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Search: Posts Made By: smj
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,811
Posted By smj
Re: generator a good idea?

If that's the case I wish all diesel generators were installed like yours!
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,811
Posted By smj
Re: generator a good idea?

I feel the same way about a diesel generators fumes as you do the noise of the Honda. If only we could all survive of solar.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,811
Posted By smj
Re: generator a good idea?

To me, the fumes of a diesel generator are much more obnoxious than the hum of the Honda 2000.
If it wasn't for humans, this would be a beautiful world.:-)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,811
Posted By smj
Re: generator a good idea?

I agree, if you can fit enough solar and a large enough battery bank solar is the way to go. My problem would be the "flaw in the setup" statement. Let's be honest, a Catalina 30 won't have the real...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,811
Posted By smj
Re: generator a good idea?

The worst thing you can do to your diesel primary propulsion engine is to use it to charge your batteries. The engine doesn't have enough load on it to reach optimum temperature and it will age your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By smj
Re: has anyone made a homemade catamaran and cross a ocean yet?

Wharrams, Woods design, Shuttleworth, Oram, Simpson, Schionning, Crowther and I'm sure I'm missing many other designers who have had their designs home built and crossing oceans with no problems. Not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 5,826
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

I think your right, it's all about experience. Over the past 20+ years we've cruised on catamarans between 30 and 43 feet and we've come to the conclusion, based on our experience, that the mid 30'...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 5,826
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

Yes Windlasses are great.....when they work. I don't want any boat that I have to rely on mechanically to be able to handle. We use a windlass but if it breaks the anchors are also light enough to be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 5,826
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

Nah, as I said we have found our sweet spot. Tried a larger boat and neither one of us liked it especially my wife, and it had nothing to do with anchoring. She has the option of steering or dealing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 5,826
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

My wife insists on a smaller boat. Guess it's because the anchors she has to handle are lighter:D. But seriously, after 20+ years we have found our sweet spot. And yes she does do most the anchoring!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 3,085
Posted By smj
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

We are in the market for a dinghy for our new boat. I have an interest in the Porta Bote but would only be able to fit the 8'er on the davits with motor attached. It seems it has a very low load...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,769
Posted By smj
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

To me one of the more important aspects of having a depth sounder is the ability to check out an anchorage before dropping anchor. Not only will you know how much rode to put out, you should also...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 5,826
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

We dreamed of a larger boat and finally bought it, a 43' catamaran. What were we thinking! Everything is larger and harder to handle. Of course there was some system installed to handle the loads of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By smj
Re: Soft shackles--What have you used them for?

I'm sure years ago people thought the same of autopilots, depth sounder's and chart plotters, but I bet you have these items on your boat:D
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 11,520
Posted By smj
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet

We've owned two Naturesheads and one Airhead, loved them both. We close on our next catamaran in two days and are going to order a C-head. No more conventional marine heads for this kid, never again.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,493
Posted By smj
Re: Anyone ever sold at a profit?

We have owned 8 cruising cats and only lost money on one. Not a great way to make a living as our hourly wage on most of them would have probably been less than a dollar. Labor of love?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-15-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,020
Posted By smj
Re: Sold my boat...

The key to finding affordable dock space in Marathon for a cat and not live aboard is to find a house with a dock to tie up behind. My friend has a house of Boot Key and should have dock space open...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-12-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,085
Posted By smj
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

We have had inflatables and also a Livingston catamaran dinghy. Loved the Livingston but it was heavy, cumbersome and couldn't handle much of a load. On our next cat I think we will try the Porta...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-30-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By smj
Re: Catamaran Sailing

Most cats are roomarans and will sail as well or better than your common roomaran monohull. There are a few that can sail exceptionally well, just as there are a few monos that can sail exceptionally...
Forum: Multihull 07-07-2014
Replies: 301
Views: 19,229
Posted By smj
Forum: Multihull 07-07-2014
Replies: 301
Views: 19,229
Posted By smj
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Well said Bob, just as there's some monos that point well and some monos that are pigs upwind.
Pick your poison?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-01-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 310
Posted By smj
Re: elite 33 catamaran ? who manufactures it?

Prout made the Elite 37 but I think their 33 was called a quest. Not sure who the manufacturer would be.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-18-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 922
Posted By smj
Re: First Season As Cruisers Shattered

There's dry wood termites and there's subterranean termites. Subterranean termites need moisture and dirt where the dry wood termites don't.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-15-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 3,092
Posted By smj
Re: Making an offer for a sailboat

Both by about 8%. I think you're right, it does depend on the broker.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-15-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 3,092
Posted By smj
Re: Making an offer for a sailboat

The problem with soldboats.com is you're relying on brokers being honest about the actual selling price. I got into soldboats.com a couple of weeks ago and none of the boats that I've purchased...
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