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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-06-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 5,787
Posted By merc2dogs
Re: Trailer Reg in California

Agree with taking the home-built registration route.

It is often the easiest and fastest way to get it titled. Check requirements though before going that route though. Some states have a mile...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 676
Posted By merc2dogs
Backer rod and the grips would work fine. ...

Backer rod and the grips would work fine.

Typically I use styrofoam blocks cut to shape and then wrapped with sand paper. It's stiff enough to sand well, but soft enough to conform without...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,721
Posted By merc2dogs
A different way to look at it would be to...

A different way to look at it would be to consider whether you could make your 3k back if it is a total loss.
If the boat is in great shape, and I wanted it, I'd talk to the insurer and see about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-07-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 5,142
Posted By merc2dogs
It's odd, I'm not one to go by looks in anything,...

It's odd, I'm not one to go by looks in anything, but when I look at an old style boat I get excited over them.
New boats, while maybe faster, and better in many ways, just don't spark me. I look...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-27-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 16,086
Posted By merc2dogs
Flap wheels on a 4 1/2 inch sander are what I use...

Flap wheels on a 4 1/2 inch sander are what I use to do the bevels, this type:

Shop 3M: Flap Disc (http://www.shop3m.com/3m-flap-disc-f3mwjbcp0h.html)

Note, these are normally called 'disks'...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-26-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2,367
Posted By merc2dogs
I'd say the deck doesn't leak, would have plenty...

I'd say the deck doesn't leak, would have plenty of evidence on the interior pictures, and everything looks pretty clean inside. No stains on the hull sides, cushions or bright work. And the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-20-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,729
Posted By merc2dogs
WDS, I thought I was the only one who used...

WDS, I thought I was the only one who used lanolin :)

On my old trailer sailor, the fastening point for the cable was worn/rotted so it was elongated with maybe 3/8th inch solid iron between it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,807
Posted By merc2dogs
Also, check to see where the return line is...

Also, check to see where the return line is routed into the tank, it could be disturbing the float. Quick test would be to disconnect the return, and route it into a fuel can.

Generally engine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-19-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,540
Posted By merc2dogs
Sounds like a good fix!

Sounds like a good fix!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-17-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,386
Posted By merc2dogs
can sometimes remove the plugs by drilling a...

can sometimes remove the plugs by drilling a pilot, then threading a screw into them. Other times, can chain drill a few holes in them and pop them out with a chisel
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-15-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,254
Posted By merc2dogs
I plug the screw/bolt holes in my project boats...

I plug the screw/bolt holes in my project boats with seam tape, it's butyl with a cloth or felt backing. For screwed in things, I simply clean the surface and apply the tape, for through bolted...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-13-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 2,275
Posted By merc2dogs
Quartersawn is the way to go reduce expansion and...

Quartersawn is the way to go reduce expansion and contraction, it can also be the prettiest way to cut wood. But due to the way the grain runs it's not always the best for applications that can be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3,648
Posted By merc2dogs
Get some coax from an old antenna that has the...

Get some coax from an old antenna that has the right end for your radio. Cut the jacket off for about two-three feet from the end to expose the braid, separate the braid near the jacket enough to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-08-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,083
Posted By merc2dogs
Not a bad looking boat, posting the size would...

Not a bad looking boat, posting the size would help a bit in narrowing it down. Sits high on the trailer like Lugers do with their mostly external drop keel, but cabin doesn't look like any of them...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-03-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 4,923
Posted By merc2dogs
I'd also advise speaking with a lawyer, as they...

I'd also advise speaking with a lawyer, as they are the only ones who will be able to provide true legal advice.

What I would do, if you are able to document everything you've said, is put up a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-29-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 9,326
Posted By merc2dogs
Most of what I have seen called a tabernacle are,...

Most of what I have seen called a tabernacle are, according to what I grew up knowing, a mast hinge, not a tabernacle. The earlier pic posted by Ulladh is closer to a real tabernacle, with the pivot...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   09-23-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 4,043
Posted By merc2dogs
This post does have some longevity!

This post does have some longevity!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-22-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By merc2dogs
I've always used putty knives and dish soap. The...

I've always used putty knives and dish soap. The putty knives cut the seal, and the dish soap keeps it from re-sticking.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-21-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 772
Posted By merc2dogs
Easy way is toplace slight upwards pressure on...

Easy way is toplace slight upwards pressure on the area to open up the cracks, then clean them out well with acetone etc, Then using thinned gel coat, or thinned paint, fill the cracks up. With...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-20-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 4,859
Posted By merc2dogs
Caveat is that unless the through hulls are far...

Caveat is that unless the through hulls are far enough below the water line, when heeled the water will often have to go uphill to make it out the other side, so will pool in the low side of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-18-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,599
Posted By merc2dogs
There are tons of uses for noodles in a boat, I...

There are tons of uses for noodles in a boat, I used them stuffed under the gunnel of an old dingy as flotation. Also cut 6" lengths from them, run wire through and use it to hold the wire in areas...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-14-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 5,392
Posted By merc2dogs
Think the rental option would be better all...

Think the rental option would be better all around. It would be rather difficult and expensive to equip a bike and have it legal anywhere you go.
A moped would work, I've seen off-road capable...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   09-05-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,849
Posted By merc2dogs
I've never hesitate to buy a boat in need of...

I've never hesitate to buy a boat in need of serious work. Main consideration for me is if I like the boat and it will meet my needs.

The main reason it works for me is primarily because I can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-05-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2,062
Posted By merc2dogs
I'm one who hates sunscreen, simply because I...

I'm one who hates sunscreen, simply because I can't stand oily crap on my skin. (think I'd be used to it since my side business is auto and motorcycle repair)

For me the solution is pretty...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-03-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,292
Posted By merc2dogs
I was wondering about crevice corrosion when I...

I was wondering about crevice corrosion when I responded too.


An option for really large shrink tube, is plastic bottles. Anything that is made of the same plastic that 2 liter pop bottles are...
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