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Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Hello From the Great Lakes

As a fellow Great Lakes sailor I just wanted to say welcome, and congrats on the plan. Learning to sail, and perhaps more importantly, gaining some actual experience with different kinds of boats, is...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-24-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,605
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Ideas for a small, simple, offshore, family cruiser.......

There have been many similar discussions here on SN. You could try and use the search tool (although it's not very effective).

Agree with scratchee recommendation. In addition you can look at this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2015
Replies: 2,750
Views: 243,710
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I know John is just having some fun -- all good :). I guess I am heading to warmer waters ... eventually. But I'm planning to take my time. We plan to linger in Lake Ontario, then the St. Lawrence...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-19-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,695
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Prop walk on a Crealock 37

First off, as a fellow full keeler (not quite in your case, but close enough), I'd say prop walk is your friend. You can use it to maneuver in tight places that would be difficult with just rudder...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-10-2015
Replies: 426
Views: 26,727
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

While I can't really take Capt. Rob Lee seriously, "Arrrrrgggh!", I think his core message is fundamentally correct. In fact I've been thinking about writing a book exploring how society's myths and...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-03-2015
Replies: 426
Views: 26,727
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Good for her ;)

We are surrounded by seductions. It's how our consumer-driven economies work. Advertising does work. More insidious though is the whole "keeping up with the Jones" pressure that we...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-01-2015
Replies: 426
Views: 26,727
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Congrats grnrngr. Sounds like the adventure continues for you and your life, hopefully now on a sailboat of some sort. Poverty is a real thing, but as long as we have enough, we are never poor. Of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 6,615
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

My spouse is fully engaged, and as rarin' to go as I -- some days, even more so ;). We discovered the cruising life more or less at the same time, but it's certainly true that I glommed onto it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-19-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Winterizing a boat

Are you looking for advice about winter covers, or do you want info about winterizing the boat's systems: engine, plumbing, etc? When I think of winterizing I think about the latter, but you appear...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,468
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Tayana 37 vs Corbin 39

I looked at both in my search that ended with our Rafiki. Both are great sea boats. But what Faster says is true. Many Corbin's were finished by owners. This can be good, or not so good.

If...
Forum: Lake Superior   01-01-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 500
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: St Mary's River

I've done the trip a few times, up and down. It's not that hard. I've seen up to 3 knots of current at times, but only in a couple of narrow areas. Mostly the current is not that noticeable. There...
Forum: Living Aboard   12-15-2014
Replies: 426
Views: 26,727
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Late to the party here, but a few comments picking up on recent posts:


Recent research supports this age-old wisdom: Money definitely can't buy you happiness. Money can buy a lot of things...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-14-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,332
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Sailing at night with head sail?

Our approach is as Faster has just said. We are a cruising couple, so at night one person is alone on watch. Like you, our lines do not lead aft so most main work is done on deck (something I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-28-2014
Replies: 2,750
Views: 243,710
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Nicely said BFN. And you touch on an interesting question -- one that is very real for me and my spouse right now. We left last Spring, but are now back on land for another winter work stint. This...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-02-2014
Replies: 2,750
Views: 243,710
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi Christian, thanks for the prod. I've been meaning to post something for a while now in the hopes that we can get things rolling again. We're kind of in a life-interrupted period right now. We...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-16-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 14,878
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: So where the heck do you shower???

It seems that for some people, boat life must be virtually identical to land life. All the amenities, all the luxuries, all the ease. Everything is relative I suppose... I find my sailboat life leaps...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-21-2014
Replies: 91
Views: 9,201
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: generator a good idea?

No! Please stay in the crowded, busy, already noisy marinas and anchorages. Leave the uninhabited islands to those of us who can appreciate the sounds of silence.


Why go fast, when you can go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-13-2014
Replies: 98
Views: 7,639
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

Using evolution as the basis for how you approach women is like using the weather forecast to trim your sails*. Using generalities about genders is silly in this context. We did not evolve to sail...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-26-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 14,878
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: So where the heck do you shower???

Ha! It's the water quality I don't trust in marinas. All those boats dumping grey and perhaps black water ... no way am I going in there!


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-26-2014
Replies: 2,750
Views: 243,710
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Food ... one of my favourite topics. First off it goes without saying, but in most places (Thailand not included) you have to cook on board to achieve the frugal lifestyle. So learn to cook, and have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-23-2014
Replies: 2,750
Views: 243,710
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Christian, I hope the move is all for the best. I was looking forward to your restaurant meal, but Georgia is even closer. I might make it there in three or four years instead of the five or six for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-17-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 14,878
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: So where the heck do you shower???

Got to warm and balmy waters (16 Celcius), jumped in, scrubbed down and gave the land folk a good view. Their loss ;-)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-08-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By MikeOReilly
Winterizing Questions?

Barry covered things well. Oil change and pump out in the water. Plumbers antifreeze through the water systems. Engine antifreeze through the engine raw water system. Remove all sails and as much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-08-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 8,421
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Pros and cons for a double ender/Canoe Stern

I am cruising with a double ender. Never been pooped so I'd love to see facts on that one Mark. Smaller cockpits, absolutely ... Just like you want in a sea going boat. Not nocking modern designs....
Forum: Introduce Yourself   08-03-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,571
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just set sail

What Stumble says. A keelboat will almost never go over due only to wind. But comfort is important, and most boats don't need to heel more than 15-20 degrees even going to wind. If you're heeling...
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