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  1. Santa Cruz to Vallejo in January?

    I've done it multiple times, it's no problem for a well found T30. But if you have a date picked out ("the 20th") you're asking for trouble. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to be patient. Check the wind, check the waves, check the tides. This part of the world is dangerous in the winter, it goes through cycles. Wait for your weather window and then go. It can be the difference between a lovely outing on flat seas and someone dying. Don't cut the corner coming into SF Bay, go out to the #2 buoy. The south bar has claimed the lives of many unwary sailors. HMB to Vallejo is a long day this time of year. If you have the time do it over three days. Stops at HMB and either Richardson Bay or Ayala Cove. All great places to visit. Check the state of the entrance to SC Harbor before you leave. It shoals in the winter. Someone I know almost lost his boat there last year.
  2. Tougher dodger snap

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm going to try the stainless snaps because they should use the same holes. If that fails then I'll try one of the other ideas.
  3. Tougher dodger snap

    There's a snap at the corner of my dodger that's under a lot of strain. It's bent over and is going to pull out or break. Any suggestions on a tougher type of snap or other ideas? Thanks
  4. Weather Helm

    Work the traveler harder, it should be moving with each puff. At the top end of the wind range you can carry a big bubble in the luff of the main, just keep the battens flying. If you're doing that and still putting a rail under water then reef. It's faster to sail flat and reefed. Also hike your 69 year old fat ass a little harder ;).
  5. Trophy Vendors - Any Recommendations?

    Can the pewter and the silver, the best trophy I've ever seen is a pair of great quality sunglasses. Give out trophies that people would actually like to have. Throw in a little plaque if people feel like they need something to remind them how great they are.
  6. Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    You can always unstep the mast with the boat in the water. Tie up next to a dock with a crane, or bring in a mobile crane. Any decent rigger or boatyard can do it. If you want to do it yourself then at the very least pay a rigger for an hour or two of his time to talk you through the process. The sketchiest part is restepping the mast. You may want to have a rigger on hand to supervise that. The nice thing about doing it this way is that you can get all the rigging made at the same time so you minimize downtime. Also you can take care of those mast chores that you've been deferring all these years. Like straightening out the windex, replacing the wire to that light that doesn't work etc.
  7. Micron CSC - is it really this bad?

    My boat came with Micron CSC. It's terrible. Develops a thick coat of slime in two weeks and ablates off of the leading edges where we hit kelp. So I have the worst of both worlds. Don't even think of taking this stuff to the tropics. The boat sat in a marina in Cabo for about four weeks. The south facing side of the hull grew 3' long weeds. Took a diver an hour to scrape it clean. Luckily that only cost me 20 bucks. I'd love to replace this paint but that would require removing all of it. You don't really want to paint an incompatible paint over it. On my last haulout I was quoted $2k+ just for removal. If anyone knows a yard in SoCal that will strip this shit off of a 36' boat for less than $2k I'd love to know about it. I decided to stick with the CSC on my last bottom job but I'm going to let the divers basically remove it one cleaning at a time. When the paint is mostly gone then I'll take it in and get it stripped down. FWIW my diver recommends Trinidad.
  8. J/29 Shopping

    Contact Condor he campaigned one for many years.
  9. Irma

    AIS traffic off of S. Florida
  10. How wrong am I to use this sail?

    The sail is fine, actually perfect for what you want to do with it. Who cares if it doesn't point like a 3Di blade? You're not racing, foot off 10 degrees. Since you sail in the Bay you should be prepared to reef the main when you go out. If necessary you can get an extra-deep reef added to your existing mainsail for not too much $$$. When it gets breezy reef down or crank in whatever controls you have on your main (halyard, cunningham, outhaul, backstay etc.). Be prepared to dump the traveler in gusts. Don't overthink it, you'll be fine, go have fun.
  11. Microburst Hits Santa Barbara Harbor 9/3 Reports?

    I wasn't there but went down afterwards. Lots of shredded roller furling jibs. Some still flapping in the breeze. Chunks of all kinds of debris like cooler lids, deck chairs etc on boats and floating the water. If you have a boat in SB you should probably get down to the hbr to check on it.
  12. Shipping Your Boat

    I trucked a 40' boat from San Carlos to San Francisco. This was in the good old days when you could haul out in San Carlos and they would truck it up to Tucson. There it was hoisted by two cranes onto a US carrier. I rode in the truck in Mexico, through customs and to Tucson. It all turned out fine but was marginal as hell. Those guys trucked several boats a week and got plenty of practice so you'd think they'd be good at it. But they still cut all kinds of corners and came within inches of disaster several times. Typical Mexico, things mostly work out OK but nothing works how or when you think it will. I recently did the Baja Bash and would take that any day. You didn't mention which coast of Mexico it's on. Getting from the E. coast of Mexico up to the US E. coast isn't that big of a deal. If you can spare the time deliver the boat yourself, have an adventure. If the boat is on the W. coast then I would seriously consider either selling it and buying a new one or delivering it to San Diego and having it shipped from there.
  13. Advice on dinghy in Mission/San Diego Bays

    Where you'll store the dinghy makes a huge difference. It's unlikely that you'll have davits on a 34' boat so you'll probably want to store the dinghy belowdecks. So go for lightweight and easy to in/deflate i.e. inflatable floor. Floorboards perform a bit better but they can be a pita. If your budget can stretch to a hypalon dinghy then get that. As for the motor either go small or go large. Something like the 2.3 hp Honda is very light, easy to carry around, install etc. They're not much fun to use and start in gear, weird. You'll be put-putting around the anchorage but who cares. Don't even think about punching through any kind of surf landing. The other end of the spectrum is getting the largest outboard that your dinghy can take. This will get you planing with one or two aboard but will be heavy and hard to deal with. Installing it at anchor in a rolling place will be sketchy. Some kind of crane/hoist system will be very nice to have. There are no right answers, just tradeoffs. Think about where/how you want to use this thing and pick something appropriate.
  14. Adding a Racor above Volvo MD7a

    I have a Racor 200 series (230 I think). They come with a built-in primer pump. It makes changing filters and priming easy. $$$ though. If you do go this way get a couple of strap wrenches, it's a bear getting it apart.