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As a recreational sailor, this question popped into my head recently, and this seemed like the place where I might get an informed answer. Assuming that a sailboat was navigating under wind power alone, with no auxiliary mechanical systems operating, would the passive sonar in a modern submarine be able to detect its presence whilst scanning for surface contacts?
While at first this may seem like kind of a silly question since there are no sail-powered surface combatants, the more I ponder it the more it seems relevant, given the occasional high-profile accidents where civilian ships have been inadvertently sunk by surfacing submarines.
I know from experience while sailing that there certainly *is* a decent amount of noise generated solely by the motion of the sailboat's hull through the water, but I wonder whether that would just sound like natural wave action to the sonar and either be filtered out algorithmically, or simply misinterpreted.
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Not totally sure where I'm going with this, but here goes.
I'm a 23 year old guy living in coastal NC. A few years ago I started throwing around the idea of dropping everything and moving onto a sailboat, but really only seriously in the past 6 months or so.
In theory, I'm the perfect candidate - no family/obligations, a computer-based job that I already work 100% remotely, and about $60k in cash saved. I'm also fairly handy by nature and unfazed by squalid or cramped living arrangements. However, I have very little experience with boats. I did my ASA 101 a few months back, and have rented small sailboats a few times since then.
Am I crazy for even thinking about the liveaboard option at this point? I feel a little bit overwhelmed at the moment regarding my path forward. I am curious as to your thoughts/experiences regarding the realistic amount of experience and training I should have, before I sink (figuratively and perhaps literally) the majority of my savings into a boat.
I'm looking for options for an A/C unit for my sailboat (Ericson 27) while I'm docked at the marina. This would only be used there and hooked up to the dock electric. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this? Right now, I'm looking at possibly using one of the portable units.
I'm considering buying a boat for eventually transitioning to living aboard. I'm wondering if, in the context of the current chaos in the global economy, if it's better to act sooner or later.
I can kind of see arguments for both sides: if more people want to downsize and live on boats or go cruising, their prices might rise. I believe apartment prices rose post-2008 for similar reasons.
On the other hand, a recession is also a time when people might want to sell big discretionary-spending items to pay down debt. So that would probably depress the prices of boats.
Can anyone who paid attention to these things during the last financial crisis provide insight? Is there any evidence around whether we can expect prices to rise or fall?
I was thinking of things like a dehumidifier or maybe a hammock? I have no experience with boats
It is a very esoteric song when compared to the others.
I posted recently about doing a liveaboard, and took the plunge. I've finished paying off a beautiful little gaff cutter.
Unfortunately this boat was built in 1955 (with a 2010 hull rebuild). It's currently insured for about AU$400/year. With the same company, and same level of experience as the previous owner they're offering me a quote for AU$1200/year.
Now with no experience in these things and limited options (according to them, conveniently) I'm tempted to just say yes but whilst there's still time during the handover period, I'm wondering if anyone has advice on this side of things?
Surely older boats don't just get fanged into super expensive insurance rates by default, right? Is my newbieness being taken advantage of here or are they right?
If the wind is blowing in one direction, wouldn't your sails just propel you in that direction? What if you want to go parallel to the wind direction? I understand sails can move, but wouldnt that just speed up or slow down how fast you go in the direction of the wind?
I need to move out of my house for a bit. I live and work in the clear lake area. I'm in my late 40s, male, responsible member of community, and a bit of a handyman.
Rather than getting an apartment or other longterm commitment, I thought there might be someone in the area that has an RV or sailboat or even power yacht and struggling financially, but you don't want to sell your asset.
I would temporarily take over costs/expenses as well as making sure the asset is well cared for and maintained, and ready for you to enjoy with very short notice.
Let me know if you want to explore the possibility. I am not looking to start a business or in any way make money on the deal, I would just rather give my "rent money" to someone local who could really use the help instead of some corporate hotel chain or apartment complex.
I'd also appreciate if anyone can point me to resources that might help me.
I’d like to try out sailing a small dinghy but can’t find any places that seem to be active. Looking for something along the lines of a Sunfish or Laser.
Any ideas on where to look?
Austin Sailboat Rental seems promising but I haven’t heard back after using their Contact page.
