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Search: Posts Made By: smurphny
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By smurphny
Re: My Tow vehicle

Agree completely that it's largely in how vehicles are driven and maintained. I'm a "slow" driver and get 300,000+ miles on my vehicles, happy to let machinery abusers pass me, perform jackrabbit...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

I'll say. The quart I bought for my waterline cost around 70 bucks (as I remember) but should last for quite a few repaintings. The stuff does need to be sanded down and repainted every time the boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

I guess, to most sailors spending time polishing a boat bottom just doesn't represent a good value or good use of one's time.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By smurphny
Re: My Tow vehicle

Best of luck with the new truck. My tow/work vehicle, an 87 Dodge D250 (318) that I bought new and still has 0 rust, sits without plates in the garage because I just don't use it enough anymore to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By smurphny
Re: Thru--hull base on curved hull

Hey, here in the Adirondacks we only get one day of summer... on the 4th of July. The rest is winter:-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By smurphny
Re: Thru--hull base on curved hull

Probably a good idea to build up the inside with glass or a piece of wood to flatten the surface. I'd carefully make a spacer, maybe make a curved fiberglass spacer for the outside as well if it's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

Doing the math, even for a 1000 nm trip at 6 knots vs 5.775 knots (with the not-so-smooth bottom) is the difference between a trip of 166hrs. and a slower 173 hours, a difference of a whopping 7...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

If I was crossing the Pacific, I'd surely want the bottom as smooth as I could get it but most cruisers are not doing this. The difference over a couple of hundred miles between a normally smooth and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

If racing, it probably makes a difference but for cruising, I doubt it's worth the effort to polish a bottom. I've always tried to apply the absolute minimum amount of bottom paint. The last couple...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,186
Posted By smurphny
Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

Have a great run. Watch out for those northers. Going to be 30s here next couple of nights. Those darned Can. Maritime upper level lows still persistent.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By smurphny
Re: Windvane line Attachment

Annapolis seems to have a lot of the Clamcleats in different styles. Don't know why they did not show up on a Google search I did for Clamcleats. The ones you listed above have only 1/4" max but they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By smurphny
Re: Interesting info from AC today, Signal K

I see, just the com port system. Hope if a change is made that they don't wind up making obsolete all the NMEA0183 equipment and software in the process.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By smurphny
Re: Windvane line Attachment

The larger size would probably handle the 5/16" line. Will have to pick up a couple and try them. They are very similar to the ones I saw except those others had a fairlead for the line.

Seems...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By smurphny
Re: Interesting info from AC today, Signal K

Isn't it the proprietary nature of marine data that keeps different systems from talking to each other? Companies like Garmin, Jeppesen, or Navionics are not going to offer up their maps and software...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By smurphny
Re: Knot failures

Adhering to Murphy's Law:-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By smurphny
Re: Windvane line Attachment

Last year I tried a snap shackle on the wheel side but found that when there is good tension on the lines, it is a bit difficult to release the snap shackle and then get the end over the end of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By smurphny
Re: Knot failures

After losing a couple of battens overboard, I finally sewed deep, triangular pockets into my sails. Can't find a picture but they are triangular pieces at the leech into which the batten ends drop...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By smurphny
Windvane line Attachment

I've tried a number of different ways to attach the ends of windvane (Norvane) wheel drum control lines, none of them really satisfactory. The lines from the vane and the lines from the wheel drum...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By smurphny
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By smurphny
Re: Vivid bottom Paint

Not wanting to raise my waterline or do away with my white waterline as I've noticed many do down in tropical water, I painted it with white Vivid last time. So far this has worked pretty well and...
Forum: Diesel 3 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 743
Posted By smurphny
Re: Problems Bleeding Fuel Lines in Yanmar 3GM30F

It takes an incredibly long time to get fuel through the system with that ineffective little pump arm on the fuel pump. It could be that you are just not pumping long enough to fill the filter bowl....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 723
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boom Gallows

I designed/made a boom "gallows" that folds up for storage. It has 1 1/2" ash legs and a plywood sandwich apex at the top which is cut to match the boom shape. Don't think I'd ever chance using it...
Forum: Diesel 5 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 177
Posted By smurphny
Re: Fuel leaks on Yanmar 2gm20f

+1 on not overtightening. In a pinch, those banjo washers can be made from a copper plumbing strap or any smooth piece of copper sheet. In fact one of my banjo washers is still one fabricated like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,251
Posted By smurphny
Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

On many, if not most, occasions, fenders need to stay exactly where they are tied in order to fend off a piling, another boat, etc. I never tie to lifelines. First, they have too much play to make a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By smurphny
Re: Airmail or RMS Express

Am surprised it worked at all on a Vista OS:-) I've used Airmail from the git-go and have become used to it for both Sailmail and then Winlink once I got the HAM license. I'll certainly stay with it...
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