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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-01-2014
Replies: 2,831
Views: 266,343
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Spent winter in FH 2 years ago. Pretty expensive, just under 10 bucks a foot plus electric, and if you have a car, parking permit is 40 dollars.

Deer Harbor winter storage rate is around 5...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 7,234
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

for a single handler it seems rather ridiculous to try to operate a lead line and drive the boat at the same time. or in rough weather. Even operating with someone on the bow lead lining would be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 7,234
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?

Onboard True Blue we not only have a depth sounder but we have another one for backup. Most important gauge on the boat for both safety and peace of mind.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-26-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 13,523
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet

You are either kidding or you are hanging your rear end over the side. Foolproof hah.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-21-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,072
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Pimp my dinghy!

Seems to me that the 7-7 rule applies.

Vessel under 7 meters and speed not to exceed 7 knots may use one all around white light. Where does engine come into play?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Which Portable Ice maker works w/ a water maker?

Something else interesting about RO water compared to Distilled. The Ph of RO is 4 and the Ph of distilled is 6. Neutral Ph is 7.3. The Big RO machine I was running (7 GPM) had dissolved solids of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Which Portable Ice maker works w/ a water maker?

At my last job I ran and maintained 2 RO systems. One for the peoples house and one for their 80 foot yacht. this was the only water supply for both. They have several ice makers that work fine.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,075
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Salts in the oil

This is what I used.

Racing Digital Temperature Controller Sensor Engine Alarm Oil Water Gauge Meter | eBay...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-28-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,071
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Battery Acid!

Back in the old days when I sold batteries, they were shipped with no acid in them at all. The dealer would add the electrolyte at the time of sale. Made for a nice fresh battery. We would poor in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-28-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Cabin heater?

Most engines have plugs where the heater hoses can be attached. one on the fresh water pump and the other on the or near the thermostat housing. Do a search on ebay for red dot heater and you should...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,075
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Salts in the oil

I think you have a problem with your alarm. if it didn't go off till 245 or 250 that's way to hot. I have 2 temp alarms on my boat one is factory and I don't know what temp it trips at and the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-23-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: New Sails arrived any tips?

i have a new 8 oz Dacron and it is quite stiff and difficult to flake on the boom. Also it is quite slippery and the flakes want to slide off of each other. May take a second look at lazy jacks.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-23-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,704
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: This is getting ridiculous

I agree that they need training on a continuing basis. I for one would not want our coast guard guys and gals out there at all if we were not willing to provide them with the resources to train....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,034
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Sail Drives?

I would not discount any saildrive if you could get it cheap enough for the simple reason that glassing the hole closed and putting on a 9.9 hp outboard is a pretty good solution for a 27/28 foot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 434
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Need PNW experience with Wanda Fuca

August is called Fogust around here. I sailed from Seattle to San Francisco in late August early September. We had fog in the straight as well as going south. We had Radar and was happy to have it....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,748
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Hot Sun, Warm Beer!! Help needed!!! (fridge failure)

I installed a isotherm unit about 3 years ago and it works great. very energy efficient and easy install to boot. here's a link to the one I bought at just over 1000 bucks or one boat buck. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-07-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,328
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: open cpn issues(cm93)

You probably know this but when you add new charts you have to tell open cpn to redefine its database. Go to the tools menu and then the charts tab and at the bottom of the page you will see the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-20-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 999
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Shore power receptacle

green is ground. white is common. black is hot
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-17-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 2,844
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Starting engine with charger on

I'm sure whats happening is when you turn off the charger the alternator sees the decrease in voltage and increases its charge rate causing the motor to be loaded I don't see any problem. Sounds...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-24-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 4,392
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Grampian flip over?

There are several people on sailnet whom would rather jump in and give someone a bunch of crap for asking a question that isn't up to their standard. Sad really. My advice, toughen up or don't come...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,875
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Old gelcoat chalking

Here again you have to rub out the hull each year. this removes some gel coat each year. in time you will have fiberglass matting showing through. At this point it will be time for a very expensive...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,875
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Old gelcoat chalking

Scotchguard ??? isn't that fabric treatment???
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,875
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Old gelcoat chalking

I've not had that problem. Having removed it for re-coat several times with the poly prep remover. Not saying you didn't have a problem with it. just wondering why. Did you scrub all the old...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-23-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,875
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: Old gelcoat chalking

Poly glow is the way to go. It is a clear acrylic coating that looks really good and lasts way better than Wax. I have never been able to figure out why people work their butts off with rubbing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 3,510
Posted By mitchbrown
Re: What's the right thing to do?

You seem to be forgetting the fact that the OP didn't ask him to come over and really has no right telling him to leave
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