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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: winter charging

Fellow Canadian here, with very cold winters (Thunder Bay). I have a fancy three-stage charger so I just leave my deep cycle wet cells on the boat, and on charge all winter. Takes almost no power to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 90
Views: 3,806
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

I bake bread all the time, on board or on land. I used to follow recipes, but now mostly just wing it. Here's my basic bread:


Put warm water into a mixing bowl. Add table spoon or two of sugar...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 4 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 562
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Non-Sailor With Question

There was a thread about the efficacy of EPIRBS and liferafts. I and a small others pointed out that the mere presence of a liferaft will change the psychological dynamic of a disaster situation. I'm...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,991
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Masts - deck or keel stepped?

Each have their advantages and disadvantages, much like most boat choices it seems. Get a well designed, well built boat and either would be fine.

BTW, ours is deck stepped, but alas, no stripper...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 90
Views: 3,806
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

Thanks. Sounds like a good choice.



Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 90
Views: 3,806
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

Just popped three loaves out of my Force 10 propane. I bake at 350 to 400 F. I bake a lot of bread and never go to 500 F. What kind of bread are you making?

Our big burner is mostly too hot for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 6 Days Ago
Replies: 90
Views: 3,806
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

Our previous boat came with an old Kenyon pressure alcohol stove/oven. Coming from our camping days I found it no issue at all to manage the preheat. The stove worked great for all the years we used...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Nine knots! My fastest day so far

We hit over 10 knots coming down the St. Claire River a month ago. 6.5 in the water but the added current had us flying. I'm sure our boat has never gone this fast. Way too fast for this slow sailor...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,491
Views: 168,998
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

All the infernal USB items, ithings, computers and other small batteries are becoming a growing challenge. This year I tracked down 12 volt direct chargers for all our various doodads and it has made...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,491
Views: 168,998
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Did someone wake up craky? Can I suggest a nap. Seriously Don, all you do is come across pitiful, angry and somewhat spiteful. Stop wallowing in frustration and anger and go cruising. Your boat is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Nine knots! My fastest day so far

Oh man, now you got me wondering why I just left Lake Superior. Congrats on the great sailing day.


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,491
Views: 168,998
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Yeeees... Still not sure what your criticism is. If you've gone from 100' to 50' to 10' that's a lot of good info. And if you're gunkholing and are following a depth contour to work your way into a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Destep or not Destep?

I used to pull our masts every year bc we had no choice. With the current boat we drop the stick every few years. Unless there is a local issue about heavy ice buildup, or very heavy winds, I'd only...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,491
Views: 168,998
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I'm all for simplicity, but an electronic sounder is one of the simplest gadgets found on boats. It shows real data in real time. It is far more useful and important than a chartplotter. For...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 941
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: boat upgrade list

Absolutely. Perhaps it's not as important on your boat, but on my old cruisers a whisker pole can mean the difference between sailing along nicely vs having a collapsing floppy foresail and knocking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 941
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: boat upgrade list

As our current year cruise comes to an end my list consists of radar, another mid-range foresail, another 100 watts or so of solar, and a bimini (which could be made of solar panels ... Still working...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 91
Views: 4,808
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: generator a good idea?

No! Please stay in the crowded, busy, already noisy marinas and anchorages. Leave the uninhabited islands to those of us who can appreciate the sounds of silence.


Why go fast, when you can go...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,816
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Drogues and Sea Anchors

I'm reading and learning. I've never been in anything approaching true storm conditions, and hope I never will. But I'm curious about this advice. I've read elsewhere that modern hulls would likely...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,491
Views: 168,998
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Just about completed our 70 day, ~1500 nm journey on the Great Lakes for this year. Our Rafiki 37 continues to feel just right for our long term cruising plans. She sails beautifully, and in a wide...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

Just to update things, I will be pulling the injector pump as soon as I can, and will either get it rebuilt or buy new. I also plan to have the injectors tested, cleaned and replaced if needed. In...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 91
Views: 4,808
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: generator a good idea?

Loud wind generators are just as annoying as fuel generators. Luckily it's not hard to find wind gens that are pretty quiet these days.

And I'd like to echo Main Sail's comments about the...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

Actually, through all this it has occurred to me many times that if I was a better sailor I could toss the whole damn engine over the side.


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

As near as I can figure it seems to be a mid-range thing. The times we've had the flood of diesel into the oil has come after we've anchored. I always go through a slow ramp up of reverse RPM to dig...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 3,156
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

Wow, that's disappointing. That was exactly what I did when we bought here in Canada. Saved enough to buy the sail rig.


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: Diesel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

Thanks guys, I do plan to install an electric lift pump as well. We did replace the lift pump with new. I was just looking at the old one (which I still have) and could see no problems with the...
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