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Search: Posts Made By: kwaltersmi
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What Questions Would You Want Answered?

Based on the number of times I've seen it asked around here, many people will be interested in how to pay for/afford cruising and your personal story as it relates (investments, working while...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Problem about Cockpit sole repair

Sounds like you're on the right track. In any case, here's an excerpt from Don Casey about installing a new deck hatch, but with a similar procedure which might be helpful:

When you make a...
Forum: Racing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: How fast is an F18 ?

1,190 mph per Wikipedia ;)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,733
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which 27 ??

That's all. Just another $20-30k premium for the scoop and the MkII emblem! ;)

Off topic but the new engine (60 hours), new sails, new cockpit canvas, new upholstery, value and familiarity with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,733
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which 27 ??

You'll love the C30. Very forgiving boat with more room down below than most 30 footers. The extra beam (compared to the 27's you were considering) literally makes a big difference. Plus, as you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,733
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which 27 ??

And that brings up another bonus for the Catalina...there are lots of them out there (~6,600 hulls), so finding another in good condition should be too hard. And $15k should make that realistic.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,733
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which 27 ??

All of the boats mentioned would make fine "first" sailboats for learning and enjoying time on the water. Condition trumps all else in this case. Ratty sails and old running rigging can be replaced...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,416
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

There are a lot of valid points in this thread (re: appeasing advertisers, shortened/chopped articles, repeated themes, etc.), but I think sailing magazines tend to get a bad rap. There are still...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Winterizing a boat

I'm in a very similar climate to you (opposite side of Lake Michigan) and have been happy shrink wrapping over the years. I use the boom and the whisker pole (from the mast forward to the bow rail)...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 2,390
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Trolling

We use Dipsy Divers ( here on the Great Lakes and keep the rods in a couple rod holders on...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 103
Views: 6,237
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: what do you do for a living?

I'm not a liveaboard (yet) or making a living on my boat (yet), but I'd plan to do both one day. Seems there are nearly an infinite number of ways to earn a living while living on a sailboat so long...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,473
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What is the best sailing movie ever?

I'm a big fan of White Squall.

I also just watched Laura Dekker's Maidentrip and came away impressed by how honest and raw her movie and story are. Still not something I'd let one of my young...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 4,929
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailboat Insurance

Agreed...lots of good information in this thread! A few additional tips are compiled here (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,194
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: winter boredom

Read. Write. Maintain. Upgrade. Plan. Scheme. Save.

Remember, the ocean needs the land. Or at least that's what I tell myself to justify months on the hard.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,327
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailboat interior seaworthy design

Lots of good ideas for making a seaworthy cabin already mentioned in this thread, but here's a few more to consider:

- fiddles on counters/shelves/flat spaces to keep stuff from rolling off
Forum: Lake Michigan 12-05-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Grand Haven, Michigan

We sailed out of Grand Haven for several years. As others have mentioned, tying to the wall is permitted, even for overnight stays, but it'll beat you and the boat up if there's any swell coming in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-03-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 3,435
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Best Coastal Cruiser under 37 ft

How do you define "best"? In other words, what are your top three priorities among speed, comfort, roominess, construction/build, features, etc.?

In any case, here's a few more to consider...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-26-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,267
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Best place to mount a Turkey Fryer on a boat

Leaving the turkey fryer ashore would be one of the trade-offs I'd gladly make to become a full-time cruiser.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-24-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,096
Posted By kwaltersmi
re: Your opinion about touch screens

In a perfect world, I'd like the iPad's graphic user interface and simplicity with one or two knobs/buttons/thumb sticks for input for use at the helm. Touchscreens are fine when the work, but when...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-24-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Salt water, Fresh water?

As previously mentioned, corrosion is likely more of a concern with a salt water boat.

Another place where corrosion can be a concern is in the engine itself. Make sure you know the difference...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-17-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,184
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: New, Scared, Excited, and in love with the the Idea

I would think a $25k boat purchase and a monthly budget of $2.5k should allow you to get off the couch and dream with your eyes wide open!

Maybe get a deal on something like this Westsail 32 in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,628
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What to do with 450' of 1" line that -- ready for this? -- floats!

Sounds like good dinghy painter/bridle line. Make up a few and sell them on Craigslist/eBay.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 975
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: keel vs deck stepped

re: deck-stepped vs. keel-stepped - I think this often comes down to the specific boat you're considering. Each design has tradeoffs, but each can also serve its' intended purpose, particularly for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,483
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailing Toys! What should I put on my Christmas list?

Try these:

- a multitool (you can never have too many)
- LED bulbs (have you converted yet?)
- Dry bag backpack like the Amphibian Weather Defense...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-29-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,229
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: A 29ft cruiser with offshore potential and a dinghy garage

With a model name like Mojito, I'm sure it'll be a hit with some in the cruising crowd.
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