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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-23-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 8,635
Posted By VMacDonald
I'm also thinking of going with Tacktick...

I'm also thinking of going with Tacktick instruments to replace our faulty depth instrument (a 20 year old Navico system). I was ideally wanting to fit a mushroom shaped sounder as it would fit into...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-24-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 4,784
Posted By VMacDonald
I think these rules vary by country, in the UK a...

I think these rules vary by country, in the UK a yacht under 13.7 metres doesn't need to comply with any safety equipment regulation (assuming it's a pleasure craft - i.e. not being used for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-22-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By VMacDonald
When we bought Afrita, our Contessa 32, last year...

When we bought Afrita, our Contessa 32, last year she needed quite bit of cleaning. We found that for most things standard household cleaners (i.e. multi-surface cleaners, washing-up liquid and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-17-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 4,651
Posted By VMacDonald
In addition to the design features to which...

In addition to the design features to which Sailingdog refers, the fabrics used on good sailing gear are usually heavier than on backpacking waterproofs. This is because sailing gear has to deal...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-14-2007
Replies: 77
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Views: 6,658
Posted By VMacDonald
That sounds like any defaced red ensign, probably...

That sounds like any defaced red ensign, probably registered in a dependency such as BVI, Cayman or Gibraltar.



The last Royal Yacht was decomissioned about 8 years ago, but she's parked down...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   04-06-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 10,112
Posted By VMacDonald
I sailed on a number of trips on an Elan 36 a few...

I sailed on a number of trips on an Elan 36 a few years ago (1997 to 2000 or thereabouts) including a 7 day cruise across the English Channel from Southampton and along the Brittany coast to Brest.
...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-12-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,662
Posted By VMacDonald
You may find it worth looking at Gibraltar as...

You may find it worth looking at Gibraltar as well - it has the benefit of being in the EU for "free movement" purposes, but not (AFAIK) for VAT purposes.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2,635
Posted By VMacDonald
A Tayana 55 should be about right for your...

A Tayana 55 should be about right for your requirements, or at least worth looking at. There are at least two interior layours - two or three cabins - and both have a big walk in engine room. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 659
Posted By VMacDonald
In my experience, the Whitlock torque tube system...

In my experience, the Whitlock torque tube system provides better feedback than wire as there is less 'stretch' in the system but I suspect that in part this will depend on the specific installation....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-15-2006
Replies: 73
Views: 40,662
Posted By VMacDonald
And Ascent, the C32 which was the smallest boat...

And Ascent, the C32 which was the smallest boat (and only one in its class) to finish the 1979 fastnet, was I think subsequently successfully taken to both the Arctic and Antarctic. The Wikipedia...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-24-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 2,209
Posted By VMacDonald
I guess it all depends on the state of your...

I guess it all depends on the state of your rigging, but using a halyard to pull on a kedge is an oft recommended way of trying to unstick a boat that's aground.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-15-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 4,420
Posted By VMacDonald
I could be quite tempted by one of these: ...

I could be quite tempted by one of these:

http://www.discoveryyachts.co.uk/

Though I think it may come in at just over $1 million, but whose counting eh?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-13-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,228
Posted By VMacDonald
When pricing things up also bear in mind that...

When pricing things up also bear in mind that some things can legitimtely be knocked off the price (e.g. poor sails, as all sailing boats need sails, or an tired engine) whereas others may just be...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-10-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 930
Posted By VMacDonald
I suppose it depends on white how much they are...

I suppose it depends on white how much they are prepared to 'give the boat away'. A seller at this time of year (assuming northern hemisphere ;)) will be looking at 4-5 months of storage costs and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-09-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 5,143
Posted By VMacDonald
There's an interesting, albeit biased, FAQ on the...

There's an interesting, albeit biased, FAQ on the maxpower Marine Fuel cell site:

http://www.max-power.com/fuelcell/faqs.htm#07

Their unit is marinised and sold by part of the Plastimo group.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-03-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 2,067
Posted By VMacDonald
Ian Nicholson's Surveying Small Craft is supposed...

Ian Nicholson's Surveying Small Craft is supposed to be an excellent book on exactly this subject. Ian is still in the surveying business and recently surveyed a Contessa 32 for us, he is very...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-25-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By VMacDonald
That's what I've heard/experienced as well. ...

That's what I've heard/experienced as well. Although, I'm not even sure that these days a 45'+ sloop can't be handled by a couple - I know a couple who quite happily sail a 55' Tayana sloop/cutter...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-25-2006
Replies: 60
Views: 5,890
Posted By VMacDonald
That makes sense - I was over at the Malo yard a...

That makes sense - I was over at the Malo yard a few months ago and saw Nigel Calder's first Malo (a 45, called Nada I think) and was told that it was up for sale already.

The potential advantages...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-24-2006
Replies: 60
Views: 5,890
Posted By VMacDonald
I was reading the 2005 edition of Nigel Calder's...

I was reading the 2005 edition of Nigel Calder's book last night and he has a section of diesel/electric and electric drives but doesn't mention that his Malo is equipped with one - which is odd...
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