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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 5,027
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

I think age does have something to do with it. It's my observation (not yet 40 years in the making), that men of a certain oldness more often treat their wives and girlfriends as delicate princesses...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 5,027
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

I wonder if we could find a correlation between the men who find themselves sailing solo, or without their spouse a lot of the time, and those who perceive women as "admirals" needing this higher...
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

I'll update as soon as I can. We're at anchor right now, but can sail to our final destination where we can get access to parts and probably a pump machine shop. We'll be running the engine for a...
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

I appreciate your reaching! The injection pump was not removed. The epoxy repair was done in-situ, but I'll check the bolts. Of course it's hard to answer your second question for sure. We are quite...
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

I see where you're going but the initial leak of diesel into the case happened before the switch to straight 30, and after the high pressure pump repair. We made the switch when we replaced the lift...
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

Straight 30. Diesel formulated, non-synthetic. It's what the manual recommends. We were using 10w-30 up on L. Superior, but have switched to straight 30 now that we're in the balmy warm waters of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 5,027
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...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,546
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

Just for the record, I got our 10' portabote planing yesterday using our 3.5 hp with TWO adults in the bote. Water was flat with little wind, but still was pretty impressive.


Why go fast, when...
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

Thanks folks, I'll get an electric lift pump, but what are the odds of having a NEW lift pump go after only 25 hrs. Surely that points to the pressure pump seal. As you say newhaul, it would create a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,546
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

I now have a 3.5 hp engine, which works great on our 10' portabote, but I used an electric for many years. Works ok as long as you're not going far, or need to go fast. Mostly I row anyway.

I'm...
Forum: Diesel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 337
Posted By MikeOReilly
Perkins 4.108 making oil

Ok, here's my tale of woe. This will be kinda long, but i want to give you gurus all the possible info.

A few weeks into our three month journey we discovered a diesel leak coming from the high...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,119
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Welland Canal down bound advice

Well, it's been a couple of days since we went through. We checked in at. 1400 and exited 12 hrs later at 0200. To be fair, we had to wait for a 3 1/2 hrs before they got us going, but it was a long...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 4,804
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

Fired up the depth sounder this am and it was reading 253, then 35, then 11.5, then 112... So out came the trusty leadline. Hope it's just some odd electrical problem, or perhaps gunk on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Jon, you're right; the $500/month number is very difficult, especially for those of us who currently live in expensive parts of the world, sail larger boats, and must resort to the iron genny to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Exactly. You went into your new boat with eyes wide open. Choices and consequences. All good, and all the better if you can make it work. I've done the same, going from our 34 footer to our monster...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Agreed! Living frugally means going without insurance (or perhaps liability-only); at least without the financial kind of insurance. But this choice comes with consequences, like being smart about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Therein lies the rub, or perhaps the core of this discussion Jon: choices. It comes down to choices, and the consequences of those choices.

If you choose to cruise in a big expensive boat instead...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Great link, well said by Beau Soleil. It mirrors what I dared to say over at the $3000/month thread (and of course got slammed by the OP). On our current cruise we've been out for going on 60 days...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 4,804
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

It's funny, but the longer I sail & cruise, the more often I run aground. When I was new to it all we were very cautious about anchoring. Never ran aground, but always anchored where the guide books...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 157
Views: 14,678
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

Re AH owner letter; under the Copyright laws of the US I believe the writer automatically owns all rights to any work created, and that would include a letter. Their may be an implied grant of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,401
Views: 159,135
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

While I might add a bit more to the list of up front needs Vega (like a good collection of spare parts, skills development, and a nest egg to deal with major issues), I agree. Wants vs needs. Our...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 4,804
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

I've had a sounder fail ... that's how I ended up sailing a season using just a leadline. But to be clear, I much prefer an electronic sounder, and the best option IMO is a good fish finder. But my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 4,804
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

Beat me to it. Our leadline has a wax plug used for sampling the bottom. I've sailed for a season with in electronic sounder, using only the leadline. Got very good at sampling as we crept into small...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 4,804
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

Wow... Really? I love my depth sounder and value it far more than any gps-dependent plotter. A sounder (or lead line ... same thing) is giving real data about your actual situation. Your chartplotter...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,119
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Welland Canal down bound advice

I wish we were through... Engine troubles on a long weekend have us holed up here in Port Dover until at least Wednesday now. But life could be worse. We're being treated royally by the good folks...
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