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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,497
Re: Hit by Lightning??

Take a look at this one too - the famous 'Cone of Protection' - which we have heard about for so many years - totally false.

Cone of Protection Myth - National Lightning Safety Institute...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,497
Re: Hit by Lightning??

A friend of mine owned a wooden boat with a wooden mast. He had one of those static dissipation devices and a massive wire running down the mast to the keel. He received a lightning strike while in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-03-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,497
Re: Hit by Lightning??

I want to thank each and every one of you for your input and descriptions. I always get good response from Sailnet. Great group of people!

@Bubblehead: I believe that the lightning dissipation...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-01-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,497
Hit by Lightning??

Hi, sailors,

I haven't been very active on Sailnet for the last couple of years since we're lubbers now. I don't know how many of you still remember me. But I still have my Frugal Mariner...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,403
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Thanks, everybody. These ideas will get me a start. I was hoping for more - I guess folks on SailNet are just a lot smarter than I am and don't make stupid mistakes. (Or are too ashamed to admit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-11-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,403
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

There have to more dumb things we've done. It's a little like running aground - if you have a boat, either you've done it, or you are lying.

If you can't remember any dumb things you've done, ask...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,015
Re: Radar reflector

We stopped using ours after it wore through it's halyard and almost hit Suzi on the head!

If you know someone with a radar on board as him to check your reflection with it both up and down.
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,403
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Another dumb thing I did - while backing down on the anchor, I didn't take prop walk into consideration and caught a crab trap float in the prop. The water was about 45 degrees and I had no wet suit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,403
Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

One of the dumb things I did (there are many) working in a deep cockpit locker seat - I climbed back out and the seat slammed closed... and LATCHED! I was very lucky it didn't happen when I was in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,403
Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning

Hi, Haven't been on Sailnet in quite awhile - we sold the boat and became landlubbers asfter 15 years of living aboard and cruising. But we're still keeping our website (The Frugal Mariner: Home...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,111
Re: Snappy or otherwise Comebacks

Pirates? You mean the folks at the Chandlery?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-10-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Re: Hull maintenance and painting questions?

I have to take some exception to the 2 to 3 years between bottom painting. This varies a lot. I worked for many years in a boatyard and there were good years and bad years for barnacles. We saw...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,090
Re: Southbound in the ditch

Auspicious said

That's very true. Making short hops is especially inefficient. The time take to go out + the time to come back in + resting a day because you were up all night and everyone who...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,090
Re: Southbound in the ditch

We've done a dozen trips on the ICW over the last 15 years (6 up, 6 down) and have a lot of tips to share here. (http://www.frugal-mariner.com/ICW.html)

Having a schedule is ALWAYS a bad idea. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Re: The Chart was Wrong AGAIN!

There is only ONE accurate chart. It's the one where 1" = 1". You can see it by looking beyond the edge of your boat.

We have friends who had their eyes glued to the chartplotter sticking up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-06-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,793
Re: West Marine: A Love-Hate Relationship

Here's something we have learned when dealing with West Marine - especially the smaller stores: before you go there, call and ask if the item(s) you are looking for are in stock. (Have the catalog...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-03-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,793
Re: West Marine: A Love-Hate Relationship

Often, they hire cruisers who work for a while and then are off cruising again. Often, cruisers know boats well and know the WM inventory well and can speak knowledgeably. Suzi and I have both...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Suzi (the one with the memory) says we spent one night there - maybe two in 1998. We arrived there New Years day. I remember I needed to get some parts for our fresh water pump.

Suzi wonders...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

You are right, Barquito, it doesn't work with Internet Explorer. There are so many things which don't work well on I.E. it's no wonder it's becoming less and less favored. It's slower, and often...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-03-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

4arch: some good points worth adding.

Though my boat wasn't small - 41 feet, 28,000 lbs - we had a 45 lb CQR as a primary anchor with 80 ' of 3/8" chain + 3/4" line, and I managed to pull it up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Barquito,

Interesting on the new window resize. I'm using Mozilla Firefox and it worked okay. What browser do you use?

In re.: Books - I stuck a couple in - but I'll have to spend some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

MZW

Thanks - good point. I worked off and on over the years at a marina and got everything wholesale - including a new engine for the boat - so buying stuff was easy for me and never crossed my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-02-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Re: New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Hey, guys and gals - no comments at all? 171 of you have read this post so far. As of 6:00 AM today, 74 of you have looked at Frugal Mariner's 'Buying a cruising boat' page.

I can only...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 2,134
Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Why is it important that dogs be 'pure bred'? None of us are.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
New Pages on Frugal Mariner

Hi, everybody,

I haven't been as active on SailNet as I used to be. We sold our boat last September bought a house and moved ashore after 15 years living on our boat and cruising. (I may have...
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