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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: 2 sets of oarlocks on a Porta bote?

Have never been a bote with two oarlocks, but it would be pretty easy to install. I've had a 10-footer for near a decade of seasonal coastal cruising. Love it. For our boat and our lifestyle it is...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   3 Days Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

Well, here in Big Bend National Park (SW Texas) it is 30 C today. No snow to be seen, although it was -2C overnight. Nothing a fine Canadian boy can't handle :wink.

We're beginning to think about...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 15,229
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Ours is stamped on the stern deck between the boomkin, as well as in the sail locker (port side). I think the boats were semi-custom. Maybe yours was more so...?


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 15,229
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

You got me Natatale. Looks like the Rafiki insignia (squiggle), but it's not a standard 37 for sure. As far as I know they were not built with bowsprit. Odd...

Can you find the HIN?
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   1 Week Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

Still down in west Texas. Last two nights temps were below 0C (32F) but no snow. Sleeping bags kept us warm though, so all good.

I've never had a winter without snow. I thought this might be the...
Forum: Electronics   1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Internal vs External Depth Transducer

Hi Shortman, I used an internal transducer for years with a previous boat. I prefer it simply b/c it reduces the number of holes in my boat. Yes, maintaining the well is basic maintenance, but as...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,420
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Feasibility of cruising the Great Lakes in small steps

Weather on the Great Lakes is hard to predict due to it being continental. By contrast, ocean weather is far simpler to understand and predict, which is something that spooks some sailors first...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

Thanks Gary, although it sounds like you're more in need of warmth than I :eek:. I sure hope the winter lets up along the east coast. I'm slowly making my way east, but will have to turn north at...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

We passed very close, but camped north of there on the Colorado, and then diverted off to Phoenix to meet friends. Lots of boondocking around AZ. Lesser so in our current area, given that we're so...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

Just checking in from New Mexico/Mexican border. This is a maxi-scooter:

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2009models/2009-Yamaha-Majestya.jpg

2009 Yamaha Majesty...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 3,990
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned I hate winter!

Just checking in from the warm(ish) border between Arizona and New Mexico. Although our boat (and now our home) remains frozen in the cold Canadian northlands, we are happily travelling via...
Forum: Learning to Sail   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 219
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Great lakes sailing and an old salt to show me the ropes

Welcome Raptrous. I'm afraid I can't offer any direct help in the local mentoring request, but I've sailed these Great Lakes for over a decade now, and can say you're on the right track for a great...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 3,448
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Like I said, mine :devil.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 3,448
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Mine ... without a doubt, mine :captain:.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

I agree with your sentiment OB. A composter is definitely not for everyone and every situation. I've listed what I think are the prose and cons many, many times. My opinion, after living with both,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Composting Head

Another happy composter owner, in this case a Nature's Head. As others have said, it is one of the best upgrades we've made to our cruising life.

And just to be clear, I didn't switch b/c we were...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

Hmmm, Lake Superior hovers around 4C (40F), so you jump in first ;)

Kidding, of course. Actually, yours is always our first choice, even up on the cold Great Lakes. I'm sure this will carry on as...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-08-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

To each his/her own. As long as it keeps a smile on our faces, and more importantly, a smile on our partner's faces when they get down wind -- that's all that matters :sailing-pilgrims:
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-08-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

We always flushed feces TP in our standard marine head. I've never had a problem doing this with either head system. My sense is that problems that occur have more to do with the volume of paper...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-08-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

I should expand on my previous paper post. Feces (dirty) paper goes in our Nature's Head. My wife's "wet" wipes go in a bag for later disposal in a garbage, or a shore fire. Paper in the composter is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-07-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

Our paper goes in the bin. No problem. It desiccates, and eventually composts, just as well as other organic material. I've heard that some compost owners divert their paper, but this practice is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-03-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

Yes, I'd be curious to know what version you had Tanski. I know most land-based systems are as SMJ says. Sun-Mar is the company I'm familiar with who makes them. I have used them in other people's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-02-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

I'm sure we could find differences if we compared specifics of each, but in general I think they are fundamental the same. Natural processes can manage a certain volume of waste, converting it to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-02-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

Oh, absolutely agree copacabana. So far I've usually managed to find a remote place to dump, off in the woods. In a few cases I've dumped into an existing outhouse (hole in the ground style). I've...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-02-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 5,842
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

This is/was the number one reason I switched to a composting head (or desiccating, if you prefer). It wasn't to be green, or b/c our standard head didn't work well. It was simply to avoid the...
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