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Forum: General Maintenance 10-29-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,191
Posted By rwidman
If you can't borrow a wheel puller, you can rent...

If you can't borrow a wheel puller, you can rent or buy one. Try an auto parts store.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-29-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,959
Posted By rwidman
Some people use solar panels to keep their...

Some people use solar panels to keep their batteries charged. Quieter and no operating cost or moving a generator around.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 10-29-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,006
Posted By rwidman
My marina has two fish cleaning stations. Fish...

My marina has two fish cleaning stations. Fish heads and guts are commonly thrown in the water. Is this different or is the law different for boats vs. docks?

As for the garbage disposal, we...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 10-28-2017, 06:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,100
Posted By rwidman
Thanks for the information on the Camanos.

Thanks for the information on the Camanos.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 10-28-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,006
Posted By rwidman
It would be the same amount of "crap", just...

It would be the same amount of "crap", just chopped up fine.

Seriously, you're not supposed to throw garbage overboard, your supposed to dispose of it properly on land.

Which brings up the...
Forum: General Maintenance 10-28-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,191
Posted By rwidman
The guy who worked on my steering did this but...

The guy who worked on my steering did this but the helm was going away to be rebuilt. He said never to do this on a helm you want to keep using.

On the other hand, it can be hard to get a wheel...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,349
Posted By rwidman
I often read comment like yours from Australians....

I often read comment like yours from Australians. You should remember that your country is pretty much one race and one culture. For whatever reasons, mixtures of races and cultures as well as...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,349
Posted By rwidman
The FL information request started out as general...

The FL information request started out as general but then moved to Miami. In any event, it focused on the east coast with a little on the west coast.

Not mentioned was the interior of FL. I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,349
Posted By rwidman
This is very true and a reason to visit the area...

This is very true and a reason to visit the area you are considering.

My city only recently got off the ten most dangerous cities list but my part of the city (and most parts of the city) are just...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 02:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
But do we want to run over them regardless? ...

But do we want to run over them regardless?

We were in a marina on the west coast of FL and there was a lagoon where manatees were swimming and playing (or having sex, we couldn't tell). The Sea...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
And that's a problem because those of us who...

And that's a problem because those of us who cruise may travel through several different states. Boating laws are less uniform than (auto) traffic laws.

So in one state it's 50 feet and the next...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,511
Posted By rwidman
Perhaps I should have explained an "umbrella...

Perhaps I should have explained an "umbrella policy" (also known as "excess liability policy") better.

Suppose, like most boat owners, you have a home, one or more vehicles and a boat. Suppose,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
If it's a state law you should ask state...

If it's a state law you should ask state authorities.
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,711
Posted By rwidman
My thought is, if you have to limit the boat cost...

My thought is, if you have to limit the boat cost to $300K, you may not be able to afford a lot of ocean crossings. Unlike a sailboat, you have to burn fuel for every mile you travel. And there are...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,293
Posted By rwidman
We were passing a marina (an fancy, expensive...

We were passing a marina (an fancy, expensive one) on the ICW in Myrtle Beach, SC a couple weeks ago and as we passed, we could see a guy on a PWC towing and old, decrepit trawler out of the marina. ...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,511
Posted By rwidman
And that demonstrates the wisdom in having...

And that demonstrates the wisdom in having liability insurance. Old boat, new boat, cheap boat or expensive boat. You could have a $1,000 jon boat and face a $2,000,000 liability claim. You could...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
I've heard that claim before but there's one long...

I've heard that claim before but there's one long manatee zone on the ICW in FL that's lined with trailer parks and fish camps. We saw many manatees there.
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
Each state has its own regulations and sometimes...

Each state has its own regulations and sometimes cities will have No-Wake zones or other restrictions. Often, they are unclear.

I got stopped (but not cited) for going under a bridge too fast in...
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,511
Posted By rwidman
First, you need to know how much insurance you...

First, you need to know how much insurance you need or want. Then, you might as well call your agent and ask him/her.

Liability insurance won't be cheaper for an older boat.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-26-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,227
Posted By rwidman
"Snotty"? No more than your post about finding...

"Snotty"? No more than your post about finding the $10 antenna.

Yea, you can "fix" the antenna and possibly get a few more years out of it or replace it and get 10-15 years out of it.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-26-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,227
Posted By rwidman
Didn't bother to read the post before you...

Didn't bother to read the post before you responded, did you. :banghead:

If you are pleased with your painted antenna, that's all you needed to do. Some of the suggestions were getting pretty...
Forum: Cruising and Events - East Coast 10-26-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,549
Posted By rwidman
You can certainly cruise naked if nobody is...

You can certainly cruise naked if nobody is around to see you. I sometimes drop my drawers for a few minutes while on the flybridge when no other boats are around.

For me, the best time to be...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-26-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,227
Posted By rwidman
You might be able to buy a better one.

You might be able to buy a better one.
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By rwidman
Wait until you get south of Charleston if you...

Wait until you get south of Charleston if you want to see "No Wake" signs.

It's hard to tell what's official. The "No Wake" buoys in the water are usually official but it is possible to buy them...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-25-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,032
Posted By rwidman
A boat that lives on a pier wouldn't really need...

A boat that lives on a pier wouldn't really need batteries. ;)

There are many ways to use a boat, even a trawler. Mine typically sits in a slip for months at a time and then goes out on a cruise...
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