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Search: Posts Made By: svHyLyte
Forum: Looking for Companionship... 2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: sailing boca grande

Take a look at Sailing Singles (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Poll: cleats
Views: 1,025
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: cleats

Ah... Wrongo. Raise the halyard as far as possible by hand hauling downward and jamb same with an upward pull in the cleat, "jamming" it in place. Grab halyard above cleat with tail in one's off...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 538
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: sliding helm seat?

Bolt down some Harken High Beam traveler track athwart ships behind the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,288
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Jib catches while tacking

While not common now, there was a time when many would rig "rungs" between the fore'n aft lower shrouds to form a "ladder" by which one could climb up to near the lower (or only) spreaders to give...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Tall Ships

Ah... Unless she's been rechristened or is a replacement for the original, that would be the "Pilgrim", referred to in promotional literature by the Ocean Institute as being "...the Spirit of Dana...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 1,935
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers

I endured several weeks of BS over our, then, 6 month old Kidda ABC Fire Extinguishers with our insurance company after a Surveyor (for an insurance survey) added his "opinion" that having our...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,012
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Salts in the oil

Perhaps, but, depending upon where the supplies are stored, there could easily be contamination. I have also seen, on the yacht moored next to us, an owner using a funnel for adding oil to his...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-13-2014
Replies: 72
Views: 26,908
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Well--It is now 5 days shy of 2 years since making our home-cooked repair/upgrade to our Solar Vent (see Post #42) and, other than a slight burp caused by the formation of a little rust on a battery...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-13-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

For all but small boats, a riding sail (see snap below) can also make for an effective means of recovering a MOB (or COB for the PC). Two corners are connected tightly between two points on the...
Forum: Florida - Western 08-13-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Charlotte Harbor/Punta Gorda area

With only a 4'-8" draft, the ETAP 32 is a good boat for exploring the area. Unfortunately, however, only a "few days" won't give you much time to cover very much of the area. Some interesting and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 625
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Recommend a good used Autopilot??

Although our primary auto-pilot is a Robertson AP, as a back-up we have an inexpensive Ray-Marine ST2000 Tiller Pilot that attaches to the wheel. For this we have a bracket that attaches to the wheel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 790
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Rigging question….


I suggest the caulk simply because water is a particularly effective/aggressive solvent and particularly so if one is moored in an area where one's rig is likely to be exposed to soot or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-06-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,046
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Vented loop vent confusion/waste system sanity check

You are over thinking things. There is no need to connect the vent on the "anti-siphon loop" to the vent from the holding tank. The "duck bill" valve in the vent is designed such that neither water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,572
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

The lead for a guy typically needs be amidships at the widest point of the beam to maximize the angle between the line of the guy and the center-line of the pole when the yacht is close reaching to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-29-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 771
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: EPIRB battery replacement

FWIW we recently had the battery replaced, for the second time, in our ACR Global-Fix EPIRB at a cost of $285.00 including tax and shipping. The battery was replaced, and the unit tested, resealed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-28-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 849
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Headset Communicators?


We sail a 42' yacht and are moored in a basin that is very tight and so requires deft handling. Initially, my wife refused to take the wheel at all until we were well clear of the marina....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-28-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Halyard Flag Clips

Ah...perhaps in your world. In ours, any line used to "haul" a object to a "yard" (or these daze, a spreader) is known as a "halyard". In fact, even the US Navy still refers to "Signal Halyards",...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-26-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,566
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Battery Acid!

One cannot measure the state of charge with a Voltage meter. The only true measure of the state of charge is the specific gravity of the electrolyte. N'any case, it's your battery/your choice. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 814
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Head hose: How long does it take to permeate

Something we have found quite helpful in managing/eliminating unpleasant odors is activated charcoal. You can buy the stuff at Aquarium shops. I make up a couple of bags of the material annually...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,647
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: How can I tell if my diesel is bad?

All this discussion over $20 worth of fuel? Jeeze, toss the stuff, partially refill the tank, polish that fuel for a few hours to clear out any sediment that may be stirred up with the refill and be...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-07-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Anchoring in lake weeds

Take a look at (click on) the Grapnel Anchor ( that can penetrate through weed.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-23-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 855
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Health Insurance While Cruising

Further to the foregoing, a friend of ours that has been cruising in the Caribbean for the last several years needed surgery for a hernia this past winter. The surgery was performed in Trinidad by a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Main sail can be difficult to raise

Are you sure the sheave at the mast-head isn't seized and/or that your halyard is of the correct size and hasn't jumped the sheave?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-11-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Lightning Strikes


The illustrated disclosures are something a Buyer can require of a Seller as part of a Seller's Representations and Warranty's in a transaction. To the best of my knowledge, such...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-11-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Lightning Strikes

One can require full disclosure. See the attached. PM me and I will send you a copy of the file.
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