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View Poll Results: What length does a boat have to be to be "big"
30 feet 3 3.03%
35 feet 5 5.05%
40 feet 16 16.16%
45 feet 17 17.17%
50 feet 29 29.29%
60 feet 8 8.08%
greater than 60 feet 21 21.21%
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Old 01-09-2011, 17:04   #46
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Re: What Is a Big Boat

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You can make your own with an old winch handle and a weld. Or buy one for a huge price already made

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I wonder what the Patent application says? "ummm chopped of bit of old winch handle welded to a broken old drill bit"
So simple..thank you ...I can fab that on my boat as I have turned my forward cabin into a small machine shop...I used an idea that one member on the forum had to charge batteries and another idea another had to make a welder from a small gas engine..sailors are pretty innovative folks...never realized that,thanks everyone..DVC
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Old 01-09-2011, 17:04   #47
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Re: What Is a Big Boat

when you cannot remove, and install the sails etc for hurricanes..
when you cannot deploy and retrieve the ground tackle.
With existing systems and other people you can afford or "handle".
then it is big...

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Old 01-09-2011, 23:53   #48
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I dunno about as a winch handle, but a 90 degree cordless is one of the tools that I really wish I'd bought on day 1 of the refurb project.
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Old 02-09-2011, 00:03   #49
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Re: What Is a Big Boat

Depends on whether you are male or female.

I describe my 25 footer as a small sailing boat and met a man who has exactly the same type of boat and he called his a YACHT.

My ex husband would have a called a big boat anything with a wheel.
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Old 02-09-2011, 00:05   #50
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If you can't solo sail it... its big... to big for you...
What you said there boatman.

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Old 02-09-2011, 06:25   #51
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I think a mid 80s Morgan 43 CC has a bath tub. Only 1 foot less than yours, so I understand your boat size choice now.

That's funny, I was thinking exactly that boat when I read that....

What's more, I had a bath in the Morgan's bath tub half way between Ventura, California and Nuka Hiva, Marquesas (21 day passage)! That was luxury...
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:56   #52
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Re: What Is a Big Boat

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You can make your own with an old winch handle and a weld. Or buy one for a huge price already made

Also see thread: Winch Buddy

The Cranker - a S.S. Sailboat Winch Drill Adapter Bit



I wonder what the Patent application says? "ummm chopped of bit of old winch handle welded to a broken old drill bit"
+1 on Milwaukee right angle drill. I sprung for the replacement chock in the link rather than just the bit. I'd read about some issues with the bit only and the chock seemed much more solid. As a 60+ with some chronic shoulder issues, this has been a great addition. I know some who use it for cranking the genoa. I haven't yet, but I'm tempted.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:22   #53
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Re: What Is a Big Boat

I'm currently moored between a Grand Soliel 46.3 and a Sun Odyssey 45.3 Neither boat looks dramatically bigger than my 40 and both look "doable" so I will not classify them as "big".

I will conceed that the extra sail area probably makes them perhaps a bit too challenging for me and my solo sailing.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:08   #54
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I've always said -"bigger than mine". While my boat could be considered large on the US East Coast (59'); it is mid-sized in the Eastern Caribbean.
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The Winchrite sounds like the ticket. The Milwaukee is big and heavy. We'll see if it can pull up a full battened main with tides track and batt cars on a 39 footer. If it can't I'll send it back. $599 from Defender.
Could have used it the other day putting the RF Genny back up after Irene.
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As I age, I find myself agreeing with Steve Dashew, that it's all about waterline.
We've reconciled ourselves to doing a circ at an average five knots instead of six and half.

Having a wine cellar helps reduce the sting, I suppose. "Honey, pull up the '82 St. Emilion, will you? This fillet mignon won't cook itself!"

Seriously, if I had a half mil, I'd get a Saga 48 or a J/160, but it's more important to go soon than to go later. The fact that the boat I'm fixing up was custom built by a guy who got too old, and sold to a couple who got too old, and then sold to us was very instructive: Go with the boat that will take you, not necessarily the boat that will take you in style.
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Having a wine cellar helps reduce the sting, I suppose. "Honey, pull up the '82 St. Emilion, will you? This fillet mignon won't cook itself!"

That much weight? Are you crazy? That'll slow you down! Throw it overboard!


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That much weight? Are you crazy? That'll slow you down! Throw it overboard!


Bet you are planning to be off their quater to catch it.
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We've reconciled ourselves to doing a circ at an average five knots instead of six and half.

Having a wine cellar helps reduce the sting, I suppose. "Honey, pull up the '82 St. Emilion, will you? This fillet mignon won't cook itself!"

Seriously, if I had a half mil, I'd get a Saga 48 or a J/160, but it's more important to go soon than to go later. The fact that the boat I'm fixing up was custom built by a guy who got too old, and sold to a couple who got too old, and then sold to us was very instructive: Go with the boat that will take you, not necessarily the boat that will take you in style.


That is so true! Cruising (for us mere mortals who don't have professional crew doing it all) is a very physical lifestyle - so many boats for sale by older people with best intentions but who's health is failing them.

Yeah, give me your GPS co-ordinates, we can follow in your wake and pick up the dregs...
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while you all were talking , i got it...aint none left.l sorry.
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