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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-22-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 902
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Mercury 15CB overhaul

Hi WD, I came across this post from a Bing search looking for rigging diagrams for MY 61 Mercury. Dis you have any luck outside of here? Info on these seems a bit scarce.
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Moving on up! LOL!

I'll definitely think about a trolling motor. Plenty of room for a battery.
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Moving on up! LOL!

"Plastic Classic", I like that! I saw on another site someone called them "bathtubs with sails"! But it was damn near being given away, and my old knees just didn't want to crawl around in the Zuma...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-06-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By BillyOC
Moving on up! LOL!

After 2 seasons with my Zuma, I picked up a Cape Cod Shipbuilding Mercury 15. Looking forward to using a jib. Came with a spinnaker too, but I'll wait a while on that. Has an outboard mount, any one...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-19-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By BillyOC
Re: For the under 15ft. lake and pond folks. Walk of shame.

No thank you Frogwatch! A friend of mine just got back from Florida. We both Geocache, and he told me he was going to try to find a few near where he was staying while he was down there. He told me...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-19-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By BillyOC
Re: For the under 15ft. lake and pond folks. Walk of shame.

Your right Caleb, I'll be a lot pickier about where I take the Zuma from now on. No sailing on Quabbin, but I'm hoping to make it up to either Otis reservoir and Littleville lake before we run out of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-11-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Latest sailing debacle

Why use a boat? Your in Arizona, just start walking south, and you'll be out of this country that you don't like in a couple hours.
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-10-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By BillyOC
For the under 15ft. lake and pond folks. Walk of shame.

Hey all, 5th time out with the Zuma this morning. Weather guy said breezy, headed out early to beat the powerboaters. Was trying a new pond I saw on the map. (Quabog Pond, Brookfield Mass.) First...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-27-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By BillyOC
Narragansett Bay boat launches?

Hi, I was looking for some input on possibly bringing my dinghy (Zuma, 13ft) down to Narragansett Bay. Coming from western Massachusetts I figured the north west area would cut down on the driving....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-25-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,195
Posted By BillyOC
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

I did the same thing last year! Learning to sail on my own at 50. All the reading and research was ok, but, the first time my Zuma heeled over in the wind and I started moving, that's when that stuff...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-24-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 2,202
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Why are we here?

I'm here for the collected knowledge of everybody else. I'm new at this and I have been able to find answers for a lot of questions without even having to ask.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-08-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,035
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Here is someone who seriously don't care

Can anyone on here fill in the details we couldn't read? WAS anyone hurt? Was the tug just a spectator?
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-10-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3,404
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Western MA sailing spots

Actually called the Quabbin Res. visitors center today. No sailboats.
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-08-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3,404
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Western MA sailing spots

As far as the river down by Longmeadow right now, there's hardly any water. Can darn near walk across. Not sure the ramp on the west side is even useable. The DAR suggestion I like though. If todays...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-08-2012
Replies: 58
Views: 8,297
Posted By BillyOC
Re: 52' houseboat aground holly hill,FL.

wow, I was bummed to have this end. I just kept hoping there was another page. We really need Tex to come in and wrap this up.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-25-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,958
Posted By BillyOC
Re: how to weigh a boat

Like Hellosailor said, you should have a scrapyard, or maybe a sand/gravel/cement business near you, even recycling places have drive on scales. Do the trailer, then the trailer with boat? Heck, I'm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-24-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 2,771
Posted By BillyOC
Re: WOW...another crazy law suit

Chord? Really? Has the job of "editor" been eliminated?
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-22-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3,404
Posted By BillyOC
Re: Western MA sailing spots

Took our Zuma out on Brimfield Res. Last saturday. Not huge, but no jetskis etc. A buddy at work recomended Littleville Lake up off Rt. 20 past Russell. I looked it up, nice long body of water with a...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-18-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 969
Posted By BillyOC
We did it!

My wife and I picked up a Vangaurd Zuma about a month ago, and finally, after a bunch of books, youtube, and of course "Sailnet", we took it out for the first time today. Had a blast! It was nice to...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   07-18-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By BillyOC
Gathering Information from Western Mass.

Hi everyone, My name is Bill O'Connor, and while kayaking on the Connecticut River, I watched a man sail up it, towards me. Too cool. Really want to do this. So far no luck with instruction way out...
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