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Forum: Multihull Sailboats 14-10-2020, 12:28
Replies: 127
Views: 11,009
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Would you choose an Endeavorcat 34 or Gemini 105mc to cross the Atlantic?

Your ACTUAL original question was, "Would you choose an Endeavorcat 34 or Gemini 105mc to cross the Atlantic?... [if] your budget limited you to one of these older cats, would you be very...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 21-02-2020, 11:58
Replies: 53
Views: 5,040
Posted By Octopussy
Re: St Brendan's Isl mail service

SBI has ALWAYS been great to us... no matter where we are. We have used their service for the past 4 years.

As a data point, when I was still in the U.S. Navy and deployed to the Caribbean on...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 17-02-2020, 02:08
Replies: 9
Views: 1,046
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Recommendation for marine surveyor in Connecticut

We bought a boat in Groton, CT several years ago, and we used Adrian Johnson (Johnson Marine Services: Marine Survey, Surveyor Rhode Island RI, Connecticut CT, Boat Yacht Appraisal Survey...
Forum: Meets & Greets 16-02-2020, 12:52
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Canadians Looking for Suggestions on how to live abroad

I agree with Montanan on the points he brings up....however, another thing you need to consider is that you will need certifications and licenses to run a charter business.

I can only speak...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 13-02-2020, 05:04
Replies: 34
Views: 4,297
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Tips for preventing dogs from tearing your boat up

And I agree with Laika... we won't do it again.

We're land-based until our current dog lives out his best years (youngest of the 2 we took sailing).

Then we'll start boat shopping again.
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 12-02-2020, 12:53
Replies: 34
Views: 4,297
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Tips for preventing dogs from tearing your boat up

Hello! I think I agree with many people who have posted here. Some damage is likely unavoidable. But I agree with Montanan regarding cutting nails short and rounding/flattening them by filing, and...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 11-02-2020, 13:54
Replies: 28
Views: 5,431
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Homeschooling middle schooler and beyond


We used the Florida Virtual School ( for my son's education freshman year in high school. They do K-12 online ed. It's AWESOME. We did Advanced Placement classes, etc. ...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 08-02-2020, 10:12
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Surveyor recommendations in Annapolis MD

I would HIGHLY recommend Tarn Kelsey. (https://

He did an out of water survey with us for insurance purposes once, and spent a lot of...
Forum: Europe & Mediterranean 03-01-2020, 08:36
Replies: 18
Views: 1,803
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Croatia Cruising Guide

Hi! I am a former liveaboard, full-time cruiser... shore-based in Europe for a while, saving up for a new boat and more adventures.

We stayed on Palmizana Island, near Hvar last summer. Great...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 08-02-2017, 13:16
Replies: 13
Views: 1,332
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Fresh Water Management

We installed a Seagull Water filter in our galley. It filters out everything (chemicals as well as things like giardia).

Here is a link to one.

Seagull Water Filter ...
Forum: Navigation 08-02-2017, 13:00
Replies: 4
Views: 1,350
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Cuban Paper Charts

Addison Chan, who runs the Cuba Land and Sea FB page, and who is a major contributor to the upcoming Waterways Guide book on Cuba recommended the NV charts to me. He said they were the best.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 02-02-2017, 19:42
Replies: 32
Views: 3,879
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Buy now, or buy later?

Have you owned or sailed boats in the 40-45 foot range before? dealt with navigating, maintenance, sailing a boat of that size?

If so, then wait.

If not, then you need to buy something...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 02-02-2017, 10:21
Replies: 4
Views: 1,285
Posted By Octopussy


I did all of the paperwork to go.

Here is a blog post I recently wrote, detailing the process.

Cruising to Cuba...
Forum: Navigation 01-02-2017, 19:01
Replies: 15
Views: 5,405
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Key West to Tortugas Best Route N or S

I know! We tried to snorkel the Windjammer, but the current was too strong. We missed "Little Africa" that day as well. BUT, we still had a terrific time. Beautiful place! We'd go back if we can!
Forum: Navigation 01-02-2017, 17:35
Replies: 15
Views: 5,405
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Key West to Tortugas Best Route N or S

What do you mean, the "N or S" route?

Are you talking about the best way to approach Garden Key, if you're transiting from Key West?

If that's what you're asking, then approaching from the...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 27-12-2016, 07:24
Replies: 26
Views: 9,413
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Sailblogs

I also agree.... use a hosting service, and load Wordpress. The free sites do not give you much control of the site.

There are SO MANY cool things you can do with Wordpress.... and you don't...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 21-10-2016, 19:51
Replies: 6
Views: 1,525
Posted By Octopussy
Re: DHS "Certificate"?

You need to register for the Small Vessel Reporting System. You can go online at:

Each person on your boat needs to register online. You don't need to...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 16-10-2016, 20:42
Replies: 11
Views: 1,952
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Help, Hot water, Water pump, Holding Tanks

Hi Dave_S,

We have a 6 gallon a minute Jabsco pump with a 2 gallon Groco expansion tank. You really need the expansion tank if you're going to run the water and definitely if you want to run a...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 16-10-2016, 20:04
Replies: 33
Views: 4,528
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Is it beneficial to get state registration for world cruising?

We were New Hampshire residents for almost 20 years while we were in the military, but then we sold all of our properties in anticipation of going cruising. We then got a PMB at St. Brendan's Isle...
Forum: Our Community 16-10-2016, 19:00
Replies: 402
Views: 71,981
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Spouse hates my boat

I'm a woman.

My husband and I spent the last three and a half years rebuilding and outfitting our boat for cruising.

I say get rid of YOUR WIFE. NOT your BOAT.

Hope to see you out...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-10-2016, 21:12
Replies: 254
Views: 21,514
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Escaping a Huricane by heading out to ocean

I am a retired naval officer, and former Surface Warfare Officer (big ship driver). We do typically sortie the fleet (Atlantic, at least) when a hurricane is coming. However, as others have said,...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 30-08-2016, 18:49
Replies: 21
Views: 2,678
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Liability Ins for borrowing a car?

I second Paul L's ( remark. We have USAA and are getting ready to get rid of our car and cast off the dock lines. They recommended we...
Forum: Classifieds Archive 08-07-2016, 17:54
Replies: 4
Views: 1,050
Posted By Octopussy
5 HP Lehr Outboard

5 HP Lehr long shaft outboard for sale.

We're in Annapolis, MD.

Make an offer.

We're getting rid of it b/c we bought a 15 HP Lehr.

PM me.
Forum: Classifieds Archive 25-01-2016, 12:14
Replies: 0
Views: 1,044
Posted By Octopussy
Lehr 5HP Outboard Motor for Sale $800 obo

5 horsepower Lehr propane powered motor for sale: $800 or Best Offer

Only has 5 hours on it. We liked it so much that we are buying a 15HP Lehr and a bigger dinghy.

Located in the Annapolis...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 28-11-2015, 12:00
Replies: 45
Views: 6,596
Posted By Octopussy
Re: Economics of boat buying: New or Old?

The other thing really worth considering is whether or not your going to have to get a note/mortgage on the boat. I am assuming you'll need to if you buy a new/ nearly new boat.

That will...
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