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Subject: Ask me about sailing

Written By: Don Carlos on 04/07/12 at 3:04 pm

Not boating but sailing, like with the wind

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 04/07/12 at 4:59 pm

Have you been sailing many places other then Vermont/NY area? 

I've always liked sailboats (especially ones with colorful sails.  I have tons of art with sailboats in it.  Do you collect anything with sailboats on it?

Do sailboats require much maintenance?

What do you like about sailing?

Have you ever tried any other sports with sails?  I don't know what they are called but they are like... carts with sails... (those seemed rather dangerous to me (not that sailing with boats isn't).  I think that they have those things I' asking about in the video "Ride like the wind" by Christopher Cross.

edit: can't find the video for Ride like the wind, so this will have to do (sorry about the techno/dance music)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9zlu4jYd_0&feature=related

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: Don Carlos on 04/09/12 at 4:55 pm


Have you been sailing many places other then Vermont/NY area? 

I've always liked sailboats (especially ones with colorful sails.  I have tons of art with sailboats in it.  Do you collect anything with sailboats on it?

Do sailboats require much maintenance?

What do you like about sailing?

Have you ever tried any other sports with sails?  I don't know what they are called but they are like... carts with sails... (those seemed rather dangerous to me (not that sailing with boats isn't).  I think that they have those things I' asking about in the video "Ride like the wind" by Christopher Cross.

edit: can't find the video for Ride like the wind, so this will have to do (sorry about the techno/dance music)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9zlu4jYd_0&feature=related


Yes, lakes in the Adirondacks, the Raritan river in NJ, the St. Lawrence, Long Island sound to Atlantic city (on a 40 footer), twice to Catalina island near LA

Yes, I have a couple of paintings that I did of sail boats, some models that I built etc

My boat is fiberglass so there isn't much maintenance, just cleaning.  Wooden boats are a bitch to maintain though

I really can't explain why I love to sail.  All I can say is "I can teach a person to sail (in an afternoon) but I can never teach them why".  I taught myself.  The first time I tried was in a sunfish, a  one person boat, bear my way across a small lake, and sailed back with the wind.  There is just something about it

I have never tried land sailing or ice sailing either.  Both look like fun, but ice sailing is just to darn cold

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: warped on 01/17/13 at 12:20 pm

Will you be sailing while in PR?

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/18/13 at 12:07 pm


Will you be sailing while in PR?



I'll answer for him. Probably not. His cousin has a little motor boat that we go out on once in a while but that is about it.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/family/400.jpg

He usually takes us to this place in the mangroves where everyone parties.

Here is what it looks like:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/family/001.jpg


I thought this was funny so I took a pic:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/family/019-1.jpg


People saw me take pics and started waving.


http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r92/aandcsattic/family/022-2.jpg

Notice the HUGE Heineken flag on their boat.  :D ;D ;D ;D

Sometimes they have venders go out there to sell pinchos (barbecued meat on a stick) & drinks. It's really a lot of fun.



Cat

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 01/18/13 at 4:14 pm

Have you taken any of your family (other then Cat) on a sailboat that you were piloting (captaining? whatever the proper terminology is)?

Is there someplace that you'd like to sail (if there were no obstacles barring you from doing so) (My hubby has always talked about sailing around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.)  Maybe someday.


How did you come up with the name "Big Dog"?  or was it already named that when you bought it?  Can you change the name of a boat when you buy it?

Have you ever wanted to build your own boat?

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: Don Carlos on 01/19/13 at 10:54 am


Have you taken any of your family (other then Cat) on a sailboat that you were piloting (captaining? whatever the proper terminology is)?

Is there someplace that you'd like to sail (if there were no obstacles barring you from doing so) (My hubby has always talked about sailing around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.)  Maybe someday.


How did you come up with the name "Big Dog"?  or was it already named that when you bought it?  Can you change the name of a boat when you buy it?

Have you ever wanted to build your own boat?


I've taken all my kids, my sister and father, friends, and even winners of an auction sailing.

There are many places I would love to sail, mostly in the tropics.  The GBR would be fantastic

The boat was named Big Dog when I bought it.  I was thinking of changing the name,  but Cat's mother talked about how I was petting the dog when I was working on it so the name grew on us.  Now we refer to walking the dog when we go out

I actually did build a small plywood boat once, but didn't like the way it sailed

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: Mushroom on 04/26/13 at 11:55 am

That's awesome Don Carlos, believe it or not I did quite a bit of sailing when I was younger.

We started with a Snark Wildflower:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T8SnGfTCNJI/Te2AK0nkUoI/AAAAAAAAAfU/9mOpT8WR8Yo/s1600/wildflower_photo.jpg

Then moved to a Chrysler Mutineer.

http://www.mutineer15.org/images/photos/Mutineer_Ad.jpg

My mom moved up to a Catalina 18.

http://img.nauticexpo.com/pdf/repository_ne/20130/catalina-18-1742_1b.jpg

I moved down to a Super Snark.

http://www.castlecraft.com/images/Snark-Super-Snark-Red-Beach-601.jpg

Have not gone sailing in years however.  Just no time or money it seems.

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 01/07/15 at 9:51 pm

How did you first get into sailing?


Pardon the stupid question, but is there much difference between sailing a sailboat and sailing a much larger, say, Clipper ship?  In theory, I'd think they are similar, but need more personnel because sails are bigger and heavier (I'd presume.)

How are sailor's knots used in sailing?

Can you give me a Cliffe's notes version of how to sail?

Subject: Re: Ask me about sailing

Written By: Don Carlos on 01/08/15 at 10:43 am


How did you first get into sailing?


Pardon the stupid question, but is there much difference between sailing a sailboat and sailing a much larger, say, Clipper ship?  In theory, I'd think they are similar, but need more personnel because sails are bigger and heavier (I'd presume.)

How are sailor's knots used in sailing?

Can you give me a Cliffe's notes version of how to sail?


I have always been fascinated with sailing and go into it mostly during grad school on the Raritan river in New Brunswick NJ.

Yea, the principles are the same regardless of the size of the boat, but the rigging  makes a difference.  Square riggers can't sail as close  to the wing as sloop rigs like the ones Mush posted.  On a sloop the wind passes between the jib (the head sail) and the main faster than it flows around the front, literally pulling the main forward, similar to lift on an airplane.  Cliff Notes: So you set your course, hoist your sails and go.  With a sloop beating into the wind is the slowest, so on a pleasure sail, with no place in particular to go, I always beat.  Running before the wind is faster, but with 2 sails, one on each side of the boat (wing on wing) you need to guard against a jib, where the main swings across the boat.  If uncontrolled it can rip your mast out.  The reach is the fastest point of sail, with the wind coming over the side.

Different knots are used for specific purposes, like the bowlin, which will not tighten around whatever it's tied to, or the clove hitch, which will. 

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