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Search: Posts Made By: orthomartin
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 10,902
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Cruising beginner

Jeff is correct right from the get go that we need more information regarding the type of cruising. If you are spending time in the ICW a retractable keel or centerboard would be ideal. The shoal...
Forum: Multihull 02-27-2014
Replies: 307
Views: 26,049
Posted By orthomartin
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

It really is disappointing that so many take such a question as a cause or mission to bash a type of boat, especially so in that few have any real experience. Over the past 6 years I sailed my Moody...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-22-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,077
Posted By orthomartin
Re: How long to reasonably get from Georgetown to P.R.

I have made that trip 4 times and although it is a bit of a pain going to windward it is only about 620nm. I (3 of the 4 times) went non-stop to Myaquana, took a break overnight and then it's only 3...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-23-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 3,168
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Best places to Summer the boat in the Caribbean

I would (and have) go to Nanny Cay Tortola. Very safe, good security and it keeps you up north. The insurance premium goes up a bit but Nanny is recognized as a safe hole so the rates don't jump...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-16-2014
Replies: 78
Views: 10,613
Posted By orthomartin
Re: How to go for 1 or 2 year cruise?

First know that I departed Lk Michigan out the St Lawrence in 2008 and just completed an around the world. I loved the Gaspe, NF and NS!
Your question is really a big one, so many variables. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-16-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,174
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

Melyea, I may get some grief by others but I see no significant issue with your plan. First a short trip like the one proposed is barely what I would even call a "passage". You're talking 300nm or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-09-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,253
Posted By orthomartin
Re: From one style boat to another Mono/Multi

I have to respectfully disagree with capta.
On our Lagoon 440 we had 4 aircon, two scuba tanks and all the gear, 240gal water and watermaker, 170gal fuel, 20hp 4stroke outboard etc etc.
Only time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-08-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,253
Posted By orthomartin
Re: From one style boat to another Mono/Multi

Anchoring is no factor really. The reason some cats suffer is they use undersized rode and anchor to save wt. That is a mistake on a cruising cat as the cat generally has more windage so you can't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-08-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,253
Posted By orthomartin
Re: From one style boat to another Mono/Multi

I did not see a big difference in maintenance/cost between my Moody and the Lagoon. What I really liked about the cat was...

Two motors and more important two rudders! (I had two autopilots, one...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-08-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3,750
Posted By orthomartin
Re: masthead versus fractional rig?

Davidpm is right. Main reason is performance. Fractional allows one to significantly rake the spar giving the main much improved windward power while not affecting foresail shape. Disadvantage is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-08-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,253
Posted By orthomartin
Re: From one style boat to another Mono/Multi

First some background. I just sold my Lagoon 440 cat in Australia two weeks ago. Owned it for 2.5 years and sailed from BVI up and down Caribbean, then South and Central Am., then on across the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-07-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 3,752
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Heaving-To

Couple points. First wind strength is the secondary issue, it's sea state, sea room that generally drive the decision. Also of course it's what would be the AWA if you continued on course. For...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-02-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 13,178
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Best Route: Great Lakes to East Coast?

St Lawrence all the way!! We have done some 37,000nm and that part of our trip and the Gaspe was fantastic!!!
BTW your boat size is not that relevant, if you are a good sailor and the boat is sound...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-02-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,007
Posted By orthomartin
Some let downs in South Pacific

I was so excited to see Galapagos. Not anymore. $1000 (about) just to check in. Poor anchorages (Isabella ok). Can't do anything without a guide. They were generally non-interested, just take...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-20-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,492
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Summer in the Caribbean: Safe to Cruise?

No problem sailing up to virgins that time of year. First the tropical wx forecasts are very reliable for 3 days and you can make the whole trip in three days.
Only issue is when you get there you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,735
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Help With Boat Selection

All 3 good choices, I would consider the Baba as well.

In my opinion an electric windlass is a must for a cruiser. Given the displacement of the boats you are looking at you will want about 10mm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-25-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,822
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Need advice from cruisers

Cruisingdad has it right. People get excited about the idea and start thinking non-stop about it. Truth is it's not as complicated as we make it. Past 5 years we are now over 30,000nm and leaving...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-26-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2,294
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Advise on Weight & Type of Anchor for Islander 37

Just to "weigh" in I agree with most the posts here. You should see a common theme, buy a third gen. I really like the Spade with it's weighted tip as well as the Rocna and Manson. Buying a good...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-19-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,840
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

Ok first a trisail is really never needed in only 40kts, and honestly with a modern inmast it is really never needed. The beauty of your inmast is in really heavy weather (I am speaking with real...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-04-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,981
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Bahamas Trailer Sailing Logistics

Spring is best from March to May as northers are much less frequent.
As a side note, don't make too much of this trip. People plan for the longest time to "cross the stream" and it is a lot about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,981
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Bahamas Trailer Sailing Logistics

Item 1 - I agree with Miami departure. If you can get south or even SE winds the trip is easy, after all it's more of a long day sail. Gulf Stream is generally only an issue with sig North...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-24-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,178
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Buying the boat and cruising kitty

ParadiseParrot is spot on. In 2007 we purchased a Moody 46 for 500k, put another 120k in the refit. Sailed it about 27,000nm including 2 years in the expensive med. Annual costs turned out to be...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-14-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 2,929
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Crusing life style vs giving back

DRFerron, I'm with you. Pay no mind to PBzeer, you will see he takes a position on all things, besides I don't think he is really even a cruiser outside safe US waters and in reach of the internet...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-05-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 17,837
Posted By orthomartin
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

I love reading peoples take on anchors. So important! I have spent a lot of time researching the different types and have had the luxury over the past 4 years to observe and test from the Great...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-08-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By orthomartin
Re: scheduled Gulf Stream crossings?

I had my wife take the ASA 101,2,and4 in Ft Lauderdale in 2007. It was a total waste of money, sorry. Perhaps the 103 is better

In terms of the GS odds are well in your favor. Honestly people...
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