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Forum: General Cruising Forum 08-29-2016, 04:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,820
Posted By capta
Too bad you didn't think to drill a couple of...

Too bad you didn't think to drill a couple of holes in the blades of those original fancy "yachtie" oars, for your dink's locking system. You'd probably still have them and saved yourself all the...
Forum: The Med, Atlantic & Caribbean 02-28-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,448
Posted By capta
Hundreds do it every month during the season. ...

Hundreds do it every month during the season.
It's not dangerous at all, if you are a competent sailor. Charts and Doyle's Windward Island guide book are all excellent.
Sailing is fantastic around...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 09-22-2013, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,058
Posted By capta
I thought Turkey was expensive, at one US dollar...

I thought Turkey was expensive, at one US dollar for every hundred miles of coastal cruising (1978), until I arrived in Greece. There it became quite evident that they knew how to get every single...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 09-22-2013, 06:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,378
Posted By capta
When I sailed to the Antipodes in the mid 70's,...

When I sailed to the Antipodes in the mid 70's, there were no fees for anything. Anchoring in Russel or Opua was easy, was unrestricted and fish plentiful. The wharf in Opua was covered in mussels...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 08-25-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,906
Posted By capta
I believe what most of you are referring to as a...

I believe what most of you are referring to as a "lifting keel" is in fact a centerboard. A true lifting keel rises vertically into the hull and is a very rare thing.
Centerboards, on the other hand...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 08-25-2013, 01:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,799
Posted By capta
On this one I am definitely "old school". I...

On this one I am definitely "old school".
I prefer bedding compound, the real stuff (Bedlast is one trade name), made from linseed oil and other stuff. It never hardens and should last 15 to 20...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 08-25-2013, 12:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,375
Posted By capta
I agree with the statement that what is best in...

I agree with the statement that what is best in one cruising area may not be good in another.
I prefer an inflatable with a soft bottom, but with wooden or aloy floors (not the inflatable things),...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 08-25-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,681
Posted By capta
An ex-bareboat can be a very bad purchase. There...

An ex-bareboat can be a very bad purchase. There are innumerable things which could be wrong that even the best surveyor cannot detect. Bareboat fleet operators may have mediocre mechanics,...
Forum: The Multihull Club 07-21-2013, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,525
Posted By capta
I sailed a Brown Searunner 37' from Pago Pago to...

I sailed a Brown Searunner 37' from Pago Pago to St. Thomas, westward. It was definately one of the finest sailing vessels I've ever sailed and certainly the safest; it couldn't sink! We sailed...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 07-15-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,302
Posted By capta
If those are bilge keels, then I'd bet dollars to...

If those are bilge keels, then I'd bet dollars to donuts she was built in the UK, if that's any help?
Forum: General Cruising Forum 07-15-2013, 11:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,741
Posted By capta
One thing I would consider with a big boat like...

One thing I would consider with a big boat like that is the added cost of haul outs and cruising permits.
When I circumnavigated a 65' er in the 70's, there were few fees associated with cruising,...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 07-15-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,866
Posted By capta
I would recommend that you head east, not west,...

I would recommend that you head east, not west, if you want to sail to far away places. The sailing centers are more concentrated on the east coast and many more boats are traveling long distance....
Forum: Living Aboard 05-27-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,098
Posted By capta
I think on a boat that is traveling, height is a...

I think on a boat that is traveling, height is a huge thing. A masthead antenna could line of sight over a hill or building that 6' off the deck might not.
You really need to try the bullet or...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 05-23-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Posted By capta
I heartily agree with all that Auzee has said...

I heartily agree with all that Auzee has said above, except the act of whistling"down" the wind. On several occasions when becalmed at sea I have whistled for the wind and been rewarded with full...
Forum: Living Aboard 05-11-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,839
Posted By capta
A few of the really important ones in no...

A few of the really important ones in no particular order.
1)I miss being able to get food delivered. A few too many and a hot pizza delivered to the door (even in a marina) was always appreciated....
Forum: General Cruising Forum 05-11-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,163
Posted By capta
Is that the hull of your schooner in the pics? ...

Is that the hull of your schooner in the pics?
Are those rocks being used as stands in the boat yard, and if so, who runs the place, Fred Flintstone?
Forum: Cruising Crew Wanted 05-07-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,635
Posted By capta
You realize that you are talking about a...

You realize that you are talking about a hurricane season crossing of the Atlantic, don't you?
This is something that you should seriously reconsider. I doubt that there are any other boats...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 05-05-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,621
Posted By capta
A little late to the party, but my 2 cents worth;...

A little late to the party, but my 2 cents worth;
I only idle a diesel until the oil pressure comes up into the operating range. After that I will run it at about 1000 RPM's or wherever it smooths...
Forum: The Med, Atlantic & Caribbean 05-01-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,386
Posted By capta
Would you mind giving us the "straight dope" on...

Would you mind giving us the "straight dope" on the formalities in T&T? I've heard lots of horror stories about clearing in and cruising permits, to the point that we've avoided the place, though...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 05-01-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,053
Posted By capta
redbopeep I have heard much the same story from...

redbopeep
I have heard much the same story from many who have and use their AIS systems.
On the other side of the coin, as we were passing St. Croix approaching St. Thomas ddw wing and wing we...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 04-30-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,727
Posted By capta
Honestly, I don't remember, but I believe it must...

Honestly, I don't remember, but I believe it must have been either. Never used the VHF back then, just pulled in and was directed to a place to put the boat. Most often we got the free dockage by...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 04-30-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,727
Posted By capta
When I sailed in the Med some time ago, this was...

When I sailed in the Med some time ago, this was standard practice there. If it was a gale or more, you could take a slip in a marina at no cost until the blow ended, but if you did not leave...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 04-30-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,112
Posted By capta
I really think it boils down to how much money...

I really think it boils down to how much money you want to spend to bet against yourself.
I have found that the insurance companies couldn't give a damn how many licenses one holds or how much...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 04-30-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,053
Posted By capta
I'd go with the pump. From my understanding, the...

I'd go with the pump. From my understanding, the AIS has two modes and the "B" mode is for small craft. As the congestion increases every time a yacht uses AIS, the ships have the ability to turn off...
Forum: General Cruising Forum 04-30-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,411
Posted By capta
Breaking into the merchant marine is a catch 22...

Breaking into the merchant marine is a catch 22 in the USA. You can't get on a ship until you are in a union and you can't get into a union until you have a job! You will need a letter of commitment...
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