My significant other and I are budgeting to purchase a 35’ish sailboat to live aboard and circumnavigate. Our budget will allow for about an 80’s blue water sailboat. We were looking into maintenance costs, utility fees, slip fees, winterization, and initial purchasing and additives of equipment. Is there anything we have overlooked? Are there any resources with detailed lists or does anyone have any recommendations or advice to the aforementioned? Appreciate any and everything you can provide.
My grandfather passed away this week and I found out that my grandmother wants to give me his sailboat. It's a 1977 22' Catalina which has mainly sailed on Lake Erie. My grandfather kept this boat in impeccable shape when he was using it but it's been sitting next to their garage for at least 15 years. twice a year, he would replace the tarps covering the boat to help protect it against the weather. The trailer certainly needs some work. New tires, bearings i'm sure, and who knows what else.
I have never personally sailed before but I do have aspirations of sailing. My wife and I recently were on a 48' Catamaran in the Caribbean and the relaxation of hearing the wind and ability to think and reflect are all things I deeply care about. When I retire, I dream of sailing the world. I know I would enjoy it.
However, I am 26 and I care deeply about time management and I work in the stressful Commercial Banking Industry and I'm an Officer in the National Guard. I've been saving and invest... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am a sailor from Ukraine. I bought my first sailboat Edel 600. It's A lit bit old. But a very budget. I am going to tidy her up. Very excited for what’s to come!
Anyway, I am looking for the gas cylinder for yachts, like this
Does somebody know how it called or where I could buy it? Perhaps there is the newer system for yachts instead of that? I will appreciate for help!
I am working on a game with ships in the water, and I have gotten some waves working, however the water passes through the ship model, and looks super janky.
What is the best way to mask out other meshes from my ship? I have heard of something like a stencil mask, but I am not sure if that is the best technique. Unreal has a lot of tools to make your life easier and I don't want to do more work than needed. Thanks for your help.
Given how difficult it's been pulling the Adrestia up to shores without a pier, I'd kill for a purchasable upgrade that adds a deployable sail/punt boat to the main ship so I can actually sail down rivers or up to beaches without having to slowly swim there first. It could get a small upgrade path of its' own (speed, durability, adding a sail for travel speed), cosmetic selections similar to the crew/figurehead, and could even have Helix store options if that helps sell the idea to Ubisoft management.
The good ones right themselves.
I'm thinking of building a sailboat, a small catamaran.
If this has been discussed before, let me know. My wife and I are doing research on pre-owned sailboats between 35-40 feet. I'm curious to know how others measure the value of a boat. When buying a house you can consider price/sq.ft., upgrades, amenities, etc.
What do y'all look for in a boat? When is too much fixing up too much? When does the asking price outweigh the potential cost?
For some context, I’m electrifying an old sailboat I inherited from a family member during the lockdown and I wanted some opinions on the viability of space buckets on a sailboat. I have absolutely no knowledge of space buckets and was referred to this sub by a friend.
The idea behind this project is to avoid fossil fuels completely and live out a year sailing around the Caribbean sustainably. I’ve swapped out the engine for an electric motor, the propane cookers for electric ones, and have thrown out the generator. I have 1kW of solar panels installed (from which I estimate I could produce 5kWh a day, a conservative figure in the Caribbean). The motors work backwards as generators producing electricity when under sail, all of this coupled with 10kWh of battery storage to buffer between the production and the consumption of energy. The production from the motor-generator does depend heavily on the wind and how much I’ll be sailing on any given day. Overall, just a tight en... keep reading on reddit ➡
Since we stayed at a sailboat last fall (did not sail though), I am getting into the idea of having one ourselves. We are usually camping in a tent, we do not need a lot of comfort, and besides, on the water is the only place where I manage to fall asleep right away.
Besides, we don't have a driver's license, and getting that and a decent sized car would cost us much more money. We live in the Netherlands, where there is plenty of boats and water, and there is lots of ''safe waters'' around to practise sailing.
The plan would be to do some inland tours, travel along the coasts through Europe and eventually cross the big oceans. Ideally, we would buy a boat once, but I figured we would probably have to start with something very small, and then trade it for a bigger boat. Correct me if I'm wrong!
We would not live aboard fulltime, but it would be great to have the option - we are two people, so we really don't need that much space (bed, toilet and basic kitchen is more than enough).... keep reading on reddit ➡