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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-27-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

Update: Took the advice in this thread and made my own eye splice. Followed the Samson 10-part instruction sheet and am not too displeased with the results. I secured it by stitching through with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-21-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Caulking bottom of new rope clutches

That and it looks freaking awesome. Nice work.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Caulking bottom of new rope clutches

Pardon for resurrecting an old post, but do you remember what thickness SS plate you ordered from McMaster Carr? I'm getting ready to install a 3-way rope clutch and deck organizer on my boat and am...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

Okay, line, fid and pusher ordered. I'll give it a go with no thimble.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-17-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

Thanks for the input guys. Here is a slightly better pic of the setup. You can see the thimble setup hidden partially by the mainsheet. The becket is very small in diameter and under load I imagine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-17-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By itsaboat
Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

I am finally replacing the 4:1 mainsheet system I have on my 1985 27' Pearson. The bearings fell out of what was probably the original Harken fiddle block. I'm replacing with a Garhauer 30-06 US and...
Forum: Diesel   06-07-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 395
Posted By itsaboat
Looking for Volvo MD5B in U.S.A.

I have one on my boat, but I'm not willing to part with it as it comes in pretty handy sometimes ;).

I'm interested to hear why you need one. When we bought the boat, the MD5 wouldn't start and I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-06-2013
Replies: 3,090
Views: 398,228
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Congrats, Smack!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-01-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,326
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Thanks all. I was mostly a spectator. I do highly recommend practicing on someone else's boat first.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,326
Posted By itsaboat
Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Had to share this small victory. Full of bravado after our domination of the other boats in B fleet during the Spring Sunday Regatta, the crew decided to try backing the Santana 525 into the slip...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-11-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,187
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Biggest boat docked under sail

Almost every keelboat in my club docks by sail power alone (I am not among them, yet). Many don't even have motors. These are mostly smaller race boats; J24s, Melges 24s, Santana 525s, S2 7.9s up to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-11-2013
Replies: 72
Views: 4,123
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Ever been injured on your boat? Just happened to me.

I've never been hurt too badly yet (knock on wood). The worst incident I've witnessed so far was an accidental gybe while club racing this winter on another member's boat. We were in "B" fleet, which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-01-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,638
Posted By itsaboat
Anchor failure and use of a handgun result in loss of cruising yacht...

Ya, das a gude one!

I thought about posting another "I want to circumnavigate the globe in a McGregor 19 with no experience" thread, but those are too common and don't get the traffic they once...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,584
Posted By itsaboat
Re: My boat!!! (part 2)

Good lookin' boat, congrats! I have a couple of friends that live in Nashville and have wondered how Percy Priest Lake is to sail on.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Posted By itsaboat
Replacement Motor Mounts

I've been looking into this a little myself for our Volvo. I haven't tried them yet, but his company has recommendations for most marine diesels. http://www.bushingsinc.com/marine.htm
Forum: Diesel   03-29-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 632
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Volvo MD5B vibration. RPM sweet spot?

Never mind. After looking at some MD5 vids on Youtube, that seems to be the nature of the little beast. I'll still check the old engine mounts though.

It's ironic to me that we sailors, who value...
Forum: Diesel   03-29-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 632
Posted By itsaboat
Volvo MD5B vibration. RPM sweet spot?

Our little 1985 7.5 horse MD5B runs smoothly at around 1000 RPM and 1500-2000. At other speeds, it vibrates. I mean vibrates. Under 1000 RPM it shakes the door to head loudly enough to drown...
Forum: Diesel   03-27-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,015
Posted By itsaboat
Volvo Penta MD7A started but shut off

Yeah, I should have said use any amount of starter fluid VERY sparingly. It was a last resort for me after bleeding and WD-40 failed. The head bolts of a John Deer farm tractor are probably better...
Forum: Diesel   03-26-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,015
Posted By itsaboat
Volvo Penta MD7A started but shut off

I have an MD5B. I would have to guess it is air. I could not get mine to start for anything after I bought it, and finally resorted to a little squirt of starter fluid in the air intake. I was told...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By itsaboat
Replacement Hardware

Have you thought of replacing them with cam cleats? If you have halyard winches you could just put an extra wrap and the load would not be that much on the cams.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,943
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..

True. I just add that to the list of the other five thru hulls that keep me up at night ;)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,943
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..

You probably don't need to go to such lengths. It is pretty simple. The water flows up the stern tube by gravity, into the bellows and bathes the inside of the carbon seal. This is enough to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-22-2013
Replies: 308
Views: 37,173
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

I just saw over on Sailing Anarchy (http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=145323#entry4086058) that a scholarship fund has been established to help Smack's boys to continue their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,943
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..

The instructions for installation have two configurations: for low speed boats, and for high speed boats. As much as we would like to think differently on race days, our sailboats are low speed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-22-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 2,861
Posted By itsaboat
Re: Defender Spring Sale...not

I have had great experiences with Hodges for electronics as well.
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