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    Soft Shackle Coated Knots

    I'm seeing some of the rigging shops coat the diamond knot of their pre-made soft shackles. I've never had a knot slip so what's the purpose of this? Seems like overkill. Thoughts?
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    If you're f'un-employed maybe it's better to enjoy the little harbors along the way so you're not stuck offshore a hundred miles hand steering in giant ocean swell. I chose the Neah to SF route and it was no fun due to gales and huge breaking seas for half the time. I think most people who motor south in flat water while harbor hopping have the most fun. It may take you a month or two but you get to check out every available port before SF. If you're heading south after that, you still have the same shit until after Mendo...then it's blue, warm, and boring.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Easy on the numbers. Let's say 140.
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    What is it, PNW?

    Too funny. We moved from the PNW to San Diego and found sailing in SD incredibly boring. Mostly light winds, large swell, and nowhere to go. You just sailed out until you got bored and then turned around. Much prefer the variety of passes and channels in the Salish. Lots of sail handling keeps it intersting. https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ_E3z4BFe3/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BQtFtdIhy8v/ Yep super boring here.
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    What is it, PNW?

    It's quite easy to get around the Salish in a large boat properly designed for it. That would be one without sails and with a reliable diesel motor. Sails are relatively useless where there is no wind, unless you are in love with the romance of having them furled on the boom. I have seen such proper PNW vessels 175' long even up the Malibu Straights in Princess Louisa - mind you that would take some balls. You just got a bad year. Usually we get at least thirty days a year with wind in February alone. I've had some great conditions in the Salish, but overall I found myself motoring more than sailing. Gotta catch the tides right getting across the Strait, or through the pass, or before the winds die. Let's not forget the usual encounter with aggressive ferry boat captains. I moved to San Diego and have been sailing a ton more due to the spectacular sailing conditions and infinite amount of sea room for long tacks. Instead of tacking a bazillion times to go north, I just stay on one tack until I'm a little more than half way there, then tack back. Wow. Easy.
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    What is it, PNW?

    Good luck tacking her through any of the passes, or anchoring her in any of the scenic bays. She's be great offshore, in the bahamas or S.Pac. Useless in the SJI's. Useless? C'mon. Hardly. Sure you couldn't go through Mosquito Pass with that draft (not a big loss), but otherwise, where couldn't go in the SJI's that you can with a 40 footer and 7' draft. I can't think of any place. With a non-overlapping headsail you could doublehand that thing all over the SJI's. It would be a blast. Yup, A lot of boats do clang into rocks in PNW, but it's usually due to navigational errors. I think i read somewhere in SA where Bob Perry said that for PNW, he likes boats with as much draft as possible - because draft is not an issue here.. MInd you, i'm just going by recollection - Bob may have something different to say about it. It's difficult enough with a 40'er getting around the Salish. Lack of winds and lots of boat traffic makes sailing a challenge. Multiply that by linear feet and you end up with a motorsailor instead of enjoyable passage. Most tacks last no more than fifteen minutes, if there is even wind.
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    Lazy Jack upgrade

    No need for any kind of blocks or rings. Just use dyneema and eye splice, then thread the top braid through the bottom splices. This will work just fine and eliminate potential chafe on the sail. Then you can use Ronstan shocks between the double braid and the dyneema. Use V cleats with a fairlead as they make it easy to lift and release the jacks, but are low profile to keep other lines from catching. 3/16" is a good diameter of Amsteel. You can get white, which looks great with a white sail.
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    What is it, PNW?

    Good luck tacking her through any of the passes, or anchoring her in any of the scenic bays. She's be great offshore, in the bahamas or S.Pac. Useless in the SJI's.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    I'vr never heard that before. It's a great sailboat in all of it's forms.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    https://www.instagram.com/satorisails/ https://www.facebook.com/satorisails/
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I couldn't stand to watch more than 20 seconds at a time, can you tell us the story please? In short, Rick is winning the hot girls on sailboats war by shear quantity.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    They bought a Celestial 48. http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/57567 I don't see sails in the listing, and the spars are bare.
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    Anchor Geekdom

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    You allowed someone to quote you that much for swaging some steel cable? Competency is doing it for less than a grand because you're capable of climbing the mast and using a couple of wrenches. You must have lots of money to not be offended for being quoted that much. Anyways, something I found on the internet pretty much sums up the whole Rimas in Samoa debacle... Apparently he was planning on sailing to Samoa in February.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Anyone tracking the depression east of NZ? He can't tack upwind apparently so maybe He just keeps reaching back and fourth until the winds shift in his favor?
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    'Good morning guys. I was already it was dark i dont have engine need to master harbor send boat and bring to harbor. The wind agenst me impossible to harborr' December 8, 2014 17:33:45 GMT 14.1062°S, 170.6947°W
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Has anyone mentioned the risk of the Westerly gales that will begin blowing soon? Perhaps he's concerned that he may be caught on this little island without any way to protect his boat in a typhoon so he presses on to an island that can provide a safer harbor.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Toilet paper. . .....frying pan....winch handles.........remember that thread? . .......hey---I resemble that comment Rimas Meleshyus Wed Oct 8 201412:42 PM Today is absolutely fantastic day for the sailing. Yesterday it was bad. Yes i have a plenty a water from the rain. Thank you for asking. Soon latitude 11 next Speed: 3.1 mph Heading: SW Elev: 14 ft Lat: 12.207548Lon: -150.1052 Does anyone know why he only travels at 2.69 when the sailing is good? Don't say because he is drifting. He has sails and he's saying the sailing is good so how does that sporty fin keel boat not glide over the water like all of the ones I used to see passing the Thunderbirds on Lake Washington back when I was racing?
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    That's why Rimas is sailing and we're all just sitting on the computer, wasting our lives away glued to the internet. It's amazing what standards the rich white boys have to consider such a feat as crossing the doldrums of the Pacific. I'm sure we'd all want our mommy too. And for the record, there is no real comparison with what Slocum did and what Rimas is doing. He has a ways to go before we can start comparing the two. He does make some poor decisions. Now, for the benefit of his fanclub lurking here, this is what good decisions would be: Stopping in Hawaii. Stay a while, until cyclone season in the South Pacific is over. Use the layover time wisely... get a job (he IS a Japanese interpreter, right? Lots of Japanese tourists in Hawaii, should be easy to get a job.) Make any needed repairs/improvements to the boat. Learn to sail and navigate. Buy charts, pilot book, and sailing directions. Maybe even buy a used sextant and learn to use it, in case the car GPS takes a dump. Get a windvane, or learn to use sheet-to-tiller self steering (about $20 in gear). Stock up on provisions. Get an anchor chain, which will be needed in coral waters (rope will NOT suffice). Buy an inflatable dinghy... try not to lose it this time. Plan ahead... not only for expected conditions, but for unexpected events. Maybe then, he might be more apt to reach his destination and less apt to be another statistic.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I guess it depends on how you define 'earned'. I would argue that he has something more of a campaign going with campaign supporters. Take Shannon's fundly fundraising campaign for example. I'd call him a campaign supporter, who launched Rimas's fundraising campaign. Sounds better than 'handouts', right? How many panhandlers get press from reputed news agencies like Hawaii Tribune Herald, South Whidbey Record, Latitude 38, etc? I know several boats who have only been down the coast and through the canal into the Bahamas and later became self-proclaimed experienced cruising professionals who have written for Sailing and other rags. Why? Because they had a writing degree from a liberal arts college that their parents paid for. Slocum had more days at sea prior to his circumnavigation but there is nothing that would prevent Rimas from gaining experience as he goes. Rimas's boat has had several upgrades so you could also say that his boat has been partially rebuilt. He's already been down the coast and to Hawaii and back…and across again, which is further than most sailors have ever been. Perhaps one might say Rimas is an outstanding navigator, if he did in fact make it around the world even after so many people doubted him. That's what I think I enjoy most about this discussion. So many people doubting him, yet they are sitting somewhere on land with high-speed internet while Rimas is SAILING.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Although Slocum was able to sail much faster than Rimus, I would say they are on par with their available resources. I agree with those who think he's doing fine with making his landfalls. The boat may not be as seaworthy as Spray but that's up for debate between the sailing troglodytes and sophisticates. I don't believe Spray had a Spinnaker, nor did it have any of the so-called 'required' equipment that the peanut gallery has mentioned. If anyone wants to start a betting pool, I'm up for it. Perhaps the proceeds can go to Rimus so he can sail a little faster so people can no longer mistake his slow sailing progress with drifting.
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    Ugly dodger collection

    Okay I'll bite since we're mixing Archers and Dodgers. Here is the crew just finishing up. Ignore the rest of the canvas. The gallows canvas is my own creation, still WIP.