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Search: Posts Made By: windward54
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-18-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By windward54
Re: Crossing into the US from Canada

In the US, if you are a pleasure boat that is not going to foreign waters or communicating with foreign-flagged vessels, then you don't need a license to operate a VHF radio. I've only been asked...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By windward54
Re: Replacement window dog/latch...can't find one

And here on the West Coast, you can try Minnie's Yacht Surplus. They have an amazing supply of used parts.

Forum: Electronics 02-10-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 1,131
Posted By windward54
Re: Pactor Modem

AND it is a heck of a fun hobby.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-01-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By windward54
Re: Santa Ana Winds & Catalina

For the most part, Santa Ana winds are predictable. However, we have been caught over in Two Harbors a couple of times over the years when unexpected winds came up. You can always head for Cat...
Forum: Extreme Sailing Videos 08-14-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,643
Posted By windward54
Re: Hydroptere - World Record 51 kts

She's been sitting in San Pedro for a while. I was going to ask when they were going to make the run to Hawaii, but I haven't seen anyone on the boat for a while.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 06-17-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By windward54
Re: From Louisiana to The West Coast

There is a handful of moorings, which are leased out and an anchorage. Or at least there used to be. There were some issues with the installation of the moorings, and I don't recall if the problems...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 06-16-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By windward54
Re: From Louisiana to The West Coast

And I attended UCSB after getting out of the Air Force. Great place to be and a really good school.

Getting a slip, especially a liveaboard slip is almost impossible in Santa Barbara. Your...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-26-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,135
Posted By windward54
Re: Skipping CA tax ?

Actually there are three taxes paid on California boats, but normally you only have to worry about two of them, the sales tax and the annual property tax. Sales tax is due on the purchase, you can...
Forum: Electronics 05-15-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,694
Posted By windward54
Re: KISS-SSB grounding package review?

I have to ask on this one. If the foil is run to the thru hull, and the hose clamp is only to hold the foil in place, why whould it make a difference? The reason I ask is using a hose clamp to hold...
Forum: Electronics 05-08-2014
Replies: 169
Views: 25,492
Posted By windward54
Re: SSB Installation

Might want to check on the necessity of the copper strap. The idea of the KISS is that this is supposed to be the counterpoise and no need to run copper. I asked the maker of the the KISS about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-04-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,437
Posted By windward54
Re: mmsi numbers, ship radio and hand held VHF

Guess it depends on how you are going to use the radio. Most people I know use the MMSI assigned to the VHF on the boat. Gordon West offered another idea for those who were not going every be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-17-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 5,016
Posted By windward54
Re: Vhf/ham

I had the Gam as well and it worked great. Only problem I had with it was the GTO-15 feed line wicked up moisture. Because it is a sealed unit, the whole antenna had to be shipped back to the...
Forum: Electronics 02-24-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,470
Posted By windward54
Re: HAM v. SSB Frequencies (check radio is unlocked for HAM)?

You can get a copy of the band plan on line, for example from Icom:

Amateur Radio Tools - Icom America (
Forum: Electronics 12-19-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,060
Posted By windward54
Re: MMSI into Icom IC-M504

Bill has it correct, and you would find language about this on the application form for the radio license. However, as always, in an emergency, all bets are off and it is ok.

Having said this...
Forum: Electronics 10-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,060
Posted By windward54
Re: MMSI into Icom IC-M504

In the USA, Boat US took on the issuance of MMSI numbers for recreational boats. They did it as here in the USA, you don't have to have a radio license issued by the FCC to operate a VHF as long as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-30-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,059
Posted By windward54
And so ends another season...

And I'm sitting here making plans for Thanksgiving weekend on the boat on Catalina Island. We don't stop in the winter here. We just wait out a storm or two now and then.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-25-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,364
Posted By windward54
Re: California dinghy registration madness

The question was specific to a dink with a motor, so I geared my response to that. But the registration is only $20 if the vessel is used in a marine environment. The extra $16 is for the zebra and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-25-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,364
Posted By windward54
Re: California dinghy registration madness

This is not correct. A tender is used only to go between shore and the vessel. So in California, a tender can't be used for any other purpose. Use the dink to go to another boat to visit, and you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2013
Replies: 93
Views: 5,016
Posted By windward54
Re: Vhf/ham


It is a confusing mess sometimes, but just remember, two different radio systems (Marine & Ham) with different requirements. And one license has no effect on the rights granted by the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-05-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Posted By windward54
Re: Hello Sailing World from Dana POint Ca

Best bet is to head for Two Harbors/Catalina for the first leg and then head of to Channel Island Harbor. It'll break up the trip into two doable legs and gives you a chance to enjoy Catalina. It's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-09-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 771
Posted By windward54
Re: ICOM M-710 Lights up my electrical panel

The different bands will have different effects on the LED lights. All of my interior lighting was switched out to the same LED bulb, but different bands light up different lights around the boat.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-08-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,256
Posted By windward54
Re: Document or register my vessel?

I've owned boats in California, some state registered and some documented. As long as you are not planning on going out of the country, it doesn't make much difference. California will reach out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-25-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 7,768
Posted By windward54
Re: Davits - Kato or Garhauer?

Add me to the list that have Garhauer Davits. The davits are solid and have worked well. And I like having the 6:1 blocks on both arms. I also opted for the additional rail supports. Garhauer...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,345
Posted By windward54
Re: Headed to Catalina!

That's a long sail and a long day. You should think about staying the night. There are some grreat spots to anchor over there if you don't want to be in Avalon or Two Harbors.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-17-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,262
Posted By windward54
Re: ssb v.satphone ?who's the winner

It's not as easy as it sounds. My feed line wicked moisture all the way into the plastic housing for the twin leads. I tried to fix the feed line, but there was no way short of cutting into the...
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