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Search: Posts Made By: kwaltersmi
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,126
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: winter boredom

Read. Write. Maintain. Upgrade. Plan. Scheme. Save.

Remember, the ocean needs the land. Or at least that's what I tell myself to justify months on the hard.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 2,139
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailboat interior seaworthy design

Lots of good ideas for making a seaworthy cabin already mentioned in this thread, but here's a few more to consider:

- fiddles on counters/shelves/flat spaces to keep stuff from rolling off
Forum: Lake Michigan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Grand Haven, Michigan

We sailed out of Grand Haven for several years. As others have mentioned, tying to the wall is permitted, even for overnight stays, but it'll beat you and the boat up if there's any swell coming in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 2,195
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Best Coastal Cruiser under 37 ft

How do you define "best"? In other words, what are your top three priorities among speed, comfort, roominess, construction/build, features, etc.?

In any case, here's a few more to consider...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,171
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Best place to mount a Turkey Fryer on a boat

Leaving the turkey fryer ashore would be one of the trade-offs I'd gladly make to become a full-time cruiser.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 984
Posted By kwaltersmi
re: Your opinion about touch screens

In a perfect world, I'd like the iPad's graphic user interface and simplicity with one or two knobs/buttons/thumb sticks for input for use at the helm. Touchscreens are fine when the work, but when...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Salt water, Fresh water?

As previously mentioned, corrosion is likely more of a concern with a salt water boat.

Another place where corrosion can be a concern is in the engine itself. Make sure you know the difference...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-17-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,795
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: New, Scared, Excited, and in love with the the Idea

I would think a $25k boat purchase and a monthly budget of $2.5k should allow you to get off the couch and dream with your eyes wide open!

Maybe get a deal on something like this Westsail 32 in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: What to do with 450' of 1" line that -- ready for this? -- floats!

Sounds like good dinghy painter/bridle line. Make up a few and sell them on Craigslist/eBay.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: keel vs deck stepped

re: deck-stepped vs. keel-stepped - I think this often comes down to the specific boat you're considering. Each design has tradeoffs, but each can also serve its' intended purpose, particularly for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,397
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailing Toys! What should I put on my Christmas list?

Try these:

- a multitool (you can never have too many)
- LED bulbs (have you converted yet?)
- Dry bag backpack like the Amphibian Weather Defense...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-29-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,135
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: A 29ft cruiser with offshore potential and a dinghy garage

With a model name like Mojito, I'm sure it'll be a hit with some in the cruising crowd.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-29-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,712
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: C&C 33 mk1 vs 34 vs Landfall 35

According to a review on the C&C website, the LF35 hull is indeed cored with 1/2" end grain balsa.

BTW, plenty of good details, pros and cons are given in the thorough review...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Heading South

Looking forward to following along. Reading "sailing south" blogs this time of year helps pass the winter for those of not fortunate enough to head to little latitudes yet.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Your Favorite U.S. Coastline

You forgot the Achilles' heel of the Great Lakes, and it pains me to mention it, but the water here can be extremely hard (icy!) for several months and the sailing season is relatively short compared...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Your Favorite U.S. Coastline

Tough to pick just one since they're all so different. I like the wilderness of the Alaska coastline, the dramatic mountain scenery on the west coast, the tropical feel of the Gulf Coast and Florida,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-23-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,247
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: First Boat Help: 1984 Hunter 34 or 1983 Catalina 30

Both are fine "first" boats with plenty written about each. The Hunter will likely be faster (though a bit more tender) and offer more cabin space and privacy (private aft cabin), as you've noted. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-21-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Dark teak?

Yup, there are a variety of teak cleaning and brightening products on the market. Or you can mix your own formula, such as 75% mild detergent w/ 25% bleach and then boosted with a few splashes of...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-21-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 2,822
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Help the "new generation" pick a cruising boat

Mostly because of his budget and desire to circumnavigate. Those are boats that check both boxes, but admittedly also check the "antique" and antiquated design boxes too.

But you're right, there...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-21-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 2,822
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Help the "new generation" pick a cruising boat

Plenty of choices out there, including the many suggestions already given. Here's a few more: 5 Budget Cruisers for Crossing Oceans...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-21-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,471
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

Even with a soft mud bottom, I was bit surprised by the following statements:

"The "next-generation" anchors did not perform any better than the older designs, and there was some speculation as to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-20-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,779
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Sailing Magazines

Depends what you're looking for.

SAIL: Diverse content from cruising to racing, new boats, new gear, author/editor worth reading: Charlie Doane

Cruising World: Obviously cruiser focused,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-15-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: VC 17 or SR 21

I've used VC for several years and have always been happy. I've never tried SR (or the WM equivalent) but might give them a try this coming spring since they are both a bit cheaper and are very...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-09-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,151
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Looking for boat suggestions...

Here's a few to consider:

Fuji 35 (in addition to the aforementioned 32) - Classic Alden ketch (draft 5'?)
Freedom 33/35 - Cat ketch (draft 4')
Hallberg Rassy Rasmus - Proven affordable...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-09-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 6,666
Posted By kwaltersmi
Re: Nicro Solar Vents dying on me

I replace the batteries in ours every two years. The NiCd batteries are available on Amazon for ~$2 each. I've also noticed that the gasket on the battery compartment can go bad and allow moisture...
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