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Search: Posts Made By: ronspiker
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-01-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,698
Posted By ronspiker
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 15,087
Posted By ronspiker
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

When the zombie apocalypse comes you have a way off the island... :)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,527
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I have 4 pairs. I run in them too. I think they are the best and I can usually count on them to start up a conversation..
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-23-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,487
Posted By ronspiker
Re: So why leave?

Because it is not about the destination, it is about the journey.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Where to buy concave / curved washers for solar panel mounts

They are called Saddle Washers. Do a search for Plastic 1" Saddle washers
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-28-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,424
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I wear vibram 5 fingers. Like barefoot but with protection. The barefoot part does give more feel and better balance.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-25-2013
Replies: 127
Views: 7,150
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Like anything else Google Glass will be a tool. You can use it if you want to or need to. Its not like it would be an implant that you can't turn off, at least not yet..:eek:

Its like all the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-22-2013
Replies: 127
Views: 7,150
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

I could see using them when going into an unfamiliar place. Basically have the active depth readings overlaid on the chart. The only problem is visual overload. You would have teach yourself to see...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-19-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 915
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Fun (cheap) Cockpit Light Project

If those work well I would look at some red ones to see how they affect night vision.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-22-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Little Tree Frogs

For a screen cover for the dorados you could use a lingerie washing bag. They are a fine mesh with a draw string.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-11-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,888
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Even though its old I want to know who thought it was a good idea to have a race in an active commercial ship channel? A lack of common sense on the race organizers. You can't cure stupid.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-05-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,310
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Measuring Tool

Before you buy one check to see if the auto parts store will rent you one. Some will even let you borrow one for free. I have gotten alot of tools like that. Gear pullers, clutch alignment, pressure...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-03-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,030
Posted By ronspiker
Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

Does someone you know have a truck that you can use to initially rent the trailer, then use your explorer after you get it rented? I know a little underhanded but they are forcing it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-28-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 3,542
Posted By ronspiker
Re: How to report AIS violations?

I would have let them know. If they choose to ignore it then that is up to them. If they said not to report again then next time don't. But if its like here in the Houston Ship Channel there are so...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-17-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 4,542
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Important boat stuff you forget

I forgot the Admiral. We had some friends aboard so it was a full load, I thought she was down below, but had actually gone back to the car. I was half way down the channel when I realized she wasn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-12-2013
Replies: 104
Views: 8,774
Posted By ronspiker
Re: The economics of sailing around the world

The biggest variable unless you go outside the norm on a boat purchase is going to be what you do when you are not moving from one location to another. Do you stay at a marina, what do you eat, what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-27-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

I know about the unlit rigs, in doing my earlier passage we went through them at night. Radar was a god send and it was a clear moonlit night so that helped to. Its not something to be done single...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-26-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Your right I only want one. I prefer the one in Tampa. Your reply is exactly what I was looking for. I made the passage from Galveston to St. Pete 10 years ago, with 3 other people and it was pretty...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-25-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By ronspiker
Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Actually I found two boats I would like to get. The issue is how to get them back to Galveston TX. Both are 42', one is in Tampa FL, the other is Panama City FL.

So the obvious answers are ship...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,748
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Finally, after 9 months of owning our boat....

Raise you mainsail first. It will give you stability. Then go for the jib, that is where the power comes from.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-22-2013
Replies: 70
Views: 3,784
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Don't read this unless you have time . .

I like all the bells and whistles. I would like to have it too. However I know that I won't and even if I did I would still use the non electronic way of doing it. Sure all the electronics can make...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-07-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 4,755
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?

Like bigdogandy says. Sailing is easy. If you can get the sails up, I'm assuming you are in good health. The issue is going to be getting into and out of your slip. You can get a bow thruster and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-23-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,083
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Open or closed seacock?

Your observations are correct.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-23-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 1,828
Posted By ronspiker
Re: Informal, unscientific survey

1) no
2) Yes mostly safety related (overloaded, DUI, etc.)
3) Try to avoid.

It sounds like they are looking for a new revenue stream. If you were having a lot of issues with unsafe operation I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,881
Posted By ronspiker
Re: BOLT head in the Bilge...

It is something you need to fix, sooner rather than later. Each time you start the motor it is going to flex that mount, and with only one bolt holding it if it breaks the whole motor will be...
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