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Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 10-11-2012, 01:28
Replies: 425
Views: 39,115
Posted By Jamel
Re: Obamacare = early retirement anyone?

I'm a living breathing 65 yr old example of that:whistling: going sailing & cruising full time has reduced my weight, I feel great and as healthy as any time in my life.....bring it on!:viking:
Forum: Flotsam & Sailing Miscellany 10-11-2012, 01:09
Replies: 295
Views: 20,718
Posted By Jamel
Re: I've had enough!

Buy a boat...cast off leaving the crazy life ashore behind and I'll see ya in the whitsundays next winter!:D
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 10-11-2012, 00:59
Replies: 876
Views: 120,917
Posted By Jamel
Re: Bluewater Cruising Cabability

Having just sailed my 2003 Catalina 42 from California across the Pacific to Bundaberg, Queensland I would tend to disagree with Cheechako.

I find the boat to be comfortable,stiff, fast and...
Forum: Flotsam & Sailing Miscellany 10-11-2012, 00:45
Replies: 295
Views: 20,718
Posted By Jamel
Re: I've had enough!

Steady on Bill! I've just arrived back in Australia after a Pacific crossing....I'm really looking forward to cruising Queensland & down the east coast.

You can still bring in 2 litres of spirits...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 09-11-2012, 21:55
Replies: 53
Views: 17,418
Posted By Jamel
Re: Insurance Recommendations – Let’s Try to be Positive …

Royal $ Sun Aliance are marketing in Australia under Topsail Insurance. I've had an excellent quote from them + 10% discount for first year coastal cruising, advise you found them through...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-09-2012, 02:48
Replies: 51
Views: 25,843
Posted By Jamel
Re: Importing a Yacht from US to Australia

Cost of transporting only applies to passage from last port before arrival in Australia, i.e. Noumea to Bundaberg....800 miles approx!

As advised by customs, Bundaberg, yesterday!
Forum: Crew Archives 28-08-2012, 12:13
Replies: 2
Views: 951
Posted By Jamel
Re: Seeking 1 - 4 weeks Sail Any Location

Hi David, I'm in Fiji and will sail my 42 foot yacht to Bundaberg, Queensland in mid september arriving Bundaberg 15th Oct.

This is my last leg of a voyage from California to Queensland and a...
Forum: Crew Archives 28-08-2012, 08:00
Replies: 2
Views: 941
Posted By Jamel
Re: From New Zealand to Anywhere!!

|Hi Orlad,

I am in Fiji and sailing to Bundaberg in mid Sept. The trip will take approx 4 weeks. My vessel is 42 foot monohull Which I have sailed from California.
I require no payments but crew...
Forum: Crew Archives 28-08-2012, 02:04
Replies: 3
Views: 1,386
Posted By Jamel
Fiji To Bundaberg, Queensland

Expressions of interest for crew position Fiji to Bundaberg departing mid Sept, arriving Bundaberg mid October via New Caledonia.

Very capable and safe captain with 42 foot monohull on route from...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-12-2011, 03:50
Replies: 14
Views: 4,217
Posted By Jamel
Re: Losing Coolant - Need Some Advice

The clue that I would encourage you to follow is the white smoke at startup. There may be a small hole developing at the cylinder headgasket that allows your coolant to enter a cylinder in smal...
Forum: Marine Electronics 05-12-2011, 05:22
Replies: 1,344
Views: 304,405
Posted By Jamel
Re: Long-Distance WiFi Device

[QUOTE=Waterwayguy;205270]Stay away from radio Labs. Lots of positive comments on this unit although the 5 mile claim seems a bit exaggerated. We use the Engenius EUB 362 with their omni-directional...
Forum: Pacific & South China Sea 04-12-2011, 01:02
Replies: 13
Views: 10,162
Posted By Jamel
Re: Mexico SIM Cards for Unlocked iPhones

I found it very convenient to buy a cheap Mexican cell phone in Ensenada for $20 which had credit of $2.50 on it....then just recharge as required.
Forum: Pacific & South China Sea 17-11-2011, 04:26
Replies: 74
Views: 11,509
Posted By Jamel
Re: Entering Mexico

Looks very much like my clearance from San Diego will have me arriving in Ensenada on Saturday. How will I get entry if the Port Captain and other officials don't work at weekends? Anyone had...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 31-10-2011, 06:19
Replies: 11
Views: 6,893
Posted By Jamel
Re: High Output Alternators - Look Out Balmar !

