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Search: Posts Made By: bigdogandy
Forum: Introduce Yourself 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Hello

Welcome aboard! You'll find lots of great people, good discussions, lots of great advice from knowledgeable sailors, and the occasional comedy here.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,497
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Serious BBQ

Where's Crusingdad when you need him for expert advice on this kind of thing.......

I bought one of the newer Magma party kettles about 8 months ago and have had really good success with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Need Advice on Buying a Live-aboard

Here's a Perry boat that appears to be in good shape (from looking at the listing, anyway!) and in the price range you mentioned. Like you said, with any boat there will likely be compromises.....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: First Boat in Years

Gestes - you might want to try renting boat for a day....I believe the Beachside Sailing folks at Harbortown in Merritt Island have some Hunter 23s and an O'Day 30 that you could rent to get a feel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,149
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: distance x gulf?

Kidcoolers - consider going to Key West or the Dry Tortugas instead. Either would be an awesome adventure from Ft. Myers or Naples with a lot lower risk profile.....
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,554
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Blog about going south on the East Coast ICW to FL?

Not blog, but Cruiser's Net is a great source of info also:

Cruisers' Net | Cruisers Helping Cruisers (
Forum: Endeavour 04-17-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: E32 Cabin Sole Tank

No idea here.....on my '81 there isn't much room below the cabin sole forward of the deep bilge area in front of the engine, maybe 8"clear at max. The water tank under the forward part of the V berth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-02-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 837
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Sailing to Orlando?

I believe 45' is the controlling height.....there are a couple of place in Green Cove Springs that can probably unstep and restep the mast if you need it.

BRIDGES ? St. John River | Cruisers' Net...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-02-2015
Replies: 460
Views: 36,775
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Hmmmmmm.......I changed mine out two years ago with an almost full tank and it went pretty smoothly. The boat, engine, and I all survived. The way you phrased the question makes me wonder if that was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-01-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 837
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Sailing to Orlando?

You might make it with that draft, but will have a hard time finding places to anchor outside the channel......and some areas in the channel may be 6' or less depending on water levels.

It's a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: UnitedHealth to Buy Catamaran for $12.8 Billion

$12.8 Billion and it's not even a blue-water cat.....

UnitedHealth to Buy Catamaran for $12.8 Billion in Cash - WSJ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Mainsheet and jib lines needed

Try this link.....Defender has the Trophy Braid line at pretty decent prices and it's very easy on the hands.

Marine Trophy Braid on Sale...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,699
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Reasonably priced Weather Vane Steering?

Have you considered a tiller pilot?

Raymarine St1000 Plus Tiller Pilot...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 03-04-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 1,975
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Islander 32

Kimmi - goodonya for checking out the Islander in person and knowing to pull away.....for most boats over about 10 years old the quality and value of the boat is going to be determined more by how...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-03-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Float switch

I went through about 1 of the P.O.C. Rule float switches a year before someone suggested a Johnson electromagnetic switch. It's lasted over two years now and works reliably.

JOHNSON PUMP 36152 -...
Forum: Endeavour 03-02-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 750
Posted By bigdogandy
E32 Cabintop handrails

I have (I think) traced leaks in the cabin to the area where the cabin-top handrails are attached, and I want to try to re-bed them. Before I start taking the bungs out of the handrails and removing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-24-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,038
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Interior upholstery - need inspiration

I think the Tommy Bahama fabrics look great on boats when selected carefully. A friend has an older Morgan with mahogany paneling and the Island Song Rattan fabric on the setttees and v-berth, and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-23-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 993
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: 6 years of cost data

Chuck - sounds like you guys are having a great time and cruising in a part of the world rich in history and culture.......but I think you forgot to paste a link or attach a file? Would love to see...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-22-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,019
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Part-time Live-aboard SE Florida Mooring?

Have you tried Crandon Park Marina or Dinner Key Marina in Miami? Both have mooring fields.....not sure if there's a waiting list but both are in a sweet spot at the north end of Biscayne Bay.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-22-2015
Replies: 88
Views: 4,969
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: I Paid a Dude. And I Liked It.

I paid a dude to replace my standing rigging when I bought my boat - best $3k I ever spent and got to learn from him how to do it myself next time.

Also paid a kid to do the buff, polish, and wax...
Forum: Diesel 02-04-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3,761
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Yanmar 3GM oil line failure

That's a little different than the configuration on my boat, but it looks like the same type of line to me.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-03-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,428
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: South New Jersey Liveaboards!?

X - we all started off with no experience, and there is no reason you can't get a boat and learn as you go. I'd suggest checking out Active Captain to help with...
Forum: Diesel 02-01-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3,761
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Yanmar 3GM oil line failure

Hmmmm...that's a good question. I don't believe there is an anti-siphon vent in the system.......the raw water comes out of the heat exchanger through a short piece of hose and directly into the...
Forum: Diesel 02-01-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3,761
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Yanmar 3GM oil line failure

I just had the same problem - the oil feed line rusted through at the banjo fitting behind the fuel lift pump. It only took a few minutes to pump all the oil out of the engine and into the sump under...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 01-23-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,006
Posted By bigdogandy
Re: Day sailing post Miami Boat show

Ronnie - I'm usually on my boat on Sunday's, work permitting, and would enjoy the chance to meet another sailnetter and go for a daysail. Mine's an older boat, but in a pretty great place for...
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