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Search: Posts Made By: bvander66
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 9 Minutes Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By bvander66
Re: Winterizing Questions?

The way I winterize is to drop my anchor in the exumas and sip a G&T while watching the sun set.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By bvander66
Re: Crushed Cans

soda stream, no cans, lots of choices, cheaper.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By bvander66
Re: selfsteering linkage how does this work?

Picture not enough detail, could be:
Sayes Rig which connects directly to rudder below the waterline, or
Some wind vanes the paddle acts as the rudder and the main rudder is locked amidships....
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By bvander66
Re: Central vac

Seriously?
We have rechargeable shop vac, uses same bty as power tools.
Small easy to use, stow and empty, acts as a blower to get leaves, cobwebs off above decks.
Why all the work installing...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 431
Posted By bvander66
Re: Navigating the Reefs of Andros

Past 5 years in Bahamas have relied on Explorer with no faults or errors noticed.
Garmin and C-Map have incorperated Explorer into their echarts, Navionics has not.

In the past two years we have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 740
Posted By bvander66
Re: Anyone have experience with Force 10 heaters

Good old boat had an issue two years back with some good heater articles.
Forum: Caribbean Islands 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By bvander66
Re: New Rates for Ezuma Land and Sea Park

<30' does mean "up to 39'11"
Forum: Caribbean Islands 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By bvander66
New Rates for Ezuma Land and Sea Park

Just recieved letter from BNT that rates are going up 1 Sep
mooring fees will be $20 for boats <30', $30 for 40'-50', $40 for 50'-60'
Anchoring feea being implimented for boats 90'+
BNT membership...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 959
Posted By bvander66
Re: Vented loop vent confusion/waste system sanity check

Getting pretty complicated. Y valves are a common blockage spot in black water systems,
I have two discharges in holding tank, one for pump out, other for overboard, that would eliminate one and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By bvander66
Re: Dickinson Newport diesel heater

I installed one 8 years ago and used it extensively for the first four and periodically since. Rock solid performance, never had a problem with it. Key is to install iaw the instructuons and start...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By bvander66
Re: Get ready for new anchoring regulations in Florida

Just another reason to avoid south florida. Taking my cruising dollars to the bahamas.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 582
Posted By bvander66
Re: dinghy motor lifts

Have a ketch and have used foreapar motor mate for 12 years now. Love the fact its breaks dpwn and is stowable in lazerette. Have been lifting an 80 lb 9.9 with ease, in fact admiral lifts and...
Forum: Outboard 07-21-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 1,638
Posted By bvander66
Re: Maintaining an outboard

Had a merc 2 stroke 9.9 for 12 years, not a lick of problems.
Started dieing so bought a tohastu 9.8. Since then became an expert on pulling and stripping carb. Usually every 2 weeks, now about...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 803
Posted By bvander66
Re: New Head... salt water rinse?

Two people full time in bahamian water (high salinity) means a lot of calcium build up which after about 6 months means the duckbill doesnt seal completely. Takes about 3 min to put in new jocker.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 803
Posted By bvander66
Re: New Head... salt water rinse?

Have worked on many heads and found generally the cheaper heads need rebuilding more often. We live aboard for 8 years, ful time cruiser for 5 and have been very happy with Raritan products. Our...
Forum: Caribbean Islands 07-21-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,055
Posted By bvander66
Re: Eleuthera ?

Eleuthra is amazing. Have anchored in rock sound, govenors harbour, and palmetto point. Moored at Hatchet Bay and Spanish Wells. Explorer chart forum has good info.
Rock sound great town,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 760
Posted By bvander66
Re: harness and tether

The aim of the harness, tether, jackline system is to keep you on the boat, not just attached to the boat. System needs to be rigged with that focus in mind. We try to have jacklines well inboard,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-19-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 760
Posted By bvander66
Re: harness and tether

Being using spinloc deckvest for 10+ years.
By far the most comfortable and in my opinion best designed integrated pfd and harness around. Lasteat models have spray hood, cutter, whistle and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-26-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 789
Posted By bvander66
Re: Health Insurance While Cruising

Check with DAN (divers assistance network).
their basic coverage includes medivac benifit.
as well they have an annual travellers insurance policy which includes medical coverage
which is likely...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-20-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By bvander66
Re: Handheld VHF range

Disagree, very handy to have a handheld.
-Great in florida for the bridges, can keep main on 16 and hand held on 9
-Great for dingy. Cruising islands many times long way from help, hand held great...
Forum: Living Aboard 06-19-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,489
Posted By bvander66
Re: Internet Access

Dont rely on just one system.
We use wifi extender (power over ethernet) for when we can find an open wifi connection. Most marinas have wifi, some free some at a cost.
Also have a MIFI unit,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,109
Posted By bvander66
Re: Todays the day, we move aboard!!

congrats, biggest hurdle is letting the lines go, after that its amazing
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-15-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,887
Posted By bvander66
Re: Cruising Permit

Most states don't care where the owner lives, they are more concerned where the boat stays/is used. Eg, many people in Pa and Md keep their boats in De (sales tax) even though they don't live there....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-20-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By bvander66
Re: Please recommend custom tank makers

Would not recommend any metal tank for holding.
I do recommend Raritan Engineering for plastic holding and water tanks. They have approx 1500 shapes/sizes in their catalog and will make any...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-30-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,137
Posted By bvander66
Re: Blenders

Football tailgaters now have a gas powered blender.
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