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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By TQA
Re: Chain size

200 ft of chain attached to 200 ft of rope is what I use. The rope gets used in deep anchorages 60 ft +.

5/16th or 3/8 will both do the job.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,803
Posted By TQA
Re: Hopes and dreams. Is this realistic?

31 ft boat $2.5k has a Yanmar Diesel [ huge plus ] so plenty left for sails etc. 1970 31' C&C Corvette sailboat (http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa/4659829312.html)

Liveabaoard marina here...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By TQA
Re: Lowering the mast on a Cat 22 with auto fulrer?

I described how I lowered the mast in an earlier post. Raising it is basically the reverse with one addition. [ This only applies if you are doing this on your own. ] you need a masthead rope, I used...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By TQA
Re: Alexseal vs Awlgrip vs one-part paint

Remember applying a 2 component over a one pot is definitely not recommended, the other way is OK.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,803
Posted By TQA
Re: Hopes and dreams. Is this realistic?

Check out Craigslist for cheap dockage.

A 100 watt solar panel will give you evening lecky PROVIDING you do not run a fridge and have LED lights and a tablet.

In Florida make sure you can pass...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 3,792
Posted By TQA
Re: Sorry, you are about to get slammed. First question: bowsprit

Good plan.

If I were you I would take the existing bowsprit off and take it with you to the woodyard, once you have a suitable piece of timber ask them to direct you to a jobbing wood shop. Get...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By TQA
Re: Catalina 22- Patching Sail, Weathered rigging & Teak, Hull stain cleaning?

Before doing anything take your sail to a local sailmaker/repairer and ask his opinion. Most will do this without charge. A new main is about $800 - $900.

But nothing wrong with fixing the holes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 5,354
Posted By TQA
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

I will ALWAYS back down on my anchor. about 1/3 throttle to begin with to make sure I have the chain straightened out and the anchor digging in then gradually increase to 3/4 throttle and hold for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By TQA
Re: Beach sailing craft options?

Another vote for a beach cat. The biggest you can manhandle to the beach. Those kids will be clamoring to join you sooner than you think.
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By TQA
Re: House Battery Talk

Flooded wet cell golf cart batteries are the most bang for your buck.

Even in the Caribbean I only need to top up once a month. A few minutes work.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,589
Posted By TQA
Re: Lets talk about dinghies y'all

After a dinghy and motor theft it is common to find the dinghy abandoned and or sunk.

The thieves want the outboard. Modern Yamahas and old Johnson/Evinrudes are the targets in the Eastern Carib.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 759
Posted By TQA
Re: Concerned about condition of the mast before buying. Advice?!

First of all it is a 40 year old boat, so expect some issues.

I don't see anything there that is major. The base of the mast is not pretty but I think it is mostly paint bubbling. Budget for...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 109
Views: 3,473
Posted By TQA
Re: sailed once with my uncle

He started a thread in another forum where he was soliciting funds 15k to fix it up and then he would coast hop around Newfoundland to Greenland on to Iceland and the UK.

Polite initial response...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,279
Posted By TQA
Re: Bahamas

There is nowhere that is truly safe.

Check out the pics post Andrew.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By TQA
Re: cruising guides for Caribbean

I cruise those areas and use the Doyle guides and am very happy with them.

He has all the waypoints in the guides available for download to your GPS.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By TQA
Re: Tayana 42 or PS 37

1200 hours on Perkins diesel is just about run in.

Those old teak decks are a potential money pit unless you can get somewhere labor is cheap. Even then budget 20k in case you have a wet core.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By TQA
Re: Blister Repair Conundrum

I am with the surveyor on this.

Go sailing and if blisters appear and they worry you fix em.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By TQA
Re: Keel to hull joint

Nope.

On the hard the joint is in compression.

In the water it is in tension.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 3,792
Posted By TQA
Re: Sorry, you are about to get slammed. First question: bowsprit

So you are recommending a sail with known weakness where the result of a failure is likely to be the mast coming down.

Never mind the light airs all you need is a big powerboat waking you to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By TQA
Re: newbie

BTW This was a real skipper [JB] with a real boat [ Dehler] who raced out of Antigua in the 90s.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 607
Posted By TQA
Re: North or South or Stay Put?

Tortola to Trinidad 600 miles an easy 4 to 5 days same 4 to 5 days back to Tortola. Do it at almost any time providing there is no big whirly thing.

Tortola to Miami 1150 miles an easy sail but...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By TQA
Re: Roberts 45 Or What

The 45 sails better than many of his designs. Some were professionally built in Taiwan.

Definitely worth looking at as a liveaboard.

There is a cheap one up in Vancouver on Yachtworld.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 761
Posted By TQA
Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

I have bad news and worse news.

The bad news. Never buy a tiller pilot that is underspcced. Always go up a size. IMHO the ST 2000 is underspec.

Now the worse news. They are hopelessly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 3,792
Posted By TQA
Re: Sorry, you are about to get slammed. First question: bowsprit

As Jeff says " FIX IT NOW "

The down side of the risk is too high, another mast going down possibly injuring someone.

Support the mast and get it off. Use it as a pattern and make a new one....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 607
Posted By TQA
Re: North or South or Stay Put?

Take it to Florida from Tortola or take it to Trinidad.

As far as I am concerned this is a no brainer, it has to be Trinidad. It will cost you a lot less and you won't face the upwind and...
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