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Search: Posts Made By: TaylorC
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-26-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 4,083
Posted By TaylorC
One of each

I think a pair of quality 7x50 coated, waterproof and armoured are a must have on board. That's what I reach for first. But for the second set, consider Fujinon 12x32 Techno-Stabi JR.

Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-20-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By TaylorC
Icom M34

ICOM M34 is what I have, or maybe a slightly older model. The feature of an optional battery pack with AAA batteries gives you backup too. Typical ~$150.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-23-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,494
Posted By TaylorC
Double Fisherman's with two figure eights

If you already have two sheets, you can't use a larks head/cow hitch.

This has been discussed before, and this...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-16-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 10,060
Posted By TaylorC
I never see painted shafts, so I don't think you...

I never see painted shafts, so I don't think you forgot to do anything. You should also have zinc collars on your shaft. Yeah - I get barnacles on my shaft also, I knock the big parts off with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-06-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,153
Posted By TaylorC
Riddle of the Sands

Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers - a classic amongst sailing geeks everywhere, it is supposed to have been the first spy novel. Author was executed as a spy in 1922 following the Irish...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-01-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,368
Posted By TaylorC
sport focus

My understanding was that the individually focused eye pieces make binoculars easier to waterproof and has fewer moving parts for higher reliability.

I have a pair with individual focus, and I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 2,831
Posted By TaylorC
Harken's site says 'footblocks carry some of the...

Harken's site says 'footblocks carry some of the highest loads imposed by running rigging' and that may be marketing hyperbole, but you just busted a block. I've also been working my way old circa...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By TaylorC
Scott, I've been doing the same as you - high...

Scott, I've been doing the same as you - high pressure hose from a second refillable tank to the BBQ. I figure the second tank is my backup if my primary tank goes empty for the main propane stove. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,935
Posted By TaylorC
Yeah right :)

I know that's the way its supposed to work, but for me, it seems to work differently. I approach the bouy dead slow, loose sight of it under the bow, have to run up because my deck crew forget to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 2,005
Posted By TaylorC
I really like my Dutchman

I'm a fan of the Dutchman furl/flake, it is a slick system, although to be honest, I have not used lazy jacks. I didn't find Dutchman that hard to adjust, and once adjusted, it stays adjusted. We...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By TaylorC
Dyneema et al changed the rules

Time was when any kind of line had too much stretch to use as halyards, and all halyards were wire, or a wire/rope splice. But the advent of new fibers in ultra high strength low sketch lines has...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-09-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2,926
Posted By TaylorC
Spelling and pronunciation

Spelling and pronunciation was a bit random back when these words were being worked out. The two roots are from the Latin penna "feather" and the Latin pendere "to hang". So the pennant becomes a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By TaylorC
More choices -

I can't believe that those little external power supplies are all that accurate from a voltage standpoint, and with the cost of the type of TV that uses them (less than a few hundred dollars) the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2,926
Posted By TaylorC
For roller reefing too.

I can think of one other use for a 'jib pennant', which is at the top of a short jib on a roller reefing setup to get the top swivel to the top of the fore stay and avoid halyard wrap. Learned that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 7,696
Posted By TaylorC
Front opening fridge door - direct beer access

Lots of these choices work for me too.

The big screen GPS mounted by the wheel was the first thing I added. The new sails have been great. The cascaded outhaul was good. The solar panel was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-29-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 689
Posted By TaylorC

That is a Heritage Marine Nor'Sea27 designed by Lyle Hess.

Its amazing what you can learn on line....

This particular boat, the Queen of Hearts, (not Harts) is a documented vessel, which I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 6,706
Posted By TaylorC
Ride with great care

I have two Dahon Mariners on board - I found the lowest online price a few years ago was Boater's World. Dahon sort of dominates the market for low end folding bikes (and for casual use low end is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,478
Posted By TaylorC
Use a toilet brush

We keep a toilet brush next to each head, wedged back behind the hoses so it stays next to the head. I expect my crew to use it when they engage the head for something serious. Why should either...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 3,828
Posted By TaylorC
Standard sailboat antenna

According to the linked page the wind vane will mount on either the Mentz or the Shakespeare antennas with the thin 3' stainless whip.

That's pretty much the standard type of antenna used on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-05-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 5,114
Posted By TaylorC
Buffing through the gelcoat

Usually I expect to see green and not blue, but it may be just be thin gelcoat as the yard said - the color comes as you get down to end of the gelcoat and begin to let the plain resin show through. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-03-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 7,502
Posted By TaylorC

You have a helix mooring, so you are doing very well so far.

Not mentioned so far is where to attach to the boat.. Some people run to deck mounted cleats or a mooring bit, and then spend a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,420
Posted By TaylorC
Splicing XLS

The length the section with buried tail in a Type II double braid eye splice is 1/3 of a fid, and a fid for 5/16 is 6 3/4". Plus the buried tail is tapered. So the question how far above the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,987
Posted By TaylorC
Go to 4:1

On the traveler you probably have a single with becket. Upgrade that to a double and start the traveler control line at the outboard end, that will give you four to one. It looks as if the inboard...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 4,544
Posted By TaylorC
Trojan T105's are rock solid batteries, and seem...

Trojan T105's are rock solid batteries, and seem to be able to stand a lot of abuse. I'm up to year 7, I was going to replace them this year, but I was out off the dock charger for four days a few...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-12-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 17,677
Posted By TaylorC
Big boat alternatives

I was just looking for an answer to this same question, I did not realize there was a current thread, I posted over at in this seamship thread...
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