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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-31-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,148
Posted By bmcald
Eyeglasses fall apart

Sounds good, but I wear bifocals and contacts don''t seem to be an option for me.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-29-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,148
Posted By bmcald
Eyeglasses fall apart

My lenses popped out of a pair of plastic frames and a pair or steel frames during a long hot day of sailing. I thought that a pair of "frameless" glasses, where the lenses are held to the ear and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-18-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 1,891
Posted By bmcald
Spade anchor comes up backwards

My spade anchor comes up backward over the roller every time. It has swivels at both ends of about 6 feet of chain between the anchor and the rope. Getting it turned around requires use of the boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-01-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,613
Posted By bmcald
crazy depthfinder

Raymarine responded to my inquiry. They recommend fixing the transducer to the hull with 3M 4200 instead of silicone, which can cause the echo to bounce back.

Is 3M 4200 what everyone uses to fix...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,613
Posted By bmcald
crazy depthfinder

Mike--

What frequency did you set it for readings? I set it for the max, 14 a minute I think, because there is nothing but shallow water in the Great South Bay off Long Island. Any idea if it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,613
Posted By bmcald
crazy depthfinder

Hamiam--there is, its called offsets, so you can get a reading based on the waterline, the bottom of the keel or from the transducer location. I''ve got it set for the bottom of my keel.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,613
Posted By bmcald
crazy depthfinder

Unfortunately, in my case, it didn''t even confirm that I was aground!

The transducer is fixed to the hull with silicone caulking on a level area designed for the purpose, with no core material in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,613
Posted By bmcald
crazy depthfinder

Just installed a Raymarine ST40 depthfinder this spring and find it unreliable. I ran aground in what the depthfinder assured me was 8 feet of water beneath the keel, which draws 3 and a half feet.
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,822
Posted By bmcald
cockpit drain clog

I recently had a clogged cockpit drain and poked out the obstruction with the remote gripper I carry on board. This is about 3 feet long, maybe an eighth of an inch thick, flexible, with a plunger at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 6,414
Posted By bmcald
Cleaning Brass

What the heck is a "crutsik" and how do you remove it?

I''d installed one of those deck prisms with a brass frame, and made the mistake of using black caulking. Stuff smeared across the brass, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-20-2004
Replies: 0
Views: 1,365
Posted By bmcald
Bilge diaper

The bilge in my full-keeled Stone Horse is narrow and deep, only about 4 inches wide most of its length, but opening out--naturally--beneath the engine.

I don''t want to think about how many hours...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-20-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
Posted By bmcald
NOT painting wooden spars--and a delicious tip

As JeffH advised, varnish on a wooden mast lets you see rot that paint would hide.

Good thing I did the dirty work of scraping all the paint off--found lots of long and deep patches of epoxy, a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-14-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 6,414
Posted By bmcald
Cleaning Brass

Try catsup! Test it on a few spots first, as I found that not everything with verdigris reacts the same. Some pieces--chafing guards and eyestraps--came out looking like new, but the turnbuckles look...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-13-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 1,887
Posted By bmcald
stuffing box blues

Wish the boat was big enough to actually be by the side of the yard mechanic while he checks out the stuffing box!

Thanks tho--will see what they can do and tell me and then see about diy after...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-12-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 1,887
Posted By bmcald
stuffing box blues

Lots of good tips here.

The hose clamps on my stuffing box are rusted and I''m still trying to get those off, but wondering if this is something I should get a yard to do while I watch--I''d hate...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-23-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
Posted By bmcald
NOT painting wooden spars--and a delicious tip

Thanks--I''ll go find a good scraper and file.

Flood Co., the outfit that makes Deks Olje, says properly applied coats of #1 and #2 should last a season in the sun, and just require touching up...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
Posted By bmcald
NOT painting wooden spars--and a delicious tip

Jack,

The wear factor is what I''m thinking about too, especially with the mast. The booms are small enough and manageable enough to refinish, but I''m not into mast climbing.

I may be able to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-22-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
Posted By bmcald
NOT painting wooden spars--and a delicious tip

Jeff H''s advice about not painting wooden spars struck home (re earlier thread about painting wooden mast). I laid a measure along the jib and mainsail booms and photographed them with fittings in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-15-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By bmcald
Painting wooden mast

Thanks--I was going to use white silicone...geez after some five years of boat ownership and maintenance I still don''t know much of anything!

Had temps in the 50s today--snow expected tomorrow. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-14-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By bmcald
Painting wooden mast

Thanks for the quick replies!

Jeff, the mast is already painted. I hear what you''re saying, but stripping off all the paint and building up a good varnish from scratch isn''t something I''d want...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-14-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By bmcald
Painting wooden mast

Anyone have experience removing all the hardware from a wooden mast before sanding and painting? It seems to me the screws won''t hold as well once the hardware is reinstalled. Should some sort of...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-08-2004
Replies: 69
Views: 12,764
Posted By bmcald
cape hatteras in february what gear should I bring?

Puget Sound and Great Salt Lake? Did you find a river that Lewis and Clark missed?

Second the motion for a report back after the trip!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-08-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 1,090
Posted By bmcald
First sail of the 2004 season

Jeff,

Thanks for the tale of the first sail. 28 miles in 3 hours! You have to tell us more about Synergy (LOA, beam, draft, etc etc--and do you have photos online here or somewhere?)

My last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-05-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 2,305
Posted By bmcald
Diesel stink

Thanks for the follow up!

If I knew the stink was the only thing keeping my wife from joining me on board more often, I''d spend top dollar in a heart beat. But it ain''t, so I''m looking to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-03-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 2,305
Posted By bmcald
Diesel stink

Thanks for the suggestions. The BilgeBuster looks like the most expensive solution-300-400 bucks, so I''ll try washing down with SimpleGreen. Also think I''ll try one of the auto air purifiers that...
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