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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. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,687 posts, 472 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    More sailing w/less motoring!:pray:
     


  2. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,609 posts, 533 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    More sailing. Just finished adding a rigid boom vang and replaced the curved traveler. Now I just need a dry suit !!

    Les
     


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  3. py26129

    py26129

    Joined Oct 25, 2011
    572 posts, 93 likes
    Island Packet IP31
    CA Lake St. Louis, Montreal
    My new year's resolution is to put my boat back together and to get away on a 3 week cruise this summer. The engine is currently out of the boat to facilitate engine mount & sound insulation replacement. While in there, I'm laso replacing the cutlass bearing and putting in a dripless seal.
    Cheers
    Matt
     


  4. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,579 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    I'm going to learn to back Bella into our slip without damage to her and the neighbors. It's a very tight maneuver with a stone jetty right behind us. Our crew ain't getting any younger and the open transom is sooo much easier to board.
    Most of the big projects are done. It's time to enjoy being on the water.
     


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  5. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,610 posts, 1,091 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I don't know if this is a viable option but they make bow mounted trolling motors with remote control for steering and throttle. Maybe you could add a mod for one as a bow thruster.
    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  6. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,579 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    I'm hoping I can improve my wheel and rudder skills. I have corner wheel fenders on the slip fingers and other strategically placed fenders. Also someone on the dock with a line until I do better. Prop walk is my enemy.
     


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  7. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,787 posts, 2,126 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Spend more nights on the water. Although we sailed over 60 days, Jodi and I only spent three nights on the boat. Which is a shame, because I really spend last spring making her very croozy. While I'm sure the month of radiation and chemo had something to do with it, I'm looking for at least 10 night on the hook this year.
     


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  8. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,537 posts, 676 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    "use the force". :)
     


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  9. py26129

    py26129

    Joined Oct 25, 2011
    572 posts, 93 likes
    Island Packet IP31
    CA Lake St. Louis, Montreal
    Luke Propwalker :waycool:
     


  10. Bill Small & Lisa Grossi

    Bill Small & Lisa Grossi

    Joined Apr 3, 2017
    9 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 380
    US Norfolk, VA
    380 Hunter- want to install auto pilot. Any experience and advice will help. Thanks, Bill
     


  11. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,585 posts, 1,745 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    My resolution is to quit making resolutions.
     


  12. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,787 posts, 2,126 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Ironic.
     


  13. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    770 posts, 116 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    He's a frog!
     


  14. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,610 posts, 1,091 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    It's not to kiss more princesses?:rolleyes:
    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  15. danstanford

    danstanford

    Joined Aug 2, 2010
    226 posts, 34 likes
    Beneteau 323
    CA Cobourg
    Make her lighter and sail her faster! New jib on order so the excuses are pretty much gone!
     


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  16. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,155 posts, 674 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    "Make her lighter" is an evolution I've been working on with my boat for many years.

    Every spring, I find more pounds to remove. Stuff that has just become permanently stored, I take off. It all adds up. Old boat, new boat, taking weight off let's you sail more in lighter wind. Lighter is faster.
     


  17. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,787 posts, 2,126 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Every spring on both BlueJ and Kestrel, EVERYTHING comes off the boat and onto the dock. Everything. Then only what we want/need goes back on. Its a pain but it saves up hundreds of pounds.
     


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  18. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,601 posts, 1,895 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Does that mean by taking the extra chain rode off the boat I don’t need worry about the extra Christmas pounds that shows up on the hips?
     


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  19. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,610 posts, 1,091 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    it's all proportional. Heavier captain, larger boat, less weight per foot of water line. :wink:

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  20. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,886 posts, 866 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    @Justin_NSA I find it most difficult if there is a strong cross-breeze at the slip. The nose keeps wanting to turn and you don't have enough speed to keep way. A spring-line attached at a mid-ship cleat can help a lot with that if you find a cross wind is giving you fits. I sometimes set one up on my shroud's chain plate before I enter the marina and sail up to and slightly past the "windward" pylon of my slip, then run the line around the pylon and take it back to the cockpit and wrap it around the transom cleat. Put the motor in reverse and using the spring line I can get the stern turned into the slip and keep the nose pointed out. This also works well if you get some help from a neighbor on the dock.

    If it is a really strong breeze, you may need to attach the line at the bow instead of mid-ship to give a little more leverage.

    slipwalker.jpg
    dockwalker.jpg
     


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