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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-09-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,071
Posted By poltergeist
Go for it

That's a pretty conservative sailplan for an 18-ft. boat. For comparison, at 19 feet, a Flying Scot has 191 sq. ft., and the Lightning has 177. You should be fine singlehanding on all by the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-05-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,052
Posted By poltergeist
Rebel

Like dog said, a monohull will teach you more of what you need to know than a cat. And when the wind pipes up over 15 or so, will provide you with plenty of thrills, too.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-10-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By poltergeist
I don't sail catamarans, but in my observation,...

I don't sail catamarans, but in my observation, most enthusiasts sail them because they are the opposite of relaxing. They're looking for the rush of speed, which is what cats are built for. If...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-04-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,630
Posted By poltergeist
Yup, so cool it is. I've got to learn to sail...

Yup, so cool it is. I've got to learn to sail backwards with confidence, for those days when I can't luff up to the dock.
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-04-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,630
Posted By poltergeist
Heaving to in conditions you're describing (as...

Heaving to in conditions you're describing (as opposed to during heavy weather) is a great way to slow the boat way down so you can move about, eat a sandwich or just chill for a bit. Start the...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   05-07-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 6,437
Posted By poltergeist
Now that other Scot fans have shown up, I'd...

Now that other Scot fans have shown up, I'd certainly add my voice to the chorus. Both the Scot and the Rhodes 19 would be great choices if the original 18-foot parameter isn't that important.
...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   05-05-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 6,437
Posted By poltergeist
Thistle

Thistles are wonderful racing boats, but I wouldn't consider them very family or kid-friendly. The other choices you've been offered fit your parameters better, in my opinion.

Kurt
Forum: Introduce Yourself   04-19-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By poltergeist
Small world

Bill, I live in western Henrico, too, and day sail on Swift Creek Reservoir. Sounds like you're eventually thinking Chesapeake, but if you want to quell the jones in the meantime, I'd be happy to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-01-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,194
Posted By poltergeist
Suggestion ...

It happens that there's a thread on the Catalina 36 International Association web site about this project ... you could probably get yardage from one of the 8 or 10 people who contributed to the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,806
Posted By poltergeist
Need parts?

Here's a link to Lightning parts. Don't know if Nickels is the only current builder ... poke around.

https://www.fpcmall.com/store/nickelsboats/cart/index.html

Kurt
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,806
Posted By poltergeist
Another thought

Lightnings are nice boats. Keep in mind, though, that if he lost his mast, the po may well have done damage to the standing rigging at the same time, which could be a much bigger deal than simply...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-17-2010
Replies: 124
Views: 14,202
Posted By poltergeist
Damn

Just when this thread was about to run out of steam, a new member surfaces!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-08-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Posted By poltergeist
Poke around here and you'll find a recent thread...

Poke around here and you'll find a recent thread with a similar theme with a bunch of sound daysailer recommendations. Personally ... and this is just my taste ... I'd vote for a centerboard boat in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 10,772
Posted By poltergeist
Now THAT'S a handsome yellow boat, Bob! Kurt

Now THAT'S a handsome yellow boat, Bob!

Kurt
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 10,772
Posted By poltergeist
Afterthought

By the way, the same guy who did the coring and glass work, also successfully transformed the hull color from a '70's era banana yellow to white, and it looks great ... so pink is not necessarily...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 10,772
Posted By poltergeist
A bit more on Scots

You've gotten plenty of sound choices laid in front of you, but since you came back to Scots in your last post, let me offer some thoughts.

The delamination on the pink (shudder) boat may not pose...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-04-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 10,772
Posted By poltergeist
A few ideas

I own a Scot, and would encourage you to keep shopping around. You should be able to find a perfectly sound used boat for 5 grand. The Harpoon is a nice boat, fits your needs, but they're...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   02-27-2010
Replies: 2
  Howdy
Views: 454
Posted By poltergeist
Have fun!

One of my buddies has a P-15, and it's nicely rigged and fun to sail. Should be a great boat to learn on, so have a blast this summer.

Kurt
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By poltergeist
Well, it depends ...

A lot depends on the wind direction that day.

Some days, you'll have a refreshing beat up the lake close-hauled, followed by a slow dead run to get back. Other days, you might have a nice beam...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By poltergeist
Your recollection on sailing dead downwind is...

Your recollection on sailing dead downwind is correct. Most boats go measurably faster on a broad reach ... check your sailing books for a definition or explanation.

A "class association" is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-15-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By poltergeist
You've gotten some great suggestions

The folks who replied to your inquiry have offered some great ideas ... not one that I would disagree with. You've got a lot of sound choices, especially if you're looking to buy a used boat.

The...
Forum: Racing   01-07-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 5,747
Posted By poltergeist
Try this ...

Don't know what your search criteria were, but try "using a tactical compass."

You'll find all kinds of good info. Now, if I could just train myself to use one effectively, I'd probably have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2010
Replies: 83
Views: 4,813
Posted By poltergeist
Poltergeist got wet ...

Keeping alive a longstanding New Years Day club tradition, two friends and I splashed my Scot for a 10-minute sail at the Greater Richmond Sailing Association. Temp about 40, wind non-existent, but...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-28-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
Posted By poltergeist
Way to go ...

I was one of those "it's gonna be cold" guys weeks back, but sounds like you picked a fine day and had a great time. Couldn't tell from your note whether you were solo, or whether your neighbor went...
Forum: O'Day   12-22-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 3,246
Posted By poltergeist
You betcha

Hope that leads you somewhere productive. I have great affection for your boat. I learned to sail on Lake Michigan in Rhodes 19's and a friend had a Mariner 2+2, I think it was called. Anyway, a...
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