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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,632
Posted By paulk
Re: Anchoring

In tight spots, a Bahamian moor can often work wonders. You drop two anchors and essentially sit between them, so your anchoring circle radius is really short. We did this once, anchoring at night...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By paulk
Re: Alternate and/or Emergency Ladders - Who's Using What?

Ladders off the transom are useless in most situations at sea. If you manage to grab onto a rung as it rises up, you get bashed on the head as the stern comes back down- if you can keep your grip and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 961
Posted By paulk
Re: Moorings Put Where There Weren't Moorings

Checking charts more carefully would show a number of good places to anchor on both shores of Long Island Sound. On Long Island we've anchored in Port Jefferson, Cold Spring Harbor, Northport, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-02-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 5,848
Posted By paulk
Re: Max wind

It would be surprising to need to reef in just 15 knots of breeze - especially with only a 100% jib up. If it is a new boat, are the instruments calibrated properly? It could also be that she's quite...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 549
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY Jacklines

We rigged DIY jacklines by re-purposing the wire from our old jib halyards when we went to all-fiber. We ran them them from a padeye at the bow, inside the shrouds, and aft to the car that our...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-28-2014
Replies: 214
Views: 16,036
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailnet Suggestion Box

It's starting again. Too many subfora, subgroups, sub-discussions. Billyruffian just had an interesting post about a close quarters encounter with a ferry. Many people can identify with that...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 06-28-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 901
Posted By paulk
Re: Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

We found Howth to be much more relaxing than than Dublin (DunLairoughe?) When we asked about anchoring in Rosslaire, the ferry suggested we had better try another spot. They do zip around, those...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-28-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By paulk
Re: Tools and spare parts to jury rig major systems

There are plenty of books and web pages that answer this question. The problem is taking all the gear they suggest without towing a barge behind you. Distilling all the suggestions into what is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-22-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By paulk
Re: Happy sailstice!!!

It ended up being beautiful here, including a breeze. We set out at about 15h00 Saturday and had a tight reach over to a protected anchorage in Northport, Long Island, getting there about 18h00. We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-21-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By paulk
Re: Happy sailstice!!!

We almost made it to Sailstice last night - trying to cross a finish line in the dark. The Time Limit expired before anyone finished, though we were obviously in first place. The six of us on the...
Forum: Racing 06-21-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By paulk
Re: New zealand debate rages re ac rules and nz not entering

As was mentioned in another thread, the defender doesn't get to practice in the elimination series, so perhaps needs a sparring partner/backup boat. We saw how long it took them to get up to speed...
Forum: Long Island 06-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By paulk
Re: Blackrock CT

People should be aware that the Black Rock Yacht Club, which they pass on the way to Captain's Cove, has two guest moorings available for visitors. Their restaurant is excellent, as is the view...
Forum: Long Island 06-19-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By paulk
Re: Essex Ct

The Griswold is OK for cocktails, but for food you are likely better off elsewhere. Yacht facilities are all close to town - easy walking distance - Essex Boatworks, Essex Island Marina, are north...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 782
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing Watch

If I need a watch to tell me what the weather is doing, I'm in trouble. It might also go off whenever he takes a plane: not helpful unless he wants to meet more of the nice people at Homeland...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-18-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,749
Posted By paulk
Re: How do you fold the headsail underway?

Stuffing is definitely not the route to go if longevity is your goal. The puckers that occur when you stuff a sail into a bag will likely cause weak spots in the sail AND stretch the threads in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,238
Posted By paulk
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

Inflatables run counter to the KISS principles in my book. Earlier this spring we had a man rescued from a capsized single scull. A passer-by noticed the overturned hull in the water and called 911,...
Forum: Racing 06-10-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By paulk
Re: ilc 40 conversion

The fractional spinnaker is obviously hurting your downwind performance compared to some of your competition. An asym might help, but results will depend a lot on the sail (exactly how it is cut) and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By paulk
Re: Old mainsail design: "shelf and zipper"

We went to a loose footed main and have enjoyed improved performance ever since, regardless of wind strength. The sail has a better shape when it isn't restricted by being attached to the boom along...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,397
Posted By paulk
Re: Mooring Line

The heaviest line that will fit on your mooring cleat is what I'd use. Tensile strength? You can get 1/8" line that will lift six tons and which would break the links in your chain if you were able...
Forum: Racing 06-08-2014
Replies: 2
Ott
Views: 372
Posted By paulk
Re: Ott

Maybe. Maybe not. Guess we'll find out.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,087
Posted By paulk
Re: Bird nests in the boom

We had swallows try to build a nest in the MOB buoy tube in our transom. The sole solution: SAIL THE BOAT MORE! They won't come back.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,485
Posted By paulk
Re: What range of heel angles do you consider optimum?

Every boat is different. A Bristol 31.1 might perform better upwind at about 25º of heel than at 15º. Bristols tend to be narrow boats that do better when they heel more. Heeling might help reduce...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,714
Posted By paulk
Re: Stand-on? Give way?

It sounds like a fairly tight space, though there appears to be no speed restriction. It also sounds like the powerboats don't care. You could try trailing some lines. Maybe some long, floating...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-26-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 934
Posted By paulk
Re: Off-shore delivery contracts

From what I've gathered about Mexican (and possibly US) authorities, it might be a good idea for your delivery captain to have an official document showing that he has been designated to skipper your...
Forum: Racing 05-26-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By paulk
Re: Stamford Block Island race

Heard from friends that it was a beat out and a beat back. Saw some of them returning on Saturday evening, lucky for them they had an incoming tide at that point; breezes were light and flukey. ...
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