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Search: Posts Made By: JimMcGee
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: My Boat Deal Offer Fell Through

There really are a LOT of boats out there.

Take a deep breath and move on.

You will find the right boat.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-28-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,002
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

I just checked The GPS Store and they're $25 less than Amazon ! ( (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-05-2014
Replies: 163
Views: 16,222
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Boat sank at the dock


Sounds like your broker definitely dropped the ball :mad:

I wish I could say I was surprised. He and I would definitely be having a conversation...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-11-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 4,815
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Catalina or Hunter?

If I was looking at 34-36 footers in the $50K range as a liveaboard I'd be concerned with the following:

How comfortable is the boat both down below and in the cockpit. Are there "nooks" where you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Boat registration NY/NJ

Regor, don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. If the boat will be berthed in NJ you need to register the boat in NJ.

When you register the vessel you will either need to pay the sales...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-02-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,579
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Repowering a Pearson 31

A friend of mine has been looking at this option for his 27 O'Day for a little over a year now. The problem is a real turn key electric is about the same all-in cost as a turn key diesel, but it then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,513
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Should a Roller Furler be Hard?

If you suspect the jib halyard has wrapped around the forestay you should either drop the rig and inspect it or have someone go up and check its condition as the wire in the forestay can become...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,320
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: The WTF challenge!

SVAuspicious raises a good point.

I was thinking of something like this Drill Guide Attachment ( and using a hole saw...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 852
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: New ignition switch for Universal 5416

Hey Jim, Silver Cloud is the local Universal dealer. Dave usually stocks common items like this or can get them in 48 hours.

To compare prices check out the switch from CatalinaDirect...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-28-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 6,821
Posted By JimMcGee
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-05-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,258
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Hey Scott, no offense meant. My thought is that if you find sailing's not your thing you can resell a good boat for what you have in it. You'd likely take a hit on a fixer-upper and/or find it harder...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-05-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,258
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

I work a lot of hours. For me it made sense to spend a little more and get a first boat that was in good condition and could be sailed right away. It got us out on the water where we could...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-04-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,258
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Also don't be afraid to let everybody you talk to know that you're looking to buy a boat. You never know how you might connect with someone.

I looked at a lot of dogs in my price range that first...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-04-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,258
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Nancy, by now you're learning that the best and worst thing about looking for a 22 footer is that there are so many different boats to pick from.

Here's one more thing to think about. Staying with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-21-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,551
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Defend Defender!

My approach -- if it's a common item I price it out. If Defender has the best price I buy from them.

A specialty item - I do my homework and make sure it's what I need and that it will work with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-01-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 7,470
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Sailing Anarchy Seized By Fed's??

I like the laundry list of agencies. :laugher
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-24-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,057
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice on redesigning cabin layout

Colsen, here are a couple of things to consider.

Materials: Consider cherry over teak. Cherry is a beautiful, warm toned, strong, stable wood. It will darken slightly with age (though you can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-04-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 3,181
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Just bought our first sailboat

Screwing up is a great way to learn and it gives you something to laugh about at the end of the day over drinks!

What you read will help, but what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-21-2013
Replies: 127
Views: 6,700
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Brad here's my preferred version of coming into the harbor.

I check AIS on the plotter and hail the tug on my VHF. We quickly work out the details and wave as we pass. I check out the heron...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-08-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,772
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: 1st boat! I just bought a Catalina 22


We used to have a Catalina 22 and they're great boats. Because there are so many there's also a lot of owners and active groups out there.

Check out these links...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By JimMcGee
Water Heater Repair Tip

Over the winter I installed a bypass valve on the water heater to make winterizing easier. What I didn't realize when I occasionally plugged the boat in to charge the batteries was I was overheating...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-20-2013
Replies: 108
Views: 5,226
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

A custom built boat could take up to a year from the time it's commissioned. I'm not sure how well that fits with your story.

If speed is somehow of the essence in the story you might consider...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-24-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 6,405
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Catalina 22 - How well do they sail?

Great boats for sailing protected waters and coastal areas.

They came in three keel configurations swing keel, wing keel and fin keel. The swing keel is favored by those who trailer a lot, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,089
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: 1984 Catalina30 House water pump??

We had the same problem when we bought ours, here's how we fixed it. Open both the hot and cold on your galley faucet and run your tanks "dry" (there will be some left in the bottom).

Next take...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-28-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 4,990
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?

Minne I agree that some responses might be LEO bashing.

The thoughtful response is that something is going on when this thread has generated six pages of responses in under 24 hours.

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