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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-20-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,468
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Marina Recommendation Gulf of Mexico

I'm a native to Pinellas County, Fl.(Clearwater). Spent a career in the Navy "seeing the world", but came back. My homeport was a marina in Clearwater Beach from 2005-2014, aside from cruises. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-16-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By beachbm61
Famet Reelfurl

Does anyone know if Famet Reefurl company reformed any where. The last one in Kansas has closed down. I have a early 80's vintage system which we like much but needs some maintenance/ parts. ...
Forum: Boat Reviews   05-11-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 6,221
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Islander Freeport 36

Decision, our Freeport 36 has both the Western and Eastern Caribbean under her keel from the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, she has no bridgedeck. So when she goes "bluewater" her two companionway drop...
Forum: Sailing Music   11-19-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 18,329
Posted By beachbm61
Re: To Start It Off

My favorite song with vid.

Singlehanded sailing kitecam compilation - YouTube
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Reefing question

To answer your question. Yes, every boat at our sailing school is like you describe. Every boat I've sailed, including my own is like that. You don't remove the screw to reef. Just bring down the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-27-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Key West to Guanaja

Don't pass up Isla Providencia without stopping in. Easy approach, great people. Made that trip a couple years ago. Enjoyed San Andres but loved Providencia.
Forum: Living Aboard   01-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,181
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Water Filteration

When in the US we don't filter municipal water before filling the tanks. We have a whole house filter on the cold side in the boat. The previous owner of the boat of 25 years stated he never had a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-25-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 23,290
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Flare-guns and other alternatives (excluding guns) as weapons

Definety correct. Always check the rules for where you're headed. And even then that might not be enough. We've been from Clearwater,Fl to Panama. Most countries officials asked...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-24-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 23,290
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Flare-guns and other alternatives (excluding guns) as weapons

We normally keep our FishHawk Bow fishing rig handy. Also spearguns help.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-24-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,551
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Best Marinas in Clearwater/St Pete areas

We're in the Chart House Marina and Suites in Clearwater Beach. Been liveaboard in and out of here since 2005. Can be noise and busy during Spring Break but still like the place. Liveaboard folks...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-24-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,762
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Notebook computer for cruising

Living onboard in Florida I normally buy whatever is onsale at Best Buy around Christmas. The salty environment and humidity trash them after a few years. Tossing them in and out of the dink on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-24-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Anyone have their davits set up for one person to use?

I'm always the one raising the dinghy by myself. I've got a 4:1 purchase. Should have gone with 6:1 so the lady could do it by herself.. I normally pull both lines at the same time. Our dink is a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-24-2012
Replies: 108
Views: 12,260
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Bug out boat

We didn't build her up as such but, she is thought of as one. She's virtually self sufficient with solar panels, wind genie and watermaker. She's kept fully stocked for three months and fueled. ...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-17-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 3,411
Posted By beachbm61
Re: Cell phone usage for USA and "maybe" Caribbean

In prep to go back to they western carib I attempted to get our old nokia unlocked in Clearwater, Fl. The shop said it would be $75, and three weeks. Ended taking locked phone on trip, had it...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-21-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,751
Posted By beachbm61
Winter 2010 we left Florida on to Isla Mujeres,...

Winter 2010 we left Florida on to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Then on down to Roatan and Guanaha. After a couple weeks on to Providencia, San Andres and Bocas.
No problems anywhere. Watched ourselves...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-04-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 5,267
Posted By beachbm61
Our boat came originally with a good amount of...

Our boat came originally with a good amount of mirrors on the bulkheads which really "opens" up the boat. Also she is what now is called a deck salon but obviously you can't change that.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-15-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,965
Posted By beachbm61
Tampa Bay Rigger

A few of us around our marina like Bay Rigging Services. (727) 215-0704.
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   04-04-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,308
Posted By beachbm61
Southwestern Carib

Just returned from that venture. Don't miss Isla Providencia, Columbia. Beautiful!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-04-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 3,355
Posted By beachbm61
Freeport center cockpit

Yes, a rare boat. Go over to the Yahoo group: FOGger. Much info, how tos and a great group. Also a listing of all known Freeports. May need to add yours. Welcome to the Freeport world fellow...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-21-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 5,488
Posted By beachbm61
Large windows

Take a look at the messages on the Freeport Owners group(FOGgers) on yahoo. We also have large salon windows. There are many posts discussing the windows. There's a common rebuild method in which...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-18-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,016
Posted By beachbm61
Genoa Questions

Just began researching a new genoa and looking for advice. My boat is is a Islander Freeport and used for cruising the Caribbean(eastern and western), Gulf of Mexico and the Americas. I only carry...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-22-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3,913
Posted By beachbm61
Genset opinion

Put the money into renewable energy( solar and wind generator). Don't need the genset. I've lived onboard Decision, equipped with a Westerbeke genset, for 5 years, in Clearwater Beach, Fl. It's...
Forum: Provisioning   02-05-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 8,990
Posted By beachbm61
We like Riunite Lambrusco. Not $3.00, about...

We like Riunite Lambrusco. Not $3.00, about $5.00. Bottles only. I wrote Riunite asking if it came in boxes and recieved a heck no reply from them. If anyone is familiar with Lambrusco do you...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   02-05-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,718
Posted By beachbm61
The spot at Anclote we prefer is on the southeast...

The spot at Anclote we prefer is on the southeast area of the key. If you look at the chart there is a fish hook shape of bottom change. The tip now extends slighly more to the north than what most...
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