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Search: Posts Made By: RichH
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

Be sure to reef REAL DEEP when sailing into waterspouts
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By RichH
Re: Oscillating mast

Your mast is probably set up with insufficient 'pre-bow' / prebend. The prebend is important for two issues:
1. it artificially stiffens the mast so that that induced harmonic vibrations are not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By RichH
Re: Barbarossa 4 winch service

Harken (winches, and other sailing hardware) bought Barbarossa in about 1985. Call Harken to see if they still have the info (drawings/manuals) that you need.
Harken.com 262.691.3320
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,245
Posted By RichH
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

My wife plays fiddle, I play 5-string banjo. When we arrive at an anchorage or a new marina nobody minds at all .... until we get out the gas powered air-horn bagpipe and the kettle drum.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: topping lift

Easy solution for errantly behaving topping lifts:
1. apply two marks on the topping lift control line ... one mark denoting its proper length when not sailing, the other mark for when sailing. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By RichH
Re: Epoxy patch on a polyester keel - 1973 Pearson

If the bottom-of-the-keel repair was in the aft section of the keel bottom - the hollow area that is 'behind' the ballast section - be sure to lay up extra heavy cloth/roving. Breaking of this area...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

BTW -- when the mainsail on your Tradewinds 26 is properly raised and if youve been following how to 'properly raise a dacron mainsail' ... the angle that the top of boom makes with the mast will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

Suggest you take some more pics. in the future by waiting for about 10kts of wind; then go onto a beat and shoot your pics from nearly directly under the sails with the camera pointing 'up' (from...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By RichH
Re: Cabin heater?

Depending on the BTU/hr heat transfer of the engine's cooling water, quite a LOT.

example: JEGS Performance Products 70601 JEGS Hot Rod Heaters - Free Shipping on All Orders @ JEGS...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

Yes indeed, also was the time that the cheap asian lofts began to get into the act with very inferior stretchy cloth!
What they were doing was adding a 'slight roach' to the luff area, in the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

Most boltropes (3-strand dacron rope) of that era were 'directly hand sewn' to the luff ... making replacement or adjustment very expensive. And at about that time - late 1970s, lofts started to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By RichH
Re: Do I need new sails

Here's how to evaluate 90% of developed shape errors in old dacron mainsails: go to How to properly RAISE a woven dacron mainsail - SailboatOwners.com...
Forum: Diesel 5 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By RichH
Re: Frozen Volvo MD1

Where to go ....
Check from where the cooling water is leaking into the combustion chamber
1. Blown head gasket
2. Pin hole in the exhaust manifold between the 'gas side' and the 'water side'. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: smelly sink

If youve been draining fats and oils down the sink drain these will be trapped above the waterline (similar to a 'grease trap' in a sanitary drain) and adhere/congeal to the hosing, etc. What...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By RichH
Re: New Sails arrived any tips?

Guys, almost all woven dacron mainsails that are constructed with 'boltroped' luffs are constructed with that boltrope cut shorter than the as-designed luff dimension. This is called 'luff preload'...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 496
Posted By RichH
Re: 16 ft Snipe - How many people can it hold?

It all depends on how you stack them .... probably 6-8 laid down on their sides and shackled along the centerline or doubled over and laid cross-wise on top of one another.

The boat was built for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By RichH
Re: New Sails arrived any tips?

If he knows the exact amount of length that the sailmaker CUT from the boltrope, he wont have to guess how much tension to put into the halyard for the sail to set to its 'as designed' shape.
If he...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By RichH
Re: Salts in the oil

PIN-HOLE between the gas side and the water side of the ex. manifold .... quite common in engines that have been in service for awhile, and especially in engines that are 'drained' of cooling water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,446
Posted By RichH
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Damn right a tiller is better for upwind as you sit well to the side of the helm and therefore you can more easily see the break of the luff on the jib/genoa ... or even better, watching a set of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By RichH
Re: Salts in the oil

I didnt see the part about the 'over-heat' incident.

Consider:
The overheating incieent would be my highest index of suspicion .... the stretching of the cylinder head bolting due to the extra...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By RichH
Re: New Sails arrived any tips?

What's the sail material, makes a big difference in the way you raise and 'set' them?

The generic rule is to bring a stitched sail up slowly (several usages) to their designed tension, so that the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By RichH
Re: Salts in the oil

It doesnt matter how the oil 'looks' as when it gets hot it 'boils' out the water leaving the salts behind.

In order Id check the following:
1. Pin hole leak in the exhaust manifold ... causing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,446
Posted By RichH
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Nothing beats a tiller for 'feedback' from a 'properly designed and BALANCED (by design) rudder.

If a tiller steered boat has its 'rudder shaft' exposed below deck, then an 'auxiliary (bronze,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By RichH
Re: Yanmar fuel injection pump

Try your local "fuel injection shop" as these folks usually have all the tech data for just about every injection pump ever made. Every town larger than 20,000 pop. will have an fuel injection shop....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By RichH
Re: Removing bluing from welded stainless steel

Typically the process after welding is flat grinding, flat sanding with successive finer and finer grits, then polishing with 'white metal' buffing compounds (clays containing diatomaceous earth -...
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