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  1. sam_crocker

    Saving An Old Tiller

    For the nylon fabric look for "flag bunting". The thin stuff can break, but you should test it first. Much cheaper than peel ply.
  2. sam_crocker

    8 Bells Doug Fryer

    I sailed with Doug for a lot of years and a lot of miles, including a couple of Vic-Maui races. He was always a happy sailor - most in his element with a chute twice as big as it needed to be and pushing the boat hard. The crew reflected him for sure, and would do anything he asked. While he was successful both as a sailor and as an attorney, he was one of the most down to earth people I've ever had the pleasure to know. He was like the father that you never wanted to disappoint. One time he and his great buddy/crew Jack Lidral were returning from a Vic_Maui race, and they picked up a guy at the dock for a third hand on the delivery back. When they got back to Seattle the pier head leaper said he had intended to commit suicide on the trip by jumping off the boat but he changed his mind when he saw how much fun Doug and Jack were having. Some of his other sailing accomplishments (other than what Bob mentioned above): He chartered Merlin and held the Vic Maui elapsed time record (10 days and change). Chartered Ragtime for another Vic-Maui First overall in Swiftsure twice CCA Blue water medal for his trip around Cape Horn. They had a starter motor problem the last couple days coming back to Seattle so he sailed her right into the slip. Inventor of the Lifesling. All the proceeds from licensing went to safety at sea or youth sailing, he never took a dime. His crew won Swiftsure in African Star the year he chartered Merlin. That was the only time African Star won, he always got a chuckle out of that. Numerous trips to Alaska and back (including one round trip in about three weeks - that man liked to sail). Van Isle 360 several times, I think they did quite well once with a crew averaging over 60 years old. He liked to say old age and treachery beats youth and enthusiasm every time. He made the best rituals rums - at the end it was hot water, Lemon Hart 151 and honey. He mixed em strong - people said they could smell them coming down the docks after the race. Doug was a great man and will be sorely missed by this sailor and many others. Fair winds and following seas Doug, I hope it's blowing 25 from astern where you are.
  3. sam_crocker

    Converting Class 40

    Here's the Merfyn Owen cruising yacht based on the Class 40
  4. sam_crocker

    Insurance in current times?

    Glenn McCarthy, who occasionally posts here, knows a thing or two about boat insurance. You might reach out to him.
  5. A good place to start are the safety extracts for offshore sailing. They are available at or here at ussailing. Read the descriptions of the categories to figure out which one applies. For cruisers they recommend going up one category but it's totally up to you. Most of the requirements came from somebody learning from the school of hard knocks. Anyway it's as good a place to start as any.
  6. sam_crocker

    Alberg 30

    I won't do the vpp work to answer the OP question of how many miles the Alberg can do reaching/beating, but thanks to Evans Starzinger I can get pretty close to the mileage question. Evans did some analysis of IMS certificate data along with times reported by the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers to figure out whether it's possible to hit a 200 mile day. Here's the excerpt: Using a statistical technique called multiple regression to analyze a random sample of 140 monohulls ranging from heavy displacement traditional designs to ULDBs, we examined the effect various boat characteristics had on rated speed as calculated under IMS. We found that waterline length (LWL) and the sail area to displacement (SA/D) ratio explained more than 95% of the differences in speed between different boats, and thus were the key drivers of sailing performance across the fleet. We ended up with the following equation: IMS rated speed in knots = 2.62 + 0.066*SA/D ratio + 0.051*LWL in feet This equation says that anything that looks vaguely like a modern sailboat can manage to make good 2.62 knots on average no matter what its other characteristics might be. This is reasonable in light of the fact that ‘drift’ speed seems to be between 1 and 2 knots: Hugh Vilhen averaged just under a knot crossing the Atlantic in 5'4" Father’s Day, and Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of scientists floated from Peru to the Tuamotus at an average speed of just under 2 knots on the raft Kon-Tiki. Beyond that, IMS rated speed correlates to waterline length and the sail area to displacement ratio. An increase of five points in SA/D ratio, say from 15 to 20, will, on average, result in an increase of a third of a knot of boat speed (5*0.066=0.33) or 8 nautical miles per day; and an increase of five feet in waterline length will, on average, result in an increase of a quarter of a knot (5*.051=0.255) or 6 nautical miles per day, very close to what we found in analyzing the Bermuda Race and ARC data. Because it’s based on IMS data, which assumes a certain wind profile, boats will do better than this average on breezy, downwind passages and worse on light air or windward passages. When we started comparing the speeds predicted from this equation with actual average speeds obtained by the cruisers we interviewed, we were surprised to find a strong correlation. In most cases, this equation came within 5% of what people had actually averaged over the course of 10,000 or more offshore miles. That suggests that on average and over the long run, most cruisers sail their boats at close to their IMS rated speed. This relatively good performance probably reflects the breezy, downwind conditions along most of the trade wind routes. While very much “back of the envelope,” this equation gives some indication of how fast or slow a boat will be over the course of several thousand miles of offshore passage making. For example, it predicts an average speed of 143 miles per day for Hawk versus the 148 miles per day we have actually averaged over 35,000 nautical miles. For the Shannon 37, Silk, on which we completed a circumnavigation and sailed about the same number of miles, it predicts 126 miles per day versus the 118 we actually averaged. All but one of the dozen or so boats (including catamarans) we’ve been able to get reliable data for have ended up within 7% of the speed predicted by this equation. These results demonstrate the difficulty of averaging 200 miles per day on a monohull. The equation predicts that with a SA/D ratio of 30, you would need 70 feet of waterline to average 200-mile days, and with a SA/D ratio of 20, it would take 87 feet of waterline, consistent with the figures we arrived at through interviewing other cruisers and examining the ARC and Bermuda race data. <End excerpt> I have a spreadsheet with this formula and it predicts an Alberg 30 should be able to do 113.4159 miles per day, give or take a couple of feet.
  7. sam_crocker

