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Search: Posts Made By: svHyLyte
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 648
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 4 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 755
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 4 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 394
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) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,379
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 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 668
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 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,452
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 427
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: 710
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: 881
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: 394
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: 394
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.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-11-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,201
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Fiberglassing a wooden hull

Our first "real" sailboat was a 1957 era home built plywood Thunderbird 26, designed by Ben Seaborn. The exterior of the hull was glassed as part of the build method and many of these boats are...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-29-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,433
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: 68 foot sailboat lost off of Cape May - 6 rescued

If the yacht was foreign flagged, a sale to a resident of the US in US Territory would require the seller pay an import fee to US Customs. The buyer would be obligated to pay any sales/transfer/use...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-12-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,078
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: The impossible happened

With an attached lanyard and a weakened aging locking spring, a snap shackle can easily open and isn't a particularly good choice for a halyard verses a keyed shackle, e.g.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,208
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: What is this device?

Ah... Well... We have a very old but reliable handheld SeaFix RDF on the yacht that we've been using for a very long time (before the advent of GPS) and it works very well. With one beacon we get a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-06-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Waterproof spray for Sunbrella

See 303 Aerospace High Tech Fabric Guard (|10918|2303285|2303289&id=197519)

Works like a charm. Apply to both sides of the fabric and it will give you...
Forum: Diesel 04-03-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,051
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: About to buy, nagging engine issue - seeking advice

What you describe is the 4-108's "Flame start" system. Technology from the 1930's-40's. Rudimentary but functional and reliable. Holding the ignition key in the pre-heat position for 30-45 seconds...
Forum: Apps & Authors 03-06-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,672
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Yacht Question From Author

The cabin-top is properly referred to as the "coach roof". Folks might sit on the coach-roof but, considering it's exposure, not too often. The rail around the stern of a ship is know as the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?


It really isn't that hard. Take a look at Splicing Guide If you can't get the cover all of the way through the core in one go, do it in parts, simply reinserting the fid at the first...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

For your boat, 3/8" Sta-Set, or equal, with a tight eye-splice, perhaps with a little teflon tape tightly wrapped through the eye, will be all you need. Splicing double braid is really a no-brainer,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-12-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: St Augustine has a wealth of information on the area and registration/membership on the site is free
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Fin Keel Maintenance Questions

There have been many discussions of Iron Keel Repairs over the years. Do a search on "Iron Keel". For what it's worth there is no pad between the top of an Iron Keel on a Beneteau and the keel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-06-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 586
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: radar gun

From one Geezer to Another... The device was a "Whistler Hand Held Radar" manufactured by Controlonics in the mid-70's. It would give you the relative bearing to a return and a relative distance...
Forum: Provisioning 02-03-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,232
Posted By svHyLyte
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-31-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Cost of cruising the U.S and British Virgin Islands

The web-site ActiveCaptain ( has excellent information and reviews that you might find useful. You'll have to register but it's free and easy and the interactive...
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