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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-21-2009
Replies: 95
Views: 9,588
Posted By SYMandalay
Talking Docking is often perceived as more difficult than...

Docking is often perceived as more difficult than it actually is because of the potential for damage to expensive boats (yours or the one you might hit)!

The key is to figure out which direction...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-19-2009
Replies: 88
Views: 29,934
Posted By SYMandalay
Crossing oceans is not for the faint of heart...

Crossing oceans is not for the faint of heart regardless of the boat you are on (short of the Queen Elizabeth).

It sounds like what you really want to do is leave Texas and go to the Bahamas. ...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-18-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By SYMandalay
Thanks Boatpoker. I have just added a new...

Thanks Boatpoker.

I have just added a new article to my page...How to Overcome the Obstacles to Going Cruising.

Merry Christmas.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-13-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By SYMandalay
By the way, speaking of nothing being...

By the way, speaking of nothing being dated.....some of my articles have been printed in well-known sailing magazines. They often sat in the editor's office for several years before being published....
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-13-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,077
Posted By SYMandalay
A windlass does a fine job of getting one anchor...

A windlass does a fine job of getting one anchor on board but that second one is a female dog.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-13-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,077
Posted By SYMandalay
A rule of thumb is 1 pound of anchor for every...

A rule of thumb is 1 pound of anchor for every foot of length. Use the biggest that you can handle on your bow roller. I would not rely on a lunch hook even for lunch if there is wind over about...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-07-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By SYMandalay
They are posted in chronological order so start...

They are posted in chronological order so start at the end and work backwards until you come to stuff you have seen before.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-05-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By SYMandalay
I have added several new articles to this...

I have added several new articles to this website. I hope they are useful to you!
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-26-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By SYMandalay
New articles re: cruising the East Coast, Bahamas, T & C

I have added some new articles to my website which may be of interest to cruisers on the East Coast heading to the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.

There is also information...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-13-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,686
Posted By SYMandalay
I too use gas station fuel in my Yanmar. No...

I too use gas station fuel in my Yanmar. No problem.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-09-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,762
Posted By SYMandalay
If there is one voltage regulator for both...

If there is one voltage regulator for both batteries the charging device will see a voltage that is a combination of the two battery voltages. If both batteries were the same size, the voltage would...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-09-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 3,838
Posted By SYMandalay
During our 10 years of cruising we have tried a...

During our 10 years of cruising we have tried a number of outlets in the cockpit and have concluded that the outlet needs to be installed below decks (near the companionway) if you expect it to be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-12-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,205
Posted By SYMandalay
We have been completely satisfied with our...

We have been completely satisfied with our mattress that was made from a household latex foam mattress. It is very heavy dense material compared to the lightweight foam normally supplied on boats. ...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   07-05-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,789
Posted By SYMandalay
Being a smart alec, I sometimes say that some...

Being a smart alec, I sometimes say that some boaters barely know that the pointy end goes first. If they were in your boat, that knowledge would not help them anyway...........

Nice boat

C
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   07-05-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,716
Posted By SYMandalay
Yes. What you need to do is cut it out until you...

Yes. What you need to do is cut it out until you reach the point where the gash is all gone and you have solid parent material. Don't try fixing it without knowing where the gash really ends. Then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-05-2008
Replies: 99
Views: 16,937
Posted By SYMandalay
My snake story can't top that photo, but here...

My snake story can't top that photo, but here goes.

We were anchored out on Lake Texoma in N. Texas. I got up in the night to "check the anchor" and saw what I thought was a stray line wrapped...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-16-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By SYMandalay
Obelisk.....for cruising, it is not important. ...

Obelisk.....for cruising, it is not important. For racing, you want to get the most out of the sails so maybe it's important.......
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-16-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,816
Posted By SYMandalay
I was in Marathon in April and before that in...

I was in Marathon in April and before that in November. The harbor is very protected and convenient in many ways. It is plenty deep enough inside but the entrance channel shoals and we were nervous...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-16-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 5,644
Posted By SYMandalay
I have the Radiolabs antenna. It does an...

I have the Radiolabs antenna. It does an excellent job (up to a mile away!) but notice there is a different version for Windows XP or Vista. You have to have the correct one. A long run of USB...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-16-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,163
Posted By SYMandalay
I am guessing yours is similar to my 6000 series....

I am guessing yours is similar to my 6000 series. Pull the plug out of the back of the display and give the connections a dose of electronics cleaner (Radio Shack). If I remember right, the power...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-10-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By SYMandalay
You are of course right that a fixed 22 foot pole...

You are of course right that a fixed 22 foot pole is about the same weight as a 22 ft telescoping pole.........but we find that the pole never needs to be extended that far (at least while cruising)....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-07-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By SYMandalay
I would like to mention that a telescoping pole...

I would like to mention that a telescoping pole is twice as heavy as a fixed pole (in its collapsed position of course). I have a pole that telescopes to 22 feet, but I never need 22 feet. If I had...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-05-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 5,013
Posted By SYMandalay
My canvas dodger does not leak. There are some...

My canvas dodger does not leak. There are some leaks when we attach the side panels of the almost full enclosure, but yes it is possible to keep the actual dodger from leaking. We have snaps along...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,398
Posted By SYMandalay
What does "boat gets launched" mean?

What does "boat gets launched" mean?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-01-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 2,690
Posted By SYMandalay
Caca Fuego

Caca Fuego
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