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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 652
Posted By TQA
Re: Winch Free Spins

The digital camera is your friend. Take pictures of EVERY STEP as you dismantle them.

Tape down the edges of the box around the winch. Those springs will try to escape and go for a swim.

Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By TQA
Re: Catalina-22, O'day-22, or this curveball Starwind!

I was very happy with my Jaguar 22 which the UK clone of the Catalina 22. I had the swing keel varient with the pop top. It sailed pretty well and I lived on board a couple of summers cruising first...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 4,717
Posted By TQA
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

Wow lots of advice. I agree with nearly all of it but here are my two pennyworth ** Pennies because I am British and we don't do cents. }

I would think monohull not catamaran. Marinas charge more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,205
Posted By TQA
Re: Walk-through transom for under $45K?

Look at the Bavaria range most if not all the recent ones have walk thru transoms.Nice interior layouts too.

Some of the older Beneteau Idylles had walk thru transoms, the 43 does for sure.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By TQA
Re: Anchoring

A Bahamian moor is a really bad idea unless you are the only one there or you KNOW FOR SURE everyone else is on a Bahamian moor.

Otherwise expect close encounters of the third kind as other...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-29-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 3,428
Posted By TQA
Re: First Accident What Did I Do Wrong?

Good clip here on the difference between dumping the vang or the mainsheet ENJOY.

How to avoid and get out of a broach when sailing downwind - YouTube
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-19-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By TQA
Re: Winching power for MOB

Top Tip

It may be difficult to get an unresponsive person into an inflatable especially one with big tubes. It becomes much easier if you 3/4s deflate ONE section of the tubes.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-10-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,392
Posted By TQA
Re: Mooring Line

Yup maybe 1 inch line is overkill. But if your bow roller or fair lead can accommodate it, why not?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-02-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,170
Posted By TQA
Re: First boat advice - Mpls to Great Lakes

I sailed/cruised a Cat 22 swing keel for a couple of years including a trip from Troon to Stornaway and back on the West coast of Scotland. I had some fairly rough seas to contend with and never felt...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-22-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 880
Posted By TQA
Re: canvas stitching

A basic Sailrite sewing machine is about 550$

A trawl through Craiglsit and Goodwill might find you a Pfaff that will do the job and much cheaper. Look for something with a cast iron armature and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By TQA
Re: Securing Dinghy on Davits with Motor

If you are going to sail with the dink lifted on davits you need to be aware of the damage that chafe can do if you have movement.

Strap it in real tight. Ratchet straps work well.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By TQA
Re: hurricane storage in tropics

When you are in Trini make sure you do the Taste of Trini tour with Jesse James.

There is also a Facebook group called Trinidad Cruisers that is worth joining.

Take advice from Peakes on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,169
Posted By TQA
Tohatsu 18hp tale of woe

Well I was zipping across Falmouth harbor in Antigua when my two year old Tohatsu 18hp 2 stroke started sounding very unhappy and slowed down.

I throttled back and it clonked on for a moment or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,327
Posted By TQA
Re: 18 months until we walk the plank

I am a retired full time liveaboard. My boat is a 44ft cutter and that is the biggest boat I would choose but I know of plenty couples with 50ft boats or even 55ft.

But attitude matters more than...
Forum: Diesel 02-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By TQA
Re: Oil level too high?

1/4 inch will be OK.

4 inches will not.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-02-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,662
Posted By TQA
Re: Looking at Sailboats

Nothing wrong with your basic idea. Similar threads are posted here on a regular basis. There is a BIG difference between a 36 ft boat and 45 ft one. EG on a 36 ft you can recover the anchor by hand...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-30-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,790
Posted By TQA
Re: 10K$ boat --- Are Insurance and Survey REALLY mandatory?

Many many cruisers don't have comprehensive insurance. They tend to have oversized anchors, sail with a defensive mentality, are less likely to abandon ship and have a reserve fund for the days...
Forum: Chartering 11-19-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,158
Posted By TQA
Re: St. Lucia - Grenada in March/April

I am a full time liveaboard in that area and it should be a great sail. St Lucia to St Vincent is the longest and the roughest patch will be just before the top end of St Vincent.

I usually stop...
Forum: Caribbean Islands 10-30-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By TQA
Re: Seeking advice: St Lucia to Guadeloupe

I am retired out here and Guadeloupe Dominica and Martinique are among my favourites.

Added to the above advice hiring a car in Guadeloupe for a day or two and visiting the botanical gardens at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-28-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By TQA
Raymarine Linear Actuator Type 2S stopped working !

Stopped working with the message on the control head "DRIVE STOPPED"

I could feel the clutch engaging as the wheel would lock but it was no longer steering.

Got it out and took it apart...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-19-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By TQA
Re: Uses for totally shot sail?

The BEST possible destination for a used sail is these guys.

Sails for Sustenance | Donating Used Sails to Fishermen in Haiti (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-07-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 3,246
Posted By TQA
Re: Miami to Bimini

Do not do this on a schedule. Check the weather forecast then decide if you go.

Do not go with any North in the forecast even if you think you have a tough boat and a tough crew.

Finally time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 22,040
Posted By TQA
Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

From St Lucia down to Grenada there are three places I currently avoid plus one I am careful about.

Vieux Fort anchorage St Lucia. Theft from boats.

Chateaubelair St Vincent [ Local Gov. is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-04-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 22,040
Posted By TQA
Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

I am in Grenada and have just heard an unconfirmed report that the Union Island police have arrested 3 young men and that they are on their way to the jail on the main island of St Vincent.
Forum: There's This Place... 10-04-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,864
Posted By TQA
Re: Long Term Live Aboard at St Tomas VI (US)

Checkout Spirit airlines out of Fort Lauderdale they have some amazing deals. I flew
return for under $100.

I believe you have to register and pay for an anchorage/mooring permit. I met a...
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