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Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Life jackets
« on: September 13, 2020, 12:56:26 PM »
You should take the time to read my response to Jordan's post regarding VHF equipment as I shared a occurrence of a MOB that three of my kids were involved in a few Wednesdays ago. 

That hopefully once in a lifetime event changed their lives in how they approach leaving the dock. They were brought up well aware of safety protocol as our 365 has the required Coast Guard safety equipment aboard in addition to:
Safety harnesses
Personal strobes
Personal whistles
Personal survival knives
Handheld flares
In addition the boat is equipped with jacklines, fixed VHF, (2) handheld VHF's, masthead tricolor w/strobe, MOB pole, (2) MOB strobes.

When we race we all wear Mustang Hydrostatic inflatables.  Mustang is the only maker that provides this type of technology. Hydrostatic means that the vest must be exposed to water and be under a certain amount of water pressure before it activates.  They are the only automatic vest that does not inflate all by itself.  Typical auto inflate vest have a spring loaded piercing pin that is held back by a water soulable wafer.  The wafer dissolves when wet, and the spring loaded pin is allowed to strike the CO2 canister releasing the gas that inflates the vest.  We have seen several cases where the wafer dissolves over time from high humidity and auto fires. In one case it blew the hinges off of a hanging locker when it self inflated. We have also had customers that have had theirs deploy in rain or boarding wave.  Hydrostatic because of the submerged pressure requirement does not have this design flaw.  In the case of the MOB situation my kids were involved in that vest did not auto fire at all soaking wet.  It was a standard West Marine non-hydro vest. He was lucky to manually deploy and it worked. Please note, I am not picking on West Marine. They didn't make the vest and there was no indication of who actually did which is a pet peeve of mine.  West does sell a West branded hydro vest currently, and it clearly says Mustang Survival right on it.
Mustang I consider they best of the best.  They are the gold standard and are supplied and worn by the Coast Guard and military.  I also consider them one of the most comfortable to wear.  Like seat belts, once they are on you wont even notice you are wearing one. 
We suffered a spreaders in knockdown in our J-22 several years ago, and the spinnaker got wrapped around the masthead wind vane.  With the kite hung on the end of the mast the boat would not self-rite.  All aboard had Mustang Survival vests on. My son slid over the rail and stood on the keel but the boat would not stand up.  I decided that the spinnaker would have to be removed from the top of the mast before we could I exited the cockpit and made it all the way to the spreaders before my Mustang inflated. I had totally forgot that I was even wearing it!  At that moment the spinnaker unhooked itself, the boat righted, the sails filled and the two remaining occupants scrambled to douse the sails and stop the boat as it accelerated away while my son and I both floated with our inflated vests on.  All ended well but it taught us to expect the unexpected.

Because of the unexpected please take the time to inspect you safety equipment and onboard safety protocol.  Replace what is questionable and add what is missing.  If you have an inflatable take the time to inspect the CO2 cartridge

If you are considering a vest please add Mustang to your list.  I tell my customers that you may only get one chance to save your life by the choice of life vest that you wear.  Wear is a key feature.  The old saying hold true that is you have a $10 dollar head you wear a $10 helmet.  What is your or your loved ones life worth?  If you wear a fanny pack vest currently, throw it out.  When they go off you still have to put it on to survive and putting on an inflated life vest in 4 footers can't be easy if not all but impossible. 

My kids were shook up by the event they went through.  None of them are snowflakes, quite the opposite.  They all realized that the MOB was lucky and had the events that played out been even slightly different, they would have lost a crew member and friend.  The boat collectively adopted a buddy system where each is responsible for the location and condition of somebody else.  They are typically a crew of 12.  The boat reviewed their safety protocol and equipment.  Ironically the boats MOB pole was at home in the garage. It is currently back on the boat.  They upgraded their equipment and others on their crew did the same.  Because the incident occurred as daylight diminishes this time of year, visibility was not that great.  Had it all happened 20 minutes latter, things would have been worse.  A water activated ACR personal strobe is around $25. What's your excuse. 

Because my son wrote a detailed recount of the MOB for our local club, several other boats crew have approached us regarding safety equipment.  It turns out that this season in a fleet of approximately 70 boats, this was the third MOB that we have become aware of. None but this one were advertised, as I suspect there is a certain amount of embarrassment that is associated with such an event.  In 2 of the 3 cases, the boat that lost the person was not the boat that recovered the person.  In one case the boat picking up the MOB sucked a spinnaker sheet into the prop during pick up and the engine stop was so abrupt that it bent the prop shaft and tore the prop strut from the hull.  Expect the unexpected. 

