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Search: Posts Made By: Brent Swain
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 109
Views: 6,315
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

Washing a cup ,for me, is just holding it under the outlet and stepping on the foot pump a few times.
Keep it simple!
Never had refrigeration. Just learned how to get along without it. Not That...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-20-2014
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The most common and biggest screwup on steel boats is too little paint on the inside. I have seen that kill far to many steel boats, far before their time, especially Foulkes and Fehr boats. Inside...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,248
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Climbing into boat on a Mooring

When boarding from a dinghy or kayak, a short midships line on the dinghy or kayak, tied tightly to the rail of the boat, means you can put as much weight as you please on that side, with zero chance...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2014
Replies: 2,320
Views: 149,721
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Dodrums are huge west of Panama. Going south til you hit the SE trades, then via Marquesas may be easier. Doldrums are much narrower north of the Marquesas.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-20-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,723
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Alternative to Solar

I once read about an engineer crossing the Atlantic who used a larger copy of the mechanism in a self winding watch to charge his batteries. It was so powerful that he had to disconnect it most of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-17-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,670
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Thug proofing

I only once, in over 40 years of cruising, Had a fancy set of oars. They were quickly stolen in Frisco Bay. So I wandered around the beach and found enough scrap wood to make a pair. I've built them...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 2,320
Views: 149,721
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

We used to call guys with a female crew "Lucky".

We used to!

All the "Lucky "guys have long since been steered into the urban real estate market, while I have spent my life doing exactly ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2014
Replies: 2,320
Views: 149,721
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

The higher a priority you give booze, the less likely you will be to be able to cruise on less than $500 a month. Cruising on less than $500 a month is no problem; cruising on less than $500 a month,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-12-2014
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

On the last boat I built, I used a new idea for putting the bulkhead tabs in. I strung a piece of rigging wire from the waterline at the bow to the waterline at the stern tightened with a comealong ....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,993
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Condensation inside sailboat...

I have never had a condensation problem on my boat in any weather , thanks to an inch and a half of spray foam, despite living aboard in all weather in BC winters. Insulation on everything is the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-29-2013
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

All our welds are full penetration. The chine and centreline edges come together at an angle, leaving a wide open, roughly 25 degree angle to fill. Weld the inside then gouge out the slag from the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-29-2013
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I bought a cheapo sandblaster for $20. You hook one end up to a compressor and stick the tube in a bucket of dry screened sand ( Thru a window screen works) You can rent the compressor from a rentals...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-23-2013
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There are lots of them on the origamiboats site ( yahoo groups)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-22-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 7,924
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Sailing Alone in the 21st Century

You may just be young enough to have never heard Pete Seeger's song "Little Boxes."
Google it!
I have been single handing deep sea since my early 20's . People who have practically begged me to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,165
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: advantages and disadvantages of teak on fiberglass

A teak overlay on any deck is a huge mistake , style over seamanship. Getting rid of it will be a huge improvement. Any kind of insulation below decks will be a much better choice .
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-27-2013
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

To reduced maintenance ,start with clean steel . I get all my plate wheelabraded and primed with cold galvanizing primer, 87% zinc dry film by the steel supplier. My current boat was done that way...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-27-2013
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The suggestion that anything which was never photographed "didn't happen" was the looniest thing I have ever seen posted. It deserved my entirely appropriate challenge .
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-18-2013
Replies: 108
Views: 4,479
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

Any cruising boat designer strives to make his own designs the perfect boat based on his own experience ( or lack of it)and that of his clients, and their feedback over may years . That is what I...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 07-06-2013
Replies: 1,154
Views: 61,253
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

Older fg boats vs new is a generalization. Any new boat built from scratch can be far better built than stock boats, but most new boats are far more poorly built than older FG boats, built when...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 5,165
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

I use only about 15 feet of chain outside coral latitudes and have had no reason to change. It has worked for me for the last 40 years of mostly full time cruising. One advantage of using less chain...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 06-19-2013
Replies: 1,154
Views: 61,253
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

I met an Alaskan on Raiatea who had a furling headsail which had alternating tanbark and white sailcloth panels . He said the white was UV rotted but the tanbark was in good condition. You can see...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 05-31-2013
Replies: 1,154
Views: 61,253
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

People with no offshore cruising experience, who choose somethign as flimsy and badly balanced as a Catalina 27, dont have much in the way of credibility, when discussing offshore cruising boats.
So...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-22-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,065
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Let's talk titanium

The chimney on my woodstove is titanium. Works well.It would make good burners for oil stoves. Sealing them then filling them with argon lets you tig weld them with argon on both sides of the weld....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-19-2012
Replies: 5,276
Views: 356,071
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I've been building and designing steel boats for the last 36 years. I've pulled together 37 of them to my own designs. An increasing number of people around the world are building their own . Most of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-01-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 1,788
Posted By Brent Swain
Reflectors

I've been finding a lot of uses for reflectors ,both peel and stick, and used aluminium traffic signs from the scrapyard. You can wash the writing off the latter with laquer thinner.
After trying...
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