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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Posted By TQA
Re: Van De Stadt 40 - steel hull - preliminary inspection

An endoscope will help you inspect behind things. They are cheap as chips now.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By TQA
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

I fitted a Lofrans Tigres with Lofrans foot switches to my boat about 6 years ago. The foot switches last about 12 to 18 months. At this point the live connection inside the switch has corroded away...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,776
Posted By TQA
Re: Diving right into a Liveaboard

In your position here is what I would do if you are serious.

Forget starting with a cat even if you find a bargain that needs lots of work!

Get something like this Catalina 30 Sailboat...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By TQA
Re: Columbia 28

Don't buy anything until you at least look at a Catalina 22.

Easy to sail can sleep 2 + 2 kids big cockpit. Huge numbers sold so bits are available off the shelf. Easy to resell.

A slightly...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-15-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By TQA
Re: Columbia 28

First of all ignore the Chicken Littles.

Secondly you don't need a surveyor. It is currently floating. Sure there will be stuff wrong. Check the mast for cracks the rigging for broken strands the...
Forum: Racing 11-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,647
Posted By TQA
Re: Route Du Rhum Race 2014


RJK is currently back in 5th 5 miles behind 3rd.

Gonna be a nailbiter.

Major kudos to RKJ driving a 60 footer singlehanded at 75.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-14-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,008
Posted By TQA
Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question

If it is a laid teak deck RUN AWAY. Deck replacement in the USA would cost more than the boat is worth. Even ripping off teak and making good is serious work/time /money.

This is digging in to my...
Forum: Diesel 10-31-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,151
Posted By TQA
Re: Radiator Cap


Please don't taste it.

Ethylene Glycol the active constituent of most antifreezes is poisonous.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-25-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 47,912
Posted By TQA
Re: Micro cruisers

17 pages on micro cruisers and no mention of Phil Bolger. Maybe I missed it. Anyway here is one of his more mainstream designs.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-20-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,668
Posted By TQA
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

Hmm I am the last person to be suggesting wood is good BUT look up Iolaire and Don Street.

Iolaire was built in 1905, sail by Mr Street in the Caribbean for 40 years and still going strong back in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-07-2014
Replies: 608
Views: 43,941
Posted By TQA
Re: I hate boats...

First of all I am an ex spanner monkey with some recognized diesel chops. 99.? % the damage is down to oil cooler failure this usually manifests itself with oil loss but water ingress is possible.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 4,564
Posted By TQA
Re: When Do You Reef?

Good clip here explains what to do. Bit race orientated. When cruising sensible people would have shortened sail a loooooong time ago.

How to avoid and get out of a broach when sailing downwind -...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-18-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By TQA
Re: sail plan curiosity

Here is a picture of the Cornish lugger Greyhound taken during Classic Week in Antigua this year.

The build story of...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-17-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By TQA
Re: Newbie Reef Navigating

There is no way I can think of to learn reef navigation outside of navigating through some reefs.

Polaroid sun glasses are a help.

Arrive between 10 am and 2 pm with the sun behind you.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-17-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 4,564
Posted By TQA
Re: When Do You Reef?

If you are reaching or beating then the boat will heel more and tend to round up [ turn in to the wind ]. Uncomfortable but not dangerous. The boat tells you is is uncomfortable and asks you politely...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-17-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 7,984
Posted By TQA
Re: generator a good idea?


Running a fridge on an 85 watt panel. Which fridge is it? I need one!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,017
Posted By TQA
Re: has anyone made a homemade catamaran and cross a ocean yet?

Lets see as well as numerous Wharrams, including the 21 ft Tiki, we have Easy Catamarans, Wallers, and at least one Dudley Dix that I know of.

One that has not is the self designed Flying...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By TQA
Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

I have bad news and worse news.

The bad news. Never buy a tiller pilot that is underspcced. Always go up a size. IMHO the ST 2000 is underspec.

Now the worse news. They are hopelessly...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-02-2014
Replies: 126
Views: 6,466
Posted By TQA
Re: Boat brands to stick with for ocean rough seas?


You have a circumnavigation in mind as a long term goal. A trade wind circumnavigation via the canals is one thing. Going down into the southern ocean and passing the two great capes is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-01-2014
Replies: 126
Views: 6,466
Posted By TQA
Re: Boat brands to stick with for ocean rough seas?

When he uses the word Caribbean I am pretty sure he means a tradewind circumnavigation avoiding the capes.

Less often the chosen route nowadays because of the Somalia pirates and Red Sea issues.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-30-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,475
Posted By TQA
Re: Repowering a Pearson 31

I would look long and hard at the costings here and whether you would ever want to sell the boat. It will sell faster and for more money with a diesel. You will never get all the money back but it is...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-16-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,069
Posted By TQA
Re: Selling the house or renting

Selling simplicates your life.

I regularly hear of cruisers having to fly home to deal with some rental crisis.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By TQA
Re: Winch Free Spins

The digital camera is your friend. Take pictures of EVERY STEP as you dismantle them.

Tape down the edges of the box around the winch. Those springs will try to escape and go for a swim.

Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-11-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 652
Posted By TQA
Re: Catalina-22, O'day-22, or this curveball Starwind!

I was very happy with my Jaguar 22 which the UK clone of the Catalina 22. I had the swing keel varient with the pop top. It sailed pretty well and I lived on board a couple of summers cruising first...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-05-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 10,837
Posted By TQA
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

Wow lots of advice. I agree with nearly all of it but here are my two pennyworth ** Pennies because I am British and we don't do cents. }

I would think monohull not catamaran. Marinas charge more...
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