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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Maiximum, Average, or Minimum?

A strange reply, but I'll count that as a vote in the "minimum holding" category.

Yes, some tests are slanted by manufacturers. Yes, bottoms are extremely variable, such that any claim of holding...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Maiximum, Average, or Minimum?

Solomons Island is deep mud in a temperate area. Off topic.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By pdqaltair
Maiximum, Average, or Minimum?

If we are talking about rope or chain, we report the minimum breaking strength (3-6 sigmas, depending...) and the safe working load (20-33%, depending...). But in anchor test reports we tend to see...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Polyester Rode

Anchor rope, not dock lines. Different subject, though I agree with what you said.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By pdqaltair
Polyester Rode

I've read some discussions regarding possible advantages compared to nylon:
* Less abrasion
* Stronger when wet
* Less fatigue
* Less sling-shot
* Some stretch vs chain (but no catenary)....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 605
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Propane testing

You've been doing it right. MarkSF needs to show a procedure, IMHO.

This, from USDOT. No shaking. As you say, that only confuses the issue. The procedure specifies Snoop, which as a commercial...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   6 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,369
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Tethering singlehanded

Practice with them in fair weather. If you are getting tangled up you are doing something wrong.

The jacklines should be rigged full-time if you single hand.
* How else will you get used to them...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 605
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Propane testing

Leak in the locker. How old are the hoses? Is there anything you did not soap?

You are probably wasting your time with a detector for a leak that small. They are not that sensitive.

Heating of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,482
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Leather Disgrace

They are synthetic leather.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,482
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Leather Disgrace

This depends on the person. Many with arthritis, tendonitis, or other chronic symptoms need them all of the time; people vary considerably in the durability of joints and connective tissues. In my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,482
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Leather Disgrace

What matters most to me in all clothing items is comfort and function. Durability is second. Fashion doesn't make the list.

I find the WM gloves to be the most comfortable, for me. They don't wear...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,104
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

Tag line. The purpose is to give the swimmer and easy way back to the boat if the current is strong. Any boat should have something like this in the MOB kit on the rail anyway. Obviously. A "safety...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,104
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

Yes, removing it remotely is best, always. Swimming isn't much of an option solo either, and I've run into that in a breeze (a hook or knife all ways served)! Moving to a better place is good....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,104
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

Not to be snarky...

Learn to swim well? A 1.5 knot current is not concern with a trail line and common sense. And flotation is NOT going to work. In saltwater we are too buoyant to start.

We...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 4,429
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: good engineering debate

Certified for one time use?

What? This is flatly absurd, and you even explained why; a sailor is not going to replace the system mid-storm (he might need it several times within minutes), and a...
Forum: Learning to Sail   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 246
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: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

^^ BTW, I thought I made it clear that I thought your ground tackle and snubber was optimum for the local conditions (deep water). I wouldn't do anything different there.

I don't think you...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

Typical. A variety of reasons. Interesting.

1. Too small can mean anything, but sometimes it just aint' enough. I don't accept the "too small chain" argument as an axium, since I use 1/4 G4 with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Things you can say about your boat but not your girlfriend?

If my wife every figures out where the money goes I'm in big trouble.

I have to leave her alone when my back flares up.

Most days she's not much to look at, but she cleans up all right.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

Not to be critical (you stayed put during a good blow), but to apply an analytical eye:
1. All of the testing shows that even with 3/8" chain, the shank would have begun lifting at about 300 pounds...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

As a catamaran sailor, I always use a bridle, as do virtually all mutihull sailors. It is dual purpose; with a bridle we are very quiet at anchor, without we sail all over the place. Good multihull...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

I apologize for my rudeness. It was not called for.

Deep water anchoring and the shallows I am used to are very different this way. I'm typically in 6-8 feet and I start snatching up at about 15...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

And you are closed minded, locked into a simple entrenched belief. You avoided the climbing, fishing, and collision analogies, because they were correct. All examples of stronger (stiffer) being...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

Several well-proven options. Each has a following.

1. Rolling hitch.
2. Soft shackle through a link.
3. Mantus chain hook.

I suggest that your snubber is too short. If you want it to be able...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: 60 lb Manson Supreme on PSC 34

Upgrade to a long snubber first. Probably about 3/8" x 45 feet. No cheating on the length (I use double 8mm x 35' climbing rope). Very smooth ride.

I've got way more windage and am perfectly happy...
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