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Vincent DePillis

Member Since 19 Jan 2005
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 06:48 PM

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

28 July 2014 - 09:49 PM

I heard they moored there at low tide, had to wait so long that the rising tide stuck the mast into the bridge.

In Topic: French Centerboarders

17 July 2014 - 11:39 PM

curious-- what does one use to grind aluminum welds flat?  Seems I have had trouble working with aluminum with the grinding wheel/disk gumming up... 

In Topic: French Centerboarders

18 June 2014 - 02:23 AM

All boats are compromises.  To me,  the interesting comparison here is a deep draft fixed Keel aluminum cruiser like Starzinger's Hawk.  He is not going to be anchored in 1.3 meters of water amidst the coral heads any time soon.  But I wonder how the Boreal would cope with 30 knots on the nose and big waves, as described in one of Evans' last posts...  


I don't think I will set off on a world cruise, but I find the design and construction challenges of coming up with a great cruising boat endlessly interesting.  And at the moment, the Boreal is my favorite compromise.

In Topic: Crowd Sourced Trimaran Update

29 May 2014 - 05:07 AM

thanks for the shout out Mark!  we had a great time.



In Topic: Crew's post mortem on one week sail

28 May 2014 - 12:18 AM

Have often wondered how I would like an ocean passage.  Tell the truth, I have no particular desire to do it-- just wonder. 


Longest sail I have ever done is Swiftsure/Cape Flattery, which is only about 100 miles, which does involve sailing at night.  I do enjoy night sailing, but not so keen about night racing, especially on a tri under spinnaker. The speed potential at night is a bit scary.  Just imagine hitting a log at 14-15 knots. 


Ajax is so right about food.  This last Swiftsure we had an absurd amount of food.  And forgot the hot chocolate.


For me, staying warm is the biggest challenge.  My latest program is really great-- I wear a dry suit, with a kayak vest, and heavy duty Grundens orange fisherman foul weather gear over the top.  Never chllly, never wet, even on distance races in November.