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

    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?
  2. Rainy Day Sailor

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Rainy Day Sailor

    What a money pit!

    Sailing puts most sports to shame in terms of money, particularly when it comes to racing. Get a set of 3di's and your bank account will not be in good shape after that. We broke our rudder off recently in a race. 4 grand and it's not even installed or shipped. I hope insurance picks it up. Last summer we got the mast redone when it was damaged in shipping. 4 grand. Let's see there is also anodes, bottom paint, yard fees, new electrical panel, covers, wow I could go on. Oh and we have finished every race, that we've been able to finish, last or nearly last. Yep sailing is awesome. Actually we have had a lot fun when shit isn't broken
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. We have two kids 8 and 10 and we had a flying scott when they were younger. Really fun boat, fast, you can fly a spinnaker, and big cockpit. It did it's job and wet our appetite for a boat that we could spend more time on. I think since you live in Florida you have a long sailing season I would get a boat that you leave in the water but can be pulled out when you want and put into dry storage. Even a flying Scott took time to put in and take out which was a detriment to it's use. Now we have a boat in the water and we sail it a ton more in the summer because it is so much easier and convenient. As to what this boat is, there are far more knowledgeable people on this forum that could come up with something. Just my 2 cents. Good luck
  8. Rainy Day Sailor

    North sails ,pricing, discounts

    We have 3di's and really like them. They don't have much use 2 Summers and some use this year and they appear to wear very well. Going upwind in the light stuff has been a big problem but we've only been sailing the boat for two months and is more a matter of rig tune and proper sail tuning than the sails. I am going to look at a smaller headsail and am hoping for a winter discount. Looking at 3di or 3dl.
  9. My dad always makes us get I-68's which make coming back easy. I setimes questioned him but now I know after hearing the stories. If we went more often to the land of maple syrup I would invest in a nexus.. However, getting a I-68 is super easy and cheap. Stop in Anacortes they are super friendly and fast.
  10. Rainy Day Sailor

    Now I know why some many of you guys live in the PNW

    Yes the wind is not the bat and can be fickle but there is wind some of the time. A boat that can go 4 knots and 35 knots helps. As far as skiing goes yep it's terrible, you probably shouldn't ski here and stick to Colorado. We do have garbage bag ski days and yes going on a ski vacation to Washington doesn't make sense. But for those who live here we know the weather and how good it gets. Oh and Whistler, I have skied many places but there is few better it's incredible. Yes it does get garbage bag days but powder there is unbelievable.
  11. Rainy Day Sailor

    Now I know why some many of you guys live in the PNW

    Well when the sailing gets too cold and rainy the skiing gets epic. Coming from growing up sailing and windsurfing on the bay and mostly the ocean the sailing is much better up here in terms of racing and cruising. I mean you can go to desolation sound and swim and sail to and through Alaska. The bay has wind and better weather but how many times can you go to angel island before you pull your teeth out.
  12. Rainy Day Sailor

    Now I know why some many of you guys live in the PNW

    Well when the sailing gets too cold and rainy the skiing gets epic. Coming from growing up sailing and windsurfing on the bay and mostly the ocean the sailing is much better up here in terms of racing and cruising. I mean you can go to desolation sound and swim and sail to and through Alaska. The bay has wind and better weather but how many times can you go to angel island before you pull your teeth out.
  13. Rainy Day Sailor

    Boats , besides Jboats, With retractable bowsprit

    The price is likely more than what you want to spend but the tartan 101 would fit the bill. We looked at the 10r but the sleeping quarters scared us off. The 101 has great headroom as I am 6' and never touch. The sleeping arrangements are to die for as 6 adults can sleep comfortably. And the cockpit is gigantic. Can't say enough good things about this boat. There is one for sale in So Cal with a tiller for 125 and has been for sale for a while.
  14. Rainy Day Sailor

    Suggestions on a getting a boat & trailer from NJ to WA?

    I used Associated boat transport to move my boat from Annapolis to Washington. Won't be cheap but you get what you pay for. They are awesome, but expect delays. Good luck
  15. Rainy Day Sailor

    30-34ft cruiser racer

    Not sure this meets your budget but we just splashed a tartan 101. We have sailed it twice and our first beer can is this week but the boat is awesome. We had 8 on it and we felt we had plenty of room for more. Sleeps 6 adults easily. For cruising the galley is small and there is no anchor locker. Those did not stop us from buying. Sailing it is so much fun.