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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 11,308
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

Don't over complicate this. Install the second small pump completely separate from the big pump, with its own switch and through hull. Put the switch lower than the big pump switch. The little pump...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 11,308
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

You need a loop in the hose above the water line with a vacuum breaker valve on top of the loop. Don't make the loop too high as the vacuum breaker prevents siphoning out, which helps the pump flow....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-09-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: A sad tale to cheer you up

Ron,
Thanks, it isn't a 'shop'. It is exactly 3' x 5' of floor space and up to the overhead door tracks that my wife grudgingly lets me have in a garage full of junk that I am not permitted to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-08-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By GaryHLucas
A sad tale to cheer you up

I haven't been here in a while and spring is coming. So I thought I'd show you a bit of what I've been up to. There is a good deal to be had as well.

M4V00783_zps1fvsope0.mp4 Video by garyhlucas...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By GaryHLucas
I'm back, kinda

It has been a long time since I posted here.
A quick update:

I live in NJ and bought an Etap 26 in April of 2008 in the Chesapeake just as gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon. We sailed her home...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,203
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Keel Scrapping

If you have one boat to dispose of a sawzall will do the job pretty quick using a demolition blade. That's how they cut up the boat that sunk in my slip last summer in a day. It wasn't my boat!...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4,628
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Solar panels vs. wind or forget it?

Interestingly, Nigel Calder did an article where he showed that the absolute lowest cost of electricity per kwh on a boat not connected to shore power was actually using a small inverter type...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-28-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By GaryHLucas
The balance point

Surprisingly my Etap 26 with a retractable bulb keel was offered with two stiff legs attached towards the stern on either side to create a tripod for just this purpose! Permanent brackets bolted to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-26-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 1,861
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

I was planning on bringing my 26' Etap home, after four years on the hard in a marina, eating me out of house and home. I got a price using a hydraulic trailer that was about the same as the winter...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   12-23-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 5,102
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Swimming in the Bay?

Well a little good news,
We build waste water treatment plants and most of them have gone into Maryland. These are all replacements for old systems that were really really bad, and now the water...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,625
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Wire Labeling So It Lasts

We pay 5.5 cents per label, including the laminating overwrap. However I wasn't actually thinking of the material cost, I was thinking of the labor cost.

The most expensive words in business...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-16-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 845
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Your first boat

At Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in the 70s we had an old cruise ship as an upperclassmen dorm, anchored at the dock below Castle Point Terrace. They finally got rid of it because...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-16-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 3,886
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Pumpout Costs

About those Lectrosan units. They kill the bacteria using a chlorine made from salt water and electricity. They do NOT remove any solids, as do ALL land based treatment plants. This means that you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-16-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,625
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Wire Labeling So It Lasts

Maine,
Nice labeling, but wow that is expensive to do! We bought a DuraLabel printer a few years ago to do pipe labeling with 2" wide vinyl tape. Our printer does up to 4" wide labels. I got a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,420
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Worn holes for the Winch Pawls

Another possibilty. Have a local machine shop open the holes slightly by simply plunging in a slightly larger end mill. Then find a wire EDM shop (or eMachine.com) to have a pair of slightly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 8,647
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: How does a Honda Generator work?

I conducted a little experiment during Hurricane Sandy when our power was out for 5 days. After Irene Costco had a generator sale, scheduled before the hurricane. I picked up a Champion 2000 watt...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-24-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,778
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Seacock Drip (Spartan)

That crack looks like freeze damage to me. If seacocks are closed in freezing weather the hole through the plug holds enough to freeze and crack it. Tapered plug valves are extremely reliable and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-20-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 3,489
Posted By GaryHLucas
Halfway up mast, jury rig that worked--once..

I've used a coil of rope as a bosuns chair several times. Make a coil that is about 4 feet long and sit in the middle. Tie the halyard to the two ends of the coil. Spread the lines out across your...
Forum: C30   11-19-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,407
Posted By GaryHLucas
Propeller Shaft Log

I would not tighten the packing more than once without the shaft running in between. Shafts often are no longer perfectly round and you could easily overtighten without realizing it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-19-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,296
Posted By GaryHLucas
Orientation of Flexible Holding Tank

My boat had a flexible Nauta tank and when i had it pumped out it would suck down to the bottom and take a very long time to evacuate completely. So I'd like to hear how this supposed to work.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-15-2012
Replies: 61
Views: 11,308
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

You are right, and rating a pump at charging voltage constitutes fraud in my book. I didn't think about the voltage when I was writing, I seldom see anything other than 480 volts 3 phase, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2012
Replies: 61
Views: 11,308
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

I work with centrifugal pump design every day. What's missing here is our basic tool, the pump curve supplied by the manufacturer. A centrifugal pump always runs on the pump curve, for every head...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-10-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 3,795
Posted By GaryHLucas
Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

Hurricane Sandy showed how this is done. There is a fin keel Hunter 27 standing perfectly upright on the keel and rudder. Sandy left it there gently touching a power boat lying on it's side, where...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-06-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 450
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Lightning protecting "ZAP Bag"

Frog,
Not sure where you got the $15,000 figure for a patent, probably from the crook that got me for $14,000 on my first patent! It was so bad the PTO allowed me to get it reissued with expanded...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-03-2012
Replies: 74
Views: 7,414
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Floated off the stands

Andreas,
I see you thought I was aiming a dig at you. I assure that was not my intent. You'll notice I use my real name, and if you google me you'll find that I've been on the Internet a very long...
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