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Forum: General Sailing Forum 05-11-2020, 12:34
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Is there a mathematical formula to determine how much weight your bow can handle?

As a nuclear physicist, I'd have to get approval from NASA to release the formula.

In lieu of that i'd follow chrisr's approach.
1. Determine (and mark) the current water level at the bow.
2....
Forum: General Sailing Forum 02-11-2020, 09:30
Replies: 29
Views: 2,868
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Repair estimate higher than insured value - any experience?

Its not complicated. You had the boat underinsured.
Take the $$ from insurance and they will consider it a 'total loss' and own it. You can buy it back from them with the proceeds and use the...
Forum: Marine Electronics 02-11-2020, 08:39
Replies: 210
Views: 13,171
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Do you calibrate you depth sensor to water level or keel?

the only thing that matters is depth under the keel. If you want to compare waterline to the charts it's easy to add the keel depth in which case you must then take into account the tide. Whatever...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 01-11-2020, 09:39
Replies: 17
Views: 1,837
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Remove can labels to prevent bugs/roaches?

After 10 years of cruising in the Keys and Bahamas for 4-5 months a year, I offer the following:
Never let cardboard on board including 6 pack can/bottle carriers.
Put pasta, cereal, etc into...
Forum: Powered Boats 21-10-2020, 10:06
Replies: 67
Views: 4,963
Posted By Bargain Bill
Wink Re: What would you buy?

With a 16' beam she can dock anywhere that accommodates sportfishers. And with a 2'6" draft (with protected props and rudders)she can go anywhere most cruisers can't.
Forum: Powered Boats 21-10-2020, 09:32
Replies: 67
Views: 4,963
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: What would you buy?

For 3+ years I searched and chartered 6 different boats that meet your basic specifications. I came back to where I started - - a PDQ 34' power cat. For 10 years we cruised FL and the Bahamas from...
Forum: Navigation 10-10-2020, 10:49
Replies: 16
Views: 1,069
Posted By Bargain Bill
pirate Re: Best book for navigating Bahamas/Exumas - 8 day Cat Charter

Explorer Charts by Monte & Sarah Lewis have served me well in the 10 years of cruising. More accurate and more detail than any other I have used (and I tried them all).
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 22-09-2020, 10:40
Replies: 34
Views: 4,775
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Look to spend $150,000 on a catamaran

Check our the PDQ ychts (sail and power). A lot newer, built in Canada with excellent workmanship. They hold their value very well.
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 21-09-2020, 07:38
Replies: 43
Views: 3,320
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Do you need a spare anchor if you SCUBA dive?

A spare anchor is cheap insurance! Don't keave home without it.
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 18-09-2020, 07:28
Replies: 45
Views: 4,213
Posted By Bargain Bill
Talking Re: Dinghy Discussion (Help me learn what i'm missing please)

My 3rd (and last) dingy is a 9' AB ultralite with a 6hp 2 stroke. Easy to handle and pull up on the beach. Tracks straight as an arrow and gets up on a plane with 2 people and supplies. Will carry...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 15-09-2020, 09:23
Replies: 43
Views: 3,320
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Do you need a spare anchor if you SCUBA dive?

I have used my spare as a kedge to keep from swinging onto the rocks or shore. Also I have used a 2nd anchor only 1 other time in 10 years of cruising to be sure the main didn't drag and send me...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 14-09-2020, 11:40
Replies: 36
Views: 3,009
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Change Oil Fall or Spring

Don't bother changing - - the oil will get you through the next season.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 21-08-2020, 07:08
Replies: 43
Views: 4,145
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: 34' boat with aft cabin

For 40k that's about the best you can do. If you're serious about a 34' boat that can comfortably host 2 couples with 2 queen-size cabins and lots of room to sperad out, check out the PDQ 34. It will...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 27-07-2020, 10:44
Replies: 133
Views: 11,246
Posted By Bargain Bill
Re: Rocna or Manson Supreme? (OP Ducks His Head)

Manson worked great but serious corrosion developed where shank attached to blade. Crud gets trapped in here and Manson says bad luck. It was less expensive for what appeared to be Rocna...
Forum: Powered Boats 27-08-2019, 09:40
Replies: 35
Views: 4,469
Posted By Bargain Bill
Smile Re: PB vs trawler

For 10 years my PDQ 34 with twin Yanmar diesels has served me well. This Canadian power cat was built using the best materials and we used it as a live-aboard from November to April each year. With 2...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 21-05-2019, 07:46
Replies: 49
Views: 8,667
Posted By Bargain Bill
Smile Re: Florida to Belize - REALITY CHECK.....

Very doable and life-rewarding. For the vessel, I suggest you consider the PDQ34, a twin diesel engine 34' power cat with a shallow draft, good speed, and loads of storage. Easy to operate and...
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