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Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 15-10-2021, 07:56
Replies: 72
Views: 6,019
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Critique My Plan

You have the $$$; the plan is (mostly) viable; your boat choices and locations seem good. The only thing I question: 40 hour work week???? When you go cruising, you have a new full time job - keeping...
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 11-10-2021, 07:31
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Wilcox and Crittenden Skipper Head

I would be interested in buying all your new joker valves, if you’d be willing to send them to california.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 11-10-2021, 07:21
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By pma_foyl
Wilcox-Crittenden Skipper II Joker valve

Now that w/c and Thetford have discontinued rebuild kits for the Skipper II heads, I’m wondering if anyone has found (or knows of) a compatible joker valve. I have plenty of spare parts and I like...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 26-07-2021, 06:48
Replies: 238
Views: 36,556
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: My yacht is impounded

I can’t believe this thread has gone on so long, with so much concern and advice. The OP is involved… he will be arrested… the boat is the least of his worries. It’s over.
Forum: Our Community 12-03-2021, 10:31
Replies: 55
Views: 6,484
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Should I stay or should I go now?

He's NEVER going sailing.... just let it be.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-01-2021, 08:45
Replies: 84
Views: 10,335
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Cruising Advice for a Widower

My advice (and I offer it to EVERY new/dreaming sailor) is this: DO NOT spend your time, energy or money, contemplating a circumnav! In all likelihood you will NEVER do it. BUT find a boat you like,...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-01-2021, 08:26
Replies: 1,011
Views: 51,471
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Vaccine Certification Restriction of Travel

A Tin foil hat should resolve your concerns.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 16-10-2020, 10:44
Replies: 67
Views: 7,932
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Seeking information on small pilothouse cruisers.

Pacific Seacraft 32 Pilothouse
Pearson 365 Pilothouse

Both very interesting, functional and sail pretty well.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 07-10-2020, 10:52
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By pma_foyl
Swollen Impeller damages raw water pump?

Has anyone ever heard of an impeller actually damaging the interior of a raw water pump housing, as a result of "swelling"?

I've heard that impellers can swell from age and/or exposure to...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 24-07-2020, 08:03
Replies: 157
Views: 16,680
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: How much chain..really?

If you’re headed to the US west coast 200 feet of chain will be used commonly. I have 300 feet of chain and routinely use 160 to 250 of it.
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 27-03-2020, 08:15
Replies: 148
Views: 12,983
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Marking your anchor location

I don’t use an anchor float in “single-hook anchorages” (for many of the reasons mentioned) BUT I frequently use one (or even two) in places where we hook bow and stern. This helps guard against...
Forum: Other 09-03-2020, 11:35
Replies: 96
Views: 8,559
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Why cruise where you cruise?

Currently I’m in SoCal where there aren’t many harbors to begin with, let alone any off the beaten path.[/QUOTE]

SoCal actually has a TON of "off the beaten path" locations that are truly...
Forum: Boats For Sale and Wanted 31-01-2020, 07:54
Replies: 82
Views: 14,924
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Looking For a Free Catamaran to call home

“buying” the boat is absolutely the cheapest part of the experience. Regardless of size, quality or condition, you are not ready ...
Forum: Emergency, Disaster and Distress 09-09-2019, 07:10
Replies: 50
Views: 7,773
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Boat fire 34+ missing

So much misinformation on this thread. I expect that from the general population (horrible threads following every news story, from people who know nothing about boats, diving or the ocean), but I’m...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 14-06-2019, 07:50
Replies: 91
Views: 9,909
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Buy a boat that is ready to sail or Renovate one

NO boat is “ready to go” and I’ve never heard of a 2 month renovation. A very good condition boat will still likely take months to put into shape, depending on your plans. A fixer will take MUCH...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-03-2019, 07:44
Replies: 60
Views: 8,989
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: How old is too old

There is NO boat that will offer you no maintenance or "trouble free" cruising. Not 20 years old, not 10 years old, not even 1 year old. ALL cruising boats will require significant work during a 6...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 10-12-2018, 09:41
Replies: 74
Views: 7,318
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Getting a boat from Europe to the left coast?

I can't imagine this would prove financially sensible, unless you're buying a VERY expensive boat and getting it for half price. The other way it might make sense, is if you plan to sail Europe, the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 07-12-2018, 09:01
Replies: 62
Views: 5,312
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: What is accurate regarding cost?

"Buying" the boat is the CHEAPEST part of the equation (forever). Use your funds accordingly.
Forum: Marine Electronics 30-11-2018, 09:23
Replies: 251
Views: 20,401
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Is the radar an obsolete equipment?

Sure "people have traveled the oceans without radar for centuries"... but I'd never do it. Chartplotters, AIS, spotlights, radios and other things simply DO NOT offer the info that radar does, in the...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 17-10-2018, 08:56
Replies: 46
Views: 6,665
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Cannabis and International Travel

Once you're on the water, state laws will not apply. US law says cannabis is still illegal. What's more, on the water there is a "zero tolerance" policy. They can (and will) seize your boat, with ANY...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 01-10-2018, 09:57
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Oil Filter Gasket Failure - Westerbeke

I can now confirm. The Sierra "equivalent" filter for the Westerbeke 040154 is NOT, in fact, equivalent. The gasket dimensions are significantly off. What's more, Sierra has known this for several...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 01-10-2018, 09:54
Replies: 12
Views: 2,261
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Westerbeke oil filter

Ronbo1 is correct. The Sierra equivalent is NOT the same dimensions. Had the exact same problem on my W64A Four (gaskets blew out TWICE) sending oil all over my aft cabin and fully throughout my...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-09-2018, 09:43
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Oil Filter Gasket Failure - Westerbeke

The Westerbeke OEM is 40154. The Sierra is supposed to be 23-7826. In fact, the Sierra box even says "westerbeke 40154 equivalent".

BUT I just found a thread on this forum that mentions Sierra...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-09-2018, 09:25
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By pma_foyl
Re: Oil Filter Gasket Failure - Westerbeke

My oil pressure is generally consistent around 50psi.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-09-2018, 08:05
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By pma_foyl
Oil Filter Gasket Failure - Westerbeke

Hi There,
I recently changed my oil on my Westerbeke 64A. All seemed fine; drained/refilled oil; replaced Westerbeke Oil Filter with Sierra equivalent. Started engine to ensure no leaks; all still...
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