• Announcements

    • Zapata

      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral


  • Rank
  • Birthday 11/03/1976

Profile Information

  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

544 profile views
  1. We seem to actually be cruising??

    Gotta sign off with this one.... ancorage is filling up with HaHa boats. One pulled in next to us , not making it up they have about five boys my daughters age, and yes she is pretty excited to meet the new kid boat. Here we go....,
  2. We are doing it!

    So I waited a day that post this. I really don't like people sticking their nose in my stuff and do try to reciprocate. That said you guys look like you are having a lot of fun. I would sincerely advocate jacklines and harnesses or even better pfd harnesses. Being clipped in really is not a huge hassle. One of the biggest changes for us was the complete disregard across the board for pfds and bei g clipped in after getting into CA. I get it the water is warm. But stats don't lie odds are sooooo not in your favor if you take a header over the side. Great video family cruising!!!! impropdue beach party 1600 in Glorietta tommorro if you guys are around!! Lots of kids
  3. We seem to actually be cruising??

    Thanks ish, for any ameture radio folks were are regulars on Chubasco 7.192 lsb. 14.30 utc One of the regulars is in wa so no excuses for not checking in!! cant say enough how proud I am of the kid, it's a hard test to get your General. That said I agreed that I would let her do whateve she sees fit with my beard if she passed so might be interesting. She is set on mutton chops and I hope that holds........ I'm a huge amateur radio advocate if anyone wants any info please email me svpapillon@gmail.com the kido's are the ones who will take it fwd. great intro electrical engineering and computer science for any parents who want their kids to be nerds!!!!! It is very in expensive to set your kid up with a station!!
  4. We seem to actually be cruising??

    So......... we are almost ready to pull the plug. It seemed like whatever last time but this time going cell phone free is a little bit different.??anyway the phones go byby before we go in a week. if you want to follow along the General blog is sailblogs/sassafrass Violet has her own blog for the kid view sailblogs/Violet scott Burgandy is sailblogs/imishlimpit we will update later as we go. I need them to get going on the urls so they might change.
  5. A dollar per mile

    Regarding run hrs, I would say 15% is a conservative estimate on hrs going nowhere, that doesn't include purpose charging runs. If you look at run time over a full year there is a lot of time just sitting there warming up, maneuvering into docks, waiting for a slip or the fuel dock etc. it doesn't seem like much but added up it a fair bit. I repowered our boat, I think the double number on a repower is pretty accurate whatever the engine cost times two. There is a shitload of work that most tend to forget when doing the numbers, it all adds up. For a very compatent DIY the 2x might go to Half that but at the end of the day still spendy.
  6. A dollar per mile

    It would be interesting to see the motoring vs. sailing miles charted through a circumnavigation. I would guess the run hrs per miles would be somewhat of a inverted bell curve for a specific timetable trip and probably a exponential slide on a open ended cruise. But you never know would be interesting. Being a marine engineer I would argue with a decent amount of certainty that vessel type power or sail and passage making is fairly small in the budget. Mainly costs are maintenance and upkeep plus dockage if it's a factor. The crew on the boat and how it's operated are such huge variables that they out weigh most other factors. When I used to work in AK we operated about 9 months a year +-, our annual run hrs were usually 5,000. Doing a lap in 3800 is pretty impressive!
  7. A dollar per mile

    The dashew Aluminum single screw crowd have pretty much distilled ocean passages under power to the last mm. I think a few of the owners have extensive blogs with tons of data. I didn't see a total on #2 burned during your lap Zonker, did you keep track? I have more or less tried to monitor fuel economy but only as a baseline for trip planning.
  8. Rimas is alive

    All sailboat owners with a auxiliary who have a black conical day shape raise there hands....anybody? Ok black round dayshape, ok we have one...last time it was deployed?? But surely everyone uses the correct sound signals while anchored in fog right?? regarding rimas, The CG should be giving out bills for this stuff, IMO there is nothing wrong with a CG panel ruling gross negligence and levying a fine and fees for services rendered. I believe it's what some other countries do. I will resist posting anymore......
  9. Rimas is alive

