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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,842
Posted By TQA
Re: Single handed sailing in BVI

http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag94/TQA2/mast-buoy_zpssojlhjzj.jpg

Makes life so much easier.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,762
Posted By TQA
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

There are a great many old 30 ft boats for sale and relatively few buyers. It is a HUGE buyers market.

The Tartan is very overpriced IMHO worth about half.

I like the looks of the Bristol...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,872
Posted By TQA
Re: Blog about going south on the East Coast ICW to FL?

There are a couple of Youtube vids by a 70 yr old Brit who bought a boat of Ebay for little money and sailed it down the ICW. It gives a pretty realistic snapshot on what to expect.

It is in 2...
Forum: Living Aboard   04-29-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,462
Posted By TQA
Re: Retiring soon...

Hi Eric welcome to Sailnet.

I am a 67 year old retired full time liveaboard on a 44 ft monohull cruising in the Eastern Caribbean. This is the biggest boat that I feel I can manage singlehanded.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 304
Views: 16,283
Posted By TQA
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

The video in post 59 raises a number of interesting points.

First the storm is clearly visible and telegraphs it's presence at least 3 to 5 minutes before it hits. These black walls coming out of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-21-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 5,297
Posted By TQA
Re: Drinkingwater while cruising?

While people have made long passages with such small tankage it is unusual

I would never rely on a flexible bladder tank especially on a trade wind circumnavigation. The continuous rolling does...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-19-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 3,625
Posted By TQA
Re: How to get back in after falling overboard solo...

I am a full time liveaboard and like those quiet deserted anchorages where I can jump over for a swim before breakfast.

I always worried that I might not deploy the clip on ladder that came with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-01-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By TQA
Re: Hit by Lightning??

Steel 38 ft ketch at anchor on chain rode in Beaufort NC.

Strike was on the mast head and vaporized the TRI VHF aerial and little upside down broom anti lightening device. Little metal balls were...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-21-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,373
Posted By TQA
Re: noob question

One of the areas that you can get work is the charter business, specifically as a skipper / cook combo taking people out on skippered charters.

You will need some quals, and be able to demonstrate...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-20-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,373
Posted By TQA
Re: noob question

There is a lot to be said for buying a smallish boat and just going sailing. Get someone who knows what they are doing to go out with you on the first day to show you the ropes.

This was the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-11-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,200
Posted By TQA
Re: Winch Bases Needed

These are the goto guys for Barient spares HUTTON-ARCO Yacht Winches (http://www.arco-winches.com/products/spares)

They can do bases at about $500 US

I have a pair of Barient 32 STs on my 1978...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-01-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By TQA
Re: Repairing the luff on our jib

WHOA THERE Do not use sail repair tape in the region UNLESS you sew the top and bottom edges.

Without that there is a near certainty that the tape will ball up and jam the sail in the foil track.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,473
Posted By TQA
Re: Tayana 37 vs Corbin 39

I am pretty certain that the Corbin will have a cored hull.

In that case you need a good surveyor who is familiar with cored hulls and their problems.
Forum: Chartering   12-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By TQA
Re: Martinique: Sail North or South?

If the wind is North of East go South.

If South of East go North.

If going North leave early from St Pierre and sail all the way to Prince Rupert bay skipping rolly Roseau.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-23-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,672
Posted By TQA
Re: Van De Stadt 40 - steel hull - preliminary inspection

An endoscope will help you inspect behind things. They are cheap as chips now.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 977
Posted By TQA
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

I fitted a Lofrans Tigres with Lofrans foot switches to my boat about 6 years ago. The foot switches last about 12 to 18 months. At this point the live connection inside the switch has corroded away...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-18-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,414
Posted By TQA
Re: Diving right into a Liveaboard

In your position here is what I would do if you are serious.

Forget starting with a cat even if you find a bargain that needs lots of work!

Get something like this Catalina 30 Sailboat...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-17-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,308
Posted By TQA
Re: Columbia 28

Don't buy anything until you at least look at a Catalina 22.

Easy to sail can sleep 2 + 2 kids big cockpit. Huge numbers sold so bits are available off the shelf. Easy to resell.

A slightly...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-15-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,308
Posted By TQA
Re: Columbia 28

First of all ignore the Chicken Littles.

Secondly you don't need a surveyor. It is currently floating. Sure there will be stuff wrong. Check the mast for cracks the rigging for broken strands the...
Forum: Racing   11-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,275
Posted By TQA
Re: Route Du Rhum Race 2014

RKJ

RJK is currently back in 5th 5 miles behind 3rd.

Gonna be a nailbiter.

Major kudos to RKJ driving a 60 footer singlehanded at 75.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-14-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By TQA
Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question

If it is a laid teak deck RUN AWAY. Deck replacement in the USA would cost more than the boat is worth. Even ripping off teak and making good is serious work/time /money.

This is digging in to my...
Forum: Diesel   10-31-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 1,707
Posted By TQA
Re: Radiator Cap

WARNING

Please don't taste it.

Ethylene Glycol the active constituent of most antifreezes is poisonous.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-25-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 53,410
Posted By TQA
Re: Micro cruisers

17 pages on micro cruisers and no mention of Phil Bolger. Maybe I missed it. Anyway here is one of his more mainstream designs.
...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-20-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,066
Posted By TQA
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

Hmm I am the last person to be suggesting wood is good BUT look up Iolaire and Don Street.

Iolaire was built in 1905, sail by Mr Street in the Caribbean for 40 years and still going strong back in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-07-2014
Replies: 700
Views: 62,482
Posted By TQA
Re: I hate boats...

First of all I am an ex spanner monkey with some recognized diesel chops. 99.? % the damage is down to oil cooler failure this usually manifests itself with oil loss but water ingress is possible.
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