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Search: Posts Made By: Dick Pluta
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-07-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 4,254
Posted By Dick Pluta
Hi, John I sailed out of Holland for many...

Hi, John

I sailed out of Holland for many years. Lake Michigan spoils you. No salt, no tides, even no compass deviation to speak of. I took the trip across Lake Erie and the Erie Canal about 10...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-05-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 4,254
Posted By Dick Pluta
Where on the Great Lakes? This could lengthen or...

Where on the Great Lakes? This could lengthen or shorten the trip by 2 or 3 weeks.

Dick Pluta
AEGEA
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-25-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 3,392
Posted By Dick Pluta
Replacing windows

I am in the process of replacing the ports in my Islander Freeport 41. After much soul searching I have decided to use 1/4 acrylic, just like the originals. I have searched the posts on this...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-14-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 6,364
Posted By Dick Pluta
IOR boats have a checkered past. In the early...

IOR boats have a checkered past. In the early days many were rule beaters that sacrificed seaworthiness for ratings and many were considered "unsafe". '79 was a pivotal year, since that was the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-13-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 15,453
Posted By Dick Pluta
Someone needed my Garmin more than I did and I...

Someone needed my Garmin more than I did and I haven't replaced it yet. I now use a Holux GR-213 that I bought on E-bay for $28 with my PC. I have Sea Clear 2 and Chart Navigator Light. The Chart...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-13-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By Dick Pluta
I retract my last. Dick Pluta

I retract my last.

Dick Pluta
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-13-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By Dick Pluta
It looks like a Flying Dutchman. Dick Pluta ...

It looks like a Flying Dutchman.

Dick Pluta
AEGEA
On the hard in Florida
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-10-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,256
Posted By Dick Pluta
I did the trip from Monroe, Michigan to New...

I did the trip from Monroe, Michigan to New Jersey, followed a couple of years later from NJ to the Bahamas. I did the Lakes part under power, since the mast was already down and I didn't think the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-06-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By Dick Pluta
One good reason is to document your experience. ...

One good reason is to document your experience. In addition to charter companies, there are experience requirements for the Coast Guard licenses. It makes life a lot easier if you want to get the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-01-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By Dick Pluta
LOL! I read the title and, at first glance,...

LOL! I read the title and, at first glance, wondered if you were looking for a connection from a boat to the subway which is, to those of us who live in the NYC metro area, New York Transit. Sounds...
Forum: herSailNet 04-29-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 6,794
Posted By Dick Pluta
The first thing we are did was the interior,...

The first thing we are did was the interior, headliner, upholstery, etc. I want a new mainsail, but if my wife can put up with 8 foot seas, I can give on amenities. Even so, we agree on the best...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-28-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,878
Posted By Dick Pluta
I was kind of avoiding getting into too much...

I was kind of avoiding getting into too much detail but here's an expansion. The boat is moving at some slow speed, let's say 1 mph. If you turn the boat to starboard, the bow will go right and the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-28-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,878
Posted By Dick Pluta
There is no substitute for practice. Go out into...

There is no substitute for practice. Go out into open water on a calm day and just play around doing slow turns. Here are a couple of tips I have discovered over the years.

First, a fin keel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-07-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 31,894
Posted By Dick Pluta
I have been using it for the last two years and,...

I have been using it for the last two years and, for the US, it's great. We have been up and down the ICW using the NOAA charts. You can't get Bahamas charts because of copyright issues. I don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-01-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,232
Posted By Dick Pluta
What do you do on a passage?

If you're like me about four hours into the first day of a passage you start to get antsy. What do you do to pass the time on a passage? For the purposes of this question I'd call anything longer...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,659
Posted By Dick Pluta
I'm not familiar with the inside stretch from...

I'm not familiar with the inside stretch from Beach Haven to Barnegat but I understand that it is shallow. The shoals off Barnegat go out a long way so, if you choose to go in there, leave plenty of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-07-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,500
Posted By Dick Pluta
We are fortunate to have enough room and power...

We are fortunate to have enough room and power for a trash compactor. We use paper liners and it allows us to extend the time between disposals. We generally aren't more than a few days between...
Forum: Living Aboard 03-01-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By Dick Pluta
There are a couple of places. Most of the...

There are a couple of places. Most of the marinas cater to boats passing through and are expensive for long stays. Marlin Marina (242-393-7873,4) in the harbor is pretty cheap. It's just a bit...
Forum: herSailNet 03-01-2009
Replies: 80
Views: 14,504
Posted By Dick Pluta
I could probably keep this thread going...

I could probably keep this thread going singlehanded but it's great to know I am not alone. The one that comes to mind today is one of my worst. I had brought my boat from NJ down to Fort...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-01-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 4,283
Posted By Dick Pluta
No need to buy charts. The NOAA charts work just...

No need to buy charts. The NOAA charts work just fine. When you download from NOAA there will be two files for each NOAA chart, a .kap and a .bup (?). All you need is the .kap. The other file is...
Forum: Living Aboard 02-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By Dick Pluta
I have had good luck using Craigs List. There is...

I have had good luck using Craigs List. There is also one of those give away "For sale" magazines that lists private docks. It is also available on line. Sorry, I don't recall the name but I found...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-26-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,483
Posted By Dick Pluta
I owned a '76 P30 that was had what was the OEM...

I owned a '76 P30 that was had what was the OEM setup with no Y valve or overboard capability. I couldn't pump overboard. For 20 plus years on Lake Michigan, no problem. I moved east to NJ, no...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-16-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 5,687
Posted By Dick Pluta
Total agreement with all of the above. The only...

Total agreement with all of the above. The only thing I can add is try to time the Point Pleasant Canal for slack tide. It's the only inlet/outlet for Barnegat Bay all the way down to Barnegat...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-14-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,127
Posted By Dick Pluta
Take a look at some of the recent back issues of...

Take a look at some of the recent back issues of SAIL magazine. Nigel Calder is outfitting a boat with electric drive. His main premise is that we don't know anything about the practicality of...
Forum: Living Aboard 02-13-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,060
Posted By Dick Pluta
Classic simple electrical planning calculation. ...

Classic simple electrical planning calculation. Amp hours in must be greater than amp hours out. Figure out how many hours or parts of an hour each device will run each day and how many amps each...
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