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  1. 40 minutes ago, HypnoToad said:

    Big open aft area of transom. Throttle and engine buttons way back there facing aft. This is a double wheel design for sure. Tiller was thrown on there because they had deadlines and nobody could figure out how to rig the wheels in time.

    Good eyes. Looks like you need to use the tiller extension to reach the throttle. Seems annoying.

  2. 37 minutes ago, Winston Smith said:

    Well a friend told me a nightmare story of parts costs on old Volvo engines, a few parts and you could buy a new engine. Pretty silly if you ask me that they can charge so much. Actually I wonder where the market for no name parts. One would think China would jump on this by now.

    Others may know more than me about this, but I have a Volvo form 1987 and have not had problems with parts so far

  3. 15 minutes ago, Winston Smith said:

    Added Albin, Trident, and Friendship boats to my list. And I'll seek out boats with Epoxied hull, no osmosis, replaced standing rigging and re-powered with freshwater engine, though this will push me to smaller boats, that's OK.

    Don't go crazy with it. Just start looking at all the boats available in your area in your budget. That will help you pick the one that feels right. When looking at old, low budget boats, try not to fall in love with certain brands or models. Condition is the big factor.

    Also, why the need for a repower? Most diesels will keep banging for as long as they are taken care of. Repower often means there was a problem. I'd spend my money on a good tune up of an original engine in good shape. And raw water cooled engines are pretty standard, and do just fine. 

  4. 3 minutes ago, Bmill said:

    The marina has bathrooms, showers, laundry, ice, a little restaurant and a great bar. Shore power and water are included in the slip rental. The previous RV-7 vs 172 analogy is painfully spot on. We're going dinghy sailing. Plane tickets in the very near future. Will post a few pics or a video of a 62 year old novice on one. It should be good for a couple of laughs. Thanks for the sage advice all. I'm undeterred with my objective but I'll break it down to some manageable goals. If I drown in the dinghy, I'm coming back to haunt this forum......

    That opens things up a lot. There are plenty of ways to go with it. I know lots of people who started on a 30-34ft sailboat and did just fine. But in most cases kept that for years, and those boats tend to be harder to sell. If you want to go truly starter boat, as small and simple as you can stand would be best. Something in the 24-25' range for a couple thousand, with just enough cabin to sleep in, a good cooler, and reliable outboard to keep you out of trouble. Use the bathroom and showers on shore, and take you boat out to play every day. Then, when you are ready to dump the boat you will have a much, much better sense of what you want and what you like. As well as the confidence to sail it. People have mentioned Catalina 30s here, and yes you can explore the Bahamas in them no problem. But you may find the giant swim platform and good refrigeration on a Catalina 320 is worth the extra money to you for example (since you mentioned wanting to snorkel and be in the water). There are hundreds of iterations experience will tell you that. But getting something and getting out on the water on it breaks the paralysis from analysis cycle very quickly.

    Fair warning though, you may never have as much fun as you do on the small starter boat. There is something magical about banging around on a simple boat you aren't afraid to break! Oh, and a big bonus is you can buy the 22-25' boats for really cheap without an outboard. And if you invest in a good outboard, typically the HP size will match what you need for a dinghy on your bigger boat, so that investment stays with you.

  5. 18 hours ago, Bmill said:

    A few months ago I had an opportunity to rent a 35' long / 12' beam slip at Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Key West. I did it it on a whim. Here's a link on Google Earth to the marina location. I'm including it because this is where I'm

    Does the marina have any facilities - bathroom, showers, ice, etc? That makes quite a difference when you are looking at what kind of starter boat will be enjoyable for you.

  6. I don't think of backing down on the anchor as a test really. I think of it as an easy way to dig in the anchor once I have it in the right position. It will continue to work its way in from there over time as it settles and get more and more secure. The backing down is a quick way to get your position right and give it a head start, so the natural movement of the boat is working the anchor in vs out. Too much torque from the engine too quickly can alter the position of the anchor and be more harmful than helpful.

