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Search: Posts Made By: imiloa
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-07-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By imiloa
Re: Total Eclipse of Moon, Night of 14 April/Morning 15 April

Well, somebody has to light the fuse on this so.... :) If you google "blood moon John Hagee" you'll get all kinds of information about his views on the supposed significance of this particular...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-06-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By imiloa
Re: Convert Symmetric Spinnaker to Asymmetric?

There is a device made by ATN called the Tacker that lets you fly a symmetric kite like an asymmetric. I have one and use it with my symmetric and it works fine. Not as good as a pole but much...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-06-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,214
Posted By imiloa
Re: Silly oil change question

I also use the West Marine manual oil extractor and suck the oil out through the dipstick hole. Also, strategically placed disposable diapers work well at absorbing drips and spills (especially...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-12-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,832
Posted By imiloa
Re: USCG 6 Pack License

I would echo the comments made suggesting that you take the course rather than try to do this on your own. I found that the most useful thing the school provided was a study guide packed with a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-29-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,929
Posted By imiloa
Re: Magnetic Variance

For the politically correct navigators out there TVMDC - TV Makes Dull Children.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-27-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 684
Posted By imiloa
Re: Nomadic engine in Ericson 35-2?


You might want to check out the Ericson owners site. Lots of great info, long time Ericson owners and some ex-Ericson-employees too. The Starting Point on Ericson...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-06-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By imiloa
Re: Where Do Chicago Boaters Haul?

Boaters either travel down the Chicago River to haul at marinas a few miles inland or sail away from the city to places like Waukegan (30 nm north) where there are large marinas capable of hauling...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-06-2013
Replies: 2,862
Views: 326,352
Posted By imiloa
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Nice work all around, Smack. I especially like the way you managed to give us a good feel for the wave heights. Your boys are awesome, I felt sorry for them being down with the sickness. Is this...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-18-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,618
Posted By imiloa
Re: Navlights identification help

Having just wrapped up my Masters test I would recommend against using Wikipedia as a source for the Colregs and light identifiaction. West Marine publishes an outstanding quick reference guide that...
Forum: Diesel 01-11-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,138
Posted By imiloa
Re: Globe Blue Run Dry impellers

Thanks, everyone for the informed replies to my post. Maine Sail, special thanks for the pics - worth at least 1,000 words each. (Your knowledge and experience continues to astound me.) :)
Forum: Diesel 01-10-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,138
Posted By imiloa
Globe Blue Run Dry impellers

I'd like to hear comments from anyone who has used the Blue Run Dry impellers from Globe Composites. I have an older Sherwood raw water pump on a Universal M-15 that I recently replaced the rubber...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-16-2012
Replies: 103
Views: 10,867
Posted By imiloa
Re: Buying a 30-40 year old boat - your opinions

All the talk of total refits and massive repair projects brings to mind the way I approached the purchase of my boat. I bought an 18 year-old boat (10 years ago) that was clearly well-maintained in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-06-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 4,288
Posted By imiloa
Re: Too hot to sail...

While it was over 100 in the Chicago area on the 4th (and still is today) we went out of Waukegan harbor for a few hours sailing. There was a little relief on the water but the wind was very gusty...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-05-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 4,154
Posted By imiloa
Re: Sailboat terminology

While the Annapolis Book is definitely one you should pick up, I'd recommend David Seidman's Complete Sailor as your first read. The book is not nearly as heavy and takes you almost step by step...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-01-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,439
Posted By imiloa
Re: knot for mainsail halyard

FJ, "where else to use a bowline?" We all have our favorite knots and on my boat I have two reefing lines on the main and when setting up the running rigging each Spring I attach them to the boom...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-17-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2,905
Posted By imiloa
Re: Baggy Mainsail question...too much outhaul?

Bolt rope shrinkage may be the issue. Over time the repeated tensioning and relaxing of the luff bolt rope actually causes it to shorten. Eventually this prevents the full hoist of the main. I had...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 454
Posted By imiloa
Radiator cap size 5411

I have a Universal 5411 (M-15) in my 1983 Ericson E28+ with the factory modification for fresh waater cooling. Also there is the original Raritan 6 gallon water heater in the mix. The (vertical) heat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-08-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By imiloa
Re: Which Throttle Cable for a 1980 Ericson 30+?

You might want to post your question on the Ericson Yacht Owners site: EY.o Welcome Page ( Lots of great info and knowledgable people there.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-19-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,084
Posted By imiloa
Re: Near miss on Lake Michigan

Winds out on the lake yesterday were gusting up to around 20 knots.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-19-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,084
Posted By imiloa
Near miss on Lake Michigan

Sailors Rescued From Lake Michigan — For Second Time In A Year « CBS Chicago (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-12-2012
Replies: 150
Views: 12,271
Posted By imiloa
Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

When you're out sailing, be grateful - be truely grateful. For you are able to do what many of the folks back on shore gazing out to sea only ever dream of.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-26-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By imiloa
Re: Head Help

Peggy Hall is arguably THE authority on all things head. You might want to check out the forum here which she frequents and ask her advice
The Head Mistress -
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-20-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By imiloa
Re: Universal 5411 engine mount replacement

JimsCal, This is not a huge problem - I just don't want it to turn into one. The engine itself does run smoothly and I recently had the cutless bearing replaced, the strut remounted and the prop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-19-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By imiloa
Universal 5411 engine mount replacement

I have a 1983 5411 (M-15) Universal Diesel that tends to vibrate a bit at high speed under load. I've had a mechanic realign the engine and that helped a little but he says unless the engine mounts...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-19-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By imiloa
Re: ladder tied to mast?

I have a product called Mast Mate which is basically a ladder made of heavy duty webbing with sail slugs attached. You feed the slugs into the main track and raise the ladder as high as you need to...
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