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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: herSailNet 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By nolatom
Re: be nice to female captains "or else"

Okay, Xena can be a bit much. Lucy is cute, and a nice person.

But if either is Captain, just be nice anyway. Life will be easier, and Denise will be proud of you. ;-)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do I need new sails

It is entirely possible that your 35 year-old sails are "too old". Or not.

But based on your description, I would not let the "two guys who overtrim" to be the judges. Nor am I familiar with...
Forum: herSailNet 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By nolatom
Re: be nice to female captains "or else"

"Aye aye, Captain Flower!!"
Forum: Chartering 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

yeah and that's where STCW kicks in as well, at 200 tons. Why 100 tons is great for us desk-jockeys and rag sailors or occasional fill-in mate or second captains on the larger (99 gross ton)...
Forum: Chartering 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

I'm wondering why a "6-pack" OUPV license (for which you need only a year's time of 8-hour days) wouldn't serve your purpose while you continue to get the rest of your time for an "inspected vessel"...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,190
Posted By nolatom
Re: This is getting ridiculous

Sometimes the Coast Guard will use a "marginal" SAR call as training, or underway hours for flight crews wanting to stay current but crimped by limitations on funds for such training, which happens...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By nolatom
Re: New to Sailing

Small.

Tiller.

Yes.


You'll get better feedback from a smaller, lighter, faster, less forgiving boat. And develop a better sense of balance between boat, crew, and wind. Ditto for tiller...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By nolatom
Re: 16 ft Snipe - How many people can it hold?

I didn't say the Snipe wouldn't be fun, it would. Just not much room in that little cockpit for three.

Most of the boats for three are in the 16-19' range. (very) used Lightning? Thistle?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By nolatom
Re: 16 ft Snipe - How many people can it hold?

One adult, two kids, max. Designed for two adults, not three. High boom so you'll at least not all knock heads.

Vang will make the forward kid have to be a contortionist during tacks, and the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,190
Posted By nolatom
Re: This is getting ridiculous

So the Coast Guard had to send a Herc, then a cutter, plus diverts the OSG ship for an AMVER mission, and their (seaworthy??) boat gets a tow in? Not a comms schedule and they keep sailing best they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By nolatom
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

On a zero budget? Try filing the cam teeth a little sharper.
Agree you need thicker line to spread cams wider.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 601
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sailing around the world on a Wrangler

Actually, you will need the pontoons:

HD Man sailing around the world in amphibious car - YouTube
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

Agree, my "horizontal Cunningham cringle" idea is to be used only after you've used up every millimeter of "tightening" space on the end of the boom, however you do it. If you still have a baggy...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,254
Posted By nolatom
Re: Taking my ASA101 and 103 at once

Everyone above is right. Meaning it depends on your learning style. Some folks can get immersed and make the "connections" between disparate boat sizes and purposes, some can't. they all learn,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

Well, could you put a "Cunningham cringle" in the foot of the sail near the gooseneck fitting, much as is done for the luffs of mainsails to fit a racing length, or just to get sufficient tension...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By nolatom
Re: Finally sailed the Detroit River off Belle Isle

Correct on VHF, your basic marine radio. Handheld one will work for you, not too expensive. Let's say it goes flat-ass calm and you want to make sure that big lake ore carrier, squinting into the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By nolatom
Re: Finally sailed the Detroit River off Belle Isle

Laser exploring? Sounds like big fun, and welcome to sailing, a lifetime pleasure (so also is the Laser, sail it well and you can sail anything well).

Waterproof portable VHF and waterproof...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 584
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Well, yes, sort of crazy, but in a good way... ;-)

I wouldn't encourage flying it without the pole, though it can be a useful skill for short period just after you've removed the pole, or just...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 584
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

I would bet that 70% of cruisers don't use spinnakers, though many of that 70 do wing out their jibs on whisker poles or on the otherwise unused spinnaker pole.

But if you live or cruise in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By nolatom
Re: Picking a marina N FL- Gulf or Atlantic?

West coast (Gulf of Mex) will have actual winter. East coast (Atlantic Ocean near the Gulf Stream) won't. Water temperture is the difference.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By nolatom
Re: Name that yacht

But "Atlantic" looks to be gaff-rigged, while the good ship "Blur" is Marconi...;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,715
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sudden inability to sail upwind

This lake-sailing stuff sounds very tricky... ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 953
Posted By nolatom
Re: Outboards: sailing with the motor down.

Slows you less if in neutral so prop can spin.

But unless you're in the channel or harbor where you might need a kick from it in a hurry, leave it up, no reason not to.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By nolatom
Re: Lee shore: a cautionary tale for day sailors

Well, the event you were commemorating didn't go perfectly either, but got there just the same ;-)

Thanks for the good warning, lee shores must be respected, and the first principle of going...
Forum: Learning to Sail 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,616
Posted By nolatom
Re: high wind gybing technique??

The laminate carbon-based racing sails are very stable at holding their shape, but it comes at the price of being more stiff and brittle than the stretchier dacron sails they have replaced. They can...
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