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04-24-2013 12:23 PM
smurphny
Re: Things that happen in cruising

Never throw anything out, you never know when you may need it.
04-24-2013 10:16 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: Things that happen in cruising

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Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
This looks like my kind of place!
It looks like my kids room!!

Brian
04-23-2013 04:54 PM
smurphny
Re: Things that happen in cruising

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Just to clarify, I was referring to dealing with the possibility of suffering a gooseneck/boom failure on MY boat, not your friend's... Perhaps you might be underestimating how 'basic' such a fix might be, on a boat as modest as mine... (grin)

Certainly, there would be someone capable of welding on St Helena, or some basic machine shop that could help me cobble some sort of fix together...

And, it would likely be a bit tidier, than CARLOS' WELDING in Fronteras, Guatemala, who once worked a minor miracle for me here... Seriously, I wish I could find someone as clever, skilled, and reasonably priced as Carlos, within 25 miles of my home here in NJ...



Plus, I carry a Band-It tool aboard... Every 'real' cruising boat (grin) going places beyond the reach of Sea-Tow and UPS should carry one, with one of these one can McGyver just about anything related to spars, etc...

BAND-IT® Tool

This looks like my kind of place!
04-23-2013 01:00 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Things that happen in cruising

Quote:
Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Just to clarify, I was referring to dealing with the possibility of suffering a gooseneck/boom failure on MY boat, not your friend's... Perhaps you might be underestimating how 'basic' such a fix might be, on a boat as modest as mine... (grin)

Certainly, there would be someone capable of welding on St Helena, or some basic machine shop that could help me cobble some sort of fix together...

And, it would likely be a bit tidier, than CARLOS' WELDING in Fronteras, Guatemala, who once worked a minor miracle for me here... Seriously, I wish I could find someone as clever, skilled, and reasonably priced as Carlos, within 25 miles of my home here in NJ...



Plus, I carry a Band-It tool aboard... Every 'real' cruising boat (grin) going places beyond the reach of Sea-Tow and UPS should carry one, with one of these one can McGyver just about anything related to spars, etc...

BAND-IT® Tool

Geez Jon, you carry a Band-it on your boat too? And people criticize ME for carrying too much stuff (snicker). Hey, why don't you chat with Paulo on the Racer for cruiser thread.... (evil laugh)

Brian
04-22-2013 05:28 PM
avenger79
Re: Things that happen in cruising

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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Why are we such fools that we think all and sundry need to know the grisly details of our foolishness?

If you can't afford the damage you cause your boat then you shouldn't own the boat.

And why, oh WHY do people bleat about it in blogs and group emails home?


If I run into problems (and they are never that the boat has folded up because I have done one accidental gybe) I would NEVER ever tell the land lubbers at home! Yes I do jump on the sailing forums quick smart for advice but that's talking to people who have an understanding.

All emails home should be "Having Fun, See Attached Photos". But to email Mum/Mom "Broke Cotter Pin" will elicit response: "Cotter Pin? Have called Coast Guard!!!"


Mark
you have met my mom I take it?
04-22-2013 05:07 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Things that happen in cruising

Why are we such fools that we think all and sundry need to know the grisly details of our foolishness?

If you can't afford the damage you cause your boat then you shouldn't own the boat.

And why, oh WHY do people bleat about it in blogs and group emails home?


If I run into problems (and they are never that the boat has folded up because I have done one accidental gybe) I would NEVER ever tell the land lubbers at home! Yes I do jump on the sailing forums quick smart for advice but that's talking to people who have an understanding.

All emails home should be "Having Fun, See Attached Photos". But to email Mum/Mom "Broke Cotter Pin" will elicit response: "Cotter Pin? Have called Coast Guard!!!"


Mark
04-22-2013 04:51 PM
JimMcGee
Re: Things that happen in cruising

Quote:
Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
And, it would likely be a bit tidier, than CARLOS' WELDING in Fronteras, Guatemala, who once worked a minor miracle for me here... Seriously, I wish I could find someone as clever, skilled, and reasonably priced as Carlos, within 25 miles of my home here in NJ...
Jon, I've had some parts fabricated in the third world (though not for my boat). Some of these guys are phenomenal. That kind of back alley fabrication is a lost art in this country.

Killarney_Sailor, I think we coastal cruisers sometimes lose sight of just how challenging a circumnavigation can be; not just the sailing or the storms but all the work that goes into keeping a boat going that will probably get the equivalent wear and tear of 10 years coastal cruising each year. Not to mention dealing with health issues and injuries.

Speaking of which I think all Sailnetters need to steer a wide course around Brian's boat. Evidently he has become a disaster magnet. Good God man !
04-22-2013 04:45 PM
c. breeze
Re: Things that happen in cruising

I got 10 gallons of RO water from a guy because he had to run his water maker. Another time I had dinner with some people on their boat. Actually from time to time that happens. Oh- my bunk got doused with saltwater through the forward hatch I had open one day when I shouldn't have. I saw a sunset where you could actually see the rays. I also had to scrape the bottom of my boat.
04-22-2013 04:26 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Things that happen in cruising

Well, lets see... things that happen in cruising...

Mechanically, I have lost my bilge pump float switch, my running light (which I had a spare of, put it in, and broke it too... just classic, that one), my forward dodger glass broke because in a bonehead moment I rolled it up when it was cold, dropped the tool of the month overboard, went snorkeling and had to go diving for TWO snorkels the kids dropped off the reef, had to overhaul the outboard on the water (lower end, impeller, plugs), lost yet another halogen light (can you spell LED??), knocked the gel coat off the bow with the anchor exactly ONE INCH from the spot I had just had repaired from same said anchor (classic, that one too), stepped on the wife's sun glasses (Costas... and she demanded another pair... goodbye $250), and sat down to finalize my Bahamas trip only to realize my charts and guides were out of date. That is in thirty days, btw.

Medically, I have (in order from least painful to most painful): Broke my toe and tore off the nail when it slammed into a cleat, stepped off the deck to the dock and tore my calf muscle almost in half, stepped from the cabin top to the cat walk and twisted my knee, tearing my ACL in two, had a cleat blow off a boat and hit my arm which bruised the bone in several places (got a nice little scar to remind me not to be stupid), and somehow managed to crawl up the steps and off the boat while passing a kidney stone (3.5 mm).

Most of that has happened in the last 6 months... really looking forward to the next 6 months!!! But hey, no pain, no gain!!

Brian
04-18-2013 11:13 PM
killarney_sailor
Re: Things that happen in cruising

I suspect that the lines he mentions breaking (remember he was writing to people who are not sailors mainly) were preventers of some sort. You don't mess with a main this large. BTW got another email to say they were in Luderitz harbor, tired and cold - remember it is well into the fall there. I imagine after a good sleep they will figure out what next. They are 475 miles from Cape Town which is not that far but the weather there is not nice this time of year. I was thinking about it and I wonder why they could not get the work done there. I think there are fishing boats and offshore mining support vessels so they must have machine shops and the like. The boat bits have to imported to South Africa in any case. I will email tomorrow to see what is happening.
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