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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 911
Posted By kwaltersmi
Your best boat buying tips

Over the years and through the purchase of 5 boats, sailing (more than some, less than others), chatting here, reading and generally researching I've narrowed down some of my favorite tips for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: New to Sailing. Looking for Advice.

My advice - Sail! Dinghy sail. Day sail. Crew on a race boat. Do some weekend cruising. Get to know the boat, get to know each other as crew, and get to know the basics. There's no substitute for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,084
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Accidently Aged Rum...

Should be fine. Reminds me of a few recent news stories about 200+ year old alcohol and 100+ year old beer found in shipwrecks. I didn't hear how the booze tasted, but the story I read said the beer...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,386
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: bluewater pocket cruiser

Lots of boats (sail and power) can make the jump to the Bahamas. Just to be different, I'll through out a few others you might consider:

Telstar trimaran
Corsair 28 catamaran

What's your...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: PSC 31 pros and cons

Are you referring to the newer, current production PSC 31 ( the classic Mariah ( a PSC...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 566
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Diesel tank repaired on Gulf 32

Nice work and good, helpful blog post. I replaced our leaking diesel tank last summer, but fortunately it wasn't all that hard since access was easy and the OEM part manufacturer is still in business.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Tartan 37 or Irwin 38 Mark II CC

Very different boats, as noted by those above. If you're priorities are sailing performance and potential bluewater passage making, the Tartan is likely the better choice. If you want a roomy cabin...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,291
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Cruiser versus motor sailer

What is it about a motorsailer that appeals most to you? I know you said space, but that can be had in spades aboard 42-60' bluewater cruisers, particularly for a crew of two. They all also have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-07-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 4,113
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: This is probably a complicated topic, but...

If you're gonna pack heat on the water, at least do so on a cat because they roll less and sail flat, making aiming much easier. Right?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-06-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sabre 42, Tartan 40 or...

What's his intended use? Daysailing? Weekending? Cruising? Racing?

The Tartan and Sabre are good places to start. If it were me with that budget and need, I'd also consider:

-Caliber 40: a bit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-06-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 645
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Pirate skeleton found...

How do they know it was a "notorious" pirate? I read the article and didn't see any speculation about an identity, other than to say it was likely a pirate put to death and displayed to warn other...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-05-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 573
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Goofy boater attaches shark to car

Come drive US131 or 127 in Michigan during November, you'll see plenty.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-05-2016
Replies: 191
Views: 8,481
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Paying to watch youtube cruising vids

I'm mostly immune to the recent Patreon push and the "buy us a beer" buttons. I have absolutely no issues with folks implementing these campaigns and so far they don't detract from my reading/viewing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-04-2016
Replies: 191
Views: 8,481
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Paying to watch youtube cruising vids

I watch plenty and support a few. It's better than most of the crap on TV and is real reality TV, for better and worse. A few of my favorites lately have been:

Sailing Vessel Prism ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-30-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 2,093
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: I wonder how hard I'm going to get hammered for this one...

Can someone point me to a manufacturer of true blue water boats that have swim decks built into them???

Outbound 46/52
Moody 45DS
Moody 43 (1990s)
Najad 361 (1990s)
Tartan 3800
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-22-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,333
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: How important are looks?

A 1975 Pearson 30 has a good chance of being the next buyer's first "big" boat, and thus, cosmetics may be very important because the buyer may not have the experience to consider the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-22-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,182
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: And we wonder why boats sink . . .

This is not an "upgrade" I would make. Having said that, I'm still learning something through this thread, so thanks for sharing!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-17-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: outboard without reverse gear

Our Honda 2hp has no reverse and it's no big deal to simply spin the motor around. In fact, I like the 360 degrees of thrust. What I don't like is not having neutral. To stop movement I have to shut...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   12-16-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: another newbie

I wonder how many other people can claim a 43' cat as their starter/first boat.

Welcome aboard!
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-15-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,102
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Eating for a dollar a day in the Bahamas

And remember, SCUBA is NOT allowed for the harvest of fish, lobster or any other critters. If you're going to spearfish, you need to use a Hawaiian sling and snorkel gear/free dive. (Per Fishing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-15-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 865
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Home made Self Steering

Here's what Chuck on LeaLea sometimes uses:

He's a SN member, so perhaps he'll chime in.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-14-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailing round the world with just your young daughter as crew...

Thanks for sharing. For the modest rental fee, I'll likely queue it up to watch with my own daughters. I did the same with Laura Dekkker's "Maidentrip" and was rewarded with some thoughtful...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-23-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,190
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: bluetooth speakers

We love our Fugoo. It's small, has good sound, excellent battery life and is waterproof/shock proof. It's also got a small rail mounting attachment so we can easily put it on the bimini frame or...
Forum: Polls   11-13-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,617
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Which Site Are You Most Likely to Use To Sell Your Boat

Been building my own site for cruising sailboats at ( It's a niche market and website, but we focus...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By kwaltersmi
4 simple questions for sailboat designers

I've been working my way through a series of blog posts featuring answers to 4 simple questions from some of my favorite sailboat designers. So far I've shared responses from Chuck Paine, Bill...
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