We once picked up an ejected crew member of a J-22 ahead of us. While trimming the chute, it unloaded then reloaded and while sheeting the crew member fell over the side when a huge amount of slack caught her off balance.  We adjusted course, and grabbed her without stopping by the life jacket swooping her up and over the rail.  She was young, strong and light, that was fortuitous. We finished the race while she trimmed our kite.   

If you have questions or would like additional advice please feel free to contact us.  We are always more than willing to help.

Dale Tanski

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Inventory and Corona
« on: August 09, 2020, 09:52:23 AM »
I just thought I would throw out some information from behind the scenes so to speak.  The Corona thing has laid waste to many supply chains across the country and globally.  I tell customers every day that the supply chain is broken, and by all visible clues it is not going to get better in the marine industry any time soon. 
When we reopened in May, pretty much everything was available to order.  Today is a much different picture.  50% of everything we order is no longer available and it is getting worse every day.  Typically as the summer season nears an end, this happen every year, but no where to this extent. When a customers needs something we do not have in stock we now check our distributors first before we say "sure we can get one of those for you".
Our distributors used to say, check back in a week or two for availability.  Recently they have become more realistic and are saying "you may not see that item until next season".  We have even been told as of late that "you wont see that as the company is gone".    This happened in a big way in 2008 when 42% of all marine related companies went out of business.  When people come in to purchase an older matching part, I say to them that "if it was manufactured before 2008, there is a 42% chance that it is now unavailable".  People hate drilling new mounting holes for some reason.
So... if you are a live aboard or long distance cruiser, grab what ever spare parts you need now.  Most of you will probably say "too late" as much of them are already gone.  I was in our local West Marine the other day and they are empty as anything labeled West Marine is China based and there hasn't been a shipment out of China since before Christmas because of the Chinese new year shut downs and then Corona.  We tend to carry quality over price type items, and most of them are non China based so we are in much better shape. 
As an example, we carry Taylor fenders which are very well made and have a one year burst/rupture guarantee. These are made in America and are still very much available.  In the case of fenders we also carry the cheapest fender we can find to compete with West, and these aren't worth buying but people insist. They would rather spend hundreds on repairing damage to their hull rather than spending $50 on a good fender.  We also carry Polyform, another great US company. 
Rope has been an issue for us this season as well. We normally sell 25,000 feet a season and stock a rainbow of colors and patterns.  This year finding line has been an issue and we have almost emptied our back room of excess spools of stock.  Now we could sell Depot House quality cordage, that has a much higher margin per foot, but we just like to sleep at night.  The cheap low quality line also doesn't splice well or at all and the majority of our line sales require a slice.
It appears it is only going to get worse as time goes on, so if you need something grab it. 
I was talking to the hardware store near us the other day, literally a mom and pop old fashioned squeaky floor place.  They are my first stop when I need something non marine related, and they said spring was rough for them acquiring stock but things were getting better.  They also handle more domestic names and that maybe a factor. I do know that many of the hooks in the hardware departments in the Home Depots by us have been empty weeks.   

Dale Tanski
Buffalo New York
Hull #40

Chandlery / Mainsail Wanted
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:24:27 AM »
It's a long story, but I had an out of town customer contact me that purchased a 365 ketch that needed a mainsail to get the boat home call me looking for a used main.  One thing led to another and I ended up selling them my own personal mainsail. 
This all happened about three years ago but as many of you know my boat hasn't been in the water for years due to family issues, lack of a slip and most of all, business obligations. 
So... at the end of last year we acquired a slip and made the decision to launch this year.  Covid upset everything and shut down my ability to acquire a new mainsail this spring as planned, so I find myself with a boat about to launch and no main. Does anyone have even a rag of a main for a ketch that I could purchase to get by this season?  I know what you must be thinking, we own a sail loft and can't come up with a sail for our own boat.  Yup, that is exactly the situation I find myself in.
A Catalina 30 is close, perfect on the foot but 2 feet short in the hoist, but we don't even have one of these laying around. We do have a nice used Chance 30-30 main in stock, but it is over 2 feet short along the foot and a couple of feet short in hoist.  I guess in 30 knots it would do nicely. Everything we have in used inventory is way too small or way too big. We don't keep many of our customers cast offs unless they are truly usable due to storage space limitations.
So if you have anything I could use let me know.

Dale Tanski
Obersheimer Sailor Supply
Buffalo, New York
Hull #40 

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Project? What projects...
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:54:09 PM »
If you could, what would you be working on right now?  What kind of projects?  This can't last forever. 

I need to paint the bottom this year, but the problem is I might take it all the way down and switch to Interlux VC-17 bottom paint instead of Interlux NT ablative.  You have to put it on every season but VC 17 is so ablative that the front of the keel and rudder are often bald at the end of the season.  You never have to sand or scrape again... ever!  It is teflon based so it is very slippery as well.
Other projects for me will be revarnishing some of the teak and finish adding ash ceiling boards in the V-berth. The port side is done and the starboard side is started.  It looks so much better than that slab of white fiberglass. If I have time I need to replumb the forward water tank, we haven't used it since we first launched.


