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Search: Posts Made By: svzephyr44
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,732
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Single handed sailing in BVI

Been single handing for years including an Atlantic transit and many 500 NM + offshores. The BVI is a great place to learn, easy sailing and short trips.

Fair winds and following seas :)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By svzephyr44
Smile Life Raft Renewal - maintenance

Ever wonder what is inside the box? Or what it will cost to get all those expired flares, food, water, etc. replaced and a new certificate issued? I have posted my bill from Vane Brothers on my blog....
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 04-10-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 4,615
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Crew Needed: Chsapeake Bay to Panama

I am not quite sure how to respond to this - my impression was that you were prepared to move onto the boat for a considerable time period - that you didn't have the evil "I have to be here on this...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 04-10-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 4,615
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Crew Needed: Chsapeake Bay to Panama

As a frequenter of this web site I can attest that there are a few (like Dave on Auspicious) who are very experienced and skilled. I suggest you consider their advice.

Boot camp - three weeks ago...
Forum: Electronics 03-17-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,530
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: New AIS Rule

The West Marine "Port Supply" web site has a breakdown for class "A" and class "B" requirements. I didn't really do an analysis but by category there were far more class "A" requirements. In...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 6,319
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Circumnavigation advice for complete novices

A very different prospective - don't focus on the boat (yet.) Focus on your emotions and experience. When I decided to start full time cruising I spent a lot of time worrying about how to equip my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-20-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 2,059
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Best of these Florida cities for sailing

I personally don't like St. Augustine. Very strong currents. Very iffy inlet with shoal water on each side that gets very nasty when the wind/current is wrong. I was there once when the Coast Guard...
Forum: Electronics 02-08-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 1,218
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Pactor Modem

More homework. You can avoid the cost of a pactor modem by using RMS Express.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-30-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 4,599
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Needed: Customs & Immigration 101

I would humbly suggest that you are trying the patience of those posters (including myself) who participate in an effort to help other boaters/sailors. :mad: There is NO answer to your question. And...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-23-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,284
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Mounting containers to lifelines

Like many cruisers I carry tanks on my deck. And I frequently sail well offshore. A couple of notes:

1. Wave action can be brutal. I have had two of my tanks cracked by wave action. It's not fun...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 01-16-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 9,036
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

Another place to look

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Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 01-14-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 9,036
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities


Now I am going to talk to you like a father - since I am most likely old enough to be your father, or even your grandfather....

[Metaphor alert!]

You are "flogging a dead horse." Let...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 01-13-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 9,036
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Novice: Certifications? Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

First, let me say that Captains are as individual as boats. I would have to look up your certifications because I don't have any and have no idea what they represent. I have been sailing for over 50...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-12-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By svzephyr44
Small Vessel Reporting System

After my last return to the United States I decided to look into the US Customs and Border Protection "Small Vessel Reporting System." The program lets you register as a Master and register your...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 01-12-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 9,036
Posted By svzephyr44
The 6 point plan

Aim high, start low...

Consider six absolute facts:

1. A Captain is much more likely to give you an opportunity that is low risk for the Captain/boat then high risk. Getting your first...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: World ARC

I too have run into the World ARC on my travels. It does seem that they are in a hurry - it is about getting around the world, not smelling the roses. They do overwhelm small ports.

I think people...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-06-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,009
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Wave direction Off shore?

Without taking away from what everyone has said so far:

Wave patterns are different depending upon what ocean you find yourself. You mentioned the Atlantic. Notwithstanding the pointers to the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Nav Light Location

Keep in mind that the COLREGS require you to have "side lights" not a "bow light." You can put the lights anywhere you want including on the stern as long as they are visable from dead ahead to 22.5...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-30-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Spinnaker dowser

At the top of the rig should be a double loop - most likely steel. The top of the spin gets attached to the bottom (inside) and the top of the loop gets attached to the spin halyard. On the...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast 08-29-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,038
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: New York to Cape May ok for beginners?

First, let me point out to you and the OP that this is a personal opinion. I grew up on the North Shore and have sailed LI Sound many times. I also went to school in New Jersey (we rode our dinosaurs...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-28-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 12,430
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

You are correct that it depends upon the boat design. There are three generic hull forms: displacement (as in stuck in the water,) semi-displacement (hull lifts out of the water but not the entire...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-27-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 12,430
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

Not to move this into the realm of $500 per month but ...

My friend Ed just purchased a Cascade 29 for $1,500. It is a very old boat but is in quite good shape. Now Ed solo circumnavigated on a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-27-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 12,430
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

I learned on a Sailfish. Not even a "cockpit" as those who learned on a Sunfish will understand. (For the rest of you, a Sailfish was the grandfather of the Laser - a plank with a centerboard,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-18-2014
Replies: 156
Views: 9,964
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Give AIS a rest

They use two high marine VHF channels 87B & 88B. They have approximately the same range as VHF channel 16 which is basicly line of sight (remember that the line of sight from 100 feet in the air to...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-17-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 4,840
Posted By svzephyr44
Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

I am sorry that you didn't have the time to correct those items that you thought I had stated in error or were misleading. That does not help people reading this thread.

"Twist" simply refers to...
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