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Old 21-04-2014, 06:51   #31
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Re: What You Wish Some Old Salty Captain Would Have told You Prior

Making at least a full turn around a cleat before you hitch it, putting some line between the underside of the cleat and the loaded line, really helps avoid chafe. This is especially true if the cleat casting is rough.
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Old 21-04-2014, 08:28   #32
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Re: What You Wish Some Old Salty Captain Would Have told You Prior

I've watched dozens of new sailors put there hands and fingers in dangerous situations around sheets and winches. Particularly when adding a wrap around a winch after a tack.

Never put your fingers between sheets and winch drums. You may (I have) get away with it on small boats, big ones will hurt you.

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Re: what you wish some old salty captain would have told you prior

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on long passages dressing up in suspenders ,stockings and makeup relieves the bordom.........

.always take a salad girl,you never know when you might need your salad tossing...

don't put beer cans next to the compass..........

In strange ports always wear a condom........

keep a tinfoil hat handy...big brother IS watching you.........
Thank goodness!!
Im not the only one!!!
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Re: What You Wish Some Old Salty Captain Would Have told You Prior

Weaver fish WILL hurt more than a scorpion, a cobra and an electric eel combined..

I once had to fix up a fisherman in a coastal town after he cut his finger off to relieve the pain.

You didnt know that.. no....... you didnt... now you do.
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Re: what you wish some old salty captain would have told you prior

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Everyone pukes, its just a matter of when.
LOL.....So very true. Im not prone to seasickness.......... but I get seasick at the oddest times.

  • I went fishing after a prawn curry.........sick as a dog.
  • spent two nights in gulf of mexico in force 7.... no problems.. came back in, one beer, went to move boat to other side of marina in slight swell... sick as a dog.
  • Went in force 5, short motion, in Bristol Harbour.... no problem. Went in through Cardiff lock.. sick as a dog.
Its gastric related with me. So I pick what I eat CAREFULLY...... went years between each episode I might add.

P.S. This is the reason the Gunboat Catamaran was designed... Pete and family all hung over the side of their monohull shouting for Hugh...... he thought there was a better way to enjoy themselves
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Never buy a boat that costs more than you can afford to lose..
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Oops back to setting my search criteria to 24 ft max
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Re: What You Wish Some Old Salty Captain Would Have told You Prior

John Vigor wrote a book, Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Sailing.

I'm not an old salt, but I spent the summer on a buddy's boat; we had several groups of friends come aboard for a week or two at a time. Among the many things I learned that summer was to get accustomed to, and a sense of humor about, people starting conversations like this:

"You know what you need to do to this boat? You need to ..."

and

"If this was my boat, I would..."

What he and I were thinking, but couldn't say:

"What YOU need to do is shut up and graciously enjoy your vacation that we are working hard to provide for you."
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"Well, it's not your boat. Why don't you get your own boat, do all those groovy things to it, get it over to The Bahamas, then and we'll fly in, spend a couple of weeks on your boat, and go back home while you fix the clogged head."
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make sure you can get on the boat before you undo your last line.

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make sure you can get on the boat before you undo your last line.
LOL.. we all dun that.
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Re: What You Wish Some Old Salty Captain Would Have told You Prior

Alex: when's the last time you saw a steel beer can? (Aluminum ones don't bother the compass.)

To the OP:

Have a rule: who clogs the marine head has to un-clog it, or their parent has to if they're too young to.

Learn how to use spring lines.

Don't plan on having your grandkids come visit you if you're far away. So you can have a smaller boat.

Learn if you need something against seasickness. Use it.

Know the systems on the boat, inside out. You will be fixing them at the d--dest times.

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Making at least a full turn around a cleat before you hitch it, putting some line between the underside of the cleat and the loaded line, really helps avoid chafe. This is especially true if the cleat casting is rough.
Just trying to be helpful here. If you take a full turn around a cleat it's possible for the line to get pinched being unable to release it under tension. ( don't ask me how I know that) proper procedure is to go to the back of the cleat, go over making figure 8s and then one locking "hitch". also if you're slowly letting out line under tension you want the line to go to the back of the cleat over the top and around the horn ( the beginning of a figure 8)
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Just trying to be helpful here. If you take a full turn around a cleat it's possible for the line to get pinched being unable to release it under tension. ( don't ask me how I know that) proper procedure is to go to the back of the cleat, go over making figure 8s and then one locking "hitch". also if you're slowly letting out line under tension you want the line to go to the back of the cleat over the top and around the horn ( the beginning of a figure 8)

I learned that the hard way, needed to move the boat on a windy day. I had to get a few friends to pull the boat closer to relive the tension. Last time I did that! 😑
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