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Forum: Americas 12-11-2020, 21:31
Replies: 22
Views: 652
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Vancouver or Victoria, BC - Which is a better homebase for good sailing condition

Nanaimo may be a better choice for you than either Vancouver or Sidney. Easy access to the Georgia Straight, easy access to the Gulf Islands, easy access to the Sunshine Coast, and a long day sail...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 01-10-2020, 19:04
Replies: 22
Views: 1,319
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Yanmar 4JH2E struggles to start

I have the same boat and same engine. I suggest buying a can or two of this stuff first.

Contact cleaner...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 07-09-2020, 00:39
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Heater Question

We had a Dickenson Diesel Fireplace on our old Bayfield. We loved it. Heated the boat fast, dried out the boat well, and was very quiet. Make sure your boat has a good CO2 and smoke detector...
Forum: Our Community 11-08-2020, 11:06
Replies: 86
Views: 7,069
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Yacht Zatara Arrvies in Fiji

This post nailed it and I completely agree. He is a confident man, and leads his family safely around the world by sea. He probably has more sea miles than some of his harshest critics on this...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 08-08-2020, 11:39
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Cleaning Holding Tanks

We just went through this with our aft holding tank. The fix was cheap and easy. The tank was in pretty decent shape as we use Zaal NoFlex religiously but the it still had stuff that was stuck on...
Forum: Marine Electronics 05-08-2020, 19:43
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Upgrading Raymarine autopilot

Following as I've got an old Autohelm ST7000 to a type 2 rotary drive. I would like to upgrade the computer as well at some point but would like to keep the drive motor and the old controller in the...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 03-08-2020, 13:03
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Using private mooring buoys in BC Canada

We just had this same discussion last week with friends. Cruising up the west shore of Saltspring Isl, (Vesuvius, etc), mooring balls instead of being kept to the side are placed dead centre in the...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 13-06-2020, 11:42
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Neel 47 or Astrea 42 🤔

If you haven't been to either Annapolis, or the big catamaran show in France you owe it to yourself to go. Both my wife and I were extremely interested in the Neel. I read the same accolades, and...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 12-06-2020, 20:02
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Neel 47 or Astrea 42 🤔

We had a really good guided tour of the Neel 47 at Annapolis in 2019. I went in excited, and left depressed. While the main hull upper area was very nice, the build quality in the engine room wasn't...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-06-2020, 00:03
Replies: 0
Views: 180
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Reviews Tecma Compass

https://www.thetfordmarine.com/product/compass/

Has anyone installed this model electric toilet on their boat? I am trying to decide between this head, the Tecma Easy Fit, and the Raritan Marine...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 02-06-2020, 13:58
Replies: 61
Views: 3,959
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Yanmar 3GM30 running well but using a lot of oil.

John Deere makes a product called "break-in oil" that is supposed to be used in the initial hours of break of the engine. It can also be used for a 100 hour period to help with deglazing. My Yanmar...
Forum: Americas 07-05-2020, 22:39
Replies: 14
Views: 1,180
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Possible move to Victoria BC

There are many marinas between Ladysmith and Sooke. In a 30' boat I would try for either Sidney, Cowichan Bay, Maple Bay, Brentwood Bay, Genoa Bay, Chemanius or Ladysmith. Sidney is the priciest by...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 29-04-2020, 21:19
Replies: 66
Views: 5,962
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: ITR Marine Heater Review and Installation

Yes it most certainly will. In our case we insulated the lines with inexpensive foam pipe insulation from Home Depot in areas where we didn't want or need to lose heat. In our case we didn't see...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-04-2020, 18:56
Replies: 66
Views: 5,962
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: ITR Marine Heater Review and Installation

The extra BTU's will be felt immediately at the outlets throughout the cabin. I have a summer time loop for my boat, that removes two of the fan units immediately and limits it to the aft cabin...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 26-04-2020, 20:26
Replies: 66
Views: 5,962
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: ITR Marine Heater Review and Installation

Several years ago we added an Espar Hydronic to our boat. We first hired an installer who has worked with Espar, Webasto and ITR for a two hour consultation to go through our boat and make...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 20-04-2020, 21:52
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Sail loft/sail recommendations?

Two different lifespans of sails.

Performance lifespan and overall lifespan.

Cross cut Dacron will give a great overall lifespan (10-20 years) but the period of the sail providing "original"...
Forum: Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 01-02-2020, 01:23
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Summer in BC

BC's coastline is massive. Between all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, all the various Sounds (Desolation, Howe, etc), and points further north towards Alaska. Could you share where your...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 21-12-2019, 13:23
Replies: 25
Views: 1,959
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Hydronic System Design

Hi Expozen. To be honest I can't remember the specific BTU's of each, I'll have to find some paper receipts to find out.

We worked with one of the best installers on Canada's west coast when...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 18-12-2019, 22:06
Replies: 25
Views: 1,959
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Hydronic System Design

We built a similar system with our boat. It goes through two fan coil units, then the hotwater heater with a summer time loop to redirect fluid back to the Espar at this point. If the loop is open...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 16-12-2019, 15:16
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Electric Head Water Usage

Sailorboy1,


Are you planning on switching both heads or just the forward one? I've been looking at this same upgrade on our 410 but the measurements looked really tight in the mid cabin head...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 28-09-2019, 13:48
Replies: 136
Views: 12,702
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Heating our sailboat this winter in VA - HELP!

For shore power heat cheapest and most effective solution will be a pair of oil filled radiator heaters in two cabins, and insulation above the water line. If you think this boat isn't going to be...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 05-09-2019, 09:25
Replies: 120
Views: 8,623
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: KISS Boats???????????

Cool thread topic...



In my local waters that means heat source. I have an espar hydronic, works awesome but definitely not KISS. Our old boat had a bulk head mounted diesel fireplace which...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 05-09-2019, 09:22
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Annapolis 2019 accomodation?

Thanks for the replies, I was able to find something that should work well. Looking forward to visiting the show this year.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 04-09-2019, 16:52
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Annapolis 2019 accomodation?

My wife and I are hoping to get out to the Annapolis Sail show in October. It's been ten years since we've last been.


The hotel pricing has gone up exponentially since our last visit. Any...
Forum: Great Lakes 13-08-2019, 00:00
Replies: 7
Views: 830
Posted By VanIslandGuy
Re: Overnighting in Presqu’ile Bay (Brighton), Ontario

We tied up against the canal wall numerous times, but over twelve years ago now. The only issue was the mosquitoes could be brutal there from twilight onward in the evening.
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