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Search: Posts Made By: sugarbird
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 2,105
Posted By sugarbird
Re: USCG Boarding Procedures

Over a whole lot of years I've had some polite, civilized boardings, and some pretty awful ones. The guys with the uniforms, guns and badges get to call the shots, but if you treat them with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 115
Views: 7,186
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Are we in over our heads?

Good luck folks. Sailing/yachting/boating/cruising has lots of highs and lows...mistakes that don't maim or kill you can be your best friends IF you pay attention to the lessons available to be...
Forum: Diesel 06-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Compression release lever

I have a Universal 5444 in my boat that is equipped with a compression release gadget like yours. That lever is attached to a rod with flat spots inside the valve cover. When "off" the valves operate...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-15-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,082
Posted By sugarbird
Re: 12vdc fan

I've had very good luck with the Hella 12V fans - maybe a little pricey ($70 at Defender), and no clip, but with just a tiny bit of McGyvering you could attach a clip of your own.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-03-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 862
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Buy? Or Charter?

Like many answers to marine related questions, the best answer is probably "It depends." Boat ownership can be heaven or hell. Do you like fixing stuff? Do you have time to keep the boat in shape, or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-31-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,565
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Rediscovering one's "Self"

Ah, grasshopper (reference to the old TV show "King Fu"), the river of life has many twists and turns, and is sometimes placid and sometimes rough. You change, as do your friends and loved...
Forum: Electronics 05-21-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By sugarbird
Re: B&G sun cover required

As jimggo says, making one from Sunbrella or equivalent is pretty darn easy. I made one for an old B&G depthfinder display in less than an hour. You sew it inside out, flip it in/out, and voila! Mine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-21-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,336
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Defend Defender!

Disclosure: I first bought boat bits at the Defender bricks & mortar store in New Rochelle, NY in 1974. Then their main claim to fame was selection and price - lotsa stuff, and almost always the best...
Forum: Chartering 05-19-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Miami to St barh

Frankly that would be low, low, low on my list of ways to spend a couple weeks on a charter boat, even if I was getting paid! As pointed out by everyone, it's almost always all "uphill" on that...
Forum: Diesel 05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,350
Posted By sugarbird
Re: How often to change impeller?

My feeling is that it comes down to use, abuse and age. If the engine is run fairly often year-round with adequate water flow they can last a good long time. If they are run dry, hot or sit unused...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 893
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Won't buff out!

I'm on the same page capta - I actually DO know how to sail my boat through a crowded anchorage, and if the engine conks out that's just what we'll do, including anchoring and getting underway (I've...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-05-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By sugarbird
Re: What to do about a 220V electrical system?

Like I said earlier, lots of good info, pretty much what I was looking for. I think my friend is starting to feel that the negatives outweigh any probable price plans or likelihood of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 226
Views: 13,223
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?

I think social media and "lifestyle" TV, mags, web sites, etc., sort of promote fantasy. Combine that with the frustrations of modern life, and all the marine gadgets that make it a lot easier/less...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By sugarbird
Re: What to do about a 220V electrical system?

Lots of good info gents, much appreciated, I'll pass it on to my buddy.
Mark - depends on the boat...mine has a dozen 110V outlets so you just can plug in whatever you want while dockside, plus an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By sugarbird
Re: What to do about a 220V electrical system?

Capta - I think my friend understands the challenges and risks of buying an ex-charterboat, and that's his decision. It seems to me installing a transformer would only be part of the solution,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-02-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By sugarbird
What to do about a 220V electrical system?

My friend is considering purchasing a boat coming out of a charter fleet that has a 220V electrical system, for use in the southeastern US and Bahamas. I know folks taking 110V boats to the Med buy...
Forum: Diesel 04-30-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,556
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Universal 5424 Diesel

Gee, for a 33 year old boat, 2,440 hours doesn't seem very high...maybe even a little light? 2440/33=75 hours per year, huh? Check to make sure the hourmeter is actually working. Realistically at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,785
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Engine problem vs Improper functioning of the Prop

Gee whiz, if it's the original setup, and it used to run fine, what kind of Maxprop issues does he think it is? If one of the blades isn't feathering completely I'd expect you'd sure know it via...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,961
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Why don't boats have headlights?

Okay, I'll bite. IMHO there are limited, specific circumstances where fixed lights would be/are helpful, and many, many commercial vessels are so equipped.

BUT, there are huge difference in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-22-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 4,213
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Modern day blue water sailboat?

Kind of an interesting question, and as a certified 'old fart' who started sailing in '63, I have a few opinions (shocking!). When I was a young dockrat the term "bluewater" applied to boats and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-22-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Dengue Fever Like Virus in the Caribbean

Qualifications: I've lived in the USVI for 12 years, have cruised throughout the entire chain, and both my ex-wife and I contracted Dengue...and I have no plans on moving. Dengue and Chikungunya...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-21-2014
Replies: 129
Views: 9,049
Posted By sugarbird
Re: 2014 Catalina 445 vs 1998 Oyster 45

If buying a used Oyster over a new Catalina doesn't make sense to you, just don't do it! The auto analogies work to a certain extent, but not 100%. Even Catalina is a relatively "limited production"...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-05-2014
Replies: 270
Views: 13,779
Posted By sugarbird
Re: What stops Americans cruising the world?

Rather that try to deduce why others haven't done it, here's my personal story. I looked seriously at crossing and doing the Med twice, once 30 years ago and again 5 years ago. Owned a well found 40...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-16-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By sugarbird
Re: How long to reasonably get from Georgetown to P.R.

The more info you supply the more accurate the "guess" as to how far you could get. How large a vessel? Are you comfortable going offshore all the way, or want to island hop? How fast can your...
Forum: Diesel 02-04-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 4,705
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Universal to Kubota Parts list?

FYI, Kumar Brothers (Kubota Parts, Kubota Tractors Parts & Head - Buy KB USA ( stocks a ton of aftermarket Kubota engine parts, including overhaul kits, and their web...
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