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Search: Posts Made By: firehoser75
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-26-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 5,076
Posted By firehoser75
As Usual, Faster has it right

Thanks for the great diagram Seeyalater, it adds to the description. Faster is correct about the "bridle" potentially fouling in the cracks and crevices along some beaches. However, with a bit of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-23-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 5,076
Posted By firehoser75
Tips that have worked for me

I have stern tied many times, particularly in Desolation Sound. My wife and I use a "2 line" system to make deploying the stern tie line easier. I have often seen other boaters struggling...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-19-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,259
Posted By firehoser75
Hi Alan, I too moor in the PNW (Point Roberts),...

Hi Alan,
I too moor in the PNW (Point Roberts), and this is what has worked for me. Ventilation is key. You must have air movement. I leave a hatch open in the V-berth and one open in the main...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-20-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,731
Posted By firehoser75
Furlers are great for most "short handed"...

Furlers are great for most "short handed" cruising and even for beer can racing where you are not in the "serious" category. However, like most things on a boat, they require regular maintenance like...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-20-2009
Replies: 1,854
Views: 183,637
Posted By firehoser75
Production Boats Offshore

Hi Smack,
Sorry but I just discovered and read (took quite some time) this thread. I agree with the basic premise of your thread, and that is that a lot of people are successfully taking "basic...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,891
Posted By firehoser75
No Bleach for Spinnaker

I posted the following on another thread a couple of weeks ago. Hope it helps.

I followed the advise below that I received from a PNW sailmaker:
Cleaning Dacron Sails:
- Clean sails on a smooth...
Forum: SailNet FAQ 11-11-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,111
Posted By firehoser75
Graham is Good

Graham Cole is the name of the guy Faster was referring to. His number is (PM me). Another fellow who has worked on my boat (electrical work), and I was very happy with is Larry Hammond at (PM me)....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 7,258
Posted By firehoser75
KeelHaulin is Right

Just a couple of weeks ago I cleaned my genoa (36 foot boat) on my front lawn. I did, however, put down a 6 mil poly sheet to separate the sail from the lawn so that I didn't accidentily impart a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-05-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 9,769
Posted By firehoser75
Lazy Jacks are Easy and they Work

I have a simple lazy jack system on my boat. Just prior to raising the main, I slacken the lazy jacks and pull all of the legs forward to the mast where I "hook" them behind a cleat on the mast. I...
Forum: Electronics 10-13-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,130
Posted By firehoser75
My 2 Cents Worth....

My advise actually depends on your budget or willingness to spend money. If money is no object, I would go with the radar, AIS that both sends and receives, and a good radar reflector. If money is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-13-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 3,466
Posted By firehoser75
Track Lube Device

I came across this ingenious idea on one of the sail talk communities (I just can't remember which one to give credit where it is deserved). I haven't tried it yet, but I think it should work great....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-30-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By firehoser75

I follow much the same plan as Ishick. Separate out all of the "non-smelly" stuff such as paper, cans, plastic, dry waste, etc. Put the potentially smelly stuff in double plastic garbage bags, and I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,649
Posted By firehoser75
Summarizing and Thanks

OK. So if I understand the general consensus so far, I need to mark the backstay tensioning line at a location just before the system is slack (and maybe even tie a stopper knot in the line to ensure...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,649
Posted By firehoser75
Help with Actual Use of Backstay Adjustor

The backstay on my boat is the "inverted Y" type of backstay with a 6 to 1 block and tackle on one leg of the Y (giving what I think is an approximate 12 to 1 mechanical advantage overall). The rig...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-03-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 5,530
Posted By firehoser75
Rights of Border Officers?

Once when returning to the US from Canada (my boat is a Canadian registered boat moored in the US - Point Roberts, where 95% of the marina is filled with Canadian boats), after we cleared Customs via...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-16-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 12,335
Posted By firehoser75
Final Report - Good News

My engine has been almost totally rebuilt, and now has about 10 hours on it since the rebuild. All appears well, except at first, there was a small "rattle" that now seems gone. I hope that it was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By firehoser75
Fire at Sea

Boasun is correct. When away from the dock, you cannot count on any help with a boat fire. First and foremost is prevention! After that, is to have a good complement of fire extinguishers located...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-07-2008
Replies: 3,360
Views: 734,908
Posted By firehoser75
Cruising Grounds

We sail in the US San Juan Islands (been down to Port Townsend and plan on going further south), BC Gulf Islands, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound and points north to the Broughtons.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-02-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,919
Posted By firehoser75
Volvo Repair Update

I am not trying to hijack this thread, but I will give Rockter a brief answer to his question. Sorry.
The engine has now been rebuilt, along with some additional "maintenance"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-01-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,919
Posted By firehoser75
Agree with Rockter

I have a Volvo engine in my boat. I have experienced the extremely high parts prices, but also the lack of availability of parts. This summer, my engine (at 700-750 hours) suffered 2 different...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-21-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By firehoser75
Where do you buy "Hertel"?

I live in the Vancouver area. Where do you buy the "Hertel" cleaner?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-17-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 12,335
Posted By firehoser75
Report of PEng and Question for you

I now have the complete report from the Professional Engineer (metallurgical) who examined my engine failure to determine cause.
Basically he examined the entire lower end of the engine and took...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-10-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 12,335
Posted By firehoser75
Preliminary Update from Professional Engineer

I just received an e-mail from the PEng investigating my engine failure. He stated: " I have found conclusive evidence that the one nut was not sufficiently torqued."

He is still conducting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-05-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 12,335
Posted By firehoser75
Thanks for the Support

Yes the boat does have a Volvo saildrive, as do C&C, Tartan, Halberg Rassy, and I would imagine the other Swedish boats (not sure who else). Therein lies the problem, if I wanted to repower...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-05-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 12,335
Posted By firehoser75

The engineer did his first look at the engine yesterday. He took several parts including the failed con rod and piston for metallugical testing including the use of an electron microscope. He gave me...
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