DialedN_07

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    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    No spot. Bow is completely taken up by the stay and the jib Obviously I have done some initial research and was not able to find something that worked in relation to my boat. This is not my first post, and I'm not a post a question and leave member. I would hope to stay, and when my experience brings me to a level that I can actually contribute back to this forum I stead of always asking, I hope to do so. Relating to your google comment, most videos are of larger boats and show hoisting flags under the spreaders, on the gaff or something else that would not work for my boat as it is not equipped that way. Which is why I came here THE DINGHY FORUM to ask other human beings with more experience than me a pretty simple question that I would not define as dumb, and potentially be able to ask follow up questions. Maybe instead of trolling the internet, you could try and interact with other humans in civil discourse. And people wonder why sailing is having a hard time bringing in new blood. What you define as a dumb question is actually sort of important to me at the moment. I didnt find this shithole and ask a question as soon as I thought of it. I perused around for a bit, and even quoted some things that I found. However, other people, potentially yourself included could help me out with your experience which I assume is greater than mine. Instead you decide to have a laugh at the new guy. Thanks, its appreciated.
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    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    How have you attached it? Trying to stay away from anything that may start a rip or tear in the sail.
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    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    I don't race. Just out sailing my boat. Also I don't really have an aft deck. My traveler rope goes port to starboard along the stern. So mounting a pole or "burgee socket" isn't very feasible.
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    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    Give me that boat and I'll fly whatever flag you want me to!
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    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    I understand there is proper flag etiquette on a sailboat. I want to fly the stars and stripes, but am pretty much at a loss of how I can do this on my boat. I do have a topping lift kit which extends from the end of the boom, up to about 99% up the mast. However, for proper sail trim, I need to leave this line slightly slack, and I don't think it will end up flying the flag very proudly. I have seen resort boats flying flags that look like they may be attached to the actual mainsail itself. As an absolute last resort (I do not want to do this) I was thinking of flying it off of the starboard shroud. (Boat is an American 14.6 monohul) The research I have done has led me to the two following most relevant comments: If your boat has an overhanging boom or an outboard motor, your flagstaff may be offset to starboard (preferably) from your boat's centerline. sailboats may fly the ensign from the leech of the aftermost sail (or from the back stay), approximately 2/3 the distance up its length. This puts it in about the same position it would occupy if the boat were gaff-rigged. So.....Try the toppling lift rope? Attach to mainsail? Or Go with starboard shroud? If mainsail, what is the best way to attach to the sail itself? Thanks in advance, Russell
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    Replacing Lines/Sheets/Halyards: Question

