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Search: Posts Made By: SeaLifeSailing
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,606
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Instructor Qualification Clinic

Just make sure you are relaxed when you go into the on-the-water evaluations. I did CYA and not ASA, but it's the same idea. I saw instructor candidates who weren't successful, I think because...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,059
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Which Course to take...

Having taken a whole pile of these courses myself, and taught a bunch more, I'll throw in my two cent's worth. I don't know any of these schools, so I can't recommend one over another. But my...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 5,302
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
I just weighed in with another sailor, and...

I just weighed in with another sailor, and strongly encouraged him to take some lessons, but his situation is different. He's going to be sailing in coastal BC where there's just a lot more to know...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 4,826
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Insurance discounts

JC, I am not trying to defend the insurance company folks; they will always find a great way to make the most money possible. The reason they won't give you discounts for the commercial stuff, is...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 4,826
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Lessons: yay or nay

I am going to weigh in on this one.

As an instructor, of course I am biased, but here's why.

Putzing around in a sunfish on a warm inland lake is an awesome way to learn how to sail, and those...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
More is better

Hi Matt,

I don't think that following both tracks would be redundant. These are two different scenarios, and you will take away different things from both. I have been sailing my entire adult...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 7,188
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Not necessarily an issue

It all depends on what you plan on using the boat for. If cruising is your objective, a 27' boat is a great place to start. If you just want to daysail, then a 19' or 20' might provide you with a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-11-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,471
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Alrighty, I'll weigh in with my two cent's worth...

Alrighty, I'll weigh in with my two cent's worth on this one, although I think it largely rests on the captain's preference. I have once had a pawl skip in 35 knots of wind, and the speeding winch...
Forum: Diesel 05-11-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 3,418
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Mixing elbow

I had an exhaust mixing elbow blow up on my Yanmar 3GMD (raw water cooled). I solved it by having a custom elbow manufactured from 316 Stainless, which is the metal used in corrosive oil and gas...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-11-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 11,624
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
I enjoy having a good hard dinghy to row, and...

I enjoy having a good hard dinghy to row, and they tow decently, too. But as someone who often has novice boaters on board, an inflatable or RIB is really the only way to go, in terms of safety. ...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-11-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 17,936
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Originally self-taught, unless you count an...

Originally self-taught, unless you count an 'ashore lesson' in windsurfing theory.
I spent a lot of time in Canoes and rowboats as a kid, then windsurfers, and after a summer with my step-father's...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-10-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2,926
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Absolutely

This is not a pitch for my school, but I agree completely. When you go to an accredited school, you take a class with a professional instructor with a curriculum assembled by experienced sailors and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-10-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 6,307
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Couldn't agree more

I spend a pile of time on the water, and have owned a heap of different boats. Most of my sailing students come to the course ready to buy a boat. Usually their expectations are skewed because as...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-10-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 6,307
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Smaller production boats

There are definitely a lot of factors in play here. But as has been pointed out, the middle class are in quite a bit of distress right now. There's also a huge pile of used-boat inventory on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-10-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 7,285
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Furling Genoa in gusty winds

I am hearing all kinds of comments here about how poorly furling headsails perform. I just can't agree.

I sail well over 100 days a year in the pacific northwest. We get some pretty snotty days...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-02-2010
Replies: 180
Views: 50,938
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Informative Thread

Wow - there's a lot of great information in this thread!

I'll chip in with my two cents' worth... My boat came with a force 10 propane (exposed flame) bulkhead heater. It's essentially useless...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 3,328
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Hey Paul, congrats again - and as others have...

Hey Paul, congrats again - and as others have said, make sure to use the boat; have fun and play safe. Just a side not to be a little careful about the cheaper Canadian Tire battery chargers, as the...
Forum: Living Aboard 05-01-2010
Replies: 224
Views: 89,123
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
You can totally make it

I'd disregard whatever captain mike had to say - kind of a knuckleheaded comment with no real content except a 'bah-humbug' - you can totally get all of the things you are asking about in a...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-30-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,044
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Hellosailor has the right idea

I'm going to encourage you to listen to Hellosailor - he has the right approach and attitude. Generously helpful, methodical, informed. Everyone thinks they know a bit about boats; some know more...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-29-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,044
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Sympathetic

Seriously, there are oodles and oodles of people out there who would be willing to help you at no charge, just to have a bit of sunshine on their eye and hear the splash of water on a hull.

If you...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-29-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,246
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
When I go cruising, the first thing I do is check...

When I go cruising, the first thing I do is check the weather. Which way is the wind anticipated to go, at what speed? I have more than adequate ground tackle (anchor, chain and rode). My anchor...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-29-2010
Replies: 53
Views: 3,815
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Ah, perfect! A boat with no through-hulls or...

Ah, perfect! A boat with no through-hulls or storage space. It's called a log. I can't wait to order mine!
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-29-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,044
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Good points here. My advice will be simple. If...

Good points here. My advice will be simple. If you're not comfortable starting the boat, you could probably use some assistance once you've got the engine started. Either find an avid boater...
Forum: Living Aboard 04-29-2010
Replies: 224
Views: 89,123
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
I own a Lancer 36 and lived aboard for 2+ years,...

I own a Lancer 36 and lived aboard for 2+ years, very comfortably including winter conditions. Currently I use the boat as a teaching vessel, and living aboard doesn't make as much sense now as it...
Forum: Diesel 04-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 6,229
Posted By SeaLifeSailing
Looks pretty familiar

This looks very familiar. My air cleaner cover looked very similar. I replaced the filter element and cleaned the housing with some solvent. I believe that the 'gunk' pictured in your photos are...
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