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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Day Ago
Replies: 186
Views: 8,521
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

It is kind of humorous observing all the "jailhouse lawyers" ranting on about constitutional rights on issues where there is significant case law history that proves their claims wrong. They seem to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   6 Days Ago
Replies: 194
Views: 18,352
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Florida is at it again

Time to boycott Seatow nationwide. Send your business to TowboatUS.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 2,508
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 25 year old boat with no deck leaks ?

If you are interested in looking harder to make sure, an ordinary stud finder (the kind with 4 or 5 led indicators) makes a perfectly fine moisture meter for tracing potential moisture intrusion. It...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 5,326
Posted By TakeFive
re: Privacy considerations for ignorant powerboaters

Nope, not sure of anything. Too busy trying to react to get out a yardstick.

The essence of my point is unchanged by a few inches.

His bow was high, his stern dug in (not on a plane), and he...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 152
Views: 23,000
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Is the sailboat market really this bad?

FWIW, I love my 25 footer. It's easy to take out for a few hours, and capable of taking us out for a week (in protected waters) if we plan some shore stops to re-provision.
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   05-27-2015
Replies: 285
Views: 15,540
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 2015 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It was a spectacular weekend for sailing! Friday I went down the Delaware and Elk rivers at hull speed on genoa alone. Winds were a little light on Saturday, but we got to Sassafras under sail by...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-18-2015
Replies: 13
  Sticky: Docking
Views: 2,459
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Docking

FWIW, here are some videos of docking/departing in a strong cross-current. I may redo these this year now that I have a head-mounted camera:

Docking with current pushing me out of the slip (EASY!)...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,188
Posted By TakeFive
Re: More bad news for 'anti-slime' bottom paints

I'll poopoo you again. ;) I did check personally. I bought the can of PCA Gold, and read the label - something that I highly recommend before making statements about the contents.

Although PCA...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-13-2015
Replies: 700
Views: 65,124
Posted By TakeFive
Re: I hate boats...

Sometimes you need to be careful not to poison the water. This yard has come clean and offered to fix everything. Yes, it's their fault, so they would lose their ass in court. But creating a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2015
Replies: 286
Views: 26,253
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Advice From Young Punks

Nobody makes you watch.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-06-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,461
Posted By TakeFive
One-day sale on WestMarine paints

I thought you might be interested to know that Westmarine has a "Fantastic Friday" sale on their WM-branded paints today.

I've used Pettit Vivid the last 4 years, but want to change to a...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-21-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,367
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Jeanneau SO 379 vs. Bavaria Cruiser 37

We chartered a 6 month old SO 379 in BVI a couple years ago. We enjoyed the boat for the week. Head shower was a very nice design, with acrylic door separating the vanity. But they have several...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-16-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,558
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Dinghy theft protection

I think there are different deterrents appropriate for different scenarios. I was thinking that removing the spark plug wire would be good enough for when you want to leave the dink at the tiki bar...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-16-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,558
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Dinghy theft protection

I think detaching a spark plug wire, as someone else mentioned, is about the most straightforward way to accomplish this. A thief would likely try to start the motor a couple times then give up and...
Forum: Electronics   02-14-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 1,197
Posted By TakeFive
Re: HX851 batteries for tray?

HX851 Owners Manual 2-27-2014 (
Forum: Chartering   01-31-2015
Replies: 129
Views: 7,618
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Head dumps directly into sea?

I am a little less cynical about regulations and mileage restrictions than some of you. I think that, by and large, the regulations exist for a good reason. I believe in science, but I also know that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-28-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,144
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

Wow, that's a great price!

I got the Uniden model a year ago for about that price (then I bought a second one with my son to use on raceboats in Seattle). I have no regrets, because the Uniden...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-27-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,144
Posted By TakeFive
Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

The well-regarded SH HX851 VHF/DSC/GPS handheld just had a huge price drop on Amazon. It's probably because it is being replaced by the newer HX870. But the HX851 is still a great radio, now costing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-08-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,059
Posted By TakeFive
OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

As posted here ( I was involved in testing the new release, and wrote a couple chapters of the documentation:
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,363
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Garmin and Polar View ???

USB serial is different from NMEA serial. NMEA 0183 expects RS422, but is also backward compatible with RS232 as long as your wire runs are not too long.

Taking USB input and making it "look like"...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,363
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Garmin and Polar View ???

You can do exactly what you want. The Montana can make a great USB puck for your PC, with excellent sensitivity and accuracy.

Garmin Chartplotters and model 478 are totally different devices from...
Forum: Chartering   12-02-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 7,918
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

While I think OP has enough experience to successfully charter, I'm not so sure his level of cruising experience is at a point where I would recommend overnight anchoring in environmentally sensitive...
Forum: Electrical Systems   11-30-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Third / starting battery?

Depends on how you have them connected. With three identical (same model and same date of manufacture), you could wire all three in parallel with no selector. This could prolong their life by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By TakeFive
Black Friday Specials: Cheap stuff for boats

Black Friday has come and gone, but many of the sales continue through the weekend. Please post your good ideas here.

Pep Boys usually has some great deals on little things that are useful for the...
Forum: Outboard   11-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,358
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Outboard Engine Start-up Problems (fictional)

Well, if you want some time-consuming tension, you could have his fuel line break, and he has to use duct tape to make a fix as he's approaching the dam:
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