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Search: Posts Made By: dchew
Forum: Racing 03-16-2003
Replies: 3
Views: 2,973
Posted By dchew
Foreguy at Mast Base

Hi Gang -

I''m leading my foreguy to the base of the mast, so it pivots on the same plane as the pole. This avoids having to ease the foreguy when the pole is pulled back.

My problem is that...
Forum: Racing 01-21-2003
Replies: 1
Views: 1,435
Posted By dchew
What do all those chevrons mean?

I understand that a race winning boat will put chevrons on their sails or boat to signal their victories.

Can someone give me a short course on Chevrons 101? What do the colors mean, too?
Forum: Racing 01-21-2003
Replies: 2
Views: 6,566
Posted By dchew
Dry Sailing vs. Not Dry Sailing

Dry sailing is much less costly, but consider the practicalness, too.

Wet sailing is SO convenient.

Dry sailing is such a bother. For example, on big race days, you have to wait to use the...
Forum: Racing 01-21-2003
Replies: 15
Views: 6,034
Posted By dchew
backstay adjuster

I second JeffH''s recommendation for a cascading backstay. It provides more power than the pinching system. The Merit 25s in the SF area came with the pinching system and we''ve all moved over to a...
Forum: Racing 01-21-2003
Replies: 2
Views: 1,679
Posted By dchew
bottom painting

Jonny, using a chemical stripper is so much faster than sanding. You can buy the "marine brand" stuff at $30/gallon or go to KMart and get the same stuff in a different labeled can for much less. ...
Forum: Racing 01-03-2003
Replies: 40
Views: 6,808
Posted By dchew
Current State of Sailboat Racing is Pretty Bad

Okay. I thought I''d give everyone a week or so to take a swing at me. Some of you should be classified in the heavyweight division. Ouch!

Thanks for the responses, guys. Youíre all right,...
Forum: Racing 12-26-2002
Replies: 40
Views: 6,808
Posted By dchew
Current State of Sailboat Racing is Pretty Bad

I''m prepared to be tied to a stake and burned for stiring up a little controversy...

"The general state of club level racing is pathetic. Sure there are some good, tight fleets, but I''ve seen...
Forum: Racing 12-10-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 1,542
Posted By dchew
How does one get to sail in the Olympics?


Does anyone know what''s involved to become an Olympic sailor?

For example...
How much does it cost?
How many races?

Douglas Chew
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 05-15-2002
Replies: 0
Views: 649
Posted By dchew
San Francisco Bay - Berkeley


I''m looking for crew for a Merit 25. Experience not necessary, as we can teach/train.

Boat is set up with new 1/4" Yale halyards, new Kevlar sails, and oversized Lewmar 40 winches. Boat...
Forum: Racing 05-11-2002
Replies: 4
Views: 1,596
Posted By dchew
Speed Targets for Racing Boats

Jim, while you''re waiting/looking for your polars, try this...

For 10 knots and less of true wind, don''t sail any lower than 145 degrees.

For every knot over 10 knots true, you can sail...
Forum: Racing 05-09-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 1,392
Posted By dchew
WANTED: bottom paint advice

My Merit 25 now lives on a Hydrohoist. Because of that, I''ve stripped the ablative down to the epoxy, barrier coat.

Is there anything I can put over the barrier coat that''ll make the bottom...
Forum: Racing 05-05-2002
Replies: 8
Views: 1,943
Posted By dchew
Recomended reading for racing?

Dr. Walker? Wasn''t he the head of a successful sleeping disorder clinic?

I second Perry''s rules book, BUT, and I have a very big but, nothing beats a few seasons of close contact dinghy racing...
Forum: Racing 05-05-2002
Replies: 0
Views: 2,211
Posted By dchew
Seeking Jib Traveler Advice

Okay, you brilliant SailNet racers, here''s a nice brain twister...

MISSION: Design a traveler for the jib clew. The range of the trav needs to move from the cabin top out to the rail, which is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-27-2001
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By dchew
Hydrohoist a Keelboat?

Thanks, Marc.

My boatlift, to be installed soon, cradles the hull with trailer-like beds and then lifts the hull 30" out of the water.

Windex will be safely 30'' away from any part of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-05-2001
Replies: 0
Views: 512
Posted By dchew
Hydrohoist a Keelboat?

Am about to put my Merit 25 on a hydrohoist.

Have ONLY seen powerboats and multihulls use these things.

Anyone ever see a keelboat on one? If so, did you have a chance to talk to the owner?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-05-2001
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By dchew
Hydrohoist a Keelboat?

Am about to embark on something I''ve never seen done. I''m gonna put my Merit 25 on a Hydrohoist.

Other than powerboats, have ONLY seen multihulls on lifts.

Anyone ever see a monohull,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-05-2001
Replies: 2
Views: 1,276
Posted By dchew
Yankee 30s

I sailed a Yankee 30 for a number of years. A very fine boat. It is well known for its extraordinary pointing-ability.

A VERY classic looking sailboat. As I was maneuvering in the fairway,...
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