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  1. longhorn

    so who's heading to the caribbean this winter?

    We arrived to the Bahamas a week ago having left from Dinner Key, Miami and arriving at Great Harbour Cay Marina, Berrys. The covid entry test is annoying but manageable. We got tested at LabDoctor in Fort Lauderdale and got our results the same day.
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    Best tool to shorten stainless bolts?

    I've had good success using an oscillating multi-tool with a carbide blade for cutting stainless bolts and nuts and other shit around the boat.
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    Galvanic intrigue

    If all you need to power is the dehumidifier then run an extension cord from the shore power pedestal to just the dehumidifier. Keep the boat off shore power.
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    AIS Transponders

    I have the Vesper XB8000 and it's great. Another benefit is that you can hook it up to your nmea0183/2k networks and then it will echo all sentences from each onto wifi. I've got opencpn on a laptop as my backup chartplotter that has all of my network data just by connecting to the vesper wifi. A friend has the new Vesper Cortex AIS/VHF and he loves it.
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    Phone coverage in the Bahamas

    It's great in some areas and non existent in others based on how close you are to a Batelco tower. The explorer chart books show the location of the cell phone towers and you can probably find a map online as well but I haven't checked. In my experience if you're within 10 miles of one then you'll have great reception and bandwidth. We cruised down the Exumas last year and had good coverage throughout with the exception of the Exumas Land & Sea park where there wasn't a cell tower.
  6. longhorn

    so who's heading to the caribbean this winter?

    We're heading to the Bahamas in Nov/Dec from the west coast of FL. Plan to stay there until June then return to the US. Hopefully they relax the entry requirements (currently negative RT-PCR covid19 test within 5 days of arrival) by then.
  7. I like the Bahamas and have friends that have snowbirded there for several years. If their covid travel requirements aren't too restrictive then we're hoping to spend the winter/spring there this year. What we like: the water/beaches are amazing, great fishing and lobstering, good snorkeling, lots and lots of anchorages. It's easy to get away from the crowd if you want. One couple we know operates around George Town. They'll spend a few days in GT provisioning and socializing and then head out for a week of remote anchoring e.g. down to the Raggeds or Jumentos. Off season you can return to FL and store the boat on the hard. A small cat, like a PDQ36, is ideal. The shallow draft is amazing and gets you into more places.
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    Forespar Marelon ball valve - removable handle?

    Forespar has 2 seacock product lines. The one pictured above is what you can get at West Marine. The better one is the 93 series that passes the ABYC side loading test. 93 also has a plug built into the handle that fits into the thruhull on the outside. It's also user servicible as the whole thing is held together by four bolts. Much better product.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    No. We had been in Marina Puerto Bahia for 2 weeks before the shutdown started. The staff and officials there were absolutely fantastic.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    "Next month or two" quickly shifted to "we should go this week" to "we're leaving tomorrow morning.. get the boat ready!". We left Samana last Monday and got to Marathon Sunday morning. Route was along north coast of DR and Haiti then up the Old Bahamas Channel and the west side of Cay Sal. It was a lot of motoring and motor sailing. If not for the backdrop of the pandemic it was actually a pretty nice passage.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    Just saw this on the Luperon Facebook group. Horrific. He's an Aussie so not many options. We arrived late last night into Puerto Rico, Puerto Real at the marina. We started our clearance with CBPROAM app and were approved for entry. We have a valid US cruising permit. We along with other international's were then instructed to go ashore and wait for CBP officers to finish our entry permits. They eventually arrived after 4hours and we were told that we have to leave, that Trump had changed the rules overnight and closed all borders. Puerto Rico was no longer accepting private cruising boats, no exceptions. We were told that we could fuel up but had to leave. We pleaded that we can't leave without a weather window to make it safe. We were then told that there would be a $6000 fine and or a 6 month prison term for not obeying. Everything is closed now. If you're not a US citizen, you will not be granted entry into PR.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    Several boats arrived in Marina Pescaderia from Samana a few days and had no problem entering. We have a friend that will arrive later today. Our original plan was to spend hurricane season in Grenada but we've decided to return to mainland US in the next month or two. Things are going to get a lot worse in the islands imo.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    Bahamas lockdown starting tomorrow at 9am until Mar 31. No entry for any boats. No movement except for essential needs. We're in Samana, DR under lockdown. Police and army are deployed in the streets and they've been arresting anyone that breaks curfew. All calm for now and hopefully the peace holds.
  14. I love that space. Huge hatches for ventilation and forward facing seating. Most cats have rearward seating for viewing... the saloon door, cockpit, and dinghy under the davits.
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    Random Switch

    You need to physically trace the wire. Follow it in both directions until you find where it terminates. I found a similar switch on my boat that was used to bypass the neutral safety switch on the throttle control.