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Forum: News Feeds   06-05-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 532
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: 4 die in boating accident - Moultrie Observer

Two different accidents. A ski boat on Bear Lake with fatalities, and a sailboat on Utah Lake with none.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-13-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2,470
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: "Most common" boat - Lake Ontario

Other common boats on Ontario are Sirius and Tanzer. Also Grampian and Hughes/Northstar. Sirius 28 (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1984/Sirius-28-2668903/Superior/WI/United-States#.VVPrZFcSCSo) is a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-27-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Fabric weight for genoa

These are good points, Rich, but except on Volvo Ocean racers packing Cuben Fiber Code Zeros, most kick-about sailors are willing to sacrifice ten degrees of pointing for pure boat speed. A bit of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-26-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Fabric weight for genoa

How large is the #1 you have now? I agree w/ Markwesti that nylon drifters are the cat's meow, especially in light-air venues like the Chessie. Very easy to set and douse, store in a tiny bag, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-24-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 590
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Halyard and roller furler

We're facing the same issues with our Albin Ballad. Both forward masthead sheaves are spoken for, and we may be adding a double crane for spinnaker Code 0 halyard blocks. How to get the spi...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: BS1088 bulkhead installation inquiries

:laugher It gets worse. There are a few other Ballad owners who literally took out every piece of internal furniture, sanded & painted the interior, and built it back up using all new materials....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-19-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: BS1088 bulkhead installation inquiries

Here's the major bulkhead tabbed in. It is the original African mahogany (khaya) ply and hasn't been epoxy painted yet; we still have some overhead epoxy work to do.

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-18-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: BS1088 bulkhead installation inquiries

Assume you plan to glass these bulkheads to the hull using epoxy resin? If so, you are gonna get epoxy all over the wood anyhow -- tabbing is a messy affair. So I'd advise rolling a coat of epoxy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-24-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 2,706
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Rudder Failures

Yes. Impulse energy is a big deal, and the more static the system, the higher the likelihood of breaking limits being exceeded. You can try to design for worst-case dynamic loading scenarios, but I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-21-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 6,548
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Help the "new generation" pick a cruising boat

Even quite a large boat is smaller than a typical efficiency apartment. If someone snores, everyone's gonna know about it. If someone's using the head or makin' whoopie in the forepeak, everyone's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-10-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 664
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: San Juan 23

Try Stephen Jensen in Seattle:

http://www.sjsailboats.com/

He took over the San Juan parts inventory after Gene Adams managed it for decades. I suspect you are needing gudgeons for your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-03-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Replacing Two Part Halyards with Spectra

There's a new Samson single braid that has nice hand & is 'toothy' enuf to work in standard cleats, clutches, and winch drums.

Control-DPX (http://www.fisheriessupply.com/samson-rope-control-dpx)...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-12-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,906
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: How to build a holding tank

John: we faced the same issue when searching for water tanks for our Albin Ballad. The boat came with only ~14g of water tankage, and we are planning to sail where fresh water is hard to obtain. And...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,661
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Anemometer for a wind voyeur....

Most home weather stations -- esp. wireless -- offer fairly low resolution. For instance, our Zephyr Instruments (a re-labeled older design) only polls every 45 seconds or minute. Seen fractally,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-11-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 5,245
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

The O'Day might be a fine choice, but budget in at least a new (or good/used) mainsail for it. The number of tears & their location (leech) indicate badly damaged fabric. Probably a combination of...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-06-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 5,245
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Nancy, another common boat in your size range, price range, and region is the famous Shark 24 (http://www.shark24.org/). It's a quirky little boat, likes a blow, might need some light air help. But...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-04-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 5,245
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Up in that region, the Sirius 21/22 (http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=170) is a common boat and very much admired. Easily trailed (swing keel version), good sailing qualities, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-12-2014
Replies: 728
Views: 60,121
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Best. Gear. Ever.

Honestly. Our nylon genoa/drifter/Code0 was the best addition we made to the SJ21 -- added a full knot to our average speed to and from Catalina, got the boat moving in early...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-18-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,931
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: What size winches?

Single speed #7s or #8s should do just fine if your leads are fair; if they aren't, bigger winches won't make life much better, as chafe & hardware strain will still be there. For even quite large...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-04-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,819
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Here's an inherent difficulty of tidal generators: you know how a tide chart is basically a sine wave, showing min/max peaks every six hours? There's another sinusoidal graph about 90 degrees out of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-02-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,819
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Once again, we're stuck with the physics of the thing. Lets imagine a 3kt tidal current at anchorage (that's quite a lot) and pretend our collapsible water wheel is 3' in diameter and perfectly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,819
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

That's another RE idea that pops up from time to time: human-powered electrical generation. It's not too bad in some ways, but its primary value is illustrating (in ways we can comprehend) just how...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,819
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Good points.:) Those are the tradeoffs in play here. Matching the mass & stroke of the box's pendulum to the local movement of the boat attachment point would go a long way toward efficiency, and a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-28-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,819
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Nope. Teh box does not care how heavy or light the item it is attached to is. The controlling momentum resides in the weight (piston, pendulum, whatever) inside the magic box. What matters is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-28-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 991
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Genny sleeve

BTW, we made a snug-fitting cover similar to the ATN sleeve out of a microfiber polyester shower curtain and 28' continuous plastic zipper. Clip the spi halyard to the grommet at the top, start the...
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