    Another thing is you don't want to put too much stress on the windlass. And if you are lazy like me, you don't want to snub until you are hooked. Everyone has their own method, but I tend to put out about 4X slowly. On a mono, let the wind push you back. On a cat though, you will need to work the boat back to keep the bow in the wind. Then I take a pause and let it settle. Then back down about 1500 and see if I swing and have hooked. Then I swim on it in clear water, or clean up the boat. Then I will pay out the rest of the chain, snub, and bring it up to like 2500 and see how we set. Giving the anchor some time is key. They are not designed to be dropped right in to gale force conditions. 

    If you are in clear water, and have an extra hand on board, I really recommend watching the anchor with your snorkel gear while your crew goes through the process. It helps to see it to understand it.

  7. I have chartered an Elan and liked it. Don't remember the model, somewhere in the high 30s range. Slovenia probably isn't known for their sailboats, but as I understand it their specialty is in fiberglass so the hulls are pretty solid. They seem like solid production boats (which I tend to like) and I have my eye on Elans for my next boat. I think the 2005s were before they moved to self tacking jibs, but if not you would need to do a little retrofitting to get rid of that.

  8. 6 minutes ago, Crash said:

    Aft cabin has the potential to be bigger.  On the 30E, the "engine and shaft/exhaust run" area is blocked by a vertical plywood partition leaves a good sized quarterberth for one.  Two can fit if they are very friendly.  On the 305, they managed to get the shaft and exhaust down below the level of the bunk to make it a full sized double.  I think they also raised the floor of the cockpit some to make more room above the double berth.

    Makes sense. It was a good move. Our aft bunk on the 305 is bigger than it has any right to be for a smaller 30fter. I can confirm it fits two smaller size people and a dog with room to spare.

  9. I don't think that main is reefed. My guess is the wind is just enough to fill the kite, and he has the main sheeted in and vanged down to look good in the photo and not flappy flappy. If there was any pressure on that main, there would be some amount of heel to the boat, no?

  10. 20 hours ago, Winston Smith said:

    Yeah I noticed the wheel. It looks more like a 70's speedboat haha.

    But then actually I don't mind the idea of leaving the seats more open in the cockpit for lounging. And how much leverage does one need on the wheel anyway? May not look right but might work OK?

    Old, inexpensive boats are old, inexpensive boats. I would not worry much about the standing rigging, running rigging, sails, etc. All that can be replaced in time as needed. But understand that combined they will easily match the 18.000 euro price of this boat, so keep that in mind. However shoddy projects that former owners do that go against the original design of the boat are not easily fixable. In this case, adding a wheel to a tiller boat. If they thought to mess with something as integral as steering and ended up with the result as crappy and impractical as the photo shows, god knows what other shoddy "improvements" the former owner took on. This would be a clear walk-away for me, likely even on a free boat.

    I have a Bene 305 - the slightly smaller version of the 325. I love it, but can only imagine the issues retrofitting wheel steering would cause me. With old boats you need to understand what you are getting into. You can bring them back to some semblance of their glory, but only if they are not too far gone and have not been messed with too much.

  11. 4 minutes ago, kinardly said:

    In contrast, we have attended practical training events including Safety at Sea seminars and the Training Resources Safety Institute in San Diego. I think the Maritime Safety Institute on the US East Coast has a similar program with all manner of training for cruising sailors up to professional level merchant marine, ocean research, fishermen and offshore platform workers and I was pretty impressed with them. I would look them up and see what they might have to offer in the way of a chartering program.

    I have taken SAS training as well. I found it valuable, and worth doing. I guess I am not wholly undocumented. Agreed on all points here.

  12. 7 minutes ago, loneshark64 said:

    I am not sure why a Delos fan would pay what will probably end up being thousands of dollars for a video they have already seen that is on YouTube. 

    Well, it has a one minute never before seen edit. **eyeroll**

    It names the episode, and at least it is back from when delos was fun and interesting. Some sad sack will probably pay for it assuming the edit is unblurring the nudie scenes.

