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Old 05-28-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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Nice day to be in a warm Pilothouse.

2 foot wind waves, periodic rain, cool temps. Beats being outside in my sailboat cockpit. OTOH, a 50 foot sailboat is pacing us as we head downwind.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:37 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:31 PM   #3
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OTOH, a 50 foot sailboat is pacing us as we head downwind.
I'd venture a guess that he's (the inclusive he's) not posting on the web with photos of his day. Looks like a nice day to be out and about.
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Old 05-28-2016, 06:32 PM   #4
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Yup. We were heading to Poulsbo. By the time we got there the wind was really howling out of the South. Since my boat doesn't have anemometer I can only guess at the wind speed, but steady at 20kts with some higher gusts I guessing. Poulsbo was packed and while I think there may have been a slip open, the fairway is narrowed by all the 45' boats in the 30' slips on either side with the wind blowing across. I decided that my newbie skills weren't up to the task so we gave up. We considered anchoring there in Liberty Bay but after watching the boats that were anchored bouncing around, decided against that as well. Liberty Bay is pretty exposed to strong southerlies. I don't trust my 45lbs CQR to hold me in a big blow if I am exposed.

Decided to head South to Brownsville. They had some open guest moorage and are a little more protected. Even so, my thrusters got a work out as I went into the slip with the crosswind blowing me away from the finger.

Good experience for us today. Still not used to the amount of windage and the small rudder compared to my sailboat.
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:37 PM   #5
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Yep, its blustery on the Sound today. Further north its the same, probably gusting over 30 in Rosario easily enough by how it is inland a few miles, and cool. No matter, I am tied up still going thru the boat to make ready for summer. I haven't been to Poulsbo in many years, last time on a 26' '52 CC I had, around 1979.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:23 PM   #6
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I now know the reason why.

I used to have the impression that power boaters were a bunch of inebriates, given the amount of time and energy devoted to having a fully stocked bar, customs limits, etc... Sailors didn't spend as much energy or interest in on board spirits (quite a different matter on land of course). I think I have finally solved the mystery.

Power Boaters aren't drunkards, they are simply civilized. They have discovered what makes rum and coke's truly amazing.

Ice!
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:43 PM   #7
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Lol! We went by the marina tonight and the first thing I hear from the three neighbors who live on sailboats who were all out drinking under the tree is that they went on our boat and "borrowed" all of our ice from ournicemaker! And yes, they were all quite inebriated!
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:20 AM   #8
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Lol! We went by the marina tonight and the first thing I hear from the three neighbors who live on sailboats who were all out drinking under the tree is that they went on our boat and "borrowed" all of our ice from ournicemaker! And yes, they were all quite inebriated!
See! I am right! The corelary to my argument would be that give sailors enough ice, and you will convert them to power boaters.
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:13 AM   #9
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See! I am right! The corelary to my argument would be that give sailors enough ice, and you will convert them to power boaters.
This is good. I think we have distilled the power vs sail argument down to one pivotal question. Do you want ice?
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:53 AM   #10
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The same is true in hot sweltering few 80 degree days to be in an air condition pilot house. we use to go out in those cool windy days, but now prefer tied to the dock cuddled in a quilt, with a warm drink watching all the CRAZY sailor head put as those kind of day are when they can go really fast at hull speed. Most of the time when they come back in they look cold wet and miserable. Gee, this was fun let's do it again in a month better yet make that two on a warm summer day. .
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:29 PM   #11
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Nice to be warm in the saloon too....
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:42 PM   #12
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2 foot wind waves, periodic rain, cool temps. Beats being outside in my sailboat cockpit. OTOH, a 50 foot sailboat is pacing us as we head downwind.
Heading up the Pamlico Sound yesterday with TS Bonnie drenching the coast we passed two open cockpit sailboats when it was raining so hard you couldn't see 100 yards. I felt bad for the poor rag baggers.
Maybe they like soaked undies
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Nice to be warm in the saloon too....
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How much do you love your Bose BT speaker? It's one of my favorite gadgets. 1000% glad I bought one.
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Old 05-30-2016, 05:52 PM   #14
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How much do you love your Bose BT speaker? It's one of my favorite gadgets. 1000% glad I bought one.
Love the Bose. Sound is amazing for such a small box.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:32 PM   #15
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Thread drift but....

The PO of my boat was very proud of his sound system. He has a very powerful home receiver, complete with surround sound in the saloon, including a large sub-woofer. He has separate stereo speakers in the PH and fly bridge, each with a volume control that is independent of the setting on the receiver in the saloon. He had an XM radio receiver connected to it (I have since swapped out an ipod or my phone for Pandora) as well as the KVH TV and a CD,DVD, Blue Ray player.

I like music while on the boat, this this is a bit overkill. The only way to play it is with shore power, the genset, or the inverter running. The sound system likely takes way more ah than the refrigerator does. The idea of having to run a genny just to listen to music seems more than a little silly. The shear size of all the equipment means that an entire cabinet in the saloon holds nothing but the sound system and sub woofer.

I am tempted to gut the system and replace it with a 12v sound system. I do like being able to have the volume control in the PH to be completely independent from the saloon or fly bridge and be able to control the PH and Flybridge volume from those location.

If anyone has some great ideas for 12v systems, I would love to hear them.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:07 PM   #16
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To me the new Bluetooth portable speakers are so good it's made installed boat stereos obsolete.

This one really rocks, but pricey.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/47466402?w...365074&veh=sem
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Power Boaters aren't drunkards, they are simply civilized. They have discovered what makes rum and coke's truly amazing.

Ice!
..and a twist of lime!
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:30 PM   #18
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To me the new Bluetooth portable speakers are so good it's made installed boat stereos obsolete.

This one really rocks, but pricey.

UE Megaboom Wireless Speaker - Walmart.com
Thanks, that is an idea I hadn't considered but could work out well. My phone could drive a bluetooth speaker (I have a great mini blue tooth speaker that I take with me traveling) but my old school ipod doesn't have blue tooth but there are plenty of adapters that can handle that.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:46 PM   #19
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Still not used to the amount of windage and the small rudder compared to my sailboat.
I think that was the single biggest challenge that I had in going from a sailboat to a trawler. My sailboat (an Allied Mistress) had a rudder which was about 4' or so, and gave me complete control. The Gulfstar has a rudder which is about the size of a medium pizza (OK, perhaps a large one, but still . . .) and what it seems to do primarily is to wave around helplessly. Thanks goodness for twin engines!!
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