Dan33

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About Dan33

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    Lake Nipissing, Ontario
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    Learning to adjust to retirement...so far, so good.

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  1. Dan33

    My newest project

    My comments were relative to a Pogo style boat vs heavier and rounder boats. In light air on a wide boat, you get the feeling of being "stuck", then suddenly the boat becomes alive, IME rounder hulls don't show this behaviour, they just accelerate smoothly and thus initially are at an advantage. If you aren't convinced take part in an IRC race where there is a mix. I hadn't realised that the carbon cutters didn't have that much sail area for their weight, so yes may be it will hard to exploit their "slipperiness" in light air. Upwind in confused seas, I've seen heavier boats of moderate beam, barely slowed as they charge upwind going "through" waves, on a lighter and wider boat it can soon become a "stop and go" scenario which obviously isn't very efficient, hence my comment. In others conditions at a similar length, the rounder and heavier older designs can't compete. There is a reason why their TCC is lower LOA for LOA. It is mainly observations while sitting on the rail during semi offshore races like Cowes-Dinard where you can witness stuff like a Swan, a J boat, a X a Pogo and a JPK racing each others. I don't think that I've said or inferred somewhere that the cutters were designed to plane, VPP may not have a column for "confused sea" but when you are out on the water it matters a lot whether waves are coming from several directions or not. Bob, you are doing a poor job at pretending to ignore me. What on earth does a POGO have to do with these 50'+ cutters?? It's like comparing the handling on my new Maxima with those of the 90' Kenworth I just passed on the highway. I gotta find the ignore button.
  2. Dan33

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I agree...I would prefer to have less things to go wrong. I pretty convinced that should the day come I have to close ours they'll be seized, not to mention I'm not convinced I could get to them in less than 5 minutes.
  3. Dan33

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    OH BOY...another journey!! A chance to live through another refit without it actually having to spend my own money.
  4. We also found the 8' a bit small but it served us well for all the time we owned it. Wiithout the RID, I found it a bit scary when we are on a mooring. Adding the RID kit made a big difference. http://walkerbay.com/dinghies-sailkits/rigid-inflatable-dinghy/
  5. I had an 8' Walker Bay with a RID kit installed...it rowed very easily as the inflatable tubes don't touch the water until the boat was heeled. All in all I must say it was a good little boat to us. I sold it to another member and he has nothing but good things to say about it. We have a fully inflatable dink now because my wife much prefers the stability but it doesn't tow nearly as well. I would recommend a WB in a heartbeat.
  6. Dan33

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    It's probably the offset companionway that led to the poor soul's health issues...I hear the long term physical and mental problems caused by the aforementioned companionways can be quite severe. I understand Dalhousie University is spending millions studying this issue, so I'll wait for the report before I risk sailing GK again.
  7. Dan33

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    I've seen thread drift before, but this one is breaking new ground!
  8. Dan33

    My newest project

    You made milk come out my nose!!
  9. Oh yes...an apparently incompetent yard and the Chinese calling the shots, what could possibly go wrong.
  10. Dan33

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I took a Canadian Power Squadron boats course years ago and the instructor advised us that in case of any fire grab a fire extinguisher empty on the floor behind you on your way out ( to keep the insurance meatheads happy) and get off the boat. If it can be safely done tow it out of the slip far enough away that the the fire dept can't get to it and let it burn to the to the water line. I always thought he was a wise man...he did have a good point about not fighting it, the fumes are the big killer.
  11. The shame is it wouldn't take a lot of work to deck over them and add proper cleats...stupid.
  12. That is ugly...very very very ugly.
  13. Dan33

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Great boats and the price is good...built like the proverbial brick shithouse. The engine is a YSE8, ugly, noisy and they vibrate like a paint mixer but seem to last forever. My engine didn't look quite like that (mine was still painted), but I imagine they ran about the same. At that price somebody may end up with a good boat. I know, I owned one.
  14. Dan33

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    They were a low quality build. Sailed OK nothing special. Price isn't all that high...trailer is worth a few $. Bullshit - Mirage was a high grade Canadian builder of good designs. Guys, guys- there are two "Mirage" boatbuilders. This one came from Florida, they are (or used to be) relatively common in the SouthEast. Not a bad sailing boat but nothing special and as RK said not built to last. There was one that sailed intermittently around here and "used to be a hot boat" although rated somewhere north of 200 IIRC. In good sailing shape it might be worth the ask price, on that trailer; but as a project? FB- Doug Damn...you may be right. The 24's I know are fixed keel and a single coach port light. They were also much cleaner. Sorry Dan
  15. Dan33

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    They were a low quality build. Sailed OK nothing special. Price isn't all that high...trailer is worth a few $. That's news to me...I wasn't aware that Mirage made any poor quality boats. We have had a couple at the club and they competed well in beer can racing and the owners never complained about any build issues. Certainly not J24 fast or Bayfield battleship built but typical of C&C design, they were capable boats. You learn the darnedest things here. Dan Mirage 33 "Gatekeeper"