  13. From what I have seen, the ASA courses are pretty worthless. Like any association like that, it will depend completely on who the instructor is. It is usually for brand new sailors. I think some Med charter companies will accept it, but that does not make you any more prepared. In my opinion, you spend a lot of money for a piece of paper saying you are fully qualified to do something, rather than focusing on actually teaching you. Kind of the American was with associations.

    I would recommend spending the time/money doing an easy charter as practice in the BVIs. The moorings will rent to anyone with a credit card and a pulse. but there are plenty of school type programs that will teach you to charter, and will likely give you a piece of paper at the end of it saying you are qualified. There are lots where you can sign on with a group of others wanting to learn the same thing, keeping the costs reasonable. But make sure the experience is actually big boat sailing/living. So avoid the ASA schools that will take you poking around in a dinghy on a bay, with someone wasting your time quizzing you on the points of sail and boar terminology. 

    Googling quickly, something like this may be good if you want to charter with a group of friends in the BVIs (and who doesn't): https://www.bviyachtcharters.com/bvi-sailing-school/

    Or something like this would be more school based, and give you that ASA piece o' paper: https://horizonyachtcharters.com/bvi/bvi-learn-to-sail/

    Caveat: I am not endorsing either, I have never been to a sailing school. I own no pieces of paper saying I am qualified, but I have skippered bareboat a lot in the Caribbean (and have worked with both of the companies about. My only point is to go for someone offering the experience you need, not the paper you need. Oh and ask the instructor before signing on if they will teach you med mooring.


  14. This is only relating to head smell, but I thought I would pass it along. A couple seasons ago I tackled the head smell problem, and cleaned everything out including the holding tank. It didn't solve it, so I replaced all the sanitation hosing, assuming that was the issue. All of that helped, but the head still smelled pretty bad (not sewage, but the typical urine head smell). Someone explained to me that most heads have decades (my boat is old) of guys missing the toilet, splashing, etc soaked into the hardwood. So I tried using a pet odor treatment made specifically for hardwood floors, and it actually helped a lot! It was such a simple fix, but the bulkheads just weren't where I was expecting the smell to come from. Nothing is perfect, but the change has been noticeable. And now I wipe the walls down with the odor remover below every time I leave the boat, and the smell is mostly under control.


    Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator

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  15. 17 hours ago, JM1366 said:

    The question I have is how the hell can you not notice that you rigged it wrong? You put the kite up, you KNOW it's all the way to the top of the mast, and it's 10 feet off the bowsprit. Like, this is pretty obvioius.

    more money than Sense (get it???)

  16. On 9/30/2021 at 12:49 PM, Ajax said:

    The Dyer needs a name. The mothership is "Alacrity."  A search for antonyms yielded mostly derogatory words.

    What's a good word that sums up relaxed/unhurried or moving at a relaxed pace?

    What about Slack? Or Slackrity if you are feeling punchy.

  17. 1 hour ago, Crash said:

    Way to go freewheelin!  It was obviously a slow boats race.  What happened?  I assuming the breeze picked up after the big guys finished?  Or did the wind let you guys hit the tide gates on the flood, while the big guys hit the ebb?  None the less, well done!


    Thanks Crash! It was a really a combination of everything that made for a super lucky race for us. The wind was up from the start and stayed up the whole time. The first day/night was in the high 20's, gusting to low 40s. The rest of the race stayed mostly around 18-20 if I remember. Since the scoring was time over distance, a fast favored the slower boats I think.

    The other lucky component I think was that the wind clocked from the south, to west, to north. So the super fast boats rounding Montauk first probably had to deal with some amount of wind on their nose, while it was still on our tail.

    In a multi-day race, it is hard to say what was happening on the other boats. But that was what we saw onboard. We thought we were battling our division - never once thought we were doing well in the fleet. It was wet, and wild, and cold, and fun!

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