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Forum: General Sailing Forum 07-06-2020, 10:09
Replies: 302
Views: 16,435
Posted By Alec H
Re: Religious Commercial or Political Personal Signal Flags at Marina slip

Free speech protections in the Constitution apply only to government censorship. A private club can make any rules it wants according to the will of it's members.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 01-06-2020, 08:24
Replies: 17
Views: 2,035
Posted By Alec H
Re: Just dropped by my insurance company in Carribbean.

I just signed with Massy United Insurance Ltd. out of Anjo Insurance in Antigua; main office is in Barbados. Premium was much lower than my previous company, Special Risk. They don't have a perfect...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 19-11-2019, 08:10
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By Alec H
Need new chain

I need a new anchor chain. I will flip this one temporarily, but need to replace. I never done this. Can I expect a chandlery, like Budget Marine to deliver new chain and dispose of the old rusty...
Forum: Marine Electronics 19-11-2019, 08:07
Replies: 1
Views: 291
Posted By Alec H
Blue Screen on nav. instruments

equipment is an Axion (I'm off the boat so don't have model #) plotter and separate display screens, port and stb, for wind speed and direction, auto pilot. Boat was on the hard during hurricane...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 29-04-2019, 06:57
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By Alec H
Condensation in Fridge

Is it normal for your fridge to need defrosting every two weeks? It's a top door, 12v., and in the Caribbean. Works great; makes ice overnight. Anyone tried those moisture crystals in the fridge?
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 10-03-2019, 12:32
Replies: 113
Views: 10,461
Posted By Alec H
Re: getting the outboard on the dinghy

We've been using the main halyard over the transom, with dinghy secured to the transom. The engine, a 15, wants to swing into the stern; I place fenders across that section. We use the winch to lift...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-03-2019, 12:19
Replies: 0
Views: 296
Posted By Alec H
Prep for Caribbean summer haul out

First time storing the boat, 41' Jeanneau 2013, for hurricane season. Plan to use Jolly Harbor in Antigua. So to prep I plan to:

1. Store sails and canvas below
2. empty water tanks
3. treat...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 10-02-2019, 12:43
Replies: 68
Views: 7,641
Posted By Alec H
Re: Boarding a RIB from the water

a worthwhile feature of the ladders made for this purpose is the fact that they attach to a lift ring rather than a strap. The straps are fine for hanging on for a rest while swimming, or boarding in...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 02-01-2019, 14:40
Replies: 18
Views: 2,335
Posted By Alec H
Add 2nd alternator for less charging time?

My Yanmar 3JH5E, 39 hp with 4000 hours, came equipped with an 80 amp alternator. The 12v has been upgraded to 800 amp/hr house battery bank, no solar or wind gen. I was advised by the electrician who...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-09-2018, 12:28
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Alec H
Re: Lagging Tach

Thanks responders. It was a loose belt.
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 16-09-2018, 10:19
Replies: 30
Views: 3,942
Posted By Alec H
Re: Cash for Bahamas trip

If you are going to be there for any length of time, have a CC that doesn't charge for foreign exchange.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 16-09-2018, 07:39
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Alec H
Re: Lagging Tach

This would seem to be an electronic problem as opposed to mechanical, ie. a slipping belt. The belt has less than 100 hours use, I installed it a few months ago, but I will check tension. Since the...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 15-09-2018, 05:49
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Alec H
Lagging Tach

I use the engine to charge batteries. I've noticed an increasing lag between raising the RPMs and seeing the change on the tachometer. This lag time can be as long as ten minutes. I know what the...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 24-08-2018, 10:42
Replies: 121
Views: 13,037
Posted By Alec H
Re: "Captain" and "Skipper" as honorifics

While Captain is a bit formal for a daysailer or a cruising boat, Cap seems fitting to me. You are responsible for the boat and safety of your crew/passengers, and it doesn't hurt for everyone on...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 14-08-2018, 09:38
Replies: 124
Views: 16,057
Posted By Alec H
Re: Cruising and the aging sailor

First, skip the keys, go to the Bahamas and keep going. I'm 71, living aboard. It's not always easy, and I feel my limits - mainly endurance. Mechanical advantage makes a difference. Along with an...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 14-08-2018, 09:25
Replies: 31
Views: 5,103
Posted By Alec H
Re: Converting a Charter Boat into Personal Use

Your boat should be outfitted according to the standards of the charter company. My boat did not come with fans; they added them. I had one electric head installed; they added another at their cost....
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 21-07-2018, 09:18
Replies: 1
Views: 480
Posted By Alec H
Water Pump Wonít Stop Pumping

Itís sucking air from someplace, but thatís the riddle. Backstory - I replaced the heating element and thermostat on the water heater. From that point on, the pump took longer to cycle on and then...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 14-07-2018, 09:32
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By Alec H
Outhaul under load?

On any sail charter, I find at least two lines are always under load - the jib halyard and the outhaul. Now that I have taken my boat out of charter, I wonder if there is a reason to keep the outhaul...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 05-06-2018, 12:13
Replies: 1
Views: 567
Posted By Alec H
USVI Hurricane Shelter

Does anyone have a recommendation for a marina in the USVI or BVI where a 40' mono could be secured for a named storm?
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 26-02-2018, 09:16
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Alec H
Re: Hot Water after converting to solar charging

This would certainly be the easiest approach. All I would need to add is an inverter, which I intend to do anyway. Thinking 1800watts. What size, in gallons, is your heater? How many amps? I will...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 25-02-2018, 14:35
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Alec H
Re: Hot Water after converting to solar charging

Thanks for the tip; seems to be just what I need. Your web site is terrific; inspirational. I will become a liveaboard this spring, but will confine my cruising to the eastern Caribbean. I had a...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 24-02-2018, 12:15
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Alec H
Hot Water after converting to solar charging

I'm looking forward to not running the engine to charge batteries, but wonder what is the recommendation for heating water? This is a 40' mono with 3 showers. Do I remove the 110v/engine heat tank,...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 29-01-2018, 10:14
Replies: 0
Views: 652
Posted By Alec H
Where in the Eastern Caribbean for renovations?

I'll be taking procession of a 41' sloop in Tortola, coming out of charter contract in spring. I want to add an arch with solar panels and dinghy davits. I would have expected to go to St. Thomas or...
Forum: Marine Electronics 24-01-2018, 14:24
Replies: 35
Views: 4,003
Posted By Alec H
Re: Is a Wi-Fi booster/antenna the best choice for VOIP?

Thanks for that tip. A few, like you, have said that cell phone options are making Wi-Fi obsolete. But since my business calls are required to go through VOIP, wouldn't I be better off with Wi-Fi? Or...
Forum: Marine Electronics 23-01-2018, 19:06
Replies: 35
Views: 4,003
Posted By Alec H
Is a Wi-Fi booster/antenna the best choice for VOIP?

Becoming a full time liveaboard will mean I need reliable internet access, on the boat, when in any harbor that offers a signal. Past experience in the Bahamas and Leewards says a laptop or tablet...
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