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  1. I am seriously considering an 1984 Olson 40 as my next boat. In the past I've sailed on smaller production boats and I owned Roger Swanson's Cloud Nine, a Bowman 57', for 3 years. I've done some significant offshore adventures on Cloud Nine and I sailed her single handed from San Diego to Monterey Bay. I discovered on Cloud Nine that I really love single handed sailing. I sold her due to not being able to convince my wife to sell the house and sail the world with me. I am now looking for a boat for myself that is bluewater capable and that will be fast, single handable, and within in my budget of $40-$75k. There is an Olson 40 on the market that is well set up for single handing by the previous owner who is a very experienced offshore single handed racer here in San Diego. I understand these boats can be wet and are weight sensitive, particularly in the bow. The interior is somewhat spartan when compared with my former boat but I am ok with this. As I said, this boat is for me. I'm hoping the community can provide some input on the bluewater capabilities of the Olson 40 and its potential as a boat for a circumnavigation, including a trip around Cape Horn. Over the next couple of years I plan to use the boat for sailing the Channel Islands, a potential Guadalupe Island race, and a trip to the Hawaii potentially via a Transpac campaign or just for fun. Thanks in advance for any thoughtful responses to this post.
  2. leeboweffect

    Catalina 38 SS

    I'm in the market for a cruising boat and came across the Catalina 38 SS shoal keel. Thoughts/comments on this model for cruising? Does anyone know this particular boat?
  3. We are avid monohull sailors. Next year we are taking friends To BVI and need more room. We are considering New Lagoon 42 and New Astria 42. Any info on sailing and handling of either of these boats would be appreciated. Cost is about the same so sailing abilities and amenities are the dealbreaker.
  4. Yesterday was a great day of sailing on Oak Hollow Lake. I had the pleasure of helping my friend Curtis Crotts rig and launch his new Nacra 460. Congrats Curtis!
  5. leeboweffect

    NacDaddy and the Fast Crusade

    A rare central NC late June wind forecast of 10 - 15 mph lured me to the lake a week ago. Enjoy...
  6. So I've been doing a lot of daysailing (And a few overnight camping trips) On my National/Lazy E (15" kinda planing dinghy, I think it's an Australian design). Figured I'd throw the pics I have up, even though they're not great. Also been doing weekly racing, Saturdays on an E scow and Wednesday nights in the local races with pretty much every different boat in the fleet (Very cool to see how the designs differ). Here's some pictures from the local side. ------- Also..... I really, really, really, really want to do the 2019 R2AK. Does anyone know of a team looking for a capable addition? I can do anything from fast tris (Though I'm still learning with regards to trimming and the finer points of racing) to a 2-person team on a wayfarer (or just loan me your small dinghy......) -------
  7. A "don't cleat your main" special.
  8. Rasputin22

