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March 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Nope, it doesn't get better than this...

After two days of having my sister Jane, and another day having my volleyball coach assist with tying up the nets, they are almost secure. At least if someone were to stumble and fall onto one of them, or cautiously walk across them, the net should hold their body weight. It will be another day or two or three of tying a second row to seriously secure them. Despite careful planning each net was tied on a little differently. Getting the nets organized to stretch equally in all directions was…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 31, 2012 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

Plagarizing my own writings.....

This entry is an excert of an e-mail response I sent to a new sailing friend from the UK. Imagine him being interested in a 35/36 foot trimaran. Yea, I am not alone. Anyway, here's the recent musing,,,

The big test will come this summer when I sail solo from Port Canaveral, Florida to New York Harbor - another 1200 mile hitch. Challenging the gulf stream, for me is pretty daunting. As my plans are to do more distant sailing I thought this would be a good way to find out if the…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 26, 2012 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Good day working on the boat

Marina and I drove down to the boat Thursday night after I finished up with my substance abuse counseling group in Kinston.  Once onboard, we turned on the lights, put a case of Yoohoo in the fridge and turned it on, moved the cockpit cushions out of the solon to the cockpit along with the helm, drank a Yoohoo, checked the bilge, and then we both went to bed.  In the morning…

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Added by John V. G. Mayton on March 15, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Play or Work

Well, this week-end's distraction was special so other than wiping down the sleeping quarters I didn't get much work done. Afterall, I was invited to sail on Sam Bradfield's latest hydrofoil design. The boat is only 18 feet long and really light. Unfortunately, the breeze died off by the time we got out. Having Mike McGarry, Sam's #1 skipper and the infamous tri designer Jim Brown on board was just too compelling to pass up. The bonus for the week-end was when my tris designer, John Marples,…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 12, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 12, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Solace in a strange way...

It is funny how my blog is becoming a night time buddy. After all the craziness of life as a school counselor in a Title I public school, the disappointment of a phone call that doesn't come, and the realization that there is still so much I need to learn before setting out offshore, I actually feel content when deciding to check out the sea knots blogs. For the first time in months I scanned the many groups. Of course, the multihull group was my first visit. There hasn't been a post since…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 6, 2012 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Progress,,,,

Progress toward my departure on May 30, things are getting expensive: new rigging, new nets, a clean bottom, an AIS system, boat cushions, and ten bikinis sure add up. The encouragement is nice, but the warnings weigh heavy on my mind. During last night's TGIF at Melbourne Yacht Club, one seasoned offshore sailor looked me dead in the eye as he asserted, "Your boat will be broken up in 25 foot waves as they cascade upon you enroute to Bermuda." Wow, I sucked in every word.  Then, I…
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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on March 3, 2012 at 8:38am — 3 Comments

A very good day.

The picture was taken by Marina from the top of the mizzen mast where she was installing the topping lift.

Friday, after we had secured everything below deck, removed hatch covers, and led lines to wenches, we got underway to do a bit of educational sailing.  We have not had the sails up since the sea trials and we needed some time to let the boat teach us how to sail…

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Added by John V. G. Mayton on March 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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Mike Brown commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert glad to hear you go the problem solved. mike"
Oct 11
Robert & Sandy commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks for all your comments my friends at Seaknots. The halyard has been rerun without passing through the small stainless steel eye, as seen easily in the pic provided by Chris on 17th August. All furling now takes place without any undue effort,…"
Oct 11
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
Oct 9
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible. I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
Oct 9
James Taylor replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning????? (Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
Oct 9
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck Mike"
Sep 27
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"It is only when sailing close-hauled. Unfortunately, this is the only course, where performance really matters. I‘m going to perform two tests: - Sailing with genoa only (track cars on the same position). In this case any (unequal) trim…"
Sep 27
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Our 43 had a shaft drive. Depending on how much water or fuel that was in her she would sometimes have a very small imbalance. Nothing that would cause her to sail unevenly. Do you have the problem on all points of sail? Is it more on any particular…"
Sep 27
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