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Search: Posts Made By: sugarbird
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,515
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Port suggestions? Where would you keep a boat; anywhere in the world?

Beautiful idea, and I don't want to throw cold water on may find it's a little harder to pull off than it looks like at first blush. Trying to keep one boat in decent shape has caused...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 4,015
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Needed: Customs & Immigration 101

Dude! You're making me (and others) crazy! You want real stories from beyond the pale? Okay here's one, some years back...left Puerto Plata, DR, headed east. The C&I guys were very clear, no stopping...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 4,015
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Needed: Customs & Immigration 101

Ah grasshopper, you make your choices, and accept the consequences. The world is full of people not following the in the Caribbean people run drugs, money and people all the time. The C&I...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-07-2015
Replies: 117
Views: 5,174
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

My advice would be to listen to everybody's opinions and make the choice that feels right for you. On the plus side, getting a really good, deep understanding and feel for how the boat handles under...
Forum: Electronics 12-28-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 251
Posted By sugarbird
Globalstar satphone?

I have a 10 year old Globalstar GSP 1600 handset that I haven't used for half a dozen years, and am wondering if anybody here has had any recent, first-hand experience using the Globalstar satphone...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-23-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,534
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Live aboard Plan

An old 22 footer is a great way to "get wet" and figure out if you actually like sailing, but as you say, it won't tell you a darn thing about what living aboard is like. IMHO living aboard anything...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-25-2014
Replies: 287
Views: 17,465
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Why do I check in here and SA now and then? Sometimes I ask myself that same question. I pretty much just like sailing, have been doing it a long time, and occasionally see something of interest, or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-22-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Is cruising the Bahamas with 8' draft possible?

Re: offshore from the Bahamas to the northeast, yup, we've done it. There's a good argument to be made for easing over to the west and riding the axis of gulfstream, catching a good northward bump...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-22-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Is cruising the Bahamas with 8' draft possible?

Our prior cruising boat had 7' draft and we cruised throughout the Bahamas. Yes, you certainly can cruise the Bahamas, but there are very real draft limitations that will restrict where you can go,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 193
Views: 11,071
Posted By sugarbird
Re: What's your favorite sailing term? One word only, no explanations.

Hope this counts...I used a hyphen! "Land-Ho!"
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-15-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,713
Posted By sugarbird
Re: I can't kick the old school

Capta - I'm A-OK with differing opinions. Re: "Loving your boat," my experience has been that there's so much time, effort and money that go into keeping a decent sized cruising boat in good sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-14-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,713
Posted By sugarbird
Re: I can't kick the old school

The only thing I'd add to Med's post is to question if your love for split rigs is based aesthetics, or on experience you've had sailing them? While there are lots of possible sail combinations...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-13-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,011
Posted By sugarbird
Re: guest arriving St Thomas where to pick up?

Where are you now? Is GF a hearty sailor chick or a girly-girl? You planning on poking around town a little or heading to STJ/BVI right away? Tight budget or a little cash to burn? That slog from...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-04-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 697
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Reverse Polarity

I got a reverse polarity indicator light go on when I plugged in at the marina. Unplugged from "our" outlet on the pedestal, and plugged into our neighbors outlets on the same pedestal and got no...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-30-2014
Replies: 1,823
Views: 179,672
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Production Boats and the Limits

I've refrained from commenting on this thread for some time, but I added a bit to a similar one over on SA about how some folks bash & some folks love Westsails, so I might as well barf on the table...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-07-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,888
Posted By sugarbird
Re: USCG Boarding Procedures

Over a whole lot of years I've had some polite, civilized boardings, and some pretty awful ones. The guys with the uniforms, guns and badges get to call the shots, but if you treat them with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-05-2014
Replies: 120
Views: 10,263
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Are we in over our heads?

Good luck folks. Sailing/yachting/boating/cruising has lots of highs and lows...mistakes that don't maim or kill you can be your best friends IF you pay attention to the lessons available to be...
Forum: Diesel 06-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Compression release lever

I have a Universal 5444 in my boat that is equipped with a compression release gadget like yours. That lever is attached to a rod with flat spots inside the valve cover. When "off" the valves operate...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-15-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By sugarbird
Re: 12vdc fan

I've had very good luck with the Hella 12V fans - maybe a little pricey ($70 at Defender), and no clip, but with just a tiny bit of McGyvering you could attach a clip of your own.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-03-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 926
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Buy? Or Charter?

Like many answers to marine related questions, the best answer is probably "It depends." Boat ownership can be heaven or hell. Do you like fixing stuff? Do you have time to keep the boat in shape, or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-31-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,858
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Rediscovering one's "Self"

Ah, grasshopper (reference to the old TV show "King Fu"), the river of life has many twists and turns, and is sometimes placid and sometimes rough. You change, as do your friends and loved...
Forum: Electronics 05-21-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By sugarbird
Re: B&G sun cover required

As jimggo says, making one from Sunbrella or equivalent is pretty darn easy. I made one for an old B&G depthfinder display in less than an hour. You sew it inside out, flip it in/out, and voila! Mine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-21-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,541
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Defend Defender!

Disclosure: I first bought boat bits at the Defender bricks & mortar store in New Rochelle, NY in 1974. Then their main claim to fame was selection and price - lotsa stuff, and almost always the best...
Forum: Chartering 05-19-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By sugarbird
Re: Miami to St barh

Frankly that would be low, low, low on my list of ways to spend a couple weeks on a charter boat, even if I was getting paid! As pointed out by everyone, it's almost always all "uphill" on that...
Forum: Diesel 05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,610
Posted By sugarbird
Re: How often to change impeller?

My feeling is that it comes down to use, abuse and age. If the engine is run fairly often year-round with adequate water flow they can last a good long time. If they are run dry, hot or sit unused...
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