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Search: Posts Made By: Yorksailor
Forum: Living Aboard 1 Day Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,183
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Dental and medical care while cruising.

Repatriation Insurance

If you are a US or Canadian citizen repatriation insurance is very important. Our DAN dive/repatriation insurance costs about $150/yr.

As a retired doctor I am often...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,183
Posted By Yorksailor
Medical care while cruising.

Unless you have a massive budget to buy worldwide health insurance which includes the USA then ensuring comprehensive medical care can be very difficult.

We maintain excellent 'repatriation...
Forum: Living Aboard 2 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,183
Posted By Yorksailor
Dental and medical care while cruising.

Over the last 7 years of cruising we have visited dentist in several countries between Panama, Trinidad and Canada, usually receiving reasonably priced good quality dental care.

Today in Panama...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 583
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Drop-in refrigeration vs a conversion kit

We have just replaced an old top loading freezer system with an Isotherm two drawer system, expensive but it works well. The front opening drawers are much easier to use than top opening units and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 663
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Newbie Reef Navigating

Generally charter companies do not let you go where you are likely to run aground. The boat will have a decent depth finder and perhaps a chart plotter.

However, the general rule in the Caribbean...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 6 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Crew Ecuador/Galapagos or thereabouts

It is hurricane season so heading for the Galapagos from California before November is not too smart.

We are in the La Playita anchorage in Panama City and in February thro' May there are lots of...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Tayana 42 or PS 37

Old teak decks can be a big problem if water has entered the core through the fittings. Out Tayana 55 is 30 years old and 5 years ago we took up the teak and relaid it as the original teak was 10mm...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Best place to do day skipper?

Do it somewhere with tides and shipping like the Solent...lots of good schools like BOSS. Four is the maximum number of students on a RYA Day Skipper course.

And yes, nice and cold and windy in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: North or South or Stay Put?

I agree with Capta...

We have spent 7 years in the Caribbean fixing our 55 ft boat. While it is generally easier to get parts in the US with the boat already in the Caribbean I would run down to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Southeast Florida Coastal Cruising Q's

The Beneteau dagger board is a very well engineered structure not like the center-boards of yesteryear and is deployed by a screw mechanism.

The problem with sailing out of Ft Lauderdale...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Southeast Florida Coastal Cruising Q's

I have sailed out of in Coconut Grove for over 10 years and when sailing the Keys and the Bahama anything over a 5 ft draft requires a lot of attention to detail unless you stick to the...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 512
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Looking to prep for future Delivery


You will miss a great 'experience developing opportunity' if you stay inside. Near to shore there is often a south-going-counter-current and you can make good time with a fair wind and the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 842
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Chart and Compass Reading

In the area you are going to sail there are tidal currents of 4 to 5 to 6 knots. If you do not learn properly from local experts you are likely to find yourself under full sail and going backwards at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,439
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Radar Talk

For close in stuff I don't think it matters too much, unless you get a forward blind spot from the mast, but out in the 'big blue ocean' with big waves our mast mount gives us 20-25 mile range....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Navigating the Reefs of Andros

We have used Navionics from Northern Canada to Trinidad and three times around the Caribbean and find them excellent value...We also have Open CPN...similar sized errors but just different depending...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-08-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: RYA courses, how difficult are they, advice needed

As you have discovered if you can sail Competent Crew is a waste of time. However, Day Skipper is well worth the time. The gap between Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper is very significant... and it is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-14-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,436
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Marine Air Conditioning Install

I fitted two Marinaire 16,000 BTU units, the dealer is in Miami, and they have been used on an almost a daily basis for 18 months.

They are plug and play integrated units and even have built in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,669
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Excellent post Mike and Mr F's link to the data on anchoring will provide me with hours of amusement as I sit at anchor!

The one point I would add is that we never 'anchor and run'. We set the...
Forum: Caribbean 06-07-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By Yorksailor
Predatory Venezuelan Coast Guard

Previously I had written that while most cruisers consider the Venezuelan mainland a no-go-zone I felt that the Islands of Los Roches and the Aves were relatively safe.

Last night we had dinner...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-03-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Maiden Voyage

Quite the contrary... congratulations on your achievements, your wife's smile is marvelous and I wish you many wonderful hour, days, weeks, months and years of sailing!
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 931
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Measuring Angle of A "Tack" (pointing)

When your boat is close hauled (approx 45 deg off the wind) and you are facing where the boat is pointing the tacking angle will be just behind your windward shoulder. (approx 100 deg from your...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-03-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 14,070
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

My wife calls the 3-on-6-off of a three man crew the "Cruise Ship Routine" but our 30 ton 55 ft boat is really too big for a couple in their 60's!!

My wife does not like to take crew but I like...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-02-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 7,077
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: How much maintenance and repair, really?

We have a 55 ft boat with lots of systems. The boat is 30 yrs old but was refitted 14 yrs ago. It is a full time live aboard, on average we sail 5,000 nm/yr and we have been getting ready for a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,068
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: RYA yachtmaster vs USCG license Captain vs ICC

Legally the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) is a private organization but the UK Government delegated to the RYA the authority to issue commercial licenses. The RYA had the sailors that could...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-31-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 2,659
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: How Dangerous?


I am not suggesting a database kept to scientific standard but one that would collate the reports that are posted on this forum, they include almost every USCG rescue of sailboats in...
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