Recent content by Bill19233

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    1998 Hunter 340

    My 340 came with three winches on the cabin top. Two Lewmar 30’s for jib sheets and headsail halyards. And a 40 for the main halyard and main sheet. I mounted two winches on the cockpit coaming forward of the arch. Lewmar 30’s like the cabin top winches. Someone had a BOGO sale. I use them for...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Found the video, right at a minute in, very close crossing!
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    Caught in a Storm

    If you look closer at the photo, there is some pipe insulation around the first couple feet of the replacement. I don't know if it's enough, but better than nothing. It was almost "removed" by a J/105 earlier this year, too.
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    Caught in a Storm

    I'll try to find the race video when it happened. I think it was an Icicle Race in 2019 or 2018. Camera and mount went straight to bottom.
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    Caught in a Storm

    Maybe a 350 with the bowsprit. I didn't protest, he bought me a new, better camera.
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    Caught in a Storm

    There is a strut made from 3/4" galvanized conduit zip tied to the stern pulpit. It isn't pretty, but it has held up and does the job. It has been "removed" by close port tackers a time or two. Yes, that is a very close crossing to get to that camera. Usually seven POV cameras mounted on the...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Reefing lines on the leech are a problem on my boat when the main is coming down in strong winds. I need to figure out what to do with the jib sheets to keep that "WIND KNOT" from happening again. A figure 8 works almost everywhere else, but it is too small, it just flies through the block on...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Too many cameras to mess with and great shots to get, commonly heard on my boat during a race: "Steer the damn boat, Bill!"
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    Caught in a Storm

    Thanks for your comments. Yes Several without PFD's. Big mistake, things will be different next race or cruise. It was not watered down, fresh out of the reefer, yes it did taste sweet. But that was an exception. We have done really well limiting alcohol on the boat. Most of the crew and I don't...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Yes, several lessons learned. Things will be different next time a storm is close, it probably won't keep me at the dock, but PFD's will go on sooner and sails furled sooner. I have about ten POV cameras, one is mounted to the mainsail headboard most races. I try to use as many shots from it in...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Yes, any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. I need to double check, but only apparent damage besides years of extra wear added to the sails, is the wind transducer. Hope it comes back on after it dries out, but slim chance. Catalina about a half mile west saw +50 knots. He hove to...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Yes, waited just a tad too long. We were in the middle of reefing the main and watching the J/105 a half mile in front of us. As soon as I saw him lay down, I turned on the motor and said take down the main and furl the jib. I thought we would have a minute or two, nope. And several crew didn’t...
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    Caught in a Storm

    Raced on Galveston Bay last Sunday. Forecast was for 30% chance of thunderstorms. It looked like a passing shower on the second leg, In about five minutes it turned into a super cell exploding in size over the top of us. I'm sure we did a lot wrong and Captain Flawless and Captain Obvious will...
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    Show us your spinnaker

    My new favorite photo of my boat. No big shadows, good trim, nice clouds behind, and I haven't put the bimini back up for the summer yet. From GBCA Rum Race #1 a week or so ago on Galveston Bay.
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    Still Racing in Texas

    GBCA Rum Race #1 is tomorrow, Saturday May 29th, on Galveston Bay. Expecting forty or more boats racing. Really looking forward to it, hope I have enough crew to sail in it and fly my a-sails. Lots of people going out of town for Memorial Day, though. Guy with the drone was told he can't fly it...