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Search: Posts Made By: cdhickey
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-30-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 1,303
Posted By cdhickey
Re: Oh lordy... bent keel?!?

Good call on option 4. I hadn't even thought about dropping the keel.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-30-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 1,303
Posted By cdhickey
Oh lordy... bent keel?!?

This past season, I spent a great deal of time on my Northern 1/4 ton (same as a Mirage 24) trying to figure out why I was having reasonable weather helm on starboard tack but a bit of lee helm on a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-14-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 950
Posted By cdhickey
Re: Moving a steel cradle

I had the same dilemma a few years back when I bought my 24'. The cradle was a bit smaller but looks similar. I would not fit in the back of a pickup, but fit well on a small trailer and three of us...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-04-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,658
Posted By cdhickey
Thumbs up Re: Fun with Furlers--Alado

I just recently ordered an A1 furler and hope to install it this week. I can't yet speak to the performance of the unit, but the build looks good and the customer service has been phenomenal. FedEx...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-03-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,042
Posted By cdhickey
American sailor dies off the coast of Newfoundland

A sad story from this weekend. Radio reports this morning said that he was knocked overboard by a rogue wave. The wave also damaged the steering control which prevented the boat from circling back to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-01-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,004
Posted By cdhickey
6hp Saildrive or 8hp regular?

I've got a 24' sailboat (about 3500 lbs) that is currently powered by an 8hp Evinrude 2 stroke. For a bunch of different reasons I'm considering replacing the 8hp with a newer model. At first I was...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-18-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,016
Posted By cdhickey
Re: Jib trimmed but main luffing?

Sorry- the boom was as close to center as I could get it with the traveler in the middle.

There is no leach line on my main and my topping lift was fully eased.
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-18-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,016
Posted By cdhickey
Jib trimmed but main luffing?

I was out for a great sail yesterday, winds around 13 knots. It was also my first sail with "company" (other than the admiral) on board, so I was a little nervous and didn't want to look incompetent...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,548
Posted By cdhickey
Re: Charts and cruising guides, Canadian Maritimes

The CCA Cruising Guide to Newfoundland was last updated in 2009, but is still fairly useful. I would definitely pick up the CHS charts to have on hand, as e-chart coverage is not always the most...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,348
Posted By cdhickey
We had a lot of snow in January followed by a lot...

We had a lot of snow in January followed by a lot of rain and freezing rain recently. My best guess is that the cockpit drains were plugged, or possibly frozen with ice and snow, allowing the cockpit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,348
Posted By cdhickey
A sad sight and a curious question...

We've had some pretty heavy winds and rain over the past few days so I stopped out to check on my boat and found her safe and sound on the hard near our yacht club. When I arrived, I saw this sad,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-09-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,039
Posted By cdhickey
Repairing wet core close to the hull-deck joint

I've got a stanchion that has a little "give" and appears to have some wet core and delamination around the stanchion base. I understand the proper way to repair the area generally speaking- remove...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-26-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 11,051
Posted By cdhickey
Thanks guys. I'll make sure to wear enough safety...

Thanks guys. I'll make sure to wear enough safety gear to make the neighbors think I'm running a meth lab in my shed. :)

So for creating a bevel when reinstalling a deck skin after a core repair,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-26-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 11,051
Posted By cdhickey
What to use to grind/sand fiberglass?

I'm about to start a few practice fiberglass projects over the winter before doing real work on my boat. All the books talk about grinding down fiberglass/epoxy with an angle grinder, but I can't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-16-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,731
Posted By cdhickey
Thanks for the comments! Lots of things to think...

Thanks for the comments! Lots of things to think about there. I think i'm going to go ahead with the bridles for extra support at least until I get a feel for stepping and unstepping. I'll try to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-14-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,731
Posted By cdhickey
Preventing sway when unstepping mast

Unfortunately, my sailing season is soon coming to an end and I need to deal with putting the old girl away for the winter. I'm going to try unstepping the mast on my 24' for the first time and have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-05-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,150
Posted By cdhickey
Thanks for the input, guys. I like the idea of...

Thanks for the input, guys. I like the idea of drilling back the core a bit to ensure I'm in solid epoxy. How long would you expect it to take for that kind of hole to dry enough to drill again?
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-05-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,150
Posted By cdhickey
How to seal around cable clam?

I'm installing a cable clam as a pass-through for my mast light and VHF wires on deck. To do this I will be drilling a 1 1/4 hole, with the cable clam sitting on top. I plan to seal the cable clam...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,803
Posted By cdhickey
Replacing transducer- can I use this thru-hull?

My current knot meter (analog, probably 30+ years old) is not working and attempts to repair it have failed. I'd like to replace it with a new Raymarine unit, but I'm wondering if I can just add a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-18-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 824
Posted By cdhickey
Went a little overboard scraping my hull... now I need to fill some gouges

I started off with good intentions this weekend- my plan was to lightly scrape off any loose bottom paint and lightly sand it to prep for a new coat next weekend. Well, as I got started the 20 years...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-08-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 15,222
Posted By cdhickey
I thought I'd join on in this thread as well....

I thought I'd join on in this thread as well. Last summer I bought a Northern 1/4 ton, which is basically a rebadged Mirage 24. It's a wonderful little boat and I can't wait to get it back in the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-07-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,276
Posted By cdhickey
The main bilge is only a few inches deep, but I...

The main bilge is only a few inches deep, but I guess I could find a pump that would let me run an intake hose there. I hadn't really thought about that option! The only issue I can see is that the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-07-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,276
Posted By cdhickey
Where to locate new bilge pump?

My 24' currently has a single, manual bilge pump, with the intake located under the cabin sole. Not liking to swim when I should be sailing, I will be installing a larger, automatic pump, probably a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-03-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,601
Posted By cdhickey
Thanks to all for the responses. I had assumed...

Thanks to all for the responses. I had assumed wearing the harness over the off would be bad news, but wasn't sure about wearing it under. When it's time to replace my PFD I'll probably go with an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-01-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,601
Posted By cdhickey
Can you wear a harness under an inflatable PFD?

I'm a new sailor trying to get all this stuff figured out before my boat goes back in the water, so please bear with me!

I have a Mustang inflatable life jacket without an integrated harness. My...
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