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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Oh, and Fordo, regarding the wing and wing: yes, it did give me the chance to demonstrate a couple accidental jibes. Just for training purposes, you understand. I also explained to my family that going downwind always seems less exciting than going upwind, because it seems like there's no wind and you can feel like you're not moving. But the knot meter shows otherwise.
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Interesting, Mark. I'll try that. Same with all the sheets?
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I have a 20-ish gallon fresh water tank. This is a 28-year-old boat. Does anyone consider this water drinkable, and if so, what do you do to keep the tank and lines sanitary?
I bought a 25 year old boat. Before I closed the deal, she had been neglected for at least an entire season with filled tanks on a mooring. I thought that the smell was that the holding tank had leaked - until I turned on the faucet in the galley.

After the deal closed, I replaced every hose that I could, and then I hit the 30 gallon tanks with about 1/4 cup in each of this;

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Smart Shock is the best way to shock, oxidize, buffer and clarify ... water. Multi-functional Smart Shock also kills bacteria and contains blue algae killing crystals....
After about 3 weeks, I completely flushed out both tanks with fresh water.

Since then I add about 1 tbsp per tank to keep the water clean & clear.

I don't drink from the tanks though. Bottled water for drinking, making coffee and brushing my teeth.
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Fill the tank and flush all the hoses with a mixture of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to 5 gallons of water. Let the mixture sit in the tank and hoses for at least an hour. Rinse with fresh water. After that it will be quite safe to drink the water from your system.

It is still possible, however, that the water will not taste good to you. In that case you could try an additional rinse with mixtures of vinegar and water, or baking soda and water. If none of this works, time to replace the hoses and the tank.

Some people, though, are just very sensitive to the slight plastic taste/odor that comes from such water tanks, and no amount of cleaning and disinfecting will make the water taste good to them. If that's you, you might need to switch to a stainless steel water tank.

If you do that, DO NOT EVER use chlorine bleach to disinfect a stainless steel tank! Bleach and stainless steel do not play nice together.
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Beautiful photos - we try and have the kids drive no matter how young

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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

honestly I would never drink from a potable water system on a boat/rv. A municipal water supply is a sealed, pressurized system that's always moving. A boat/RV tank gets filled from a garden hose, then used sporaically, setting unused for long periods of time. That's just way too much opportunity for bacteria to grow.

Way I see it, it's similar to opening a bottle of water, taking a sip, then putting the cap on halfway, and leaving it in the corner of a room for a few weeks.
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Looks like some wonderful family fun!

I found this video to be very informative on backstay tension - especially the video of the actual sail with and without backstay tension...

Backstay Tension Video | Boat De Jour

Enjoy!
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

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honestly I would never drink from a potable water system on a boat/rv.
And yet millions of people worldwide do just that every year, and only the tiniest of fractions of them ever suffer any ill effects.

Properly cared for, the drinking water system on any boat or RV can be just as safe as your municipal water system (probably safer than many).
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Re: Family sailing report with photos and embedded questions

Thanks for sharing your sail.

We all deal with no wind, bad weather, navigating shallow waters, continuous maintenance and endless projects, and then we get that Nirvana sail; perfect company, perfect wind, perfect scenery,.... and it's all worth while. We have a 70/30 rule. 70% enjoyable and 30% suck rule, when the 30% increases and increases then we will need to discuss if it's worth it anymore.

We have a 7 yr old and 9 yr old, and I am hoping to provide them with a great childhood memories sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. We do get the "I'm bored" and "We are going too slow, can we turn the motor on?". I let both of them drive the sailboat, sent the oldest to Sail Camp which now knows more knots then my wife and let them be involved with everything sailing. And making sure they brought their Nook or handheld PSP, just when you just get keep their attention anymore.

Our potable water system is very much drinkable and have installed a low cost filtration system within the waterline and pressure system. Just need to maintain the system.

We have a masthead too with a hydraulic tension backstay. Tightening the backstay will help flatten out the mainsail when the wind picks up but honestly, I don't see much of a difference on my current rig. We get better results adjusting our cunningham and outhaul for fine tuning sail adjustments. Long time ago, we had a 7/8 fraction rig racer / cruiser and adjusting the backstay was much more noticeable.
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