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Search: Posts Made By: smurphny
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 152
Views: 4,824
Posted By smurphny
Re: Give AIS a rest

They are always the outriggers for the stabilizer birds on trawlers. Most often though, the birds are not even down yet. They could well wait until they are out of the narrow inlet to lower the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,797
Posted By smurphny
Re: Salts in the oil

While my exhaust has a flapper gizmo, I don't believe these are at all effective in a following sea. I made up some tapered foam plugs for the exhaust with an eye bolt through them that can be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 3,205
Posted By smurphny
Re: Pros and cons for a double ender/Canoe Stern

The intuitive advantage of a double-ender or CCA era full keel boat is its diminished exposure of surface area to a following sea. Having breaking waves slip under the stern with minimal offset to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By smurphny
Re: New "boat":) Project

Around $450. I did waste some resin, not wanting to run short in the middle of the glassing. Also have cloth left over because it's cheaper when you buy >25 yds. Used 2.25 sheets of 2" thick Dow blue...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By smurphny
Re: New "boat":) Project

I'm certainly no expert at this kind of thing but I used some regular EPS insulation foam, cut the side profile and epoxied the long pieces together to make up the 30" width. That formed a blank with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By smurphny
New "boat":) Project

Well, being that my boat is down south, have attempted my first surfboard construction (actually a paddleboard for my daughter). This has nothing to do with sailing other than that the wind may blow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-14-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,007
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

If it's only light interior, unstressed items attached to the new parts, the PVC would be great but if you're attaching any stressed exterior hardware like grab rails or bases for blocks, solid glass...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-13-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,007
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

If there are any pieces of hardware screwed into it, I'd glass those spots solid. That would be much stronger and keep water from eventually getting in. Neither foam nor PVC will hold screws with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,007
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

That's the respirator I use and have not had any problem. Have never used epoxy other than West System because it has always worked so well. Epoxy, as you probably know, can be nasty. When I forget...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,007
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

Some pix would help. There's no way to venture any advice on structural elements without some kind of picture or specs. Those temps are great for epoxy work. I wouldn't use fast or slow hardener...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: Mooring Line

The larger the better. Maybe get yourself some hard lay 1" three strand and splice in a s.s. thimble. Something like this:Extra Heavy Duty Thimble...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-21-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Clawing off the ol'lee shore

Being that any sailboat should be able to beat against the wind at some angle, "clawing" off would seem more a function of how the boat is handled than any particular hull design. Some will be better...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-13-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 33,436
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

Mark is right on the money. Nobody learns anything when the "politically correct" police start deleting valid opinion and speculation.

Whether it was a factor here or not, a leaking boat is a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 481
Posted By smurphny
Re: One Motor mount or all ?

You're going to need to realign the coupling so I'd replace all of them if more than 5 yrs old. No sense doing it again in a short time unless the other mounts look to be in excellent shape.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-12-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 33,436
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The forces generated by even a partially submerged sail are huge. Something is going to break if the sail dips in. One aspect of planning a preventer or anything with the potential for this kind of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-11-2014
Replies: 2,221
Views: 139,574
Posted By smurphny
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Mike, when I take the wheels, pedals, and seat off and loosen the handlebars so they are in the same plane as the frame, it is easy to stow somewhere. I usually leave it apart in the dink and...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-10-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 33,436
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

There has never been unbiased reporting. Whether for dollars or ideology, news media has always been slanted. It's why we need educated readers, readers who have been taught how to weigh the words...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 2,221
Views: 139,574
Posted By smurphny
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

That looks like the one I added last year to the two 60w units I had already. They all work just fine, no problems. All w/ plain cheap regulators that came with them. There's always someone to sell...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-28-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,810
Posted By smurphny
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

The term "engineer" had a different meaning back when capability rather than a piece of paper determined who designed things but many of the great engineers also had a degree from a good college. The...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-28-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,810
Posted By smurphny
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

It seems like everything is built with less attention to quality than to profit nowadays. It's puzzling because there are those few companies that have figured out, as the few have throughout...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-25-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,434
Posted By smurphny
Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

That's exactly why I did the build-in. Couldn't find a ready-made unit that would come anywhere near fitting in the small space. It's the standard 5 gallon spackle bucket with a bent 1/2" round pc....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-15-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By smurphny
Re: Cape May Canal;Kent Narrows

It's kinda outdated info. but I went through the Cape May Canal last May. Tide was around dead low when I hit the Del. Bay side but had no trouble with 5.5' draft. Depth finder read around 7.5' min....
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-08-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 33,436
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

I would think twice about taking very young children on an offshore voyage because of all the reasons cited by folks here but that would by my decision. It was their decision to sail and theirs...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-03-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,149
Posted By smurphny
Re: Mounting hardware on Boom

I attached some of my mast steps with 1/4" rivets. A gun like this:http://http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-4-Inch-Heavy-Duty-Riveter/dp/B00061SFDM/ref=pd_cp_hi_1 is needed for large rivets. A...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-03-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,149
Posted By smurphny
Re: Mounting hardware on Boom

Definitely drill and tap as described. When you drill, make sure to mark your hole locations and center punch before trying to drill. Even better, get the first hole tapped and then mount the block...
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