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Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 06-01-2021, 06:25
Replies: 313
Views: 94,684
Posted By Svan
Re: Porta-bote haters: what's not to like?

Reading some of the comments on pricing, wow, I really got mugged. Factory order not on sale from Canada. Definitely wait for the sales.

It sounds like an 8' would be fine for you. Especially if...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 04-09-2020, 18:00
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By Svan
Electrical cleanup

I went on an electrical cleanup of my boat and came up with an unused charge diode. It is enormous. And was meant to straddle two batteries to permit always being able to start the outboard motors. ...
Forum: Navigation 11-07-2020, 17:23
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By Svan
Re: My nightmare: Ordering digital charts for Canada

It is absurd compared to NOAA’s policy the approach of the Canadian Hydrographic service. I don’t run OpenCPN because of the absurd chart situation.

I second the suggestion of Navionics. The...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 11-07-2020, 16:47
Replies: 21
Views: 1,871
Posted By Svan
Re: Catamaran Ventilation Solutions?

PDQs are a fail when it comes to keeping water away from hatches. When it rains.. the sidelights... and there’s eight... leak. A bit of water on deck eg overflowing a water fill... your bed is now...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-05-2020, 13:00
Replies: 83
Views: 10,613
Posted By Svan
Re: Beam vs length on catamaran

Our PDQ is 36 x 18. 18’3” including the rails. This barely fits in the widest of travel lifts.

On the water performance considerations are academic at best for practical matters as manoeuvring...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 21-04-2020, 12:29
Replies: 90
Views: 12,328
Posted By Svan
Re: How Do You Carry Your Dink on Passages- Catamarans

Where the passage will take us through more than one weather system we will bring our porta-bote on deck. We can collapse it in on the foredeck and lash it between the lifelines and cabin.

Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 03-04-2020, 10:08
Replies: 75
Views: 7,296
Posted By Svan
Re: Would you arrange a survey without being there (re: borders are closed)?

Apologies, this is the first time I saw this thread as it appeared it my biweekly digest.
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 03-04-2020, 08:46
Replies: 75
Views: 7,296
Posted By Svan
Re: Would you arrange a survey without being there (re: borders are closed)?

In current circumstances I would do what I could to scuttle the deal in the full expectation of finding a better deal later.
Forum: Destinations 03-04-2020, 08:42
Replies: 123
Views: 16,344
Posted By Svan
Re: Forced to change plans - where to go now?

Mexico? Guatemala? "Borders are closed. Not sure if you can get in by boat."

Are you not paying attention? This bug is spread by travel. That's why borders are closed. That's why the Chesapeake...
Forum: Great Lakes 30-03-2020, 18:13
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By Svan
larger haul-out on lake erie

I am eyeing a change from Lake Huron to Erie, for some different scenery, fewer rocks, and closer to home.

Biggest problem appears to be getting hauled. Our beam is 18'3". The biggest travelift...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 16-03-2020, 09:31
Replies: 75
Views: 13,337
Posted By Svan
Re: mooring buoys Canada

A close reading of the Abandoned Vessels act is in order.

Note part 2 on dilapidated vessels left for more than 60 days.
30 (1) It is...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 06-03-2020, 17:14
Replies: 94
Views: 9,442
Posted By Svan
Re: Anchor Strobe Lights & Underwater Lights

As soon as I see a strobe anchor light I make sure to shout as loud as I can, "your anchor light f*cking sucks"
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 24-02-2020, 21:48
Replies: 224
Views: 44,692
Posted By Svan
Re: Can you have Comfort, Value and Performance in a Catamaran?

Perhaps the OP has tuned out this thread as it has really wandered.

I question the need for four cabins. How old are your kids and why can’t they bunk up and how long will it be till one moves...
Forum: Great Lakes 21-02-2020, 07:37
Replies: 96
Views: 13,615
Posted By Svan
Re: Great Lakes HIGH water levels

The national yacht club in Toronto spent much of the summer Last year and the one before with its sea wall underwater and waves topping the breakwall and bouncing around the anchorage. Mega...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 31-01-2020, 09:36
Replies: 57
Views: 8,264
Posted By Svan
Re: New cat depreciation after 2 years

It’s a fictional paper loss so why “budget” for it?
Forum: General Sailing Forum 31-01-2020, 09:28
Replies: 142
Views: 15,876
Posted By Svan
Re: What are your worst fear sailing events

I have heard stories on this forum of unfortunate souls lost overboard or dragged to death after falling off. This is my worst fear. On the cat there is two of everything except the rig. I’ve...
Forum: Great Lakes 20-12-2019, 09:12
Replies: 34
Views: 10,597
Posted By Svan
Re: Lake huron to lake erie

I was born and raised in La Salle south of Windsor on the Detroit river. LaSalle itself has sadly turned its back on its waterfront location.

There are two nice bays short of the Lake Erie...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 13-12-2019, 12:55
Replies: 113
Views: 15,881
Posted By Svan
Re: Non-Sailor Looking For Advice!!

I want to echo Tom1980’s advice that this might be the time to get into dinghy sailing. I did not notice where you are but is that an option? Anything you can put on a trailer and easily launch...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 09-12-2019, 08:21
Replies: 40
Views: 4,883
Posted By Svan
Re: how to safely buying a charter catamaran with high engine hours

As part of the deal I would want all the changeable things in the motor changed. Oil, impeller, Filters of fuel oil air. Do it while you’re there so you see and

As an off new boat it will...
Forum: Challenges 09-12-2019, 08:17
Replies: 71
Views: 10,346
Posted By Svan
Re: Advice from wiser minds

Your skills will serve you well in the warmer climates, lots of stuff to get fixed underwater in the Bahamas right now. And everyone wants to learn diving where the water is nice. Some friends make...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-11-2019, 20:42
Replies: 90
Views: 10,159
Posted By Svan
Re: Buying my first boat- exhilarating and agonizing!

My advice to OP if they have a lot of time before making a big purchase is to pick up a trailerable small boat and enjoy Ontario. To be able to just drive over to Lake Erie or to Massassauga, the...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-10-2019, 09:07
Replies: 94
Views: 18,308
Posted By Svan
Re: I watched a guy nearly capsize right in front of us

Swell against tide produces elephants, steep slab sided waves. Beam on waves are NEVER FUN in a cat from powerboat swell on up. I imagine the other skipper puckered a bit there and learned to quarter...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 21-10-2019, 10:59
Replies: 43
Views: 7,678
Posted By Svan
Re: So my neighbor hit me. How do I assure everything is fixed like it never happened

Insurance companies shoot for “better than new”. With a boat this is feasible. I have found when making a claim that insurance companies are the easiest to deal with, and a Yard that wants to keep...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 19-10-2019, 09:09
Replies: 383
Views: 407,766
Posted By Svan
Illustrated Guide to Solar Installations on Boats

I don’t know why it posted everything a bunch of times. Follow up question. Our boat has outboard auxiliaries. I have an automatic charge relay planned to sit between the house and outboard starter...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 19-10-2019, 08:59
Replies: 383
Views: 407,766
Posted By Svan
Re: Illustrated Guide to Solar Installations on Boats

I have removed three old Siemens solar panels of a 2003 vintage with two slightly larger Renogy panels. I bought an Epever solar charge controller sized 40 amp. This came with a useless Ethernet...
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