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Search: Posts Made By: TakeFive
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,203
Posted By TakeFive
Another fatal attempt at "Youngest to circumnavigate"

Hopefully these dangerous "youngest to ever..." attempts will come to an end someday. This kid just got his pilot's license in June, and died trying to fly to American Samoa at night. I'm not a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 390
Posted By TakeFive
Re: micro Jump Starters - anyone tried them on your boat?

If you want it that much, just buy it. Don't belabor the issue by asking for advice that you won't follow. Just post a follow-up to let us know if it works as advertised.

FWIW, I have a more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 674
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Appropriate Size cockpit tank for small outboard

I suggest that we focus on OP's original question, and not get rant on about irrelevant long-distance cruising:

For the kind of daysailing that you (and I) do, 2-3 gallons is PLENTY. Don't screw...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 4 Days Ago
Replies: 201
Views: 7,239
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Just a short daysail on Saturday evening. My wife had been out of town 2 weeks taking care of family. Picked her up at the airport at 3 pm (about 2 miles from the boat). She had gotten 3 hours sleep...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 674
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Appropriate Size cockpit tank for small outboard

Nice looking schematic. Unfortunately, next to each part the website says:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,949
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Not gonna join the debate either, but if you end up with a wheel, remember that you do not have to sit behind it when single-handing. You may find that sitting astride the wheel on the windward...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 5 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 677
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Jellyfish west/rhode river?

I also have unusually heavy slime on my boat on the Delaware River. I spoke to a very knowledgeable liveaboard who used to dive on bottoms professionally, and he noted that water clarity is unusually...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,426
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Bad Rope (Line/Sheet) Advice?

I know people here can be pretty picky about their lines, but I think it's a stretch to call Sta-Set a bad choice for a beginning daysailer. He could have done a lot worse. It is a shame if he got a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,879
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Best outboard motor for a small inflatable?

Greatest part of the video: 3:25, where she's walking past the boats and "gets a rise" out of every motor she passes. :laugher :laugher :laugher
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,298
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Keeping fresh water from fouling

I follow Peggie Hall's procedure to shock my water system at the beginning of each season. It has worked well for me. She recommends a 0.75% solution (by volume) of household bleach for no longer...
Forum: Electronics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 688
Posted By TakeFive
Re: laptop choice

This company's prices seem to have gone up since I bought mine four years ago:

Their inexpensive model:

Bluetooth Serial Adapter RS232 (http://www.usconverters.com/serial-bluetooth-adapter)
...
Forum: Electronics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 688
Posted By TakeFive
Re: laptop choice

After initial setup, it's very reliable.

A good industrial-strength serial-bluetooth converter can be found for about $50, and works great with legacy equipment that transmits NMEA0183. Then any...
Forum: Electronics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 688
Posted By TakeFive
Re: laptop choice

Once you work around the quirky drivers in SPP mode, Bluetooth does have the benefit of eliminating the issue of cable wear. I set up my nav system to transmit Bluetooth because I wanted my tablet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 3,309
Posted By TakeFive
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,051
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Single line reefing question

I have single line reefing. It was originally rigged with line going through the cringles (per Catalina specifications), but it had too much friction. I attached blocks to both cringles - tack and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 3,309
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailing around the world on a Catalina 22 sailboat

This just seems like an absurd idea. Any C22 or similar boat would have to be modded so extensively that you might as well just buy a boat designed for the task anyway. It's not just the swing keel -...
Forum: Electronics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 688
Posted By TakeFive
Re: laptop choice

I went the inexpensive highly compact route. I have a Lenovo Miix2 8" tablet. They can be found for as little as $200, and have a GPS built in (contrary to the dimwits who claim it does not have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 590
Posted By TakeFive
Re: How tight dinghy inflation. Plus lights

Just curious - I thought that motorized boats (including motorized dinghies) needed red/green, and then 360° white. (That's why sailboats have steaming lights.) It seems from the description that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 2,990
Posted By TakeFive
Re: How do I handle insurance claims?

I agree, as long as there are not other mitigating factors that OP has not told us about.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 2,990
Posted By TakeFive
Re: How do I handle insurance claims?

First of all, I do share a little skepticism that we may not be hearing the entire story, including the rigger's defense of his actions. It is very common for internet stories to be totally lopsided...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Going under! BB Bridge

Sounds like you know the Delaware (and its limitations) pretty well. There are a few of us here who keep our boats on the Delaware during the season, and none of us are defensive about it. We just...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 2,990
Posted By TakeFive
Re: How do I handle insurance claims?

I think you are being a little tough on him. Rereading his posts, which admittedly dribbled out the information haphazardly, it appears that the mast came down while the rigger was working on it (not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 465
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 6hp Nissan outboard leaks air into fuel line

Where is the fuel filter where the air bubble appears? If it's in the fuel line, then the air leak would be upstream of it - not at the entrance to the motor.

I spent 5 years trying to fix a air...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,041
Posted By TakeFive
Re: I may try for a solo trip in Sept.

Yeah, I thought so too. But some smartphones don't display emoticons properly, and that can lead to misunderstandings sometimes.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,041
Posted By TakeFive
Re: I may try for a solo trip in Sept.

I don't know how much of that other thread that you read, but my comment that you quoted was a total joke (hence the emoticons), and an intentional poke at a stubborn critic over there. I did not...
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