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About Coquina012

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    Fiddletown, CA
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    Fiddling. Occasionally, faddling.

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  1. Yes, simply adding areefing system for main and jib completely changes the character of a boat. I am going to look at this Tern for sale nearby. If the photos do justice, someone bought it, took it out twice, scared themselves, and then parked it in a garage. Seller says attached photo was recent--2003 registration. I was looking at a Lido 14 because it has a loose footed sail and would be very easy to alter for reefing. However, it appeared to need surgery beneath cockpit sole and I don't want this in line on the 2000 other projects that are half finished right now.
  2. totally agree. Some boats look bad and need little. Others look good and cannot be brought back from the grave.
  3. The crazy cheap stingy route? I have bought a dozen boats in the $500-$1000 range. And some of them worked.
  4. This one does. Thanks for remarks. I think they are popular in Europe--only based on reading right now. New one for $800 with nice trailer. I think she needs a sunfish or laser, but not getting any gratitude for suggestions.
  5. Any experience with these--clarification--not the trapeze. Experience with the Flying Tern?
  6. Would a Flying Tern be too hot for the above purposes? That looks like a trapeze boat to me...Any experience with those?
  7. Thanks for replies, All. No go. Junk boat. We will continue our search, which is lots of fun.
  8. It's a bit far. 4 hours roundtrip. Boat is free--price is $500 for almost new trailer. HMMM>>>
  9. My wife is looking for a planing dinghy which can be used this summer on her own--either by herself or with two small children. This is warm water sailing, and she will pick and choose winds. She will probably go out between 5 and 10s, and would not go out over 12 or so. On our Flying Dutchman and Wayfarer, she tends to crew rather than helm, and she wants to teach herself to handle the tiller. When we switch, I tend to coach and she starts to complain about being told what to do. Her requirement is that she can step the mast and rig either alone or with minimal help from an 11 year
  10. THAT's what I am talking about. I want to find out about the guy who has sailed a Moth out and back. I am taking time off from my usual past-time of looking at naughty things on the internet (I mean motorcycles) for this.
  11. No myth and legend? huh. https://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/threads/whats-the-smallest-boat-youve-taken-to-catalina.47792/
  12. The other day I was sitting around thinking up stuff, which is always dangerous, and it occurred to me that SURELY, someone has sailed some small dinghy type boats out to Catalina and back. I am aware that people do it on catamarans, some as small as 16s, and plenty of smallish keelboats, like Cal20s. I am talking about Dutchmans (the plural of a Flying Dutchman), Coronado 15s, Lightnings, O'Days, etc. I then spent two or three days on the internet "researching" and learned that (1) fisherman with motors do it all the time, and the grey aluminum 14s and 15s are not uncommon, and (2) someone
  13. rcbrds, thanks for that article. It is your opinion that the boat in the article is the FL boat? We have a Bob Hoare that is grounded at the moment in the backed up line for repairs and projects with my boats--I am going to glass and carbon fiber in and out. We live in the Sierra Foothills but I have a place in TN that needs (another) boat for use down in New Bern...I wish I had a week off. As we all do.
  14. That Force 5 is free and the new sail is what you are paying for. I have always liked the look of those. I have never sailed one. Seems like that would be a good boat to put in a truck when you don't have the time or inclination to deal with a trailer...Here in NorCal trailers are 55 mph max, and you must drive in the rightmost lane, which means that every damn exit and entrance will back you up. So there is a necessity for avoiding trailers when possible, though I presently have and use three. I sold a glass FD like the one in Boca Raton. It's a lot of work to put something back togethe
  15. Does it seem like the FD is wooden? I am nowhere near the boat so just curious. I suppose it could use gelcoat repair on a deck but seems contradictory.
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