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Forum: Chartering   12-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Martinique: Sail North or South?

The Saintes are lovely with great food...one of our favorite places in the Caribbean. Much nicer than St Vincent and it's high crime rate.

Phil
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-23-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 873
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Seaquest 32 - Electrification and aircon?

Several options from cheap to very expensive:

1) Put a Sear household A/C in the companionway hatch, held by a plywood cut out, running power off the dock...cost about $500. When sailing it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 970
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

Like Jon I have a hard wired remote having removed a foot switch. I never liked getting my leg withing two feet of an active windlass. Now I stand back in a safe area.

Nor would I like running a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-21-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,705
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Is cruising the Bahamas with 8' draft possible?

We draw 8 ft and have spent some time in the Bahamas when going from Miami to St John...and it made us very nervous. We got into Nassau, Georgetown, anchored off some of the Islands and crossed parts...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-17-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,090
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Boom brake advice

I am a fan of boom brakes. I had a Dutchman on the main of a Corsair F31 and it allowed me to gybe the asymmetric single handed while ignoring the main, very valuable on a boat with a rotating mast! ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-14-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,750
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Buying my first boat please help

It is routine and after the survey you accept, re-negotiate or walk away. You bear the cost and the risk of a negative survey.

The usual deposit is 20% held in an escrow account by the broker.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Toerails replaced with "StarBoard"?

After a hurricane in 2005 I watched someone repair a boat with hurricane damage and the cosmetic result was great. The boat had been an insurance write-off.

Problem was that having watched the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-16-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,125
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Newbie Reef Navigating

Generally charter companies do not let you go where you are likely to run aground. The boat will have a decent depth finder and perhaps a chart plotter.

However, the general rule in the Caribbean...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 756
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Navigating the Reefs of Andros

We have used Navionics from Northern Canada to Trinidad and three times around the Caribbean and find them excellent value...We also have Open CPN...similar sized errors but just different depending...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-08-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 4,458
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Excellent post Mike and Mr F's link to the data on anchoring will provide me with hours of amusement as I sit at anchor!

The one point I would add is that we never 'anchor and run'. We set the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,546
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

Rock,

For the Yachtmaster certification to be used commercially/teaching in the UK you also must do a day each of: sea survival (liferaft practice in the pool), first aid and diesel mechanicing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,546
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

We have both the USGG Master's License (My wife) and the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean (Me) on our boat.

The USCG license is an excellent theory exam requiring documentation of 720 days at...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   03-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,579
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Inexperienced crew looking for opportunities

Over the last 10 years we have take over 200 people sailing, 12 were Sea Scouts and we have taken crew on multiple off-shore trips. One lady has sailed in 7 countries and two male crew have sailed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-02-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,170
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Venezuela ? Cruising and saftey ?

We have visited the Venezuelan islands of Los Roches and Las Aves and have spent a great deal of time in Trinidad, Grenada and the ABC's, the nearest Caribbean islands to Venezuela where we have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-27-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,202
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

Sailing lessons would promote her from Admiral to co-captain. Oldest lady I taught to sail was 66 and she was much better than her younger husband.

If I ever referred to my sailing partner as...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   11-11-2013
Replies: 956
Views: 65,881
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Rallies Gone Wrong

This post reminds me of my medical training; after the juniors had been up all night up to their asses in alligators, blood and guts a 9-5 academic lab doctor would explain to us exactly what we had...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-14-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 5,697
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: U.S.-Bahamas, Crossing the Stream

I am assuming that because you chose the ICW that you are not comfortable with being off-shore for several days in 40 knots of wind and 15-20 ft seas.

We are too big for the ICW but we never...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-14-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 5,697
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: U.S.-Bahamas, Crossing the Stream

The further south you set off for the Bahamas the better. Miami to West End is an easy sail. Jacksonville to West End much harder because you are heading into the Stream.

Do not be seduced by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-12-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 4,848
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Miami to Bimini

Ralph,
Shortest route vs seamanship...

2 years ago we were in Cancun and wanted to go to St Barts which is 1,400 miles into the trades and the current. The trades were blowing hard and even our...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-12-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 4,433
Posted By Yorksailor
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,140
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

Your problems are easy to fix...Get a real anchoring system!

Get a decent sized Rochna (one size bigger that advertised) and 100 ft of chain. Drop rochna and slowly let out 4 to 1 scope of chain,...
Forum: Caribbean   01-22-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,826
Posted By Yorksailor
Left many times for the Bahamas, both US and...

Left many times for the Bahamas, both US and non-US passports and never checked out. However, the Mexicans do want a exit document if you go directly there.

Phil
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