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by Chinook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?

I'm tentatively planning to go to the Seattle Boat Show on the second Saturday, February 1. Anyone out there planning to go? It won't be quite the same, now that Blue Water Yachts is no longer selling new Macs/Tattoos. They were a fixture at the Boat Show for decades, and it was always fun to go ove...
by Chinook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

There is a saying that goes: "Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore". Reasonable prudence, sensible preparation, and careful planning are all essential when considering venturing out beyond one's comfort zone. That said, you still need to take that big ne...
by Chinook
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

It all depends on where you want to land. If you are headed for West End on Grand Bahama, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach are likely starting points. Miami would also work. If you're headed for Bimini you need to start further south. The south end of Key Biscayne is a good starting point. Many cr...
by Chinook
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

Regarding the comment about whether a Mac has sailed across the Gulf Stream, pure sailing that passage poses problems for our small boats. In order to sail you need wind. Ordinarily, wind out of the north would allow you to sail on a reach, however, any north wind strong enough to sail with would be...
by Chinook
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Concepcion Bay boat ramps
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Concepcion Bay boat ramps

Single hand crossing is certainly possible. As I recall, it took us around 12 hours to make the crossing. We followed local advice and made an overnight crossing, which gave us settled seas out in the middle, and got us in just after sunrise. An afternoon arrival risks being affected with strong dai...
by Chinook
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

I suggest you get in touch with Sumner Patterson, who used to regularly post here. He owns a 25 classic and has crossed the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas with it, cruising as far as the Exumas. He's very experienced with the boat, and enjoys sharing what he's learned.
by Chinook
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Concepcion Bay boat ramps
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Concepcion Bay boat ramps

We cruised in that area in 2007, and I don't recall a launch ramp at Mulege. Probably sand beach launch opportunities in the Conception Bay area, however, I would think them risky due to shallow slope and prospects of getting the truck stuck. I do recall a launch ramp at the Loreto boat basin, a way...
by Chinook
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3503

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

One of the most appealing aspects of cruising involves freedom. Leaving the dock, heading out on open waters, exploring new places, dropping the anchor in a secluded cove. Unfortunately, that idyllic view doesn't exactly match up when cruising in places like Haida Gwaii. It's perhaps inevitable that...
by Chinook
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Preventer just saved my stupid skull
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Preventer just saved my stupid skull

When my preventer is set, you could imagine a line from the end of the swayed out boom running to the bow pulpit and pulled taut. So that I don't have to go up to the bow of the boat to set it, I just run the free end of the line through a block which attaches to the pulpit (it just lays on the deck...
by Chinook
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Preventer just saved my stupid skull
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Preventer just saved my stupid skull

Whenever I sail WOW, even in light air, I set a preventer. I have preventer lines rigged at all times on both sides of the boat, so I can easily set a preventer without having to go out of the way. I attach 50 foot lines to the rear stanchions on both sides of the boat. The lines run along the boat,...
by Chinook
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 8
Views: 4275

Re: An alternative to the bump

I find the bump to also be a good confirmation that the trailer brakes still work. When I do the bump with functioning brakes, the boat slides right into position with a satisfying thump. On those occasions when the brakes have decided to quit (for various reasons), the boat/trailer tends to just sh...
by Chinook
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3503

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The middle and northern part of Hecate Strait is relatively shallow, 115 feet or less, and the currents run strong through it. If a wind is blowing against the direction of current, it quickly gets rough out there. This condition is made worse by the shallow water. Given the length of the passage, I...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3503

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The posted ferry fares are one way, so it ends up being a very expensive ferry ride. According to Waggonners Cruising Guide, the distance from the jumpoff anchorage out of Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii is 65 miles, so I figure an 11 hour run. Considering that as you near the island, you begin getting...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3503

Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The cruise around Vancouver Island has gotten my enthusiasm up for a trip out to Haida Gwaii. The 75 to 80 mile open ocean crossing of Hecate Strait is daunting, however with the right weather, and the boat/engine in proper condition, it's certainly doable. Ferrying the boat out there is another opt...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 22080

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Just to close the loop on this thread, we finished our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island last Wednesday, July 31. Total distance cruised was 1,082 nautical miles. Total time out: 45 days. The trip went great, not much I'd change. The pace worked out great, provisioning served well, fishing good, ...