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Forum: Introduce Yourself   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Hello blue water sailors!

Berth available Aug, Sept and Oct on Moon Dancer a well equipped Tayana 55...Tahiti to New Zealand. All boat and food expenses paid by cruising couple with a combined 75,000 blue water miles.

Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 411
Posted By Yorksailor
Tahiti to New Zealand

Moon Dancer is a well equipped Tayana 55 which has just completed an uneventful passage from Panama to French Polynesia.

Skipper has 50,000 blue water miles and professional sailing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 558
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Emergency tiller

Cut tiller short so that it clears the wheel and drill for a shackle.

Run a line each side from the shackle out to a block on the rail.

Run the line each side back to the center spoke on the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3,408
Views: 885,027
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Sailnet Members from around the world check-in please.

Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia after a 33 day passage from Panama.

Beer is $3-4 a can and Jack Daniels is $78/bottle in the 7/11! Fortunately we took on 25 cases of beer as emergency...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-08-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 5,686
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: High anxiety-passage v. Coastal

Neither scenario is stressful...good boat(Tayana 55), solid skipper (my wife) and a good crew/mechanic (me) the only stress is fixing things before we go...Once off the dock all stress disappears!
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   03-05-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 4,940
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Crew Needed: Chsapeake Bay to Panama

It has always intrigued me... in the litigious USA...Do the owners of the Forum have any legal liability when they provide a platform for the recruiting of 'innocents' for a clearly dangerous and ill...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 3,458
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Is it getting more crowded out there?

It is only crowded if you go where everyone else wants to go and have a need to anchor every night! Travel says that Marathon is full but you could anchor 100's of boats outside the harbor and on the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-07-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,099
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Anybody ever go too big?

I am 66 and my wife 60, we sail a Tayana 55 and we are about to cross the Pacific...We plan to get roller reefing on the main when I am 80!

My wife and I sail her easily in heavy weather but the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,912
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Mistake #4: *Getting the Wrong Catamaran for Your Voyaging Agenda.

Gemini is a nice little boat but more of a coastal cruiser...I would take the Leopard if I was sailing to Bermuda. However, Gemini's have crossed oceans.

Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 6,888
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

Stick to the Bahamas and the Keys, Cancun is not easy to get to in a small boat. Going south the Yucatan Straights can be very uncomfortable in Winter and Spring and definitely not a place to be in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 6,888
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

We have been sailing together for 11 years and cruising for 7 years and one of the biggest issues my wife hears on other boats is that the male did not learn to sail and navigate sufficiently well to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,238
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Cruising the Caribbean With a Titled Vessel

I have sailed the Caribbean on boats that were documented, state registered, BVI registered and UK registered and as long as I had a document that stated the boat was registered somewhere...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 829
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Fishing off of a Sailboat?

Helps if you know how to heave-to when you get a big fish on...I have brought two 150 lb marlin up to the transom to be released but you need to be almost stationary.

Off Panama City recently we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,412
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: One Ship Stupid

My 1,000 sq ft genoa can have the cars moved by one person, either forwards or backwards, under load, by using 4ft of 3/8 line, a rolling hitch and a round turn and 2 half hitches!

Just a matter...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-11-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: keel depth

Like Capta I have sailed the Bahamas with a deep keel...8ft...but it was a lot easier and less anxiety provoking in a centerboard boat.

There are a lot of good boats with centerboards or keel...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   01-04-2015
Replies: 123
Views: 10,461
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities


Well, now we have all been negative...I will attempt some positive thought that I have seen be successful at my sailing club in Miami, Coconut Grove Sailing Club (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,885
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Renaming Boat

We renamed two boats...Both original names caused confusion...

'Upsidedown" made everybody think we had capsized when we got on the radio!

"Big Fat Fun" was worse because my wife refused to use...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available   01-03-2015
Replies: 123
Views: 10,461
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

As usual I mostly agree with Mark!

We have twice tried to take crew for long trips, over 2,500 nm, but they jumped ship when we pulled into a boatyard to do a weeks work before the trip. Scraping...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-31-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,132
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Quick meals or snacks?

On a race from St Pete to Mexico in bad weather 4 of the inexperienced crew were seasick and their state was not improved when going off watch I had a beer and a bacon sandwich for breakfast!

Forum: Chartering   12-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 687
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Martinique: Sail North or South?

The Saintes are lovely with great of our favorite places in the Caribbean. Much nicer than St Vincent and it's high crime rate.

Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-30-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 647
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Any issues carrying windlass on plane to DR?

My wife carries 50 lb pumps in her handbag...The airline is not going to like 100 lbs in an overhead bin.

There might be significant tax in DR and the possibility of a Customs shakedown.

I had...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-30-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,498
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Percentage self-taught sailors?

Sailing is like many practical occupations should be 2% being taught and 98% practice but that does not mean that the learning cannot be accelerated by learning from experienced sailors.

In my...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-28-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,140
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Moving boats to NE US from Caribbean during late winter. Tips suggestions...

The route I take is north of the Islands through the Old Bahama Channel, riding the wind and current, to the Florida Keys. From the Keys you can make your way up the East Coast picking weather...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-27-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,514
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: How do you start from nothing?

I have a friend/crew who has sailed with me in Florida, the Keys, Bahamas, BVI, Grenada, Trinidad, France and the UK.

The first time she sailed on my boat with 4 other people they left and she...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-08-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,466
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Sailing Alone Better?

We have taken over 200 people sailing during the last 10 yrs including 12 Sea Scouts for a week in the Caribbean and it takes lots of patience...I almost never say a word when teaching...I just sit...
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