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  1. Tempest

    R2AK 2020

    Well keep me posted. I'm really up in the air about taking my boat. I'm realizing that the biggest problem is going to be powering it without the wind. There it too much stuff in the way in my cockpit for oars and I have no idea how I would make a pedal contraption work. It might be better suited to something with a wheel, more open cockpit or something that has had an engine ripped out. I need to do more research and I might not be able to pull it all together by next spring considering that I will be in Mexico for 6 months. I may be better off hitching on someone elses boat or going solo, not as a race participant with my engine as a backup.
  2. Tempest

    R2AK 2020

    Are you going to try solo again?
  3. Tempest

    R2AK 2020

    I have sailed all through desolation sound so I'm familiar with the weather, flotsam and currents. My only real concern is the waves but that is probably my inexperience speaking. Lee shores is also a concern considering the lack of power. The boat is good but it'll mean spending some more money on it to really rig it properly and yes, I'm thinking I would do it solo. 4000lbs is probably a good estimate, if not 4500. I think the rated displacement is 3600 but I bet it's sitting at 4000 right now without the extra gear and food etc. Power is the big issue. It doesn't have an inboard so there's no easy way to rig a pedal drive. I'm thinking oars would be the easiest. I was looking at the Hobie Mirage drive last night but I don't know how I would get it into my boat. That's what I'm thinking.
  4. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    Ya, I've been looking at that. Looks like a LOT to digest. That said, it's a book that should probably be on the shelf.
  5. Tempest

    R2AK 2020

    I've got an Ericson 23. I would have to figure out what to do for power and I'm guessing oars is probably the best option. I was fully intending on jack lines, that isn't even an option. I'm thinking I should give it a try. Worst case scenario, I drop out early.
  6. Tempest

    R2AK 2020 IS ON, bring what ya got!

    That was awesome, thanks.
  7. Tempest

    R2AK 2020

    I'm toying with the idea of entering next year. How zesty is this race? I'm guessing I would just being doing it for fun/experience as I highly doubt I can be competitive. I also don't have life lines on my boat and I imagine I would need to install some.... What are the chances of needing a sea anchor for the open stretches or can you safely wait out the weather? Maybe I would be biting off more than I can chew.
  8. Tempest

    Trailer VIN search - any resources?

    You have more information than I do Good luck. I'm in the same boat here in Kanada.
  9. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    lol ok.... Bump a ledge? TDs? Strings? SA? Lots of strange (to me) terminology there haha. But ya, I can only imagine what a huge difference that made. Thanks and yes, that's exactly what I'm talkin' about!! Thanks. Ya, I'll probably try to pick up hard copies if they are good reading as I'm not going to read 500 pages on my laptop. Thanks for the contribution! Ha, that's where I'm living for the summer. I'll be in Mexico for the winter again. And that's why I love SA That's awesome! Did you make any written contributions to the book?
  10. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    When I said "essential reading" I was moreso thinking about books on seamanship, weather, navigation.... not so much harrowing tales.
  11. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    It seems like running free was pretty much agreed all around to be a BAD thing. Seems to me the only time you shouldn't be dragging something is when you're beating and even then you should change your tactics depending on conditions. The one thing I came away with is that it sounds like the best options, depending on circumstance are 1) beat 2) hove to 3) run but drag warps. It's hard to say whether you should choose between warps and a drogue or just have both. That's definitely a crazy story. I can't even fathom how people could go to sea back in the day. They must have had nerves of steel or just been completely ignorant. Reading that book has definitely increased my interest in learning about the weather. I am going to buy an anemometer and a barometer.
  12. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    I was already dreaming about it but this book definitely makes it seem more achievable. The ocean is not to be trifled with but this book somehow makes it seem more manageable with the right boat and the right preparation.
  13. Ahhhhh ok, awesome, thanks. I just finished saying in another post that I need to learn about weather forecasting.
  14. Tempest

    Essential Reading

    I just finished crushing this beauty and it was a great read: My only criticisms is that I wish it had more images and diagrams for section on anchoring in chapter 11 "taking refuge in heavy weather" and it definitely could have gone more in depth in the chapter 8 "The meteorology of heavy weather" (more diagrams would also have been good) but I suppose I now need to read a book on oceanic and fresh water meteorology. In any case, this book is a gem and I will definitely need to read it again to glean all of it's wisdom. The first few chapters had me hooked right away. The analysis of boat designs and stability coupled with all of the information on waves, how they build and what makes them dangerous was absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. You guys have any other suggestions for essential reading? What is on your book lists?
  15. What exactly is a 500mb forcast? I don't know much but I know that even a 50mb change is massive. Which book are you referring to as "the big book"?