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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By Gary M
Re: Any advice for a Cleveland to Canada sail?

Leamington would be a very nice destination, very nice marina and water front area. Lots to see and do. You could stop at Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island for a night to break the trip up. Any time...
Forum: Lake Huron   05-26-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By Gary M
Re: My introduction to Lake Huron

Harrisville is a pretty little harbour but a long way from any where. Where are you starting from? If you are in lower Michigan you might try Port Sanilac or Lexington. They have ramps there that...
Forum: Outboard   05-10-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By Gary M
Re: Running small 4 strokes for 8-12 hours

Years ago before Diesel, I had a 26 footer with a 9.9 Honda and a 24 footer with a 9.8 Merc. I used to cruise Lake Huron's North Channel every other summer.
Many times there seemed to be little or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-21-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 994
Posted By Gary M
Re: C&C 35 with Mod Bulb Keel, Effect?

A friend of mine did exactly that with a MK 3 and casting from Mars Metal. A very nice cruising compromise, I sailed and raced on it and found it sailed very well. C & C with their performance...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   04-15-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,188
Posted By Gary M
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

If you are only going out under the bridge once a year, why not take the mast down and eliminate this requirement? If you can find a mast hoist on both sides of the bridge it is a simple job to lower...
Forum: Caribbean Islands   03-30-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 812
Posted By Gary M
Re: itinerary tips for shorthanded bareboat out of BVI

Just a few weeks back from our first charter there. Highly recommend renting a vehicle in Leverick Bay and driving to the Baths, the drive is half the fun. Only about $75 for 24 hours, just ask at...
Forum: Outboard   03-24-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By Gary M
Re: Yamaha 15hp vs Honda 15hp outboard?

I had a 9.9 Honda on a keel boat a number of years ago and liked it. However a few years ago I rented a 16 foot fiberglass runabout to fish from. The guy had quite a few of these all with Yamaha's. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-17-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,047
Posted By Gary M
Re: Crossing into the US from Canada

I was under the impression that you did not need a station license any more. Is this only required if we go to the States?

I live on lower Lake Huron and cross several times a year. We just make...
Forum: Diesel   03-15-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By Gary M
Re: 2gmf concerns

If you have been motoring a fair bit you will get some water accumulating from your shaft seal. Might be where it is coming from.
Forum: Chartering   03-14-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 19,257
Posted By Gary M
Re: Conch Charters, BVI

Yes the Cyclades, we had booked the three cabin three head version but got the four cabin two head version. Worked great, the fourth cabin had two bunk beds and was great for storing duffels,...
Forum: Chartering   03-14-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 19,257
Posted By Gary M
Re: Conch Charters, BVI

We chartered with Conch three weeks ago. Had a Beneteau 43 and it was in great shape, customer service was also great. No issues what so ever, would definitely charter with them again.

Gary
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-31-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,670
Posted By Gary M
Re: Celestial Navigation

It is a 25 and you are right, not a spot of rust on it anywhere :)

Always thought I would like to pick up a Plath or something nice, they are so shiny ;)

My one mile shot may have been luck
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-31-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,670
Posted By Gary M
Re: Celestial Navigation

It has been years and I just used a cheap Davis but enjoyed doing it and best shots were within a mile of so doing a three point.

Sailing the BVIs in a weeks time and just went to the boat and got...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-12-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,447
Posted By Gary M
Re: What is the best sailing movie ever?

I liked Master and Commander, nice list there. I hate to admit it but I think it was the opening scene in Dove that first got me interested in sailing.
Forum: Other Brands   01-08-2015
Replies: 5
  Gozzard
Views: 2,279
Posted By Gary M
Re: Gozzard

They make an incredible boat, just down the road from me but only geographically, not financially :)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-05-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,778
Posted By Gary M
Re: DIY eye on wire halyard?

If you have not taken an halyard it is a out good opportunity. I take mine out every fall and wash them in Downy, smell really nice.

I just use some vinyl tape and attached about a 1/8" messenger...
Forum: Chartering   01-05-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,750
Posted By Gary M
Re: Clockwise BVI in February

Thanks Guys :)

Gary
Forum: Chartering   01-04-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,750
Posted By Gary M
Re: Clockwise BVI in February

Hi all, good information, we are going there in February for the first time. We fly into St Thomas on Friday the 6th at 14:25 and catching the Roadtown Fast Ferry for the 16:15 departure. Staying on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-04-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,884
Posted By Gary M
Re: Cockpit Draining - Below waterline?

My through hulls exit through the hull behind the water line but ahead of the transom. Under way they are likely under water but at the dock they are a couple of inches above it so no worries.
Forum: Electronics   11-29-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By Gary M
Re: VHF mounting advice

I have a friend who is responsible for the electronics on many of the Coast Guard ships. He tells me that the signal loss getting to the top of the mast is so great we would be better off mounting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-06-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 2,738
Posted By Gary M
Re: Wet core in the hull - what are the options?

Having way more experience with wet coring than I really want I will say it depends. A moisture meter can pick up high moisture in a solid hull, in the bottom paint, gel coat who knows.
I have cut...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-19-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,395
Posted By Gary M
Re: ICE box Drain plumbing

I use ice so get a lot of water, have a whale foot pump that pumps it into the sink. Added advantage is when I want to add some more beverages I put them in the sink and let them sit in the cold...
Forum: Electronics   10-19-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Gary M
Re: How should True Wind be determined?

True wind is the natural wind and has nothing to do with the boat. Apparent wind is a vector addition of the true wind and the wind relative to the movement of the boat. i.e. the wind generated by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By Gary M
Re: USA to Canada?

I had one trucked in from Boston to Sarnia using a local trucking firm near here. Gave them a couple of month leeway and they brought it back on a return trip, very reasonable.
Some firms use a...
Forum: Diesel   10-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By Gary M
Re: Best RPM for Yanmar 3HMF?

A lot depends on your prop, my 8000 lbs 30 footer has a 2GM with a Gori prop. I can cruise at 6 knots at 2200 RPM. A number of friends with the same boat and engine have Martec props and they have to...
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