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Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,713
Posted By Retriever
My old boat had a bow thruster, the current one...

My old boat had a bow thruster, the current one has bow and stern. Neither have required much maintenance other than zinc changes. Some thrusters ask for every-other-year fluid changes. Mine have...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 91,930
Posted By Retriever
I've spent a bunch of time on one of the early...

I've spent a bunch of time on one of the early Northern Marine 75s. It's a GREAT boat, the quietest boat of its size I've ever been on, efficient, lots of tankage, huge boat deck (extended after...
Forum: Liveaboards 06-06-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,699
Posted By Retriever
I did what you're contemplating and it was great!...

I did what you're contemplating and it was great! During the summer I cruised north to Alaska, and in the winter I hung around Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands with no permanent slip. I did this...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,058
Posted By Retriever
We've just finished a year of living aboard and...

We've just finished a year of living aboard and cruising from Seattle to Prince William Sound and then down to Mexico. I didn't keep track of the details, and frankly don't want to look through the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2022, 05:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,147
Posted By Retriever
We brought our boat down from Alaska to Mexico...

We brought our boat down from Alaska to Mexico last fall with the intention of returning to Alaska this summer. The weather was good enough that we didn't stop anywhere between Friday Harbor and San...
Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,888
Posted By Retriever
Congrats on getting across the Gulf of Alaska! ...

Congrats on getting across the Gulf of Alaska!

You won't see us heading north...we liked the Sea of Cortez so much that we decided to leave the boat at Marina Puerto Escondido for the summer....
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2022, 01:38 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,995
Posted By Retriever
I think it's largely personal preference. I...

I think it's largely personal preference.

I have a 15" TZT2 MFD sitting next to a PC running TZ Pro. They talk to each other seamlessly and share all sensors. I do all my route plotting on the PC...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,995
Posted By Retriever
Seems like there might be some confusion about...

Seems like there might be some confusion about this. You don't need to subscribe to or buy TimeZero on a PC in order to use Furuno TZTouch2/3 MFDs. If you choose to use TimeZero on a PC in addition...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,000
Posted By Retriever
Pretty sure that's not correct. ECMWF stands for...

Pretty sure that's not correct. ECMWF stands for European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, and their model is independent of others.

Here's what Windy says about the ECMWF: "Very...
Forum: General Discussion 05-04-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,909
Posted By Retriever
We were traveling mostly in the high-7-knot...

We were traveling mostly in the high-7-knot range, which may have been a bit faster than optimal for the Helmsman. I do think the NT37/39 is super efficient, perhaps because it has a lot of waterline...
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,909
Posted By Retriever
I had a 37' Nordic Tug for several years and put...

I had a 37' Nordic Tug for several years and put about 3500 or 4000 hours on it between Seattle and Alaska. Great boat, super efficient, easy to singlehanded, comfortable for two and occasional...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 05-02-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 18,945
Posted By Retriever
As far as I know, kind of. You can cancel...

As far as I know, kind of. You can cancel service, but you run the risk of your cell being "full" when you want to resume service. We're just going to keep it active and pay the fee even though we're...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 04-30-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 18,945
Posted By Retriever
I haven't mounted it yet since we're about to...

I haven't mounted it yet since we're about to leave the boat for the summer in Mexico. I'll leave it indoors while we're gone and will see what creative solutions people come up with. The dish is...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 04-30-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 18,945
Posted By Retriever
I got the round dishy in Mexico and have measured...

I got the round dishy in Mexico and have measured about 50w average power consumption, so about 100 amp hours a day at 12v. We leave it on 24/7 at anchor and the power consumption is well worth it....
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 04-17-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 18,945
Posted By Retriever
We got Starlink last week in Mexico and are now...

We got Starlink last week in Mexico and are now at anchor on Isla Carmen, posting from Starlink. It's amazingly good.

Whether we're at a dock, underway, or at anchor, it works well. Streaming HD...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,855
Posted By Retriever
Good question! One of the reasons I bought the...

Good question! One of the reasons I bought the N50 over a 43, 46, or 47 (which were what I could afford) was the hull design. The 50 (and 57 and 62) are unquestionably "fast" Nordhavns. We can cruise...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2022, 06:26 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,855
Posted By Retriever
I think absolute efficiency is irrelevant. The...

I think absolute efficiency is irrelevant. The bigger question is if you have the range to get where you want to go at the speed you want to run. Efficiency is one part of the equation, tankage is...
Forum: General Discussion 04-06-2022, 10:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,928
Posted By Retriever
Years ago I had a Vesper XB8000 fail and had...

Years ago I had a Vesper XB8000 fail and had excellent customer service from Vesper and Milltech Marine near Seattle. They replaced the unit free, with little hassle, and loaned me a unit while they...
Forum: General Discussion 03-27-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,716
Posted By Retriever
Is that the old Steely? I met the owners and got...

Is that the old Steely? I met the owners and got a tour in Petersburg in 2012. Cool boat!
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By Retriever
I buddy boated with someone who has one as a...

I buddy boated with someone who has one as a tender on a 50 footer. I think it was the smallest Williams model. Super fun to drive fast! Not a great utility boat...too much interior volume wasted on...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,143
Posted By Retriever
I've no experience cruising in Florida and we...

I've no experience cruising in Florida and we just arrived in La Paz yesterday to begin a few months of cruising the Sea of Cortez.

We've been in Mexico since November, though, and have yet to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,015
Posted By Retriever
No problem at all. Go for it! I've done the whole...

No problem at all. Go for it! I've done the whole Inside Passage on my 22' C-Dory. A friend with a 22' C-Dory has done extensive cruising on the inside and outside of Baranof and Chichagof. Many...
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,901
Posted By Retriever
Friends and Akeeva's previous owners, who we had...

Friends and Akeeva's previous owners, who we had buddy boated with to Alaska, mentioned they were ready to sell. The care and upgrades they'd lavished on the boat made it particularly appealing, even...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,760
Posted By Retriever
Yes, very hard to see even in calm, daylight...

Yes, very hard to see even in calm, daylight conditions. We saw this one at the last minute with just enough time to shift to neutral and center the fins. Impossible to see at night or in chop. We...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,760
Posted By Retriever
I've seen that style installed the opposite...

I've seen that style installed the opposite direction, too, so that the "crook" is facing forward. I think the theory is that it "holds" and cuts the debris. Seems like making the leading edge of...
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