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Search: Posts Made By: capta
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By capta
Re: Help me please, advice also helpful

If you've read the thread "Voyaging on $500 per month" then you know it just doesn't take all that much money to sail away, forever. So quit your job, sell the house and car and start collecting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By capta
Re: cost to seal through hulls and install a new backing plate

If I were you, I would use bronze pipe plugs on the thru hulls you do not intend to use and close the valves. You will seriously devalue the boat by removing them.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,134
Posted By capta
Re: Stainless/Teak swim platforms from China...

Yea, yea, yea. Chinese this is crap, Chinese that is crap.
Well, 8 months ago we bought some good old USA hot dip galvanized chain and already the galvanizing is gone on a good bit of it and it's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By capta
Re: Advice Needed!

Most diesels are pretty hardy creatures. If it has lubrication, air, fuel and cooling water, it should run fine. Leaking oil is not a problem as long as you carry plenty of oil to keep her topped up....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-26-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 622
Posted By capta
Re: Kerosene fuel as paint thinner

I'm in a similar position, only far from a paint store where I can buy polyurethane paint thinner at any price. If the composition of a paint is oil based, then I think it's OK to use turps or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-24-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,929
Posted By capta
Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

Tom Neal lived on Suvarov atoll, much as you are thinking of doing. You should read his book, An Island to Oneself. Most of the islands that are out there which you could actually live on in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-21-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 2,541
Posted By capta
Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

Even as a professional mariner, I've always carried the towing insurance from Boat US, since it became available. The CG will assist as far as lifesaving goes, but they will not tow or make much of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By capta
Re: fresh water pump system

Any of the online marine stores will have auto-pressure water pumps for sale for around $100.00. Pick pretty much any one you wish. This is not at all a critical match up. You might want to pay...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,163
Posted By capta
Re: Clawing off the ol'lee shore

On the more traditional boat, which is most likely a great deal heavier, I would think that the weight is an advantage, if the seas are up. Being able to maintain forward momentum when slamming into...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-18-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 993
Posted By capta
Re: Removing a birds nest behind the panel!

My biggest question is what are the chances of getting water in this bilge? It looks dry, but should you take on water in some quantity, will you then have to redo all those electrical connections?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-17-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By capta
Re: Stern Tie line recommendations for mini-cruiser

Though 1/4" polypro will certainly hold your boat. it is very small to handle and grip comfortably. It has amazing stretch and could allow you to move some distance without parting, in a blow, which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,478
Posted By capta
Re: Why don't boats have headlights?

Do you honestly think any pair of headlights would be of any value at 40 knots? They would have to be incredibly far reaching lights. Even holding a big Q-Bean light, I'm not comfortable going even...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,115
Posted By capta
Re: Wind and Sails

There is a wonderful little book on sailing called Royce's Sailing Illustrated. It is not preachy, it is very informative and fun to read. It covers everything from tying a boat up to sailing, in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-03-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,101
Posted By capta
Re: Mounting hardware on Boom

There are dozens of "tap and drill size" charts online.
I have never used the tef-gel, but I do use a neverseize product specifically made for alloy instead of steel. It works for years on ss in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By capta
Re: Before putting parts back on, caulk? or..

There is this handy dandy invention for marine bedding of just the sorts of items you are speaking of. It is called, get this, "bedding compound" and it comes in a can and can be applied with a putty...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-02-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By capta
Re: Rigging knives

A friend gave me this Wichard, after completing the Whitbread Round the World race (he, not I). One evening it was laying around the boat when the lights went off. Seeing it across the cabin I could...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-27-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 500
Posted By capta
Re: Genny sleeve

Your boat is what, 23'? On bigger boats, it's not quite that easy, or safe to "Drop it on deck and stuff it in a deck bag", especially in heavy weather conditions. My genoa weighs something over 200...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,644
Posted By capta
Re: Alternative to Solar

Since I've got a bigger boat than many on here, size it not much of a concern to me. If this unit is a one time install, requiring no maintenance and removal/repair/re-installation, then weight isn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By capta
Re: CNN on Rogue Waves

Again. I will repost my experiences regarding rogue waves. I have read quite a bit about the sat info on rogue waves, which I find very interesting, but often unverifiable, beyond a momentary spike....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-25-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By capta
Re: Pearson 30 Stuffing Box

Pretty much all older stuffing boxes are bronze and the corrosion is probably all surface. Unless you've had a great deal of electrolysis, that bronze fitting should outlast the boat. A wire brush...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-22-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,102
Posted By capta
Re: So why leave?

If you think Marathon is Paradise, then you haven't been cruising very long or far. The reefs are dead, the politics of the Keys are just ridiculous and everything is outrageously overpriced. And,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 635
Posted By capta
Re: Thimble necessary for mainsheet?

When the braided line first came out, Sampson would send reps around to yacht clubs, etc. and give splicing lessons. I just couldn't get it and hated the stuff. When I purchased this boat, one of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-15-2014
Replies: 401
Views: 18,114
Posted By capta
Re: Rescued at Sea - Are You Prepared?

I am never prepared to abandon my boat. I will work and fight, until I have to step UP, into whatever I am going to get into, before I will abandon my boat. Saving your boat should be your priority,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-13-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 753
Posted By capta
Re: What's the best was to seal my stanchion bases?

I'm a little confused why no one (Rhapsody-NS27 has it, but hasn't used it yet) uses the one product specifically designed for bedding things on boats, any more. Bedding compound. I've used it for...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-11-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 9,328
Posted By capta
Re: Bounty captain Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' blamed for sinking

Unfortunately, there are very few at the USCG who know anything at all about sailing, sailing vessels and especially square rigged vessels.
I have gone through numerous COI's on tall ships, from a...
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