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Search: Posts Made By: sck5
Forum: Chartering 10-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,433
Posted By sck5
Re: Dominica

another good thing about dominica - you dont need to clear out if you stay less than two weeks. They give you your outward clearance when you clear in. You only need to go back if you change crew...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-01-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,577
Posted By sck5
Re: Caribbean 1500

I did it 4 years ago on my Caliber 33. We were at the back of the pack but not "separated". Made it in time for the banquet. But we were the smallest boat in the fleet. I wonder if we would be...
Forum: Electronics 07-14-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,348
Posted By sck5
Re: laptop choice

heres a vote for panasonic toughbooks. had one for a year before sailing from Chesapeake Bay to the Caribe and back again. It was still working fine when somebody stole it a few months after I got...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-02-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By sck5
Re: Considering a foam luff on a 150 LP cruising sail

here's another vote for a 140 with a foam luff. It rolls up to a 115 or so and still works pretty well. I have a 110 for spring/fall sailing. It is easy to say "just change sails" but with only me...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 5,831
Posted By sck5
Re: Theft-proofing your tender and outboard...

When we went to the Windwards and Leewards we crisscrossed our outboard with masking tape and spray painted it with magenta, orange and yellow engine paint. Came out looking sort of plaid. Very...
Forum: Electronics 04-19-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 2,867
Posted By sck5
Re: Entry level AIS?

If you sail at night or in congested areas it is really good to have a transponder. You will be amazed at how much more relaxed you can be when you actually know what those lights out there are and...
Forum: Electronics 04-19-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 2,867
Posted By sck5
Re: Entry level AIS?

AIS is the best thing since GPS. The big ships now know where I am because I show up on their screen and an alarm sounds if they are going to run me down. That lets them call me by name on the VHF....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 3,680
Posted By sck5
Re: Liferafts and other survival equipment

you are more likely to be close to an airplane than a ship in the middle of the ocean. having air hailing frequencies on an aeronautical handheld might be way more useful than marine if you are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-18-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By sck5
Re: Plumbing two fuel tanks

I have an electric transfer pump. works great.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By sck5
Re: Main anchor question.

Poly is also useful as a warp to get out of a dock. When you double it and then pull it off the piling when you are headed in the right direction you dont have to worry that it will sink and foul...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,470
Posted By sck5
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-17-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By sck5
Re: Plumbing two fuel tanks

I have two tanks and solved the problem by plumbing the extra tank to go to the main tank. I always fill the main tank from the extra (unless both are empty) and fill the extra from the deck fill. ...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-03-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 894
Posted By sck5
Re: Filling Medications in the Bahamas

or be willing to buy a round trip to Fort Lauderdale or Miami. only need to go for the day.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-12-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,020
Posted By sck5
Re: What kind of weapon to keep aboard my new dinghy?

HEY - My wife's name is Sheila. Dont want any ignorant savages from rude countries disrespecting her.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By sck5
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

two points

1. Dont wonder whether you look silly in them. You do.

2. I have been told by people wearing them that they create their own little ecosystem in there. Better to wear tevas like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 270
Views: 15,289
Posted By sck5
Re: What stops Americans cruising the world?

When my wife and I slowly sailed down the chain from Tortola to the Grenadines we noticed that the proportion of US boats went down steadily as we went further south. The VI's were very heavily...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-11-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,792
Posted By sck5
Re: Advice on Clearing in and Out of the Leeward Islands

a correction about Anguilla

People often cite Anguilla as very expensive - Actually it is FREE if you anchor in Road Bay and stay there. It is hideously expensive if you want to go elsewhere.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-06-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,328
Posted By sck5
Re: 3G Radar V/S AIS, or get both...

AIS send and receive is the best thing since sliced bread. Those big ships will know you are there! You will know how far away they are, what their course is, and how fast they are going! I dont...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 02-06-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 3,927
Posted By sck5
Re: Magnetic Variance

Rarely do I ever hear anyone give a position in anything but lat/long. In Chesapeake Bay people will often say things like "off Lookout Pt" or "a mile east of red 34" but never have i heard anyone...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-30-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 3,927
Posted By sck5
Re: Magnetic Variance

here's another method:

1. Set your chartplotter to show Magnetic headings instead of True. Just follow those same headings on your boat's compass.

2. Print out this thread in case your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 5,445
Posted By sck5
Re: "Boat" vs. "Yacht"?

I met a guy in St. maarten who said there were three sizes of sailboat: small, large, and with a helicopter.
Forum: Electronics 01-14-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By sck5
Re: Is AIS redundancy bad?

The last boat I was on had a "buddy boat" function for the AIS so it wouldnt trip the alarm on a designated contact. Everything else on the boat was Raymarine so the AIS probably was too though I...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-14-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By sck5
Re: Reccomendation for ASA 103/4 in NYC or MD

The MD school of sailing is excellent. However, they and all their competitors have moved operations to the Virgin Islands for the winter season. Go take the courses there!
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-13-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,444
Posted By sck5
Re: learning about waves...

There is a big difference between "waves it is possible to sail in" and "waves I would voluntarily sail in for a pleasure cruise". As a point of reference, I just got back from sailing a 70 ft. boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-22-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By sck5
Re: Lewmar Lofrans Maxwell -Oh My -What Windlass to Buy

Lofrans. Trouble free for 4 years now. would buy the same one again
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