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Search: Posts Made By: Spyder
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-23-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,271
Posted By Spyder
Re: Lazy Jacks

The lazy jacks are anchored on the mast. You might use one of the new strong 1/4" synthetic, specially strong lines. If you put a small cleat on each side of the aft end of the boom you would have...
Forum: Electronics 06-09-2012
Replies: 47
Views: 3,670
Posted By Spyder
Re: VHF antenna issues?

When my radios act up like that my first place I check is the ground wire. Odd things happen if the ground isn't REAL good at the other end.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-19-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,437
Posted By Spyder
Re: Glue, screw or rivet spinnaker pole ends?

Please use 1/4-20 machine screws. Two years ago I had pop rivets on the 24' boom on a 23' boat(gaff rig) fail spectacularly. The aft end of the boom shot skyward then passed between the port stays...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-06-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 676
Posted By Spyder
Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

I've found gore-tex trainers with soft soles, and a couple of pairs of WOOL sxocks to do the trick just fine.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-05-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By Spyder
Re: cockpit cushions

Cockpit cushions are a simple project for any good canvas place. The most important thing is to make sure the right supplies are used. Some houses go cheap to win the bid. You want 1. Foam that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-12-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,085
Posted By Spyder
Steve

I have one of the first X-5's with the new motor housing (aluminum) and it too has an internal belt...which works flawlessly. I remember old ones with external belts that were no where near as good....
Forum: Living Aboard 01-27-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,203
Posted By Spyder
I've purchased two 20'+ trailerable catboat, and...

I've purchased two 20'+ trailerable catboat, and never taken either out on a trailer. They're just a real pain in the neck to rig on a trailer, but wonderful to sail or live on. Finding a catboat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 3,779
Posted By Spyder
Thank you, this sounds great. How did you...

Thank you, this sounds great. How did you refinish the interior ceiling?
Dick
Forum: Living Aboard 08-10-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,211
Posted By Spyder
Buy a 35' heavy (and quick) boat rather than a...

Buy a 35' heavy (and quick) boat rather than a longer or roomy boat. In the end sailboats are sold by the pound. I think the Pacific Seacraft boats, and anything designed by Carl Alberg (the older...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-09-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,350
Posted By Spyder
The "Ultimate Sole" web site is gone. Rex Marine...

The "Ultimate Sole" web site is gone. Rex Marine said the guy is out of business as the company that mixed it has refused to mix any more. I tried to get it anywhere without success in July.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-04-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,013
Posted By Spyder
No, it's not close at all. Traditional varnish...

No, it's not close at all. Traditional varnish produces a cats-eye beauty that seems to glow. The two part finishes are relatively flat, but are tougher. I use 2 part on areas I can't see while...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-25-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By Spyder
All the above are true, but I'd first check to...

All the above are true, but I'd first check to make sure the bank that doesn't work has a really great ground connection. When that's weak it stops a battery's use completely. I've twice sailed...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-25-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 4,647
Posted By Spyder
My budget friendly choice was to change the...

My budget friendly choice was to change the master switch to an: off, house, both, switch. This is a switch that doesn't shut off a bank to go to another bank. It works perfectly for me as I use...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-25-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,959
Posted By Spyder
Weather cloth

Sunbrella is a miracle fabric in UV exposure, but it isn't very strong. Get them made of canvas if they're to function well.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-05-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3,580
Posted By Spyder
I would suggest going with the new Dneema, or its...

I would suggest going with the new Dneema, or its kin. The meat hooks from wire are terribly painful. Hi-tech line halyards last longer and do not stretch at all: set it and forget it! Racing...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-05-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,708
Posted By Spyder
Places like this, however near or far, are what...

Places like this, however near or far, are what cruising is all about.
Cheers
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 07-05-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,426
Posted By Spyder
All the above at various times, plus another two...

All the above at various times, plus another two (offhand)
!. If we need to boogie to get somewhere with the tide we have a "zero dark :30 wakeup". It might not sound like fun to a non sailor, but...
Forum: Electronics 07-03-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,711
Posted By Spyder
I just followed the same path with the Raymarine...

I just followed the same path with the Raymarine Wheel Pilot and a Garmin. It didn't work until I realized it all needed a good ground.
Cheers,
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-27-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Spyder
......but then again, you CAN do it in the water....

......but then again, you CAN do it in the water. Your bilge pump should clean up after you. Just be fairly quick and don't get flustered. I pull my speed transducer in the water every time I won't...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,184
Posted By Spyder
Hell Gate/East River

Follow the advice given. I've done it over 60 times. You must time the tide, and Long Island Sound is the way to go. You should expect to see small whirlpools at Hell Gate then enjoy a sleigh...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-20-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 3,475
Posted By Spyder
Check all your "grounds." Are they bright and...

Check all your "grounds." Are they bright and tightly connected? A bad ground anywhere in the systems cause strange symptoms, including overheats.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 4,118
Posted By Spyder
Um...how about reevaluating the acquisition...

Um...how about reevaluating the acquisition decision? You say it is much lighter than your original mast, and already has a splice?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,618
Posted By Spyder
Sometimes it's as simple as two owners returning...

Sometimes it's as simple as two owners returning misfitted sails. My sailmaker delivered a new main, and their guy bent it on. It was bit embarrassing to them when we noted it had four sides (gaff...
Forum: Diesel 06-12-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,981
Posted By Spyder
Very good idea. I don't think we realize how...

Very good idea. I don't think we realize how often a hydraulic jack can be useful with boats. My catboat has an 80lb rudder, and needed new bushings. The jack made it a one-man, 20 minute, job...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-02-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,144
Posted By Spyder
Yes, don't go to Napoli/Naples! One famous...

Yes, don't go to Napoli/Naples! One famous travel writer described it as: "A city with a government that would do the Mafia proud."

We just returned from Capri & the Amalfi Coast which is nearby....
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