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Forum: Emergency, Disaster and Distress 02-04-2021, 09:12
Replies: 98
Views: 7,614
Posted By jrau18
Re: A case against crayfish cages

In OPs scenario, he was motoring, so he was basically on a stern anchor when he got snagged. He had no reason to hurry into the water. Try other remedies first. Wait a minute to see if it releases as...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-03-2021, 07:44
Replies: 254
Views: 23,635
Posted By jrau18
Re: Why have keel preferences changed for cruising boats?

The open 60s really are amazing. If you told a sailor from the whitbread days what weight and length they were, and what they could handle, nobody would believe you. They're the culmination of...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-03-2021, 07:23
Replies: 64
Views: 4,291
Posted By jrau18
Re: Do I need my speed transducer?

For most cruising, the speed through water is nice to know, but not critical.

Depending on what you have for backup navigation should your GPS fail, a knotmeter is one option to use for dead...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-03-2021, 06:59
Replies: 254
Views: 23,635
Posted By jrau18
Re: Why have keel preferences changed for cruising boats?

This is definitely a large driver of it, the vast majority of the market demand is more for day sail boats in protected waters or short term (say a week) charter boats in protected waters. Very few...
Forum: Americas 12-03-2021, 08:33
Replies: 61
Views: 6,784
Posted By jrau18
Re: USCG routine safety check

Can confirm they didn't (or shouldn't) ask you for insurance, that isn't policy. You probably just provided that instinctively without thinking. As you discovered with your fire extinguishers, minor...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 19-02-2021, 08:32
Replies: 121
Views: 14,829
Posted By jrau18
Re: Frustrated Seller - Tartan 37

Not to mention, if a boat has been stored on the hard for 2 years, as a buyer, now I'm thinking of all the things that have broken as a result of sitting unused for 2 years. Boats on the hard are...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 11-01-2021, 08:51
Replies: 350
Views: 20,889
Posted By jrau18
Re: About NOT power setting the anchor

First response gives exactly my thoughts, too.

If it doesn't set easily, i pull and move to another area. If it sets immediately, it probably will reset without fouling, too.

This is assuming i...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 08-01-2021, 08:56
Replies: 114
Views: 8,320
Posted By jrau18
Re: Sailboat depth transducer - useful?

Sailing somewhere you know well, a depth finder might not be necessary.

Sailing somewhere with imperfect charts, it's very helpful to help you augment your chart. Sometimes charts are correct,...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 07-12-2020, 10:35
Replies: 50
Views: 4,585
Posted By jrau18
Re: Navy Shower Water Use?

We were about 1.5 gallons per shower.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 04-12-2020, 11:01
Replies: 112
Views: 7,490
Posted By jrau18
Re: Atomic 4 vs. diesel ?

Youve gotten good replies.

My first boat was an A4. I loved that it was simple and very easy to work on myself. Parts were relatively cheap and easy to order.

I didnt like the issues with...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 23-11-2020, 09:09
Replies: 88
Views: 10,420
Posted By jrau18
Re: At what point does a boat start to get too big? (family, kids, maintenance concer

Size doesn't change the effort to keep up a boat by that much (you've already identified it impact maintainence costs). Design and systems are really what impact it.

If its a sloop with a modest...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-11-2020, 12:43
Replies: 44
Views: 5,829
Posted By jrau18
Re: Why aren't all intake thru-hulls consolidated into one?

This isn't a new idea. Of course boats with this design exist. In fact, it was how every boat was a long time ago, when engines were first placed into boats, because they were just terrestrial...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 20-11-2020, 11:53
Replies: 72
Views: 7,329
Posted By jrau18
Re: Fall protection when climbing a stepped mast

100% agree with this. We've all seen the videos of pro racers going aloft in an emergency in 40 foot seas on the southern ocean. For 99.99% of us, that isn't ever a situation we will be in, and we...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 20-11-2020, 11:17
Replies: 72
Views: 7,329
Posted By jrau18
Re: Fall protection when climbing a stepped mast

Why? A prusik knot is very simple to tie, so easy to double check that you tied it correctly. Its also very simple to check it at the deck height before ascending. It has been around for at least 100...
Forum: Crew Positions: Wanted & Available 20-11-2020, 11:08
Replies: 122
Crew Available: Crew Contributions aka $$$
Views: 12,992
Posted By jrau18
Re: Crew Contributions aka $$$

The reality is that all the youtube videos have made the sailing lifestyle really exciting and glamorous. A lot of people don't have the skills to realize that for themselves, but they do have money...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 16-11-2020, 08:57
Replies: 44
Views: 5,829
Posted By jrau18
Re: Why aren't all intake thru-hulls consolidated into one?

Some toilet designs also theoretically can leak slightly in reverse if they have an issue. That's another reason you might not see a head intake coupled up with a desalination intake, for example.
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Forum: Our Community 28-09-2020, 09:08
Replies: 54
Views: 5,316
Posted By jrau18
Re: Boat Business - What Type to Start?

If I could go back to when I was much younger, I'd consider joining the coast guard as an MK. I'd do my 4 years, then get out and sail the world, working a few months at each stop, then heading to...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-09-2020, 09:01
Replies: 49
Views: 4,521
Posted By jrau18
Re: 22' vs 25' vs 27'

I missed where you are from or what kind of water you plan to sail in.

I had a similar story when I bought my first keelboat: grew up sailing some small dinghies.

I was in the SF bay area, so...
Forum: Our Community 11-05-2020, 10:03
Replies: 100
Views: 7,206
Posted By jrau18
Re: Public opinion

A 28 footer shouldnt have too much physical effort required once you're used to the boat and plan your actions ahead of time. If you feel like you're putting in a lot of physical effort with certain...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 11-05-2020, 09:43
Replies: 54
Views: 8,082
Posted By jrau18
Re: Barnacles - More Good Than Harm?

As soon as I saw "centerboard," I had the same thought. Of course, its assuming the OP is in somewhere with enough tides. Doesnt work in the tropics with a 2 foot tide.

Why not on a weekend,...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 24-02-2020, 10:18
Replies: 81
Views: 6,107
Posted By jrau18
Re: Ethics of negotiation

This is really a classic case of "it depends. " If they're using a good professional broker or are very experienced and unemotional, they'll have the boat priced close to the actual value. In that...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 31-01-2020, 21:36
Replies: 142
Views: 14,629
Posted By jrau18
Re: What are your worst fear sailing events

10 foot wave on maho beach? Man, it must have been 30 feet when it passed the reef to have enough energy to still be 10 feet when it hit the beach!
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 29-11-2019, 11:34
Replies: 86
Views: 8,155
Posted By jrau18
Re: Landfall in the Caribbean

I'd recommend Barbados if your goal is to explore different places. Most cruisers never get to Barbados since it is upwind of the rest of the chain. But if I had to pick one island to skip, it...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 22-11-2019, 11:48
Replies: 54
Views: 4,181
Posted By jrau18
Re: How much horsepower??

One thing I havent seen mentioned is weight. Sailboats (as opposed to motorsailers) are built for sailing performance first. Doubling the HP meant doubling the weight, and it isnt adding the weight...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 16-09-2019, 09:27
Replies: 49
Views: 8,398
Posted By jrau18
Re: Canouan Naked Swimming Thief... Caught?

Just wanted to join the cadre of complainers about the video. Apparently this thread title was just click bait to get people to watch yet another youtube cruiser's channel. I clicked on the video...
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