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steele

Member Since 12 Apr 2008
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In Topic: Looking for a 33-35' R/C

Yesterday, 04:13 AM

A J34C might also be a good choice, although hard to find they seem well regarded (no personal experience, but a friend has a J28 which is kind of the same idea and is a good boat).


In Topic: Fess Up...How many of you have sailed a Sea Snark?

27 August 2014 - 04:50 AM

A friend had one, we sailed on a small inner city pond called Green Lake, because by mid summer it was VERY green.  We capsized and got the mast stuck in the muck and bent it pretty bad getting it upright.


In Topic: A really bad day...

27 August 2014 - 04:32 AM

Based on the two center photos the people on board were very lucky, they hit a natural ramp at the waters edge  A few yards to port and the boat would have struck a stone wall.  God does really protect the fools.


In Topic: How to turn one aluminum stick into three!

28 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

I think BJ's analysis is likely correct, the boat is stuck in the side channel, not where the bridge opens.  It is hard to imagine getting a boat in that spot on purpose, and the current there is stronger than the center.  On my last trip out of the locks a large ketch got sidways at the end of the lock and spun down the channel towards the same bridge.  The skipper finaly got it all sorted, but the current when the lock opens, especilaly durring an ebb can be pretty fast.

 

Now why they did not pull the boat over on it's side to get it out is another question.


In Topic: Quickstep 24

28 July 2014 - 04:06 AM

A Thunderbird would check a lot of your boxes for a whole lot less than the modern day sailors, although most had the traveler in mid cockpit.  They might be kind of rare in your area, but good glass boats can be found and several in my area (PNW) have been for sale recently on trailers.  The racing ones usualy have almost no interiors, but as a kid the family had one with a built out interior and short cruises for 4 of us worked ok.  I recall it being a good light air boat, but I am sure others can chime in with more information.

 

I sail a Tartan 30, it also meets a lot of your criteria, but is more of a mid weight cruising boat than a day sailor.  Sailing well in light air takes a big jib (a 130 is average) which can be a handful.  The aft traveler is nice with guests on board.