Over the years we have (my daughter for the most part) has been up, worked on aloft and inspected many rigs.  This is the time of the year where we head down to the marinas to eye ball many of the rigs that will spend the off season on the ground.  My son Eric, who is our main rigger, can spot a broken strand form 30 feet.  We have saved many a rig from future failure just by a simple look see. 
If you are taking your rig down for the off season take the time to look at each and every piece of gear up there.  This investment in time can save your boat from unnecessary issues from a lost fitting or broken item in your standing rigging.  Remember, when a mast comes down it is the weakest link that starts the whole event.  If you do not feel you are at all competent, hiring a rigger for a professional opinion can be a great investment.   
Just food for thought...

Dale Tanski

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Best places of the season...
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:10:54 PM »
This years sailing season is winding down (for us up north anyway).  Some of you I am sure did more this season than just work on your boat.  If that was indeed the case, where did you venture, how far was that from your home port and what is your all time favorite destination and WHY?  We want to know!

Dale Tanski
Hull #40
Staysail Ketch

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Annapolis Show
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:52:58 AM »
Who is heading to the Annapolis Sailboat Show next weekend?  As you all know, it is one of the very best and certainly the largest in the water sailboat show this country has to offer.  The weather with the exception of Monday is looking very nice, although we have attended in the rain and that was just fine as well.


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Maruska checking in...
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:42:40 PM »
As many of you may be aware, I have been somewhat absent from the site and have not been sailing our 365 for the past several years.  Obersheimer Sailor Supply has been doing well and we continue to grow and get better at this thing called a chandlery.  We sold our house last year which was a incredible thing to have experienced, 39 years in the same place. Still looking for things I know I kept but can't seem to find.  Two kids married, two to go and so it goes.

The Pearson hasn't been wet for about six years, in fact I gave our slip up about four years ago. The business put a time crunch on that activity. We did keep sailing, racing the families J22 and on customers boats.  We started looking for a slip again last year but government overreach has made availability of a suitable slip hard to acquire.  In Buffalo the number of slips has dwindled rather than increased.  This week however we were lucky enough to purchase a share in a privately owned marina and Maruska now has a place to float. So... starting next year we will begin leisure sailing all over again.  The ability to store the boat indoors on site at our past house also added to the time away from water, as it was an out of site out of mind kind of deal.  The boat was transported on its trailer last fall to a near by boat yard after we closed and she saw the great outdoors for the first time in all of those years.  She has been homeless sitting there ever since.  I went aboard a couple weeks ago and with the exception of little varnish she wintered Ok.  I actually took some time to roam her decks and sit behind the wheel, it had been a long time. Such a nice boat, a nice boat indeed. 

We are looking forward to float her in the spring and get the masts aloft once again.  I will have to purchase a new main as I sold mine to a customer a few years back that needed one NOW. I still have not shelved the idea of cruising and leaving her in Maine for a period, but one step at a time.  So, I suspect you will see a lot more of my ramblings on the site in the coming months as I turn my thoughts to launch season.

Good Sailing
Dale Tanski
Obersheimers, Buffalo NY

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Thank you
« on: December 30, 2018, 09:13:27 AM »
This is the time of year where people tend to look back and analyze both the good and the questionable of the past year. One of the overwhelming positives has been this forum, both for me personally but to our business as well.

From all of our family, (all six of us are involved in the store in some fashion) we would like to sincerely thank you for the business that you have blessed us with.  It has been our pleasure to talk with so many of you, and even meet you personally on your travels through the Buffalo NY area. 

Although we try to personalize our service to all of our customers, and I know owning a 365 is a plus, we truly enjoy our interaction with the people from this forum.  I should mention that we have also corresponded with several Pearson 424 and Pearson 30 owners along the way that follow this forum closely for relevant information. 

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for all of your business.  Whether it was a suit of sails, new standing rigging, lifelines or a simple shackle, thank you so very much.

Good Sailing...

Dale & Eric Tanski
Obersheimer Sailor Supply
Buffalo New York
Maruska Hull #40 ketch

Pearson General Non-Mechanical System Maintenance and Repair / Silicone
« on: January 01, 2018, 07:48:51 PM »
I run into a lot of harsh opinions, misinformation and just plain wrong information and opinions regarding silicone on boats.  Many people will even say there is no place on a boat for silicone period.  I say... not so fast.

