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Forum: Learning to Sail   17 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Posted By smurphny
Re: Newbie seeking HELP

As concerns the girls, make sure they don't get scared or it may turn them off to sailing. Kids get bored fast as I'm sure you know, so find ways to make it fun. As mentioned already, pick really...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   20 Hours Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,074
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

Back in the late 60s towns on the upper Hudson dumped sewage directly into the Hudson. we had a ski lodge in Warrensburg which had a storm drain/sewer piping system that deposited directly into the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,074
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

Back about 25 years ago, I had the opportunity to project-manage the construction of a treatment plant for a major development. The engineers always said things like, "You'll be able to drink the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,074
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

When I kept my boat on Lake Champlain, the head thru-hull had to be plugged, by law. None of those polluting, cheating, despicable Y-valve-owning boaters allowed!.... Meanwhile, the runoff from...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By smurphny
Re: RIB Repairs

What is the best "primer"/ cleaner for the existing surfaces? From my experience, getting the mating surfaces clean is an important step in getting a lasting bond. Acetone? MEK? PVC pipe primer? I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By smurphny
Re: New wood, where do I start?

Teak really is the best but, as mentioned by others, there are other tropical species that are durable and rot resistant. I used a piece of Canary wood to replace a piece of teak. It silvered up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,074
Posted By smurphny
A little Pollution Anyone?

Laughable how we float on pins and needles in our boats so we don't commit the unthinkable crime of leaking anything into our pristine waters. God forbid the USCG or EPA should observe a small slick...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By smurphny
Re: Painting at an auto-body shop

It's a great idea. There are some real artists among the auto body painters. They also have the right equipment and latest spray technology. Most auto body guys/gals are familiar with application of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 2,163
Posted By smurphny
Re: Argh! - Charter Hull Scratches

That is a great idea Mark. Never thought of taking pix of a rental car but it makes perfect sense. You never know when you'll run into a dishonest %! &$.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   6 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By smurphny
Re: Olympic U.S. sailor missing off Florida

Still missing this morning as per the news. Hope it's just a case of a dink adrift for some reason. In another thread, the discussion is about tethering. Perhaps that should apply to long dink trips...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   6 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,507
Posted By smurphny
Re: Tethering singlehanded

:-) Enjoyed your descriptions of sailing singlehanded. One thing I like about the pedestal steering vs a tiller is the adjustable brake. It comes in very handy for keeping the boat headed in right...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   6 Days Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 2,163
Posted By smurphny
Re: Argh! - Charter Hull Scratches

Looks like that paint job has been through a lot already. There are many other dings and badly matched chips. Are you sure they are not just looking for a new paint job at your expense? Those...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By smurphny
Re: Yanmar 1GM10 Starter/Solenoid Issue

As Rich, above, mentioned, check the main ground connections. The one on the engine is often the cause of the symptom you describe. It sounds like a cable problem. Be very cautious with hydrolock as...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 2,675
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boat Shoes

I have a pair of standard Sperry Topsiders that did get very slippery and have been demoted to the painting shoe category. Another pair of Sperry boat shoes have held up remarkably well and are still...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,359
Posted By smurphny
Re: Why buy new rigging?

Yes, but it can't be said that the prestressed concrete deck experiences NO flex, only reduced flex. Stranded rigging wire stretches quite readily as can be noted when tensioning the rig so it is not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,359
Posted By smurphny
Re: Why buy new rigging?

You may have a point. This is one for the physics majors. Is stress from the moving weight of the mast transferred from one side to the other when the wire and mast are essentially one tight...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,714
Posted By smurphny
Re: Has anybody towed kayaks behind....

Many kayaks don't have very strong places to attach a tow line. I have a Dagger with a bar-type handle on the boat but I don't think I'd trust that handle for towing. IMO towing is generally a really...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,359
Posted By smurphny
Re: Why buy new rigging?

The splices in Toss's book are done on heavy duty thimbles which eliminates the elongation problem you'd have with a plain loop. The splice he does on his website video is gorgeous but I couldn't...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,507
Posted By smurphny
Re: Tethering singlehanded

Getting from point A to point B makes it difficult to design a system where you cannot possibly go overboard but not impossible. All you need to do when moving is to progress forward or aft. This can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,359
Posted By smurphny
Re: Why buy new rigging?

After doing a bit of research about the metallurgy, it seems like the concern IS about work hardening of the metal, with corrosion and then poor quality swaging as the factors in rigging failure. I...
Forum: Electronics   1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By smurphny
Re: Marine SSB, HAM, and the law

Here's a previous thread that explains it: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruising-liveaboard-forum/50351-hf-radio-modified-marine-modified-ham.html

There have been a number of excellent threads...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,359
Posted By smurphny
Re: Why buy new rigging?

I would like to hear someone with real knowledge about the metallurgy chime in on this. I have replaced my 40+ year old rigging "just because" as well. It all looked perfectly ok except for maybe the...
Forum: Electronics   1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By smurphny
Re: Marine SSB, HAM, and the law

Got my ham license last year mainly to use the Winlink system. I found an ICOM 700pro on eBay for a decent price but the radio itself is only part of the install. Tuner, antenna, counterpoise, and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,507
Posted By smurphny
Re: Tethering singlehanded

Something like that is on my work list, with a short, tight center jackline from just ahead of the dodger to mast and then from mast to bow. Getting past the dodger is the trickiest movement. Would...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,507
Posted By smurphny
Re: Tethering singlehanded

The idea of full-length jacklines is attractive from the standpoint of unobstructed movement but the downside is that long lines have a LOT of stretch, making it possible to go overboard. I think...
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