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Forum: Learning to Sail   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Hang a Bruce on the rail?

Not sure of a good way to hang a heavy Bruce from a bow rail. We did the lazarette storage with a 33lbs bruce on our 28' sailboat. I kept a Danforth on the bow rail as a picnic hook and for quick...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,278
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: O'Day 35 vs Catalina 36

That's an odd comment considering O'Days aren't known as performance cruisers and PHRF ratings for the O35 and C36 are very similar, if not a bit in favor of the Catalina. I haven't sailed the O35,...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   07-23-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Spreading the love

I learned the ropes (or is it lines?) the same way, but asking to be crew during Wednesday night races. I didn't get bit by the racing bug, but I'm thankful for the opportunity I was given to learn,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-22-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Boat suggestions for island hopping in the Bahamas and FL Keys?

Paul and Sheryl Shard have done well in the Bahamas with their Southerly 42 and 49:

http://www.distantshores.ca/about-us/the-boats/southerly-42/files/southerly-42-sailing-bvi-ws.jpg
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 800
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: An unusual pre-purchase survey question

If I were the seller, I would find a way to personally deliver the boat to the travel lift for the survey. Ask the seller how they'd like to handle it, but as a buyer, I would not want to be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,091
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

My favorite reply to "Is this boat bluewater capable?" is: There are no bluewater boats - Only bluewater sailors. Know your boat, know your gear, know your seamanship, know yourself. Then make it...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-01-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,762
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Raise the main sail while still at anchor

We do it all the time, but we still have the engine idling too if there's a lee shore or traffic down wind. As soon as we have the anchor up and have her sailing in the direction we want to go, we...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-10-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Through Hulls - Open or Closed?

We close ours when we are not on the boat. They're usually all open when we are on the boat (except the macerator thru-hull). In our case, they're easy to access and open/close, so why not?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-10-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Selling our 1995 Island Packet 40

Beautiful boat. Just saw the listing over at SailboatListings.com.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-02-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: 78 helms 24

Our first boat was a Helms 25 (older than the 24, and a swing keel). We used an 8 horsepower longshaft on an adjustable without issue. If you're just motoring in and out of the slip and marina, 4-8hp...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 1,356
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Adler Barbour fridge short cycling

My Alder Barbour is cold, but the compressor occasionally (I usually hear it at night) cycles on and off for extended periods (~1 hour at a time). If I turn the control knob to off and then reset it...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-20-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 9,269
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Anybody missing a sailboat in the Exumas

From the pictures it is not a Westsail. Did you report it to the Bahamian authorities or USCG?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-14-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,630
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Drone for sailing video

Agreed. Lily looks awesome! My concern would be mast avoidance and landing it back on a moving target.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-14-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 12,899
Posted By kwaltersmi
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-13-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Potagannissing Bay sailing trip

Not really. Just be aware that there are not any service facilities other than at Drummond Island Yacht Haven on DI just south of Harbor Island. Once you round the northern point of DI on the way to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-12-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Potagannissing Bay sailing trip

Awesome area! Try the anchorage in the bay on Harbor Island. You should have no problems tucking way inside with your WWP. It's very protected and full of wildlife (birds, bears, etc.) and nice...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-07-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,110
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: slip vs. mooring

I'd like to try a mooring someday since we love life on the hook. However, I'm too spoiled by shorepower and water at this point. And my 3 young kids really enjoy the marina pool, clubhouse, bike...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,254
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: distance x gulf?

A 30' Sea Ray fly bridge on Lake Erie is a completely different animal than a 25' sailboat on the Gulf. Motoring through the waves with lots of horsepower at hand is one thing, dealing with high...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: List of Fast, Offshore-Capable Cruising Boats?

Fast (relative term) and offshore capable don't often come together in the $30-50k price range. But it can be done.

In addition to the Benny's that Faster mentioned, also consider the Beneteau...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-20-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 2,308
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: My New MOB Procedure

The floating VHF might be tough to reach/find for the MOB in some situations, but every little bit helps in a potentially life threatening situation. I love the idea of throwing a few "cookie...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-20-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,506
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: sailing around Michigan

As others have already said, you shouldn't have depth problems with any harbor entrances between Muskegon and Mac Island. Here's a few of our favorites in order of preference:

1. Charlevoix -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Will 5 hp work on my 25 Catlina.

Should be fine for motoring in and out of a slip, on and off a mooring, up and down a protected channel, etc. But if you'll be motoring to windward in building seas or other such scenarios, the 5hp...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-23-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 3,229
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: AIS phantom ship

What about an aircraft? Possible signal from an airplane transponder?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-18-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,072
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Crossing into the US from Canada

We've gone to and from Canada multiple times via Drummond Island - Meldrum Bay and have never had to produce anything other than passports, boat license/registration, and normal declarations...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-12-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By kwaltersmi
re: Survey all of them!

I agree with Denver - You'll probably have a strong sense of your favorite among the three after you personally view and inspect them each. Then make an offer. Then have it surveyed if you can agree...
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