Rainy Day Sailor

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    Olympia, WA
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    Sailing of course, mountain biking, kiteboarding, skiing, etc

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  1. Rainy Day Sailor

    Race to the Straits 2020 - Registration is open!

    I signed up Monday thanks to friend who sent me a text. Can’t wait.
  2. Rainy Day Sailor

    J80 - Anti Fouling Paint

    Find out what the fast boats are using in your area. I went with black widow. This stuff is great! Mix like crazy, no thinning, but thin coats. I did three coats. Turned out great and we won a drifter in the fall. Good luck, lots of choices that work well.
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    Three J/99's to be in the PNW by summer!

    Also the sprit looks long, 4 and half feet? I would not be up for paying the extra montage. Is a retractable sprit an option.
  4. Rainy Day Sailor

    Three J/99's to be in the PNW by summer!

    I think there is a 99 signed up for PRRW. I am excited one is coming to the Olympia area. Hopefully they race locally. We have a competitive sprit class. I walked through the boat at the show. Looks nice. The water ballast puts the water and holding tank in plain sight making the boat feel more racy than cruiser. The v berth was too small to sleep comfortably, really the boat only sleeps four with separate bunks. I like to snuggle with the wife in our v-berth. I am very happy with what we have.
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    Doyle vs. Quantum #3

    We just ordered a new light air #1 from Doyle, our 4th sail from Doyle. We have both racing sails (delta) and cruising sails and the quality and performance are outstanding. The price is also a huge plus. Quite a bit less than north and about the same as Ullman. I have been very happy with the Seattle Lott’s service as well. Good luck
  6. I think the idea of a Facebook page is good. It’s current and free as well as easy to set up. Paris is too far for me though, at least a 20 hour delivery one way. I am looking at race to the straights, down the sound, and maybe northern century as it sounds like many of you are interested in this one.
  7. I absolutely love dh racing. I find it so frustrating and hard to get crew to show up. So any talk of of starting a sss similar to what is happening in the Bay Area would be awesome. in terms of a long distance dh race In the Puget sound what about Olympia to.... seattle gig harbor port Townsend heck Victoria. just some ideas! I think there are some out of Tacoma as well
  8. Rainy Day Sailor

    2019 Van Isle 360

    Thanks for the reply’s. It is so remarkable how our life on the water in the pnw is decided by tides. I am reminded of this constantly. My main problem though is one that was mentioned and that is kids and school. And to make matters worse I am a teacher. I also have to space out my costs on the safety gear. I was about to purchase my ais but I learned I need my mmsi number first. Oh the the little things....
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    2019 Van Isle 360

    The video was great! I am working on getting our boat set up for van isle. Looks like the next van isle may start at the end of May. Too early for me. So I probably won’t do it until 2023. We will see though ...
  10. Right after? Still working on the endless project known as a sailboat diesel forced air heater Replumbed the head to add a macerator with all new hoses added cruising main added racing high wind jib #3 replaced connections on running lights replaced thermostat on refrigerator Added canvas covers for wheel, cabin top, winches, and Engine instruments serviced the engine bottom paint zincs That’s all I can think of. Does it ever end? Now I am trying to get all the safety gear for doing the Van Isle.
  11. Rainy Day Sailor

    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    Progressive update...on losing our rudder Garbage! We were denied our claim on the rudder. The policy we had only covers damage caused by hitting something such as a rock or log. Nothing about the rudder breaking off. They determined that is was caused by previous damage, wear and tear, etc. Seems like with homeowner insurance if something like a pipe bursts in a house then it would likely be covered. Right? Well now I am out shopping for new insurance what a pain. Kinda makes me want to get out of sailing. My advice for now is do not get progressive insurance it is crap. Oh and they have really high premiums. Perhaps I should have said we hit a log?
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    North sails ,pricing, discounts

    Just ordered a new smaller job and we went with Doyle. North loft in Seattle was like pulling teeth to get us a quote. Also Doyle was 700 less for same sail.
  13. Get a more experienced crew/skipper or two, don't go if the weather/ocean conditions look bad, and consider just going to the north end of the island on your first trip then turn around and head south. Reaching just the north end can be difficult as you need to transit Seymour narrows and Johnstone straight. Either one can send you home without ever reaching the north end of the island. The time of year is a big factor as well. Do plenty of reading up on the area, know your "safe stops" and local weather. Good luck, but don't be afraid to start small working your way up.
  14. Rainy Day Sailor

    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    I just lost a rudder and we have progressive. We have only had the boat less than a year. Early in the process I can keep you posted. My dad hot a rock in his boat a few years ago and he said they were great and paid for everything and quickly.
  15. The halyard system totally sucks on a Scot. Also the transom sucks. The outboard.sits way back and you have to sit on top out.of the cockpit to run an outboard. Despite all this what I worried about the most was capsizing with the family. We were sailing in cold water so it would quickly become dangerous at best. For this reason I was so cautious if the wind came up. I almost became a worry wort, but t silently as I didn't want to take the fun away. I was glad to move.up to a keel boat. Just my two cents as a former flying scot owner.