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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-04-2002
Replies: 48
Views: 7,629
Posted By Raindance
Cruising Advice

I encourage you to read Don Casey''s "Sensible Cruising" book. Besides lots of great tips from a reasonable, non-extreme man (there are so many extremists among cruisers), and the last section is a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-30-2002
Replies: 21
Views: 3,720
Posted By Raindance
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

As you can see, everyone has their own opinion. Big versus small, full keel versus fin keel, deck stepped versus keel stepped. I bought the perfect boat FOR ME, the right charts FOR ME, and went...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-11-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 18,899
Posted By Raindance
Dogs on sailboats- long question

If you are willing to do a bit of seaching, you can go back to my 6/19/01 entry that discusses my long cruise with two golden retrievers. It is quite lengthy and in two parts. The only part that is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-31-2002
Replies: 130
Views: 60,352
Posted By Raindance
What would you buy for $100,000?

For your cruising area, just about any boat will do. To steal a quote from author Don Casey, "buy the boat that makes your heart sing."
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-31-2002
Replies: 8
Views: 3,553
Posted By Raindance
SLOCUM 43

Friends of mine have cruised their Slocum extensively and would be happy to answer your questions. You can reach them at sailslowdancing@yahoo.com
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-31-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 814
Posted By Raindance
When to go ?

I don''t know where you will be starting from, but those of us in Seattle usually leave in August. Are you going straight to the South Pacific, to Hawaii first, or down the coast to Cabo before...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-25-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 956
Posted By Raindance
Cruising With a Dog - HELP!

I wrote a pretty lengthy letter on my experience cruising with two golden retrievers (one of them was quite old). You can find it by going back to June 19, 2001. The title is in all caps, called...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-25-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 9,299
Posted By Raindance
Watermaker on Sailboat

I had a PUR 35 on my boat, and considered it a great piece of equipment. I ran it whenever the engine was running, and tried to run it at least every other day when at anchor. I only made enough...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-29-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 14,501
Posted By Raindance
Miami to Bimini

We crossed from Miami with two other boats. We all had good offshore boats (Passport 42, Crealock 37, and a Niagra 31). We were aiming for Gun Cay, but because of rough weather, the slower Niagra...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-28-2001
Replies: 15
Views: 16,743
Posted By Raindance
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

We did a similar trip in a Crealock 37 with six foot draft, and there were times when a smaller boat would be nice. If your boat is seaworthy, size truly doesn''t matter. We saw people sailing on...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-14-2001
Replies: 4
Views: 2,699
Posted By Raindance
Dismal Swamp or Virginia Cut

I had a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, and fully loaded, I drew 6 feet. I enjoyed the Dismal Swamp, especially since it offered protection from the previous two weeks of bad weather I had...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-16-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 7,240
Posted By Raindance
CRUISING WITH DOGS

We had the same problem - the dogs did a great job of training us to row to shore twice a day. We finally went to a pet store and got some puppy training pads that were scented with dog urine and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-22-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 7,240
Posted By Raindance
CRUISING WITH DOGS

The official proceedure can be found in most cruising guides. You are supposed to get a vet certificate (I think it must be done within 24 hours of leaving port), sail to a port of entry, and then...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-12-2001
Replies: 62
Views: 11,799
Posted By Raindance
My 3-5 Year Plan toward the Cruising Life

It sounds like you have a great plan - my suggestion is that you evaluate the different methods (the spartan Larry Pardey style as opposed to the megaboat style of the Deerfoot boats), talk with as...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-01-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 7,240
Posted By Raindance
CRUISING WITH DOGS

Our worst weather was crossing the Gulf Stream, which was just terrible. We brought tranquilizers that our vet gave us, so the dogs were groggy/sleeping during the crossing. Other than that, the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-24-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 7,240
Posted By Raindance
CRUISING WITH DOGS

My wife and I sailed from Anapolis to the Bahamas and back on Raindance, our Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. I thought it was going to be a disaster, but it turned out to be great. Here''s how we...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-10-2001
Replies: 13
Views: 15,267
Posted By Raindance
Bluewater boat comparison

Another thing to check on any Taiwan boat is how plumbing fittings are attached. A 5 cent part cost my father his steering on his Fantasia 35 two weeks out of Hawaii. Another friend had a T37 with...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-09-2001
Replies: 6
Views: 3,541
Posted By Raindance
35-40 cruising boat

I was fortunate enough to find an experienced broker who had several years of offshore experience under his belt. I would strongly suggest that you find someone whose cruising style, destination,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-09-2001
Replies: 5
 
Views: 1,142
Posted By Raindance
I don''t have any information on the books you...

I don''t have any information on the books you are looking for, but I do have experience sailing with 2 golden retrievers aboud my Crealock 37 from Anapolis to the Bahamas. If you are interested,...
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