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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,145
Views: 80,414
Posted By RTB
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

Podcast: What It Means To Fly The Jolly Roger | Cruising Outpost Magazine (http://cruisingoutpost.com/2015/06/podcast-means-fly-jolly-roger/)

I guess Bob Bitchin thinks "not lame". Of course,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

That's a pretty aggressive itinerary. I hope it works out the way you plan, Steve.

I just read your blog, and noticed (in the video) the filter those guys installed. It looks like a Racor 200...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 699
Posted By RTB
Re: How do you rig your courtesy flag?

Attach the flag with these - DU BRO Spring Release Flag Clips | West Marine (http://www.westmarine.com/buy/du-bro--spring-release-flag-clips--P007_214_005_510)

Pick up a shroud cleat -...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-18-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Bill hit about 30 miles from here, but we were on the weak side. Reported winds were only up to 44 knots. Not bad, and happy Bill didn't have time to develop into a real storm.

In the doof...
Forum: Weather   06-14-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By RTB
Re: Thunderstorms

T-storms happen in the Bahamas in mid December too. No guarantees (nor absolutely reliable forecasts either) - Bahamas again! | sailing away with R & B...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-12-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Unless you plan to use headsets, work out simple hand signals for forward, neutral, and reverse. It beats yelling over engine noise, and should keep things calm at the helm and foredeck. Good luck....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-12-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

We've got 100' chain plus another 100' nylon. Also, a 30' snubber. In a blow, I'll have 10:1 scope out. So, first off you need to choose your spot to drop that Mantus, making sure you have swing...
Forum: Apps & Authors   05-28-2015
Replies: 261
Views: 12,615
Posted By RTB
Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

$17.00 shouldn't kill the cruising kitty. Order here - http://www.waterwayguide.com/shipstore/index.php?cPath=29_31

I've seen Skipper Bob on the shelf at many West Marines too.

If you are...
Forum: Apps & Authors   05-28-2015
Replies: 261
Views: 12,615
Posted By RTB
Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

Pretty hard to find anchorages easily in the guides. The best by far IMO is Skipper Bob's (sold through WWG). Very quick and easy to find your next anchorage. Also, bridges are listed in order (by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By RTB
Re: Help with anchoring for storms.

I'm not sure a Danforth is the best choice. They do hold fine with some bottoms, but they are not known for their ability to reset. The problem with many storms is that the wind direction can...
Forum: Apps & Authors   05-26-2015
Replies: 261
Views: 12,615
Posted By RTB
Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

That looks a bit longer to me. Maybe you see something I don't? We stop at Morgan City, then on to Houma. That's only a 38 mile run. Houma is a neat stop, BTW. Even if, last time there, a barge...
Forum: Apps & Authors   05-25-2015
Replies: 261
Views: 12,615
Posted By RTB
Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

Yep, outside from Pensacola to Panama City because of bridge clearance.

We didn't use the Avoca cut-off. I never looked at that option.

If you are doing the ICW from Galveston, and didn't...
Forum: SailNet FAQ   05-16-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By RTB
Re: Bahamas-Sailing to Cat Island first time

You won't be novice sailors once you make it to Cat.

Go to No Name Harbor (south Miami) to cross. Farther south (Angelfish Creek, or Rodriguez Key) would be even better if you want to take the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-03-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I'm terrible at explaining stuff. I guess you've already read this? - Installing A Battery Monitor Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-20-2015
Replies: 188
Views: 17,875
Posted By RTB
Re: Florida is at it again

I just saw this on Facebook -

Update on SB 1548
After speaking with a Florida Senate intern, I want to encourage everyone to call Senator Flores' office this week @ 305-270-6550. The intern...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-08-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,172
Posted By RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Hey Steve - It's good to see you making progress. It is a good feeling to finish a DIY project. You saved a few bucks, plus I believe the old saying...."If you want something done right, do it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-13-2015
Replies: 308
Views: 36,844
Posted By RTB
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

I'm sorry I never met Alicia. After meeting you, it was very obvious what she meant to you. You two did a wonderful job raising your sons. You and "the Boys" are some tough dudes. I'm sure she's...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   01-31-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By RTB
Re: Looking to crew in Seabrook/Clear Lake area

We live aboard, and are currently tied up at Harborwalk Marina in Hitchcock, near Galveston. Swing by some time. We will be moving down to Rockport soon for a haulout though.

I recommend you...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 7,096
Posted By RTB
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

We left Kemah back in November, 2012. We are back in Texas for a while, after cruising the past two years (5000 miles). The nice thing is that you can do the ditch to Pensacola, Fl., so not too...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-22-2015
Replies: 141
Views: 9,810
Posted By RTB
Re: Just Go!

I guess this thread was geared toward people with boats already, but waiting until they think they have the perfect boat. I've said it before, but all you really need is a safe boat, below the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-21-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By RTB
Re: Brunswick Landing Marina,Ga.

No other marinas. We did anchor out a few times. One good anchorage is off St. Simon Island, near Morningstar Marina. Quite a tide runs there.

Another quite nice anchorage we found, was off the...
Forum: Weather   11-22-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By RTB
Re: Florida winds

Don't forget tides and currents. I don't recall which bridge it was, but the tide was against us and we barely made it through (say less than 1/2 knot boatspeed). Was somewhere south of...
Forum: Weather   11-22-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By RTB
Re: Florida winds

It's a constant cycle really. Before a cold front, expect winds to go west before going north when the front hits. Maybe a lull in winds after a day or two, then going strong east to southeast. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-12-2014
Replies: 287
Views: 19,415
Posted By RTB
Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Haha! I was like you many years ago. I had a brand spanking new Laguna 22', which was my first sailboat. I laughed at other sailors using their outboards, as I passed them under sail. This was on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-12-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By RTB
Re: Weather Guessing

You are right. Many times, the cold fronts either stall, and never make it. Or, at least slow down. Probably hard to predict this at times here on the Gulf.

For gribs, I use Ugrib - Software...
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