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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 124
Views: 3,492
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Have you stripped the core from the first ~ 20 feet of the polyester DB furler line? This is standard practice and should make it fit easily and wind better.

If you decide to cover it, save the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-14-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Sail Prindle 16 Catamaran without Boom

No.

I owned a P 16 for a good many years. While there are a few beach cats that sail boomless, it requires considerable changes in rigging and sail design. Additionally, controlling shape is more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-10-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 800
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Copper vs. Diesel

Steel vs. aluminum. There is absolutely no reason not to use aluminum for many fittings, with consideration given to galvanic corrosion where relevant. Most filter housings (Raycor) and antisyphon...
Forum: Diesel   05-07-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,081
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Should I dump my fuel?

a. commercial pollishers can clean the fuel, but they cannot remove solids from the bottom. That requires opening the tank at least enough to get a power washer in there, depending on the baffles. If...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-27-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: changing oil

Which ones? A declarative statement that says at least one thing that is counter intuitive and unlikely (additives evaporate at low temperatures--if they did that cold in a few months, they would...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-08-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 3,465
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: What to take, toss, sell or store

Based upon my reading, I suspect that 80% is the return rate within 12 months. The return rate within 10 years is probably >99%. That's still a lot of 10+ year cruisers, just an even larger number of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,574
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Lashing lifelines

Not true for Amsteel. Check the Samson web site. It develops 50% at a 1:1 diameter, and in a loop termination, each leg carries only 50%. This is true because the Ansteel flattens out under load,...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   03-17-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Can You Tell Us About the Chesapeake and Annapolis?

Freezing. This depends greatly on salinity, and varies from one creek to the next. In general, from Deale MD south harbors don't freeze for more than a few weeks, most winters, and too thin to do any...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   03-04-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 841
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Child Harness

Do NOT use spectra for a tether, particularly in the tree fort (very dangerous--probably safer to hit the ground). The sudden jolt of the stop can be VERY injurious, and this practice is specifically...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   02-15-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 8,911
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

At the very least I hope the Coasties gave them a nice 2-hour lecture on their incurable stupidity and duty to never go near the water again. Ever.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-10-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: tying to shore - rock climbing gear?

First, everything Danvon said. I've been climbing for 30 years at a pretty high standard.

1. I would stick to wedges called "stoppers" or their equivalent. Cheap, versatile, durable, and not prone...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 640
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windows in canvas?

Not in canvas, but...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgg4M1CPmg4/VGf9yZbZmqI/AAAAAAAAHL0/x92Noys_Dvk/s1600/helm%2Bview%2Blow%2Bres.jpg

There is one on each side. Generally we only remove the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-22-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Dynamic Rope on Sailboats

I never said I didn't still climb. I've done it a long time and have much surplus gear. Winter is about ice!...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-14-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 2,991
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Trolling

Yo-yos are my preferred method for trolling (mid-Atlantic) I've landed stripers up to 42 inches and countless blues this way. I like that the lure, sinker, and leader can be pre-rigged (important...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-05-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,564
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How frequently Do You Change Your Raw Water Impeller?

Propylene glycol is a leading cause of premature death. Neoprene impellors (most) are NOT compatible with the pink stuff. The manufacturer will tell you this, you can Google it, and I have done...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Interior Carpeting

Though I'm not saying I like carpet on the interior...

... It is often much easier to clean and salvage than would be suposed, and it is not hard to prevent the return of smell and mildew in most...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,015
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: diesel fuel funnel with filter

Try the the 4 x 14 25 micron size. Should flow about 10 gpm gravity when clean with a 1" drain. Easy to make a holder funnel with 4" PVC pipe (the filter lip will sit on the top edge and the bag will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-25-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,708
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Paint for Cabin

I'd go further and say any interior semigloss, though I would opt for a better brand (Bejamin Moore for ex.).

I did a cabin on one boat, and the lockers in another. There's not much point in going...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,935
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: has anyone made a homemade catamaran and cross a ocean yet?

Well, yeah, I kind of hoped it was.

When I first got interested in sailing I saw this home-built powerboat made of steel, with considerably less design and build skill than that example. I wish I...
Forum: Outboard   08-31-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,324
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

Valvetec was another that got all excellent anti-corrosion ratings in the Practical Sailor testing.

With ethanol gasoline I many are under weighting the effect of corrosion on carbs. Aluminum...
Forum: Outboard   08-30-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,324
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

I have 2 Yamaha 9.9 on the same boat (cat)! Easy problem. The low speed circuit is clogged. Removing the carb and cleaning is not difficult (DIY).

a. Draining the carb every time is urban legend....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 544
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Halyards turning black

Strictly speaking, machinists call that smutt, and it is black. More like micron sized particles that retain a black color even after oxidizing. Something to due with the refraction of light than the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-22-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,224
Posted By pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-18-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,784
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers

Slightly off topic, but...

A soaked towel or fire blanket can make a lot of sense in the galley.

Water, unless fuel, 110v, or electroninics are involved, is effective and available. And the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-04-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,116
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

MOB. We are NOT going to introduce a PC acronym for a safety item. GPS units have MOB buttons. Lets not be stupid (yes, I know this is not your fault--this is a public rant:)). If a person yells "man...
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