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Search: Posts Made By: MikeOReilly
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Power for Windless

This is probably not a useful answer, but have you considered a manual windlass? I've had one for years on a bigger boat that yours. Works great. In the years we've had our Plath bronze windlass the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Thanks guys. It's not so much the actual projects, it's just the final throes of closing off the home, stocking the boat with food and clothes and tools and safety gear and, and, and... Doesn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Despite my grandious predictions, I'm still at the dock. July 1 departure turned into July 5, then 7th, now we're looking at the 11th. I feel like I'm living in a Zeno's Paradox...
Forum: Electronics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Tacktick wind direction failed

Thanks guys. I'm going to go up the mast to check it out. I'm hoping some sort of dirt/gunk/bird-poop issue is the problem. It have some hope since it appears data is being transmitted from the...
Forum: Electronics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By MikeOReilly
Tacktick wind direction failed

I've got an older Tacktick Micronet system that has worked really well, up till now. The wind direction indicator is now stuck in one direction. It is showing a direction, but it never changes. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,650
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What is your Cruising Motivation?

Thanks tbodine88, I am indeed a lucky man. I can avoid ridged schedules most of the time. I agree with you that schedules are a large part of the reason there are so many motorboats with masts out...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 717
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: wind vanes and LOA

Agreed. I have an Aries. It is quite heavy. I doubt you could use it on a 24-footer without seriously compromising the balance of the boat.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 720
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: sealant for stanchions

I just re-bedded a couple of stanchions. I used 4200 for the combination of sealing, adhesion and flex -- and also b/c that what I have on hand ;). This stanchion of mine does experience flexing.
...
Forum: herSailNet 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 184
Views: 15,270
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: How many women here own their own boat?

Just popped in here, so I apologize for not being up to speed on all that has been said, but to pick up on the current themes:

In my experience sexism is alive and well in the sailing and cruising...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Will do Kostis. I'll post when I can. Still here for another week though, so you're not rid of me yet ;).
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,650
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What is your Cruising Motivation?

I guess we're using slightly different definitions of cruising and lifestyle here Jon. To me, every way of living is a "lifestyle." I currently choose to live in a small shack on the shores of Lake...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi Kostis, things are moving along rather rapidly now. Most of the immediate projects are nearing completion. I just mounted the windvane yesterday. Today I have to service my outboard and little...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

We had a couple of those moments a few years ago while moving our boat up through the Great Lakes to Lake Superior. Motoring through the narrowest of dredged sections, our engine would cut out and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,920
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Jacklines - where to run them?

Sorry Jon, I assumed you were attempting to make the broader point through your analogy. You're quite right, an individual circumstance can deviate significantly from general statistical trends. I'll...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,650
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What is your Cruising Motivation?

Fascinating history Jon. It's always interesting to see how things evolve. I'm one of the youngins who have joined since the age of fibreglass and mixed crews. To me, cruising is definitely an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Blue water boat for the Great Lakes?

Thanks! I've never heard of Gordon Bok before. I'll be exploring his repertoire.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,650
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: What is your Cruising Motivation?

A fun discussion. We have been seasonal cruisers the past seven years and are slowly transitioning to full-timers. The poll hits on most of my reasons: freedom, exploration, adventure, simplicity....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Blue water boat for the Great Lakes?

Yup ... here's another favourite of mine. Stan's White Squall is not exaggerating about how things can change so quickly on the Lakes. The song also has some lessons for the recent jackline...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Blue water boat for the Great Lakes?

Sailing on the Great Lakes is all about managing the seas. As others have said, Great Lakes waves tend to have much shorter wavelengths than out on the salty seas. But b/c we can have fairly large...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Blue water boat for the Great Lakes?

I currently sail Lake Superior in what most people would call a classic "bluewater boat." We could discuss what that means ad nauseam, but I guess I appreciate what you're looking for Enrique100. We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-24-2014
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Based on my limited exposure to this new tool, I agree with Jon's comments. I see this as a pretty inexpensive tool that can provide good info, but it still requires navigation work on my part to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,920
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Jacklines - where to run them?

Or, perhaps you have a biased perspective on the facts. By every measure, automobile morbidity and mortality rates have continually decreased over the past 50 years. The cause of this decrease is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-24-2014
Replies: 2,176
Views: 130,785
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Cost me $339.95 CND, which is about $315 US. A bit pricey, to be sure, but fog is a constant friend up here on the Great Lakes. And we're heading into a pretty congested commercial waterway (Lakes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,920
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Jacklines - where to run them?

I feel compelled to chime in on my (our) approach:


I only use jacklines when the conditions demand. That's a relative concept of course, but I can tell you I've only clipped in for sea/wind...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,920
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Jacklines - where to run them?

I appreciate these discussions. While there's nothing new under the sun, working things through again (and again, and again...) is a good way to process the information. That's the function of a...
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