    Sailing Bliss

    Please share images or vids that you feel shows the pure bliss of sailing. This one took me back about 40 years and put a big smile on my face. Just the thing needed these days...
  9. I am looking for opinions on budget electronics, as I am a single Parent on an MPS teachers budget. I am looking for a basic GPS/fish-finder (real time depth) for under 500 dollars. I have found some for fishing boats, but they come with transducers to be mounted on the transom of fishing boats that requires drilling holes in the fiberglass transom. I have read discussions, but not reviews, of how skimmer transducers work epoxied in front of the keel in the bilge, reading through the hull. Has anyone done it????? does it work????? I have a thru-hull for an old depth sounder, but those transducers seem to be pretty expensive, or not available. Lowrance, Eagle, and Hummingbird are the standards in the fishing world. BUT…….. the sailing world (West Marine) likes Garmin. Does Garmin talk to Raymarine, or BNG???? We all know what they say about opinions:-) I'm sure everyone here has one………. about their electronics. I can't wait to read them all, as I am hoping to make a wise informed decision………. As this Is my second post, I should probably introduce myself. Sometime in the early 70"s, my parents went to St. Croix with another couple. The summer after, I was a: shaggy haired, 4-5 year old, ginger fish in a human body, and my parents had a Cape Dory 25, named "Fellowship" on Lake Winnebago. Growing up, we cruised Green Bay, Northwest Michigan, usually starting at Manitou Island going north to Beaver Island. We did this on a Hunter 30, and a Pearson 34. I had a Butterfly, as a kid, and have sailed Scows, as captain and crew until I met "EvaOdland" of "hate on that 70's boat". She hooked me up with her first boat, an '84 Hunter 25.5 named RAIDO. My first post in "pictures while Sailing", Is of her sailing out of McKinley marina out one MKE. Eva took the one of me healing, and the one in the fog was sent by an awesome sailor that thought the pic in the fog made a great pic:-} #KEEPINGOLDPLASTICALIVE:-!!!!!!!
  10. Be patient, the 2020 season will start NA
  11. So, it looks like I'm going to have an unexpected week off, Dec 2-8th, and I have a little bit of extra cash hanging around. Flights from Winnipeg here in Canada are ~650 CAD to a lot of places right now, any suggestions where I could rent a sailboat and enjoy some warmer weather? Looking to be quite low budget, stay in a hostel, that kind of thing.
  12. Hello anarchists of the small boat world. I currently live in San Diego and I'm on the search for cool retirement locales that will be fun, have opportunities for sailing, and allow my dollar to go farther than it goes in southern California. Wide open to suggestions. Many thanks.
  13. Thinking about moving south on the East coast, wondering if anyone knows of a decant inland lake or a nice Bay area that maybe is only 40 min from a city because we still have to work. Needs to have a beach to pull the boat onto after getting off the trailer. It would be nice to sail with multihull sailors. would be nice to sail sometimes in the winter, up north here no freaking way is that possible! I do mountain biking all year also being out in the cold isnt easy for me! Maybe someone here would know of a perfect area that is a sort of a secret? Thanks..)
  14. ojsphoto

    dinghy sailing channel

    Just want to share my Youtube Channel, check out the playlists for videos of Musto Skiffs, RS800, 18 footers, National18's and more. I use a variety of cameras including 360 footage from on board International Moths.
  15. Dukono Volcano Part 2 After a very short night we got ready to climb to the Volcano crater in part 2 of the Dukono adventure. As our clothes had not had time to dry out and the climate on the mountain being very different than on the coast we spent a very cold few hours in the tent trying to sleep. Toby seemed to be doing fine as his bloody loud snoring proved to Maxi and I. We than had a quick coffee and begun the 90 min hike in the dark to the crater rim. The redhot lava that was being thrown hundreds of meters into the air was simply amazing as the was the sound! Impossible to capture the lava though as it was only visible in the dark. The amount of sandy ash being thrown up was amazing and it wasn't until it began to get light that I realised how much of it was getting on my camera, wow, big cleanup job needed after. We spent a few hours up there then slowly made our way back down to a small pool where we had a quick dip to get the ash off then continued on down to meet the motorbike boys again. At the bottom there is a pool with hot water directly from the mountain, we really enjoyed some time there to clean off but also relax the muscles after what was a very tough couple of days for this sailors skinny legs.
  16. leeboweffect

    Tuning Runs On The Nacra 5.0

    A bit of fun from 07.21.2019
  17. A bit of fun from 06.21.2019. Enjoy...
  18. Reverse shifts, how to land a beach cat (onshore breeze, lake version) and use the boat as a bidet! Enjoy...
  19. A bit of fun from last week...enjoy...
  20. A little fun on Oak Hollow Lake from last Wednesday. Enjoy...
  21. trispirit

    Go Sailing

    Been reading a few of the comments on here and it sounds like there's a few people that need to get out of their armchairs and to go sailing. So just as a reminder get off your asses and get out there and live as everyday your sitting there watching your computer is another day you won't be able to go sailing! Life is short what are YOU waiting for?
  22. RIGO

