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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-16-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 6,860
Posted By gmalan
Get a vacuum packed raft...

I've recently bought a vacuum packed but secondhand liferaft. The liferaft was packed (new) in 2005 and on the canister says it expires 2006. I phoned the servicing shop who originally packed it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-16-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 4,459
Posted By gmalan
I've just bought a Zodiac 6-person...

Having seen a bit of wild weather on the Australian East Coast recently, and most of it not forecast (a line squall can have really nasty wind associated with it!), I've decided that coastal sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-16-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,743
Posted By gmalan
Belt AND suspenders

I use a boom brake AND a tradional boom-end preventer.

A preventer is great, but you really don't want it to be the only thing restraining the boom when the poo hits the proverbial...

Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-16-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 11,250
Posted By gmalan
Another endorsement

I have an ST4000+ wheelpilot on my 33ft Dick Carter sail boat. IMHO it is an essential piece of safety equipment when you are sailing shorthanded, or even just with a smaller crew (i.e. less than 4...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-16-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By gmalan
Sounds like fluxgate wiring

I recently had a similar problem with an ST4000+, and it turned out that it was a wiring problem. During installation the cable between the fluxgate and the control head was joined (soldered with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 12,525
Posted By gmalan
I'd go for a chartplotter over laptop every time

have a chartplotter on the helm on S/V Sunny Spells as well as the ability to run a laptop with Software-on-Board, using the C-Map cartridges from my Navman Chartplotter.

1. The laptop draws...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-15-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 12,808
Posted By gmalan
Alcohol and propane are both dangerous!

I recently had the misfortune of our alcohol stove catching fire (full story in my blog at

Iíve always been uncomfortable with pre-heating the burners on our Maxi-Marine alcohol...
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