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  1. DTA

    Gay Test

    I haven't looked at the front page of SA in months, for the reasons articulated above. I just now decided - what the heck. Let me give it a shot. And I see this. I mean, whatever. This site can do whatever it wants, so no lectures from me. But "Nice *box*" - what are these guys, 14 years old? Anyway, I just thought it was hilariously ridiculous that literally the first time I look in months I see this at the top.
  2. DTA

    RS CAT 14 Sail Camping

    Since I live relatively close, I plan to practice sailing all around and stashing water at various locations along the route. My boat is pretty small w/o much in the way of safely storing lots of weight (i.e. storing lots of water in a way that would not hinder me during capsize). So, hopefully, I can off-load that water to various locations along the way.
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    RS CAT 14 Sail Camping

    Well, I'm planning to do the Texas 200 in June. We'll see after that! http://www.texas200.com/
  4. I've sailed small dinghies for years (Laser, Aero, Vago) and was similarly trying to find a way to do overnight camping on a small, single-person boat. Like nlmasopust, I opted for a CAT, though in my case it's an RS CAT 14. Seems to be working out well so far. I can carry all my supplies strapped down on the tramp. And if the wind picks up too much, I ditch the jib and reef the main. Seems pretty difficult to capsize when sail size is so reduced. But even if it does capsize, I'm comforted in knowing that righting it should be much easier than righting that Hobie trimaran in the video above.
  5. DTA

    RS CAT 14 Sail Camping

    Hmmmm .... I'd have to see pics/video of someone making a hammock work on a treeless beach with only one vertical object (boat mast) before I go try it out.
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    RS CAT 14 Sail Camping

    Sounds pretty nice. Totally different climates and coastlines, but same love for the adventure of going out alone. BTW, I just bought this to save me from the mosquitoes next time: https://www.snugpak.com/outdoor/ionosphere
  7. Bird Island Basin was the starting point on the north. Yarborough Pass was the destination on the south. Outward path in teal. Path back in red. Planned path in yellow. Late start – around 1:30. Just general disorganization. Hard sailing upwind, which, combined w/ the late start, meant I only made it to a random spoil island about 13.5 miles toward the 20 mile destination of Yarborough Pass. Tacking in the catamaran, combined with the narrow channel and the *EXTREMELY* shallow waters outside the channel (shallow enough to catch the rudders), made it pretty rough. I’ll probably wait for more easterly winds before trying it again in order to reduce the tacking. Along the way, I came across a huge group of dolphins. About 4 or 5 separate pods of dolphins, each with about 3 or 4 dolphins in each pod, were all congregating together and splashing about. I couldn’t tell if it was a feeding or social frenzy. But it was nuts. I’ve seen lots of dolphins while out sailing, but nothing like this. Many of the dolphins followed me and swam close. But one in particular I saw come charging up from behind me, then proceeded to pass under my CAT between the hulls, then came out in front of me, and then when about 20 feet in front of me proceeded to leap into the air about 4 or 5 feet out of the water. It was like some sort of Sea World performance. I have no idea what that was all about. I was run off the narrow channel by a huge barge/tanker. I had been sailing for four hours, so it was late and I just decided to make camp where I landed – some random spoil island. Pushed the cat up onto the island and made dinner on the stone patio of a GLO fish house. These little houses dot all the spoil islands and you can lease them from the GLO. But this one was boarded up and hadn’t seen any use in years. I was feeling good about my situation because NO MOSQUITOES. I cooked a wonderful dinner and stretched my legs, and I was thinking that it must be because this is a spoil island. No mammals anywhere around (not even rats or mice), so I figured there was nothing for the mosquitoes to eat. But then nightfall came and I discovered that they feed on random sailors who sleep on the island! Completely miserable all night long. I didn’t bring mosquito netting and they feasted. When I would turn on my headlamp, the light would illuminate dozens and dozens of mosquitos all about me. Around 3 a.m. a lightning storm approached from the west (landward). A short time later, a separate lightning storm approached from the east (oceanward). Both were high altitude lightning storms with cobwebs of air-to-air lightning. No ground strikes. But each involved HUGE flashes of lightning. Additionally, the oceanward storm was moving landward, the landward storm was moving oceanward, and it appeared as though they would converge right on me. Since I was sleeping on the boat, right next to a tall metal mast, I was getting very worried. So, at 3:30 a.m. I moved my camp to the GLO cabin. I set up a tarp in preparation for the massive storm. Although the storm fizzled out, the mosquitoes did not. The only way to keep them at bay was with two layers of shirts, a rain jacket, pants, and shorts. I sweated profusely all night long. I don’t think I ever fell asleep, either when camped on the boat or outside the GLO cabin. Upon sunrise, I cooked myself some mac & chili, finally free of mosquitoes. I packed up the jib and reefed the main (my first time ever reefing). I did not want ANY drama on the sail back. At first, the winds were out of the south and I was sailing dead downwind. I was very nervous about an accidental jibe, but then a cold front came through and the winds switched to West and WNW. So, I was able to hold that line, with no tacks or jibes, all the way back to Bird Island Basin. Go to my parents' condo, showered, went out for a massive Whataburger meal, and was asleep by 5:30 p.m. I woke up the next morning at 7:30 a.m. Never woke up once during the night. It sucked during, but is now fun in memory.
  8. DTA

