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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-27-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By DamonVT
Re: Ranger 33 or Ericson 35-2 for Offshore?

Still no significant downwind experience to report, but I was surprised to find out yesterday that the R33 heaves-to fairly nicely. An inexperienced friend and I had set out early in light wind to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-26-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,512
Posted By DamonVT
Re: Calling all Electric drive sailboat owners

I just finished installing a 5.5 kW system from Propulsion Marine in my 1976 Ranger 33 that I keep near Burlington, VT. At this stage it works well but I need to permanently mount the components and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-08-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By DamonVT
Re: Ranger 33 or Ericson 35-2 for Offshore?

I think you're right the downwind speed and tracking are important, but having only sailed the boat one season and a bit this year (I got a late start after putting in an electric motor) in a bay...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-07-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By DamonVT
Re: Ranger 33 or Ericson 35-2 for Offshore?

The numbers look so close they are probably irrelevant. I have a 1976 Ranger 33 that I may take offshore in the future. I like how narrow it is for capsize resistance. I like the bronze through...
Forum: SailNet FAQ   03-12-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 945
Posted By DamonVT
Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

Hi, best practice when mounting/bedding deck hardware on a cored deck is to remove some of the core surrounding the holes to protect the remaining core from water intrusion.

For big holes,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-29-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,701
Posted By DamonVT
I have a copy of "Desirable and Undesirable...

I have a copy of "Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts" that discusses this. You are right: people had previously thought of a capsize more like a static event with the large...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 6,158
Posted By DamonVT
Hi, the article Cruiser2B mentioned is in the...

Hi, the article Cruiser2B mentioned is in the May/June 2011 issue and is by Joe Steinberger. His DIY system was rather different than the $$$ systems Practical Sailor covered around the same time.
...
Forum: Ranger   09-21-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 4,244
Posted By DamonVT
First, consider a composting head like the Air...

First, consider a composting head like the Air Head or Nature's Head to avoid this problem altogether. I'm taking out my tank and doing this.

My R33 had a ~20 gallon holding tank in the port...
Forum: Ranger   08-01-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 4,244
Posted By DamonVT
Hi, I've had my 33 for about a year and am not...

Hi, I've had my 33 for about a year and am not aware of a 33 group, but there is an active Ranger facebook group: Log In | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/RangerSailboats/?ap=1) and there is...
Forum: Ranger   08-01-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 2,281
Posted By DamonVT
I am in the process of replacing the cockpit...

I am in the process of replacing the cockpit drain hoses and thru-hulls and adding valves on my '76 R33. If I were not increasing the diameter of the thru-hulls, I would not replace them and would...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-27-2011
Replies: 436
Views: 58,116
Posted By DamonVT
Look at this...

Look at this (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/sailnet-com-polls/42652-what-your-age.html). A pretty good chunk of Sailnet is under 30.
Forum: SailNet FAQ   01-18-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By DamonVT
Nah don't truck it, just go through Hawaii,...

Nah don't truck it, just go through Hawaii, Japan, and Alaska. Not only would you have the current, it'd be a lot more fun than hiring a truck!

I don't really know how hard it would be to go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By DamonVT
Hi Charles, a book I like that addresses a number...

Hi Charles, a book I like that addresses a number of your questions is Hal Roth's How to Sail Around the World. Lin and Larry Parday also write about long distance cruising, but I haven't read any of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 4,662
Posted By DamonVT
Burlington, VT was mentioned along with...

Burlington, VT was mentioned along with Burlington College and the University of Vermont, but there is also Champlain College to round out the in town colleges, and St. Micheal's College is just out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2011
Replies: 436
Views: 58,116
Posted By DamonVT
Congratulations Omaho for having the right...

Congratulations Omaho for having the right priorities and staying fit and free to sail!

I'm 29 and have a Ranger 33 on Lake Champlain.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   10-22-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 695
Posted By DamonVT
Hey Pickle, that ketch does look great. I'd go...

Hey Pickle, that ketch does look great. I'd go check it out if I were you, while wondering what's wrong with it to make it so cheap...let us know how it goes.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   10-22-2009
Replies: 3,408
Views: 884,018
Posted By DamonVT
Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain
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