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Peter Kafer replied to Peter Scott's discussion The Power of Navigation
"Don't trust Navionics in the Bahamas!"
May 27, 2012
Peter Kafer commented on Charlotte Wiggs's blog post Bugs on a Boat
"I don't think roaches need food!  They live on the thought of food.  Good luck!"
May 26, 2012
Peter Kafer commented on Charlotte Wiggs's blog post Lazy Summer Sailing, Reading & Drinking....
"Please don't discount James Michener.  All of his books are well researched and completely mesmerizing.  "Caravans" is perhaps my favorite novel.  Then, anything by Ken Follett is great.  A terrific triumvirate…"
May 26, 2012
Peter Kafer replied to Peter Scott's discussion The Power of Navigation
"On our first trip, 6 years ago, we used a laptop interfaced with a handheld GPS for navigation.  Our second trip, we just used the handheld and paper charts.  Slow, but accurate.  Then, we got a chartplotter.  There is no…"
Apr 19, 2012
Peter Kafer replied to John's discussion Sea anchor or engine?
"Sea anchor or drogue.  The point is, speed kills and you want to slow the boat down so the sea tends to move underneath the boat."
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Peter Kafer posted a discussion

On the hard in France or italy

It's been a while since I logged onto Seaknots.  Now, I have a question.  Does anyone have information about places to put a boat on the hard near Toulon, France or Genoa, Italy? ThanksPeters/v Now or Never!See More
Sep 28, 2011
Peter Kafer commented on Andrea's group In the Med
"It's beena while since I last logged onto Seaknots.  Now, I have a question.  Can anyone recommend places to put a boat on the hard near Toulon, France or Genoa, Italy?   Peter s/v Now or Never!"
Sep 28, 2011
Peter Kafer left a comment for Veranda
"Here's a picture I snapped of Veranda as she was slowly making way just north of Fernandina Beach.  There was so little wind that day and I hope things got better. "
Apr 23, 2011

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Sailor
Homeport:
Subtle, KY
About Me:
Check out my blog at svnowornever.blogspot.com
Current location:
St Lucia
Destinations visited:
Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St Martin, Nevis, Antigua, Saba, Statia, Greek Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia
Looking to:
Transatlantic summer 2009.

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December 4

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

December 4, 2008

Three days ago, we stepped off the plane in Antigua and the tropics hit us in the face. The smells of the Caribbean arrived on warm, tropical breezes. Al’s bags didn’t arrive! Claudia and I carried our baggage on, so that wasn’t a problem for us. Al’s insulin was in his bag so he had to watch his sugar intake. By the time we got to the marina, the tiki bar was open. Al got a wrm reception from the b ar’s owner, Alicia, who said she owed him some money so we had a rum, two… Continue

Another Adventure

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 9:45pm 2 Comments

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Another Adventure



Tomorrow, day after Thanksgiving, we're off! Boarding "Second Wind" for a fourth time. The first time we were o/b was 3 years ago. We boarded her at Clarencetown, Long Island, Bahamas. We went from Clarencetown to the Turks and Caicos to Luperon in the Dominican Republic. We left the boat briefly then went from Luperon to Ponce, Puerto Rico. "Second Wind" belongs to Al, a friend of ours, although we didn't even know him when we… Continue

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At 6:41pm on November 30, 2009, LOLA said…
Peter please post your photo entry on the contest page.....it is the main page where the green cameras is. It is in groups. Thank you,

I will then delete it where you posted it.

Thanks bunches

Lola
At 6:49am on April 13, 2009, Terri said…
Hey Peter! Suky from this site interested in a Pearson 323, still have your's? She's interested in one, would like a test sail on one before venturing to the DR. Terri
At 6:53pm on February 24, 2009, Bill Gardiner said…
Hey Peter, where do you keep never, never? Did you sail her to St Lucia?
Your photos look like you've sailed my home port St. Simons Island.
At 8:40pm on October 1, 2008, LOLA said…
Your newest photos are great......I may try painting one or two
At 9:07am on August 8, 2008, LOLA said…
Hmmmm, I will go back to W Marine and compare them...TY
At 6:10am on August 8, 2008, LOLA said…
Thank you Peter on your sound advice...May just stick with the 440s...I like the idea you had as a back up feature too. Thank you.I live on the border in Ocean Isle, NC, and have the boat in Little River SC....25 min away....How big is the screen on your 540s?...that could sway me over.
At 9:37pm on August 7, 2008, Peter Kafer said…
Lola, I'm guessing that your datamarine transducer will not work with the Garmin 440s. I don't understand what you mean by, "I want the s I think as shows other masses on the bottom..."? " Do you mean that the 440s shows bottom detail? If so, I'm not sure how helpful the display on the 440 is. In looking at the manual for 540s, the display for the sonar feature doesn't seem all that helpful. Bathymetric detail is an additional feature available when you buy the "Blue Chart g2 Vision Card". This apparently gives you a visual image of underwater contours. Frankly, I'm not sure about the value of this. I suppose it could be important in some locations. For me, I just want to monitor the depth, especially when anchoring. I don't know which charts are preloaded on the 440s. For me, the selling point of the 540s was the fact that it comes preloaded with the Bahamas Charts. I am not currently taking advantage of the "s" part of the 540--I already have a depth sounder, but will likely add the Garmin sounder the next time I have the boat hauled. I don't know what your cruising plans are. If you plan to stick to the US coast and the ICW, the 440 will probably be an asset. If you want to head for the Bahamas, you will find that something with "good" Bahamas charts will be an asset. Of course, you can buy a Bahamas chip for the 400, but for the price, you'd be better off buying something with the Bahamas built in. Certainly, you can get by with paper charts and a handheld. We did that this past winter. I know what it is like trying to prioritize purchases for a "new" boat. A chartplotter was not on my priority list. I hope that I have not talked you out of the 440s. If it meets your cruising needs, by all means go with it. The Sonar feature is good, even if you can't use it right now. If your current depth sounder goes belly up, you will be able to add the Garmin Transducer and be back in business.

I notice that you are from Little River. We spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2007 at Cricket Cove. We are also relative newbies. We've only been sailing for about 5 years. We've done quite a bit of sailing on other peoples' boats. The ICW trip in 2006/7 was our first trip on our own boat. We did go outside a couple of times on that trip, but we stuck mostly with the ICW. This past winter, 2007/8 was our first trip away from the US on our boat.
At 9:31am on August 7, 2008, LOLA said…
I guess my transducer is for datamarine/...So i would have to buy a new trasducer to use Garmin? I want the s I think as shows other masses on the bottom..."?
At 7:17pm on August 6, 2008, LOLA said…
Hi Peter..remember Im a newby...now...what i understand is i have Datamarine transducer on my boat...i bought a garmin 440s which also has fish finder. Now i am told the fish finder will not work and I will use just the GPS..Its not out of Box yet...W Marine...may take back...so My question...I could just get a hand held GPS ahd use my own depth meter at the helm that works...maybe make a case for it..?.I'm so confused
 
 
 

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