    Gay Test

    I agree w/ KC375. I don't watch the front page of Anarchy much, but when I have I've seen stuff like "Hottest Sailing Babe Contest" or other such stuff. So, it's like - well, this is where all the people who know about dinghy sailing hang out. So, I kinda have to hang out here too if I want to stay in the know. But it's kinda like visiting a seedy adult cinema. Like KC375, I'm not outraged and I don't complain. It is what it is and I deal with it. But, like KC375 said, maybe the people who run the seedy adult cinema might want to know about the viewership that they're missing. Or, again, maybe they don't care. And that's fine too. I'll just keep peeking in at the dinghy forum inside the adult cinema, hoping nobody notices me watching. And if they do, I'll say "I just read it for the informative dinghy articles ... I promise!"
  9. Thanks much to everyone above for the assistance. I got my new UJ in the mail. Drilled out the rivets and just used stainless steel screws to hold the UJ in place. As A Class Sailor said, it holds very tight. No need to drill all the way through the other side and use a bolt to go all the way through the crossbar and UJ. The solution was so elegant and simple and amenable to easy fixing in the field that I almost opted to drill out the rivets on the other side and do the same, even though there had been no failure on the other side. But, alas, I opted to just leave well enough alone for now. Also, per the suggestions above, I have a better emergency kit. It now includes: * Piano wire * Leatherman (Rebar version) * Cord of various diameters * shock cord * Hose clamps to fit around tiller and crossbar * A spare Universal Joint * Various spare shackles * Electric tape *Duct tape Only thing I'm missing right now are the clevis pins. But I'll eventually get an assortment of those in the emergency bag as well. Weather permitting, I'll be attempting my trip to Big Shell Beach again next weekend!!!
  10. Thanks man. I'll give it the ol' college try with the screws and see how solid it feels. Like you said, it's way easier to fix/maintain w/ screws. If Amazon delivers the UJ by tomorrow evening, I'll give Big Shell Beach another go this weekend. But I'm not counting on another shot until the weekend of the 15th. Fortunately, Corpus stays warm (no wetsuit) until around Halloween.
  11. I'm pissed off on your behalf, so I can imagine how angry you were. I've never seen that at any of the inlets around these parts. No boats ever drop their lines until they are well clear of the inlet. What a complete jerk! However, what we do have are some fairly narrow inlets, and fishermen on both sides will cast their lines into the inlet channel, leaving very little room for a non-motored sailboat to maneuver through the gauntlet. The only thing that keeps the fishermen in check is the fact that a motorboat racing through the inlet will cut their lines.
  12. Ummm ... that sounds truly frightening. It's one thing to be pulled to shore by a stationary fisherman. It's quite another to be dragged about the ocean by a motoring fishing boat!!!!
  13. By the way, this happens to be the shark fisherman who "caught" me. I'm not joking: