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Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   6 Hours Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,484
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Production Boats, Grid System Discussion

Thank you Ed - "not" was supposed to be "now" and spellcheckers (the one on the computer and the one between my ears) didn't catch it. I fixed post #23 and appreciate your catch.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   13 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Good Sail Loft, NJ or Annapolis

Brad has managed a number of repairs for me. Dave Flynn did a check sail with me on a new 135 on a February day that was 19F when we left the dock.
Forum: Provisioning   13 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By SVAuspicious
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Good Sail Loft, NJ or Annapolis

I've used a lot of sailmakers in Annapolis. Quantum has never ever let me down. I have lots of Quantum stories and they are all good.
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   1 Day Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,484
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Production Boats, Grid System Discussion

Absolutely - design quality and build quality and maintenance quality all play very important roles.

What is generally considered a grid-built boat compares to a stick-built boat much as a house...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Day Ago
Replies: 106
Views: 6,895
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: The danger of GPS as the sole means of navigation.

Exactly. It is quite hard to miss a continent. *grin* I am often pleased to find the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay but am never concerned about losing North America.

On the other hand seeing a tiny...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   2 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,484
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Production Boats, Grid System Discussion

I would put it differently.

It is hard to beat a grid for strength. It needs to be structurally significant. That means it has to be attached. While possible to mess up glassing in it is hard....
Forum: Living Aboard   2 Days Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,219
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Cokina Sheet with Magma grill

Current US NIH guidance is more conservative. They recommend not allowing Teflon to exceed 200C (390F) to avoid PTFE-toxicosis. As I understand it a single exposure is not the problem; it is...
Forum: Electrical Systems   2 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 845
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: LMR240 versus LMR 400 - is it really that big a difference?

True. There are many sources of attenuation (loss) other than VSWR. High VSWR just makes things worse.

For many years when we used vacuum tubes, at least in finals, concerns about SWR were low. We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,346
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: In praise of production boats!

Thank you. Jon was a good friend. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. We swapped customers a few times. We spent a lot of time on the phone over the years, especially when he had a project...
Forum: Electronics   2 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 936
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Bare Minimum Electronics

Hullo Kevin,

Lots of thoughts in this thread. Here are mine:

0. (Since not electronics) Charts
1. Depth sounder
2. VHF
3. Safety beacon (EPIRB or PLB)
4. Electronic plotter
5. Radar
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   2 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,484
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Production Boats, Grid System Discussion

Probably none. The behavior of the materials are well understood. If testing was to be performed what kind of loads under what kind of cycles would you use? The approach is very limiting and the...
Forum: Electrical Systems   3 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 845
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: LMR240 versus LMR 400 - is it really that big a difference?

Hi Mark,

I know John well, well enough to know that calling him at this moment is not a good idea.

My data came from peer-reviewed journals, mostly IEEE.

BNC and SMR connectors are much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,346
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: In praise of production boats!

I should have pointed out: I would be just as proud of my boat if she were an Allied Chance 30-30 named "Chancey." A moment of silence please for Jon Eisberg in whose absence for whom I attempt to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,346
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: In praise of production boats!

I don't think you are pointing at me George. My boat is no secret. Still my thoughts may be relevant. Maybe. Perhaps I am just rambling. Again. I sail a lot of boats on delivery and so some of my...
Forum: Electrical Systems   3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 377
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Why Xantrex Freedom 458 not designated for marine use

Friends don't let friends buy Xantrex.
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 632
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Restaurants around the Chesapeake

Exactly. Sometimes the view is even inside the restaurant!

I left out the Rusty Scupper which has some nice views of Baltimore Harbor. Sunday brunch is pretty good.

I accept that the intent...
Forum: Electrical Systems   3 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 845
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: LMR240 versus LMR 400 - is it really that big a difference?

Pardon my ignorance on terminology, but could you please explain this some more? I don't understand what you mean by "a long pigtail" that would go down the mast. I thought a pigtail is a type of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,346
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: In praise of production boats!

I agree. It never occurred to me that my boat was anything but a production boat. Sure I had some changes made but that is no different than ordering an option on a new Ford or Chevrolet. Outbound's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,346
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: In praise of production boats!

Agreed. The problem is when people confuse fact with opinion, and worse when they think their own opinion is worth more than a fact. *sigh* Saying "the fact is" does not turn an opinion into a fact....
Forum: Electrical Systems   4 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 845
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: LMR240 versus LMR 400 - is it really that big a difference?

Agreed. The foam melts faster than the plastic. Equipment and skill make more of a difference.



Not if you can avoid it. Almost every transition means two connectors and an adapter. If you shop...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   4 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 632
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Restaurants around the Chesapeake

Fair enough. That still leaves open what constitutes a view - some of us expect large expanses of open water and others want something to look at. *grin* It does also bring into question whether you...
Forum: Electrical Systems   5 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 845
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: LMR240 versus LMR 400 - is it really that big a difference?

I usually run coax down the mast (*grin*) since more often than not I run new coax with the mast up. Make your masthead connection on the ground and take the whole bit up the mast.

I am in accord...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 593
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Shipping small boats by rail?

Just to address the rail issues again a classmate of mine is an engineer working suspension systems for automobiles. He tells me that shipping loads by rail are the most severe a car will ever see...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 861
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Grinder position for offshore.

I respectfully suggest that this is part of your problem. Radar/chartplotter with AIS should be (<-opinion) under the dodger. The boat is sailing under autopilot or vane and you are huddled under the...
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