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Forum: Living Aboard   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Liveaboard in The Okanagan

I lived for many years in the Kootenay valley (Cranbrook), so my winter experiences are a couple of valleys removed from the Okanagan. It is warmer there, but it's still going to be a mountain...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,334
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: tiller pilots: simrad or raymarine????

We have the largest version of the Raymarine tiller pilot: the SPX-5 GP model. It was (and maybe still is) the largest above-deck tiller pilot out there. It's still undersized for our boat, but we...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 12,231
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Modern convenience and boat size

The answer must come from you. What do you need? What do you want? And what can you afford, both financially and with you other resources like time, skill, effort, etc. we chose a 37-footer, although...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-06-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: New Sails VS Used Sails

Yes ... that's what I've always found ... that businesses and corporations spend money advertising their products so as to benefit everyone else :rolleyes:.

Look, I understand it's a deal that...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-01-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,762
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Raise the main sail while still at anchor

That's what I thought you were asking, and that's what we do, although I'm usually a duo, and not a solo. Even if we don't sail off the anchor/mooring we often hoist the main while on the hook. Head...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 2,499
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

It's very true that industrial activities (both public and private) often face much lighter environmental rules and regulations than individuals. Private companies will argue they need the lighter...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-10-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 5,182
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Marine Head Suggestions for long term cruising

There are a number of fairly recent threads on composters here at SN. You should be able to find them pretty easily, and they give a good outline of the benefits, and challenges, of these heads. They...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-07-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Hello From the Great Lakes

As a fellow Great Lakes sailor I just wanted to say welcome, and congrats on the plan. Learning to sail, and perhaps more importantly, gaining some actual experience with different kinds of boats, is...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-24-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,962
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Ideas for a small, simple, offshore, family cruiser.......

There have been many similar discussions here on SN. You could try and use the search tool (although it's not very effective).

Agree with scratchee recommendation. In addition you can look at this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2015
Replies: 2,833
Views: 267,158
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I know John is just having some fun -- all good :). I guess I am heading to warmer waters ... eventually. But I'm planning to take my time. We plan to linger in Lake Ontario, then the St. Lawrence...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-19-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,028
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Prop walk on a Crealock 37

First off, as a fellow full keeler (not quite in your case, but close enough), I'd say prop walk is your friend. You can use it to maneuver in tight places that would be difficult with just rudder...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-10-2015
Replies: 453
Views: 33,199
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

While I can't really take Capt. Rob Lee seriously, "Arrrrrgggh!", I think his core message is fundamentally correct. In fact I've been thinking about writing a book exploring how society's myths and...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-03-2015
Replies: 453
Views: 33,199
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Good for her ;)

We are surrounded by seductions. It's how our consumer-driven economies work. Advertising does work. More insidious though is the whole "keeping up with the Jones" pressure that we...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-01-2015
Replies: 453
Views: 33,199
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Congrats grnrngr. Sounds like the adventure continues for you and your life, hopefully now on a sailboat of some sort. Poverty is a real thing, but as long as we have enough, we are never poor. Of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 7,331
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

My spouse is fully engaged, and as rarin' to go as I -- some days, even more so ;). We discovered the cruising life more or less at the same time, but it's certainly true that I glommed onto it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-19-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,026
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Winterizing a boat

Are you looking for advice about winter covers, or do you want info about winterizing the boat's systems: engine, plumbing, etc? When I think of winterizing I think about the latter, but you appear...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,743
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Tayana 37 vs Corbin 39

I looked at both in my search that ended with our Rafiki. Both are great sea boats. But what Faster says is true. Many Corbin's were finished by owners. This can be good, or not so good.

If...
Forum: Lake Superior   01-01-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 632
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: St Mary's River

I've done the trip a few times, up and down. It's not that hard. I've seen up to 3 knots of current at times, but only in a couple of narrow areas. Mostly the current is not that noticeable. There...
Forum: Living Aboard   12-15-2014
Replies: 453
Views: 33,199
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Late to the party here, but a few comments picking up on recent posts:


Recent research supports this age-old wisdom: Money definitely can't buy you happiness. Money can buy a lot of things...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-14-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Sailing at night with head sail?

Our approach is as Faster has just said. We are a cruising couple, so at night one person is alone on watch. Like you, our lines do not lead aft so most main work is done on deck (something I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-28-2014
Replies: 2,833
Views: 267,158
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Nicely said BFN. And you touch on an interesting question -- one that is very real for me and my spouse right now. We left last Spring, but are now back on land for another winter work stint. This...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-02-2014
Replies: 2,833
Views: 267,158
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi Christian, thanks for the prod. I've been meaning to post something for a while now in the hopes that we can get things rolling again. We're kind of in a life-interrupted period right now. We...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-16-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 15,656
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: So where the heck do you shower???

It seems that for some people, boat life must be virtually identical to land life. All the amenities, all the luxuries, all the ease. Everything is relative I suppose... I find my sailboat life leaps...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-21-2014
Replies: 91
Views: 9,636
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: generator a good idea?

No! Please stay in the crowded, busy, already noisy marinas and anchorages. Leave the uninhabited islands to those of us who can appreciate the sounds of silence.


Why go fast, when you can go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-13-2014
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

Using evolution as the basis for how you approach women is like using the weather forecast to trim your sails*. Using generalities about genders is silly in this context. We did not evolve to sail...
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