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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By TQA
Re: hurricane storage in tropics

When you are in Trini make sure you do the Taste of Trini tour with Jesse James.

There is also a Facebook group called Trinidad Cruisers that is worth joining.

Take advice from Peakes on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 948
Posted By TQA
Tohatsu 18hp tale of woe

Well I was zipping across Falmouth harbor in Antigua when my two year old Tohatsu 18hp 2 stroke started sounding very unhappy and slowed down.

I throttled back and it clonked on for a moment or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,048
Posted By TQA
Re: 18 months until we walk the plank

I am a retired full time liveaboard. My boat is a 44ft cutter and that is the biggest boat I would choose but I know of plenty couples with 50ft boats or even 55ft.

But attitude matters more than...
Forum: Diesel 02-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By TQA
Re: Oil level too high?

1/4 inch will be OK.

4 inches will not.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-02-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,381
Posted By TQA
Re: Looking at Sailboats

Nothing wrong with your basic idea. Similar threads are posted here on a regular basis. There is a BIG difference between a 36 ft boat and 45 ft one. EG on a 36 ft you can recover the anchor by hand...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-30-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,221
Posted By TQA
Re: 10K$ boat --- Are Insurance and Survey REALLY mandatory?

Many many cruisers don't have comprehensive insurance. They tend to have oversized anchors, sail with a defensive mentality, are less likely to abandon ship and have a reserve fund for the days...
Forum: Chartering 11-19-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By TQA
Re: St. Lucia - Grenada in March/April

I am a full time liveaboard in that area and it should be a great sail. St Lucia to St Vincent is the longest and the roughest patch will be just before the top end of St Vincent.

I usually stop...
Forum: Caribbean Islands 10-30-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By TQA
Re: Seeking advice: St Lucia to Guadeloupe

I am retired out here and Guadeloupe Dominica and Martinique are among my favourites.

Added to the above advice hiring a car in Guadeloupe for a day or two and visiting the botanical gardens at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-28-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By TQA
Raymarine Linear Actuator Type 2S stopped working !

Stopped working with the message on the control head "DRIVE STOPPED"

I could feel the clutch engaging as the wheel would lock but it was no longer steering.

Got it out and took it apart...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-19-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 1,334
Posted By TQA
Re: Uses for totally shot sail?

The BEST possible destination for a used sail is these guys.

Sails for Sustenance | Donating Used Sails to Fishermen in Haiti (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-07-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 2,471
Posted By TQA
Re: Miami to Bimini

Do not do this on a schedule. Check the weather forecast then decide if you go.

Do not go with any North in the forecast even if you think you have a tough boat and a tough crew.

Finally time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 21,130
Posted By TQA
Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

From St Lucia down to Grenada there are three places I currently avoid plus one I am careful about.

Vieux Fort anchorage St Lucia. Theft from boats.

Chateaubelair St Vincent [ Local Gov. is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-04-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 21,130
Posted By TQA
Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

I am in Grenada and have just heard an unconfirmed report that the Union Island police have arrested 3 young men and that they are on their way to the jail on the main island of St Vincent.
Forum: There's This Place... 10-04-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By TQA
Re: Long Term Live Aboard at St Tomas VI (US)

Checkout Spirit airlines out of Fort Lauderdale they have some amazing deals. I flew
return for under $100.

I believe you have to register and pay for an anchorage/mooring permit. I met a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-29-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 2,820
Posted By TQA
Re: Anchor Snubbers Redux

Yes I like the hook.

When I started out I knew very little about anchoring and copied what I saw the majority doing which was a chain hook on nylon line. On reading the gospel according to Lyn and...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-31-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,824
Posted By TQA
Re: Going ashore while on the hook

This is my 11th year of living on the hook mostly but not all in the Caribbean. Here are some random thoughts.

Use an anchor one size up from the recommendation. I am a dinosaur and living in the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-22-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,711
Posted By TQA
Re: Need help buying a good used sailboat/live-aboard

The above is good advice.

With $60 k to spend and a Florida location ixnay the ferro.

Avoid teak decks. They make the boat hotter inside and need replacing at about 20 years at HUGE cost.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-18-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,211
Posted By TQA
Re: Westerly 33 Ketch as a cruiser/live aboard?

I had a 38 ft ketch which I lived on for 7 years and single handed a fair bit. The ability to drop the main sail and still have a balanced rig was useful. My current home is a 44 ft cutter and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-17-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 4,306
Posted By TQA
Re: How much maintenance and repair, really?

I am in my 11th year as a ful time cruising liveaboard. I can roughly divide the people I see into three groups.

Type 1 Some people buy old wooden boats with wooden masts and lots of exposed wood...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-26-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 922
Posted By TQA
Re: Marina Slips in Caribbean

Finding a slip at short notice will not be a problem at most times in the islands between St Maarten and Grenada.

EXCEPT during events like the ARC in St Lucia [ XMAS - NEWYEAR ] Heineken regatta...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2012
Replies: 83
Views: 10,976
Posted By TQA
I am a 64 year old full time liveaboard on a 44...

I am a 64 year old full time liveaboard on a 44 foot cutter and single hand about 50% of the time.

Roller furler on the genny, hank on staysail, slab reefing main and a electric anchor windlass +...
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