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Search: Posts Made By: Dave_E
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Radar Talk

For bays and flat water sailing a pole or backstay mount is fine. For a mix of open ocean sailing & bay I much prefer mast mount. UNFORTUNATELY our boat came with a stern pole.:mad: I would much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By Alex W
Re: Knotmeter Calibration

Nice find Dave, that looks like a useful product for a couple of sailing buddies to share to calibrate their electronic knot meters.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Knotmeter Calibration

You could throw a measured line over the side with a chunk of wood on it. Time it until it stops running out. Retrive it . Do it again. Average it. Sit down with a pencil and paper, calculate speed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,519
Posted By Alex W
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

I was also surprised to see Dave's boat being rigged with sheets and guys, but it is also a 31' boat that weighs as much as most 35' boats (it is 11,000lbs) and 50% more than an average 30' boat (at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,519
Posted By Classic30
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

Personal preference perhaps, but I like to use a line with a bit of stretch so I don't break anything (like the pole) when the spinnaker snap-fills after my absent-minded crew allows it to partially...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,519
Posted By jackdale
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

The guys are necessary on a dip-pole gybe. They are not needed on an end for end gybe, but I have seen them used there as well.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,519
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) 08-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By Alex W
Re: Got The Big Bird To Fly

Congrats Dave! I love using the spinnaker, it's a very useful sail in the light air that we have around here. I just sailed from Port Townsend to Shilshole today with the spinnaker up about 80% of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 848
Posted By IStream
Re: New Head... salt water rinse?

I've got freshwater-plumbed Vacuflush systems on the current boat, which work great. However, on my previous boat we had a standard Jabsco pump head plumbed to salt water. Odors weren't really a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 805
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Best place in California to sail and live on your boat?

Both bases have been converted to civilian use. Treasure Island still has it's marina and is a small boat sailing center. NAS Alameda is now home to tech companies, distilleries, craft breweries and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-04-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 999
Posted By eherlihy
Re: Cutless Bearing Sledge Hammer Installation

I did the whole driveline over a couple of years ago, and documented it here;
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 457
Posted By Alex W
Re: Mainsail foot is not straight

Good sails make a massive difference compared to blown out sails. We can't tell just based on age and without any photos how well your current sail is working.

New sails will be able to be flown...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 880
Posted By DRFerron
Re: iPad users only

The apps aren't nearly as expensive as a dedicated chart plotter so I started out with three or four and tried them all. I've come to love the Garmin BlueChart app.

Here is a thread with some...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 457
Posted By Multihullgirl
Re: Mainsail foot is not straight

If you look at the luff of your sail, there also is probably some curve there, too, for the same reason that harmonic and justified mention

here's an article about sail curve and spar bend...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-23-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By andyselzn
how to test plumbing?

Bristol 24 (dinette model)

The sink works: pulls in water from the water tank and drains it.

The icebox does not drain, gets backed up.

Head does not seem to drain but not a 100% sure and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By RichH
Re: R&R fuel filters, can't get max RPM

You changed the filters, now you have lower than normal rpm ....

Now go back and recheck your filter installation and carefully scrutinize if or not you 'pinched' a filter gasket or a filter sump...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-03-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By aelkin
Re: First Cruise

Great looking boat, Dave - easy to see why she was complimented!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,881
Posted By Alex W
Re: Standing Rigging tight enough?

That is too loose.

Having the numbers that low reduces stress on the chainplates and standing rigging, but increases it on the mast.

This inexpensive book does a very good job of explaining how...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-15-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By christian.hess
Re: Upper shrouds and spreaders

on my old wooden boat the po was awesome and gave me a spool of monel sezing wire...
really expensive but worth it

I used it for a lot of stuff but this is great for rigging...and what you want...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-15-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By Cap-Couillon
Re: Upper shrouds and spreaders

Personal Preferences....

As I have hinged tubular spreaders (as opposed to flat fixed-angle) with open slots for the shrouds, I use a tight seizing before stepping the mast. This holds the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-28-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alex W
Re: Admiral is apprehensive about cruising

Is she nervous about the sailing or staying on the boat?

From Everett you can do an easy, comfortable, and fun overnighter to Langley, Whidbey Island. If anything goes wrong you can quickly get...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By Alex W
Re: Zodiac Zoom 260 Aero Anyone?

I have a 230 that I bought from Defender a couple of years ago. It does the job nicely. The PVC material won't hold up as well as hypalon in extended UV, but that isn't much of a problem around...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-09-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By BluemanSailor
Electric heaters and boat connections

To all my fellow live boards in the cold Northeast and PNW area, PLEASE CHECK ALL your power cord connections this winter. There was a fire last winter at out marine due to the poorly maintained...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-08-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,697
Posted By asdf38
Re: Handheld GPS differences

Touchscreen concerns me although some quick research suggests it's resistive. Does anyone know for sure?

Resistive should continue working with gloved hands and after getting soaked. Capacitive...
Forum: Diesel 10-15-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Installing a temp SWITCH

Dave, you may be able to find a replacement sender that has a second separate alarm circuit (contacts) built into it. A good parts counter can look up whatever sender you have and see if there's...
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