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  1. I have done this many times and it has worked every single time. Just gybe over to the other side and sail deep, then swing the boat back and forth. It will come untangled for sure. It might take a few minutes but it does work.
  2. While on a medivac mission, the coast guard hit an anchored sailboat with no one on board. The hovercraft was only doing 8 knots and those things have complete radar. Just shows how invisible a sailboat can be. Coast Guard hovercraft hits sailboat during Salt Spring Island medevac mission – Peninsula News Review
  3. Thanks very much. Yes, the Raymarine Tech support is not recommending it, but for $165 it's certainly worth a try based just on your say so. (I see they are out of stock now, so I'll contact them to see when they will be available again.) I see they are right on Salt Spring Island so that makes it easier. I'm at RVYC in Victoria. I see you are on Vancouver Island, - we should get together to look at this.
  4. You got me there. My father served on the last Canadian aircraft carrier, 60 years ago. He often told the story of the time it ran aground on a sand bank, and their weekend leave was cancelled.
  5. On the other hand, I do know of a US Navy Ship that took off the mast of an old fellow who was fishing in the fog in the Juan de Fuca strait. They didn't stop at all, even though he looked at one sailor right in the eyes. It wasn't until a day later that they contacted him. I advised him on the legals and they replaced his mast with no fuss.
  6. It's a French Aircraft Carrier, so I assume it's only by heroic crew effort that it didn't sink. - come on, we're all thinking it.
  7. I learned the figure 8 method way back in 1986. I don't think it would be practical in a singlehanded situation because I would quickly lose track of the swimmer during the two turn maneuvers. In this instance, the swimmers did not fall off my boat so I was able to get to the correct location before starting to drift down to them. Might have been a bit more difficult if my wife had fallen off of my boat.
  8. The shallow rocks around the buoy are key. Any of those boats could have reasonably called for obstruction room which throws the whole mark rounding out of wack.
  9. I have often wondered about this. No, I don't have one because they told me it doesn't need it. Would this cause less movement or more precise movement of the ram/tiller? Would it make it work more like my own hand? When I look at the description it does not make an improvement apparent: Buy Raymarine M81105 Rudder Reference Indicator in Canada Binnacle.com
  10. To all who are watching this thread, I've had the wind instrument working for a couple of months now and have had chances to use the spinnaker in 20-25 knots of true wind. I'm getting the hang of 20 knots. My boat planes at 23, so I don't know if it will ever be able to handle 25 knots. I'm operating in "performance mode". The main thing is to keep the "hard over time" setting down - way down. I started at 10, then 7, then 4, now at 2. It seems to work better every time I go lower. It doesn't swing the boat back and forth. It does start to round up, but is able to bring itself b
  11. Great post and certainly worth considering. On the other hand, I have a friend to sailed to Newfoundland in the summer. it is surprising how few sailors actually make that trip. On leaving the island to head south to the US, he had to dodge a dozen hurricanes. At one point he was considering sailing over to the Azores. At least with ice you can plan your trip from the start. With hurricanes who knows what you will face.
  12. Years ago I moved to Victoria, where we can sail all year including when the temperature is just at freezing, I was sick and tired of the so called yachting gloves. Once they got wet they were completely useless and the insides became the outsides when I tried to take them off. So I went to our local commercial fisheries supply store and asked "what do the Alaska crab fishermen wear?" The answer is heavy duty rubber gloves with polypro liners inside. These are MUCH better at keeping you dry and warm. And if you get wet you can just swap out the liners with new dry ones. I bought 2 pairs of
  13. Leave them hanked onto the forestay. Then starting from the back, flake them as you move forward. Then starting from the back again, fold them over twice for a jib or three times for a genoa. Then unhank them and put them in the bag. I always leave the bag seam on the starboard side, so that I can just dump the sail out again at the forestay and I know that it is ready to hank on again. Someone should write a book about this.
  14. I'm happy with the Raymarine I70 I just bought a couple of months ago. Just one display screen for all functions, even AIS. And all connects to the Raymarine autopilot.
  15. Tie your wheel into the correct position before you start the whole process, so the boat moves as you want without you at the wheel. Tie your fenders to the dock and to the pilings, rather than on your boat. When returning to the dock you'll need to keep some speed to maintain steerage. So put a fender where your bow will hit the dock. Try to swap spaces with a boat that doesn't singlehand and rarely leaves the dock.
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