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Forum: General Sailing Forum 03-12-2020, 12:09
Replies: 35
Views: 1,926
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Navy Shower Water Use?

I can highly recommend the Oxygenics head as well. It shoots a higher pressure spray pattern - that really does the job getting soap out, etc. We use them at home, being on a well.

Visiting...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 28-11-2020, 21:46
Replies: 563
Views: 55,396
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Any early retirees turned cruisers with big careers have regrets?

I say, make the best of what you have at hand. If you have the chance and desire, go farther. They're both more alike than they are different overall. This "cruising" definition is like trying to...
Forum: Our Community 22-11-2020, 13:25
Replies: 172
Views: 14,951
Posted By Hardhead
Re: So.... You want to cruise on a sailboat

I think the largest part just depends on personality.

If you're a sort of person who always tries to look primarily at the bright side of things - you'll have a certain experience, no matter...
Forum: Our Community 21-11-2020, 20:56
Replies: 172
Views: 14,951
Posted By Hardhead
Re: So.... You want to cruise on a sailboat

I try to look at it this way - if it was all fun - it really wouldn't be fun anymore.
Forum: Our Community 21-11-2020, 18:51
Replies: 172
Views: 14,951
Posted By Hardhead
Re: So.... You want to cruise on a sailboat

Just take it easy, and practice where it's easy to practice. Have fun, and don't set unreasonable expectations.

I always set the bar extremely low, and have never been disappointed. Makes me...
Forum: Our Community 21-11-2020, 16:42
Replies: 172
Views: 14,951
Posted By Hardhead
Re: So.... You want to cruise on a sailboat

Worst case scenario, wife #1 goes off sailing with wife #2. Best case scenario, all 3 of you like it. I bet you'll like it.:cheers:
Forum: Our Community 21-11-2020, 15:40
Replies: 172
Views: 14,951
Posted By Hardhead
Re: So.... You want to cruise on a sailboat

Back in the old days of books, and even magazines, IMO, there was a fair bit of realism. As a consumer, it was hard to just see the very best side of things - when sorting through sailing material...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 21-11-2020, 13:26
Replies: 221
Views: 15,630
Posted By Hardhead
Re: 15M Catamaran Capsize off Portugal

Trouble is, it seems 2 lane country roads are where a large number of the deer/vehicle collisions occur. I'd hit them on the corner if I could - but I could easily see my wife or elderly parents...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 26-10-2020, 10:37
Replies: 220
Views: 23,809
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Beneteau rebuild turning into a nightmare

Seems like the view they are selling matches the formula of 90% face-shots of inane banter and personal angst. It works though.

I'm going to send them some of my own money once I get paid. They...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 19-10-2020, 10:42
Replies: 46
Views: 3,416
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Sliding down the backstay

A wire cheese slicer comes to mind.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 02-10-2020, 08:53
Replies: 50
Views: 4,128
Posted By Hardhead
Re: How cold can I sleep onboard?

I've had the same experience - spent 2 years living in a mid-atlantic beach house, with practically no heat. After a month or two - you feel great and the air is crisp and breathable. I'd then go...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-09-2020, 09:52
Replies: 18
Views: 1,949
Posted By Hardhead
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 13-08-2020, 15:47
Replies: 31
Views: 2,834
Posted By Hardhead
Re: How to boat break a beagle

I think if you got a dog as a young puppy, and specifically encouraged and trained them to go potty on the boat - from the earliest days - the success ratio would be extremely high. I'd place my bet...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 13-08-2020, 10:38
Replies: 64
Views: 5,135
Posted By Hardhead
Re: exceeding inflatable outboard hp rating

They can - and if it's deemed unsafe, terminate the voyage as another poster has stated. 15 hp, on an inflatable, should actually be plenty I'd think. Also, if there was an accident or an injury,...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 13-08-2020, 10:07
Replies: 31
Views: 2,834
Posted By Hardhead
Re: How to boat break a beagle

I haven't tried it yet, but I was instructed that you can also "prime" the astroturf mat by relieving yourself on it as well, and letting it season up a bit. The prior post about using another dog...
Forum: Marine Electronics 12-08-2020, 12:10
Replies: 65
Views: 6,913
Posted By Hardhead
Re: How should we protect ourselves in a Electric storm.

Does anyone have any experiences of lightning actually striking at sea?

When you're out there, it seems like the odds of being struck are high - being the tallest thing around for miles. ...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 11-08-2020, 14:28
Replies: 563
Views: 55,396
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Any early retirees turned cruisers with big careers have regrets?

I've actually never heard from any person - with interests outside of work - who regretted retiring early. As a matter of fact, almost all that I've talked with have said they wished they had done...
Forum: Marine Electronics 08-08-2020, 09:00
Replies: 65
Views: 6,913
Posted By Hardhead
Re: How should we protect ourselves in a Electric storm.

Many years ago, I was driving, and about 200 feet from a radio tower that was struck by lightening. Ear-splitting KA-BOOM, and a total blinding white-out from the flash. It was the most massive...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 26-07-2020, 13:40
Replies: 33
Views: 2,261
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Proud new Prout 35 owner!

Great! I've always felt like I "got lucky" too with the boats I've bought. That's the start of something good - Best way to go through life-
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 18-07-2020, 13:55
Replies: 12
Views: 1,843
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Hairline cracks in deck gelcoat - ignore or fix before painting?

If they are just the run-of-the mill hairline cracks - I think you can leave them if you like. I've had hundreds of such cracks, on boats that have lasted 30 years them, and never an issue outside...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 28-06-2020, 12:16
Replies: 27
Views: 1,397
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Sander & dust collection system for brightwork - questions

My long experience with the round, orbital, hand sanders is that the hook & loop attachment scheme is prone to much aggravation, i.e. hooks deteriorate with heat & pressure, and won't stay attached...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 21-06-2020, 13:14
Replies: 37
Views: 3,825
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Rotten deck core. How detrimental?

I think many people will say to keep looking. There are lots of boats available - and having a BIG re-coring job right off the bat is the stuff of empty wallets and divorces - especially with a only...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 20-06-2020, 11:31
Replies: 249
Views: 43,998
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Porta-bote haters: what's not to like?

I have a 8' porta-bote & 2.5 hp Suzuki 4 stroke, and I think a porta-bote will serve you well. (boat & outboard are less than 100 lb. combined) Dog's claws are no problem at all - the hull material...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 19-06-2020, 10:47
Replies: 16
Views: 807
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Don't Be This Guy

Doesn't look like that zinc was doing much. Yikes.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 08-06-2020, 14:38
Replies: 302
Views: 17,353
Posted By Hardhead
Re: Religious Commercial or Political Personal Signal Flags at Marina slip

The issue with the Trump flag - is that flying it is perceived as a thoughtful endorsement of the president's actions and omissions. There have been some pretty strong statements made - such as...
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