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Search: Posts Made By: Mkfcdl
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-20-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,086
Posted By Mkfcdl
Just talked to immigration in St Maarten. ...

Just talked to immigration in St Maarten. Apparently, it is acceptable to clear out of the Dutch side, spend at least 24 hours on the French side (check in there and then clear out), and then return...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-18-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,086
Posted By Mkfcdl
Guilietta: Sorry for not clarifying my...

Guilietta:

Sorry for not clarifying my question: this pertains to a U.S. boat/sailor entering St Maarten.

Mark
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-18-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,086
Posted By Mkfcdl
Staying longer than 90 days in St Maarten

Just curious about this since it seems lots of folks spend most of the winter season in Simpson Bay in St Maarten. How can you get around the 90 day stay limit on a sailboat? Can you check out,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-10-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 7,986
Posted By Mkfcdl
I do what Sailingdog does when singlehanded--just...

I do what Sailingdog does when singlehanded--just back up to the mooring ball and grab the mooring line. Secure this to a line you've already run forward around one side of the stern. Then calmly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-04-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 749
Posted By Mkfcdl
LectraSan location

Thanks for the information on the standby power draw. I suspected there wasn't much but I left the power switch on to the unit and wondered about long term draw on the batteries. I do have a wind...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 2,307
Posted By Mkfcdl
I don't know what your budget is but I bought the...

I don't know what your budget is but I bought the Waltz gimbaled backstay mount 4 years ago for a 24" (4kW) Raytheon radome and I'm very pleased with it (I also added the 4 ft extension tube which...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 749
Posted By Mkfcdl
LetraSan power draw on standby

Anybody happen to know the current draw for a LectraSan (2yrs old) on standby (i.e. connected and ready to go but in between cycles)?

I can't seem to find info at raritan.com and the manuals...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-30-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 7,831
Posted By Mkfcdl
Just a little note regarding top-loading doors:...

Just a little note regarding top-loading doors: using a top door instead of a front-loading door definitely saves the cold air but always use a backup method to keep the door open, especially in a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-29-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Update on Bahama bank

OK, just a little update...it's been awhile since I've had decent internet access. Spent a little longer at Old Bahama Bay because of my finger injury, then went Indian Cay onto the banks. I was...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-13-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Now just to get the boat cleaned

Comaraderie:

Thanks for the kind words--yeah I'm glad that's over but truthfully I found the gulf stream to be just like offshore in the Gulf of Mexico--very choppy. So I felt like I was back in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-12-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 6,370
Posted By Mkfcdl
I can tell you what I did crossing the gulf of...

I can tell you what I did crossing the gulf of mexico by myself last fall: no sleeping at night PERIOD; stay out of shipping lanes except at the start and end (Galveston to Key West), sleep during...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-12-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Old Bahama Bay

Comaraderie:

Just a little update...I just checked into Old Bahama Bay Marina at West End and no bugs! Maybe it's just the time of year but it's quite nice. My wife and daughter are flying in to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-03-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2,632
Posted By Mkfcdl
Sequitur: Congrats on the purchase. I think...

Sequitur:

Congrats on the purchase. I think you'll be really happy with it. You may have to search a bit to find someone qualified by Panda to install it. I bought mine from a dealer on the Gulf...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-01-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Memory Rock...hmmm

Camaraderie,

Thanks for the info. Was originally going to Nassau first, then the Exumas. Have decided instead to go to the Abacos as this is our first cruise with our daughter. My wife and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-28-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mkfcdl
Absolutely not true. My daughter was born in...

Absolutely not true. My daughter was born in Houston to a U.S. father (me) and my Canadian wife. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and the U.S. recognizes that she has both...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-28-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Little Bahama Bank

OK--so nobody wants to talk about Grand Bahama Bank.

Has anyone recently made the crossing of Little Bahama Bank from West End (Indian Cay route not Memory Rock) to Mangrove Cay to Great Sale...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-26-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2,632
Posted By Mkfcdl
Panda DC genset

I've had the Panda 4KW DC generator (AGT4000) for several years now and absolutely love it. You really should have a large battery bank that can accept 280-300 amps @ 14 volts to take advantage of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-25-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 4,986
Posted By Mkfcdl
Valiente: OK, I admit to adding things to...

Valiente:

OK, I admit to adding things to the boat to make it easier to sail--mainly because I make all the long slogs and my wife meets me there by some other means. And, I actually like...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-24-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,511
Posted By Mkfcdl
Recent Bahamas bank crossings

Planning to cross Grand Bahama bank (Gun Cay to Chub or N. Bimini/North Light to Chub) enroute to Nassau in about 2 weeks, weather permitting. If anyone has made the crossing by either route...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-24-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 4,986
Posted By Mkfcdl
Ditto on the Catalina 400

I probably would agree that the Catalinas are top-end coastal boats rather than low-end true bluewater boats. Having said that, I don't want or need a true bluewater boat--I need a good cruising boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-20-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 848
Posted By Mkfcdl
zinc use

Thanks for the info on brackish water with zincs. This marina probably is a bit brackish but it's enough to run a LectrSan so must have decent salt content.

Since my last post, I measured the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-20-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 848
Posted By Mkfcdl
Determining zinc use

Quick question:

I used to have (at a different marina) problems with zincs -- a zinc fish would last about 3 months. Checked my boat and fixed some problems, still zinc use. Now, I'm in a...
Forum: Island Packet 08-19-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 26,594
Posted By Mkfcdl
Equalizing with Link 2000

This may be an old topic, but I thought I'd share my equalizing attempts with the Link 2000(R). This is specifically in regards to Lifeline AGMs--which Lifeline says should be equalized at 15.5v x 8...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-18-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By Mkfcdl
Thanks for the info. Already cleaned all the...

Thanks for the info. Already cleaned all the terminals and spaces between posts--that was my first thought. As far as tracking/isolating, even after removing everything outside connection from the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-16-2006
Replies: 44
Views: 3,730
Posted By Mkfcdl
Electric air pump for snorkeling

For what it's worth--

Just talked to a guy cleaning a hull at my dock--he was using a small electric (110v) air pump designed for snorkeling with a 50 foot hose. Looked like a decent setup for...
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