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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 543
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Lifespan of Fiberglass Boats

I currently own a fibreglass boat built in 1977, so it is approaching 40 years old. The fibreglass is in fine shape. I can see no sign of significant deterioration. UV damage, for sure, but the hull...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

OB, you seem to have a self-imposed definition of "gone" that you want to live up to. There are tons of cruisers who keep one foot (or a few toes) planted on land. They do this in transitions, to...
Forum: Living Aboard 3 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,194
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: boats with the most head room

Grampian 34. Has 7' of headroom in the salon and at least 6'6" in V and aft cabin.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,914
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: *** Marine Battery Use Survey ***

Done.

Will you report the results here Maine Sail? I'd love to see them.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

Good for you LaVarlope. I wish I'd had your foresight and wisdom when I was your age. But then, I hadn't even heard of the idea of living on a small sailboat until a little over a decade ago. We're...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

Ah well, let me explain market forces. You posited a demand for spare parts. I understand from capitalist economics, if the demand is sufficient there will emerge a supply. Did I get this wrong?

...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

So you don't believe in market economics Minn? Interesting... I would have thought otherwise. A closet socialist perhaps?



Agreed. The ability to "go" is mostly in the domain of us rich and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

Nicely said Ralph.

We have one foot in and one foot out right now (due to this thing called Canadian winters). I can hardly wait for the water to turn soft again so we can get back to the real...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 6 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: My Windlass

So, what's the difference, or the connection, between the Muir Hercules manual windlass and the old SeaTiger 555. They look identical from the pics. I have a Seatiger, but didn't know the design was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,401
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

The problem is not the medium. Magazines are a fine format. Written narrative or detailed how-to articles are different than go-pro video. Not better, not worse. Different.

The "problem" with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

Let me try and convince you otherwise ;).

Actually, I agree with you. Everyone must make their own way, and choices have consequences. If you've chosen to have kids, then you have a very high...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: My Windlass

Does it look like this: http://www.slspares.co.uk/images/Seatiger.jpg

or maybe this: http://www.macnaughtongroup.com/Windlass.gif
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

I recommended that you go now IF you have enough now. If you don't have enough now, then it's not even a question -- stay. But if you're staying just to get more, then you are on a never-ending path...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,862
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Coastal cruising equipment and accessories

Getting a good short wave receiver is on my list. Thanks for the reminder. What radio do you suggest?



Yup. Good suggestion. The Foodsaver is great ... best sealer I've ever had (and I've gone...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

No one can know your path stagman. I will say that what has happened to the cost of education in the US and (to a lesser extent) Canada is ridiculous. Instead of being a path to freedom, it's part of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

It's a question of having enough. The problem I see here, and in general in our societies, is that most people have no sense of "enough." We are trained to always want more; more money, more stuff,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

This discussion is staggering close to a bit of wisdom that I heard early, and that rings true to my ear: Go with the the smallest boat you can live with. Extrapolating this principle, I'd...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 802
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Winterizing a boat

Are you looking for advice about winter covers, or do you want info about winterizing the boat's systems: engine, plumbing, etc? When I think of winterizing I think about the latter, but you appear...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,862
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Coastal cruising equipment and accessories

Thanks Bruce. I really appreciate your thoughts on my list. I don't want to steal the OPs thunder here, but just answer, or flesh out my comments:

EPIRB: I know there will be places we'll be out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,862
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Coastal cruising equipment and accessories

Our route is similar to the OPs, although we're including a bit more northerly cruising (Newfoundland & Canadian Maritimes). We're well equipped for self-reliant cruising, and already carry a lot of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,726
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Just Go!

I'm so jealous Bruce. Wish I was there, but we're on our way. See you down there in a few years. We have to stop off at Newfoundland first ;).
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,401
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

Very true. Which is why pubs like Good Old Boat tend to have a higher appeal to experienced boaters. BTW, I'm sure there are other good mags out there. But the vast majority of mass-market pubs go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,401
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

It was ever such Anchorbend. As long as a publication is dependent on advertising, it will always feel the pull of conservative reporting when covering those who pay the bills. It is particularly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,017
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Tayana 37 vs Corbin 39

I looked at both in my search that ended with our Rafiki. Both are great sea boats. But what Faster says is true. Many Corbin's were finished by owners. This can be good, or not so good.

If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,401
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

As a professional writer I suspect that most sailing mags aren't really aimed at active sailors. They're aimed at dreamers. That's why the content doesn't really appeal to most of us. There are a few...
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