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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 86
Views: 3,218
Posted By jnorten
Re: Do You Pole out your Jib?

Yes--at least on the boat for which I crew.

Why? I can confirm much of what has been cited by other posters--

In very light air, it prevents the jib from flogging and chafing against the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,451
Posted By jnorten
Re: West Marine

I agree with other posters--WM is all over the mark with their pricing.

I'll add this is also true with their service--it's like going to Home Depot. Sometimes you get the well-intended but...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-26-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,570
Posted By jnorten
Re: Boat Shoes

For the aging runner---Brooks Ghosts. I advanced from cheap Avias to whatever real running shoe was on sale, and finally to the Ghost. It almost feels like cheating when I run in Ghosts--pillowy...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-07-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By jnorten
Re: Intro, Lake Michigan Advice, Questions.

There are many wonderful harbors on the southern end of Lake Michigan: Chicago (of course), New Buffalo, Hammond (nice facility, not great surroundings unless you like the casino), St. Joe, and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-30-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,232
Posted By jnorten
Re: Are municipal marinas moneymakers or losers?

Lake Michigan--from Chicago on up to Milwaukee and beyond, nearly all the marinas are public (Chicago, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, Kenosha). There are a couple of small private marinas. But, nearly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-25-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 2,239
Posted By jnorten
Re: Polishing is not for an old man!

Take your time (sounds like you are), and do it right this first time. It will be WAY easier after this.

I just helped my good friend wash and wax his 31' hull pre-launch. It was in fine shape...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-23-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,166
Posted By jnorten
Re: Best spray on / spray off deck cleaner for sailboats

Be careful with the power washer. I read recently somewhere that it can damage the gelcoat if you are too aggressive.

This isn't too surprising, as the same warnings are frequently given to those...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,467
Posted By jnorten
Re: A GOOD multimeter (that won't break the bank)

18 year physics teacher veteran here.

As an undergrad (in electronics lab) at at a national lab in the summers, Fluke was a staple. They are expensive.

Since then, my household "go to" has...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-14-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,505
Posted By jnorten
Re: In-mast furler advice

Like other poster said--get a feel for "normal" effort both furling and unfurling. If required effort increases, then you have a problem. Do not ignore it.

Once in a while, the whole operation...
Forum: Racing   08-31-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 792
Posted By jnorten
VMG--by feel or by GPS?

During a typical weekly around the buoys race, does VMG info from a GPS offer significant advantage compared to deciding the preferred tack "by feel"?

Last week, we didn't have VMG info. The...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-31-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,107
Posted By jnorten
Re: Just saw a gorgeous S2, 9.2A

Regarding the $25k asking price for the S2, 9.2:

I've been on two listed 9.2's (one aft cockpit, one center cockpit) in the last year. I've looked at many other 9.2 listings too. There is also...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-27-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,183
Posted By jnorten
Re: Describe your tyical daysail if you would.

Some people really enjoy the planning process. I crew on OPBs (other people's boats) often. This includes everything from a short daysail, weekly beer can races, to a few long distance races.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 7,897
Posted By jnorten
Re: Max wind

For what it's worth, I crew on a late 1990's 37' Hunter. We do our best, but don't take it over seriously. The boat has all the creature comforts below, and we use furling headsail.

The headsail...
Forum: Lake Michigan   05-26-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By jnorten
Re: Michigan Summer Itinerary advise?

We spent a night in Grand Haven a few years ago. Not 20 yards in front of our transient slip (35' slip) was a frozen custard shop. The evening light & water show is NOT all it's advertised to be. ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-25-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 3,780
Posted By jnorten
Re: Mirage 29? Could this be the ticket?

This link provides a nice overview. Do note the asking price values in this link are likely Canadian Dollars. Right now Canadian dollars and US dollars are close, I think. But, something worth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,528
Posted By jnorten
Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

Here's what my bareboat sailing instructor taught me more than 10 years ago. It's the method I share to this very day whenever on a boat. It's received well because it works well.

Pee: Dry bowl...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-07-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By jnorten
Re: Where Do Chicago Boaters Haul?

Don't forget---

Folks also haul at Calumet Harbor near the Skyway bridge only about 10 nm south of Chicago.

My first "real voyage" as skipper was to from Monroe Harbor, Chicago (downtown...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,324
Posted By jnorten
Re: Stowing drop boards?

Two very seamanlike methods (echoed by others for excellent reasons) that I've personally seen:

1. Just inside the companionway, on any convenient surface, a slim wooden boxlike holder that the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-17-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 3,842
Posted By jnorten
Re: What liquor and wine do you stock on Board

I think all skippers should have their "signature drink". It doesn't matter if if comes in a box, out of a can, out of a bottle, etc.

But, the more unique and creative the drink, the more you can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-21-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,385
Posted By jnorten
Re: Going up the mast

I second the ideas of. . .
--an extra line to send up forgotten stuff
--rigging tape (you'll always find a little bit coming off somewhere)
--camera (for the fun photos but ALSO to document stuff...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-21-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 3,625
Posted By jnorten
Re: S2 9.2C Thoughts

I was just on BOTH a 9.2A and a 9.2C earlier this month--each was for sale.

Their hulls are exactly the same. The rigging might be a little different due to cockpit location, but nothing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-18-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By jnorten
Re: What size boat for Lake Michigan?

I race weekly on Lake Michigan, on a 37 footer. We race against boats as large as 42 feet or so. All summer long, I have seen a Catalina 22 racing with the fleet--it's been really fun seeing them...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-03-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 16,925
Posted By jnorten
Re: Foulies - anything other than Musto worthwhile?

I've found lots of good sailing equipment at my local farm supply store.

Here's an example of foulies:

Tingley Rubber Men's Icon Rain Jacket (Size: Small) at Blain's Farm & Fleet...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-30-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,540
Posted By jnorten
Re: Main and Jib Trailing Edge Flapping

I second FarCry's idea. This was the first thing that came to mind. Every sail (both main and jib) that I've ever seen on 30+ foot boats have leech lines. These are very easy to miss unless you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-27-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,935
Posted By jnorten
Re: Pearson 303

You asked about any pitfalls. Here are a few things--

Depending on the year of construction, there are a couple of differences:

One model has a slightly shorter quarter birth and a...
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