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Search: Posts Made By: Willis
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-22-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,151
Posted By Willis
Re: 12vdc fan

I have 4 of the Caframo Bora fans on my boat. They've been great for the last 3 years, but this summer I've started to experience some failures. These fans have a push button in the center that you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,665
Posted By Willis
Re: Damn FLIES!

Not a repellent, but the electric zappers shaped like tennis rackets are a blast to use. I got one for each of my 3 sons. They serve two purposes, keep the boys busy, and reduce the local fly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-23-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By Willis
Re: Lightening struck

My experience was similar to Vasco's, roughly six months to identify and repair all the damage. As long as the boat isn't taking on water, I would wait for your insurance company to respond. You may...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-23-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 9,749
Posted By Willis
Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay

My wife and I learned the hard way during our first summer on the bay. We got caught with full main and jib out and went for one hell of a ride. Luckily it wasn't a bad storm and blew through fairly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-26-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 10,661
Posted By Willis
We installed a Doyle Stack Pack at the beginning...

We installed a Doyle Stack Pack at the beginning of this season. It is fantastic for all the reasons jrd22 listed. Like them, we also used to leave the main under the cover sometimes because it was...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-01-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By Willis
Congratulations! She looks to be in great shape.

Congratulations! She looks to be in great shape.
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 06-01-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
Willy, Sounds like a great trip. Sorry you...

Willy,

Sounds like a great trip. Sorry you didn't make it down to the James. Maybe you could post some pics? I just started reading a book called "Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake" by Donald G....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-15-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,503
Posted By Willis
We love Cape Charles. It is a little sleepy, but...

We love Cape Charles. It is a little sleepy, but that is part of the charm for us. We usually tie up at Bay Creek Marina, but that's the price of keeping my wife happy. If it was just me, the city...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 04-11-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
I hope you go through with the trip, crew or not....

I hope you go through with the trip, crew or not. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about the James. I would love to go with you, but I've got 2 boys playing baseball and one in martial...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 03-23-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
Willy, Since you are going to have some...

Willy,

Since you are going to have some time, one other thing you might want to do is stop in at Fort Monroe as you pass by. It will be on your right as you make the turn out of the bay and into...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 03-15-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
Thanks for the link, that's cool to see what has...

Thanks for the link, that's cool to see what has changed and what has stayed the same in the last 100 years. Even back then the Pagan river channel was narrow and crooked!

Jamestown Island is as...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 03-15-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
Well, to me, the York is a prettier river. But if...

Well, to me, the York is a prettier river. But if it's plantations you are after, then by all means check out the James. The James is much wider, but still has a fairly narrow navigable channel with...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 03-12-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,071
Posted By Willis
Willyd, Not to distract from your quest for...

Willyd,

Not to distract from your quest for qualified crew, but I'm interested in why you want to head up the James river as opposed to heading up the York or spending some time in the rivers...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-05-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 5,808
Posted By Willis
This thread reminds me of a funny story from my...

This thread reminds me of a funny story from my purchase of a 15' Scirocco daysailer. I had just moved to the Norfolk, VA area compliments of the US Navy. I was looking for a trailer sailer and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-03-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 11,525
Posted By Willis
I installed a TackTick wind system after a...

I installed a TackTick wind system after a lightning strike took out my old wired system. I too have issues with the signal dropping out and the unit freezing. I have to sail right past Norfolk Naval...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-21-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By Willis
another rub rail question

Forgive my ignorance. We do not have rub rails on our boat. Our boat does enough rubbing up against stuff that I think it would be a sensible addition. Are rub rails typically just glued on, or are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-17-2010
Replies: 1,053
Views: 245,855
Posted By Willis
Nice!

Beautiful shot Whosyerbob. We love Cape Charles. We were actually planning on trying Sand Shoal Inlet on the Atlantic side of the Eastern Shore that weekend, but changed plans when Earl came by. We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-08-2010
Replies: 1,053
Views: 245,855
Posted By Willis
A few sunsets over the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River

Sunsets
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And a sunrise
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-08-2010
Replies: 1,053
Views: 245,855
Posted By Willis
Sunset over Craney Island, Norfolk, VA

Sunset over Craney Island, on our way back in from a great sail this past weekend
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the Admiral and me... all smiles
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-08-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By Willis
When we bought our boat it had one of these units...

When we bought our boat it had one of these units installed. The surveyor did indeed flag it for removal. The PO claimed many years of trouble free service from it, but it just wasn't worth the risk...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-28-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 720
Posted By Willis
Ah, memories

Reminds me a little of my submarine days. Occasionally the skipper would order a sharp up or down angle just to see how well we were stowed for sea. Usually we would pass the test. Every now and then...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 5,780
Posted By Willis
As far as the cost per number of uses issue goes,...

As far as the cost per number of uses issue goes, I could really care less. Buying and owning a boat, at least for me, is an emotional decision. My only financial rule when it comes to boats is pay...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-25-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 5,780
Posted By Willis
Sabreman and Stillraining nailed it for us

Hey all,

Sabreman and Stillraining described my situation pretty well. It's ironic because growing up in Florida I used to marvel at all of the big expensive boats tied to backyard docks that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-22-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,492
Posted By Willis
During my Navy days, I spent a very moving...

During my Navy days, I spent a very moving afternoon at the Maritime Museum in Halifax. I had never heard of the 1917 explosion prior to my visit. The magnitude of the devastation was mind boggling....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-21-2010
Replies: 569
Views: 140,263
Posted By Willis
Although there were many, this is the last...

Although there were many, this is the last bonehead story I will post about the Hobie. Once I had had the boat for a while, I started to feel pretty salty. I was adjusting the rake on the mast for...
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