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  1. TwoLegged

    Anyone actually cruised a Martin 242?

    I read "less than light" meaning "not light", i.e. stronger winds.
  2. TwoLegged

    Anyone actually cruised a Martin 242?

    As a former J24 cruiser, I have some news for Expert Canuck. When the wind is less than light, you can use these clever things called sails. They are a cunning device which uses those strong winds to propel the boat. The main issue I found is that if you want to sail upwind in heavy weather without a lot of rail meat, you need a deep third reef, pre-rigged. Most light racing boats of that size aren't usually equipped with deep reefing, but it's an easy modification. I also found that extra ballast helped, and that it could be achieved by a generous supply of homebrew beer did wonders for the boat's stability ... as well for the stability of the crew's temperament.
  3. All excellent advice. carcarsh. Yes, it's about the adventure, not the gadgets.
  4. TwoLegged

    8 Bells Doug Fryer

    It would be lovely if she ends up in the care of someone like her first owner was when he bought her: young, passionate about the boat, and with a strong enough flow of boat bucks to keep driving her hard. When I was a young 'un, there were two boats in my local yacht club which changed hands from owner to crew. Initially all that changed was the name on the papers and the signature on the cheques, then gradually the former owner stepped back more and more, until he was only an occasional passenger; but when in board, he always got the skipper's bunk. That precise formula can't be applied here, but some continuity would be great.
  5. TwoLegged

    47' boat refit costs: Baja worth considering?

    I'm with Zonker on the woodwork. Sanding and varnishing can be learnt easily enough. Unless you are aiming for boat show gloss, it's more fiddly-slow than high-skill slow. Making a new door and a new table leaf are relatively simple if you can live with good enough. You could save a lot of labour, and brighten the boat up plenty, if you painted lots of the woodwork, Hereshoff-style. The question is really how much it matters to you have the boat close to showroom condition? The more you follow that path, the more the labour costs start to rise exponentially. As the rig, how crucial is it to get the mainsheet out of the cockpit? Is it worth the expense?
  6. TwoLegged

    The floating powerplant

    That's a clever idea, esp in calm waters. Using a chain to secure it would help prevent @Zonker from being a tea-leaf with it
  7. Jim, my thinking comes from experience of living off-grid on land. I found that a lot of the hassle and expense comes from trying to do things in the same way as you would do them on-grid. To get the cold beer, you only need a fridge for a few hours beforehand. But have that steak, you need a fridge continuously since whenever you left port, which means enough battery capacity to keep up all the times the solar isn't generating. And getting decent solar output on a small sailing monohull means some combination of solar on a custom stainless frame at the back, plus probably an extra panel or two for the less sunny days, which you need to find some way of mounting in a secure-but-easily-removable fashion, plus some way of storing it in a boat with little storage space. OTOH, if you are just running LED lights and a modest dose of nav gear, you need a lot less power, which means less battery bank, less solar. How important is that cold beer?
  8. Top priority: dump the fridge The rest is detail. There are obvious direct benefits from losing it: reduced need for batteries and power generation, which cuts out a lot of headcahes. Without fridge, you can keep your power draw quite low. If you balance the boat well and don't press her too hard, even the tiller pilot can be reduced to a modest draw. But even better than that, dumping the fridge forces you out of the supermarket+fridge mentality of modern suburban life which goes heavy on meat and dairy and prepared foods. You can eat well (i.e tasty and nutritious food) off beans and pulses and brown rice, esp if you learn recipes which use spices creatively. Fresh veg keeps a lot longer than meat, and if you want a bit of meat in your diet, use dry sausage (salami, chorizo etc) and tinned meats sparingly. If you want milk, use UHT. That way you won't need a fridge. If that's a long way fro how you eat now, then start making the change now. Learn how to cook this way, and how build up your repertoire of recipes that work for you and which can be easily replicated in a small galley. This may sound like a small issue, but it's actually critical to simplifying your life so that you enjoy the experience of cruising rather than spending your time worrying about how to manage the food. Obviously, you need the safety gear too, and the dinghy. But the main thing is KISS: keep it simple. And above all, as other have said: just do it. Even if you screw it all up and wreck your boat and lose all your money, you'll have done something you will never forget or regret. You only get one time around the hamster wheel, so seize the moment. I am v sorry to hear of the loss of your dog. Dogs are the most extraordinary people, full of love and forgiveness and above all with an unerring instinct to seize the moment and find happiness. I have learnt more from the dogs in my life than from the two-legged people, and one of the most valuable lessons is dogs' quest of happiness. So listen to all that your dog taught you
  9. TwoLegged

    Dave's perfect sailboat

    I never got the 80s IOR aesthetic at all. Horrible angular lines everywhere, like something had been crudely chopped or badly heatshrunk. And those IOR boats sailed horribly, in every direction except upwind with meat on the rail and someone else's muscles to sweat those huge genoas. The new designs also have more straight lines than I prefer, tho they are not distorted. But the real thing is that they sail a lot better.
  10. TwoLegged

    Dave's perfect sailboat

    Similar things have been said about each new generation of boat for as long as I have been messing about in boats, which is more than half a century. At some point in our lives, most of us get "stuck" on an aesthetic, while the world moves on past us. These new-style boats are crossing oceans comfortably, at decent speeds, in numbers which would have been unimaginable in the 1970s or 1980s. Comparing something like a Pogo 30 with say a 1970s production half-tonner cruiser/racer is so one-sided that it's almost cruel. The Pogo is faster on every point of sail, better handling on every point of sail, radically safer, much much stronger, etc etc. The only advantage the half-tonner has is that its sheer dysfunctionality gives perverse pleasure to masochists. Same with the new Hanses against an old IOR one-tonner. The Hanse is better in nearly every way. Not all of the modern production boats are well-optimised, but 'twas ever so.
  11. TwoLegged

    what is it?

    It's the "How I failed my think-outside-the-box assignment at design school" 48
  12. TwoLegged

    what is it?

    It's cartoon of a sloop trying to disguise itself as a unicorn
  13. TwoLegged

    what is it?

    When we called it a "box rule", we didn't mean you should sail a box
  14. TwoLegged

    you're not helping!

    "We will never forget you, bowman"