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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-21-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,057
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Blog about going south on the East Coast ICW to FL?

We have many posts on our Trawler Beach House blog. Like most blogs, the older posts are at the end and the newest at the beginning. Although we have a trawler, the posts can be useful to sailboats...
Forum: Weather   03-25-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,426
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Best system for logging forecasts?

Marvin, Frank Singleton's website is an excellent starting point, Frank Singleton's Weather and Sailing Pages / Franks-Weather | The Weather Window (http://weather.mailasail.com/Franks-Weather/Home)...
Forum: Weather   03-24-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,426
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Best system for logging forecasts?

Marvin, While we don't record these things, we do monitor weatherfax, grib files, local radar and other sources for a week out when on a passage. We keep track of the locations and movements of high...
Forum: Weather   03-24-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,426
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Best system for logging forecasts?

Marvin, While cruising we set up an Excel spread sheet with 24, 48 and 72 hour forecasts. We also record actual conditions so we can compare how often the forecast is off. To our surprise, or maybe...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-07-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 3,321
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

Most of these major magazines continue to have hundreds of thousands of subscribers, not just libraries, and sell at many retails locations like West Marine, etc. Many are now also digital. For the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 3,321
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

As freelance writers of over 15 years we have written for almost every major boating publication. We have seen the trend in recent years make it very difficult for good articles to be published. So...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-27-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 798
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Qestion for full time cruisers? Celebrating Christmas

Susan loves to decorate the boat for the holidays. The decorations need to be sea-kindly. We sometimes have Christmas dinner aboard, but often will have a Christmas dinner or potluck with other...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-19-2014
Replies: 14
  Cuba
Views: 1,403
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Cuba

We have cruised the entire south coast of Cuba and will return as soon as it's possible or if we get another writing assignment. For a glimpse of what that might be like, have a look at our blog post...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-07-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,895
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Scum and Stain Removal from Hull

We use a product found at most hardware stores or Home Depot made by Goof-Off. It's just called Rust Remover. Spray or wipe it on, watch the stain disappear and rinse thoroughly. We use it all the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Marina, mooring or slip suggestions Sarasota

Have a look at the marinas in Bradenton or on the Manatee River. Less expensive, more protected and Bradenton is a great town. And it's close to Sarasota. Chuck
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,796
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: 30 Year Old Propane Stove

We are using a 35 year old propane stove on our boat every day. Why would you toss it away if it has never been used. You just need to make sure all of the connections and lines from the tank are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-12-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5,936
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

Wayne, The webbing is cut to lengths of about 6 inches. They are pulled through either a single link in the chain or one strand of the three stands in the road. This makes each piece about 3 inches...
Forum: Outboard   10-22-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,759
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Tohatsu 6HP Sailpro Stalling

That doesn't change the fact that it can ruin your outboard.There are some additives that will help but not eliminate the problem. I suspect that this is your cause for issues. This information is a...
Forum: Outboard   10-22-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,759
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Tohatsu 6HP Sailpro Stalling

Your initial post states you have used ethanol in your gas. It's well known that ethanol attacks every gasket, seal, including your fuel hose, and breaks it down. A cleaning of the carburetor might...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-15-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,517
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Interior Paint- marine grade or not?

Marine paints like Brightside are nothing more than a common polyurethane enamel. The same as used in most floor and deck paints. Ask at your local paint store. We have been using a good grade of...
Forum: Florida - Keys   10-12-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: ICW passage through Florida Bay

Dave, With a 4' 10" draft, take your pick. It's just important to know where you are at all times on Bayside. Have a good set of current charts and you will be fine. We made the same transit from...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-21-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: 12VDC refrig water circulation pump quit

Dave, Even though your fridge doesn't run continuously, at least I hope, you should look for a continuous duty pump. You don't have to have a mag. pump. I have installed hundreds of refrigeration...
Forum: Racing   07-05-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Weather Routing--Predicted Wind.

Haven't used MaxSea. For passages we use both PassageWeather and ZyGrib. They usually give me as accurate a forecast as we can find anywhere. Both are GFS based but also have other model options....
Forum: Racing   07-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Weather Routing--Predicted Wind.

Actually both. Used it for info on Gulf of Mexico crossings.
Forum: Racing   07-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Weather Routing--Predicted Wind.

I have played around with the free version and have not been impressed. It is simply based on GFS models and the wind and seas state info from Zygrib will give me the same info for free....
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 454
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Wire chase source?

You can use typical pvc pipe. If the size is too large to bend along the hull, just heat it a bit and bend to fit. I have done this often to install wiring. Chuck
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-23-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: New gas tank leaking

WM usually sells Moeller fuel tanks and they are really junk. We have not had any product made by Moeller, especially their fuel tanks, last more than a few months. we purchased tanks with the Nissan...
Forum: Living Aboard   06-09-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,407
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Internet Access

Finding open Wifi access points is not as easy as it use to be, but they are still out there. We have done detailed postings of our wifi progression and you can find them on our blog here, The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-09-2014
Replies: 88
  Icw
Views: 5,209
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Icw

We've done 20+ transits of the ICW most with a 6 foot draft, and looking through this thread, you probably have all the information you will need. The Dismal Swamp depths on our last trip were 8 feet...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-04-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 872
Posted By CapnChuck
Re: Deck Wash Down Pump won"t prime

Our washdown is teed into the head intake less than a foot from the thru-hull. But we don't have a anti-syphon in the line anywhere. If the tee is well below the waterline, that might resolve the...
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