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Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 30-04-2021, 07:01
Replies: 41
Views: 3,655
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Watermaker - Experiences life expectancy of membranes

I have owned both types. My electric driven one was dependent on the generator.

I also had a Spectra. I was very happy with it and the very low electrical drain was wonderful.

The both...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 26-04-2021, 07:47
Replies: 67
Views: 5,629
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: The most popular dinghy size

I like AB also Carribe. Both older now but still many around. Have had an AB 3.2 with a 15 2stroke. And the Carribe a 3.6 with 25 2 stroke. If I had a choice I would have had aluminum. But never...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 23-04-2021, 09:31
Replies: 59
Views: 5,600
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Just get a survey

Wow, Just wow.

So sorry mate.
Forum: Our Community 23-04-2021, 09:26
Replies: 80
Views: 8,224
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Where Dreams Go To Die

Wow, good topic.
No easy answer.
I have a friend that I have been informally mentoring into cruising.

She bought an out island 33 for one dollar. She now has about 13K into it and has done a...
Forum: Our Community 16-04-2021, 07:43
Replies: 58
Views: 4,285
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Buy with all the work done or pay to have it done?

The only way to ď flipĒ a boat is (no donít capsize it!) is to do all or the vast majority of the work yourself. Very cost prohibitive to do it otherwise.

I have several friends with the time and...
Forum: Europe 13-04-2021, 05:07
Replies: 112
Views: 9,117
Posted By merrydolphin
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-04-2021, 06:57
Replies: 92
Views: 7,505
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Encapsulated = invulnerable ??

1. Gulfstar is not know for being a well made boat. Yes there are worse but?

2. I will take an encapsulated ballast (properly done) any day over external bolt on.

I have owned 6 serious...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 05-04-2021, 08:08
Replies: 37
Views: 3,902
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: What do you use to lift a dinghy with davits?

I used Gaurhaur 3 part and then ran the lines one to each primary winch in the cockpit. I uses snatch blocks to route for proper winch angle. Then I use electric wincher via Milwaukee 20V angle drill...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 05-04-2021, 07:33
Replies: 195
Views: 9,654
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Is diesel-electric or all-electric the future?

To answer the question, just follow Uma on YouTube for a while. They have been successfully cruising all electric now for a good while. They of course had a learning curve. But now have a system that...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 02-04-2021, 20:54
Replies: 120
Views: 10,983
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Bahamas verse Caribbean

Bahamas and Caribbean are quite different. I loved the Bahamas. But would much rather spend extended time in the Caribbean. Have spent years in both.

Big pluses of the Caribbean is:

Tons of...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 26-02-2021, 08:18
Replies: 77
Views: 6,536
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Favorite Destinations in the World List

Among the best sailing / cruising in the world is the eastern Caribbean.
You get steady breeze and very stable weather. Very rare thunder storms. The winds a almost always between NE and SE all the...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 26-02-2021, 07:54
Replies: 100
Views: 6,105
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: What's your drop of choice?

Wow, I thought that this was a sailing/ cruising forum? No.
Are you a CRUISER or a BOOZER?

Donít think that this is the place for this discussion.
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 22-02-2021, 08:32
Replies: 77
Views: 6,382
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Cats on a Boat

Love kitties on a boat. Had one for 5+ yrs full time.
This only issue we had was in a marina. You have to consider this. Much better at anchor. Cats can do damage. While at a marina, there was a...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 19-02-2021, 10:05
Replies: 121
Views: 15,072
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Frustrated Seller - Tartan 37

I recently sold my Tartan 37 CB. 1983 model. I have bought and sold a number of cruising yachts over my 50+ yrs cruising. 3 I sold with no broker. 1 was in Baja Mexico.
I have been in salas in one...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 05-02-2021, 09:38
Replies: 90
Views: 5,112
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Motor sailor definition.

Actually, that sounds idealistic, but is not true.
My Cal 2-46 sailed very well. I made very near 200 mile days on several passages that we did. It was a boat well ahead of its time. It was the 5th...
Forum: Training, Licensing & Certification 05-02-2021, 08:58
Replies: 83
Views: 4,902
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Seeking Sailing Instructor Recommendations in Florida

When I took my US Sailing instructor exam in San Francisco (very challenging conditions) we had, classroom presentations, written exam and on and in the water tests.
On the water test quite...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 11-01-2021, 10:20
Replies: 350
Views: 20,963
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: About NOT power setting the anchor

It depends on the anchor and the bottom. In soft mud and a CQR or maybe even Delta, power setting is a big mistake. The anchor will just, well, plow!
You need to let it settle in the mud or ooze...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 04-01-2021, 21:30
Replies: 56
Views: 5,161
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Do AGMs have more usable capacity than regular Flooded?

If you really want to see a difference, go Lithium. More money but probably worth it in the long run. Thatsí the way Iím going next time.
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 04-01-2021, 21:28
Replies: 50
Views: 4,852
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Mis representing age of boat in sale????

When you are looking at a boat this old, does a yr or 2 really matter?
A boat that I bought was sold as an 84 but was actually constructed in late 82
Didnít bother me any.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 04-01-2021, 21:19
Replies: 33
Views: 6,676
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Give Highwayman's Hitch Knot a Try for Fenders

Likewise, I prefer round turn 2 half hitches on the standing part. If you want to rig in a hurry, finish the second half hitch on a bite. So you have a quicker release. ( not quite as secure but...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 04-01-2021, 21:08
Replies: 61
Views: 6,920
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Corelle, melamine, or something else?

We love Corelle, it has the feel of real dishes. Is enjoyable to eat on. Yes they can break we have done it. But it does take quite a blow to break it. Just a normal drop and it doesnít break. Worth...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 01-01-2021, 10:16
Replies: 81
Views: 6,838
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Selling Ethics and Practice

Certainly you can choose to whom you sell. When I sold my KP 44, I actually turned down an experienced sailor with a good offer because he was a jerk and I didnít want to deal with him ( I was...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 21-12-2020, 08:53
Replies: 158
Views: 9,805
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: collision avoidance

I have always used a good hand bearing compass. When reasonable calm use my Fujinon compass binocs. Othwise a. Quality hockey puck bearing compass.

A rough guide can be something like a an...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 14-12-2020, 20:19
Replies: 54
Views: 4,905
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Teak decks

Especially screwed teak decks. Avoid at all costs. Or unless you are a masochist, it will cost you all! I have spent a good amount on time it third world countries where skilled labor is cheap....
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 14-12-2020, 17:06
Replies: 102
Views: 8,487
Posted By merrydolphin
Re: Best/Good/Interesting Places to Go/Stop At on US East Coast

To me, one of the main factors on choosing an area to spend a little time in is how cruiser friendly it is. Eg. Georgia off my list due to itís blatant snubbbing of cruisers. I vote with my anchor...
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