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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-22-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By FSMike
Re: Dingy ideas wanted......

A cover on your dinghy can definitely help keep the rain out, especially if you use some bows to keep the cover arched so water won't pool.
If nothing else it should keep your dinghy from getting...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-23-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 930
Posted By FSMike
Re: Unusual usages for boat parts

Bent propellers can make good candlestick holders lol.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-01-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
Posted By FSMike
Re: Boat Runs Aground With Person Dead On Board

I've been criticized for sailing singlehanded at my age (70).

I've been criticized in the past for roadracing motorcycles at a relatively advanced age (I quit after a bad crash at Daytona when I...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-29-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,060
Posted By FSMike
Re: Running one sail

Re: Maneuverability

Main sail only may be better in most situations, but if you ever find yourself forced to sail to a dock with the wind behind you, there is no way to quickly dump the main. With...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-21-2014
Replies: 1,282
Views: 96,780
Posted By FSMike
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

Which thing is truly lame -
Flying a pirate flag?
Worrying about others opinions?
Forum: Weather   09-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By FSMike
Re: hurricanes, typhoons etc.. times and seasons?

Google typhoon seasons, hurricane seasons, etc.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-08-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By FSMike
Re: Chopped Strand Mess

Only thing I can say is work in an area you don't mind getting trashed, and buy lots of disposable gloves.
Oh yeah, if you aren't wearing a paper suit wear clothes you don't care about.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-16-2014
Replies: 156
Views: 11,258
Posted By FSMike
Re: Give AIS a rest

If you are under sail you are going to be on either port tack or starboard tack regardless of whether you are on a run or close hauled or any other point of sail.
Which tack you are on is determined...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-11-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,014
Posted By FSMike
Re: New Ideas for using water heads?

Get rid of the pressure water system entirely and switch to foot pumps. Not only will this solve your problems, you'll use a lot less water.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-26-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,069
Posted By FSMike
Re: Petite Top Side Paint

Petite? It must be for small boats only lol.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,129
Posted By FSMike
Re: Training

You can get compensated all you want for deliveries, you are still not legally required to have a captain's license.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By FSMike
Re: Rope handle on tiller

Google "marlinespike seamanship".
Lots of info. I mean lots.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-22-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By FSMike
Re: Newbie question about the sails

The leading edge of a (triangular) sail is the luff, the trailing edge is the leech, the bottom edge is the foot. The top corner is the head, the forward bottom corner is the tack, and the trailing...
Forum: Good Old Boat   03-06-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 55,452
Posted By FSMike
Re: Rope mats

Rope mats of many types can leave a nasty discolored area if left in the same spot for an extended period. Check frequently and clean as necessary.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,017
Posted By FSMike
Re: Installing dodger questions

This works very well and also helps keep water from running under the dodger in bad weather.
No matter what type of fastener you use monthly lubrication (I use Vaseline) will help the longevity.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,397
Posted By FSMike
Re: How do I keep travelift slings from topsides

The times I have seen it done we used 4x4s instead of fenders. Strap width lengths of 4x4 were placed under the straps and held in place until the straps took up the slack.
It's been too long to...
Forum: Diesel   11-18-2013
Replies: 44
  Ka lunk
Views: 3,214
Posted By FSMike
Re: Ka lunk

That'll be the day. If the zeehag were to quit, so would the rest of us.
Enjoy the season anyway.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-21-2013
Replies: 58
Views: 4,883
Posted By FSMike
Re: Thinking of Losing My Inboard

capta - Why do you say that? I sailed a 26' double ender for years and did not notice more hobby horsing than a comparable length boat with a "normal" (lol) transom.
Sorry for the thread hijack.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-30-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,975
Posted By FSMike
Re: Plastic dinghy repairs

You might try googling some motorcycle forums. They, especially off road bikes, use plastic fenders and gas tanks, etc. There are various repair materials available for fixing those. The types of...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-27-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 2,237
Posted By FSMike
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-14-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By FSMike
Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

1) We departed from Samana.
2) Yes, as per Bruce Van Sant's recommendation. You should read the rationale in his book.
3) As I said, we turned around. We headed back to the DR, going into Luperon...
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