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Search: Posts Made By: smurphny
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-24-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,203
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

There are so many variables in trying to come up with a fair test, it may be next to impossible. One of the variables that can be controlled is the mass of an anchor relative to the size of the boat....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-28-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 834
Posted By smurphny
Re: Anchor Bridle Advice

Last year I started using an Amsteel soft shackle for the snubber attachment and will never go back to a grab hook. Grab hooks almost invariably fall off when the line becomes slack at current...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-24-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,131
Posted By smurphny
Re: Need help, rolling furling get stuck after unwinding 5 feet of sail

This is a common issue and there have been a lot of discussions about it in previous threads. The "halyard wrap" problem occurs when the top portion of your halyard, from top roller to the top...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-22-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,079
Posted By smurphny
Re: Avoid "diegoscustommarine" on eBay for custom canvas

That's for sure. It's a major PITA to try to screen out unwanted scripts but I find that after a while, the names of tracking scripts become familiar and you can put them on the blacklist. Most sites...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-17-2014
Replies: 156
Views: 8,367
Posted By smurphny
Re: Give AIS a rest

They are always the outriggers for the stabilizer birds on trawlers. Most often though, the birds are not even down yet. They could well wait until they are out of the narrow inlet to lower the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-16-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,281
Posted By smurphny
Re: Salts in the oil

While my exhaust has a flapper gizmo, I don't believe these are at all effective in a following sea. I made up some tapered foam plugs for the exhaust with an eye bolt through them that can be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-10-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 6,489
Posted By smurphny
Re: Pros and cons for a double ender/Canoe Stern

The intuitive advantage of a double-ender or CCA era full keel boat is its diminished exposure of surface area to a following sea. Having breaking waves slip under the stern with minimal offset to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By smurphny
Re: New "boat":) Project

Around $450. I did waste some resin, not wanting to run short in the middle of the glassing. Also have cloth left over because it's cheaper when you buy >25 yds. Used 2.25 sheets of 2" thick Dow blue...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-15-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 8,216
Posted By smurphny
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

You did well to get into Mt. Sinai at night. That's where my boat was before I bought her and where I have spent a lot of time in years past. The inlet is pretty narrow and the channel is not at all...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By smurphny
Re: New "boat":) Project

I'm certainly no expert at this kind of thing but I used some regular EPS insulation foam, cut the side profile and epoxied the long pieces together to make up the 30" width. That formed a blank with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By smurphny
New "boat":) Project

Well, being that my boat is down south, have attempted my first surfboard construction (actually a paddleboard for my daughter). This has nothing to do with sailing other than that the wind may blow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-14-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

If it's only light interior, unstressed items attached to the new parts, the PVC would be great but if you're attaching any stressed exterior hardware like grab rails or bases for blocks, solid glass...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-13-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

If there are any pieces of hardware screwed into it, I'd glass those spots solid. That would be much stronger and keep water from eventually getting in. Neither foam nor PVC will hold screws with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

That's the respirator I use and have not had any problem. Have never used epoxy other than West System because it has always worked so well. Epoxy, as you probably know, can be nasty. When I forget...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-12-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By smurphny
Re: New Bulkhead & Interior Framing

Some pix would help. There's no way to venture any advice on structural elements without some kind of picture or specs. Those temps are great for epoxy work. I wouldn't use fast or slow hardener...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,572
Posted By smurphny
Re: Mooring Line

The larger the better. Maybe get yourself some hard lay 1" three strand and splice in a s.s. thimble. Something like this:Extra Heavy Duty Thimble...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-21-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,339
Posted By smurphny
Re: Clawing off the ol'lee shore

Being that any sailboat should be able to beat against the wind at some angle, "clawing" off would seem more a function of how the boat is handled than any particular hull design. Some will be better...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-13-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 39,121
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

Mark is right on the money. Nobody learns anything when the "politically correct" police start deleting valid opinion and speculation.

Whether it was a factor here or not, a leaking boat is a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By smurphny
Re: One Motor mount or all ?

You're going to need to realign the coupling so I'd replace all of them if more than 5 yrs old. No sense doing it again in a short time unless the other mounts look to be in excellent shape.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-12-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 39,121
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The forces generated by even a partially submerged sail are huge. Something is going to break if the sail dips in. One aspect of planning a preventer or anything with the potential for this kind of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-11-2014
Replies: 2,568
Views: 188,666
Posted By smurphny
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Mike, when I take the wheels, pedals, and seat off and loosen the handlebars so they are in the same plane as the frame, it is easy to stow somewhere. I usually leave it apart in the dink and...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-10-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 39,121
Posted By smurphny
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

There has never been unbiased reporting. Whether for dollars or ideology, news media has always been slanted. It's why we need educated readers, readers who have been taught how to weigh the words...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 2,568
Views: 188,666
Posted By smurphny
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

That looks like the one I added last year to the two 60w units I had already. They all work just fine, no problems. All w/ plain cheap regulators that came with them. There's always someone to sell...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-28-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 10,926
Posted By smurphny
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

The term "engineer" had a different meaning back when capability rather than a piece of paper determined who designed things but many of the great engineers also had a degree from a good college. The...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-28-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 10,926
Posted By smurphny
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

It seems like everything is built with less attention to quality than to profit nowadays. It's puzzling because there are those few companies that have figured out, as the few have throughout...
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