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Search: Posts Made By: arvicola-amphibius
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-17-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 2,733
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: How big is too big for one man?

The great Sir Francis Chichester apparently said that a boat needed to be one foot long for every year of a man's age to provide the necessary comfort.
That means I need a 68 footer!
However I know...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 2,707
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: How do you tow your inflatable RIB?

Seriously though - and before the OP arcs up about thread drift - I do sometimes tow my small, flat bottom inflatable. It is only 6 ft long so not the most seaworthy thing. In fact its name is 'Wet...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 2,707
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: How do you tow your inflatable RIB?

A dinghy under tow has multiple uses, a few of which are:
Fender - coming alongside that barnacle encrusted jetty or gnarly old wharf, as you slow down, you will find that the dinghy has a tendency...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 3,572
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Stuffing Box Hose Blues

If there is too much free play in the shaft, you really should replace the cutless bearing while you are at it. Although it can be a bugger of a job, the consequences of not doing it include...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 660
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: seeking rudder blister repair advice

Drill a small hole in the base of the rudder at its lowest point. If water runs out there, you really need to overhaul the whole rudder before sailing again.
If not, and assuming nothing is loose,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-25-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 3,417
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Theft-proofing your tender and outboard...

A mean dog works well.
I had a great Staffy-Kelpie cross who went everywhere with me. She would sit in the dinghy, or in the back of the pickup truck with outboard motor, tools, sails etc laying...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-02-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,917
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Your anchor is too big

I am very happy with a Manson Supreme correctly sized for the boat. Of equal importance is the length of chain. For a 29 foot boat I carry 150 feet of chain, plus another 150 feet of nylon warp....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-03-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Full refit or Partial

Even if you buy new, unless you buy a real high-end boat, it is unlikely to be fit to sail off into the wide blue yonder straight from the builder. So you will be adding ground tackle, extra sails,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-24-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,433
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Last but not least, I need an anchor

I have used genuine CQR, genuine Bruce and now Manson Supreme. The Manson is by far the best and the only one of the three that works in weed.
As for attaching it to chain, stay away from fancy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-03-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 4,425
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: A 60 foot sailboat for $2,600 found on Craigslist

If the owner PAID me double his asking price, and I figured there were a few thousand bucks in scrap parts to salvage, still I would not take it on.

The cost of moving and disposing of so much...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-24-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,055
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Mooring depth? deep enough?

Did you check the depth at low water spring tide?

The Brisbane River bottom is mostly mud, but it is also littered with debris from old moorings and previous floods. Everything up to and including...
Forum: Diesel 10-21-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 1,382
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Water in Cylinders

That is a great outcome. Now take it out and run it hard for half an hour to get it really hot. Then bring it in, cooling down slowly. Immediately do another oil and filter change, run it for...
Forum: Diesel 10-21-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Where'd my oil go?

Three things to consider:

1. When you did the oil change did you run the engine for a while, then let it settle before dipping it?

2. Do you dip the oil when the engine is cold, or hot? If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-21-2013
Replies: 134
Views: 6,571
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

The only challenge I would find in driving an RV would be a challenge to my patience. Meeting up with all those other senile people doing the same thing. Now, if you could get them (the senile...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-21-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,212
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Team sinks two pirate ships :)

Many Somalis are so desperate and so accustomed to brutality that this won't deter others from piracy. They are really tough people, for whom life is cheap.
I just finished reading a book called...
Forum: Diesel 10-18-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 875
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Gas vs. Diesel

Provided that you can get gasoline in your cruising area, and your insurance premium is not too loaded as a result, I would be more interested in the overall condition of the boat than whether the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-18-2013
Replies: 134
Views: 6,571
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

Depends on how much importance you place on delaying brain atrophy. An RV is hardly going to challenge the mind. A boat, on the other hand, will always have something to fix, plus outsmarting wind...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-18-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 884
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Sadler 29 - a great little yacht!

Blatant advertising. Plus a touch of 'FIGJAM' (...k I'm Good, Just Ask Me)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-15-2013
Replies: 66
Views: 13,485
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: yanmar manual crank?

Back to the original question. About 20 years ago I had a boat with the very early 2GM which was rated at 13 hp. Using the decompression levers I was able to hand crank that baby and had to do so on...
Forum: Diesel 10-15-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: How much water in the fuel filters is Ok?

Conventional wisdom seems to go with keeping your fuel tanks topped off. That has always been my practice and it is not often that I ever get more than about two ml of water out of the glass bowl in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,295
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Replacing Engine Driven Water pump with electric

As well as the obvious reliability of an engine driven pump, something else to consider is that such a pump delivers a volume of cooling water proportional to engine RPM. The engine manufacturer...
Forum: Diesel 10-02-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Power of 2GM20 raw water pump?

Yeh, I suppose there is a bit of a siphon effect helping it, though not much as the dock floats about 18 inches above the boat's waterline, and the hose must climb up over the deck first.
I am very...
Forum: Diesel 10-02-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,107
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Yanmar 2gmf stuck in reverse gear

Don't try to shift it without the engine running and don't put it in gear with the prop spinning while sailing, as it can jam and do other nasty things to the gearbox innards.
Read the manual to see...
Forum: Diesel 10-02-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Power of 2GM20 raw water pump?

I have set up my 2GM with a similar T piece, but do flush it at the dock. When done I pull the hose off at the dock tap with the engine still running and walk back to shut the engine down. The aim is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-26-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 3,636
Posted By arvicola-amphibius
Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

I have 'done' the East and West coasts of Australia, including the Whitsundays. Plus Fiji, the Virgin Islands and a little of Scotland and the Med.

Without a doubt, my new 'patch' of Tasmania...
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