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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

As to when he will arrive, we have to learn to think in RDST*, which may not resemble "our" time.

With fair wind and tide, which will happen eventually, we will see him finish Improbable/damn near...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 6,021
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sailing Anarchy Seized By Fed's??

18 USC 983 is the federal civil forfeiture statute

"fo" the Southern District of California??

Hmmmmmmm....


PS: I'm one of Smack's "others" from over there at SA.. watch out!! We bad,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By nolatom
Sometimes it doesn't take much.

A friend invited me out on his 30-footer for a short sail, the boat hadn't been sailed in a while, probably for want of crew.

Nice day, westerly wind 5, built almost to 10. Sails are probably...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 850
Posted By nolatom
Re: crazy boom question

Just be careful about those crazy booms. I got hit with one once ;-)
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By nolatom
Re: "Class jib", "working jib"

Having six or seven names for almost the same thing is what makes, and keeps, sailing fun...;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 879
Posted By nolatom
Re: Rigging Failures

I'm thinking there is a progression of breaking strengths in any load-bearing system (mast, standing rigging, halyard-extenders, and sails in this case) such that in case of excessive force on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By nolatom
Re: Dutch sailor missing in the Atlantic

From what you've posted, He and his boat sound, and look, like a solid team. I, too, would be cautiously optimistic. He may have had problems with his mast/rig and could be proceeding slowly with a...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By nolatom
Re: Please explain headers/lifts to newbi

I can't . Dr. Walker makes my head hurt. ;-)

I'm thinking of when you have to ride a header, or tack off of a lift, say to clear your air at the start, or to avoid overstanding near the lay...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 97
Views: 4,435
Posted By nolatom
Re: How many sailors actually know how to sail?

Racing has ruined me. I don't 'relax' til a sail is tensioned and trimmed right.

But in a life of doing both, I've found much more in racing that I can use in cruising, than vice-versa.
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By nolatom
Re: Please explain headers/lifts to newbi

Multihull girl is right. Lifts lift you towards your destination when beating upwind but may be less welcome downwind since it could turn a broad reach (usually faster) into a dead run (slower). ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,424
Posted By nolatom
Re: Senior moments .. what's yours?

I prefer to do mine in front of my sailing students whenever possible, it helps them see me as human, and not demi-godlike and infallible (ha ha):

Leave one dock line tied, attempt to leave slip...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 03-15-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By nolatom
Re: Variation question for chart navigators

So if I fail to account for this, I could be off by a factor of 1/26,000th?

Very scary indeed. I'm convinced ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-07-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,214
Posted By nolatom
Re: The compass ... old hat?

To me, electronics is digital, magnetic (or gyro) compass is analog. I love analog. And I too am shocked when I'm on a boat where all the red instrument lights work except the one on the mag...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Looks like he will get a nice 20-knot wind kicking him in the ass on stbd broad reach, then port, much of the way to SF. Cross your fingers for the boat but Rimas is evidently a tough and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Agreed, Jon. But I'm speculating Rimas actually intended to be one of those guys. His social-media Russ-English was (I think) easy to misinterpret, from quasi-Pan into quasi-Mayday.

the CG seems...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

I'm thinking it's a "language thing", who knows. "Mayday" is international, Rimas is wiggy to be sure, but would know what it means by now. He didn't try to call distress on the way to Hilo with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Well, looks as though his Facebook friends have triggered a search:

Coast Guard Searching for Mariner in Distress Off the Big Island | Hawaii News and Island Information...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Hope that's right. "Pan Pan" is much better than the "M" word...

I don't get the impression that Rimas himself is asking for this help, and has good enough comms to do so if he chose.

Am I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Spot has him about 1/4th of the way to Puget Sound from Hilo.

Wind map for that area isn't too horrible, unlike to the northwest and east of him

Current Marine Data | Oceanweather Inc....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,102
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sailing a technological breakthrough?

I hope it comes to pass, but still question whether the unforgiving cost per ton per mile equation will allow it to flourish as a mainstream cargo transport regime.

But might it fit in as a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 264
Views: 11,474
Posted By nolatom
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

You mean you don't have to put the helm over on Tuesday in order to tack by Thursday?? ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,102
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sailing a technological breakthrough?

I want to skipper a 99-gross ton coastal lumber schooner (which would fit within my seldom-used license).

Wait..has that been done already?

I think if the price of fuel went way way up, we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trip S Florida to Galveston Bay

I think the Pilot charts are the best advice:

Atlas of Pilot Charts for the Major Oceans of the World (http://www.offshoreblue.com/navigation/pilot-charts.php)

If you can do the Canal, you'll...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-25-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 15,244
Posted By nolatom
Re: Around the world on a 500-buck San Juan 24? He's got guts for sure..

Or some Pilot Charts?

Atlas of Pilot Charts for the Major Oceans of the World (http://www.offshoreblue.com/navigation/pilot-charts.php)

I'm not a Pacific sailor but Feb and March don't look...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-24-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By nolatom
Re: Colored fairleed?

"Red is Green, and Port is Starboard"!


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