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Search: Posts Made By: Brent Swain
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-02-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

What powers your hydronic heater ? Coal fired generating plants? Wood is carbon neutral ,as wood burning produces the same global warming effect as letting it rot . The Exon Valdes disaster ,. and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-24-2014
Replies: 1,327
Views: 461,724
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I once bought enough rigging wire to rig a 36 footer for $24.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-24-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

Several of my clients have told me that, living year round in BC, their steel boats are the most comfortable homes they have ever lived in. If yours is not , it can be. Usually all it takes is a lot...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-24-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

[QUOTE
So for example Here are Bob's own words:

"I don't weld. My son Spike is an excellent welder, a true artist. He made a suit of armor. I don't need to weld because I don't build boats I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-24-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

For single keelers, I have welded a 2 inch sch 40 stainless pipe socket, flush with the hull, with a stainless cap on top. This I tie into the hull with a plate. That makes the sheerleg much shorter,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-24-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

Did you have adequate epoxy in side. If you did, you probably wouldn't have had inside corrosion problems.
If your ribbon chine was cut from pipe, it would have been a radiused chine, with no more...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-23-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

This is why I keep telling people, reject advice on steel boats from those with no experience in steel boats, especially those who have already admitted that they don't have the foggiest idea what...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-23-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

I have found building decks far easier , if you cut the panels to to size and weld on all the stringers and longitudinals on a work bench, before installing them.. That eliminates a whole lot of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-23-2014
Replies: 120
Views: 10,448
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Are we in over our heads?

As Mark Twain said " Good friends are God's compensation for family members."
I have been asked this question several times over a lifetime of cruising. What I have always told people is that, ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-21-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 11,303
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

I think the message is "If you have a Hunter or Halberg Rassy you should pull the rudder and see what it s made out of, or how it is put together." That wouldn't be a bad idea with any such rudder....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-21-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

Some of the most important things to know about steel boats are:
They need lots of paint ,especially inside, from the outset. The thicker the better.
I remember seeing a Vancouver Foulkes 39 in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-19-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,539
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: How do you stretch your season in the northeast

Lots of insulation helps a lot. Most stock boats have none. Carpet is no substitute for 1 1/2 inch foam.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-19-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,510
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Drogues and Sea Anchors

Most sloops,tied by the bow, tend to tack around the rode, or lie beam on to the swells. I have always ran my drogue from the stern quarter. Running it from the stern quarter lets the boat lie at...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-19-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

The environmental impact of the building of my boat was a one shot deal ,30 years ago. Since then, my environmental foot print has been microscopic, compared to what it would have been, without my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-19-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Update from LaPaz, Baja, Mexico

After seeing what being in the warm latitudes can involve, man, it so much easier here to deal with the weather by simply throwing another log on the fire.
An argument van be made here for every...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,629
Posted By Brent Swain
Right on

Great post! Right on!
That is why I design all my boats with an outboard rudder.I also run my inside steering by the trimtab . It lets me put my autohelm below decks, hooking it to the trim...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-19-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

My boats, and their design success, have as good a reputation as any cruising boat out there, among those who sail them, far better than most. Their only critics are guys who know nothing about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,539
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: How do you stretch your season in the northeast

Friends with lots of cold sailing experience told me that, for years , until they experienced their first inside steering. After that, they changed their tune 180 degrees.
Sailing with a large...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-18-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Mooring question

When I tried this, the boat, tacking around, pulled the rope back and forth thru the mooring, chafing it thru quickly .It was an 1 1/2 inch dia line ,which didn't last long. Better use separate lines...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-18-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,629
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: wind vanes and LOA

A QME would work on a boat that size. The simplest of windvanes, and easy to build. A couple of arms slanted upward at a 45 degree angle, in place of the big pulley, would give you a lot more power...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-18-2014
Replies: 245
Views: 14,135
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

Do a search under origamiboats ( yahoo groups) for a wealth of information on steel boats and the most modern methods of building them, from people who actually get their hands dirty building and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-18-2014
Replies: 1,327
Views: 461,724
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Strips of innertube make great gluing clamps. Be careful. Too much can crush wood.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,539
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: How do you stretch your season in the northeast

The more exposed you are the poorer decisions you tend to make.
Dodgers only protect you going to windward. They don't keep cabin heat in. Facing hypothermia a few inches from a warm cabin, is not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-17-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,539
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: How do you stretch your season in the northeast

An inside steering station in a wheelhouse with a good wood stove, stretches my season to year round, here in BC ( winter cruising in a T shirt).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-17-2014
Replies: 1,327
Views: 461,724
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Bicycle inner tubes, looped over a cleat, make a great exercise machine, one you can carry in your pack sack.
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