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sailronin

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  1. I used to work for a small towing company (since absorbed by Boat US) and the membership is one of the best deals out there. One rescue tow after running aground or bad diesel, etc. is the cost of several years membership fees. Buy the membership!
  2. Amazed so people in this forum have never seen a self tacking jib. Many classic designs have club footed staysails....history young-ums, history.
  3. Hard sails slogan "Sail with a Hard on" to which Hood replied "If you sail with a hard on you need a Hood". I wore that t-shirt until it fell apart.
  4. Bolidt makes a great faux teak. The first time I saw a sample at a trade show I thought it was real teak just selling the substrate, finally had to "scratch and sniff" and when there was no teak smell figured out it was fake. The vendor laughed and said he could tell who did a lot of teak/wood working because they always smelled the sample and could tell the fake from the real sample. Awlgrip is good as long as it looks good. On our steel yachts we repaint every five years but that's for appearance (loss of gloss) and as the paint become more porous it's harder to keep up "yacht standard
  5. Oxy in Mexico is a good way to spend your golden years in a Mexican prison...is that your retirement plan?
  6. We use FLIR cameras on the large yachts I manage. There is no export restriction on the units we use (not sure model) but they are the large turret type cameras. I believe even the highest tech Gen 3 units do not come under ITAR restriction however there may be Department of Commerce paperwork and registration requirements. You'll need to check with an attorney who works in these areas to check specific model for notification requirements/restriction if used on foreign flagged vessels or transported out of the states. Usually that consists of getting approval from the Department of Commerce o
  7. I hated fishing on my Dad's boat, sitting in the kelp beds bobbing up and down made me seasick every time. The boat next to his was a Santana 22 and at 12 years old convinced the owner to take me racing...hooked after that, 64 years ago.
  8. I was racing as crew on a P-Cat in San Diego Bay, on the wire on a spinnaker reach (yes, they carried symmetrical spinnakers, pole and all) when all of sudden the wind just disappeared. I dropped into the water, as the windward hull came crashing back to the water; looking up we saw that Blackfin had just set her chute about 15 or 20 boat lengths (ours) to upwind of us! Their chute looked large enough to block out the sun when looking up from our position.
  9. In the '60s does anyone remember Newsboy showing movies on the mainsail in the Ensenada Race? I was racing a Cal 25 so they were a distant view but it was pretty cool watching as they rolled us.
  10. I used to sail with the board all the down (until the tackle slot was just about the bottom of the hull), reaching we would trim the board from almost full down to 2/3 up and on runs from 2/3 up to only 9-12 inches below the hull. I really light air runs I would also pull the rudder part way up to cut wetted surface. We sailed the boat hard and pretty different from most of the other 23s, very loose lower shrouds to allow almost a foot of mast bend plus a droopy boom with 12" flattening reef to bring the boom to level. At the time we were fast (compared to other S 23s) although sailmaking has
  11. I used to sail with the board all the down (until the tackle slot was just about the bottom of the hull), reaching we would trim the board from almost full down to 2/3 up and on runs from 2/3 up to only 9-12 inches below the hull. I really light air runs I would also pull the rudder part way up to cut wetted surface. We sailed the boat hard and pretty different from most of the other 23s, very loose lower shrouds to allow almost a foot of mast bend plus a droopy boom with 12" flattening reef to bring the boom to level. At the time we were fast (compared to other S 23s) although sailmaking has
  12. You've obviously never worked in an OR. Lots of Crocs...
  13. "Just jerk on the line when you find the anchor..." to the kid with bricks duct taped to his feet.
  14. A captain friend of mine hit a container several years ago aboard a 135 foot aluminum Motoryacht at about 12 knots. The container was NOT visible on radar, captain estimates container freeboard at less than one foot. Yacht had substantial damage to one stabilizer, strut, prop, and rudder; hull was dented but remained watertight as the port side rode over the container. Not sure how a wood or glass hull would have faired. As the old saying goes, Why do they build ships out of steel? Because whales bounce off of them (containers too). Looks like my next sailboat may be steel...
  15. Jzerro is a well proven design with many thousands of miles under her keel. It's up to the seamanship of her new owner.
  16. I find that a '57 Buick makes a great mooring...
  17. How do you make a small fortune in yachting? Start with a big one. I've worked in yacht management with large yachts (50 to 120 plus meters ) for over 20 years and have seen this played out MANY, MANY times.
  18. I love it. A guy with zero experience sailing is the Ancient Mariner...asking if he can just flog around offshore to learn to sail. Go for it, just turn in all your flares, signaling equipment and EPIRB so the USCG won't risk their lives and our money on your rescue. Have a great time.
  19. I really wish you would refer to this as the "Sinnhoffer Hot Rum" series as it was originally known. I worked for Herbie Sinnhoffer for a couple of years prior to his retirement. Many people forget (or never knew) some of the sailmakers that he trained and later went on to their own lofts. Elton Ballas (sp) now the Ullman loft, myself (former Reams Sails space now Quantum loft) and of course Lowell North who started a little company still in business. Herbie, a long time member of SDYC, donated the original trophy and set the format for the Hot Rum series and he is now rarely remembered
  20. You can't really sail the ICW, it's motoring from bridge to bridge so these idiots will do fine. Stop every night and beg for money to fund their "adventure", put some video online showing how well they're coping with the "hardships" of sailing motoring from point to point in calm, protected waters and gather a huge crowd of couch potato followers.
  21. I use a Pelagic tiller pilot on my Olson 29. The Pelagic is very well made and Brian (the designer) is available for tips and setup help. The auto pilot works great, even in surfing conditions.Best sailing autopilot I've ever used going all the way back to Tillermasters and up to modern Ray Marines, Pelagic has them all beat silly.
  22. A Lindsey 505 should still be very competitive with a good rig and sails.
  23. I traded in a Corvette on a Prius; salesman said it was the first time he'd seen that. My commute was 62.5 miles each way 5 days per week. The last full month with the 'vette my gas bill alone was $725 USD, the first full month with the Prius the gas bill was $140. Not as much fun to drive but left me with extra boat money each month!
  24. The Olson 40 was designed to be raced with a full crew, maybe 7 or 8 people or 5 to Hawaii, plus food and water for the same number. If you're talking one person and the gear you stated, probably similar weight to the full crew and provisions for a Hawaii race. I think storage space could be a bigger concern than weight i.e. surfboard and spearguns aren't too heavy but they are bulky.
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