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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,739
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Has anybody towed kayaks behind....

Did it once.

Won't do it twice.

Ranks up there with stupid human tricks!

Skywalker
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-28-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 519
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Encapsulated Chainplates - Is it a deal braker?

Don't forget to check the backstay too. My T27 had encapsulated chainplates, including the backstay. Depending on your skill and inclination, it is a doable. Hiring someone will be very expensive....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-08-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 5,352
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Lifespan of a Diesel Engine

The comments suggesting that hard use, full warm up have been echoed by every diesel mechanic I've known.

It is ironic that most sailors use their engines to get in and out of the harbor, in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-07-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Cost of a pushpit?

Take some measurements and post. Many of us have parts lying around.

I have a stern rail behind my shed.

Skywalker
Forum: Chartering   03-05-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,122
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Interesting read...

My family owns a house on Cepholonia, where my father spent some of his childhood. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a family dispute over ownership. It is my hope we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-21-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,144
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Which 27 ??

Even though this issue has been pounded to death, I'll say it one more time.

An older Atomic 4 engine should not be a deal breaker in my opinion. The support, availability of parts, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-16-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: whisker pole topping lift - to mast or cockpit?

I agree with Jann.

Did the same on my Tartan 27. Put a small block just north of the spreaders. Simple solution, works well. I cleat it off at the mast.

Skywalker
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-06-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,048
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Greenport Summer Slip Marina Recommendations

You could drive to Maine quicker!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-06-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,804
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Cockpit Draining - Below waterline?

My 1966 Tartan 27 has two drains that go straight to the bottom, exiting through thru hulls. I replaced the hoses, double clamp them, and forget them. Luckily, in an emergency, they are easily...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-19-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 4,147
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: What is the life span of a chart plotter???

I have an old Garmin color plotter, over 10 years old. I sent it to Garmin for repairs. For a hundred bucks, they replaced the color screen, fixed a crack here and there. It is as good as new.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,348
Posted By SkywalkerII
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,348
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

The bilge on my T27 is under the engine, too. After all these years, the one thing I have not done is pull the engine.

I'd love to put a drain down there, too. It would be helpful now for my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-30-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,348
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

Abuse,

Thanks, that's another great option.

I just finished scraping and painting my trusty A4, so cleaning the bilge is next on the to do list. Once I'm up to my elbows, I'll take accurate...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,348
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

Brian

Thanks for the link. They have the perfect product - 2.5 inches wide!

Bingo
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,348
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

I have a similar problem on my Tartan 27. The bilge is split by the centerboard trunk, making it very narrow. I've been looking for a pump that has a hose fitting for the uptake, figuring I'll...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-22-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,592
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Ablative anti-fouling paint, One coat or ten?

Fstbttms,

I wish my area was low fouling! And if this is, I'd hate to see what is high fouling.

I typically clean my bottom every couple of weeks. I use a soft brush and rarely have any hard...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-22-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,592
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Ablative anti-fouling paint, One coat or ten?

An additional thought...

How often do you clean the bottom. If you are a racer, you are going to polish pretty often, removing some paint. If you are a cruiser, you will clean less often.

As...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-18-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: loosening jib halyard on roller furling

I'm sure few will agree, but I still use wire/rope halyard. When I bought my T 27 in 2001, it still had the original 1966 halyard! I figured, what the hell, it lasted that long, I'll stick with it....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-10-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,585
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Dinghy and Engine Choices

Like asdf38, I've gone through several dinghies for my Tartan 27. Started with a 7 foot fiberglass. Too small, not stable enough. Went to a 8.6 inflatable and 2 hp honda outboard. It would fit on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-10-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,693
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Are you a dock person or a mooring person?

MaineSail, I've never seen anything like those boats with dock damage. Damn. I'm a mooring guy, so I didn't need persuading, but that's an eye opener.

Barry and I are in the same club, same...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-25-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,452
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

From my point of view, short tacking is in the same zip code as sailing on and off your mooring. A test of skill, forethought, and adventure that brightens my day. Turns the ordinary into fun.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-30-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,749
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Repowering a Pearson 31

Drop by the Moyer Marine Forum. Great bunch of guys. Straight shooters even though they (we) love our A4s. Many have extra blocks, total spare engines, etc. Take some pictures, get some...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-15-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Fairing interior fiberglass after core replacement

Wow, it amazes me how many of us are crazy enough to do this job. Great work.

I did my re core from the top, so my sanding and fairing was physically easier. I used West System with low density...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-11-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,586
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Rigging knife

I carry the stainless version of the Myerchin. It has a sheep's foot tip, not a sharp point. Same scabbard and marlin spike. Great knife.

Skywalker
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-06-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 5,454
Posted By SkywalkerII
Re: Fresh water tank vent location options

My Tartan 27's fresh water tank vents inside the anchor locker, FWIW.

SKywalker
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