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Search: Posts Made By: bvander66
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 338
Posted By bvander66
Re: Get ready for new anchoring regulations in Florida

Just another reason to avoid south florida. Taking my cruising dollars to the bahamas.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 512
Posted By bvander66
Re: dinghy motor lifts

Have a ketch and have used foreapar motor mate for 12 years now. Love the fact its breaks dpwn and is stowable in lazerette. Have been lifting an 80 lb 9.9 with ease, in fact admiral lifts and...
Forum: Outboard 1 Week Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,059
Posted By bvander66
Re: Maintaining an outboard

Had a merc 2 stroke 9.9 for 12 years, not a lick of problems.
Started dieing so bought a tohastu 9.8. Since then became an expert on pulling and stripping carb. Usually every 2 weeks, now about...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 760
Posted By bvander66
Re: New Head... salt water rinse?

Two people full time in bahamian water (high salinity) means a lot of calcium build up which after about 6 months means the duckbill doesnt seal completely. Takes about 3 min to put in new jocker.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 760
Posted By bvander66
Re: New Head... salt water rinse?

Have worked on many heads and found generally the cheaper heads need rebuilding more often. We live aboard for 8 years, ful time cruiser for 5 and have been very happy with Raritan products. Our...
Forum: Caribbean Islands 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,035
Posted By bvander66
Re: Eleuthera ?

Eleuthra is amazing. Have anchored in rock sound, govenors harbour, and palmetto point. Moored at Hatchet Bay and Spanish Wells. Explorer chart forum has good info.
Rock sound great town,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By bvander66
Re: harness and tether

The aim of the harness, tether, jackline system is to keep you on the boat, not just attached to the boat. System needs to be rigged with that focus in mind. We try to have jacklines well inboard,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By bvander66
Re: harness and tether

Being using spinloc deckvest for 10+ years.
By far the most comfortable and in my opinion best designed integrated pfd and harness around. Lasteat models have spray hood, cutter, whistle and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-26-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 710
Posted By bvander66
Re: Health Insurance While Cruising

Check with DAN (divers assistance network).
their basic coverage includes medivac benifit.
as well they have an annual travellers insurance policy which includes medical coverage
which is likely...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-20-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 748
Posted By bvander66
Re: Handheld VHF range

Disagree, very handy to have a handheld.
-Great in florida for the bridges, can keep main on 16 and hand held on 9
-Great for dingy. Cruising islands many times long way from help, hand held great...
Forum: Living Aboard 06-19-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,344
Posted By bvander66
Re: Internet Access

Dont rely on just one system.
We use wifi extender (power over ethernet) for when we can find an open wifi connection. Most marinas have wifi, some free some at a cost.
Also have a MIFI unit,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,015
Posted By bvander66
Re: Todays the day, we move aboard!!

congrats, biggest hurdle is letting the lines go, after that its amazing
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-15-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,768
Posted By bvander66
Re: Cruising Permit

Most states don't care where the owner lives, they are more concerned where the boat stays/is used. Eg, many people in Pa and Md keep their boats in De (sales tax) even though they don't live there....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-20-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 670
Posted By bvander66
Re: Please recommend custom tank makers

Would not recommend any metal tank for holding.
I do recommend Raritan Engineering for plastic holding and water tanks. They have approx 1500 shapes/sizes in their catalog and will make any...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-30-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,102
Posted By bvander66
Re: Blenders

Football tailgaters now have a gas powered blender.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-30-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 5,015
Posted By bvander66
Re: Heating Your Boat

Two good articles in the mag "Good Old Boat".
If you use any combustion source then highly recommend it is vented outside to prevent CO hazard and also reduce condenstation headaches.
We went...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-27-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By bvander66
Re: Cruising guides / charts for the Bahamas

Ditto on Explorer charts and on Pavlidis guides.
For Abacos Dodge's Guide is also superb.
If first timer then the Skipper Bob's guide on the Bahamas is also a good (and cheap) reference.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-25-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By bvander66
Re: Bahama Shoals?

we have cruised the bahamas for two years now with a 6' draft and while it does limit us a bit and force us to play the tides never had any problems on the x the bank routes outlined in Explorer...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-18-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By bvander66
Re: Limitation of Liability

I have no doubt that major race/rally organizers have waivers, this has been the norm since the Falmouth disaster. Even some sailing clubs/associations have a beginning of the year waiver for the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-17-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By bvander66
Re: Limitation of Liability

So seriously, there is so many things in life where in theory you could be liable. Think about the 10000s of boats racing once a week and the occasional weekend, should all those crews sign a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-17-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By bvander66
Re: Limitation of Liability

guess the answer is dont bring crew aboard in the US.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-17-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By bvander66
Re: Limitation of Liability

Own a boat for 25 years now, so getting back to you and have had crew aboard, also crewed on other boats, both coastal and offshore and have never experianced waivers. Even sailed with a lawyer once...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-17-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By bvander66
Re: Limitation of Liability

This thread is so sad. I guess a testemant to the times we live in. I have crewed on many a vessel and have never had to sign a waiver, but have always checked out the skipper and boat to ensure I...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-15-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By bvander66
Re: Why not the GWB?

New York Harbour not a wonderful area to sail, lots of traffic, nasty currents, wierd winds. Gets worse up at the GWB. Better sailing out on LIS or Raritan Bay or even north around the Tappen Zee.
Forum: Living Aboard 09-11-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 5,634
Posted By bvander66
Re: Liveaboard Commuting to D.C.

Another option is Magothy River (Ferry Point Marina) and then grab the MARC train from Odenenton. Baltimore? and again the MARC train?
Annapolis is expensive in a marina, but there are a few places...
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