    I ended up replacing all lines except the two centerboard lines, as they were still in really good shape. I also purchased a topping lift kit (rope included) to keep the boom from falling down while I'm pulling up to the dock. Did that once, and said never again. I looked like a fool, and it got a little bit hairy floating in to the dock because I couldn't move around in the boat like I needed to Total cost came out to be $159.89. And the boat looks and feels much better. Plus I now have back-up lines, which is great in a pinch.
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    I tried to stay relatively close to the shore as I went around the lake. I'm 99.9% sure I know where their club is located. There were some really nice looking boats, some of them much bigger than I would imagine in a lake 7x8 miles. I e-mailed the commodore a couple of weeks ago, and he told me to let him know of a weekend and he would arrange a tour of the club. I may bring my wife down in a few weeks for us to poke around a little bit. Alligators are just speed bumps put in the lake to keep your speed down!
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    I see. I'll try to take a picture next time. The mainsail goes out beautifully until it hits the shroud, I don't think I ever got my boom out far enough to touch the shrouds. It points up too much before getting there to be effective. Also, I can see the purpose of a pole for the jib, as I was trying to fly the jib out to port, but the sheet kept it curling in and wouldn't allow it to go out and catch more wind. When going downwind, my boom tries to go up to 40 degrees or so. Pulling in on the mainsheet brought the boom back closer to the boat, but didn't do much for lowering the boom until it got closer to the stern. The vang would help tons on a single handed sail, but I would imagine give my wife fits when she tries to move side to side on the boat. I want to make sure I keep the boat comfortable, but at the same time, i would really like to go fast when I'm single handing.
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Are jam cleats and auto release cleats the same thing? I have those jam cleats on my tiller and for my centerboard. I've always been scared to jam cleat my centerboard because IF I hit something I didn't think it would actually release. Regarding lines, I feel that I did much better with halyard and outhaul tension yesterday than Saturday. I wasn't comfortable moving to the foredeck Saturday to tie off the main and jib halyards myself, so I had my crew do it, and he just looped the lines around the cleat, which is perfectly okay because he didn't know any better, and actually my fault for not explaining it to him and preparing for that scenario before we got on the water. It held, but slipped quite a bit I believe. My new biggest problems (2) are now 1. The tiller extension. My tiller is metal and round. I don't want to buy a tiller extension that is flat on the bottom and won't fit correctly onto my tiller. Hard to get a good look at these online. and 2. My shrouds. When trying to go anything resembling downwind, my mainsail hits the shrouds and it puts a line down the center of my mainsail. This must negatively effect performance, and I'm guessing may be a large reason some boats have spreaders? I could barely get the boat going on a broad reach, and it may have been another mistake, but I attributed it to my mainsail hitting the shroud. Maybe tightening my traveler rope would help with this??? Doug, are you an instructor? What part of NC are you in again? I would love to actually meet some people who sail, see some other boats, etc. I'm hoping that I will keep this 14.6 forever, but I can already see in my not-so-distant future another boat. And I'm not exactly sure what I do and don't like about my boat. I'm just learning it the best I can and getting used to it all. Some things that I'm working around might be normal, while others could be greatly improved with another boat. Who am I to know the better?
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Took this long, but finally got a pretty solid answer on timing! Haha Thanks. I don't think anyone goes out planning to sail 2 knots, but today I experienced first hand how it can happen! Brand new lines all the way around the boat. Purchased every one from American Sail. What is the gripper thing called that's not a cleat but acts like one? I have two that hold my centerboard lines. I think this would help for the outhaul. I figure out the downhaul today. I moved the cleat about 10 inches higher and was able to cinch it down better. Tiller extension is a MUST. In the pics I was sitting back further because my crew was constantly moving around and asked for more room. :rollseyes: Today was epic. I had her heeling over and felt like I got it plained out a few times. This boat doesnt have hiking straps so leaning out is very hard to do especially with no tiller extension. I felt that I could keep it heeled, but when cranked over, my steering got really soft and the boat would turn slightly downwind losing the pull. Is this normal? I was thinking maybe my centerboard was swinging up, or possibly my rudder was pushing up because the end of the rudder line is a bungee so it wont hit something and not give. Or am I over thinking that? 14.43 nautical miles today in 3 hours 17 minutes. Top speed 6.9 knots
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Doug, good stuff! I wish I could get some awesome action shots like that! My wife and I will certainly practice the scoop method. My crew from yesterday will not be getting back on my boat, so no need there. Headed to Lake Wacammaw now to get out and do a quick 2 hour or so sail. It's on the way home from the beach and half the distance, so if conditions merit, I may sail there more often than the beach. I can't believe how much I enjoyed yesterday. The next goal will be to sail down past the South Carolina border and back which should be about 35-45 nautical miles or so. That will more than likely be done single handed or with my wife if she wants to go along. I'm not ready for that trip yet though. I have to figure out better food and water storage (too much beer, not enough water) as well as how to bail water single handed. The boat turns sharply any time I let go of the tiller. I found out the self bailing feature of my boat doesn't work quite as I'd hoped because water rushed in when I pulled the plug on a beam reach. Maybe I need to move more midship yo get the drains out of the water? Also having problems keeping luff and foot tension on the mainsail. The little troubles are what keep me interested because the accomplishment of solving a problem you had last time shows progression!
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

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    Estimating Sailing Time?

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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    23.3 nautical miles. 5 hours 41 minutes. Had an absolute blast. My crew was not the best hand, and had to do this and that including jumping out of the boat 3 times. So that had a very large impact on time
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Well......here goes nothing! Just pulled up at Holden Beach boat ramp. Should be in the water by 11am. A buddy of mine was down in the dumps yesterday so I invited him to come along. So now I have crew! Pics, vids, etc coming later (what time?I still have no idea! Haha)