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Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 10-15-2021, 04:28 PM
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Posted By Fletcher500
Another lightning photo from last weeks storm....

Another lightning photo from last weeks storm. Got this today from my buddy who was in his sailboat.
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 10-12-2021, 11:09 AM
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Posted By Fletcher500
https://youtu.be/RSY5IBMdiiY

https://youtu.be/RSY5IBMdiiY
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 10-11-2021, 04:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By Fletcher500
Hi TF'ers, Some photos from the last few...

Hi TF'ers,

Some photos from the last few weeks:

Photo 1: Cruising from Catalina to Santa Barbara Island with my buddy who has a Tartan 35. We had SB Island to ourselves.

Photo 2: Then on to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,968
Posted By Fletcher500
Interesting discussion. No easy answers, and we...

Interesting discussion. No easy answers, and we are still living in a HC based world, but its great to see the progress made in the battery/electrical areas. The usual suspects are providing cute...
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 09-20-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By Fletcher500
LW, Yes, you may want to go Thurs to Av if...

LW,

Yes, you may want to go Thurs to Av if possible. Still fairly full towards the latter part of the week and weekend. Back side TH has been the usual quiet.

My two brothers and I all...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,639
Posted By Fletcher500
Furuno. Solid, works well, great Tech support...

Furuno. Solid, works well, great Tech support including after they have taken your money.
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 09-19-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By Fletcher500
SCR, congrats on your 20 th. That is a great way...

SCR, congrats on your 20 th. That is a great way to celebrate. My wife and I have our 30th this week. It went fast, and a good reminder to cruise while we can.

Prof, nice stories. It’s a special...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,215
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, there are a lot of variables and these are...

Agree, there are a lot of variables and these are just general rules of thumb. But, we are talking about typical “trawler” style boats, not rowing sculls. I paddle a 20 ft. Long, 15 in. Wide, carbon...
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 09-17-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By Fletcher500
Down Coast

A friend and his wife made the trip from SF to Catalina this week in their KK Whaleback. Straight run, no stops. All good, no drama.
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,215
Posted By Fletcher500
Hull speed is often discussed, and High Wire...

Hull speed is often discussed, and High Wire makes a good point about using a constant of 1.1 as opposed to 1.34 for the most economical and efficient speed. 1.1 is what I have been using.
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 09-12-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By Fletcher500
Back side Cat yesterday after going around the...

Back side Cat yesterday after going around the west end. Heading around the east end tomorrow for more of the front side, then north we go to the next island chain.
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-12-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 11,297
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, the 43 provides a lot of space for when we...

Agree, the 43 provides a lot of space for when we have our kids aboard. And when it’s just my wife and I it feels like a small house. The extra waterline and overall volume are also plusses when...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,858
Posted By Fletcher500
My guess is forum burnout.

My guess is forum burnout.
Forum: General Maintenance 09-06-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,962
Posted By Fletcher500
I spoke to an engineer at Cummins about this a...

I spoke to an engineer at Cummins about this a few years back. TT sums it up well in his earlier post.
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,958
Posted By Fletcher500
Hippo, as I previously noted, glad you found the...

Hippo, as I previously noted, glad you found the right boat for you. Back to Gyros, you previously made statements about them were not correct, based on dock talk, with no solid evidence. When I was...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,958
Posted By Fletcher500
Hippo, glad you found a nice boat. I know it was...

Hippo, glad you found a nice boat. I know it was a long search for you. But, I have to ask: you had previously posted on here that Gyros were “dangerous”, and later on that they “could not be used in...
Forum: Power Systems 09-05-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, 80 grit is pretty aggressive but it was...

Agree, 80 grit is pretty aggressive but it was used to remove the remaining Prop Speed coating. Would take it up to 120 or more, and use it prior to trips in the Summer when I do the bulk of my...
Forum: Power Systems 09-05-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By Fletcher500
Prop Cleaning

I have had Prop Speed applied on all of the underwater metals on our previous boats, including this one, and think it does a reasonably good job.

But, I find its not worth it for the prop for...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By Fletcher500
Seems like another example of the short supply of...

Seems like another example of the short supply of boats for sale, so owners throttling up their price beyond what was previously considered reasonable. But, supply and demand, and that is how it...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 8,407
Posted By Fletcher500
Rule of tonnage, so the freighter wins, but the...

Rule of tonnage, so the freighter wins, but the larger vessel Captain sure seems to be moving along a good clip and maybe pushing it a bit, possibly beyond what it is needed for steerage. But, it's...
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,930
Posted By Fletcher500
Congrats Newt. Looking forward to seeing some...

Congrats Newt. Looking forward to seeing some photos when construction starts.
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,138
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, its like a a video game with a handheld as...

Agree, its like a a video game with a handheld as long as the computers are behaving.

Our previous boat was a pod drive/joystick. I should have known better, and sold it after a few years. An...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,138
Posted By Fletcher500
We all went through the same learning curve, but...

We all went through the same learning curve, but I agree that many boaters don't spend much time learning skills. Nothing new.

Sort of related: I am parked at a guest dock when this brand new 75...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,212
Posted By Fletcher500
You may be right, and they may be used more than...

You may be right, and they may be used more than the other trawler style boats, but not much IMO. I travel in and out of so cal marinas on a regular basis, and out to the Island chains. I also walk...
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,212
Posted By Fletcher500
Not all. Many of us are happy putting along at 7...

Not all. Many of us are happy putting along at 7 Kn in a single engine getting good fuel economy and enjoying the view.
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