    When people call 911 paremedics will come whether they hurt themselves cooking breakfast or cooking a new batch of meth. When someone calls mayday the CG will come weather they are delusional narcissists on a death trap or John Q Cruising family. This is the kind of civilized society I embrace. If put under a microscope most people on this forums daily habits at sea wouldn't pass muster with the CG. Do you always wear a PFD? I think everyone should, makes a lot of sense to me , but I also think people should have the freedom to tell me to pound sand and do as they please on there own boat.
  10. Rimas is alive

    Really going for the Royal we there... He is the Catch 22 that is the freedom in sailing away or cruising. What's next a "cruising permit", sailing licenses? Noise on social media is the only gas in his tank. Stop filling him up.
  11. Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    A word of caution on DIY or a mix of it and pro. If you are methodical and are 100% on your measurements, the odds are on a full re-rig you still may screw up at least once. By having a shop measure your boat and make the stays, you have insurance on a proper piece. Making parts in a shop takes very little time, measuring the boat can be a little bit of labor but worth it. Installing it all yourself will save a lot and give the self satisfaction of seeing it all go together. If a piece gets made too long or short it's not on you to fix or replace.
  12. Pilothouse For Puget Sound, $40K Or Less

    Not to split hairs regarding pilot houses..... but Most small boats advertised as Pilothouse models are in fact raised salons and in very little way a functional pilot house. My point would be to refine your list of wants. Do you want to be out of the weather underway, do you want to be able to drive and sail the boat inside, are you looking for a specific asthetic. I would argue under 45' it's very hard to make a pilot house boat with full functionality and not loose your salon etc below. This is of course not considering puritanical herishofy layouts. This is why most are some combination of a pilot house with verying levels of functionality and a raised saloon. A spindrift is huge below and a decent compromise, would make a nice PNW boat. I think the gulfs are perfect for a couple in the PNW who use there boat heavily year round. The Babas are nice but with all of them finding a non pos for that money might be tough. Adding 10-20k to your top end will open your market a lot.
  13. Which autopilot?

    Couple comments, This is based on my exp personally on my boat and at work on commercial boats. As well as research for myself. A stand alone pilot system minus drive properly installed is most likely going to be fine as long as it's from a reputable manufacturer. A networked pilot pulling 0183 data properly installed will also be issue free for the most part but will add some component cost. This is what 99% of commercial vessels are using just bigger stuff. And lastly from my own exp that of friends and talking to techs, a N2k networked pilot on the main backbone is going to be problematic. Not something that can't be overcome but be prepared for mystery issues, I would probably include seatalk in this but I have no personal exp just stuff I read. Bottom line N2k is gettinng sorted out still at the cost of the consumer. That said after about six months of trial and error and lots of bs I very much like our Simrad pilot we have the NAC 3 driving a Jeffa electric drive, and two ap44 control heads. I was very hesitant to try the newer pilot as I really liked the Robertson based older Simrad pilot, but they will not be supporting these much longer according to them. After much bs we determined our Garmi GND 10 nexus to Nema converter for our annometer was kicking out something that would randomly drop the pilot offline. This may have been fixed in a firmware update we are not sure as we just received the warranty GND10. Worse case we lose wind to the pilot or have to get the data there filtered through something like a Yachtsystems device. The Simrad stuff is very easy to instal and easy to commission and setup. They will even let you address instances for other devices. Tech support has been very good as well. I believe there are little or no differences between Simrad and BG other than packing but am not sure. Comnav was a alternate brand that was recommended other than Simrad but I have never used them. If I had to do it over I think I would stay with a 0183 network and the older Simrad unit, but I'm in too deep to go back now.
  14. We seem to actually be cruising??

    coranodo is pretty awsome. It's hard to not be patriotic here just great people. Enough said.
  15. We seem to actually be cruising??

    For real I stream... edit machine. Yes I meant lmr400 uf. I was educated on bend radius of coax by our friend on orcas who supplied a lot of our marine electrical. I was pretty ignorant on it and saw a lot of issues in things I thought I had done a good job on installing with anti drip loops etc, butttt the bend radius was crap on rg cable so I looked for something better and the lmr was it very tight bend radius without worry or the core pushing through to the shield. so it's LMR400UF...... and its a little spendy but not too bad. We are paying the price for. It dealing with our chain rode when my wife worked at fisheries vs. now in San Diego......