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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 9,357
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Midship Swim / Boarding Ladder

Old thread ;), but here's my suggestion: Up-N-Out Marine Ladders - Boat Ladder Models (http://www.up-n-out.com/boat-ladders/)

Our double-ender requires a mid-ship ladder. We were also looking for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Advice needed....or are these excuses??

If this is for real, and you're not just having us on, then I'd say you're simply manufacturing silly excuses to avoid doing something that you really don't want to do ... and that's OK. Cruising is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 325
Views: 32,857
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Shameless plug

Hey Brian, nice to see her afloat. Wish we were passing by your way again. It was a wonderful week we spent in Port Dover with you and Louise.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,373
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: solid vs inflatable dinghy

I settled on a 10' portabote which I see as a hybrid between a hard and an inflatable. It has characteristics of both. It rows well like a hard. Is virtually indestructible, and fairly light (I can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Life Jackets

"Approved only when worn AND used in accordance..." It's very clear both conditions must be met for the inflatable to be "approved." I understand the reasoning. I don't really agree with it, but the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Is this legit ticket?

I've never heard of this happening. Seems like an odd addition to the job description of an Ontario Conservation Officer. They're focused on fishing regulations and environmental issues. I've never...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Life Jackets

I learned of this rule a few seasons ago when boarded by our Canadian Coast Guard. They were doing basic inspection and enforcement and they caught me not wearing my mustang. We were just getting...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Detroit Sailors Question

I apologize if I'm confused... It sounds like you are importing a boat into the US that was purchased in Toronto, Canada. Toronto is in Lake Ontario. And you are being directed to sail/motor the boat...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

I am so with you on this Jack. Once our machines become self-aware (conscious), we're screwed. Computer brains can already out perform our biological brains in so many ways using brute-force...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Thanks guys. That's all very sweet of you to say. We won't be doing any sailing this year b/c my 91-year-old mother-in-law is nearing her end, and she needs us more. We got the call to "come now!"...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 288
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: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Cruising is definitely one way my partner and I are able to reduce our cost of living. Although we've only cruised seasonally so far, it's clear our expenses during those months are significantly...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,696
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Alcohol Stove and Heater

I used a pressurized Kenyon for years. I would have no hesitation using one again if my cruising was relatively short term (a couple of months at a time) in places where I could purchase the fuel...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

What bugs me is when people mistake feelings for facts.

From the 2010 OECD study on intergenerational social mobility: ...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Thanks Sal. Nicely summarized. Jack, I don't want to pick a fight here. All I can say is:

You've miss-read my missive. I didn't say "everyone deserves an equal share of the 'collective' efforts,"...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 698
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Buoys in action

Up here it's the Red ships that do the work.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/CCGS_samuel_risley.jpg

Resetting the bouys after winter is always the mark of when boating...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 26,369
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

There is interesting and growing analysis around the death of the so-called American Dream (which I would more broadly state as the Western Capitalist Dream). An increasing number of economists,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,928
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: This PFD could have killed me!

Exactly! But for reference, up until this year I sailed Lake Superior out of Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario. Going to Wisconsin is going way south :). I still would-not/do-not wear a foam lifejacket...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 9,248
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Sorry Kunk, our Rafiki came with an Aries. Works great, so no need for us to look elsewhere. Hope someone has more useful info :o.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 9,248
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hmmm, I've never seen our HIN there, but perhaps I've never got my head in there with enough light. Next time I'm at the boat I'll take a look. Our HIN is definitely stamped into the stern deck near...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 922
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rowing Dink?

Portabotes are very tough. I don't hesitate to drag mine over rocks. As for the seas they can manage, my estimation is that they can manage pretty much the same conditions. I went through two...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 9,248
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hi Rick. Our HIN is located on the small deck behind the mushroom air vent between the boomkin arms. It's stamped in the deck back there.

Love our Nature's Head. Air Head is essentially identical,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 922
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rowing Dink?

Have you considered a portabote, or one of the other similar folding dinghies? We've carried a 10' portabote, first on our 34' ketch and now on our 37' cutter. It's relatively light, and rows quite...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,928
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: This PFD could have killed me!

Which brand? How old? I've tested our old Mustangs every couple of years, usually when I swap out an old compression cartridge & trigger plug. So far they have always inflated fine and held the air...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 91
Views: 5,155
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How Old is Your Boat

It is interesting to see the distribution here. The exact same poll on CF produced a nearly identical breakdown. I assume this has to do with the cost-benefit analysis that weighs in favour of older...
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