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1 Hour Ago 02:56 AM
Matt
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
Just wondering, if your coastal cruiser becomes too uncomfortable in the ocean's turbulence, why would you climb into a lifeboat?

A lifeboat is only for when your main vessel sinks ("only step up into the life raft"). I think you're misunderstanding the benefits of a blue water boat for crossing oceans.
I think i was pretty specific as to this being safety gear not comfort gear. you're correct about never stepping into something unless you're stepping up. lots of sailors whove abondoned and found dead in the life raft and later the boats found bobbing around in the ocean. however in terms of "rough weather" you can find that 10 ft from the shore line. i would prefer to avoid being in either type of vessel when things get hairy because i can assure you, neither will be comfortable. its like a storm on a coastal is a punch in the mouth and a storm in a blue water is a slap accross the face, sure the bluewater boat will leave less bruising but it would be wise to avoid the storm. because neither would feel too good
3 Hours Ago 12:48 AM
TakeFive
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I honestly think the "motion comfort" thing is, in general, a load of crap.
That's fine, your opinion is at least as valid as mine. I've never crossed an ocean, so take my opinion with a grain of sea salt.

By the way, how many oceans have you crossed?
6 Hours Ago 09:38 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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I think you're misunderstanding the benefits of a blue water boat for crossing oceans.
I honestly think the "motion comfort" thing is, in general, a load of crap.
6 Hours Ago 09:05 PM
TakeFive
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Matt View Post
agreed that the 1.3% should not be completely discounted, thats why the musts are an inflatable lifeboat...
Just wondering, if your coastal cruiser becomes too uncomfortable in the ocean's turbulence, why would you climb into a lifeboat?

A lifeboat is only for when your main vessel sinks ("only step up into the life raft"). I think you're misunderstanding the benefits of a blue water boat for crossing oceans.
2 Days Ago 10:57 AM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Looks like it is heading right over us, but only as TS. Hurricane hole is full. We are riding it out a Emerald Bay Marina.
Sounds like a plan. All the best.

Ralph
2 Days Ago 10:25 AM
RainDog
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Just curious if you checked out hurricane hole across from Chat N Chill? Maybe full up? Maybe the moorings are not maintained?
Looks like it is heading right over us, but only as TS. Hurricane hole is full. We are riding it out a Emerald Bay Marina.
3 Days Ago 07:44 PM
Matt
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

agreed that the 1.3% should not be completely discounted, thats why the musts are an inflatable lifeboat, epirb, sat phone for weather updates, windvane plus autopilot with backup autopilot. and of course a drogue and full setup of storm sails, then crossing at the perfect time. i will buy this gear for that 1.3% but the sailboat will be more dedicated to the 98.7% if i am gambling i certainly like my odds.
3 Days Ago 01:20 PM
MedSailor
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Some incompetent clear lake mechanic removed the hot water heater and did not bleed the system correctly.

Details on the fire here:

https://raindogps34.wordpress.com/20...-great-circle/

The cause was a combination of two things. The first was I caused an air lock in the coolant after removing the hot water heater and putting in new coolant.

The second was my Yanmar had no guages, just a high temp buzzer, and that buzzer did not work. Bad sender I suppose. After this incident I have guages for everything.
Wow! Scary and exciting read! I have to commend you on your choice of 2 (or was it 3?) 10lb Halon 1211 extinguishers and a dedicated fire port. Obviously you have done your homework and it paid off. They might look expensive but in a situation like yours they are the best insurance policy going. Fire out, lives saved, boat saved, with no additional damage.

Probably the only thing better would have been an engine compartment smoke alarm and an auto engine halon system.

Thanks for the writeup!

MedSailor
3 Days Ago 01:12 PM
MedSailor
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Matt View Post
i should not plan my boat characterisics entirely based on 1.3% of what itll be used for. thats like choosing a moving truck as my everyday car because i moved 4 years ago.
I agree with you. However, the counter point that should at least be considered, is that many a crew has set out on a circumnavigation and ended up cutting the trip short and selling the boat in paradise. Most of those voyages that ended early did so because of discomfort during the 1.3% of the time that was bad enough to end the trip.

This lesson is not just one on boat selection though, it is to me, also one about making sure the crew have gone out and know what they're in for and/or considering alternatives like paying extra crew to help for the 1.3% of the time or having the less willing/able crew fly ahead etc.

MedSailor
3 Days Ago 12:58 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
Some incompetent clear lake mechanic removed the hot water heater and did not bleed the system correctly.

Details on the fire here:

https://raindogps34.wordpress.com/20...-great-circle/

The cause was a combination of two things. The first was I caused an air lock in the coolant after removing the hot water heater and putting in new coolant.

The second was my Yanmar had no guages, just a high temp buzzer, and that buzzer did not work. Bad sender I suppose. After this incident I have guages for everything.
Hey Brian,

Good luck with that "other" Erika if she makes hurricane status. Could be close for you guys. I saw Erika's post on FB this morning. Just curious if you checked out hurricane hole across from Chat N Chill? Maybe full up? Maybe the moorings are not maintained? It will be interesting to see where you hide Rain Dog if things go south. I'm guessing a quick flight out of George Town?

You two stay safe!

Ralph
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