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"Sailing Namaste" 1979 Watkins 27

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"Do to some health issues, I have been "on the hard", but hope to be back out there soon."
Dec 7, 2011
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I SAW DIFFERENT CHARTS POSTED BY MEMBERS. I think posting them as a photo here would be great..Others can view larger, and even print them out. Be sure to go to VIEW ALL, as I have several areas of the World featured.See More
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Naples, FL
About Me:
66 yr. old semi-retired photojournalist and long time sailor.
Began sailing, Sunfish, Thistle, and Rhodes Bantams in Michigan.
Moved to Fla. in the late 70's and crewed with several local racers and two Naples to Key West races.

After 20 years of pursuing my photojournalist career, I became interested in sailing again and along with a friend, bought a San Juan 24 to sail in and around Sanibel Island. Nice boat but too small for my future adventures.
I found "Namaste" (she had no name when I purchased her), a '79 Watkins 27 Sloop on Craigs List and sailed her from El Jobean (Charlotte Harbor) to Ft.Myers Beach where she is docked. I couldn't be happier with my boat and my port!

Getting ready to do some cruising around Florida and beyond in my Watkins 27, NAMASTE!
Current location:
SW Florida
Destinations visited:
Mostly West Coast of Florida
Looking to:
Share Adventures and Good Advice with other Florida Sailors.

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Mike Brown replied to Harry's discussion Finding and Preventing Problems in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Harry, thanks for sharing the info on your two problems and fixes. Fortunately I haven't seen the mainsail fuller issue. I have seen the shower sump problem though. On my boat pulling and reinserting the red/hot lead at the box under the sink…"
Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion YANMAR 4JH5E GEAR SELECTION PROBLEMS in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, thanks for the update, glad all is well. As for lapping the gear box cones in such a short period of time I still have my doubts about it. Just remember not to fix something that isn't broke.  Mike"
Robert & Sandy replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion YANMAR 4JH5E GEAR SELECTION PROBLEMS in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Morning SeaKnots team, especially Mike. Well Liberte been has slipped, antifouled and polished and most importantly the Gori feathering three blade prop has been serviced. Surprise, surprise there was quite a bit of coral growth in the gearing, not…"
John Hanrahan posted a blog post

Beneteau 43 two cabin slip covers

We are taking out cat Genny to the Bahamas this year and I am fearful of the beautiful white leatherette salon cushions.  If anyone has had cushions made could you please give us a name of the maker.  We can make them ourselves if we had the dimensions but would be happy if there was a custom supplier.  The boat is in the Abacos and we are in Halifax so we can't go and measure.Many thanks, JohnSee More
James Taylor replied to Larry Witty's discussion B43 Inverter Buzzing/humming noise in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I looked at the Beneteau USA site under electrical and did not see the transfer switch on your boat in their images of factory installed equipment ( see below) so I'm assuming the transfer switch was installed as a part of the inverter…"
Nov 18
Edward Hart posted a status
"Stopped in Norfolk. New diesel running fine."
Nov 14
Larry Witty added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43

B43 Inverter Buzzing/humming noise

Hello -Have a 2008 B43 hull 40 which I purchased second hand about a year ago. been very happy with the boat but have 1 annoying problem I would like to resolve. When switching on the inverter I have the following 2 potential issues:1) Voltage display is low, shows between 102-106 volts2) Humming noise coming from some sort of auto switch which is encased in a white plastic box behind the cabinet where the radios are mountedI only have the problem when the inverter is on, no issue with shore…See More
Nov 10
Edward Hart posted a status
"Hooligan is now back in the water with a new diesel and we are heading down the ICW from Annapolis to Jacksonville."
Nov 7

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