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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: herSailNet 1 Week Ago
Replies: 175
Views: 14,111
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How many women here own their own boat?

Just popped in here, so I apologize for not being up to speed on all that has been said, but to pick up on the current themes:

In my experience sexism is alive and well in the sailing and cruising...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,789
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Jacklines - where to run them?

I appreciate these discussions. While there's nothing new under the sun, working things through again (and again, and again...) is a good way to process the information. That's the function of a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Kept forgetting about a pic. Here's our new VHF-AIS receiver radio. You can see the AIS data for a nearby ship.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-07-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,324
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

OK, here's the general approach to proper anchoring. I can't tell from your description what you did, but perhaps this will help.

As you are aware, anchors only hold by digging into the substrate...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Slit at front edge of chart table?

We have the same. What Frog says, plus it just keeps the charts from sliding off the table when on a deep heel. If it's not too rough I find it a good place to store a pencil, dividers, or other...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-01-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 528
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: We did it!!!!!!!!!

Congrats. Shannon's are great boats (so I'm told).
Forum: Electronics 05-23-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Change MMSI from domestic to International?

I just applied for, and received my MMSI from Industry Canada. I've never heard of a "domestic-only" MMSI. Don't recall any such consideration when applying for my Canadian one. Is this an American...
Forum: Diesel 03-31-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,014
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: About to buy, nagging engine issue - seeking advice

David, ours does not have glow plugs, but it does have a pre-heating chamber, or some such thing. I sometimes forget to use it, but it does make a big difference in our cold starts. I've never had to...
Forum: Diesel 03-31-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,014
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: About to buy, nagging engine issue - seeking advice

Our Westerbeke 40/Perkin 4108 has ~1000 hrs since its last rebuild. It does not like cold starts. Sometimes it can take 10 to 15 seconds of cranking (on rare occasions two or three cranking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-23-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Three cheers http://www.cruisersforum.com/images/smilies/cheers.gif to you Steve. Frugal living doesn't have to mean austerity everywhere. Good beer is always worth the sacrifice ;).

One of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-22-2014
Replies: 174
Views: 9,732
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Ice on Lake Superior in June

"Ice on Lake Superior in June"

... please.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-13-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I've had a manual blender, similar to this one, for years now. We use it mostly when at our land home.

http://www.blenderexpert.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/vortex-blender.jpg

We don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-06-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

That's the power of science. It is self-correcting process that drives to improved understanding regardless of our species' fallibilities. Individual researchers can be capricious, stupid or corrupt....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

You're my inspiration Gary. Hope you're still singing when we get down your way. Love to join you in song someday.

BTW, I absolutely love sleeping on our boat. After a month on the boat I find it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-23-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 3,952
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: composting toilet-should we do it

It's amazing the amount of psychic energy we all seem to put into this question. I say sh!t and let sh!t. As with most things in sailing and cruising, there is rarely only one right answer. Both...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-22-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 3,952
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Fair enough. I apologize ... unequivocally this time.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-21-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 5,198
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Ugly Side of Liveaboards: Sailboat vs. Doublewide or Homeless Shelter

James, you've been around here a lot longer than I, but your characterization of SN does not fit my experience. If there are those who always give the "go for it kid" message, there are as many, or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-06-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,000
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: marine head vs. porta potty

OK, I change my recommendation. I'd change that baby out. On a 22-footer you probably only have space for a porta potty. Better than a bladder I would think. If you're planning to keep this boat for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-06-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,000
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: marine head vs. porta potty

If the head works I would leave it, maintain it, and use it. Unless there are other compelling reasons to switch, such as no or few pump out services, needing to extend your range, or wanting to save...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-16-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Superior to Champlain

Hi s2MNsailor, that's a huge adventure you have planned. I sail Lake Superior, and have traversed through the St. Mary's locks. In addition, my partner and I are planning to sail to Lake Ontario,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-14-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Geeze Brian & Marya, your path sounds identical to what my wife and I are doing. We've been investing in our boat, and our skills, for the past four years. We've built up a small kitty that will last...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-12-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 500
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Name your adventure

The prevailing winds tend to be westerlies or northwesterlies so in that sense it makes more sense to go west to east. That said, the continental winds are so variable, and often more influenced by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-09-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

While I appreciate what you're saying Alex, I don't think we need such a hard line here. The subject line is "voyaging on $500/month." I'm looking for actual, practical examples and wisdom on how to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-08-2014
Replies: 2,152
Views: 124,147
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I really don't know if $500/month is doable. I certainly think it is almost impossible in rich parts of the world. The cost of living here in Canada, and most parts of the US, is simply too high for...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-26-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 930
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Understanding wave information

Not an expert either (although have sailed Superior for a number of years).

First off, here's a nice explanation of waves and wave forecasts. (http://www.mxak.org/weather/pdfs/waves.pdf)

Wave...
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