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In Topic: 28 foot cruisers?

14 September 2014 - 04:50 PM

This is out of left field, but since finding a trailer for some of the boats your are looking at might be hard I thought I would pass this along,


In Topic: Converting racing boats into cruisers--- do you know of any good examp

10 September 2014 - 11:36 PM

There was an old two tonner of mine, IRISH ROSE, at the Perry Rendezvous this year. New owner has it converted to a cruiser and has made two trips to Alaska. It's a fine cruising boat. Owner loves it.

She is now for sale, http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bod/4609412023.html  At first glance the price may be optimistic, but given the estimated high cost of conversions listed in this thread, it might be OK.


Edit, looks like the link does not work, search Seattle CR boats for Perry, it will pop up.

In Topic: Judgement Call - Dragging Boat

09 September 2014 - 12:12 AM

I agree with your assessment, but would add an attempt to help as you outlined could have made his situation worse.  Although he dragged, his anchor may well be still helping, perhaps even re-set.  Murphys's law would dictate that as soon as you pulled his gear into your dink another 30 kt gust would hit pushing his boat further aground.  It seems pretty unlikely that you could do much to move a 43 foot boat, especially if it has the windage of most beneteaus.


I do have a total armchair quarterback thought.  Would an option have been to board his boat to see if he had a second anchor set up?  Without much chop a second anchor could be set from a dingy to at least hold the boat in place to reduce further dragging.  I am not sure what the rules are about boarding a boat where you are, in the US I would only do this with great caution.

In Topic: Electric motor/generator?

08 September 2014 - 03:52 PM

The idea of flipping a switch to control an electric motor powered by a constantly running diesel sounds good, but in real world use there have been some issues.  Washington state Ferries maintain a large fleet of diesel electric ships, the largest up to 460 ft.  There have been a few mishaps involving failed electronics.  An aquaintance is a captain in the fleet and his descrption of approaching the dock at 15 its, hitting reverese and having nothing happen is a sphincter tighting event.  I know standard drive systems are not immune, throttle cables get stuck, engines die at just the wrong time, but water and complex electrical systems do not always play well together.

In Topic: 28 foot cruisers?

02 September 2014 - 05:18 AM

Welcome, your set up looks about perfect for the type of cruising you show in your blog.  Trailer launching a 27 foot sailboat is noteworthy, any interior and build photos?