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Search: Posts Made By: capta
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,581
Posted By capta
Re: Do you think I'm going to blow myself up

I had a sportfishing boat for 18 years that had two honking big 454's and 340 gallons of gas onboard. And I was a smoker.
IMO the only thing dangerous about gasoline on a boat, is the people on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green mount

Here's how it's normally done. On one side of the mast (the fore in this case) alongside it, not above it. It's not like one can hold a perfect course and it will always be behind the mast and it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 2,725
Posted By capta
Re: latest and greatest binoculars?

I have the 10 X 30. You can move up from the traditional 7 X magnification when you have the stabilized ones, but I think 16 X would be too much on a boat, personally.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,182
Posted By capta
Re: Where do you mount your chart plotter?

I am absolutely flabbergasted by many of the responses on here.
We have our 10" display chartplotter on the binnacle and could not imagine having it out of reach.
In inclement weather, though it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,272
Posted By capta
Re: Diving from Sailboat

I agree on the 12 volt hooka rigs available today. Ours is called a deck snorkel. All together they cost less, take up less space, don't chip the glass or ding your wood and are much safer than...
Forum: Racing 12-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 2,777
Posted By capta
Re: Volvo Ocean Race.

I think we all make mistakes, but it is the outcome of those mistakes that should determine the consequences. Be it good fortune or whatever, the fact is that your mistakes (and mine) presumably did...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,093
Posted By capta
Re: Solstice inflatable

I've always felt you get what you pay for with inflatables. Being Chinese built, I'd be cautious about their ability to fulfill the warranty.
Our top of the line Zodiac has lasted over 7 years, 5 of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-07-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,056
Posted By capta
Re: What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

I would suggest you do an inspection of your cutlass bearing and replace if necessary. Also after insuring you have a good cutlass bearing and no packing in, I would do an engine alignment. You will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-04-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,491
Posted By capta
Re: 30 Year Old Propane Stove

Dollars to donuts your 30 year old stove is a better built piece of equipment than anything made today. If you don't want it, I'll pay to ship it down here to me.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-03-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,387
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I'm sure he meant two greens and 2 reds, not one of each.

I'm shocked to see a sailing instructor stating; "IMHO this whole thread is pointless-waste-of-energy for no particular purpose."
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-25-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 2,317
Posted By capta
Re: Black Water Thru-Hull Location

No, I certainly wouldn't do a long run like that unnecessarily.
Sorry, that is for the aft head; I wasn't thinking of a forepeak head.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 729
Posted By capta
Re: Getting frozen shackle off mooring ...

Absolutely. Just make sure you cut where you only have to make one cut, not two.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By capta
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

Hardly essential. Most windlasses have a brake. Once the anchor is on the bottom with some chain out, set a bit of tension on the brake and the chain will pay out as you back to the dock. Once your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By capta
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

As the Tigress is a 'freefall' windlass, only an up switch is needed. Our foot switch is 30 odd years old and shows no indication of ever having leaked. It has never failed us and if we shut down the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-14-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 4,506
Posted By capta
Re: West Marine pulling out of Canada

Just like Walmart, WM swept through the country buying out or putting all the other chandlers out of business. Whenever they close a store, it's like sticking up their middle finger at all their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-23-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By capta
Re: Curved opening port lights?

If you want to do this you'll have to build adapter plates to mount them on, but then they will not sit flush on the cabin side. Probably a good source of leaks, so you might want to think very...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-20-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,795
Posted By capta
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

As someone who sailed a gaff ketch through a tropical cyclone when she was 65 years old, I would very much like to disagree with your "a useful life of less than 20 years". There is absolutely no...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-19-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,795
Posted By capta
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

The Turkish Gulets were never designed, nor built for anything more than what they are used for; interisland tour/charter boats in the Aegean. They are not built with ocean sailing nor longevity in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-03-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By capta
Re: Deck Fittings?

It's what I've been using since the early 60's, without a failure of any kind. I read about the butyl when I first saw it discussed on here but honestly, I haven't tried it. I have never said...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 4,142
Posted By capta
Re: When Do You Get Off?

I'd like to point out something here. When we capsized the first time (of 3) everything anywhere near the companionway went away. Gone. Foulies, binos, tools, charts, whatever; just gone. Honestly,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-30-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 6,324
Posted By capta
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

Wasn't it you Mr. Dawg, just last week, hawking "One amazing boat - grab her now" in PANAMA, but today "A deal of the century in BVI or Hawaii is not a good deal if you are in Virgina" is your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-30-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 6,324
Posted By capta
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

There are a lot of incredible deals to be had in the places I call the ports of broken dreams. Hawaii is one, as is the lagoon in St Martin, boat yards in St Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad, just to name...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-27-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,215
Posted By capta
Re: Funding retirement boat

In your case perhaps you can look at a reverse mortgage on the house and/or property to fund the boat loan.
For me I cashed in everything, and then it was so much cash to buy and outfit the boat and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-21-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 706
Posted By capta
Re: Bolt connecting batteries

Most batteries are sold with s/s nuts or wing nuts and if you check, I believe the stud is s/s. No problem with the s/s in my opinion.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-20-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By capta
Re: Anchor storage

Instead of running the mooring line over the bow roller, how about running it through a chock and to a bow cleat? We do that with our snub or when we do use a mooring and it keeps the line clear of...
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