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In Topic: A quiet drink with...

21 April 2017 - 12:56 AM

its not been quite a year since his passing, but its been probably 20 years since I sailed with him... He stopped sailing due to health reasons.

So for those of you who said your Dad... right there with you.


I'd up the ante by saying, I'd love to be sailing and sharing that beer with him... Just to be crew again.


I've found that goals in life become much clearer, and simpler as I get older.

In Topic: Went to look at a Catalina 22....

11 April 2017 - 02:28 AM

Just so we are clear, I owned/launched an S2 7.9 for 2 years myself.  It IS possible to raise the mast solo, and launching the S2 7.9 is a breeze, but NO I would NOT recommend it as a "trailer day sailor."  I got good at launching the boat, and the best I could muster was about 1.5 hours from launch to sailing.  I'm sure I could maybe have gotten that to 1 hour, but it'd have been truly scrambling, not my idea of a relaxing day sailing.  Plus the boat prefers the keel fully down, which draws 5 feet... launching is shallow at 18 inches, but to sail the boat requires consistent depth over 5 feet (if you can't get it).


There are plenty of good S2 7.9s around, but you gotta travel for them.  List is short now, best time to buy is late winter.

If you are still interested in them (and for your purposes I would say the 6.9 would be a better choice, but I digress)... you can find them here:



Lots of different boats thrown at you... I'd say that a cat boat is at one end, and the S2 7.9 is nearly at the other.


Interesting boats in between?  Oday 222, Oday 192, Oday 22, Oday 23, Precision 23, 21, 18, Catalina Capri 18, 22, Compac 19, 23, Cal 22, Rhodes 22, Hunter 22 (swing keel), Hunter 23 (wing keel), Hunter 25 (wing keel), Oday 26 (centerboard), S2 6.7, 6.9... Lets say for trailer day sails, that J boats and most fixed fin keels are out.


Lots of options, but you have to find the deal that works best for your Northern dollar.

In Topic: quick windows 10 question

03 April 2017 - 01:25 PM

Yep remove all the passwords, and logins...

Then bitch about how MS is insecure...   My suggestion short of removing all passwords and logins, is to consider either facial recognition login (built into windows 10) or swipe (touchscreen required) login.


Edge is a lite browser, with plugins mostly disabled.  For most surfing with embedded flash  and such you might need Chrome or Firefox.  If you want stable light surfing without the bloat, try Opera.

In Topic: SA Seized!

02 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

Woah, again?

In Topic: Tillerpilot

09 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

I've had the cheapos... the St1000+ (2 of them), the ST2000+, the SMRAD TP22 (2 of them) and now the Simrad TP10...

The TP22 was better than the RM ... but only by a little... I frankly liked the way the controls worked on the RM better.


I was thoroughly unhappy with the build quality of the ST1000+ when the plastic fluxgate (internal) compass gimbal busted (I was very careful with the unit, so it should not have busted).  It required a full replacement of the fluxgate compass, which is a $99 ebay part - cause it non-user servicable (that includes the $0.99 plastic gimbal)... and the cost to ship the RM tiller pilot back and have them diagnose the problem (that was out of warranty) was more than me buying the part and plugging it in myself, and fixing the problem (which worked by the way).


For the TP22, I used one for a couple weeks, and had a low voltage problem on board (turns out it was a wiring fault on the boat).. it must have scrambled the electronics on the TP22... I sent it to SIMRAD who diagnosed it quickly and rather than fix it, sent me a completely new unit and covered it under warranty (total turn around time 10 days).  Now I know my faulty wiring likely caused that problem and I was pretty forthcoming with that info when I sent it to them.  To me their customer service should count for something, and it was fantastic, so I bought from them again when I sold the old unit with my boat.  Oh and when you use the TP22 as a hammer, it works for a while afterward (that one I replaced on my own dime - so in retrospect, I had 3 of them :)  )


I'm not doing anything that requires the fancy days on end use in 6-8 foot rollers many of the guys above are talking about though.  I'm just slapping the darned thing on the tiller while I change headsails, or head to wind to douse/hoist.  I'm inland and don't frequently see winds above 25 knots... I do get my share of stupid red-neck wake boarders though.


For your size boat I'd be looking at the TP22 minimum if its just for light duty near shore/in shore work, TP32 is probably a better place to start... and if you wanna do it right, you'd go with the palegic or the EV-1


I have no relations with that woman, SIMRAD, B&G, Raymarine or Palegic, just so nobody thinks I'm getting $0.05 for each time I type the company name.