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Search: Posts Made By: TakeFive
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Jeanneau SO 379 vs. Bavaria Cruiser 37

We chartered a 6 month old SO 379 in BVI a couple years ago. We enjoyed the boat for the week. Head shower was a very nice design, with acrylic door separating the vanity. But they have several...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 3,718
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Dinghy theft protection

I think there are different deterrents appropriate for different scenarios. I was thinking that removing the spark plug wire would be good enough for when you want to leave the dink at the tiki bar...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 3,718
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Dinghy theft protection

I think detaching a spark plug wire, as someone else mentioned, is about the most straightforward way to accomplish this. A thief would likely try to start the motor a couple times then give up and...
Forum: Electronics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By TakeFive
Re: HX851 batteries for tray?

HX851 Owners Manual 2-27-2014 (
Forum: Chartering 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 6,304
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Head dumps directly into sea?

I am a little less cynical about regulations and mileage restrictions than some of you. I think that, by and large, the regulations exist for a good reason. I believe in science, but I also know that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-28-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,003
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

Wow, that's a great price!

I got the Uniden model a year ago for about that price (then I bought a second one with my son to use on raceboats in Seattle). I have no regrets, because the Uniden...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,003
Posted By TakeFive
Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

The well-regarded SH HX851 VHF/DSC/GPS handheld just had a huge price drop on Amazon. It's probably because it is being replaced by the newer HX870. But the HX851 is still a great radio, now costing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-08-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,525
Posted By TakeFive
OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

As posted here ( I was involved in testing the new release, and wrote a couple chapters of the documentation:
Forum: Learning to Sail 12-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,012
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Garmin and Polar View ???

USB serial is different from NMEA serial. NMEA 0183 expects RS422, but is also backward compatible with RS232 as long as your wire runs are not too long.

Taking USB input and making it "look like"...
Forum: Learning to Sail 12-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,012
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Garmin and Polar View ???

You can do exactly what you want. The Montana can make a great USB puck for your PC, with excellent sensitivity and accuracy.

Garmin Chartplotters and model 478 are totally different devices from...
Forum: Chartering 12-02-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 6,262
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

While I think OP has enough experience to successfully charter, I'm not so sure his level of cruising experience is at a point where I would recommend overnight anchoring in environmentally sensitive...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Third / starting battery?

Depends on how you have them connected. With three identical (same model and same date of manufacture), you could wire all three in parallel with no selector. This could prolong their life by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Posted By TakeFive
Black Friday Specials: Cheap stuff for boats

Black Friday has come and gone, but many of the sales continue through the weekend. Please post your good ideas here.

Pep Boys usually has some great deals on little things that are useful for the...
Forum: Outboard 11-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,130
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Outboard Engine Start-up Problems (fictional)

Well, if you want some time-consuming tension, you could have his fuel line break, and he has to use duct tape to make a fix as he's approaching the dam:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By TakeFive
Re: $10 DIY smoke alarm AND high water alarm

Uh, I think you mean "plenty of conductance." Really high resistance would cause an open circuit and no tone.

OK, maybe I am the only one who is bothered by this, but I think it's very dangerous...
Forum: Electronics 10-27-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 5,407
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Victory at last! (I think)

IIRC, I took a little heat before for recommending this as a good way to display your AIS data. Your radio display is OK, but as you can tell, OpenCPN's display is far more informative. I purchased a...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 10-26-2014
Replies: 528
Views: 20,456
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

I've thought about that, but:

My club is an all-volunteer DIY place, so there are really no crews and lunch breaks. Also, with a 7' tidal swing and depth of -1' at MLLW, they're always in a hurry...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,715
Posted By TakeFive
Re: My crappy sail today

I understand, and it's clear that you need a longer line, or to unwrap the current line a bit on the drum.

But do note that that was not what caused the jam. It's the bottom layers of the wrap...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,042
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Whisker pole?

I'm sure glad I didn't see the Sailnet store listing, because that pole is exactly what I have on my 25' boat, and I'm glad I bought it four years ago.

Don't sell yourself short. You're asking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-28-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,354
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Fellow Four Eyes dealing with rain

I suggest you wear an eyewear retainer. We have several on the boat for me, my wife, and guests. They look nerdy, but they've saved my glasses a few times. They're up there with pfd and sunscreen in...
Forum: Electronics 09-19-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 5,407
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Which AIS should I buy?

GX2000 would interface with your AIS and allow you to place DSC calls to other AIS vessels by selecting them off a list. Without this feature you need to manually enter a vessel's MMSI number using...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-13-2014
Replies: 98
Views: 7,122
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Anyone ever buy bigger or new and regret it?

We all develop online personalities here, so any messages you post are taken in the context of the personality you've exhibited in your prior posts. So it's not out of context as you claim, it's in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-06-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,827
Posted By TakeFive
Re: New halyard: Sta-Set or Sta-Set X?

OK, I've done several sails with the new 5/16" VPC halyard, so I can make a few comments.

One of the first things that I noticed is how light the line is, especially when wet. I guess the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-24-2014
Replies: 1,314
Views: 452,060
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I made a fenderboard out of 2" schedule 40 PVC pipe. The pipe is actually about 3" OD, very thick, sturdy, and stiff. I bought a 10' length and cut it into two pieces and made two of them like this:...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-17-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 4,117
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailing Schools - certificated coures or 'a la carte'???

I think that with your experience you will have no problem finding a charter.

Here's my experience.

I bought my Catalina 250 in March 2010, and have sailed it 1-2 times a week during the season...
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