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Search: Posts Made By: kwaltersmi
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 2,481
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) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
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 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 10,345
Posted By kwaltersmi
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 644
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) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 644
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) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,809
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) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,149
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,137
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) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,446
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) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 1,265
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: 541
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: 2,995
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: 947
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: 848
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...
Forum: Maintenance/How-to Videos 02-25-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 890
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Our first good video

Dave - Between the iPhone, GoPro and Mac you've got all you need to make quality scrap book/sharing vids. Do you have the native iMovie app loaded on the Mac or iPhone? It's a bit wonky and takes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-12-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,500
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What Would You Do?

I vote for option 1. It sounds like you like the boat you've got, so enjoy it and save as much as you can for retirement. Purchasing a trailer-sailor isn't a sure-fire money saving plan, so I'd...
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-12-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 926
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Thinking about a boat for sailing around the Philippines

Here are my favorites: Bluewater on a Budget (

I suspect you'll be able to find plenty of worthy hulls, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: tying to shore - rock climbing gear?

Not sure about the suitability of climbing gear for this application, but we have used plenty of pre-placed/installed d-rings in the granite rocks of the North Channel adjacent to where you are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Recommendation for cordless LED spotlight?

We've got a Streamlight Waypoint that I like a lot. It's powerful (300 lumens/80k candela), efficient and waterproof. You can read my review here: Streamlight Waypoint LED Spotlight...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-10-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Channel 13: Absolute Must

Good tip! We monitor 16, 13 and 9.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-09-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Advice for buying this Catalina 30

Looks like you've already got good advice in this thread, but I agree, this particular C30 wouldn't be a great choice for your first sailboat, regardless of price. There are plenty of well-loved...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-26-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,188
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What Questions Would You Want Answered?

Based on the number of times I've seen it asked around here, many people will be interested in how to pay for/afford cruising and your personal story as it relates (investments, working while...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 971
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Problem about Cockpit sole repair

Sounds like you're on the right track. In any case, here's an excerpt from Don Casey about installing a new deck hatch, but with a similar procedure which might be helpful:

When you make a...
Forum: Racing 01-22-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,514
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: How fast is an F18 ?

1,190 mph per Wikipedia ;)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-22-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,053
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which 27 ??

That's all. Just another $20-30k premium for the scoop and the MkII emblem! ;)

Off topic but the new engine (60 hours), new sails, new cockpit canvas, new upholstery, value and familiarity with...
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