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Search: Posts Made By: LarryandSusanMacDonald
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,213
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Thanks, everybody. These ideas will get me a start. I was hoping for more - I guess folks on SailNet are just a lot smarter than I am and don't make stupid mistakes. (Or are too ashamed to admit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-11-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,213
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

There have to more dumb things we've done. It's a little like running aground - if you have a boat, either you've done it, or you are lying.

If you can't remember any dumb things you've done, ask...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 844
Re: Radar reflector

We stopped using ours after it wore through it's halyard and almost hit Suzi on the head!

If you know someone with a radar on board as him to check your reflection with it both up and down.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,213
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Another dumb thing I did - while backing down on the anchor, I didn't take prop walk into consideration and caught a crab trap float in the prop. The water was about 45 degrees and I had no wet suit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,213
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

One of the dumb things I did (there are many) working in a deep cockpit locker seat - I climbed back out and the seat slammed closed... and LATCHED! I was very lucky it didn't happen when I was in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,213
Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Hi, Haven't been on Sailnet in quite awhile - we sold the boat and became landlubbers asfter 15 years of living aboard and cruising. But we're still keeping our website (The Frugal Mariner: Home...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Re: Snappy or otherwise Comebacks

Pirates? You mean the folks at the Chandlery?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Re: Hull maintenance and painting questions?

I have to take some exception to the 2 to 3 years between bottom painting. This varies a lot. I worked for many years in a boatyard and there were good years and bad years for barnacles. We saw...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-22-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Re: Southbound in the ditch

Auspicious said

That's very true. Making short hops is especially inefficient. The time take to go out + the time to come back in + resting a day because you were up all night and everyone who...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-22-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Re: Southbound in the ditch

We've done a dozen trips on the ICW over the last 15 years (6 up, 6 down) and have a lot of tips to share here. (http://www.frugal-mariner.com/ICW.html)

Having a schedule is ALWAYS a bad idea. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-22-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 788
Re: The Chart was Wrong AGAIN!

There is only ONE accurate chart. It's the one where 1" = 1". You can see it by looking beyond the edge of your boat.

We have friends who had their eyes glued to the chartplotter sticking up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-06-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,600
Re: West Marine: A Love-Hate Relationship

Here's something we have learned when dealing with West Marine - especially the smaller stores: before you go there, call and ask if the item(s) you are looking for are in stock. (Have the catalog...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,600
Re: West Marine: A Love-Hate Relationship

Often, they hire cruisers who work for a while and then are off cruising again. Often, cruisers know boats well and know the WM inventory well and can speak knowledgeably. Suzi and I have both...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Suzi (the one with the memory) says we spent one night there - maybe two in 1998. We arrived there New Years day. I remember I needed to get some parts for our fresh water pump.

Suzi wonders...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

You are right, Barquito, it doesn't work with Internet Explorer. There are so many things which don't work well on I.E. it's no wonder it's becoming less and less favored. It's slower, and often...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

4arch: some good points worth adding.

Though my boat wasn't small - 41 feet, 28,000 lbs - we had a 45 lb CQR as a primary anchor with 80 ' of 3/8" chain + 3/4" line, and I managed to pull it up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Barquito,

Interesting on the new window resize. I'm using Mozilla Firefox and it worked okay. What browser do you use?

In re.: Books - I stuck a couple in - but I'll have to spend some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

MZW

Thanks - good point. I worked off and on over the years at a marina and got everything wholesale - including a new engine for the boat - so buying stuff was easy for me and never crossed my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Hey, guys and gals - no comments at all? 171 of you have read this post so far. As of 6:00 AM today, 74 of you have looked at Frugal Mariner's 'Buying a cruising boat' page.

I can only...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,720
Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Why is it important that dogs be 'pure bred'? None of us are.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 911
New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Hi, everybody,

I haven't been as active on SailNet as I used to be. We sold our boat last September bought a house and moved ashore after 15 years living on our boat and cruising. (I may have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,720
Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Our good cruising friends, Skip and Harriet Hardy wrote a very good page for us on Frugal-Mariner: Cruising with a Dog (http://www.frugal-mariner.com/Cruising_with_a_Dog.html). Though I wouldn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-26-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 400
Wild Sailing Photos.

For those of you on Facebook, here's a page you've got to look at. Some incredible sailing photos. Some other really interesting stuff now and then, too.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-19-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Re: Newbie looking for experience and knowledge

Join the U.S. Power Squadron and take some of their courses. You'll meet a lot of boaters that way.

OR:

Get a job at a working marina. You'll learn more than you may want to.

Also, check...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-27-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,098
Re: Books by Sailors

Hi, Livia,
Love your tag - "Vagabond in Training."

No, I didn't necessarily mean self-published, but mostly Books by Cruising Sailors who aren't already famous (at least in the sailing...
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