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Forum: Chesapeake Bay   07-11-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,403
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Tangier Island channel depth?

Visited both Smith and Tangier last August. We draw 4ft. Made it into Smith with no issues as did another next to us that drew 6ft. Was aground in slip at low tide. Tangier was an easier entry but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-14-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: New Mainsail - Sail materials

Follow up question:

With respect to Dacron, is there a good metric for comparing quality? There seems to be many variations provided by each loft even though there are only five or so sailcloth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-13-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: New Mainsail - Sail materials

Great. Thanks for the advice. Dacron it is.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-13-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By engineer_sailor
New Mainsail - Sail materials

It's time to purchase a new mainsail for our Cat 27 TR. We spend our time cruising around the Chesapeake during the weekends with the kids and weeknight PHRF racing. Trying to understand the...
Forum: Diesel   08-25-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Oil Analysis

Blackstone Labs

Great, knowledgeable service.
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   08-10-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,949
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Looking for a new slip for Fall

Oak Harbor on Rock Creek is a great spot. Low key place and a working yard. Very knowledgeable owners and staff especially about sailboats. Also lots of knowledgeable owners many of which are DIYers...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   08-10-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 12,054
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Tragedy near the Bay Bridge

Shawn
Great job in the heat of the moment. Nice to see people who love being out on the bay looking out for/helping each other when it's needed most.

Josh
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Chesapeake Sailing Vacation Planning

All

Thanks for all the advice. We just returned from our trip. Here is where we ended up:

Day 1: Late start from Patapsco, hopped to Annapolis for the night on mooring ball. We know Annapolis...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   08-02-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,317
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Child Lifejacket: Help Needed

Mustang makes a solid line of kids life jackets. We've used them for several years now.

Josh
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-29-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,998
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: O'Day 35 vs Catalina 36

Disclaimer: I own a Cat 27
But I did look at lots of ODays before buying.

If it comes down to these two boats and you like them equally the key question is: Which one is/was better maintained?
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By engineer_sailor
Chesapeake Sailing Vacation Planning

The wife and I are lucky enough to have scheduled a two week vacation between July 31-Aug 16. The kids will be with the grandparents July 31- Aug 8. We spends lots of time sailing he upper bay out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-16-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,958
Posted By engineer_sailor
Getting sold boat prices from broker

Another approach is to gather current price data from several sources such as Yachtworld, Sailboat listings, Craigslist, and Spinsheet. Take note of price and age. Plot prices (y-axis) as a...
Forum: Diesel   07-11-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 3,158
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Universal won't start

Do you have an ammeter or a voltmeter on your panel?

We have to press the glow plug button while starting as it complete the circuit

Josh
Forum: Diesel   07-11-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 3,158
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Universal won't start

We have an M-18 on our C27. A couple of failure modes along what you describe:
1. Glow plug switch/button is faulty

2. Battery select switch is turned to 2 and not 1 or ALL

3. Wiring harness...
Forum: Diesel   07-11-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,729
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Coolant puzzle

A combustion leak tester like the one at the library k below will test for combustion gasses in your manifold:

UVIEW 560000 Combustion Leak Tester...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-11-2015
Replies: 423
Views: 197,882
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Great experience with butyl tape (bought from Mainesail). Biggest learning curve was using the proper amount and pre-shaping it before fitting the part. In one or two cases, the bolts were just long...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,483
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Need sailing with family advise!

Smaller boats are great for learning and simplicity. My wife and I learned how to sail on J-22s and Sonars. Once we had kids, we either found a babysitter or I went with a friend. Kids need...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-26-2015
Replies: 296
Views: 232,202
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I followed MaineSail's instructions on our Cat 27 and the results were great. Ultra Cutting Creme was hard to track down but worked amazingly in the two step cutting creme + fleet wax. I think a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-26-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 941
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Swim Platform with Stern Hung Rudder?

Would be nice if swim platform would fold up like the original ladder system. Might consider putting one of these on my Cat 27.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-25-2015
Replies: 91
Views: 12,599
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Boat Shoes

Keens Newport H2 all day

Nice heavy duty toe protection
Great grip and non-marking
Made for water but we've hiked, biked for miles in them
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-22-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

Any battery brand recommendations:

6V gol cart? Can I squeeze two in a group 24 dimension?

Lead acid group 24?

Josh
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-22-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

Thanks for all of the great info. If I wanted to upgrade my dead house battery to an true deep cycle AGM, could I keep my still good lead acid battery? I am guessing the answer is no due to...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-21-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

No refrigeration, just an ice box. Sidenote: Discovered recently that a block of ice if far superior to cubed for lasting in icebox
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-21-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By engineer_sailor
Battery Woes

We bought two new Group 24 Interstate Marine batteries for our Cat 27 about 2 years ago. Selector switch with 1,2,and all. After a long week out, I noticed starting the engine was harder. Last Wed...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   06-09-2015
Replies: 434
Views: 31,431
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: 2015 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Chef
Went through a week ago, semi close to high tide. Approached from the south. After making the turn to the straight part of the channel going into Chester a 40ish foot boat ran aground hugging...
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