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Search: Posts Made By: JimMcGee
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 2,401
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

Yep, my buddy just got a new-used main for his O'Day from Bacon's. It was a very positive experience.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 2,401
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

Nancy, don't rule out production boats. There are some on SailNet that have a bias for/against certain brands; but the reality is you'll be day sailing, anchoring in a nice cove, cooking burgers and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 2,401
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

Nancy, for the kind of sailing you described the Catalina 30 isn't a bad choice. I know you've been looking a while but I'm not sure if you've looked at them. A quick YachtWorld search turned up 32...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Good old boat for newbie

With older boats condition usually trumps brand or model. Look for a boat in good overall condition.

An older boat that has been loved by it's owner will allow you to get out sailing and do less...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 2,601
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: How to get free internet on your boats.

Whoa, this isn't exactly Jesse James stuff here.

First most recent model Android phones can be configured as a hotspot so other devices like a laptop can use it as a WiFi Internet access point....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 304
Views: 16,102
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I agree with Smack on this one. It doesn't look like they're in immediate danger.

But I'll go back to a question I asked earlier - why not monitor their VHF? Mine is always on in scan mode when...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 545
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Should I replace the headstay?

I found the same thing when we dropped our mast. It was caused by a halyard wrap and yes you should replace it. As others have said it's a safety issue.

Fitting a new stay with a Staylock fitting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Someone help the fishing newbie, plz!

We've got guys who LOVE to fish in our marina.

And fisherman LOVE to talk fishing.

If I wanted to learn I'd ask them "If I bring the beer will you guys take me out and teach me how to fish?"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-23-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,360
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: cleaning out water tanks

Hey Mike, I usually pick one up at the RV store at the beginning of each season. I've used the ShurFlor and the System IV brands. One or the other is usually on sale in the spring for around $25. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-15-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Looking for any ideas ( Diesel smell & wood )

I had diesel smell in my galley cabinets after a diesel leak (the tank is behind the cabinets).

I took the whole cabinet unit out and washed down the frame and drawers using a bucket filled with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2015
Replies: 308
Views: 36,065
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

Smack, enjoy the ride with your boys.

I know it sounds trite, but I'm amazed at how fast time has passed. Some of my best memories are of little things and small moments. Make time for them.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: anyone a surveyor in NJ? or can recommend

Boats aren't like cars. You need to read both policies and see what's really covered (liability, environmental, injury, etc.).

Tempest is correct. A $2,500 boat will be totaled in any kind of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-24-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,272
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: My Boat Deal Offer Fell Through

There really are a LOT of boats out there.

Take a deep breath and move on.

You will find the right boat.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-28-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,158
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

I just checked The GPS Store and they're $25 less than Amazon ! ( (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-05-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 18,319
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Boat sank at the dock


Sounds like your broker definitely dropped the ball :mad:

I wish I could say I was surprised. He and I would definitely be having a conversation...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-11-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 5,100
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Catalina or Hunter?

If I was looking at 34-36 footers in the $50K range as a liveaboard I'd be concerned with the following:

How comfortable is the boat both down below and in the cockpit. Are there "nooks" where you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 941
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Boat registration NY/NJ

Regor, don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. If the boat will be berthed in NJ you need to register the boat in NJ.

When you register the vessel you will either need to pay the sales...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-02-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,706
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Repowering a Pearson 31

A friend of mine has been looking at this option for his 27 O'Day for a little over a year now. The problem is a real turn key electric is about the same all-in cost as a turn key diesel, but it then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,671
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Should a Roller Furler be Hard?

If you suspect the jib halyard has wrapped around the forestay you should either drop the rig and inspect it or have someone go up and check its condition as the wire in the forestay can become...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,564
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: The WTF challenge!

SVAuspicious raises a good point.

I was thinking of something like this Drill Guide Attachment ( and using a hole saw...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 980
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: New ignition switch for Universal 5416

Hey Jim, Silver Cloud is the local Universal dealer. Dave usually stocks common items like this or can get them in 48 hours.

To compare prices check out the switch from CatalinaDirect...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-28-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 7,104
Posted By JimMcGee
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-05-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,533
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Hey Scott, no offense meant. My thought is that if you find sailing's not your thing you can resell a good boat for what you have in it. You'd likely take a hit on a fixer-upper and/or find it harder...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-05-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,533
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

I work a lot of hours. For me it made sense to spend a little more and get a first boat that was in good condition and could be sailed right away. It got us out on the water where we could...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-04-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 4,533
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Also don't be afraid to let everybody you talk to know that you're looking to buy a boat. You never know how you might connect with someone.

I looked at a lot of dogs in my price range that first...
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