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About CruiserJim

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  • Birthday 03/29/1958

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    Alamitos Bay, CA
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    Sailing, road cycling, reading.

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  1. RIP. I remember him from Santana 20 days, I think he was working for Dave Ullman at that time? At the '78 Nationals on SF Bay, I managed to get around the first windward mark ahead of him, and Diane Beeston got a picture of it, I'm in first, he's in third. Didn't last long of course.
  2. Light displacement is fine, but have you worked out the weight of all the stuff you need to cruise and live aboard? Food, water, fuel, spares, dinghy, clothes, tools, ground tackle, etc. nothing slower than a formerly light displacement boat.
  3. Interestingly, from Webb's blog post today:
  4. He doesn't do "nebulous" very well. Pretty much all of his sails since returning from the last circumnavigation have been cut short for this reason. When he wrote that he didn't intend to stop in Bermuda, I had a hunch he would do this. I understand he was looking for a longer passage in order to "enter the monastery" as he puts it. But it seems to me he needs a destination. Even when he sailed up the east coast a few years ago, he wrote that he wasn't keen on coastal sailing (doesn't qualify as the monastery), but he did have a destination so he got it done. Hopefully he finds something
  5. The age-old question, Ginger or Mary Ann? Definitely Mary Ann. RIP Ms. Wells.
  6. Building sailboats is a tough business, it's quite an accomplishment that Catalina Yachts has survived, constantly improved its products and created so much customer good will through all the ups and downs. I owned a C-27 for 10 years, a C-380 for 15 years, and my in-laws owned a C-34 for 12 years. We had a lot of good times with these boats, they were pretty forgiving and relatively easy to maintain. I met Frank at a Catalina rendezvous at Two Harbors a number of years ago. I contacted the factory once about something I needed for my 27, I don't remember what now, but I do remember they
  7. Are you certain the tank itself leaks? Between my boat and a friend's boat, I've seen a water tank, fuel tank and holding tank that were thought to be leaking. In all cases it was a hose or fitting somewhere in the system.
  8. She floats! Congratulations, that looks like a great boat. Good luck with the projects.
  9. Need something to do while locked down? https://www.cruisingworld.com/story/people/five-questions-for-reid-stowe/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email Five Questions for Reid Stowe As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, we’re taking the time to catch up with contributors and friends in the marine industry. For this installment, we’re chatting with artist and long-distance sailor Reid Stowe. By Herb McCormick FTA: "I had enough of every food, most importantly seeds for growing my fresh food sprouts." "people don’t understand my art any mo
  10. Thank you. All of a sudden the powers-that-be don’t feel constrained by the constitution and their subjects are willing to go along. It’s a lot easier to control a population with fear than with brute force, and those who aim to be our masters are watching, learning and taking notes about how effective this has been. For now they are content to prolong the current hysteria to condition us for future crises and more erosion of constitutional rights.
  11. Seems like the SHTP would be the ultimate example of social distancing.
  12. Yes, as I recall he moved his family into the boat and rented out his house to help pay for it. And I think they had to knock the house down to get the boat out of the yard and onto the road.
  13. And the boat built by Dennis Holland is now "Spirit of Dana Point". Every day going to school I rode my bike past it being built on Santa Ana Avenue in the early 70s. It's amazing he got such a massive project done. While she was still Pilgrim of Newport, our Indian Guides group chartered her for a weekend trip to Two Harbors. I had a blast at the helm on the way back.
  14. Now that you mention it, I do remember sitting forward of the traveler when racing, at least in some conditions. Been a long time, I remember doing the ‘82 nationals on Canyon Lake in Tx. I might have done ‘83 also, but I was phasing out in the early-mid ‘80s. Ancient history now. I’ve seen pictures of the new deck but never seen one in person. Looks like a good improvement. .
  15. I know, right? He's made of different stuff than me, that's for sure. My early Santana 20 had a cockpit spanning traveler just in front of the tiller. It worked great, it was easy for the helmsman to manage. When sailing with crew it was fine. If I was single handing or just had a single crew member who was otherwise engaged, then the traveler was an obstacle to me reaching the jib sheets, the winches were on the aft end of the cabin top. On the OP's boat the winches are farther aft along the cockpit, so this might not be an issue. I'd suggest taking the boat for a sail short han
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