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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,355
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: solar panel question

I have RPT MPT2024 20A MPPT and it works great, cost a few dollars more but built to last and fully programmable. I connected it to the laptop so I could determine if parallel or series was most...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-25-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,369
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Helms 27?

I had a 79 Helms 27' sailed great into the wind very forgiving solid boats. We sailed mainily in the the Charleston Harbor and some coastal crusing. I would recommend a Helms to anyone, our...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-03-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4,156
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

I have a 2003 326 and the wife and I are enjoying it. Ours has the furling main which make it easy to handle in most any wind. They are lighter than other boats in their class but you just reef the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-03-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,180
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Sunglasses suggestions

I have the Costa's, they were expensive but the quality is outstanding, the wife has a pair as well now. I just have to remember to put the clips on when getting to the boat to keep them around your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-20-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,052
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Waterspout experience?

I used to fish off Cape Canaveral and we saw them all the time. Since it was a fishing boat we could just drive away if they came within a half mile. I had my Dad with me and pointed out the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-19-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 2,999
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Marine LCD TV

I've installed the Supersonic 12V 22" 1080 LED TV which uses less wattage than the LCD models. Also installed a Sony Blue Ray player 110V which I have a 50 watt inverter. For the antenna I use the HD...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 11,303
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Bad yacht accident: two dead (one rescuer)

This is from Time Badit on Sailblogs

Moving North | Time Bandit (

He was just behind the German boat.

Moving North
12/04/2013, Baiona
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-13-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,403
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

S/V HyLyte has it right. You'll be out of VFH range and you should have a PLB for those on watch and an EPIRB for the vessel. What is your life worth or that of your spouse/GF. I'm former AF Rescue...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-09-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 3,930
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Changing Oil - an easier way?

Nothern Tools has a great little vacuume oil pump for 39.00

LiquiVac Oil Changing System ó For Small Engines, 3/4 Gallon, Model# 2005 | Oil Extractors| Northern Tool + Equipment...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-07-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 2,941
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: A family day... what do sailors do?

I've only been sailing Charleston Harbor for the last three years but there's lot's to do with the family. My children are grown and the grands are 4/1/and almost 1. Typical day is a sail up the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-12-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,755
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Sailing from BVI to Grenada

The rods you have are light for trolling, plus you can't back down on a fish if you're sailing. TQA's suggestions are great for trolling, though I use the wire leaders, gear is expensive. I lived in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-12-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 987
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Did the deed!

Great attitude...have fun making her yours
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-12-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 4,335
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

It a risk an reward answer, if you can justify the risk of not having a survey then save the money and purchase Don Casey's book. My first 27" Keel boat was only 3500.00 it was sound with a strong...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-26-2012
Replies: 83
Views: 8,619
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Do I Need an EPIRB?

My Advice comes from being the guy in the air looking for boats and crew in the ocean, USAF HC-130 working with RCC and the Coast Guard. Get the PLB and make sure it worn, it's much easier to find...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 2,285
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Do liner boats get mold in between the liner and the hull?

We just keep the cabin well ventalated and run the dehumidifier when in the water. In South Carolina the houses and tress are covered in moss and molds. Lucky us, so far the boat is clear.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2012
Replies: 66
Views: 4,603
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Garbage Island

I find most sailors like other outdoorsman are always conscious of the environment, but there are so many others that arenít. The issue is would you say something to those that arenít. If I see...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-08-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,726
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: If you had a fully loaded sailboat where would you sail to?

Where ever the wind blew me and the weather was warm.

A little rum would be nice as well
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-22-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 5,475
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Traveler positions - pros and cons

Went from having it in the front of the cockpit on the Helms 27 to the arch on the Hunter. I find that I use the traveller more now because it's accessable and easilly managed.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-22-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,010
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: How does a boat sink in 15 minutes?

An Outdrive failure can sink the boat in minutes. Think about a 4 inch rip letting in water. I watched one go down in less than 5 minutes.

Sad they lost the boat glad they were prepared, it saved...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-17-2012
Replies: 78
Views: 6,423
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: I'm still alive...

Gary have a Happy Birthday

And enjoy the warmer waters
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-27-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 3,385
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: how long does it take you leave?

We leave when the wife is ready, she stows the gear puts out the cushions. I check the rigging open the seacocks, warm up the engine, remove all dock lines but two. Normally this take 15-20 minutes. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-21-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Hull Damage

If you're looking at purchasing the boat it's about 2 hours of repair work, but it's minor damage. Key point is never approch the dock faster than you're willing to hit the dock.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-12-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 1,162
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: Moving a steel cradle

UHaul trailer 3 4X4's 2 4X4's as skids the other as a lever.

Have it moved in no time
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-24-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 2,363
Posted By kjretlaw
Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

I had the privilege of being on the Turn in Sept 2006. It was an experience of a lifetime to be out on her. The salute to the Fort and tour that they provided of the ship was fantastic. She has had...
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