mal5033

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  1. mal5033

    Experience Making my own Working Jib and Storm Sail

    I put together kits for my Sabre 28 (now sold). I made a main, a jib, and a symmetrical spinnaker. We did discuss shape and design a bit in the beginning of each process. All in all, I was pleased with the sails. I was able to buy the sailrite sewing machine and the jib kit for less than a Quantum sail. Having said that, I know (or assume anyway) there is no way the "kit" jib would have been as good as the Quantum but it was certainly good enough for who made it! I would do a kit again.
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    North Sails "Norlam" - What is it?

    I remember Norlam from waaaaayyy back. I only seemed to see the delammed Norlams so unless it is something they re-introduced you are probably talking very old cloth.
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    Random PicThread

    or photoshop (and not a very good one)
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    Great Quotes

    “I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.” ― General George S. Patton
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    Robotic Marks

    at nearly $7000 to buy and $60/month it would be over the value of many of the boats racing......
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    Are you kidding ?

    Thanks for this topic. Every once in a while I need to be reminded why I avoid PA like the plague......
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    Are you kidding ?

    We haven't missed you...
  8. I thin some of you need to understand the definition of bigotry: "intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself". (my emphasis) I don't have a clue who any of my crew voted for (including my wife most of the time). I also don't care. I am out there to sail, not talk politics. I also don't care who they sleep with or what they choose to do in their free time. I merely want them to show up, be on time and have fun sailing with relative competence. (beer can level) Remember when the red hats were just kinda dorky where sailors gather? Now apparently that color is grounds for immediate dismissal.... Why is this thread not on PA?
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    Hey, don't step on the sails!

    I only own white sails and can't afford HH gear.....
  10. +1 .....some people seem to go out of their way to be offended these days.
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    College Football 2019

    Probably learned from the nfl where making a play means a rehearsed (and of course televised) dance number by the whole team. It used to be mostly touchdowns but it is spreading.
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    Random PicThread

    Actually, it was the "Flotilla" in Suttons Bay, MI. They had thousands of kayaks (I know they were shooting for 3000). Just a bit crowded for my taste.
  13. As a former owner of one, I understand the trash talk. The boat is FUGLY. I always said it reminded me of an old girlfriend who looked great from the side but not so good from the front or back. On the good side of the ledger, it got me into some bigger regattas (Bayview Mackinac for one-6 of them I think) and I could trailer the boat there. (3 hours by road vs 2-3 days water delivery with my subsequent boat). We could have the boat rigged and floating in a little more than an hour. My boat (hull 19) rarely sailed to it's rating(I'm sure that had nothing to do with my abilities......or lack thereof). All in all, I am glad I had the Mega at the time but wouldn't own another. I do wish I could throw my current boat (Catalina 320) on a trailer and park it in my pole barn for the winter (as I always did with the Mega). I could drop the mast quickly with the included a-frame (often just two guys). Just dropping and re stepping on the Catalina cost me around $800 last year at our local yard (and I won't be doing that here again if I can help it). I sold the boat to a guy in NJ who converted it for cruising, building a v-berth and an enclosed head. To each his own, I like my fat comfortable Catalina for my "golden years" cruising.
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    In-mast Furling

    I have had a mast furled main jam on a charter boat, luckily near the home base. The "boss" showed us how to unfurl and furl with the boat facing downwind at the dock. His crew worked their asses off to clear that mess up. We own a boat with in boom furling and we love it. We know that, just like the jib, we trade performance for convenience. The convenience gets us out when we may not have without it. We can reef as much or little as necessary and enjoy the sail. We will never own a boat without some type of boom furling. We are recent retirees and wish to sail many more years. Stuff like furling will enable that. Having said that I know it's not for everybody but that's what's cool about sailing. Lots of options.
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    18-19 ski season

    It's been a while since I have skied Whistler but I won't return. We stood in line for the lifts in the village every morning, typically a 45 minute wait. Rain was frequent at the bottom during those waits. I remember getting soaked to the bone and having everything freeze on the way up as the weather transitioned to freezing rain and then wet sloppy snow. I recall my wife skiing first tracks in a newly opened run and getting stuck in the wet cement they called snow..... The village was OK, good bars etc. The skiing was not so great. I am guessing we skied 25 western resorts back in the day, our Whistler trip was by far the worst. I have been told that it is hit and miss at Whistler, I guess we missed. (BTW, Big Sky was one of the best)