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Forum: Forum Admin, News & Announcements 12-31-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By Brent Swain
Climate change makes it hard to plan. A friend...

Climate change makes it hard to plan. A friend sailed directly ,from Fiji to the Marquesas, something we could not imagine before climate change. Sad for those seeking trade winds to get west.
The...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-31-2019, 10:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,396
Posted By Brent Swain
Scopolomine worked well for me. The only problem...

Scopolomine worked well for me. The only problem was the 12 hours it takes for them to kick in. I tested them reading while riding a bus, to minimize the risk of negative effects.Put one on12 hours...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-12-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By Brent Swain
Yes ,stern anchoring only works where there is ...

Yes ,stern anchoring only works where there is no current.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-03-2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Brent Swain
A guy who sold them said Don't depend too much on...

A guy who sold them said Don't depend too much on the submersible claim.Altho it is an improvement ,keep it in a plastic zip lock bag, in doubtful conditions.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-02-2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Brent Swain
Yes a handheld VHF, would be handy if you tune...

Yes a handheld VHF, would be handy if you tune into the 8am cruisers nets in most cruising destinations .
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-02-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,396
Posted By Brent Swain
That's why I tried them first ,by reading on on a...

That's why I tried them first ,by reading on on a bus ,where it wouldn't matter so much what the side effects were , before I used them on my boat. I could never read on a moving vehicle before.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-02-2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Brent Swain
I was Vavau Tonga in June, when a Fiji coup...

I was Vavau Tonga in June, when a Fiji coup happened ,so most cruisers from New Zealand came there.As the route to Fiji from there is extremely reef strewn, there were far more skippers looking...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-02-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Brent Swain
Most Mexican cruisers have a VHF chat at around 8...

Most Mexican cruisers have a VHF chat at around 8 AM. Bars and restaurants which cater to cruisers have a VHF you can use, to seek crewing positions and experience.

You want to learn a lot...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 11-27-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,396
Posted By Brent Swain
Dramamine did nothing for me. Stugeron works...

Dramamine did nothing for me. Stugeron works fine. The Mexican ones ,75 milligrams, as opposed to British ones , only 15 milligrams, too weak.

Scopolomine patches behind the ear work fine, but...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 11-22-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,396
Posted By Brent Swain
I have always took a pin, heated it, and burned a...

I have always took a pin, heated it, and burned a hole thru the back of the temples, on any specs I owned ,then ran a piece of mono fishing line thru them, and tied a knot in it. A bit of flame...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 11-22-2019, 11:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By Brent Swain
Too much scope in a crowded summer anchorage, is...

Too much scope in a crowded summer anchorage, is rudely taking up far more space than you need. I use a kellet, and give more scope only when the wind pipes up.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 11-22-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By Brent Swain
I have a couple of 30 lb lead kellets to put on...

I have a couple of 30 lb lead kellets to put on mine. One litre equals 30 lbs of lead. After 30 knots of wind ,chain is bar straight, giving almost no catenery.

In smooth water , anchoring by...
Forum: Forum Admin, News & Announcements 11-22-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By Brent Swain
I did it that way . Worked fine.

I did it that way . Worked fine.
Forum: The Galley 09-19-2019, 11:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 706
Posted By Brent Swain
Egggs

I made up a fibrelgass box into which a cardboard egg carton, holding a dozen large eggs, fits perfectly. Now I can bring eggs home in my backpack ,without breaking them. The commercially made...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 09-16-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,450
Posted By Brent Swain
Wonderful place, wonderful , peaceful people,...

Wonderful place, wonderful , peaceful people, Very low stress , lowest crime rate anywhere. Great diving, the coral is as it was 50 years ago elsewhere. Great, very affordable restaurant lobster. Ask...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-10-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,076
Posted By Brent Swain
Cutting a notch in the side of the bearing...

Cutting a notch in the side of the bearing housing, about half an inch long by a quarter inch wide ,lets you tap the old one out with a centre punch, without removing the shaft.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 05-23-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,450
Posted By Brent Swain
I flew into Cuba a couple of years ago with no...

I flew into Cuba a couple of years ago with no visa of any kind. They don't stamp your passport, just give a you a paper with the stamp on, which you don't want to lose.
Yanks just drive to ...
Forum: Overdue & Distress Reports 04-07-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,255
Posted By Brent Swain
What gave out on the boat, to cause him to...

What gave out on the boat, to cause him to abandon it?
What can we learn from that ?
Forum: Cruiser's Market 04-06-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 771
Posted By Brent Swain
Be careful. I bought a shiny one, assuming it...

Be careful. I bought a shiny one, assuming it was nylon. Turned out to be cotton . Lasted an hour and a half , before shredding.Use a bic lighter , to see it if it chars ( cotton) or melts ( nylon).
Forum: Regional Discussion Topics 04-06-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,240
Posted By Brent Swain
Go to the Marquesas first. Then Palmyra on the...

Go to the Marquesas first. Then Palmyra on the way back,but only if you are rich . A nature conservatory group has put it off limits to anyone who is not rich. They ignore international law....
Forum: General Cruising Forum 12-08-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,364
Posted By Brent Swain
I was not happy with Gamin's warantee .

I was not happy with Gamin's warantee .
Forum: Other Equipment 12-08-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,263
Posted By Brent Swain
Anchor winch

Anchor winch .$75 for materials. Mine has 550 feet of half inch nylon braid on it. All stainless, all open, nothing hidden. No mixing of metals.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 03-06-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,550
Posted By Brent Swain
Love my Ebco micrometer plastic sextant. Much...

Love my Ebco micrometer plastic sextant. Much easier to use than a vernier model.
Forum: General Message Board 03-06-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,370
Posted By Brent Swain
Thanks . Wrote it all down. Will try them in the...

Thanks . Wrote it all down. Will try them in the coming days.
Many thanks.
Forum: General Cruising Forum 03-06-2018, 12:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,550
Posted By Brent Swain
I hear navies are re-introducing celestial ...

I hear navies are re-introducing celestial navigation to recruits, having realized just how easily satellites can be hacked out of commission.
When I began crossing oceans, GPS meant "Gray...
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