Had a chance to look at a Snipe. Its a two person 15 1/2 foot long racing sailboat. The class started in 1931 and it is a nice one to race and hang out with. The folks at “Snipe444”: are great and there is a “boat”: for sale. It is boat 26752, I guess they are all numbered.

Boat #26752
All white with wood trim
Proctor miracle mast
Two mains, three jibs w/full length zipper bags
Pole launcher
Rudder cover
Board cover
Top cover
Very custom galvanized trailer with 12″ wheels
Weighs in at exact min. weight

Miracles of the Internet are that you can actually google:”snipe 26752″ and learn more about the actual boat and see lots more boats listed in the “Snipe US”: classifieds to get a feel for the costs:

| Year | Builder | Price |
| 2004 | Persson | $7900 |
| 2003 | Jibe Tech | $7500 |
| 2002 | Skipper | $6500 |
| 2000 | Jibe Tech | $6500 |
| 1998 | Persson | $5000 |
| 1988 | Phoenix | $4600 |
| 1987 | McLaughlin | $2500 |
| 1982 | Mclaughlin | $1400 |

It is confusing because there are many different makers and you can see the costs differ alot.

The other amazing thing is that boat 26752 has an older listing, so you can see who owned it before and how much was paid

SCIRA: Snipe Used Boat List 2002

#26752 McLaughlin built in 1989. Sailed very little and in excellent condition. Stored for the last 5 years under roof, covered and not sailed. 2 centerboards, brand new seitech dolly, brand new trailer(registered), three suits of sails available, and new cover. Located in Oakland, CA. 925-766-9346 or Asking $3,200.00 willing to deliver down south. April 2002

So $2500 now isn’t so bad.

And you can also see its racing results again from various sites in “Willamette in 2003”:, “Whiskeytown in 2007”:, Columbia Gorge in “2002”:

So what is a McLaughlin, well “Mike McLaughlin”: wrote a guide in 1994 that helps, he actually built the boat and also made Chubasco and Eclipse. Says that the Chubasco can get soft and overweight. If a boat is more than five pounds overweight then it may be the PVC is absorbing water.

Chart Reading

Well, sometimes when you are reading a navigational chart, all those little symbols are so mysterious. NOAA used to print something called Chart 1 which explains what is going on. “Chart 1”: is now available online so you can figure out mysterious, but important things like obstructions and wrecks when you are tooling around.

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Virtual Skipper Skins

Virtual Skipper has a bunch of European sites that have a huge number of boats that are designed for it. The skinning work is amazing, so check out and you put them in c:\program files\Virtual Skipper 4\Templates\ and create a file which is the name of the boat:

* “Virtual Winds”:
* “”: These are the Aussies sailing down under
* “”: The Italians have a really big site.

Marine VHF Radios

Chuck Husick on Darn it, the basic marine radio I bought I think I left on the boat while docked and it seems to have walked away. A good chance to get a pair that are good. Thank goodness for basic guides on the Internet.

* Things you want are Receiver sensitivity. Most provide 0.25 microvolt sensitivity.
* Selectivity. You need 80 dB for Intermodulation selectivity and 70 dB for adjacent channel selectivity and spurious response relationship.

For “Handheld”: radios, you need a few more:

* Waterproofness and it should float too. In case you drop it “-)
* Standard batteries or rechargeables. You need standard alkalines for emergencies. The ideal is to have something that holds NiMH AA batteries and can also hold alkalines.

Then there are some new devices like Garmin “RINO”: that combines a GPS with a FRS/GMRS radio. So you can share position with a standard family radio service. Kind of cool.

National Marine Electronics Associations Product Awards. Since there aren’t great reviews of marine electronics, this award list from the trade association is a good surrogate for good handheld radios:

* icom ic-m88 in 2003. This is $289 with $30 rebate now from “”: or “”: This is a tiny li-ion battery unit. 70dB in selectivity statistics. Main drawback is the back-up alkaline battery mode only has 1 watt output.
* Standard Horizon HX460S in 2002. This is also a Li-ion miniture unit. $249.
* Standard Horizon HX350S in 2001. $189. This is a ni-cad unit, but you can put standard AA batteries in that are rechargeables for very long battery life (the ni-cad is 1100 Mah, but you can put in 6x1700Mah AA’s in to get really long life). This is the one I originally bought and worked fine, although it was big.


Windstar Cruises. My brother was asking about cruises. I told him we’d not been on many, but had research it quite a bit (before the age of blogs). We really recommend the Windstar cruises.

The Tahiti trip is amazing. The ship is just 400 feet long, all the cabins are the same and it is small enough to get into the very shallow lagoons. I’ll never forget stopping the middle of the ocean to catch the sunset off of Bora Bora while looking at the four masts.

Also, it is casual, so you don’t have to wear formal attire.

We also did the Istanbul to Athens leg and that was also great. Little less advantage in having a small boat, but it did mean we could get into Bodrum and see ephesus, while the bigger ships couldn’t get in there.

Windworks is Great!

Windworks Sailing Center. Connie and I just did the second round of classes on sailing over there.

They have a really great series called “Adventure”: Lessons where you don’t have to sit a class room and have the instructor say, please say “PORT” class, and you say, “PORT”.

Instead, you read the book at home and then head out, so it is much more practical. After two 2-day sessions and studying the US Sailing books a little, Jim (a great instructor) has got us taking out 38′ sailboats out with ease. How terrific.

Now on to Coastal Navigation and the final class on Bareboat cruising and we are ready to head to Tahiti!

Landing School 26 Weekender

The Landing School: Boats For Sale – LS 26 Weekender. What a beautiful boat that “Lewis”: told me about. He’s looking for one that he can use in Maine. Also a nice one for around here.

Also he finally explained to me why a sailboat actually moves forward. Let me short circuit this by saying that the “conventional”: explanation of the Bernoulli Effect is not the answer. Where somehow the air on top of the foil must travel faster than the air flowing underneath, like the two flows have a date at the back. To me that answer has always been hard to fathom.

If Connie the molecule leaves around one route that is 8 miles and I, “Rich The Molecule” leave on another that is 4 miles, where does it say that Connie is going to paddle twice as fast. More likely, we’ll go at the same speed and she’ll only be half way around when I finish.

Some folks get it right like “Sci-fun”:, but it still doesn’t explain why a foil like a sail has force.

“NASA”: Provides the best explanation that I’ve seen and of course it is complex. It is not just the Bernoulli Principle or the Newton conservation of mass principle. What happens is that the answer is complex and there is something called the Euler Equations that you have to understand.

Thanks Lewis!