You will find silicone everywhere on our P365's.  In most cases, if you are trying to remove something, you will find that even after 40 years that silicone if properly applied is still pliable, flexible and holding strong.  For the most part I would regard silicone as much of an adhesive as a sealant.  Isn't that what we are typically looking for? Something that will keep moisture out and hold fast.  Almost every aquarium in the past 30 years is still holding water (as long as the glass is in tact) with simple silicone glass to glass joints.

The keys to proper application is a clean dry surface.  Typically the smoother the surface the better the bond.  The surface must be clean and free of foreign substances including dust.  Any moisture during application will greatly effect the materials cured effectiveness. If the surface is wet it will not stick. A wetted finger however is a wonderful thing to tool the surface and will not negatively effect the final product.  I have seen silicone applied in ultra low humidity conditions and it would not cure at all.  There are special blends of silicone that will withstand temperatures as high as 450 degrees F and are used for gaskets on internal combustion engines daily.

There is silicone and there is marine grade silicone.  This is probably where silicone gets its bad rap.  Big box store silicone for the most part is not suitable for UV exposure.  Exposed to sunlight it will turn orange and become brittle in less than a year.  Marine grade silicone (the expensive stuff) has UV inhibitors in it.  A good grade of Marine silicone will last for decades. 

Like everything else, silicone has its purpose. For the most part it is removable, remains flexible and long lasting.  I wouldn't use it for hull to deck joints but I could think and have seen worse products applied on big name boats.   

Just a few thoughts...

Obersheimer Sailor Supply
Frigid Buffalo NY

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Used Main
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:48:27 PM »
I am hoping a 365 ketch owner out there may have a good used main available for a customer I have.  They are looking for a main with or with out full battens in fair to good condition.  Let me know.


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Good Luck
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:40:42 PM »
Good Luck to all of you Florida and southern east coast friends of this forum. Your boat you can replace, you and your family not so much. Be wise, and be safe.
Our prayers are with you...


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Shout out to BRANDY.
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:27:28 AM »
Stumbled across a 1976, 365 Ketch in Sodus, New York at Katlynn Marine yesterday while working on a customers boat.  Her name was Brandy dressed in a white hull and green boot and waterline stripes.  Always a pleasure to see another 365 where ever I go. 

Good Sailing...

Dale Tanski
Buffalo, NY

Forum Support / Support
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:52:16 PM »
I am thinking of supporting the 365 site buy buying add space.  Perhaps our business logo and a link to our E-commerce site?  What would that cost us?

Dale Tanski
Obersheimer Sailor Supply

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / You just never know...
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:03:44 AM »
You just never know…   I got an E-mail two weeks ago Friday asking the question if I would be in the store on that Saturday.  Checking the E-mail address, I realized that it was from Dave, from Della & Dave up in Alaska.  Della & Dave have been wonderful customers as they refit their 365 named Polaris.  Dave, a career aviation engineer was in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for a two week training extravaganza at Lycoming Engine. 
I replied that indeed I would be in the store, but Buffalo was a long way from Williamsport and they were calling for snow on that Saturday.  Dave assured me that being from Alaska he knew how to drive in snow and almost everything was not just around the corner in Alaska.  Apparently, they travel 3-1/2 hours just to get to the boat one way.

So… two Saturdays ago I got to shake the hand of a great customer, had a wonderful visit, learned a lot and made a friend.  I would like to share just some of the things we talked about specifically about Alaska.  The area that they keep Polaris at and sail in sounds wonderful if you like to get away from it all.  Sheer cliffs, glacier outfalls and cold deep water appear to be the trademarks of that region with mountains that rise out of the sea to heights of 3000 feet. 

Dave told me it is not uncommon for them to anchor in 150 plus feet of water.  If I recall correctly he said that the docks where Polaris spends her down time are situated in 80 feet of water.  No looking for lost keys or a gone astray winch handle in that marina!  The boat stays wet 365 a year as the water exchange from the tidal flow does not stay long enough to freeze.  The average level change is 32 feet!  Yup you read that right, 32 feet in and out twice a day.  I did the math and that is a little over an inch per minute either going up or going down on average. 

The average water temperature escapes me but I think he said it is in the 40’s.  Apparently like the folks in Lake Superior you don’t need refrigeration to keep food, you just pack it against the hull.  It sounded like your never really alone when you are sailing but you are alone none the less.  Apparently there is plenty of fish boat and commercial traffic even in the deep fiords, soaring mountains and crisp clear water to provide all the adventure anyone could want.  That is definitely a place for AIS and radar as well as a very good chart plotter.

One thing for sure, you better have a boat that is ready for anything because there is no walking (or swimming) home where they float.  We had a great visit, or at least I sure did and remain amazed at what Dave made seem so everyday sailing where they sail.  It turns out that Della is the sailor according to Dave, she is the one that has the most keel time.  Someday… maybe someday.


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