Electromaax use serpentine drive belts ( 10 groove), due to a mixup of the supplied belts in the kit for my Yanmar 4JH3 motor I'm trying to source a Jason 470J belt( or similar) locally in Marina Del...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 28-10-2011, 03:21
Replies: 2
Views: 2,230
Posted By Jamel
Re: A Crusing Boilermaker . . . Can I Generate Enough Income to Stay Afloat ?

Possible to get work from other cruisers...repairs etc but as a boilermaker I found it easier to work at workshops, marinas, refineries or similar on the way!:thumb:
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 28-10-2011, 03:16
Replies: 1,057
Views: 183,676
Posted By Jamel
Re: Importing a Boat to Australia

I'm about to apply to export my yacht from US, I understand a customs agent is the way to go to get "Export Declaration Document", costing around $50-$100. Anybody have first hand experience of this?
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 27-10-2011, 06:28
Replies: 16
Views: 20,771
Posted By Jamel
Re: Life raft service?

Hi Dennis, Servicing in Australia cost me $800+ in 2008. Deck storage is nice, it's out of the way and handy. Valise you would think it more protected and able to store lower onboard. I quess in an...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 25-10-2011, 04:52
Replies: 9
Views: 4,385
Posted By Jamel
Re: McVities Digestive Biscuits in MDR,LA. Where?

Thankyou all, Just ordered 7 x 400g on Amazon!:thumb:
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 24-10-2011, 02:40
Replies: 9
Views: 4,385
Posted By Jamel
Where Can I Find McVities Digestive Biscuits in Marina del Rey Area (Los Angeles) ?

Panic is setting in because I can't find my beloved McVities Digestives in Marina Del Rey, LA!

I have a long voyage back to Australia via Mexico coming up and the thought of no McVities onboard...
Forum: Pacific & South China Sea 20-10-2011, 02:43
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By Jamel
Re: Returning to OZ

You can contact Cruising Helmsman editorial staff by going on their website , I think it's called mysailing....articles and poss contact, check it out!
Forum: Our Community 16-10-2011, 22:13
Replies: 30
Views: 10,093
Posted By Jamel
Re: Yachtsman Feared Eaten by Cannibals in South Pacific

Thats just crazy! Nuku Hiva is a main checking in port for Marquesas. They must have been well off the beaten track for things like that to occur!

Mind you, there's areas of Perth I'd stay out of...
Forum: Classifieds Archive 16-10-2011, 01:00
Replies: 3
For Sale: 18' Spinnaker Pole
Views: 2,061
Posted By Jamel
Re: 18' Spinnaker Pole

Have you sold the pole yet? And what might be the shipping to CA?
Forum: Navigation 16-10-2011, 00:50
Replies: 67
Views: 18,403
Posted By Jamel
Re: Celestial Navigation Help Needed

Go to the Pangolin website while you are in range. You can download Mike Harris' 30 day free trial of his 'Astro Calc' programme, with full explaination of the celestial nav theory, if you like it( I...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 14-10-2011, 15:24
Replies: 443
Views: 70,043
Posted By Jamel
Re: liferaft - yes/no?

Zee, you would never be homeless...lot's of good men and true on this site would give you a home onboard.....can you cook Mexican?:D
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-10-2011, 14:11
Replies: 21
Views: 7,224
Posted By Jamel
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