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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-21-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 1,645
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Where to begin???

I can only tell you what worked for us. In Dec 2000, at age 55, the admiral and I went to Clear Lake Texas to take a sailing lesson. Neither of us had ever been on a sailboat before. My interest...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-09-2015
Replies: 317
Views: 14,540
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Real Cruisers verse Internet Arguers

I don't know if I am classified as a blue water cruiser or not. Out 8 years, sailed the entire Carib, both east and west side, Atlantic crossing and now year 3 in the Med. We did 1,800nm last year...
Forum: Electrical Systems   11-30-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 773
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Solor panel / back up charging?

We have 3 130w Kycera with a 3024i Blue Sky controller and they run everything. Did almost no battery charging with the engine on our Atlantic crossing and ran the auto pilot all the way across along...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   04-17-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 5,643
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Crew Needed: Chsapeake Bay to Panama

Oh my gosh you are 65 I would surmise from the postings. Wow that is getting old?
Well I sold out and left at 65 and this year will turn 70 and at age 68 did a 2 person crossing of the Atlantic. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-12-2015
Replies: 308
Views: 38,507
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

Prep well and enjoy the islands and smile and remember and share as soon the boys will there but not as close - so make memories and stay out late and take risks and have fun
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-04-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 457
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Suggestions needed on shop in Deltaville, VA

We had success with Deltaville boatyard. They helped us install a watermaker and did a lot of reasearc for us on which one would be best for us. They also designed and installed a 2nd fuel tank for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   02-23-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,181
Posted By chuck5499
6 years of cost data

Here is 6 years of cost data from full time liveaboard/cruisers. ALL expenses are included. This past year we sailed the Med so our marina costs went up a bit but our insurance went down as our...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,227
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Travel plan in Mediterranean Sea

Disagree with the North Africa. This is our 2nd winter in Tunisia and there is no theft, graft, gun assults, ect here. The same for Morocco. But of course Libya is a bit of a mess and probably...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,227
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Travel plan in Mediterranean Sea

Well i can only tell you what we did last summer. We left Port Yasmine Hammamet Tunisia and sailed to Sardinia, over to Rome, down to Messina Straits, across to Albania, up to Montenegro and on to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-13-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 5,384
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Dinghy theft protection

Not sure where you have sailed but in the USA we generally did not have an issue but still we did use a stainless steel cable with a strong lock. But if someone wants your dink they will take it. ...
Forum: Iberia & The Med   01-31-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,351
Posted By chuck5499
Re: Sailing in Croatia - ready to give informations

we sailed into albania last year then up to montenegro and croatia -- it was great. this year we will head back to albania before going to greece.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-30-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 8,050
Posted By chuck5499
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

i can only tell you what worked for us and we have been full time cruisers 8 years now. i will also try and get her to answer but doubt she will.

we took asa lessons together and the capt made...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,497
Posted By chuck5499
Re: How far can we get?

ian -- i do not know the area but can give you what we plan. we sail a 40' jeanneau and all planning is done at 5k. if we do better great we get in early and enjoy an early sundowner. on long days...
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