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  1. Last winter (Jan-March) we were in the USVIs and the ferries were running regularly, even with the BVIs shut off. I doubt they will be the limiting factor. As others have said - it will be testing. Happily, you won't be blazing the trail. Here are the steps according to the moorings: https://www.moorings.com/covid19/travel-restrictions/british-virgin-islands
  2. 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
  3. dang, that is way better. I change my answer: More dollars than (Beneateau) Sense.
  4. Rather a bleak outlook for couples cruising in SE Asia painted hear - with most ending in divorce or death (and 100s of girlfriends coming forward). Or is that only if you cruise on a full keel boat?
  5. What about Slack? Or Slackrity if you are feeling punchy.
  6. 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 ou
  7. I suppose it depends on the length of the downwind leg. The reduction in drag would need to offset the added displacement from the water gushing in the giant hole in the bottom!
  8. Our little Bene did pretty well against these big budget boats in the Around Long Island Regatta. 2nd in the spinnaker fleet, and our keel stayed on the whole time
  9. I didn't check the log. But as you increase speed through water, it would stand to reason the log and wheel will be working harder, even if it is stuck. It would oscillate more in the stuck position due to increase water flow, but still read zero on the speed readout. I am not saying that this is definitely your problem, but it was mine so it is worth checking. Just pull the wheel out and spin it for 30 sec or so, and if your readout gives a speed above 0.0 then that is likely your issue.
  10. When you spun the wheel out of the water, did you check the readout as well to see if anything registered? Remember, there is a delay, so you need to keep spinning it while someone else looks at your readout. The reason I ask, is that we had the same issue with our Nexus. It would transmit speed to the display when spinning it out of the water, but when we put it back in, we could not get any water speed. It turned out that when we painted the bottom we had the plug in, and the gap between the plug created a lip of bottom paint that caught the wheel and kept it from spinning. We almost bo
  11. It seems to me that the question is not what speed limit there should be, it is what speed is ok to drive your boat. Is it ever ok to drive so fast that your reaction time is less than your visibility? That visibility changes with conditions. On a clear night with a moon, you can see fairly far out on the water without things needing to be lit. When things are darker, and/or someone is impaired that reaction time slows down drastically. So your speed should come down as well. If I remember right, the woman driving was drinking and obviously going way too fast. So while the Nav lights bein
  12. Ok, time for a super dumb question from a cold water sailor. If you don't haul out, when do you work on the bottom paint/fairing, seacocks, etc?
  13. Thanks for all the good suggestions. Looks like I have some research to do, but this is a great start. I think in the end, ease of access from NYC will win out. Hampton and Norfolk are just a long way to travel for even a long weekend. So staying in the northern Chesapeake probably means using it more, even if we have to haul for the coldest months. I am going to look at St Michaels, Havre de Grace and Rock Hall as a start. I am not sure we can pull it off this year, but we would love to make a new routine with this.
  14. I am no world cruiser, but I spent two months sailing a Lagoon 42 this past winter. The boom was so big, and so high up that I did not feel safe sending anyone up to flake or organize the main while underway. It was a really easy solution. blow the mainsheet, blow the halyard. Sure, part of the main didn't come down all the way, but it was more than enough depowering to anchor and get settled, then go up and straighten things. It was a much safer and easier solution.
  15. We has an idea to bring our boat down from NY to the Chesapeake this fall to keep it in a marina for the fall and spring shoulder seasons. We figure warmer waters means we can get a little more sailing in the shoulder seasons, but more importantly we can use it as a floating condo to get out of the city for weekends. Needs: Slip in a marina Bathroom and shower facilities on site Can handle draft (5'8") Would be nice: Close to a small town worth exploring Not super expensive closer to New York the better for driving purposes Anyone have a
  16. I chartered a boat a few year backs that had in-mast furling with vertical battens. My experience was mixed. Getting the main out was pretty easy. Getting the main back in was tricky with the vertical battens. You had to tension both the outhaul and the furling line and be super careful that the battens went in perfectly vertical. Once, we had a batten go in slightly crooked (not much at all), and the furler nearly got a little jammed. we noticed and were able to free it, so it was not too traumatic. But getting the main in was a project and took a few minutes and two people every time. I am s
  17. What do you have against mediocre sailors?
  18. Sorry Zonk - that is so sad to hear.
  19. We are still working on making him a boat pet, but here is our new-to-us dog on our first try on the boat. He was scared of the dock, but did great down below. He thought it was couch-land and had a great time jumping from cushion to cushion. We just sat at the mooring for a few hours - next step is sailing somewhere. Meet Fin. We spent a couple months sailing in the USVIs, and our last week there we adopted him from the St Thomas Humane Society. It has been less than two months, but he is adjusting great. He is one of the sweetest and happiest dogs I have known, so we got lucky. And we f
  20. I was thinking one engine died too, because of the circles they kept spinning. It is hard to keep straight with one engine on flat water, let alone what they were in.
  21. Very cool Zonk. You must be really proud of her. She seems to get it more than most adults!
  22. Ha, was looking at that the other day. Looks like about 220 miles - but according to this thread it seems like a lot to do along the way. Also, if the weather is right, we could do half that in an overnight. I used to visit Bald Head Island as a kid as well sometimes, it looked like a pretty lively marina scene at the time. Would make for a fun night or two, if a bit out of the way.
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