Will retire soon and want to get a boat and do some extended cruising. I've been away from the sea for too long, but grew up in Charleston spending summers on the water, crewed on a shrimp trawler, ship's navigation officer in the US Navy, recreational sailing in the Bahamas, New England, Long Island Sound, etc.
What a good idea, Peter .... there is no point in waiting around for life .... you must chase it! That's my philosophy anyway! No plans to cross the Atlantic for a while ... have been travelling quite a bit and now need to do a few upgrades on house and boat ... will head to Galway for the last stage of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race if weather permits in July ... likewise a trip to Dingle
New to the group, going through the posts, I have come upon this thread. I was considering tinting my windows of my Beneteau 43 with a darker tint, but I really like your idea. So I will copy with…"
"Larry good luck. And remember to use the KISS Method when troubleshooting. Keep It Simple Stupid haha. It’s an old and basic concept that dictates you always do the easiest and obvious stuff first. Then if it doesn’t fix it get more…"
"Sounds like you need to give that windlass some TLC. I used to clean and apply a light coating of grease to all the surfaces in and under the gypsy. It remained smooth over a 10 year period. Five of those years were spent cruising full time on the…"
Doing some maintenance on my B43 Quick Antares windlass this year. After removing the windlass, I knew instantly that I should have been doing this at least ever other year. The windlass was preforming weak and slow with a noise which made me think the motor brushes or a bearing was going out, thus the reason for removing it.What I found upon removal was a tremendous amount of salt and sand on the top part of the gearbox, literally packed in. Upon cleaning everything up, luckily all bearings…See More