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Search: Posts Made By: VetMike
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-26-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By VetMike
Re: Spotless Stainless/Some Products Just Work!

Long ago when I was a young private in the Army, we used Coca-Cola to clean chrome. Worked great but this looks awesome
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-26-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,475
Posted By VetMike
Re: Getting rid of my clothes....

Interesting conundrum! I'd advise as Jack did; bring as much as you can. Ifyou find that after one year you haven't worn something then donate it. Enjoy!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-08-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By VetMike
Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite

I use lock washers exclusively but locktite is good and has the benefit of not rolling off the deck or under something when you remove the nut.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-12-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 953
Posted By VetMike
Re: Moving a steel cradle

Pay a pro to move it. He then accepts the liability if something happens. By the way, what is happening to the boat?
Forum: Electronics 07-02-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By VetMike
Re: Windows 7, Windows 8, work arounds and fixes

I second dmchose. Any "cloud" based system is problematic as it requires a high speed internet connection. Unless you want to drag miles of internet cable behind you......
Forum: Electronics 07-02-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,270
Posted By VetMike
Re: RG-8X or RG-213 for a 50 foot run?

And don't forget good connectors! The best solder in and you need moisture protection. Corroded connectors can easily push the SWR (a measure of the efficiency of the cable and antenna) into the 4+...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,617
Posted By VetMike
Re: Garmin Sux

I have three Garmins. One for hunting and two for vehicles. The handheld is bullet proof but only gives lat/long and very simple mapping. The older vehicle one works but doesn't have enough on-board...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2012
Replies: 79
Views: 6,875
Posted By VetMike
Re: Hunter declares Chpt 11 BK

So right. My nephews spend 6 to 8 hours a night playing on-line games, often of a sort that is more violent then the combat I've seen. Obesity is a major health issue and our jobs are leaving. Maybe...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2012
Replies: 79
Views: 6,875
Posted By VetMike
Re: Hunter declares Chpt 11 BK

Sad. I wonder how many folks will now be unemployed.
Forum: Electronics 02-17-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By VetMike
The usual factory manual is incomprehensible to...

The usual factory manual is incomprehensible to almost everyone except techies but I'd start there. I have an Icom VHF/UHF and the tech manual might as well be in Martian. The support folks were less...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 1,635
Posted By VetMike
The GPS system was initially put in place for...

The GPS system was initially put in place for the military and there was no plan to make it available to civilians. The system is extremely important to the military and there was never a chance...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 5,377
Posted By VetMike
Wow. I got a lot more than I expected! I can now...

Wow. I got a lot more than I expected! I can now go out looking at boats with a much better understanding of the pros and cons of each. Thanks everyone.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-14-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 5,377
Posted By VetMike
Thanks! In Vigor's book "The Seaworthy Offshore...

Thanks! In Vigor's book "The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat", Chapter Two, point 44; he gives two points to a deck stepped mast which is less offshore worthy than keel stepped but no further...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-13-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 5,377
Posted By VetMike
Question Deck mounted versus keel mounted masts

Hello. I'm looking at several boats in the 35 to 40 foot range for Caribbean cruising. I've seen boats with both deck and keel stepped masts and am curious to hear opinions on the merits/deficits of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-02-2012
Replies: 88
Views: 3,588
Posted By VetMike
Like most taxes, this one will not end up doing...

Like most taxes, this one will not end up doing what it is proposed to do, ie repair roads. Nebraska has a high gas tax and our roads are not in the best shape. A history lesson: Pennsylvania imposed...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-18-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,055
Posted By VetMike
I was writing about the M700PRO which, as listed...

I was writing about the M700PRO which, as listed on the ICOM site, operates on the frequencies I listed. It does not operate in the Marine VHF band. I am aware of the distinction between the amateur...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-17-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,055
Posted By VetMike
According to the Icom web site, the M700PRO...

According to the Icom web site, the M700PRO transmits on 1.6MHz to 27.5MHZ (160M thru 12M bands) and receives on 1.6 to 29.999Mhz. The amateur VHF band is the 2M (144 to 148MHz.); marine VHF is 156...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-14-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 3,532
Posted By VetMike
I recently got my General license. Technician...

I recently got my General license. Technician gives you access to the 2M (144 to 148 MHz) and 70 cm (444 MHz) bands. These are UHF and VHF bands and use upper sideband. The General gives you access...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-07-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,055
Posted By VetMike
I would also suggest the practice exams on eham...

I would also suggest the practice exams on eham (eHam.net Home - Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community Site (http://www.eham.com)) and on the ARRL site. I agree with btrayfors; the General opens up...
Forum: Electronics 01-01-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 6,196
Posted By VetMike
I have an Icom 7000 transceiver HF thru 70cm...

I have an Icom 7000 transceiver HF thru 70cm bands. I really like it but it does not receive on all bands. Moreover, radio shops aren't really supposed to sell you a transceiver unless you are in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-05-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 4,515
Posted By VetMike
I had a forestay fail while between Martinique...

I had a forestay fail while between Martinique and St Lucie. Very exciting but we simply headed down wind and secured the mast with the main halyard. Easy as pie. NOT! It was scary but in truth very...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-19-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2,687
Posted By VetMike
Economic situation in the Caribbean

I am considering cruising in the Caribbean. Leaving aside Haiti, does anyone have any input on the social and economic conditions on the various islands? Has the world wide recession had an effect on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,004
Posted By VetMike
Several months ago I was thinking about building...

Several months ago I was thinking about building a diesel generator using an old diesel engine and a generator but couldn't find a small diesel motor. I then found an article in either This Old Boat...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 7,760
Posted By VetMike
Well, at least your skin will be nice ;)

Well, at least your skin will be nice ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 7,760
Posted By VetMike
This is good information. In fact, many things we...

This is good information. In fact, many things we use are manufactured by only one or two companies but branded for the retailer. Same construction, same specifications but often a large price...
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