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Forum: Learning to Sail   18 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Gaf rigged inflatable questions..

You should have two halyards. One that pulls the main up the mast and would tension the luff and the other to tension the gaff.
Forum: Learning to Sail   1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Gaf rigged inflatable questions..

I know nothing about your particular boat, but it's most common to have no stays for a sailing dinghy mast at all. Having the forestay/jib is unusual.

Gaff rigs are neat, but complicated. They...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,165
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Bilge pump blues

We need more information to help. I have a suspicion that your "400" pump has an integrated float switch, which should be your daily convenience pump. If so, it's probably just gone bad and needs...
Forum: Electrical Systems   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,012
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Start electrics problem

I've removed perfectly clean "looking" connections to find a thin layer of corrosion beneath them.

I have an intermittent starter problem on my dinghy. I pulled all the wiring out and started...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 995
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Grill or anchor?

Yikes. Major cultural divide. Here the term refers to hot dogs!



Absolutely. In fact, there is an adjustment screw in the control knob, so you can set how hot it will get. Mine actually...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 207
Views: 11,431
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Then post an authoritative citation, not just someone's opinion.



You can keep poking at this, but if you're a UK citizen, I fail to understand what you hope to accomplish.

The phrase...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 207
Views: 11,431
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

You can insist on your layman's understanding of constitutional law, but you're simply wrong. You've defined it the way you would like it to be. There is simply no 4th amendment violation for the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Penobscot Bay

Seal Bay and/or Winter Bay off Vinal Haven are a must. Isle of Haut was okay. It's known for hiking, but it was pouring when we were there.

Despite it's relative crowds and development, I like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,148
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Before we knew better

While I do know a few sailboat owners that seem to motor more often than not, it's never for lack of desire. One runs a 49ft heavy cutter without powered winches and needs you at the mast to raise...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,966
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: First time I swore at a customer

Interesting story. Hard to condone cursing at a client, but from your description, someone needed to get their attention. Odd circumstance that you were laying out money for things on such a small...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-17-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 874
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: How much does spending an extra 50,000 on a boat cost

Depends on how old the boat is and how desirable. It is possible to buy a boat with little to no depreciation, if its at the bottom of the curve.

However, one boat to the next may need upgrades...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-22-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Identify Dripless Seal Manufacturer?

I think replacing the bellows on schedule increases the odds that the flange is not corroded to the shaft too.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-22-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Identify Dripless Seal Manufacturer?

Those typically have a rubber hose too, although, perhaps better reinforced, since they aren't required to compress. We have to admit, however, that we've all seen some pretty suspect hoses. A...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-20-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 5,181
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Marine Head Suggestions for long term cruising

No chemicals should ever be put into a holding tank. I agree that many dummies do so anyway, but ironically, they only make it worse.

Nevertheless, formaldehyde is not a variable that should...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-19-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,714
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Trouble in Rockland, ME

Capta, next time you're nearby, drop me a line. I will send you to as many free and wonderful anchorages as you have time to visit. The dinghy dock by the firehouse in Bristol, RI, has no time...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-17-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Bene First 285

Correct, it doesn't matter which direction you turn them. Vertical is on and horizontal is off.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-09-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Reviews of electric heads?

The place our Jabsco Quiet Flush are most likely to give a slow leak is at the mating surface of the waste pump. Especially, after one services the o-ring! It was fine before I messed with it! If...
Forum: Engines   06-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Cut this waterlogged line & plastic bushing off the prop shaft, am I in trouble?

Is that a bushing inside the fur ball of braided line or just melted nylon? How would you have cut it off in one piece like that, without sliding it down the shaft, past the prop?

What's the max...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-01-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 5,899
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: My boat was boarded (and messed with) at anchor!

If she was hot, the story would have involved the sauna. Actually, it wouldn't have been told at all, since I believe Med is married.

So, channeling Sherlock Holmes, I say, not hot.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Help with anchoring for storms.

If I was commissioning ground tackle from scratch or upgrading to liveaboard in all conditions, there is no mistaking that I would go with all chain and a next-gen style anchor (Rocna, MS Supreme,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,036
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

They clog with bilge gunk and stick, possibly rendering your bilge pump useless or much less effective.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-20-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: best way to ship 55# foldable dinghy?

Isn't there a US Post Office in the middle of the shopping zoo on ST Thomas?

If so, how small a package can it be folded into? I think USPS will ship up to 9 or 10 ft of combined height + width...
Forum: Diesel   05-20-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,268
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: If the diesel tank is done for...

Tank bladders are another topic that comes up frequently. They can work, but they need to fit properly and be properly adhered.

However, in this case, if the OEM tank is that rusted, I would be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-19-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,173
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: Block Island for Memorial Day weekend

Great Salt Pond is our annual shakedown destination, targeting the first weekend in May. We made it this year!! Only ourselves and our friends, two boats, in the entire pond when we awoke on Sunday...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-14-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2,081
Posted By Minnewaska
Re: "Most common" boat - Lake Ontario

If one's first consideration is price, then there has to be a reason for it. Either the location isn't good, or the facility isn't good. No free lunch.

I would choose location first, then find...
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