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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,379
Posted By TQA
Re: Mistake #4: *Getting the Wrong Catamaran for Your Voyaging Agenda.

Eastern USA to Bermuda and the Caribbean is very definitely offshore and those passages are often the recipient of some really nasty storms that whip up from nowhere.

There are lots of people...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
Posted By TQA
Re: When is a dirty bottom hopeless

I am curious about this. I have dealt with some pretty severe fouling in tropical water and never come across anything that was 'uncleanable'. The worst I have come across was on propellers and it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,796
Posted By TQA
Re: RF Main pros and cons

At least 3 times. The first time was the most entertaining. It was back in the 90s in Bequia. The Christmas winds were blowing 25 knots gusting 30 35 knots. A Bene 50 on charter from St Lucia arrived...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 553
Posted By TQA
Re: Painting Catalina 22 Hull For Racing

Get the old AF off. Get the hull as smooth as possible. Final sand with 600 wd then 1000 wd used wet.

No paint required.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
Posted By TQA
Re: When is a dirty bottom hopeless

First of all cleaning the bottom is an easy job. One hour with an 8 inch scraper mounted on an 8 ft pole will get rid of 98+% of the fouling. Work from the surface with snorkel gear. No diving...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,796
Posted By TQA
Re: RF Main pros and cons

It is most likely to jam when you get caught in a 50 knot squall with full main and you try and roll some away with it flogging.

When this happens the alternative method of dropping the sail...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 984
Posted By TQA
Re: Single hand timer

Another vote for the simple wind up kitchen timer.

In fact I use two and put them in an open tin box on the floor.

Has worked for me for many years.

On longer passages I try and stay awake...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 903
Posted By TQA
Re: Cruising the Caribbean With a Titled Vessel

Much discussed topic.

You need the Federal documentation. Sure the Bahamas will accept state and you will get away with state some of the time.

But meet an officer suffering from 'epaulitis'...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By TQA
Re: Dogs and foreign ports

There are quite a number of threads discussing this at length. Do a search and come back with specifics.

Key points which islands and will the dog go ashore.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Days Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 3,401
Posted By TQA
Re: Needed: Customs & Immigration 101

David

I use an agent in Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, and Guatemala.

Why, well in the end it is cheaper. Also I am less likely to be hit with some unusual interpretation of the rules or some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,796
Posted By TQA
Re: RF Main pros and cons

The Ben Ainslie experience is not an uncommon one on charter boats. Which is why companies like Moorings and Sunsail are returning to slab reefing.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,796
Posted By TQA
Re: RF Main pros and cons

In mast furling is an abomination, invented by the antichrist and sold by snake oil salesman to unsuspecting sailors. Why pay more to go slower with more weight aloft and risk a sail jam if you don't...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 857
Posted By TQA
Re: Starting to look for a boat

See if she likes a Catalina 30. Good Chessie boat.

Re the newer Ames,l I too am ambivalent about all the power stuff. Henri specified good kit BUT I hate being dependent on lecky stuff.

If you...
Forum: Living Aboard 6 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,283
Posted By TQA
Re: boats with the most head room

New Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44 has standing headroom throughout including the forepeak for someone your size.

No mine is not for sale.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 6 Days Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 3,401
Posted By TQA
Re: Needed: Customs & Immigration 101

Most places ask for the clearance form your last country as you clear in. They know how long on average a yacht of your size takes to make that passage so if you have had an extra week relaxing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,103
Posted By TQA
Re: My new dinghy, thank you

Hmm there are Walker Bays down island trailing feet of weed attached to layers of barnacles and the centerboard trunk is an oyster farm.

Scrape every 2-3 weeks or you will wonder why it is doing...
Forum: Caribbean Islands 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By TQA
Re: Chartering out my 28' boat in the Abacos

Well you are going to need insurance.

A charter licence. $40 for the application and $625 for the licence.

It then has to be inspected.



Sounds like you might need to do some work to pass...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By TQA
Re: catalina 22 swing keel

I don't want to rain on your parade but a borescope/endoscope will not tell you much as you will not be able to get it up the side of the keel to the pin unless you have massive keel trunk wear.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By TQA
Re: catalina 22 swing keel

There has been 20,000 + Cat 22s built most with swing keels.

Sure a few keels have fallen off. Do like I said and lift the boat so you can see how much vertical wear you have with the keel 3/4...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By TQA
Re: West Marine PVC inflatable damages polypro rope?

Sounds like UV damage.

Any chance the bag has been out in the sun?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By TQA
Re: catalina 22 swing keel

Fairly common for the keel on an older Cat 22 to move a lot. Especially when it is down.

If the vertical lift when the keel is 3/4 down starts to reach 1/2 inch plus then you need to worry.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By TQA
Re: Tayana 37 vs Corbin 39

I am pretty certain that the Corbin will have a cored hull.

In that case you need a good surveyor who is familiar with cored hulls and their problems.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 7,901
Posted By TQA
Re: Just Go!

The Pardeys said it,

Go small

Go simple

GO NOW
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By TQA
Re: Cruising Bahamas, Caribbean, and Blue Water With Limited Engine

Well Don Street sailed around the Caribbean for 37 years and made a few transatlantics all with no engine at all.

You should be fine. But you will be beating A LOT if you try to get to the Eastern...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By TQA
Re: looking for advice btb

I have said this before but when I talk to anyone thinking about living aboard a small boat at least look at the interior on a Catalina 30.

It will feel much larger than many other 30 33 ft boats....
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