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Search: Posts Made By: Fran49829
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-29-2002
Replies: 1
Views: 1,568
Posted By Fran49829
Need someone to teach me sailing

If you cannot find help you can learn to sail the old fashioned way by simply reading and studying books. The only tricky part is learning to tell which way the wind is coming from which is very...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-26-2002
Replies: 17
Views: 3,077
Posted By Fran49829
sailing in a thunderstorm

I listen to the weather reports 4 times a day, watch the sky, always have a lookout, everyone always wears pfds but I am not worrried about being struck by lightning. I have been through hundreds of...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-07-2002
Replies: 37
Views: 5,497
Posted By Fran49829
PFDs--all the time?

Yes, pfd''s all the time. Day, night, alone, with crew, in calms, in 10 knots, all the time.

I hate wearing my sospenders when it is hot and really should buy a lighter model or a belt pack for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By Fran49829
Sail trim

In my expeience this is normally due to the jib car on the port jib track being too far back. Move this car forward in increments untill the leach stops fluttering. Moving the lead forward tightens...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-08-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 2,697
Posted By Fran49829
Entering and leaving dock solo

I have a line tied to the dock with an eye on the end. This line is looped around the outward piling (it is not removed when leaving the slip) and is the exact length to stop the boat in the exact...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-03-2002
Replies: 12
Views: 3,298
Posted By Fran49829
heavy weather????

I agree 100%. Wear life jackets all the time. Experienced sailors know that you really never know when you are going overboard, it is really that simple. I now wear an inflatable with harness even...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-02-2002
Replies: 62
Views: 9,848
Posted By Fran49829
Dangerous Wakes Revisited

I sail a little Freedom 21. On open Lake Michigan why in the world does it seem like so many 30 foot plus power boats go out of there way to get closer? Is it because they can''t believe such a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-02-2002
Replies: 12
Views: 3,298
Posted By Fran49829
heavy weather????

I agree that what constitutes "dangerous conditions", at its lower limits anyway, depends an awful lot on the boat and skill and experience of the sailor. Most sailors on Lake Michigan consider 20...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-01-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Centerboard Position

Probably none in April, May or June. We and I used to do it from the 2nd week of July to the end of August. Even so probably no one else would even consider doing what I, we, have done. It is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-21-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 2,114
Posted By Fran49829
Beginners with Fuel Storage

I cruise a Freedom 21 and carry 8 gal of gasoline in the fuel locker and 6 gal in a plastic gas can which I put in the aft end of the cockpit next to the transom. My Honda 5 will run full blast for...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-21-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Centerboard Position

The actual point I have been unsuccesfully trying to make is that in heavy weather it is critical to use only enough board to maintain your course so that when you are hit with a big gust, or wave, ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-21-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Fran49829
GPS and lat lon

Thank you. I went to "setup menu" and then to "navigation" where at the top of the page was "position frmt" where I can select "degrees, minutes, seconds and tenths of seconds" or "degrees, minutes,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-21-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Fran49829
GPS and lat lon

Once again, 50 seconds does not equal .500 and if your gps is set up to work on hundreths for the seconds and you enter .500 for 50 seconds the position is plain wrong.

On another note I have a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-20-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Fran49829
GPS and lat lon

No, I am not pulling your leg at all. I believe I am very correct on this.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-11-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Fran49829
GPS and lat lon

I ran into a guy a few years ago who was making a simple mistake when entering published latitude longitude coordinates into his gps and want to bring it up here in case anyone else is doing the same...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-11-2002
Replies: 9
Views: 963
Posted By Fran49829
Off shore sailling

I agree, go when the weather is good. Be flexible.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-10-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Emergency Anchor Setup

I have line tied to the anchor at whatever length I want (usually 60 feet for shallow water) and then tie this line to the line running back from the bow which would give me about 75 feet or so of...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-10-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Centerboard Position

Yes, I could steer a straight course but I did head higher up to compensate for the drift which I am sure was considerable being the distance sailed on this reach was about 45 miles ( Washington...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-10-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Emergency Anchor Setup

I sail a small boat, 21'', and came up with a way to get an anchor out off the bow without going forward. I ran a line (actually a double line loop) from the bow cleat through the bow chock and back...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-10-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fran49829
Centerboard Position

My son and I were almost across Lake Michigan approaching South Manitou Island on a reach with a storm main and jib, our Lightning moving along well, heeling a fair amount, in maybe 6 foot waves when...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-09-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 1,251
Posted By Fran49829
Binoculars

I was in the same position last year. I bought a $200 pair of waterproof 7x50 Nikons which have good resolution but not great resolution. If you can focus Jupiter into a round object and Venus into...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-09-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Posted By Fran49829
Which GPS??

I have helped alot of people learn to use their GPS''s and as far as I am concerned ease of use is very important as is a clear display and I would buy a waterproof unit next time. I have a Garmin...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-09-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 2,746
Posted By Fran49829
Killer Tiller

I sail a Freedom 21, with a 5 hp Honda and tiller. I have the motor swivel tightened down so it won''t rotate except with alot of effort. I use the tiller to steer. I have a fixed line on the dock...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2002
Replies: 19
Views: 1,699
Posted By Fran49829
Most important electronic equipment

Circumstances are different depending on where and when you sail and what kind of boat you have. I know my waters pretty well, can almost always see the bottom if it gets shallower than 15 feet, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2002
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By Fran49829
Any Other Good Forums?

Are there any there any other sailing forums you have found on the web that you like?
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