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Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 28-04-2014, 19:57
Replies: 33
Views: 9,012
Posted By rtbates
Re: Is the Bahamian moor dead?

I use it in South Texas when anchored in any of the channels that have reversing currents. When the wind and current are in the same direction, more or less, not needed. The problem arises when the...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 27-04-2014, 13:02
Replies: 382
Views: 45,564
Posted By rtbates
Re: Can't wrap my mind around this "bluewater" thing!

Is that your tongue stuck in your cheek? IF not, I don't know what to say, except that I care about all those things.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 27-12-2013, 18:00
Replies: 33
Views: 6,977
Posted By rtbates
Re: How old is too old?

Like old boats, it depends on your condition. I'm 66 and can still free climb my mast to the spreaders. Ya, it's a short mast on a 25 footer, but still! Some 50 yo can barely walk, so it all depends....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-12-2013, 17:40
Replies: 49
Views: 7,791
Posted By rtbates
Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

Cape Dory
Pacific Seacraft
Nor Sea
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 23-12-2013, 13:42
Replies: 26
Views: 4,043
Posted By rtbates
Re: Melted 110v outlet

I'd also add a GFI to ALL your interior AC outlets, as well as a separate breaker for the battery charger and one for the AC outlets.
Forum: Our Community 18-12-2013, 09:37
Replies: 52
Views: 8,205
Posted By rtbates
Re: Bumfuzzles give up on sailing, at least for now

They have a life beyond sailing. Good for them.
Forum: Cruising News & Events 13-12-2013, 20:11
Replies: 242
Views: 38,946
Posted By rtbates
re: Mexico confiscated 380 yachts - MERGED THREADS

Mexico. Take nothing there that you aren't willing to leave behind. I've live most of my 66 years in south or central Texas. We USED to go to Mexico all the time. I've driven to Belize from Texas...
Forum: Meets & Greets 12-12-2013, 09:18
Replies: 26
Views: 2,149
Posted By rtbates
Re: What's she worth ?

Wait until that keel falls off and the price will be reduced.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 12-12-2013, 09:05
Replies: 41
Views: 3,454
Posted By rtbates
Re: ... about maintainance..

You'll learn as you go for sure. Best best is to pick a vessel that's not too beyond your skill set. As your skill set grows so can your vessel's systems. OR you might find that by keeping your...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-12-2013, 08:49
Replies: 9
Views: 1,282
Posted By rtbates
Re: 2 hoses 1 thru hull?

I personally would not connect the engine raw water intake to anything else. Too important.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 04-12-2013, 08:47
Replies: 27
Views: 2,837
Posted By rtbates
Re: Now a believer in bonding

Bonding works FOR ME. Why? Because the bonding is restricted to the DC system. The AC is isolated to itself, and only contacts earth ground at the dock's main AC panel. When I got the boat both the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 03-12-2013, 17:21
Replies: 35
Views: 7,484
Posted By rtbates
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 03-12-2013, 17:08
Replies: 29
Views: 2,889
Posted By rtbates
Re: Common Household Battery Chargers Powered by 12 volts

The best way that I know of, and what I use, is an inverter. Then any and all small household battery chargers can be used.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-12-2013, 16:13
Replies: 36
Views: 7,947
Posted By rtbates
Re: Line handling/docking tips for crew

I suppose not all slips can be setup like my floating dock slip, but upon returning to the dock NO ONE moves out of the cockpit. I stop the boat in the slip reach out to port and retrieve the port...
Forum: The Sailor's Confessional 30-11-2013, 17:02
Replies: 191
Views: 42,194
Posted By rtbates
Re: Sailing or Cheating/Motorsailing?

I know that you have a life so what gives? Why do you care how others operate? Does it make you doubt your style of sailing?

unwillingness to accept views,...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-11-2013, 20:58
Replies: 99
Views: 10,170
Posted By rtbates
Re: Family of 6 looking to sail

By design, may I assume you mean the cabin layout? That's the least of it when it's blowing stink and you're beating off a lee shore.

I wish you the best.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-11-2013, 15:43
Replies: 22
Views: 2,296
Posted By rtbates
Re: Bilge Pump Issue

Over the years, before I threw them in the trash, I discovered that it takes very little debris to make a Rule centrifugal pump impeller useless, hence no output.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 25-11-2013, 15:14
Replies: 61
Views: 24,266
Posted By rtbates
Re: Broaching - where is the edge?

Funny you mention a bell. Our Cape Dory's bell, mounted on the port interior bulkhead will ring when the lee rail is under and we get a puff..Just about right...Our narrow beam full keel CD sails...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 21-11-2013, 09:11
Replies: 225
Views: 29,006
Posted By rtbates
Re: Engine-less cruising

I'm not sure about the "tons of skilled sailors doing it" part, but I do know about the 'romantic' part. IT ISN'T. It's a pain in the a**. It's dangerous at worse and very much a hassle at the least....
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 20-11-2013, 12:11
Replies: 8
Views: 2,026
Posted By rtbates
Re: Above the waterline bilge pumps

I second the Jabsco. My Jabsco is mounted in a cockpit locker, a good 5 feet above the bilge floor. The strum box has a built in one way valve. No water flows back in when the pump shuts off.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-11-2013, 12:04
Replies: 22
Views: 5,492
Posted By rtbates
Re: Seacocks... MARELON or BRONZE

Depends on what your boat's worth.

The 29 year old Spartan seacocks on our Cape Dory are original and perfect.

For me, it's bronze, in particular Spartan.

Your question is similar to...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 12-11-2013, 11:02
Replies: 179
Views: 23,929
Posted By rtbates
Re: good boat movies?

My wife and I saw "All is Lost" yesterday. It's a Robert Redford movie, not a documentary on how to survive a collision at sea. Lots of silly stuff that no sane, experienced sailor would do. But,...
Forum: Fishing, Recreation & Fun 12-11-2013, 10:51
Replies: 706
Views: 114,429
Posted By rtbates
Re: ALL IS LOST: The Movie

Saw it yesterday. not a bad movie. What it is NOT, is a training film on how to survive a collision at sea. Sailors who pick it apart won't be happy.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 11-11-2013, 09:31
Replies: 179
Views: 23,929
Posted By rtbates
Re: good boat movies?

"All is Lost"? I added the question mark because we won't be viewing this new Robert Redford movie until 1:30 today. But, based on what I've read, it should be a good one. And quite the departure for...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 07-11-2013, 12:59
Replies: 10
Views: 2,832
Posted By rtbates
Re: Non Skid Removal and Repaint

For a non skid product, may I make a suggestion.

Use Kiwi Grip and be done with it.
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