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  1. Todd Atchison

    2020 Oceanis 30.1/ Trailering

    Greetings to the group. Though I currently sail a modest 22 foot trailer sailor that I've lovingly restored over the past few years, I've been sailing for many years from Sun Fish to larger cruising boats. We like to tell ourselves that our 22 footer is our "practice and certification boat" for...
  2. Todd Atchison

    Considering an Ericson Independence 31

    Greetings Ericson Owners - I'm considering an Ericson Independence 31as a potential cruising sailboat. I'll give a bit of background and what we expect from our next boat... or as we refer to it, the "big boat." We are currently sailing a Venture 222 that we lovingly restored over two years...
  3. Todd Atchison

    Spinnaker for my V222 is 28' Luff too big?

    I have a chance to buy a nearly new spinnaker at a great price. The luff is 28' and from what I can see on various sail sites... 24' to 26' is the recommended luff. Is this size manageable?
  4. Todd Atchison

    Are two headsails better than one?

    While getting organized for the sailing season I happened upon a very good condition jib (Rick Wallace Sailmaker S. Cali) still crispy and in good condition, a 110%, I think. For those who followed the restoration of S/V Sea Gypsy (our vintage V222 from the first production run), you understand...
  5. Todd Atchison

    The Boatel Project

    Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this post. It has little to do with boat performance and more to do with livability and space. My wife and I have a rental property and are avid sailors. Though we don't own our "retirement boat" yet... we are working toward that in the near...
  6. Todd Atchison

    Wooden Boats - Someone Talk Some Sense Into Me

    So here we go. I need all the sane sailors (if there is such a thing) particularly those sailing wood boats to help me out here. This past weekend I looked at a pilot sloop, (I assume it's a pilot sloop based on the design but it could be one of the many variations of a pilot sloop and I've...
  7. Todd Atchison

    Flying a Spinnaker on a V222

    I must admit I have a bit of Spinnaker envy currently. We all dream of sailing during these dreary winter months and I'm no different. I was wondering about a couple of things regarding flying a spinny on a V222. 1) Is it even practical? The 150 Genoa is such versatile sale and easily handled...
  8. Todd Atchison

    Five Days Living Aboard in Perdido Bay - October 2018

    For the many who have followed our restoration of our beloved 1970 V222 - This post is overdue. We finished S/V "Sea Gypsy" right before Labor Day last summer. That gave us a few weekends to shake down any issues before trailering her nearly eight hundred miles to the Gulf of Mexico in late...
  9. Todd Atchison

    Considering a 1979 Hunter 37' Cherubini Cutter

    So how many times have you guys responded to this topic? I'm considering a 1979 37C. I understand the lineage there... I've read all the good, bad and ugly. But it seems to me these are issues any boat of it's vintage would have ie. leaky ports, core issues (if it leaked), noisy bulkheads...etc...
  10. Todd Atchison

    Winterizing a Honda 9.9 Power Thrust 4 Stroke Motor

    OK... So we returned from our trip to Perdido Bay last month and were hoping for another warm weekend here in Kentucky. Doesn't look like we will be getting one soon. So off comes the motor and winterizing. So, what should I do before storing my motor? It hasn't run since Perdido Bay. Flush...
  11. Todd Atchison

    Cruising Peridido Bay

    So Michael has diverted us away from the Panhandle and since we have already taken the week off, we are leaving tomorrow night for Peridido Bay / Gulf Shores. We are staying at Bear Point Marina. Anyone have any information on the area? It looks very cool with lots to do... dunes, forts etc...
  12. Todd Atchison

    Salt Water Cruise

    I've always sailed in fresh water and will be venturing into salt water for the first time in two weeks. I have a Honda Power Stroke 9.9 and was wondering, after cruising for a week what should be done to the engine in terms of cleaning / flushing? Is there anything I need to know before or...
  13. Todd Atchison

    Cruising Choctawatchee Bay

    So after a few shakedown cruises we are prepairing S/V Sea Gypsy for four days and five nights on the Choctawatchee Bay, October 13th. I've read a lot about the area and have sailed smaller boats there. Does anyone have suggestions? We are staying at a Marina near Freeport. I hear it's some of...
  14. Todd Atchison

    Has anyone cruised the Choctawhatchee Bay?

    So after a few shakedown cruises we are prepairing S/V Sea Gypsy for four days and five nights on the Choctawatchee Bay, October 13th. I've read a lot about the area and have sailed smaller boats there. Does anyone have suggestions? We are staying at a Marina near Freeport. I hear it's some of...
  15. Todd Atchison

    Loose Rigging on a V222

    I noticed on our maiden voyage this past weekend with our V222 that the rigging (side stays) where never completely tuned. They where very loose though both the back stay and main stay seemed tight, I could never get the side stays tight. I turned the turnbuckles to their max and they were still...
  16. Todd Atchison

    I think it's a hull number. What do you think?

    In the process of finishing up the boat this past weekend, I found the following numbrer (I think) tapped into the fiberglass below the starboard berth, right behind the companionway bulk head: I've heard they use to tap the hull number in with a pick on the assemble line. So, what number is...
  17. Todd Atchison

    Why re-glass the V222 iron keel?

    Here is a topic that will no doubt spark many opinions. I've stripped my keel to the iron. Yes once she was out the angle grinder applied, there was no stopping. Seems the entire keel had been compromised, leaving only a scant few inches on the side I thought was "good" untouched by rust. "I'll...
  18. Todd Atchison

    How much foam is needed to float a V222 in a knock down?

    Here is one for the group. As I approach my splash date, I find myself turning to the subject of "self-righting" and floatation. I've seen a few posts on the subject, but nothing definitive. So here are some questions: 1) How much does a V222 weigh (unloaded)? 2) What amount of foam is needed...
  19. Todd Atchison

    The Dreaded "Stuck Keel" on a V222

    So everything was going so well. I had done my research, talked to you guys a lot and at last the weekend came. I constructed a nice "keel cradle" out of 4x4's and solid oak 2x6's: Then I added casters to the it and made it to fit perfectly over a motorcycle jack: The pivot bolt came out...
  20. Todd Atchison

    New Honda 9.9 Questions

    I recently purchased a gently used Honda 9.9 Power Stroke / Four Stroke (looks to be about ten years old but very clean) to push my V222. I purchased it from a friend (actually it was the motor on the boat originally). The boat was free with a $1200 motor lol. That being said, we saved our...