Married with 2 kids. Repairing a Merit 22 "Lolita Deux." Sailing/crewing other people's boats for now: Hunter 25, Vagabond, Tartan 38
Bahamas - sail, snorkel
Chicago: beer can races, verve cup
Jos Nigeria - dissertation study -no sailing
Sudan - program evaluation - no sailing
Puerto Rico, Kitesurfing
San Diego - Bay sailing
Tampa FL, Kitesurfing
Race: want to build experience.
Crew on short trips 1 - 10 day
Right - St. Joseph is on the south side of the St. Joseph river, and Benton Harbor is on the north side. I recommend West Basin marina for a guest slip. Other options are Harbor Isle marina or Pier 33 (but make sure you specify that you have a sailboat or they will give you one you can't get to). When do you think you might come? I will be cruising for much of the summer, but if I'm in St. Jo I would be happy to help you out.
I have always stayed in my own slip in St. Joe during the 4th of July because I was pretty sure it would be hard to find space somewhere else. You could probably find one if you came early (before the 4th). I don't know where S. Haven does their fireworks show. St. Joe does ours off the S. breakwater. People on the beach have great seats. Many boats anchor off the breakwater. We sit on our boat in the marina and have a great seat without the hassle. S. Haven is a great place, but there is nowhere to anchor. St. Joe has a little more anchorage, but not much. Some boats tie up inside the harbor, in the St. Jo river, along the riverbank. Seems to work well for them, but I haven't done it myself.
Derek, glad to meet you! You would have a great time sailing the east shore of Lake Michigan. There are good harbors every 25 miles or so. The closest place to you would probably be Michigan City. There's a large marina there. Next stop, going north, would be New Buffalo, a cute little town. Then comes St. Joseph - great beach, nice town, great family place. Then South Haven - a bit more of a party town than St. Joe, but a fun place to visit, with a fine municipal marina. Let me know if you are looking for more info. I posted a cruising log of our 2006 trip that might be interesting to you. How old are your kids? Do you like to anchor out or berth in a marina? Do you like the more remote and quiet destinations, or the party places?
"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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