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Search: Posts Made By: mstern
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,349
Posted By mstern
Re: If you live in Hawaii.....GET YOUR BOAT OUT OF THE WATER ASAP!!

Sitting here on the Big Island (Waikoloa, on the leeward side) of the island. Just my luck to have the only hurricane in recorded history hit the big island while I'm on vacation. I can see some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 944
Posted By mstern
Re: My wife, the reluctant sailor

Very nicely stated.

My wife has slept on my boat (and it is "my" boat by her own reckoning) a grand total of once. And I'm not expecting a repeat anytime soon. She has said any number of times...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,077
Posted By mstern
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Dirt: how high off the deck are your lifelines?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Really? Unless you know how far I live/work from my boat, and the relative location of the closest battery shop, I don't understand why you would doubt my statement.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Time my friend, time. Going out and buying the equipment and material to do it myself and then doing the work sounds like a project that would take me an entire afternoon (at least). Even taking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,666
Posted By mstern
Re: Zen and the art of 'bottom feeding'... please contribute!

Charlie:

If you are looking for ideas on how to make stuff yourself from what's available, I highly recommend a thread that's been on this site for awhile:
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I get it, believe me. I've lost acid and replaced it with water; things won't be the same. I understand. I can measure the specific gravity of the electrolyte, but I won't know what it means in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Unfortunately, the battery is about 3 months old. I reinstalled it last evening, and it worked fine. Provided plenty of juice to start the outboard and run the chartplotter. I'm going to see what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,453
Posted By mstern
Wink Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

To be fair Donna, it's not that we think those things are more important than circumnavigating or rebuilding a head, just that we are suprised that an intelligent, well-educated young lady such as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,569
Posted By mstern
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Ah, but is it less filling?

I didn't think so.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I had fully charged the battery about a week before it spilled; during that week, the battery had sat in my garage or in my car. And, according the gauge on my battery charger, the battery recharged...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,453
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Amen brother. Btw, have you ever played the Lobster Shack in Branford, CT? I ask because there was a guy playing the Shack awhile ago who looked like your avatar picture.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,453
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Keep in mind my very compact stereo has some pretty severe built-in volume limitations, so it's not like I'm making a big sacrifice!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

fyi, in trying to answer my own questions, I came across this website that does not recommend trying to recreate the correct mix of acid and water after a partial spill:

BatteryStuff Articles |...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,453
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

My "sound system" consists of one of those very compact, battery powered ipod speakers. It looks a lot like the picture I've attached here. I hang it from the hatchway lock hasp while underway.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Thanks all. Maine, I was thinking that same thing about dilution, but I had no idea if I was right, nor what to do about it. Assuming I find battery acid, how do I know how much to put in? And now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By mstern
Battery Acid!

I wound up inadvertently completely draining the battery on my boat a couple of weeks ago, so I took it home to charge. After charging the battery, I put the thing in the back of my car to reinstall...
Forum: Living Aboard 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,755
Posted By mstern
Re: Boat Sitting - Is it really an outrageous proposition?

I can only echo what others have said about getting the expectations clear (your's and the owner's) and down on paper.

That being said, I did some very light maintenance on a boat owned by friends...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By mstern
Re: The New Yorker - Unlocked

How is the New Yorker related to sailing?!? Surely you jest! E.B. White, man, E.B. White!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By mstern
Re: Appropriate Size cockpit tank for small outboard

I went from a six gallon metal tank to a three gallon plastic tank when I bought a new 8 hp two stroke engine about 8 years ago. The tank locker on my Oday 23 (under a seat) was clearly designed to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,569
Posted By mstern
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

And juice boxes. Plenty of juice boxes. Like at least a dozen.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 775
Posted By mstern
Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

I mounted my Lowrance Elite 5 on the bulkhead of my Oday 23. The only spare circuit on my fuse board was non-functioning, so I connected it directly to the battery (with an independent fuse circuit,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-07-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,032
Posted By mstern
Re: Outboards: sailing with the motor down.

I always raise the outboard when sailing my Oday 23. It does make a difference in speed, but not a ton. I tilt it up; I don't use the springs on the mount to pull it straight up. That's too much...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,462
Posted By mstern
Re: Handheld GPS Advice Needed...

I bought a Garmin 72 used on ebay about 8 years ago. I think I paid $50. It still works fine, except that it can no longer provide "celestial" information such as tides and moon phases. The Garmin...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-26-2014
Replies: 162
Views: 7,656
Posted By mstern
Re: We have fallen for the Cheoy Lee 40 Offshore

Ain't it a beautiful thing when you find a boat that makes your heart go "zing!"?

But don't let practicality go completely out the window. The yawl model has double the rigging and all that...
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