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Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.08.03 PMQuestion of the Week

SA’er Lorax asks: “On a hypothetical vessel returning from Figawi today, let’s say there was, unbeknownst to the skipper, a young lady sleeping in the v berth with his bowman.
When she awakes 50 miles from Nantucket, halfway to Boston, and realizes her possessions are still on the island and she is looking at an epic walk of shame. Say she wanted off the boat NOW, but a detour to somewhere on Buzzards Bay would miss us the tide at the canal. I [hypothetically -Ed] felt a drop off at the bus station in the Cape Cod Canal with bus and ferry fare, along with breakfast and coffee were appropriate. There was other talk if our actions would constitute kidnapping or false imprisonment.

Answers here.


June 12th, 2016 by admin

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satansewsThis Question Of The Week comes from PNW sailor ‘wristwister’.  Got your own hellish experience with a sewing machine or some advice?  Share yours.

“Do your own upholstery,” they said.  “It’ll be fun!”, they said.
How hard can it be, right? Only 10 cushions down below to upholster. Pick up some fabric and piping, fire up the ol’ sewing machine, and go for it!

The first cushion looks like absolute crap. I’ll probably chuck it and do it again.

The second cushion is marginally acceptable, feeling pretty good about that one.

I completely botched up the third cushion last night. Tossed it in the trash.

…and early on I realized my old machine wasn’t up to the task so I spent some bucks on a more suitable machine.

But I must say, the ladies down at the fabric store are getting a real kick out of me. A clueless man walks in and they kind of gather around and trip over each other trying to help me.

Any of you do your own upholstery? After you finished the boat, did you toss the machine and say “fuck that, never again”?!


March 28th, 2016 by admin

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crimesceneQuestion Of The Week

I am in boat looking mode. Without getting specific, would you buy a boat if her owner was murdered on board?” -SA’er ‘kidkodine.’

Best answer so far: “Is the killer still aboard?”

Supply your own response – a real one or yet another horribly morbid joke – here.


October 8th, 2014 by admin

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SA’er ‘Allen’ asks the community to weigh in on his tacking calculations.  

I have been trying to figure out not how long it takes to tack but rather how much time it costs to tack.  My boat is probably not typical as it is old and wood and has a long fin keel with the rudder hung on the end of the keel.  I know it takes about 15 seconds to tack but part of that time is spent going directly up wind, which is the direction I would really prefer to go so there has to be some benefit to that.

I took a GPS track of a tack from our last race in which we did a lot of tacks, mostly on wind shifts, but this particular tack was not on wind shifts so I had a constant bearing before and after the tack.  I then calculated the speed at each second toward a point a long way away. I adjusted the location of that point until the average speed before the tack and well after the boat settled down after the tack was the same.  Next I compared the average speed of the entire sample, which was 200 seconds, to the steady state speed.

The conclusion was that while it took about 15 seconds to tack and my speed dropped from 6 knots to below 4 at the worst point, my average speed to windward only went from 3.9 knots to 3.6 knots.  The net loss was just under 5 seconds or 9 meters to windward.  Clearly the loss of speed was compensated by the almost full 6 knots toward the far off point as I turned the boat before it slowed down.

Has anyone done or seen this kind of analysis? Does my technique seem correct?  How much time do other boats lose when tacking?

For reference, my boat is 36 feet long, 12,000 lbs.

Follow the discussion or weigh in with your own ideas here.

August 11th, 2014 by admin

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Singapore-based Anarchist “Laurent” asks a question that’s on a lot of our minds at one time or another.  To find answers or give them, hit the thread.

Let’s say that you want to build a boat (or more accurately, get a boat built) to a design/concept that you cannot find in normal sailboat production.  What you want is off-the-charts enough that there’s nothing out there that’s even close to it.  At this stage, you already understand that resale value of what you want will be close to zero…and you don’t care. You have some engineering background but you are no yacht designer, so it’s time to get help from a pro. But how?

How do you select a yacht designer?

How do you approach him? Do you just email? “Hi, I want you to design a boat for me, can we talk?”

How do you frame a contract/deal so all parties are happy? How do you define the “deliverables” (some sets of drawings could be considered “enough” for the designer, where you are expecting fully detailed construction drawings, etc.)

Are there “predefined/preformated contractual agreements for yacht design?

How do you manage the timeline?  How do you know you are not getting ripped off?

If anyone could share their experience, it would be a big help.  Without naming names, if you do not want to…

This is about EXPERIENCE.  If you’ve never been through part or all of the process, go away.


August 5th, 2014 by admin