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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-28-2015
Replies: 131
Views: 5,735
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

First questions: yes.

Second question about using them while "actually sailing"; there is no problem using them underway.

Third question: NH and AH, and I believe CH, are all designed for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-28-2015
Replies: 131
Views: 5,735
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Composting Head

What others have said; install is pretty easy. Removal of existing head, holding tank, and related plumbing is the largest challenge.

When we shifted to a composter I actually left the existing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-10-2015
Replies: 317
Views: 14,366
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Real Cruisers verse Internet Arguers

This is one of the reasons I appreciate the approach that says, go with the smallest boat you need, not the largest one you (think) you can manage.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   11-05-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,172
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: winterizing the bilge?

Yup, that's about it. Make sure all the water is out of the system first. Drain the tank(s), and pump through all the lines till you're just pushing air. Then pour in enough plumbers antifreeze (not...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   11-01-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,172
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: winterizing the bilge?

I always remove all the water from my deep and dark bilge, but then I dump a few litres of plumbers antifreeze down in there as well. My boat is stored outside over the winter, and no matter how good...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-26-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 15,019
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Yes, congrats on getting Dolphin. Our boats can produce strong weather helm due to the rather massive mainsail. I reef early to avoid betting overpowered. Nice thing with the tiller is you can tell...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   10-16-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 3,493
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Damned, it's winter again...

OK Gary, normally I love your posts, but now you're just being whinny. Using my handy translator I see that 65F is 18C -- EIGHTEEN!!! Holy cow buddy, when it gets that warm I'm stripped down to my...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   10-10-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By MikeOReilly
prepping for winter storage

Not sure where you are located, but I used to buy tarps to cover our 34' boat from Canadian Tire. Any similar hardware or home improvement type store will probably work.

The challenge isn't the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-28-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,665
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What happens when holding tank is full?

One of the first lessons I was taught when learning to sail: "Never pass up a pump out!" This was followed closely with, "Never pass up a beer store."


Why go fast, when you can go slow
Forum: CS Yachts   09-10-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: it's over? Winterizing

Patrick, congrats on the new boat. I've crawled around on a CS 27. Great boats, good reputations. You have lots of questions. As a fellow Great Lakes sailor (who has already put our baby to bed for...
Forum: Living Aboard   08-13-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Liveaboard in The Okanagan

I lived for many years in the Kootenay valley (Cranbrook), so my winter experiences are a couple of valleys removed from the Okanagan. It is warmer there, but it's still going to be a mountain...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-31-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: tiller pilots: simrad or raymarine????

We have the largest version of the Raymarine tiller pilot: the SPX-5 GP model. It was (and maybe still is) the largest above-deck tiller pilot out there. It's still undersized for our boat, but we...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-27-2015
Replies: 247
Views: 14,903
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Modern convenience and boat size

The answer must come from you. What do you need? What do you want? And what can you afford, both financially and with you other resources like time, skill, effort, etc. we chose a 37-footer, although...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-06-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,343
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: New Sails VS Used Sails

Yes ... that's what I've always found ... that businesses and corporations spend money advertising their products so as to benefit everyone else :rolleyes:.

Look, I understand it's a deal that...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-01-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,158
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Raise the main sail while still at anchor

That's what I thought you were asking, and that's what we do, although I'm usually a duo, and not a solo. Even if we don't sail off the anchor/mooring we often hoist the main while on the hook. Head...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 2,851
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

It's very true that industrial activities (both public and private) often face much lighter environmental rules and regulations than individuals. Private companies will argue they need the lighter...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-10-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 6,089
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Marine Head Suggestions for long term cruising

There are a number of fairly recent threads on composters here at SN. You should be able to find them pretty easily, and they give a good outline of the benefits, and challenges, of these heads. They...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-07-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 418
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: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-24-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 3,315
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Ideas for a small, simple, offshore, family cruiser.......

There have been many similar discussions here on SN. You could try and use the search tool (although it's not very effective).

Agree with scratchee recommendation. In addition you can look at this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2015
Replies: 2,880
Views: 289,672
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I know John is just having some fun -- all good :). I guess I am heading to warmer waters ... eventually. But I'm planning to take my time. We plan to linger in Lake Ontario, then the St. Lawrence...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-19-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,364
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Prop walk on a Crealock 37

First off, as a fellow full keeler (not quite in your case, but close enough), I'd say prop walk is your friend. You can use it to maneuver in tight places that would be difficult with just rudder...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-10-2015
Replies: 516
Views: 44,977
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

While I can't really take Capt. Rob Lee seriously, "Arrrrrgggh!", I think his core message is fundamentally correct. In fact I've been thinking about writing a book exploring how society's myths and...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-03-2015
Replies: 516
Views: 44,977
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Good for her ;)

We are surrounded by seductions. It's how our consumer-driven economies work. Advertising does work. More insidious though is the whole "keeping up with the Jones" pressure that we...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-01-2015
Replies: 516
Views: 44,977
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Congrats grnrngr. Sounds like the adventure continues for you and your life, hopefully now on a sailboat of some sort. Poverty is a real thing, but as long as we have enough, we are never poor. Of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 8,012
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

My spouse is fully engaged, and as rarin' to go as I -- some days, even more so ;). We discovered the cruising life more or less at the same time, but it's certainly true that I glommed onto it...
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