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Search: Posts Made By: OPossumTX
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 476
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Westerbeke preheat with torch?

Starter fluid is what you use to get out of trouble, like in an emergency. If you have to use it all the time, you need to check out your compression or if it is cold, the cold start system, glow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,154
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Best place to mount a Turkey Fryer on a boat

I think the best place to mount a turkey fryer is your cheap WM inflatable dink. Get the dink on a long, long, looong panier, well down wind and cook your turkey. If anything goes wrong, just slip...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 571
Views: 142,222
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ah YESS! Like that time I was entering Chocolate Bayou from the intracoastal with another boat about a quarter mile behind me. I missed one of the channel buoys, at which point I promptly ran...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 571
Views: 142,222
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ignorance: We learned a lesson and will never do it THAT WAY again. :rolleyes:

Stupidity: I can't believe we did THAT yet again! :puke

Ignorance is curable with education and experience.
Forum: Polls 10-27-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 12,192
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: How far are you from your sailboat?

Inflatable is in my den, I suppose the only way I could get closer is to live aboard.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 10-27-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Bronze portlights suddenly oxidize on interior

Try Tarnex to git rid of the tarnish followed by a good brass polish to shine and/or wax to protect the metal from corrosive atmosphere. Brass can be quickly tarnished by sulfur dioxide from diesel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 6,767
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Curses! Found out at last! Before this, the worst thing I've been accused of is sucking eggs and leaving the shells in the nests so it would look like the hens did it.

I was thinking that a...
Forum: Electronics 10-24-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 631
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: VHF Issues : How to troubleshoot ?

The radio is probably the easiest part to replace.

Glad you found your problem.

I've seen several problem installations where a damaged or improperly installed coax or fitting has let water...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-22-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 15,811
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the smallest dinghy with a cabin?

Puddleduck racers have been built with cabins.
Puddle Duck Racer - Easiest Sailboat to Build and Race (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-22-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,000
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: ICE box Drain plumbing

Without a trap, valve or some other means of stopping your cold air from draining from the box, you will use a lot more ice than necessary. If you have just a straight drain without a means of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-08-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Galilee 15 Replacement Daggerboard?

I just saw this and I have a Galilee 15 sitting in my side yard wanting to go sailing. I was going to offer to weigh and take measurements for you but it looks like you've got it done.

PM me if...
Forum: Atomic 4 09-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Electronic Ignition

One way those things work is by providing a higher voltage spark often of shorter duration. That can lead to arc-tracking problems with wires, distributor caps and rotors. That means that while the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-28-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,079
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: fuse popped, ARRRG

One thing to consider if your cables keep getting loose is heating at the terminal. When the terminal heats up, it expands. If the fastening bolt does not expand as much as the terminal, the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-24-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,442
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Boat Explodes

I have welded, soldered and brazed on used LP gas, gasoline, diesel, and oil tanks. I have had them catch fire even after being steam cleaned and in spite of every thing I knew to do at the time. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,353
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Is it okay to pee in the ocean?

And don't let anyone see ye either!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-20-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Tohatsu 4,5,6 HP Tiller Lock Fix

I've seen that hole in the shift lever. I will see what I can do with it. The new ones have the shifter on the front.

Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Tohatsu 4,5,6 HP Tiller Lock Fix

I have one of the 6HP wonders and it does tend to self steer. It would just keep turning until I ran out of rudder. Very inconvenient if you need to turn the other way!

I handled this problem by...
Forum: Diesel 08-18-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,642
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Tips on loosening screw

And then, there is the shade tree mechanic expedient of using a small dull chisel and a tappy little hammer to chase and tease recalcitrant fasteners around and around until they submit in shreaded...
Forum: Diesel 08-09-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,642
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Tips on loosening screw

And after you break it loose using the impact driver, you can use the bit and adapter with your ratchet to back it out.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-18-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,153
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Need Help With Fix Up

It depends on how attached you are to it. I saw a "rebuild" that only used the name, wheel and the ship's log. He called it a rebuild for tax reasons. HE DID NOT WANT TO PAY DUTY ON IT. ;-)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-18-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,844
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What the heck is this?

Yes, better to be safe than sorry. If you've already cut it and it is more than 5~10 years old. Your radio will thank you for replacing it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-07-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 5,600
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: The run aground poll

I have run a ground so much that I don't even care to think about it. I lost count years ago. Actually, it never occurred to me to count.

I have to negotiate a narrow channel getting my 25...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 956
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: mainsail batten

If you decide to cut, wrap the end tightly in masking tape and cut through the tape. The tape will keep most of the larger shards together and may help keep the cut end from splitting out as much.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Permanent vs. portable fuel tank

Excellent suggestion!

I would get another portable tank before I went to the trouble and expense of having a permanent tank installed.

If you have a GPS or a speed log of some sort. Crank...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-04-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: help need to find seals for tohatsu


If you have a seal and bearing place near by, check your phone book, or look on the interthing. After suitably cleaning them, no one wants to get all greasy and messed up. Bring the...
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