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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   2 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,136
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: O'Day 35 vs Catalina 36

Disclaimer: I own a Cat 27
But I did look at lots of ODays before buying.

If it comes down to these two boats and you like them equally the key question is: Which one is/was better maintained?
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By engineer_sailor
Chesapeake Sailing Vacation Planning

The wife and I are lucky enough to have scheduled a two week vacation between July 31-Aug 16. The kids will be with the grandparents July 31- Aug 8. We spends lots of time sailing he upper bay out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 985
Posted By engineer_sailor
Getting sold boat prices from broker

Another approach is to gather current price data from several sources such as Yachtworld, Sailboat listings, Craigslist, and Spinsheet. Take note of price and age. Plot prices (y-axis) as a...
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,182
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Universal won't start

Do you have an ammeter or a voltmeter on your panel?

We have to press the glow plug button while starting as it complete the circuit

Josh
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,182
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Universal won't start

We have an M-18 on our C27. A couple of failure modes along what you describe:
1. Glow plug switch/button is faulty

2. Battery select switch is turned to 2 and not 1 or ALL

3. Wiring harness...
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,948
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Coolant puzzle

A combustion leak tester like the one at the library k below will test for combustion gasses in your manifold:

UVIEW 560000 Combustion Leak Tester...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 392
Views: 163,309
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Great experience with butyl tape (bought from Mainesail). Biggest learning curve was using the proper amount and pre-shaping it before fitting the part. In one or two cases, the bolts were just long...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Need sailing with family advise!

Smaller boats are great for learning and simplicity. My wife and I learned how to sail on J-22s and Sonars. Once we had kids, we either found a babysitter or I went with a friend. Kids need...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-26-2015
Replies: 256
Views: 184,205
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I followed MaineSail's instructions on our Cat 27 and the results were great. Ultra Cutting Creme was hard to track down but worked amazingly in the two step cutting creme + fleet wax. I think a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-26-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Swim Platform with Stern Hung Rudder?

Would be nice if swim platform would fold up like the original ladder system. Might consider putting one of these on my Cat 27.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-25-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,346
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Boat Shoes

Keens Newport H2 all day

Nice heavy duty toe protection
Great grip and non-marking
Made for water but we've hiked, biked for miles in them
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-22-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

Any battery brand recommendations:

6V gol cart? Can I squeeze two in a group 24 dimension?

Lead acid group 24?

Josh
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-22-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

Thanks for all of the great info. If I wanted to upgrade my dead house battery to an true deep cycle AGM, could I keep my still good lead acid battery? I am guessing the answer is no due to...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-21-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Battery Woes

No refrigeration, just an ice box. Sidenote: Discovered recently that a block of ice if far superior to cubed for lasting in icebox
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-21-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Posted By engineer_sailor
Battery Woes

We bought two new Group 24 Interstate Marine batteries for our Cat 27 about 2 years ago. Selector switch with 1,2,and all. After a long week out, I noticed starting the engine was harder. Last Wed...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   06-09-2015
Replies: 278
Views: 15,099
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: 2015 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Chef
Went through a week ago, semi close to high tide. Approached from the south. After making the turn to the straight part of the channel going into Chester a 40ish foot boat ran aground hugging...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   06-04-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,364
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: First sailboat with Kids - need advice

We sail a Catalina 27 on the Chesapeake with our now 5 and 3 year old sons. Great family boat that also sails well. Ours is on the later end of the production run and has a very nice well kept...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By engineer_sailor
Fourth of July Fireworks on the Chesapeake

Thinking about heading to Herrington Harbor North for Fourth of July weekend. Rumor has it that Harrington Harbor South has a great fireworks display. Are the HHS fireworks visible from HHN? If...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   06-02-2015
Replies: 799
Views: 31,491
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

Outbound: Thanks for the pointer to Naranjo articles, they were great.

All:
So from a performance perspective, ( ignoring cost, maintanence, manufacturing limitations, etc,), the key issue with...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-01-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By engineer_sailor
Electrical Fire Scare

Union:
We towed the dinghy since we has a short hop in calm weather. Not specifically for bailing. Poor wording on my part

eherlihy:
I first encountered that style of sailing postmortem analysis...
Forum: Electrical Systems   05-30-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By engineer_sailor
Electrical Fire Scare

We were out for about a week over the holiday weekend. Just got anchored after a nice sail in 20 knots of wind. As we are cleaning up, I catch a whiff of the "hot electrical smell". I asked the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-30-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By engineer_sailor
Through Hulls - Open or Closed?

I am vigilant about closing through hulls when they are not in use. Seems like prudent seamanship to me given that a hose or clamp issue could/can sink a boat. One exception is the engine raw water...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   05-23-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 1,516
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Memorial Day Weekend

I think we are headed to Rock Hall. After that might try to find a beach for the kids to play on, maybe Conquest Beach on the Chester. Considering wandering over to St. Michaels early to mid next...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-16-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,729
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Departing the slip in reverse singlehanded

Sailormon hit the nail on the head. If at all possible, back into slips so you can depart now first with steerage when you need it most.

If you have to depart in reverse the key is to get enough...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-27-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,221
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Repainting non skid only

SeaPilotMark

My C27 is turning 30 this year. Someone before me spruced up the deck with paint at some point that started to look worn. I weighed the option of removing large amounts of deck...
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