Alan Crawford

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About Alan Crawford

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    Bozeman, Montana
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    Sailing small boats & backcountry skiing

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  1. Alan Crawford

    Craigslist Finds

    An MX Ray near Nashville, TN. This one may be a bit expensive (asking $2300) but when you read the description ("can run over 30 mph" and "fastest single handed sail boat ever") maybe that's a good price ! The boat does look to be in good shape.
  2. Alan Crawford

    Craigslist Finds

    An interesting wooden dinghy in Northwest Montana. The add says the "keel" is missing; I think they mean daggerboard.
  3. Alan Crawford

    Craigslist Finds

    He's too busy with his new toy!
  4. Alan Crawford

    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Nice to see you're sailing and having fun! A comment about clam cleats - don't bother with the plastic ones! The plastic will wear and not hold and, sometimes, even spring open under load. Spend the incremental $ for aluminum ones, if you go that way. Waccamaw Lake is a nice place to sail (but watch for the occasional alligator!). Check out these guys: if you're looking to connect with some local sailors. I raced there a few times when I lived in Wilmington. At the time (mid 1980's) it was a great, low-key place.
  5. Alan Crawford

    Do Laser hulls deteriorate with use, or with time?

    Depends on type of wind / wave conditions but could be that either hull is OK but a new sail and playing the shifts correctly can be much more important. That said, I guess I would go with the older hull for same reasons listed by TeamFugu.
  6. Alan Crawford

    Craigslist Finds

    Not on Craigslist but just added to the SA classifieds: UFO in Central Texas for $4000!
  7. Alan Crawford

    Keeping Boat Clean in Saltwater

    Congratulations on your new boat! Have fun. Sand is also a big enemy in a beach environment. There's a recent discussion here about wax and sealers. Scroll down a bit and you'll see it. As with everything, there's no clear best choice on the topic but nonetheless some good recommendations.
  8. Alan Crawford

    waterlogged laser question

    Those problems you mention are all fixable with some reasonable skills and materials. Plenty of references on-line and here! A key thing is to get things as dry as possible. Since you will need at least one inspection port to access the mast step (even if it looks good highly recommend reinforcing per standard procedure), cut the hole(s) for the inspection ports and then leave the boat out in the sun. Good luck and have fun with your project.
  9. Alan Crawford

    I Want to Buy a Sailboat BUT.....

    Regarding the Flying Scot, it's a nice boat for the right person but not one that I would take in the ocean. While stable, when capsized you most likely do need outside assistance to get the boat dry.
  10. Alan Crawford

    I Want to Buy a Sailboat BUT.....

    I've not personally sailed in the Holden Beach area so no local knowledge there. My Wrightsville Beach experience is from the late 1980's so I suspect that large boat traffic in and out of Masonboro Inlet has increased just a little! Masonboro has jetties on both sides with a shallow area just out from the jetties (again, let 1980's local knowledge). I've seen some pretty large swell and waves depending on tide and wind just out from the jetties but never breaking waves or anything crazy like that. Looking at Google earth I don't see jetties on either inlet you mention at Holden Beach. As a result, depending on wind / swell / tide sailing in and out could get quite interesting. Best to talk to a local. As for sailing in Masonboro Inlet, at times of low boat traffic it was great fun to sail just out past the jetties and then blast back in and repeat. That said, a capsize in the inlet near the jetties would not be fun and could end rather poorly.... Again, based Google Earth, the sound side behind Holden Island looks to be about the same size as the sound side behind Wrightsville Beach. Plenty of space (and water depth even at low tide) to have fun on a Laser or similar. As for comments on the boats you're considering, I'll defer to others here as they have better experience. I'll just restate that as long as the boat is easily righted and easy to sail dry. My only ocean dinghy sailing experience is a Laser.
  11. Alan Crawford

    I Want to Buy a Sailboat BUT.....

    Growing up on family vacations, I sailed a Laser off the beach in South Carolina. Launch / retrieval in the surf required some assistance. I've also spent quite some time sailing a Laser on both the sound side and ocean side in Wrightsville Beach, NC using Masonboro Inlet as the ocean access. The Laser (or Sunfish or Aero or similar) can definitely handle sailing on the ocean although you do need to pick your days. There's nothing better than surfing / planing down large swells in a summer sea breeze! I've broken a mast step and top mast section but with a sea breeze have been able to self-rescue, i.e. return safely to the beach without outside assistance. The boats you are mentioning would be great fun in the ocean on just the right days. As others have stated, with those boats you and your crew would need to be very aware of how the boat "handles" when capsized and be 110% convinced you can self-rescue. I believe that the Carolina YC (Wrightsville Beach) has raced Lightnings on the ocean but those races would be with a couple rescue craft around just in case. I'm not a cat guy but beach cats are a great option for sailing on the ocean but, as with any other boat, you must know how to self-rescue. When I was living on the coast in NC there were always news stories where someone took a Hobie 16 out in the ocean, capsized and spent the night floating several miles offshore because they had no idea how to right the boat. As for the sound-side, any small boat is fine as it's pretty hard to get into serious trouble. Good luck in your search!
  12. Alan Crawford

    solo mast stepping

    I've found a key thing is to use a halyard (or another line?) to keep the butt of the mast pretty snug on the step so you don't have to worry about the mast butt moving away from the step in the critical part of raising the mast. That, or get a boat with a light carbon mast (International Canoe) or unstayed mast like a Finn or Aero. +1 on always watching for power lines especially if you're launching in more "general access" public areas.....
  13. Alan Crawford

    laser carbon tiller fix

    Never had that exact tiller wear but do see wear on the gudgeons which cause the entire rudder / tiller assembly to become a few millimeters lower resulting in bottom of tiller rubbing on the traveler cleat. Easy solution to that is replace (or flip) the gudgeons.
  14. Alan Crawford

    solo mast stepping

    I've found solo mast stepping to be very much a function of the boat. Yes, some techniques transfer but each boat has some unique aspects to consider. With a Thistle, for example, a technique that has worked for me very well does involve the jib halyard (in this case it does depend how the halyard is rigged...). The jib halyard is really tightened to keep the mast butt well positioned on the step and then (with shrouds attached), you raise the mast, grab the forestay and connect the forestay to the stem fitting (again it depends on specific rigging). Having a spotter "just in case" around the first couple times is always a good idea. What type of boat are you talking about?
  15. Alan Crawford

    Sailing in Kingston ONT Q's

    You may receive a better response by posting in Dinghy Anarchy. Given the history of sailing in Kingston (CORK, 1976 Olympics, etc) seems there should be plenty of "local knowledge" available. It will also help responses to state the time of year you plan to sail in Kingston.