Chartering   04-15-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 6,556
Posted By nolatom

"We fly for free, which makes it easier to get places. But because of her drinking, we aren't able to utilize the opportunity"

She can't be sober enough to board a plane? Or remain sober on one...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-18-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,835
Posted By nolatom
Re: what to check for before boat delivery?

If "the normal" means you are confident in rigging, sails, firefighting and lifesaving equipment, charts, provisions, engine, fuel, water, lights, radios, compass (accurate?), charts, ground tackle,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-27-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,261
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trouble pointing in Alerion 28

I've sailed one once or twice, but know nada about getting them to point high.

But this article I Googled, just might?

Tech Corner | San Francisco Bay Alerion Fleet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-19-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,457
Posted By nolatom
Re: The best licenses to work on a yacht and quick start your career

I have just mailed off to renew my 100-ton license for another 5 years (by which time I'll be 70! several 'outside consults" needed to fill out the Medical form).

Maybe the US is behind the times,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,096
Posted By nolatom
Re: 1977 Cheoy Lee Clipper 42

Pretty nice considering your camera limitations, looks like you had fair weather (at least when you filmed, ha ha)? I used to help my dad in a yacht brokerage where we sold Cheoy Lees, among others,...
Forum: Chartering   11-30-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 11,528
Posted By nolatom
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

I think you could do it after a half day with a captain. Basic ASA plus 30 hours of real sailing time is more than many down there will have had. Plus your powerboat time, and your aircraft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-11-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,577
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   10-24-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,208
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: 1,306
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: 5,036
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...
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