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Forum: General Sailing Forum 11-11-2019, 15:03
Replies: 34
Views: 3,796
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Cruising Annapolis to Florida

Ahhh ... a too tall mast .... disregard everything I said ... except the good luck & have fun part!!

Russ
Forum: General Sailing Forum 10-11-2019, 22:25
Replies: 34
Views: 3,796
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Cruising Annapolis to Florida

Congrats guys! Exciting times!

Don’t know you or your boat, but with the little you said & late November looming by the time you actually head off, I would just get moving south - on the inside. ...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2019, 12:21
Replies: 39
Views: 2,973
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Regulating Voltage to a Fridge

Wow - thank you all! I am leaning towards replacing the control module when returning to the States, rather than adding another component (voltage regulator).


In case further details alter any...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 06-03-2019, 15:48
Replies: 39
Views: 2,973
Posted By Ortolan
Regulating Voltage to a Fridge

I have a Nova Kool fridge/freezer combo unit with a single Danfoss compressor which I have made many improvements to (include heavier wiring). It now works much better BUT it REALLY likes 12.8+ ...
Forum: Our Community 21-07-2017, 19:52
Replies: 4
Views: 940
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Recommendation for surveyor and documentation agent around Bath Maine

Would very strongly recommend:

Maine Design Company, LLC
Tom Lokocz Adams, SAMS® AMS®
Camden, Maine USA 04843
T: +1-207-370-1088
E: tom@mainedesigncompany.com

The best I've ever used. ...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 21-09-2015, 15:53
Replies: 27
Views: 7,496
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Engel vs Others

There's definitely a difference! 2 years ago I bought an Isotherm unit (instead of Engel), as that's what my favorite distributor (Defender) carried. BIG MISTAKE! After 1 month, the hinge of the...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 16-09-2015, 19:03
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Reluctant to subscribe to Cruising Outpost

CO is great!
Too late for you now, but if a similar situation happens with a magazine (or most anything else), simply notify your credit card company & they will credit you back. In fact, with L&A...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 04-07-2015, 12:46
Replies: 35
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Submersible Trash Pump for Emergency Use

Just as important as a dewatering pump is having (redundant) high water alarms. We also have alarms if a pump even goes on - why should it on a modern fiberglass boat? You want to know & know early...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 26-06-2015, 07:15
Replies: 0
Views: 764
Posted By Ortolan
"Seawater drain" on Yanmar

Below the exhaust manifold on a 3YM30 there is a hose barb with plastic tubing leading down to the bilge & I've found a diagram that calls it a "Seawater drain". There are a few drops of rusty water...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-05-2015, 10:12
Replies: 20
Views: 6,395
Posted By Ortolan
Re: 5/16" G4 HT Gal Anchor Chain

Can't help you with the specs, but we got a good price on ACCO chain from Defender for our replacement chain. The most important point, however, is that you are 100% sure your source is actually...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 09-05-2015, 09:45
Replies: 103
Views: 17,388
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Multihulls that don't slam

Bridgedeck slamming? Yep definitely a problem on our Maine 41 with 34" bridgedeck clearance - kayakers LOVE to paddle underneath & bang their paddles along the way!
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 02-08-2014, 17:56
Replies: 23
Views: 16,476
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Trawler vs Catamaran

Sorry - actually lots of healing, but NO heeling!

(Another advantage of a sailing cat vs. power cat is the extra beam for even less rocking at anchor).

Russ
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 02-08-2014, 12:52
Replies: 23
Views: 16,476
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Trawler vs Catamaran

Good questions. 5 years ago we were looking at trawlers, then power cats, then sailing cats. We ended up with a sailing cat & glad we did! We even had to learn to sail!

Don't want to start...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 02-08-2014, 12:11
Replies: 6
Views: 4,044
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Catamaran Dockage Questions

In 4 years of full-time cruising Connecticut to Bahamas, I agree that usually there is no problem & we've never been charged extra for our 23' width. The ICW is especially easy, as the majority of...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 15-07-2014, 12:02
Replies: 67
Views: 6,181
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Offshore without a Land Address

As to the physical address, one financial institution finally allowed us to bring in proof (dockage bills) for the particular marina's address we used (we happened to be in Vero Beach that week &...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 15-07-2014, 11:14
Replies: 67
Views: 6,181
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Offshore without a Land Address

Our biggest physical address problems were with financial institutions. Apparently the feds mandate they verify addresses thru software which finds not only UPS Stores, etc., but any commercial...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 21-12-2013, 18:27
Replies: 25
Views: 5,316
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Bridge Clearance Issue on ICW

If you are truly 65'+, you ARE unfortunately going to have problems along the way. "They" say the bridges are 65', but many are closer to 64' (according to their height boards). In tidal areas, you...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 07-07-2013, 15:16
Replies: 13
Views: 3,352
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Offshore sail St Augustine to the Chesapeake

So much good info here and much depends on you, your boat and weather conditions. Always have a backup plan or two. I agree, Charleston is not to be missed, but then again Savannah, Cumberland...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 25-05-2013, 08:45
Replies: 2
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ortolan
Machine screws: 18-8 or 316 SS?

I have a 3 year-old catamaran which requires that I re-fasten every deck fitting due to 1) to lack of coring protection at any of the holes & 2) many of the heads of screws are slightly to badly...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-05-2013, 19:34
Replies: 181
Views: 35,271
Posted By Ortolan
Re: 40ft Catamaran Owners Please

Nick,

I am also 6' 3", so headroom was a big concern for me as well & eliminated many cats. Looking at cats under 45', the only two I found were the Maine Cat 41 & the Antares 44. If you search...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-05-2013, 07:29
Replies: 181
Views: 35,271
Posted By Ortolan
Re: 40ft Catamaran Owners Please

Dave,

Yes, that's always the next question ... heavy weather & the Strataglass. It was our concern as well, but no MC41 owners have ever had a panel "blow out". We've been in (only) 8' max waves...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 15-05-2013, 10:00
Replies: 181
Views: 35,271
Posted By Ortolan
Re: 40ft Catamaran Owners Please

We were in the same dilemma 5 years ago, looking at every cat in the 40' - 45' range for full-time cruising the U.S. east coast, Bahamas & Caribbean. In the end, a Maine Cat 41 won out & although we...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 11-09-2012, 15:29
Replies: 36
Views: 7,648
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Which Catamaran to Buy

My first thoughts are, just off the top of my head... not easy to buy a catamaran, even a used one for $100,000. Gemini came to mind. Also Prouts. Check out Yacht World to see what is for sale in...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 05-09-2012, 18:19
Replies: 26
Views: 9,586
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Vacuum Pump Requirement for Drying Out Core-Cell

Minaret -

Great information! Thanks! Some questions on your mentioned home-made hotvac ...

I've got my UNIQUE vacuum contraption set up with a 1/2" tube leading to a home-made manifold in...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 04-09-2012, 17:37
Replies: 14
Views: 2,757
Posted By Ortolan
Re: Leaving Long Island Sound NY for Florida

We head south from Long Island Sound as well (the CT side - Essex) usually leaving around October 10th. If we didn't have to work summers, we would definately leave a little earlier & enjoy the...
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