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Search: Posts Made By: msmith10
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By msmith10
Re: Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

That's true, but I won't be satisfied until I have my flying car and jet backpack.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By msmith10
Re: Installing a conduit in the mast--Worth it?

I really like the adhesive idea. I've done the old pop rivet method, drilling a hole then holding the conduit in place with a hook while drilling the next hole. It is a PITA. The glue idea is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 2,030
Posted By msmith10
Re: Sailing Hallucinations on long sails

During a 300 mile singlehanded race last year my alternator went out so I lost battery charging, meaning that I couldn't use the autopilot, meaning that I had to hand steer and couldn't nap. During...
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,867
Posted By msmith10
Re: Should I learn the sextant?

It's a little like learning Latin. Yes, you may get some collateral benefit, but you won't use it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By msmith10
Re: Did I do this sta-lok fitting correctly?

The nice thing about the Hayn fittings is that the cone has a little slot for each strand, so it's hard to screw up. I haven't used norsemaen, but Norseman fittings are well-proven.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By msmith10
210 hertz transducer with raymarine st60?

I need to replace my instruments- 1970's vintage datamarine. I picked up raymarine st60s at great price on close out. The current depth transducer is a datamarine glassed to the inside of the hull....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By msmith10
Re: Torque wrench

I did this job several years ago to fix the c&c smile. I bought a torque multiplier on ebay for the purpose. The correct torque is 300 ft lb. that's a lot of torque and you'll either need a torque...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By msmith10
Re: Autopilot - wheel pilot vs below deck

To the best of my knowledge, drive units are just motors that run forward and reverse. Their instructions come from the controllers. Why not test your drive unit and if it's functional, just buy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By msmith10
Re: Autopilot - wheel pilot vs below deck

Besides being more robust, a below-decks autopilot has the capability of steering the boat should a steering cable break. My boat is too small (C&30) to justify the expense in this economy, but if I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-16-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,028
Posted By msmith10
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

I use a larkshead but I place a short piece of 1/8" line with stopper knots on each end under the looped section. That makes it easier to undo the knot after it tightens up. I rarely leave sheets...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-01-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By msmith10
Re: Datamarine Corinthian II Wind Machine Problem

You can try it, but when I called them about this problem a few years ago they said they couldn't fix it. After spending $300 at DMI to repair a masthead unit that worked for one year I've decided...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-01-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By msmith10
Re: Datamarine Corinthian II Wind Machine Problem

Mine does the same. Disconnecting the cable at the display momentarily will usually fix it, but I've gotten so I just let it be 180 off. If I can't tell that it's 180 off I've got a bigger problem.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-01-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By msmith10
Re: White Flares

You're absolutely right Capttb.
If you just want to meet coast guard requirements, the 12 gauge flares are ok. If you might want to actually signal for help some day, you need Solas flares.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-04-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By msmith10
Refrigeration Question

OK, Donna and Schock, and any other refrig experts:
I need to replace a 20+ year old Adler Barbour Cold Machine. It has worked hard doing a pretty good job in a factory ice box, about 5-1/2 cu ft...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-20-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 2,865
Posted By msmith10
Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et

You're right about the loneliness, but most of the time singlehanders welcome it. It can become a problem on difficult, prolonged solo sails, when there's nobody to help keep up your morale. That's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-06-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,791
Posted By msmith10
Re: Scary Low water on the Great Lakes

I'm at the other end of Lake Erie from Brian (the shallow end) and this year is problematic. I changed slips for the first time in 11 years to get a little more water. Some marinas haven't gotten...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-02-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,367
Posted By msmith10
Re: Teak Interior Help

After 35 years, a very light sanding followed by a couple coats of teak oil brought my interior back to life. I really dislike teak oil outside of the cabin, but inside, it's easy to apply, easy to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,138
Posted By msmith10
Re: Need help with rolling and tipping

That is one beautiful finish, Tom.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By msmith10
Re: moisture at one shroud

The repair could be essentially free (except for labor) if there's just a little leakage around the chainplate and little or no core saturation. Just rebed the chainplate and stop the leak.
It...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-31-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,819
Posted By msmith10
Re: Can I make this trip as a novice

1. It's not 100 miles from Bay City to Lake St Clair-- it's almost twice that if you have no upwind work.
2. Don't use this as your shakedown cruise. Use the boat a few days to make sure...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By msmith10
Re: moisture at one shroud

There's probably some confusion there. A low reading is good-- a high reading indicates moisture in the core.
If he really meant high reading implying moisture in the core around one shroud, the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-31-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By msmith10
Re: Zipper along length of sail

Many years ago I had a main with a zippered "pouch" along the foot. The idea was that you could open the zipper downwind to increase sail area and fullness. It didn't work so well. It wasn't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-24-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 764
Posted By msmith10
Re: !@#$ 5200!!

Listen to Rugosa.
Those lights aren't worth replacing. They're hard to see, and being mounted where they are, are subject to constant corrosion.
Remove the lights, fill the mounting holes with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-18-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,766
Posted By msmith10
Re: I can't heave to

I wouldn't expect to be able to let go of the tiller when heaving to. You will probably have to lash the tiller to leeward (so the boat is trying to head up). The mechanism is: backwinded jib...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-17-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By msmith10
Re: I'm in!!!!!!!!!!

The Welshman just bought his first lottery ticket
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