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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-06-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 493
Posted By jwing
Re: Bareboat Charter this winter

I did a three-week charter in the Windward Islands: Grenada to St. Lucia round trip. On the return leg, we hit our favorite spots that we 'discovered' on the way up. We had a sporty overnight sail...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-20-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 2,081
Posted By jwing
Re: First sail report!

Spiral - I'd like to make a recommendation that might save you a expensive or painful, even deadly mistake: Don't sail directly downwind until you get more experience. You can make downwind progress...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   09-09-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 2,011
Posted By jwing
Re: New Sailor


Congratulations on having a cool wife! Good on ya for getting safety certified!

Here are some sailing tips that I found useful out of the gate and I still do:

1) Whatever...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-01-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 1,961
Posted By jwing
Re: I hate zippers!

I'll repeat the advice to lubricate zippers. Not necessary on your trouser fly, but it helps on outdoor gear.

My experience with the lace-up grommets is that, beside being a minor hassle, the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-20-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,941
Posted By jwing
Re: Trouble in Rockland, ME

A factor that needs to be considered is long-term cost-effectiveness vs. short-term profitability. A for-profit contractor has a disincentive to invest in infrastructure upgrades or even to maintain...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-16-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By jwing
Re: O'Day 20 vs DS2

Here is how I would look at it:

1. Condition of the boats would be my top priority. I would buy a boat only if it could be sailed immediately. Doesn't need to be perfect, but does need to be safe...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-18-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,428
Posted By jwing
Re: "Acceptance of the Vessel" question

If you don't understand the terms of the contract, don't sign it. There is no rule against modifying the contract with terms that you do understand.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-13-2015
Replies: 139
Views: 7,895
Posted By jwing
Re: Good Small Boat for Older, Fatter Woman to learn on

Nancy - Good move to consider trailerable boats. Now you have dozens and dozens of options - too many to learn about. I recommend that you develop a framework of budget and desired features rather...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-03-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,208
Posted By jwing
Re: Do Sailboats Sweat?

No, boats do not sweat. Yes, water vapor condenses on surfaces that are cooler than the dewpoint temperature. Sorry to be pedantic, but it will help you understand. I keep my boat on a trailer at...
Forum: Learning to Sail   11-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,416
Posted By jwing
Re: Best learning experience? Best sailing class? Where to go from here?

I know two people who sailed with John Kretschmer. They don't know each other. They both rave about how good their experiences were:

John Kretschmer Sailing - Schedule of Training Passages,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-17-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,302
Posted By jwing
Re: Newbie Reef Navigating

Me thinks that looks like a lousy place to sail into, even if the crew knew what them was doing. Me and my friends would anchor in the more leeward bay. Then us would take the dinghy around to...
Forum: Chartering   07-09-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,474
Posted By jwing
Re: Don't be so hard on the new guys

Regarding onlookers #1: Whatever they do or think is up to them and it doesn't really matter to me. However, I can control my perception and reaction.

Regarding onlookers #2: When I see them, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-12-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,987
Posted By jwing
Re: Strength Training for Sailors

Yoga is good, but be very careful with it. If you feel that you are stretching, you are going too far and/or doing it wrong. Yoga is good for strenghtening small balancing muscles and it also good...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-04-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 4,235
Posted By jwing
Re: Is sailing intuitive?

I agree that a small boat makes sailing more intuitve, but there is another key: Go out on the boat that you own, regardless of its size, find some open water, forget about all those sailing class...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-30-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 7,338
Posted By jwing
Re: 10K$ boat --- Are Insurance and Survey REALLY mandatory?

The boat you buy for $10,000 will probably be needing lots of deferred maintenance tasks taken care of - do it now safely and conveniently or do it later expensivley and maybe hazardously. I think...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-22-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 3,048
Posted By jwing
Re: Used Sailboat asking price / purchase price reality

I like all the responses to the thread so far, especially this one from chuck53.

My experience in seeking a sailboat was that the boats that I consider desirable for my area and within my budget...
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