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Search: Posts Made By: pblais
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-02-2003
Replies: 4
Views: 1,080
Posted By pblais
SOS vs MUSTANG

I''ve not found any reliable evidence that one is any better than the other. A West Marine label would not idicate anything significant as far as I can tell either.

I think between the two price...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-01-2003
Replies: 11
Views: 1,791
Posted By pblais
Onboard Laptop

If you want to use it a lot on board. I suggest you find a direct 12 volt adapter and avoid using an inverter plus an A/C converter to power the laptop. My boat has plenty of 12 volt sockets and I...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 11-25-2003
Replies: 2
Views: 5,209
Posted By pblais
utm vs lat/long

UTM and Lat/Long are almost interchangeable. It''s just the unit of measure.

What you find is that not all charts come in both units of measure. Sometimes they come only one way or another. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-21-2003
Replies: 14
Views: 4,712
Posted By pblais
Ladder question

As to fashion and function. One thing about the Mystic ladder is it is all 316 Stainless. That alone adds a lot to the cost. Were you to drop to chromed steel that won''t last you caould get the same...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-21-2003
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By pblais
Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi as in 802.11a,b,g is pretty much not available. It takes direct line of sight access. For anything really long (more than 100 yards) beyond that it takes a directional antenna to a fixed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-12-2003
Replies: 14
Views: 4,712
Posted By pblais
Ladder question

I just had one made this year. It''s a midship track mounted folder ladder three sections 70 inches long with 5 steps.

The standoffs fold in and secures to the top lifeline with room to walk past....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-10-2003
Replies: 1
Views: 769
Posted By pblais
Sail Covers

Mine was built as part of a custom canvas package. I think a custom fit is worth the money. You''ll get good seals and fewer leaks.

Make sure you order Gortex thread as anything else won''t last...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-24-2003
Replies: 5
Views: 1,698
Posted By pblais
old glass hull v. new glass hull

I would say a whole lot more is known about fibreglass and the assorted other asspects of building boats now vs. 20 years ago.

In your question you ask "everything being equal". It''s never that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-20-2003
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Posted By pblais
Source for suppliers

I would nOt use treated canvas. You really want to get a good marine fabric. All your work will turn to trash from the UV. Also suggest you use GorTex thread it won''t rot in the UV.

I just spent...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-19-2003
Replies: 7
Views: 2,184
Posted By pblais
Navigation courses

I know the local instructor for the the USCGAUX Advanced course and they do a great job. The trick is they don''t offer many classes all the time. Typically these are ex military folks with lots...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-19-2003
Replies: 8
Views: 3,378
Posted By pblais
Anyone using Allstate for boat insurance?

One thing to note is that insurance underwriting is done on a state by state basis. Here in Virginia I use Allstate for everything cars, house, and boat. Great boat rates! The 100 miles off shore...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-18-2003
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By pblais
no tax in St. Martin?

Consider this. If I buy a boat in Florida I pay no Florida taxes when I bring it back to Virgina within 60 days. I do however pay VA tax and personal property tax when I bring it home. Who cares...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-18-2003
Replies: 3
Views: 822
Posted By pblais
Gensets

Suggest diesel for sure. Kubota has about the best engine for a genset these days. Several vendors will use them. Expect to pay a little more for small size and lighter weight diesels.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-13-2003
Replies: 3
Views: 1,841
Posted By pblais
no tax in St. Martin?

Paying no St. Martin taxes is a small plus. Important issues would be getting sufficient papers to prove clear title outside the country. You may want to sail to other countries<g>.

Registering...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-26-2003
Replies: 14
Views: 1,543
Posted By pblais
Jeff_H & others on the Coast & Chesapeake

I live on Guinea Neck on the north shoreof the York river down at the deep end of the pool. We were very lucky at our house as we are at the fat end of the neck that is 8 miles long. Folks more than...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-26-2003
Replies: 13
Views: 2,195
Posted By pblais
BROKERS!!

As in every profession boat brokers are no different. Like realtors 90% of sales are done by 10% of the brokers. Some brokers only sell a few boats a year. The ones that really make a living return...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-13-2003
Replies: 11
Views: 1,766
Posted By pblais
Docking

I would say a 9 - 10 ft slip that far up the bay is far more than a premium.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-13-2003
Replies: 2
Views: 1,375
Posted By pblais
Ultra Tuff non skid

I''m in a similar situation and will anxiously await what you find out.

What is the BoatUS product you are trying?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-11-2003
Replies: 1
Views: 1,104
Posted By pblais
CSY & Others

I own a 33 so I can''t say specifically about the 37. There are also a lot of 44''s as well.
The boats are heavy solid glass and can stand a lot of abuse. They won''t be the best boat at pointing or...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-11-2003
Replies: 2
Views: 1,364
Posted By pblais
Surveyor Recommendation, Deltaville, VA

Ken Jullian did mine last March. He has all the credentials and has a solid marine background. I talked to a few others and found him to be the guy I got along with the best. He also owns about three...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2003
Replies: 10
Views: 2,753
Posted By pblais
Non skid decks

Ross99,

I think we both have the same question. I emailed the company for a list of local and web retaillers.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2003
Replies: 10
Views: 2,753
Posted By pblais
Non skid decks

mrptzo,

I checked out the www.utratuff.net web site and I think I agree it appears to be the way for me to go. I was on a boat last year where the owner used clean beach sand and put too much on....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-16-2003
Replies: 10
Views: 2,753
Posted By pblais
Non skid decks

Given I don''t have any Gel Coat on the deck in any place I can''t see myself grinding down the whole deck and starting over from sqaure one.

This seems like a better approach for those with some...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-15-2003
Replies: 36
Views: 73,896
Posted By pblais
Best sailboat?

I would agree with jbaros. only adding - You should like the boat too.

Being a skilled sailor sort of figures into all this as well. The skilled sailor counts more than the parentage or length of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2003
Replies: 10
Views: 2,753
Posted By pblais
Non skid decks

I have a 1989 with a painted deck and I am looking for alternatives for restoring the nonskip. The original nonskid was painted (not molded) The current deck was painted over with a plain Interlix...
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