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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-04-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,387
Posted By TOMINDC2
Yes buy fowlies -- the warmer the better.

Listen more to Tommays, and less to the commenters who so far have lucked out weatherwise. You may think you are in a tropical situation, but gale winds, sea sickness, exhaustion, and spray create a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-16-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 4,339
Posted By TOMINDC2
Documentation

Documentation of a new boat is all there for you at closing, making application quick and easy. Years later when you get the wander lust, documentation means digging up documents that be lost,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-11-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 9,516
Posted By TOMINDC2
Owning a fat cat is not just a matter of money.

Apparently money is no object to Yellowducky, so I will focus mostly on the inconvenience factor. If you are fat, you cannot even fit into a Ferrari. Same applies to parking big multihulls. ...
Forum: Gear and Maintenance Articles   11-03-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 17,710
Posted By TOMINDC2
Regarding the fuel whistle -- you got the URL...

Regarding the fuel whistle -- you got the URL wrong! It is http://www.greenmarineproducts.com/ the greenmarine.com website sells industrial strength ship parts.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-27-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,066
Posted By TOMINDC2
Deckplate inquiry

SD,

They are about 1.7 inches thick. Given the size of the cockpit, I had 3 plates made so they are easy to manage for cleaning. The slats are maybe 3/8 thick. They are very sturdy to stand on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-25-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,066
Posted By TOMINDC2
Sometimes doityourself is not better or cheaper.

This season we had teak deckplates made for our ample catamaran cockpit by teakworks4u.com, an outfit outside Houston. These are not grates, but deckplates. Plates use less wood, and thus are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-15-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 4,257
Posted By TOMINDC2
Exclamation Monohulls OK; Catamarans - iffy.

Monohulls lie mostly below the water, and as others have pointed out, the sea offers some good insulation. We had an old 7.5m Tanzer for a number of years berthed in Selby Bay south of Annapolis. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-01-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,151
Posted By TOMINDC2
And now for a serious answer.:p As I only take...

And now for a serious answer.:p As I only take open beverages on deck, my corkscrew would be on the bar. Even if I did lose it over the side, I have a spare in the galley.

My Multimaster...
Forum: Living Aboard   07-08-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 9,048
Posted By TOMINDC2
More on liveaboard power

You also should read up on how batteries work. It is not normally wise to draw down the batteries below 50% capacity without hastening the death of the cells and lowering recharge capacity (more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-20-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 4,091
Posted By TOMINDC2
We have both a screacher and a genoa. I keep 4...

We have both a screacher and a genoa. I keep 4 or 5 pieces of new line scraps aboard. In case of a blow, I tie off the furlers at their base to a stanchion in order to prevent swiveling in either...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-08-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 7,889
Posted By TOMINDC2
Hi Birdface, I would not advise intentionally...

Hi Birdface, I would not advise intentionally steering into harms way for educational purposes. My observation is that most sailors have no idea what weather looks like, probably because their...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-08-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 7,889
Posted By TOMINDC2
Not to restart a squabble, but Sailingdog...

Not to restart a squabble, but Sailingdog might've seen what he seen, yet Plumper might have a technical point as well. Both the Gemini and the Telstar draw less than 18 inches of water, so we often...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-08-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 7,889
Posted By TOMINDC2
I read the Pardey's book several times. However,...

I read the Pardey's book several times. However, their book is based on monohull experiences. I would love to hear from a multihull sailor who has tried their methods. However, that might be...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-07-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 7,889
Posted By TOMINDC2
RE: Sqaulls - Multihull safety debate

Thanks for the info Sailingdog. A retort to our monohull detractors. I recall reading a story probably by Charles Kanter. He responded to somebody expressing concern about inverted multihulls,...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-05-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 7,889
Posted By TOMINDC2
Squalls in Multihulls

I have only been multihull for a year, but aside from Sailingdog, all the squall advice seem to be monohull-oriented. My weather experience to date does not justify lashing down everything, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-16-2008
Replies: 229
Views: 23,300
Posted By TOMINDC2
If the hose flexes, it might be for rimming the...

If the hose flexes, it might be for rimming the cockpit drain. Once unclogged, you could tie a sponge to the end there and scrub it out nicely -- maybe.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-01-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,463
Posted By TOMINDC2
HDTV before the mast

Yes, (sort of) . We use the mast to attache a UFO antenna just below our radar antenna. Provides great HDTV reception in ports around the Chesapeake. UFO antennas are inexpensive and they work. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-22-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By TOMINDC2
Sailors & Powerboaters are different

Keep in mind that sailing is a sport, a skill, a hobby, and for many, a lifestyle. The compartive complexity between the two is what seems to drive purchase choices; not gas. Powerboating is for...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   09-03-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 15,825
Posted By TOMINDC2
Dear TartanGreek, From what I hear,...

Dear TartanGreek,

From what I hear, Nauticatís are fine, somewhat overbuilt boats (part of the reason they cost so much). Great in a North Sea blow. Most folks buy them for the creature comfort...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-06-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 8,199
Posted By TOMINDC2
If you are in the market for a replacement,...

If you are in the market for a replacement, Performance Cruising's Gemini 105MC comes with a 4cuft LP refer like RVs use - Made by Dometic, but others have products too. Usually you can cruise for 2...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-12-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 28,567
Posted By TOMINDC2
Sail vs Power - The difference is not cost but psychology

Everything I have read over the years theorizes that sailboats and powerboats cost about the same to own over the long haul. The psychology of the matter seems more germane to the comparison of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-27-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,579
Posted By TOMINDC2
There is a widely-known solution to the many...

There is a widely-known solution to the many cabins problem. It is called a catamaran. A Gemini 105MC offers 3 cabins in addition to berthing in the salon as well, and it is only 34 feet long, but...
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