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  1. Who is going to correct out to first in fleet?
  2. +1 Better off 10 minutes from the start than 1100 miles out for sure.
  3. Yes +1 - Rookie mistake number 1 = tacking in the channel, rookie mistake number 2 = tacking at the west end. Catalina general rule of thumb. Tack close to the front side of the island & north of Parson's landing to take advantage of the a converging breeze and the lift. Stay at least two miles off the backside of the island or you'll have to deal with kelp, a diverging breeze and a header.
  4. Looks like hurricane damage in the slip. The bolts for a tide slide tear up a boat pretty quickly in a big blow.
  5. Most of the models show it staying well south of the rhumb line
  6. +1 I did the same thing. I used a local title company, had a survey completed and did a shakedown sail. Saved $18k by avoiding the broker(s)
  7. The list look thorough and well thought out. Did you inspect the rudder post and bearings? That was the biggest issue during the last Transpac, 4 boats retired and one sank. When your register the PLB on the US Beacon Registry be sure to notate your boat's information as well. I've never used a PLB. Can recreational boats see a PLB position? Are they notified when it is set off? An MOB1 broadcasts on AIS, allowing nearby boats to quickly respond. A guy brought a pack of Shamwows on my last transocean. They are now on my must have list. Glow in the dark tape ($11 on Amazon
  8. I don't know what kind of boat you have, so this might not be an option. However, a friend recently replaced his hank-on staysail. He deleted the baby stay and went with a wire luff staysail and a Harkin staysail roller furler ($575 US) That configuration makes life so much easier and we use the stay sail much more often.
  9. I appreciate your feedback. I walked the docks for a couple of hours looking at different ideas last weekend. I am still on the fence, but slowly coming to your conclusion. I planned on buying a 11'-12' RIB with a 15-20 hp outboard and custom davits ($11k+) By going to a roll up dinghy and smaller outboard I can save $6.5k+ and eliminate a lot of hobby horsing / improve performance.
  10. I am going to measure the deck this weekend. My concern was that the cabin top goes so far forward. I saw a boat last weekend that had raised forward chocks on a small stainless stand that was removable by pulling two pins. I liked that setup because the dinghy was level and secure and the forward hatch could still be opened in an emergency situation.
  11. I appreciate you sharing pictures of your boat and the davits. I have a garage full of wood working tools. If you give me the diameter of your dinghy tubes I can make you a set of chaulks with pads. Your cost would just be shipping.
  12. I am still coming back to admire your boat, It is beautiful and obviously well cared for. Sorry, but I have so many questions. What is it? How long have you had it. I noticed the wind generator. I've never been on a boat with one. How many watts do you get out of it? I was told they are loud and make the boat vibrate, is that true? I see so many around that I find that hard to believe.
  13. BJ, This setup looks great. I appreciate the detailed pictures, thank you. On a side note, I live in the US. Is there a way to buy a 2 stroke Yamaha Enduro, say in another country or gray market? I saw a few in Florida last year that appeared to be new or newish. The 25 HP Enduro is the same weight as the 15hp 4 stroke.
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