    Keep off the Rocks!

    I have an app for my Android phone called Physics Toolbox. I can see the accelerometer/gyro, baro, sound meter, light meter, magnetometer, GPS, etc. Pretty cool.
  8. sam_crocker

    Southerly 38 and other modern lifting keel boats

    That's a pretty good idea, painting the cobblers anvil orange so nobody will suspect you stole it.
  9. sam_crocker

    Southerly 38 and other modern lifting keel boats

    There are a couple of mid-80's designs that can do what the Southerly does, although they are not as voluminous. Nightwind 35 designed by Kirby board up 2.75' Clearwater 35 designed by Craig Walters board up 1.83' I think the Clearwater is a better looking boat but the board makes the interior unconventional. I still dig it though. The Nightwind manages to have a basic layout A interior but draws a little more. Examples of both on Yachtworld right now.
  10. sam_crocker

    Online Fasteners? 304/18-8 vs 316 SS

    Oh, and from a mail order perspective, it's either McMaster Carr or Jamestown Distributors. Jamestown stocks or distributes silicon bronze hardware too.
  11. sam_crocker

    Online Fasteners? 304/18-8 vs 316 SS

    Night Runner was built with 316 bolts holding her Skeg on. After 15 years and probably 40k miles those were replaced with 302/304 from West Marine just before she left for her South American circumnavigation. 8 months later I joined her in Panama and in the middle of the night we bid adieu to the skeg about 300 miles from Acapulco. We salvaged a bolt and i gave it to a grad student in Colorado, who did forensics on it for a term paper. Crevice corrosion. Granted Night Runner got the edge of a couple of hurricanes on her way down to the horn, but I think I will throw in with the 316 crowd.
  12. sam_crocker

    Encountering Storm Force 10

    When Karen Thorndike did her circumnavigation, she set up closely spaced stations with each station having its own tether. You could clip into the next station without unclipping from the current one. She set it up so you couldn't go over the side.
  13. BTW, the esprit 37 rates about 30 seconds/mile faster than the Crealock. I know you're just cruising but it sure appears the Nordic has more inherent speed.
  14. sam_crocker

    Light air sails

    What Ajax said. And you can buy used as well, try bacon There are other used sails shops around as well but Bacon seemed to have the best inventory. The nice thing about used sails is when you tear your new (to you) spinnaker on something you won't feel as bad Bacon's assessment of sail quality seemed spot on for the two spinnaker I've bought from them.
  15. sam_crocker

    Coolboats to admire

    Waarschip 1010 perhaps? These are plywood boats and I think the drawings are an updated version of the design. I think most of them have a cabinhouse per the picture and keels more like an Aphrodite.