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    Beneteau Oceanis 38, Jeaneau 379, Dufour 380

    I have a shoal draft Jeanneau 36i, very similar to the 379. It sails just fine for a cruising boat. It's not a race boat so if you expect that then don't buy a shoal draft cruising boat. It points 50 degrees off the true wind in flat water up to about 15 kts. If it gets breezier or lumpier you...
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    Looking for boat to borrow from LA to Catalina.

    You can charter a boat out of Long Beach. This time of year it shouldn't be too hard to get a boat. If you're going to do it this year then now would be a great time. The weather in SoCal is generally benign but once the first winter storm comes through it will be a very different proposition. A...
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    If you just want a place to chill out you can anchor off of the beach on Angel Island in Raccoon Straight, between Pt Lone and Pt Stuart. There shouldn't be much in the way of swell or wake there but the current rips through so you'll want to set the hook well.  Midweek you'll probably have it...
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    Books to get started on the Pacific?

    Before you do anything go sail in the ocean. You may or may not love it but make sure you don't hate it. Being sea sick sucks and some people never get over it. It is physically hard being on a boat for weeks on end. Lots of people can do it at all ages, make sure you're one of them. Try to...
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    Ajax, I have a C80. This sounds really promising. I'm wondering about the cabling here. Currently the NMEA input to the C80 is connected to the smartpilot. Where did you plug in the GX2200? Directly to the C80 or elsewhere via some other electronic gadgetry that lets the smartpilot and the...
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    longy, In a perfect world it would integrate with my Raymarine chartplotter but i don't think it's worth doing the integration, the plotter's old. So no integration, just leveraging AIS on the VHF. 
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    My fixed mount VHF radio died. I'd like the new one to have a remote mic and since I don't have AIS this seems like a good time to add it. Lots of options and I'm not sure which way to go with this. Should I just install a separate, wireless AIS system that talks to my phone? Wireless remote mic...
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    Recommendations for cruising spots in SF bay area.

    B.t.w. when it's time to leave the bay, if you're going south, do not cut the corner at Mile Rocks (the exit from the Golden Gate) if there's any swell running at all. Go all the way out to the #2 buoy before turning to port even if it feels kinda silly. There are shoals there and the swells...
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    Recommendations for cruising spots in SF bay area.

    Whatever you do make sure to take your kids to the Exploratorium in SF. Best science/tech museum ever. Perfect for 6-9 years old, and any other age too.  For a change of pace go up the Napa and Petaluma rivers, both really cool excursions. Allow a night or two at each place.  Get a guest slip...
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    Good Anchorages in the channel Islands

    There's a great guide to all of the anchorages on Captain Dan's site. He has a bunch of videos, charts, the works.  Many of the anchorages on the front side of S. Cruz require two anchors on summer weekends. Anchoring with two hooks can be challenging if you don't know what you're doing...
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    Continuous dock line?

    Add a pop-up cleat or even just a padeye somewhere amidships. If you've got control of the middle of the boat and lots of fenders on the far side you'll be fine.  Or do what this guy does, he seems to have his shit together. 
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    best 2018 Handheld?

    WM brand used to be decent quality at a reasonable price, kind of like Kirkland at Costco. Unfortunately the quality of WM brand has gone to shit. I won't bring WM branded products onto my boat. Occasionally I break this rule out of necessity and I have had cause to regret it every single time.
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    Fast "safe" boat....

    Voyager, You've been registered on this web site for 19 hours and you've managed to piss off and offend just about everybody. Holy shit dude, do you generally have this effect on people? As for your sailing ambitions. You're way out of your depth and asking completely the wrong questions. I'm...
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    Santa Cruz to Vallejo in January?

    I've done it multiple times, it's no problem for a well found T30. But if you have a date picked out ("the 20th") you're asking for trouble. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to be patient. Check the wind, check the waves, check the tides. This part of the world is dangerous in...
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    Tougher dodger snap

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm going to try the stainless snaps because they should use the same holes. If that fails then I'll try one of the other ideas.
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    Tougher dodger snap

    There's a snap at the corner of my dodger that's under a lot of strain. It's bent over and is going to pull out or break. Any suggestions on a tougher type of snap or other ideas? Thanks
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    Weather Helm

    Work the traveler harder, it should be moving with each puff. At the top end of the wind range you can carry a big bubble in the luff of the main, just keep the battens flying. If you're doing that and still putting a rail under water then reef. It's faster to sail flat and reefed.  Also hike...
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    Trophy Vendors - Any Recommendations?

    Can the pewter and the silver, the best trophy I've ever seen is a pair of great quality sunglasses. Give out trophies that people would actually like to have. Throw in a little plaque if people feel like they need something to remind them how great they are. 
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    Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    You can always unstep the mast with the boat in the water. Tie up next to a dock with a crane, or bring in a mobile crane. Any decent rigger or boatyard can do it. If you want to do it yourself then at the very least pay a rigger for an hour or two of his time to talk you through the process...
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    Micron CSC - is it really this bad?

    My boat came with Micron CSC. It's terrible. Develops a thick coat of slime in two weeks and ablates off of the leading edges where we hit kelp. So I have the worst of both worlds. Don't even think of taking this stuff to the tropics. The boat sat in a marina in Cabo for about four weeks. The...