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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   3 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,248
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Tansient Docking in the Florida Keys??

Bump for more info! I'll be right around there with you, cdsnyder83, at the same time and in a similar boat. My wife and I will launch our Catalina 22 from Marco Island right about December 21st. We...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 2,821
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: visit Cuba

It's been a while - like fifteen years - since my brother and I visited, but I for one would love to go back!

Guess which one is me. LOL
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 3,337
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Boat Shoes - you're lucky if you're average

Depends how hard you hit it I suppose, but they definitely help prevent your skull from splitting when it hits the deck.

Again, try finding the "perfect" boat shoe in a 4E width. Go on. Try.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-25-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,337
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Boat Shoes - you're lucky if you're average

I feel your pain, brother. I wear a 4E width myself. Almost none of the shoes listed above are an option for me.

But I have good news, Vibram Fivefingers are stretchy enough that they work GREAT...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-24-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,541
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Just another "heave to" question ...

Yes yes, of course, I'm sorry! What I meant, not what I said. LOL
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-24-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,541
Posted By dixiedawg
Just another "heave to" question ...

Is there no end to these?? :o

Anyhoo, our boat heaves to nice and easy. We do it all the time, for all the usual reasons. But, it seems that no matter what sails are up, or how far to leeward the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-05-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By dixiedawg
Dual-input charge controller?

I'd like to be able to hook my little 5w solar panel AND my 60w outboard motor up to a single charge controller. Does such an animal exist?

Doesn't have to be anything fancy, it's just one little...
Forum: Extreme Sailing Videos   09-12-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,952
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Hydroptere - World Record 51 kts

On YouTube it says 28 knots.
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-26-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,861
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: 25lb anchor on 22' boat?

Guys, I can't thank you all enough for the replies!! Everything I'm hearing is pretty much what I expected, which is encouraging. I want to keep this anchor if at all possible, especially since the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,861
Posted By dixiedawg
25lb anchor on 22' boat?

How many of you folks would say a 25lb Mantus anchor would be overkill on a Catalina 22, used for "adventurous" coastal cruising, in and around Florida?

I already bought the anchor, based on...
Forum: Florida - Keys   08-12-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 928
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Key Lime Sailing Club

Tagging along. I've eyed this place also. Catalina 22 and a cottage, $140/day for both I think? Not bad!
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls   08-07-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,749
Posted By dixiedawg
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-07-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,153
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Daysailer vs cat 22

Yes, we generally do it on the trailer. I tie a line to the end of the forestay, which my wife takes the other end of and walks to the front of the truck. I stand in the cockpit and lift the mast...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-07-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,153
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Daysailer vs cat 22

My wife and I have been trailer-sailing a C22 for a year now, and we couldn't be happier. We were avid tent-campers to start with, and we bought the C22 with the intention of using it as a small...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,498
Posted By dixiedawg
knockdown vs. capsize vs. broach

Can someone help me understand the differences between these three terms? Even the mighty Wikipedia has left me scratching my head a little. Thank you!!
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Will do, George, thank you!
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Hey Sandy - In one of the tracks shown, I was flying a class jib, in the other a 150. No, I've never been sure if I had the cars set right. I gather you move them forward for light air, aft for...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

GeorgeB, I can't thank you enough. With every post, you are teaching me something. Like you, I just want to sail well.

With regard to the forestay: I have always had a deuce of a time getting the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Thanks guys, I'm getting some great info here. I'll definitely use the compass and a little math to get my "real" tacking angles next time, both port and starboard.

Now speaking of tension, may I...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Yes, I don't think there is any current to speak of in either of the lakes pictured. And leeway is something I understand, of course, but I have no way of knowing how much progress it is costing me....
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By dixiedawg
tacking angles

I always thought that, since I can sail approximately 45 degrees off the wind, that I should be able to tack 90 degrees. But in practice, I'm not getting anywhere near that. My angles look closer to...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-12-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,806
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Three Years From Cruising

Man. That's what I've been saying a lot lately. Better late than never, but if I'd been a young(er) guy, this would have been my LIFE.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-27-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By dixiedawg
measuring a headsail

I have a jib which came with my boat that "should" fit, but doesn't. It's too long in the luff. I think I must be measuring things wrong.

Is a headsail's luff measured from head grommet to tack...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-24-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,592
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Wind and Sails

I think what the book might be is referring to is "sailing by the lee", which can cause an accidental gybe.

It's when, on a run, the wind is on the same side of the boat as the boom/mainsail. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-24-2014
Replies: 1,112
Views: 284,941
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Lets get some good sunrise/sunset pictures....

Sunset at Dog Island, FL:

http://i61.tinypic.com/5aqaub.jpg
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