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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Weather 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 100
Views: 7,375
Posted By TQA
Re: Tropical Storm Gonzalo... Ooops!

The eye ran right over the top of Bermuda.

No loss of live but quite a few roofs went walkabout.

Many boats beached, damaged and a few sunk.

Gonzalo then rushed across the Atlantic and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 457
Posted By TQA
Re: Any idea what these are?

Hmmm unless it is a hard to find boat AND everything else is nigh on perfect I would pass.

Of course if you can get the seller to soda blast then grind out the suspect areas for inspection ON HIS...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By TQA
Re: Help the "new generation" pick a cruising boat

If you do start thinking about the Carena the Autohelm 3000 is inadequate and the water tankage woefully small. I would fit a Hydrovane windvane and find space for another 50 gallons at least.

A...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 10,865
Posted By TQA
Re: Structual Improvements to a Catalina 27

The list of modifications in the above post has surprised me.

Other than the cockpit drains and the heavier [ in places ] rigging the boat has had no major structural upgrades. Just minor detail...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By TQA
Re: Help the "new generation" pick a cruising boat

This is worth a look 1978 Carena 37.5 Centercockpit Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,185
Posted By TQA
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

Hmm I am the last person to be suggesting wood is good BUT look up Iolaire and Don Street.

Iolaire was built in 1905, sail by Mr Street in the Caribbean for 40 years and still going strong back in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 345
Posted By TQA
Re: Ditch bag vs Ditch box

I have always used one of these.

http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag94/TQA2/ditch_zps9a189446.jpg
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,294
Posted By TQA
Re: Aluminum Hulls for Cruising Boats

You have to be meticulous about avoiding dropping certain metal off cuts inside the hull. The usual culprit is pieces of copper wire dropped during an electrical installation.

This is what happens...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 794
Posted By TQA
Re: Hurricane hole in Bahamas

Hatchet Bay Eleuthra is another.

However I know someone who lost their boat in Andrew in there.

As others have said OK for a cat 1 but more ?
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By TQA
Gonzalo to hit Bermuda next as a Cat 3

If the above comes to pass they are going to get right tonking.

Still they will have a bit more time to strip off sails and canvas etc.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 255
Views: 15,731
Posted By TQA
Re: I hate boats...

In the UK I was a vehicle assessor and sometimes asked to arbitrate in disputes.

If this had happened to a car [ c'mon use your imagination ] and the it was decided to fit a new engine rather...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By TQA
A survival story in St Marten

During hurricane Gonzalo an untended boat that was anchored outside the lagoon on the French side broke free and drifted towards shore but instead found the channel towards the bridge bumping through...
Forum: Weather 1 Week Ago
Replies: 100
Views: 7,375
Posted By TQA
Re: Tropical Storm Gonzalo... Ooops!

Yana Gibbs has taken over 200 pics of the aftermath in St Marten

https://www.facebook.com/yanagibbs

Lots of dreams are broken and beached.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,597
Posted By TQA
Re: Dinghy and Engine Choices

I don't know if it is going to be the same in your neck of the woods but where I am in the Eastern Carib the 18 hp Nissan is cheaper than the 15 hp and it is basically the same engine

So I bought...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By TQA
Re: Looking for boat suggestions...

Pearson made some ketches in your range.

365 is one, I think.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 3,513
Posted By TQA
Re: Oil Scare - Universal M25

Good to hear you got it fixed and it was the inexpensive option.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By TQA
Re: Interlux Perfection Paint Problems

First of all you MUST use brushing reducer. If you get runs it is either too much reducer or too thick.

Here is what I do. Set a sheet of glass near vertical, roll on a THIN coat and tip off. If...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,597
Posted By TQA
Re: Dinghy and Engine Choices

If I have a small dink and small motor I will anchor close to the dinghy dock and not venture far afield.

With a big tube rib and my 18 hp I am happy to anchor a mile away from the dock. This...
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By TQA
Re: Dominica

It all comes from the main reservoir. When I got it from the buoy it was 40 EC and a bit of a hassle to find the guy to turn it on.

As I said 15 EC from the wooden dock but more difficult to get...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 82
Views: 5,625
Posted By TQA
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

Solarwindsailor, here are a few things I have learned from 14 years cruising the first 7 on your sort of budget.

First of all at the bottom end of the market there are a great many boats around...
Forum: Chartering 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By TQA
Re: Dominica

Anchor off the Purple Turtle at the North end of Portsmouth. Good wifi. Visit the Cabrits park behind the wooden dock at the North end of the Portsmouth anchorage. Make sure you make time to hike...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 255
Views: 15,731
Posted By TQA
Re: I hate boats...

Sure it could be to do with the trucking. 5000 miles of shake rattle and roll was the last straw for the corroded oil cooler it failed and the salt water water in heat exchanger drained down into the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 255
Views: 15,731
Posted By TQA
Re: I hate boats...

First of all I am an ex spanner monkey with some recognized diesel chops. 99.? % the damage is down to oil cooler failure this usually manifests itself with oil loss but water ingress is possible.
...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 249
Posted By TQA
Rescue in the English Channel

A 53 old single handed liveaboard on passage from France to England in a trimaran put out a Mayday which was picked up and relayed by a merchant ship. The position was incorrect so the search was in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By TQA
Re: Between 2...

Nothing wrong with either boat. When I was in a similar position I was looking at 18 ft boats and when I asked the question why are you selling they said to buy a 22 ft boat. So I bought a 22 ft boat...
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