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Search: Posts Made By: TakeFive
Forum: Chartering 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 2,616
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

While I think OP has enough experience to successfully charter, I'm not so sure his level of cruising experience is at a point where I would recommend overnight anchoring in environmentally sensitive...
Forum: Electrical Systems 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Third / starting battery?

Depends on how you have them connected. With three identical (same model and same date of manufacture), you could wire all three in parallel with no selector. This could prolong their life by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By TakeFive
Black Friday Specials: Cheap stuff for boats

Black Friday has come and gone, but many of the sales continue through the weekend. Please post your good ideas here.

Pep Boys usually has some great deals on little things that are useful for the...
Forum: Outboard 11-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,026
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Outboard Engine Start-up Problems (fictional)

Well, if you want some time-consuming tension, you could have his fuel line break, and he has to use duct tape to make a fix as he's approaching the dam:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By TakeFive
Re: $10 DIY smoke alarm AND high water alarm

Uh, I think you mean "plenty of conductance." Really high resistance would cause an open circuit and no tone.

OK, maybe I am the only one who is bothered by this, but I think it's very dangerous...
Forum: Electronics 10-27-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 4,500
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Victory at last! (I think)

IIRC, I took a little heat before for recommending this as a good way to display your AIS data. Your radio display is OK, but as you can tell, OpenCPN's display is far more informative. I purchased a...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 10-26-2014
Replies: 525
Views: 19,326
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

I've thought about that, but:

My club is an all-volunteer DIY place, so there are really no crews and lunch breaks. Also, with a 7' tidal swing and depth of -1' at MLLW, they're always in a hurry...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: My crappy sail today

I understand, and it's clear that you need a longer line, or to unwrap the current line a bit on the drum.

But do note that that was not what caused the jam. It's the bottom layers of the wrap...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,836
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Whisker pole?

I'm sure glad I didn't see the Sailnet store listing, because that pole is exactly what I have on my 25' boat, and I'm glad I bought it four years ago.

Don't sell yourself short. You're asking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-28-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,209
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Fellow Four Eyes dealing with rain

I suggest you wear an eyewear retainer. We have several on the boat for me, my wife, and guests. They look nerdy, but they've saved my glasses a few times. They're up there with pfd and sunscreen in...
Forum: Electronics 09-19-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 4,500
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Which AIS should I buy?

GX2000 would interface with your AIS and allow you to place DSC calls to other AIS vessels by selecting them off a list. Without this feature you need to manually enter a vessel's MMSI number using...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-13-2014
Replies: 98
Views: 6,707
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

We all develop online personalities here, so any messages you post are taken in the context of the personality you've exhibited in your prior posts. So it's not out of context as you claim, it's in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-06-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,539
Posted By TakeFive
Re: New halyard: Sta-Set or Sta-Set X?

OK, I've done several sails with the new 5/16" VPC halyard, so I can make a few comments.

One of the first things that I noticed is how light the line is, especially when wet. I guess the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-24-2014
Replies: 1,265
Views: 425,968
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I made a fenderboard out of 2" schedule 40 PVC pipe. The pipe is actually about 3" OD, very thick, sturdy, and stiff. I bought a 10' length and cut it into two pieces and made two of them like this:...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-17-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,741
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailing Schools - certificated coures or 'a la carte'???

I think that with your experience you will have no problem finding a charter.

Here's my experience.

I bought my Catalina 250 in March 2010, and have sailed it 1-2 times a week during the season...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By TakeFive
re: Minor mishap with my Phantom sailing dinghy

Good point. I apologize. I've asked the admins to change the thread title.
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,332
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Docking and Undocking

More interesting info on docking:

Docking in Currents (

The basics of docking - Consumer Products | YAMAHA MOTOR CO., LTD....
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,332
Posted By TakeFive
Docking and Undocking

I found these helpful instructions on docking and undocking today:

Docking and Undocking - (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-24-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,765
Posted By TakeFive
ebay purchase gone bad: 1/4" G43 anchor chain

I thought I would share with you a warning of what can go wrong with some ebay purchases of commodities like anchor chain. After their mandatory waiting period I escalated the issue to ebay and they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-14-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Okay, I went and done did it.

FWIW, here's the one I purchased. I have not actually installed it yet, and I'll be looking at the battery terminals to see if there is some way to attach this directly to the negative terminal:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-07-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Trolling motor to mooring

This is a very timely thread. I have a little inflatable raft with 30 lb trolling motor that I use for a tender. I've had it 2 years, but only used it once, so I really don't want to put much money...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-26-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Kerosene fuel as paint thinner

Naptha is available at Home Depot.

They "company line" is that reporting a wide range allows for variability in the product. The real reason is they don't want to give you the exact composition to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-26-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Kerosene fuel as paint thinner

If kerosene is so much cheaper, don't you think that paint manufacturer would just use it and pocket the differece?

The naptha is there for a reason - it's a more powerful solvent.

I can tell...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-23-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 5,418
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

If true, then why are there hundreds of polishes and compounds available for automotive finishes, including the Preta products that I use on my boat? :confused:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-14-2014
Replies: 131
Views: 17,304
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Florida is at it again

Her post, which you quoted, said NOTHING about derelict boats. This is not about derelict boats. It is about derelict owners who drop anchor and overstay their welcome. The court finding that she...
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