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Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,225
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Nordhaven alternatives

I trecked from Florida/Bahamas all the way to Venezuela and back, hitting all of the countries in Central & South America along the way and all of the Caribbean islands on the way back, including...
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Identifying a bad battery

I am in the Bahamas and was on the hook the other night and in the morning the windlass would not work. Had to haul in the anchor and chain by hand. In port now and would like to fix the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 38,489
Posted By Mike Lowthian
What do you do in real life

Independent claims loss adjuster 55 years. Large loss adjuster. Seen it all.
Father of 4, grandfather of 7, still learning.
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 845
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Bahamas does not require testing if vacinated

Good news! I am planning a trip to the Bahamas imminently. I am vacinated - ist Phizer shot. My question is: if I do not yet have the 2nd shot, am I "fully vacinated"?
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 01-01-2021, 03:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,198
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Pepper balls

I fit the description of the guy who originally gave the advice but it was not me. IMO, humbly submitted, is that it is a bad idea. The results would be uncertain and may only serve to infuriate a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,458
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Running on 1 engine for fuel saving

I am no expert but a couple of years ago I dinged one prop on a reef in Cuba. No repair facilities there so I returned to Florida (90 miles) on one engine. On arrival the transmission of the engine...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,743
Posted By Mike Lowthian
2021 Cruising plans

January, 21 near Bahamas. Bimini, Berry Islands, maybe the Abacos?

March, April 21 still Bahamas - Eleuthera, Exumas, Nassau.

August, Sept. 21Florida Keys, Cuba

After that - who knows??
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,605
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Securing furniture

I had a 42 Ocean Alexander which was heavy and sat sqat in the water with low windage so rolling bad enough to move furniture was not a huge issue but we cruised to Venezuela and back and in our...
Forum: Other Makes 11-24-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,485
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Carver

Had a 38 aft cabin for several years and cruised Florida and the Bahamas. I called it "a poor mans Caddilac". Liked it well enough with one exception which is why I moved on - the windage was...
Forum: Harbor Chat 11-22-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,198
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Trawler rum

Not sure? Don't recall the "Don" part of the label?? Also been through Peurto Rico and don't recall it there either. Thanks anyway.
Forum: Harbor Chat 11-22-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,198
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Trawler Rum

A couple of years back, cruised the north coast of the Dominican Republic and discovered a rum entitled/labelled "Q". Loved it and drank a fair amount of it but have not been able to find it at home...
Forum: General Discussion 11-02-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 710
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Ocean Alexander purchase

Had an OA for over 20 years. Not my first boat nor my last but the best so far. Very seaworthy, low profile, wide beam. 3208 Cats ran like a dream and very dependable. Cruised from...
Forum: Covid-19 Boating Information 10-30-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 704
Views: 24,528
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Cruise industry

Not directly on the subject but may be of interest:

We just returned from a month long cruise in the Bahamas. Between Bimini and the Berry Islands, still on the Bahama Bank in about 75 ft. of...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 10-19-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 12,376
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Is anyone cruising right now?

Ahoy all. Just wrapping up a month long cruise in the Bahamas. All is well and the weather has been fine. Covid protocols are manageable but necessary. Bahamians are serious in there efforts to...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 10-12-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,783
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Hey Snowbirds, what are your migration plans

Been in the Bahamas for almost a couple of weeks now. Lay over in Nassau for a couple of days for a connecting flight to Bimini. Covid procedures were a pain but not difficult. Weather near perfect...
Forum: Grand Banks 10-04-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 29,112
Posted By Mike Lowthian
GB role call

Acadia is a1984 CHB 45 Europa style
Home is Toronto, Canada but she is berthed in various spots in the Bahamas
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 09-27-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,783
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Hey Snowbirds, what are your migration plans

Happy to report we arrive in the Bahamas on Oct 2 for a month or two long cruise. Have complied with the covid rules and looking forward to getting back cruising, although I suspect it may be a...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 09-16-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 12,376
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Is anyone cruising right now?

Anyone cruising in the Bahamas lately? We are off on a long delayed trip and plan to stay in the Bahamas for October & November. Anyone out there? Whats it like in these Covid days?
Forum: General Discussion 09-04-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,284
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Boat books - fiction

I also loved The Cruel Sea by Monsarrat. Have read it at least 3 times over the last 40 years, first time as a teenager.
Forum: Taiwanese Makes 09-02-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,178
Posted By Mike Lowthian
CHB Clearance

I have the same boat and am interested in the same question. I have never measured but after taking down the anntenaes my guess would be 18 ft.
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,242
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Talk me outta this boat

Great boat! Love it.

Only thing - engine room looked cluttered with a lot of stuff loose and sitting out. Would be a real mess in any kind of sea. But a good clean up would fix this.
Forum: Power Systems 07-22-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,030
Posted By Mike Lowthian
shopping for a new dinghy and outboard

over 20 some years I have had 4 outboards and various dinghies. Currently have a 9 hp Yamaha on an 11' Boston Whaler. Works very well.

In the past it has been:

-8 hp Yamaha. Loved it. Was...
Forum: Grand Banks 06-22-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,038
Posted By Mike Lowthian
42 Grand Banks motor yacht

I am interested, when you are ready.

mikelowthian@hotmail.com
647-964-9185
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 445
Posted By Mike Lowthian
cruising with prescription pain medications

My wife has a perfectly legit opiod pain medication prescription. We cruise in the Bahamas often and several times, for various reasons (trip extended, mechanical repairs), she ran short of her...
Forum: Covid-19 Boating Information 04-30-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,501
Posted By Mike Lowthian
Bahamas re-opening

Anyone have any scoop on the when & how for the re-opening of the Bahamas?
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