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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-09-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,896
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Need info on a boat!

You indicated you will be lake sailing for a couple of years. I don't know where you will be on it, but Lake Havasu can get tight. You may want to have a higher priority on a boat that points well...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-25-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,451
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: How old is too old and how cheap too cheap

You don't say how fit you are for your 64 years, but, in principle, age shouldn't deter you. You just have to use your years of experience to do this smartly. Taking classes is advisable. After each...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-22-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 4,982
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Boat Loan

We applied to both BoatUS and USAA for long term loans. Either can be prepaid with no penalty. We finally went with USAA since their rate was lower. Both companies are easy to work with and seem to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: boat for tall sailor

I'm the same height. In the length range you're considering, the best that can be found is some accommodation. My experience from bareboat chartering is that modern production boats generally have...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-22-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 848
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: New to Sailing

Consistent with the others, my recommendation is to learn on a small boat. If you want to learn to sail, you need to sail often. A small boat is more affordable to buy or to rent. If you buy, it's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-27-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Best filtration for freshwater: just particles, or carbon too

A superior method for eliminating bacteria in water irradiates the water with ultraviolet light. Do a search on "ultraviolet water purification". This is the principal means the semiconductor...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-04-2014
Replies: 226
Views: 16,515
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?

Statistics bear out the difficulty of circumnavigation. The achievement is a difficult solution successfully combining aspiration with preparation and opportunity.

I met my wife at a sailing club...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-20-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 5,454
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Lake sailors?

The first time I ever went sailing it was in a dinghy sailboat on Lake Sebring in Florida. I was used to a small fishing motorboat and the experience of moving across the lake powered by the wind was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-29-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 5,760
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Maiden Voyage Newbie Trainwreck

Great story! You are one intrepid guy and your finance is amazing.

I learned to sail on a 16 foot sloop. There's no motor, just the wind. It blows you around and you learn how to work it to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-05-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 6,353
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Watches

I have a Suunto Vector. It's a nice watch for sailing with time, barometric pressure, and a digital compass readout. As mentioned for the Casio, the temperature isn't an accurate ambient measurement...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-06-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ded reckoner
re: Trolling motor care

We have used a Minn Kota Endura C2 40 for the last two summers on our Hunter 170. I recommend you use an AGM battery in case of a knockdown. We have used a Werker battery (WKA12-12F2) for the last...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-29-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 3,946
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Do I have to know swimming to sail?

If you know how to swim in a pool, then it sounds like you have some basic skill. It's a good skill to have for anyone spending time on or near the water, and I would encourage you to keep at it to...
Forum: Chartering   12-18-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,171
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Experience required to bareboat?

I suspect the charterer is having heartburn over two things. The first is that this is your first bareboat charter and the second is that you are requesting a 40 foot sailboat, which is considered...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-10-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ded reckoner
Re: Me, My Boat, and Eleven - What’s Going On?

There is a high probability of a grouping of unlikely random occurrences but a low probability of a grouping of unlikely particular occurrences. So, in your case, you will not be able to accurately...
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