    Western Circuit Regatta

    So, Saturday marked the final day of the Western Circuit, steering the Rekerring Dream, Ker32. Pretty decent showing for inaugural regatta - 5/2/3/3/2/3 in a fleet of 9 well sailed boats. The Esses were harder to beat on the first (lighter), weekend but we had the measure of them last Sat. Bill Bremner's Foxy was on fine form- scoring a string of firsts with Sarab Singh's Windsikher only getting Bill once as far as I remember. It was nice to take a few races off Windsikher actually, since that boat (S40IRC) is moded for the light stuff and has 8ft more hull than us. Our starting was really good and we were getting there with the numbers up and down. Considering the level of the crew pre-regatta, I was pleased with the way we were turning corners, however that is the area where we can make the most improvement. Nice bunch of guys - Jon (Bow), Piffy (Mast), Sam (Pit), Nev / Zhen (Trim), Woody (Main), Me (Helm), Varney (Nav), although I was re-christened 'Krueger' by the end of the regatta because I was beasting them around the coarse! The biggest surprise for me was the after-sail, which was done really well. SMU were taking it really seriously, with excellent media coverage - masses of free piss and bands, dancing girls, prizes, auctions - you name it! Several banquets as well! Good effort Singapore - highly impressed!
  23. gusmus

    Sailing Handicap

    I was having a gander at the Paralympic sailing the other day and very good it was too. It also made me realise just how handicapped us so called "able bodied" types really are. My wife has been in some form of assisted transport since childhood (polio victim of the 1960,s), and although a very sweet natured and highly intelligent woman in normal circumstances she can become an absolute demon when obstructed by ignorance or sheer bad manners. People don't seem to realise that she is in fact in control (very precise control) of a personal armoured car. Supermarkets are her favourite hunting ground where on one occasion she left a swathe of empty shelves in the canned goods section after being ignored repeatedly by two chatting employees to please pass her an item she couldn't reach. The supervisor was most apologetic as she sweetly explained that she had lost control trying to reach the said item after being given no help by the said employees. On a more recent occasion during a home visit from social services regarding a replacement for her faulty and now rather old wheelchair, she blithely parked one of her front wheels on the foot of a condecending "expert" who seemed to be of the opinion that "Polio" was a was a severe mental condition affecting only those with an IQ of "demented simian" level or below. The poor chap soon learned that 140 kilos of wheelchair and apparently helpless operator are not to be argued with and duly hobbled off to his car with all paperwork completed to my wifes satisfaction. He even apologised for spilling his tea into his own lap. She's a strong headed woman is my lass and I stand behind her all the way. I certainly don't stand in front of her just in case gets that wicked gleam in her eye. This brings me neatly along to the art of sailing with disabilities. I used to help out with transport and unpaid crewing now and again for an old guy who had a lovely little gaff cutter moored in the Swale behind the Isle of Sheppey on Englands Thames estuary. He was a curmudgeonly old sod with a love for life, sailing in all weathers, and good beer. He had one or two faults about his person, the least of which was a tin leg. The tin leg was of no great handicap to him at all and in fact most of his sailing was done single handed but it was a severe handicap to anyone who ever sailed with him. He only used to pick up a crew if he was overnighting across to Holland or France to stock up on booze or a particularly pungent Dutch pipe tobacco that he used to stuff into a pipe with a bowl the size of a marine toilet. Day watches were fine with the hot rum toddies running like a good following sea but what old George used to love was taking the late watches from midnight onwards and that is where the handicap came in. Usually after a long days boozing at the helm it was bliss to roll into your sack and let the skipper take charge during the wee small hours. Not with George. He would balance the sails beautifully and let the boat sail herself to within five or six degrees of her course and then brace himself in the companionway and let the boat roll beneath him. That's when the hapless crew became handicapped. His tin leg had a squeak to starboard. It never squeaked to port, only starboard which to Georges mind gave him right of way to squeak whenever he felt like squeaking. It wasn't a door like squeak or even a mouse like squeak. It was the squeak of screeching fingernails on glass. It was the squeak of a frequency honed over eons to sever nerve endings, shatter teeth, and to turn even the most exhausted of crew into quivering lumps of jelly. The tin leg was also a time keeper. It squeaked for 1 hour, there would be a silence for 30 minutes while George sat down and had a nip or two from his flask and then, like the seven bells of hell from naval days past, there would be a CLANG, CLANG, CLANG, as George bashed the dottle from his empty pipe on his artificial appendage prior to filling it up and restarting the whole sequence all over again. I discussed every measure with George regarding a remedy but he would have none of it. "Thart's a delikit instrument son and we don't wants ter go meddlin wi' them now, do we" he would say. Old George is long gone now and the last time I saw his lovingly kept boat she was hauled up on the mud looking neglected with a for sale sign hanging over the stern. I swear I heard a squeak as I walked past.