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  1. JiffyLube
    We dealt with a similar situation docking wise, when we had our boat at Shelter Island, but being sideways to wind only compounded the problem. The first few times leaving our slip we ended up backwards, and I started getting pretty good turning the boat around in the fairway. After awhile it became only a 50/50 chance of coming out backwards, then later on we could make it out the majority of the time in the right direction. Coming into our slip was another work in progress, but we slowly got better at that too.

    What would make life a lot easier for you is if you got another slip, and I know their available, but they might be a little larger than you want. I liked the price better on the 34' slips, but I like the room better on the 38' slips. Study the wind pattern, consider your prop walk, and look for the right slip...they're there.

    I'm going down to our boat tomorrow (Tuesday) to change engine oil, so I'll take a little time and stop by to say Hi.
  2. JiffyLube
    My wife mentioned to me that maybe we should get another slip farther down into the fairway, because she wasn't sure if I had enough room to maneuver. I had to tell her from my point of view as the person that has to take the boat in and out of the slip, this slip is perfect!...I'm not budging from this spot!

    I think there are a couple more empty slips on the same side that we're should check with Pete.

    Thanks on the boat. After summer we're going to have the boat hauled out for new bottom paint, re-painting the boot strip and the strip under the cap rail a dark blue, re-painting the cove strip a two part gold, and getting the hull compounded, polished, and waxed...should look real nice then.

    We might be down again before the weekend, maybe we'll run into you.
  3. JiffyLube
    "Are you living on your boat? I went slip shopping today. Frustrated backing this boat out of the slip here. I dont have a lot of room to maneuver."

    We're not living on the boat, but I wouldn't mind to.

    I know the frustration of not have enough room backing out, that's what we put up with at Shelter Island. Where we are now I have lots of room, and being downwind is a huge advantage to me. Our boat sucks at backing up (probably because of the big barn door rudder we have), and when you throw in the prop walk it can be spine tingling at I studied the slip layout and wind direction at Kona, and the slip I finally got is perfect for me.
  4. JiffyLube
    "What was so bad about Shelter Island Marina? That is where the Best Western is, correct?"

    Shelter Island was nice enough, but all the slip are sideways to the wind. We were on the upwind side of a double slip, and we really had to be on our game getting in and out of that slip. I could never take our boat out by myself, because as soon as you let your lines go the wind would blow our boat into our neighbor's boat...really sucked. Now we are downwind, and it's a pleasure coming in and out.
  5. JiffyLube
    We're over on H-81...last slip before the end tie.
  6. JiffyLube
    We took our boat out today, but I didn't see a grouchy guy on the I met a sailnet guy today called poopdeckpappy that has two boats at Kona. Nice guy. He left gave us a pound of Kona coffee beans as a slip warming, and helped us tie up our boat. We been able to meet several people at Kona is the short time we've been there, nothing like our experience at Shelter Island marina.
  7. JiffyLube
    We finally moved into our slip H-81 at Kona. Hope to run into you someday.
  8. ianfinn8
    I have a Willard 8 Ton as well and I was hoping that you could answer a question for me. Under your floorboards, in the keel do you have movable ballast? I have about 20 lead bars there and am trying to find out if that came standard from the factory or not. I want to take it out, sell it and buy new chain. Thanks.
  9. Therapy
    Ummm. Sounds good.
  10. Therapy
    I will see if I can make friends.
    I like tangerines OK. LOL.
    Then I note on your site you are a clinical psychologist. And military to boot! Lots of psychology there. You probably have me figgered out.
    A friend of mine had a brother that was long time Special Forces of some sort (no one ever knew his missions). He was one that retired to a remote region with perimeter defenses and all that other stuff.

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