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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Just grab the spinny halyard and pull it down to that rubber boat. Replace the main and let it back up again.
  2. Mine came from Florida to Washington. It was about 14' 4" on the trailer. That is about the limit without having lead pilot cars with a clearance pole. If I had to do that, the trucker said figure an extra $6K for pilot car fees. From Mexico you could put in on Dockwise or Yacht Transporters or whatever they call themselves these days and get it to Miami. The price is going to be high though. I was there to prep the boat and supervise it being loaded on the truck and was glad I was. The hull was pretty straightforward, but the rig requires a lot of care if you want it in the same condition at the other end.
  3. Perhaps there is some hope. They are replacing all of the finger piers in Union Steamship Marina, Bowen Island. And on those new finger piers are.....cleats. No bull rails. One down, about 3000 to go......
  4. There were several spots where you could just nose the boat up to the rock, have a crew pass a line through the chain or ring, then back off and anchor. I didn't have the balls to try it, but with a cheaper boat I might have.
  5. Even a nice pellet gun would have solved the problem. But they don't much care for guns up here.
  6. In the cluelessness category, my wife has been complaining about the light pollution from the powerboats. We were trying to stargaze and where pretty much blinded by the powerboat anchor lights. The sailboats all seem to have something conservative and not too power hungry. Some of the power boats are using 1000 watt security lights or something. It would have been pretty dark on Lasqueti, not many lights on shore (no BC Power there) but one powerboat pretty much lit the whole anchorage with it's anchor light. Not even mentioning the penis power boats with the underwater movie lights.
  7. Well I did have a pretty good sail from Lund to Lasqueti a couple days ago. Only had to motor through a few flat patches and saw 5 blackfish on the way. Yesterday Lasqueti to Nanaimo is was flat and oily the whole way, today Nanaimo to Bowen Island flat and oily until the last 5 miles or so. So far the only port - port sail has been from Gorge Harbor to Prideaux Haven in 0 - 7 knots, and we undertook it because of an impromptu race: a boat we had seen in Blind Channel and again in Gorge expressed an interest in our boat and wanted to know how it sailed. As it happened we left Gorge together and met 4 or 5 knots on the nose so I put my sails up. He put his sails up. It was a pitched tacking duel for awhile, wind up to 8 and then down to 3 and back. On one tack he crossed ahead of me but we got it back and then pretty much got away. A 52' custom Laurie Davidson design.
  8. You can bow tie too, but you still gotta watch that tide:
  9. Last week I tied to a huge log way up the beach. The tide came in, then in some more. Eventually I looked back and discovered I was towing a log. Had to go back and tie to a log even further up the beach.
  10. The one time I was near Seattle, we had a useable breeze one of three days (in September). Off Seattle may be the one of those local areas that gets some wind. You could argue that SF Bay is only a local area, fair enough. A couple of boats ago I had a small sloop with an outboard. We never took the outboard out of its locker. It sat so long it froze up. We sailed in and out of the slip every time we went sailing for years. This was up in Vallejo, usually sailing out into San Pablo Bay and to SF Bay. There is dependable wind throughout the summer over the greater SF Bay area. Again, I found some areas with seemly more dependable wind. Gomes Channel, East Sound on Orcas, etc. But as an example I have made the trip from Anacortes to Sidney 10 times now. Many of the times I have been able to sail for a few minutes or up to a couple of hours. Never have I been able to make the trip under sail. That is very different than most places in SF, where in the extended summer you would EXPECT to sail. If you get out of the local areas with wind in the PNW, you better have an engine. Not knocking it, a much better and more extensive cruising area than SF Bay. But not nearly as good sailing. I've been around a bit in the three years and that's my experience:
  11. Well I've been from Anacortes up to Port McNeil in June and in the San Juans/Gulf/Desolation in September/Oct. Maybe they were the wrong June and September. There was more wind than August, but still pretty sparse sailing. In Sept it rained about 2/3 days north of Nanaimo. In June it rained 9/10 days north of Nanaimo. I've spent a fair amount of time here in April/May getting the boat maintained and launched, and in October getting it hauled. Now I'm here in August it has not rained much but more than a few days are reminiscent of Florida in summer. It's just possible that I hit it all wrong - but in that span of time over three years, I think I got the gist. It is what it is. A very large, beautiful, wet, not very windy cruising area, with a 6 week season of warm weather.
  12. The problem with lacing wire looms is you better be sure you got all the wires in when you do it. Or you will redo it. And redo it. In a custom like this there are going to be debugging and revision and addition. I'd leave the wire ties a little loose for awhile so you can string some more. We did this on my boat thinking in 6 months I would neaten and tighten everything up. I have left them loose now for 8 years and every year some things get changed. A boat's never "done".
  13. Every time I have been outside Pt. Bonita I've had wind except one. Sailing a Pearson Electra back from Half Moon Bay, no wind. Using the British Seagull. Suddenly the engine starts revving. We tip it up and notice the whole lower unit has committed itself to the deep. Very light wind all the way back to Aquatic park very late in the evening. Most the time when I'm out there its 15 - 20, a bit less than on the bay.
  14. Re: wind. I am a newcomer to the area, have spent about 4 months each year here for the last three. My impression is that there are some very local areas where there is likely to be wind. Many only a couple of miles each direction. For daysailing or setting up a buoy race course, the sailing might be pretty good in these areas. Over the broad area though, the wind is quite unreliable, variable, fluky, and non-existent. For cruising from one place to another, you cannot rely on it and will end up motoring most of the time. Combine that with currents, the need to arrive at rapids on the clock, and the lumber in the water making travel into the night inadvisable a lot of the time, a trawler makes the most sense. I owned a sailboat in SF Bay for 16 years, put 40 hours on the engine. I've been here three seasons, about 2300 miles on the trip log here now, have put something like 250 hours on the engine. That's motoring 2/3 of the time or more. Not for lack up trying - I will put the sails up at the first breath of wind. Then I motorsail rather than drift. Now this is mostly north or west of Anacortes and through the islands and up in the channels and around the west side. Maybe better down in Puget Sound proper - but it wasn't the time I was there. Best wind has been off the north west coast of Vancouver Island. I have learned that when Environment Canada says gale warnings, you might get 10 - 15, often less. To keep things interesting, every once in a great while you get 30. Contrast that with SF Bay where between about May and October by 11:00 AM you will have 17 - 25 until sunset. 95% of the days or more. It's almost like trade winds. I agree that Anacortes is really a pretty ideal location to keep a boat. It can be quite inexpensive as well in one of the dry storage yards, for a commuter cruiser.