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2018 resolutions and evolutions

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Phil Herring, Jan 3, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,353 posts, 202 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    In honor of the new year, what sailing-related resolutions have you made for 2018?

    How did your sailing skills or attitudes evolve in 2017?

    And happy new year to everyone!
     


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  2. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,710 posts, 756 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Okay I'll bite...

    1) Buy a new head-sail...
    2) Install a traveler (sorry Dave)
     


  3. SailormanDan

    SailormanDan

    Joined Jan 24, 2009
    404 posts, 76 likes
    1981 Cherubini Hunter 27
    US Belle Haven Marina, VA
    Sail more, work on it less. Do some overnights on it.
    Finish re-covering the cushions among other canvaswork.
     


  4. Bob R.

    Bob R.

    Joined Jun 5, 2004
    141 posts, 5 likes
    Hunter 356
    US Pasadena, MD
    Sell our H356, close on the new MH40, and learn to sail with a full battened mainsail again!
     


  5. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,132 posts, 634 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    I like your Evolutions idea, Phil.

    I'm in the evolution of making sailing simpler, and easier.

    The last few years I've simplified my boats systems with the intent of getting sailing faster (improving sail handling), and spending more time under sail than powering. Lazy jacks, improving running rigging(lots of room for improvement there, on and old boat like mine).

    Energy conservation onboard has meant less demand on batteries with a result of less charging(powering). Sailing onto and off anchor, moorings and in and out of harbors, has led to more gratifying sailing.

    Freedom: I think we're going to convert to a composting head to eliminate pump outs as well as further simplify the boat.

    Happy New Year to you and everybody as SBO.
     


  6. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,722 posts, 166 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    The end of our 2017 sailing season had us evaluating our sailing style and deciding to move up to a larger boat, a C30.
    For 2018 we hope to evolve from day sailors to weekend sailors, overnighting at the slip and at anchor. We like our comforts and we think the C30 will provide the comfort our O'day 25 was lacking.
     


  7. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,371 posts, 960 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    My New Years resolution is to go overnight sailing for multiple nights in at least 4 different locations.
    I'd make the same resolution as SailormanDan, but since I haven't been sailing on my new boat yet and she still needs a lot of work to get her in the water, any sailing would be more sailing and I can't do it without working on Dragonfly more.

    I have learned a lot about sailing since joining SBO, especially my early back and forths with Jackdaw. I can't express how valuable he has been as both a resource and a sounding board.
    I hope to continue with more of the same in the coming year(s).
    Thanks Jackdaw.

    Happy New Year, everyone on SBO.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  8. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 739 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Resolutions. Spend the money on the new boat's needs. Pare down and sell just about everything else collected over a "career" spanning almost 3 decades.

    I believe my sailing skills have devolved.
     


  9. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,441 posts, 617 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    ...and have been replaced, by what?
     


  10. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 739 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Greater fear. I haven't fully raised my mainsail on any of my most recent sails, and have skipped the genoa in favor of the staysail. Some intimidating wind and swells have given me pause...

    Gotta resume the blogging too, but dealing with stupid gov't agencies had caused me to protect certain information from getting out into the wild.
     


  11. SailormanDan

    SailormanDan

    Joined Jan 24, 2009
    404 posts, 76 likes
    1981 Cherubini Hunter 27
    US Belle Haven Marina, VA
    @Will Gilmore: Amen! Time spent sailing is not time spent working and I like doing projects for the boat, I just realized over that last year+ that I hadn't been out a whole lot and I plan on making up for that this season. Hopefully you have the time and can get through them quickly and get out on the water.
     


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  12. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,160 posts, 1,638 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Oh my. I get it now.:banghead: “Stupid govt agencies “ the avatar “justsomeguy”, concern about wind.
    @justsomeguy
    Your a spy.:pimp: From a secret foreign powerboat forum. :eek: Trying to infiltrate us innocent sailors. :oops:
    Why were we so naive? :yikes:

    Or....
    I’ve been reading too much fiction.
     


  13. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    2,619 posts, 671 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    Cruise the Florida Panhandle ports of call. Hopefully in Auto Pilot:waycool:
    Jim...
     


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  14. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,371 posts, 960 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Appalachacola, best shrimp and oysters I've ever had.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  15. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,441 posts, 617 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Not getting sails hoisted can leave that impression. :)
     


  16. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    2,619 posts, 671 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    Well I live 45 miles from New Orleans. :pimp:
    The seafood "rubs off".:)
    Plus I can go down to the "Docks" for fresh Shrimp and Oysters here in MS.

    Hmmm? I wonder if I can pull a butterfly shrimp net behind my boat. Kinda like a "Sea Anchor":rolleyes:
    Jim...
     


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  17. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,371 posts, 960 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    So that's how they catch butterflied shrimp.

    My wife and I go to Jazz Fest a lot. Hoping to make it this year too.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  18. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,160 posts, 1,638 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA


  19. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    2,619 posts, 671 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    Daytime lights?:kick:

    One of my valued Veteran's benefits is...
    Free Hunting/Fishing License.

    I do fish while cruising. My line is in Auto Pilot too.:)
    ______
    Back on theme...
    I did learn my boats Hull Speed characteristics in 2017.
    1) Too much sail forced my bow down and rudder up. Tougher to control.
    2) Close hauled ≈60° was best control at hull speed.
    3) Running with the wind and B&R rigging was much different than my knowledge base.
    4) Hurricane preparation for my boat. PITA!!

    Jim...
     


  20. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 739 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    You wouldn't believe the puke-fest we had on Tuesday. 2 out of 5 souls on board lost it, one of them onto a passenger's lap. She took it in stride though.
     



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