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  1. 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???)

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 1 minute ago, George Dewey said:

    I would think that would be a big advantage, although if you have a symmetric boat and point the bow at the downwind mark, especially if you're on the last leg, wouldn't dropping the keel be a big help? I'm told they can make a lot of drag. 

    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!

  5. On 8/27/2021 at 3:12 AM, BOI Guy said:

    The only place a Beneteau is ever going to be competitive is in a one design race against its sisters.

    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 timeimage.thumb.png.6cc50b4316b319891baaed785e236794.png

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  6. 21 hours ago, kavaltom said:

    hi, but my log when installed still gives signals to the server when it rotates, faster the engine faster the blinking rate. Was it the same with yours?

    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.

  7. On 9/18/2021 at 6:11 AM, kavaltom said:

    Hi guys, the paddlewheel was not that dirty, few small seashells that stil let the paddlewheel to rotate perfect, anyway all was cleaned thoroughly and put back. Before putting back of course checked if rotations give signal to server- it transmits signals, depending on rotation speed. Server blinks in log area. Also blinks when moving through warer. But nothing changed. Undocked, disconnected all other wires from NX server, only multi and wind  instruments left, still no speed through water data shown. Sad..

    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 bought a new unit out of frustration before checking this. A little scraping of the bottom paint with a screw driver fixed it.

  8. 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 being off might clear them legally, morally she is still partially responsible for the death of two people. I would not want that, so I go slow when I can't see very well.

    (by the way, the analogies to cars are interesting. I am pretty sure that if you hit a pedestrian or a stopped car at night, you are still responsible whether or not they have lights on them.)

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  9. 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.

  10. 2 hours ago, Crash said:

    But it seems to me that if you've got lazy jacks, there is little reason not to just drop it and tie it, and then once pierside, clean up the flakes to make it look "shipshape."

    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.

  11. 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.


    • 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 any recommendations we could look into?

  12. 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 sure with practice that would come down. 

    Of course, all systems have their problems. (We use sail ties and a saddle bag on our own main - so that takes time as well). And other boats we have chartered have stack packs. That can be a project too, getting the battens to clear the jack lines. But getting the main back down is a breeze! If it were between the the two for me on a cruising boat, I would take a stack pack over in-mast for sure. I like to get my work done ahead of time.

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  13. 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 figure being from the islands hopefully cruising is in his blood (or at least a love of beaches)



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  14. On 5/27/2021 at 6:41 PM, Zonker said:

    Because you can steer with both throttles (if you're thinking about it AND if your rudders aren't jammed hard over) it might be that one engine had died.

    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.

  15. 5 minutes ago, Bump-n-Grind said:

    If you have a place in Topsail, it's also a pretty easy and entertaining ride on the ICW from the Norfolk area to there, and you don't have to do battle with the idiots that inhabit the stretch from Wrightsville to Myrtle!!!

    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.  

  16. On 4/21/2021 at 5:42 PM, Bump-n-Grind said:

    haven't spent much time in Norfolk, per se, but strongly considering that "area" as well.. for many of the same reasons.. I'm looking more around Hampton/Chix Beach. Don't need to be on the ocean front, and I happen to like Hampton YC. it feels like a nice merger between my moose lodge in Galesville and the EYC/AYC thing up in Annapolis. a days(24 hours or less)  sail to/from Annapolis/Baltimore and thousands of miles of cruising right up the bay from there... also a pretty clean shot by boat up to NE. just a bit too much banjo in NC for my taste, NTTAWWT.

    and if you're into history there's a lot of that took place in the tidewater area... 

    Nice. Good to hear those out there with similar thinking. It kind of seems like there is a lot going for that area.

  17. On 4/16/2021 at 11:40 AM, Steam Flyer said:

    He may have salt water in his blood, but the key to getting dog to being a good sailor/cruiser is to get them accustomed to it, a little at a time.

    Thanks for the advice Steam. We have been working on it piece by piece. He is nervous about the dock. Our floating portion is concrete, and once he gets there he is fine. But the wooden slats and the metal ramp to get down to it are a challenge. I have read that is pretty common. We have our boat on a mooring unfortunately, but this weekend we took him down the dock and sat in the launch for a little while. He was nervous but didn't fuss much. We figure a little at a time as you say!

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