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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-15-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Oops--the URL for the list server is actually <A href=''http://list.sailnet.net/read/all_forums''>http://list.sailnet.net/read/all_forums</A>.

This is all undocumented so far--likely the operators...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-15-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Thanks guys, that did the trick. I guess the lists are moving to a new server at <A href=''http://list.sailnet.net''>list.sailnet.net</A> (note the .net). I''t''s a pretty nice new web interface,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-14-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By bob_walden
SailNet email lists dead?

Hi;

Does anyone know if the SN email lists are still running? I tried to subscribe to the Cal list, but it won''t take any of my posts. When I try to post, it says I''m not subscribed, and when I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-10-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 7,005
Posted By bob_walden
Beneteau 361 wheather helm

Sailormon nailed the response to this: even with the main completely luffing, in strong winds, a large headsail will also induce strong heeling and weather-helm. I had this experience on a Cal 31...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-30-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 3,501
Posted By bob_walden
Main Sail Shape

Ya know Dave, I think you just hit the nail on the head: if the wife is happy, you''re doing great! That''s probably the #1 thing to aim for--everything else is secondary. If she''s happy, then it''s...
Forum: Chartering   10-30-2004
Replies: 14
Views: 3,559
Posted By bob_walden
Last minute charter in BVI''''s

One thing occured to me to add: please be sure to cover all possible safety issues with your crew for dinghy operations. There was a very sad event in the bvi earlier this year, when a dinghyload of...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-29-2004
Replies: 10
  Reefing
Views: 3,326
Posted By bob_walden
Reefing

I''d add 2 items to the advice already given:

- When you''re getting ready to reef, heave-to on starbord first. Heaving-to is pretty easy: start on port tack, then tack over to starboard withough...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-29-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 3,501
Posted By bob_walden
Main Sail Shape

Dave;

The outhaul is a control line that pulls the clew (aft bottom corner) of the main backwards. Look at your boom and figure out what the clew is attached to. On some boats it''s attached to a...
Forum: Chartering   10-29-2004
Replies: 14
Views: 3,559
Posted By bob_walden
Last minute charter in BVI''''s

Mike;

There is a ton of stuff for a 20-year old to do in the bvi. Besides snorkeling, try getting a basic windsurfing rig from your charter company--most of them offer them as a "boat toy", along...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-20-2004
Replies: 55
Views: 27,864
Posted By bob_walden
In-mast furler; to buy or not to buy;

Hi;

My only experience with in-mast furling has come from 1 charter this year of a 2003 benny 42 CC, 20,000 lbs displacement--not particularly easily driven. I found the furling unit to be simple...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   10-06-2004
Replies: 0
Views: 926
Posted By bob_walden
Need Crew for Cost-Share Charter in BVI Jan 05

Howdy;

We''re chartering a 3 cabin, 2 head Beneteau 41 out of Road Town, Tortola, for 12 days starting Jan 14. You don''t need to book all 12 days.

Looking for a couple to share expenses with...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-26-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 3,283
Posted By bob_walden
MOB procedure with Spinnaker up?

Ugh! This scenario gives me the willies.

One thing it makes me think is that when short-handed there should always be some provision for autosteering, at least a tiller-tamer.

Jeff: I''m...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-10-2004
Replies: 15
  Safety
Views: 3,203
Posted By bob_walden
Safety

to me, it just makes sense to use a tether if I think there''s a chance I might go over. If I''m alone and I can''t get back on board, I can cut the tether. At least I have the option. And there''s a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-03-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 986
Posted By bob_walden
Dodger window spots

You might try plastic polish. Try it on a small corner first. If it looks like it won''t harm the window, then try using it to gently rub out the spots.

bw
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 5,780
Posted By bob_walden
roller furling vs hanked on headsails

I''m curious what the more experienced people''s opinions are for a cutter-rig that either has both headsails on rollers, or has the jib on a roller and uses hanks for the staysail.

This way you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-21-2004
Replies: 12
Views: 1,944
Posted By bob_walden
Hand held GPS

I too have a garmin 76map and am very happy with it. One suggestion: in the system settings, set it to battary-saver mode (slow-refresh mode or something like that) hand turn on WAAS support. This...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-14-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,772
Posted By bob_walden
Catamarans

To add to the excellent points above, I''ve sailed cats in the caribbean on charters, but only sail monohulls here at home in the SF bay. My wife, of course, loves the cats--says she likes the extra...
Forum: Racing   07-06-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 3,508
Posted By bob_walden
upwind Genoa trimming - lighter airs

The key to pointing as I understand it is to reduce the side forces that cause leeway. You reduce the side forces by moving the center of effort forward. Things that do this:

- Closed leeches on...
Forum: Racing   07-06-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 3,508
Posted By bob_walden
upwind Genoa trimming - lighter airs

The key to pointing as I understand it is to reduce the side forces that cause leeway. You reduce the side forces by moving the center of effort forward. Things that do this:

- Closed leeches on...
Forum: Racing   07-06-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,949
Posted By bob_walden
Mainsail Controls for conditions

It seems to me you''re past the "sailing for dummies" point, Mike.

A book I can recommend, which I have yet to get everything out of after over a year of reading and re-reading and re-reading: "A...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-05-2004
Replies: 34
Views: 15,401
Posted By bob_walden
Proper use of the Traveler

I think the most common use for a traveller is to use it to dump the main during puffs while sailing close-hauled. As the puff hits and weather helm develops, you ease the traveller down to spill air...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-01-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 4,085
Posted By bob_walden
What should I have done?

I''d add to the well-reasoned comments above the following: try not to be taken by suprise by the weather. You''ll never be able to do this 100%, but try nonetheless. Make sure you have a good NOAA...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-27-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 787
Posted By bob_walden
tides / guides

I think the best place to start is to find a good set of tide tables for the region you''ll be sailing in. Admiralty Charts in the UK is a good source for worldwide charts, current and tide...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-29-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 5,723
Posted By bob_walden
Wind speed vs safe learning?

Everyone else has had good advice for you, I don''t have any to add. I just wanted to say that if you do follow the above advice, and begin methodically teaching yourself while the wind is low,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-11-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 2,828
Posted By bob_walden
Quickstop COB recovery

Re high-wind quickstop: I was taught that this is a technique that should only be used when sailing close-hauled or close-reaching if the wind is up ("up" being a relative term depending on your...
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