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Search: Posts Made By: cpcohen
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 03-23-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 2,435
Posted By cpcohen
With a $10K budget, it's easy to spend more on...

With a $10K budget, it's easy to spend more on "extra gear" than on the boat! Just a warning . . .

A solar panel, and regulator, will keep your battery charged at anchor without forcing you to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-22-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
Posted By cpcohen
Think about getting a ham license. If you're...

Think about getting a ham license. If you're planning to have an SSB, the material you have to master will come in very handy.

The Morse-code requirement is gone, so you'd just have to learn...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-22-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By cpcohen
Taking a Hunter 27 offshore, when you don't have...

Taking a Hunter 27 offshore, when you don't have to, is dumb, IMHO.

I did Toronto / Miami / Toronto in a 24' sailboat. Followed the ICW all the way. There was about 100 miles in the Atlantic off...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-22-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,382
Posted By cpcohen
You won't melt the core -- it's copper wire. But...

You won't melt the core -- it's copper wire. But you might melt the insulation of the connector, or the insulation of the coax.

Take a look at the "eHam.net" reference.

You need a soldering...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-22-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 3,882
Posted By cpcohen
I rigged a retractible set of lazyjacks. ...

I rigged a retractible set of lazyjacks. Including the line, it was probably about $75 for a 36' boat. Line, s/s rings, s/s u-straps, two cheek blocks, two plastic cleats -- it adds up.

The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-21-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,511
Posted By cpcohen
There's a problem with using a "ram-based"...

There's a problem with using a "ram-based" autopilot connected to the steering quadrant.

You'll be turning the steering wheel along with the quadrant. It will be geared-up by the rack ratio. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-14-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,789
Posted By cpcohen
Or, connect a "known-good" antenna on a short...

Or, connect a "known-good" antenna on a short length of new coax, and see if people can hear you.

If they can hear you, your problem is in the existing antenna or coax or connectors. If they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-14-2007
Replies: 1,294
Views: 131,311
Posted By cpcohen
Solar panels _work_ on any boat. They are not a...

Solar panels _work_ on any boat. They are not a "complete solution" for most boats.

From experience -

We have a Morgan 36 Out Island, without refrigeration. We have a computer, heavily-used...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By cpcohen
Both XM and Sirius free-standing receivers will...

Both XM and Sirius free-standing receivers will transmit (at very low power) on the FM broadcast band. _Any_ FM radio will receive that signal. You don't need a "Sirius-ready" or "XM-ready"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,382
Posted By cpcohen
Take a look at: ...

Take a look at:

http://www.eham.net/articles/15935

It's very thorough.

Charles
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-09-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By cpcohen
"The Warm, Dry Boat" is excellent! We...

"The Warm, Dry Boat" is excellent!

We got some thin foam insulation at Home Depot, and cemented it to the inside of several lockers on our boat. It worked very well.

You also need some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-09-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 5,987
Posted By cpcohen
Take some sailing courses !!!!! Find a...

Take some sailing courses !!!!!

Find a sailing school, do a Basic Keelboat Sailing class and a Coastal Nav class. If there's a "Bareboat Charter Certification", get that as well.

You'll...
Forum: Living Aboard 03-05-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By cpcohen
Sorry - that document is at: ...

Sorry - that document is at:

http://www.severnriveryachtclub.org/articles/sanitation.htm

Marine Sanitation: Fact vs. Folklore
by Peggie Hall (used to be the head of Peal Products, bought by...
Forum: Living Aboard 03-05-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By cpcohen
Take a look at: ...

Take a look at:

http://www.severnriveryachtclub.org/articles/sanitation.htm

You want a holding tank that lets the poop degrade _aerobically_. So there has to be air on top of the waste.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-03-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,174
Posted By cpcohen
I've used my towing insurance a few times in the...

I've used my towing insurance a few times in the past 10 years, in about 5,000 miles of cruising. Yes, it's been worthwhile -- even a short tow is expensive. And the time we needed a diver to free...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-28-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,183
Posted By cpcohen
If you don't want to run a conduit: Put...

If you don't want to run a conduit:

Put three plastic wire ties along the coax, every few feet. The ends will stick out and hold it more-or-less in the center of the mast. You don't want it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-28-2007
Replies: 34
Views: 2,625
Posted By cpcohen
Oops -- forgive me for posting after reading only...

Oops -- forgive me for posting after reading only Page 1 !

Charles
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-28-2007
Replies: 34
Views: 2,625
Posted By cpcohen
You're getting into deep waters! The...

You're getting into deep waters!

The antenna coupler isn't _integrated_ with the FS1503EM -- it's a separate box, which needs to be mounted at the base of the antenna.

FWIW, the price at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,269
Posted By cpcohen
The Morgan Out Island 41 has two _big_ cabins --...

The Morgan Out Island 41 has two _big_ cabins -- easy to fit 2 people in each, no crowding. There's probably an extra berth or two in the main salon. It's big enough for real cruising with four...
Forum: Living Aboard 02-25-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,114
Posted By cpcohen
FWIW -- You won't learn much from a single,...

FWIW --

You won't learn much from a single, small panel "under test".

You really need more information -- ultimately, an "energy budget" for the boat. Then, you figure out how much of that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-23-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,953
Posted By cpcohen
It's an unstressed joint -- good caulk _should_...

It's an unstressed joint -- good caulk _should_ be enough, IMHO. [Others may disagree.]

Use sheet-metal screws, short enough so they don't extend into the cabin.

Drill the holes in the outer...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-21-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By cpcohen
We are Canadian based. When we left Vancouver...

We are Canadian based. When we left Vancouver BC, headed south, we got a worldwide policy (International Travellers series, I think) from MultiNational Underwriters. To keep the cost reasonable, it...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 02-21-2007
Replies: 43
Views: 6,425
Posted By cpcohen
The fog will find you eventually in the Gulf...

The fog will find you eventually in the Gulf Islands and St of Georgia. It's found me often enough.

To _not_ have a reflector is foolhardy -- it's got a high "safety per dollar" value.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-21-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,228
Posted By cpcohen
I'd be inclined to change the raw-water impeller....

I'd be inclined to change the raw-water impeller. A year of sitting around, in one position, can easily crack the base of a blade.

It's easier to put in a new one, than to dig pieces of the old...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-20-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,005
Posted By cpcohen
I put an exhausting blower in my diesel-engined...

I put an exhausting blower in my diesel-engined boat. You wouldn't believe how hot the exhausted air is! I'm very happy, thinking of how much cooler everything in the engine room is now.

You...
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