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Search: Posts Made By: Alex W
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-29-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 6,971
Posted By Alex W
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

Replacing the engine usually also involves replacing the engine controls, prop shaft, prop, stuffing box, cutlass bearing. Putting a brand new engine in an otherwise working boat normally runs about...
Forum: Apps & Authors 09-26-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 3,396
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

Since the Sailboatdata forum is now up again you can post corrections here:
New Information, Corrections, Omissions etc. (

I posted corrections...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,406
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

Dinghies use a simple bridal arrangement that allows you to centerline the boom without a traveler. It won't allow you to bring the boom beyond center, but allows you to get to the centerline unlike...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-09-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,114
Posted By Alex W
Re: Sleeping Accommodations --- is there a thread?

Many Catalina 25 owners make a huge double berth by dropping the table, bridging the settee to the table with some boards, then putting a queen sized air mattress over the whole thing.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,884
Posted By Alex W
Re: Puget Sound, San Juans sailing tips and warnings?

If you've already been sailing in Vancouver then you've probably spent time in the Gulf Islands. Sailing in the San Juans is quite similar. You need to be comfortable planning around tides and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,210
Posted By Alex W
Re: Quarter Berth Conversion

Doesn't the Catalina 27 also have a big deep cockpit locker? I had a Catalina 25 and it's lazarette was huge for a boat that size, though the hatch was small. A Catalina 27 made after the mid 80s...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Alex W
Re: Not impressed with Samson Ultra-Tech line

I'm aware of the differences in these two lines. Genoa sheets are short and lightly loaded compared to their size (since they are sized for comfort).

If your foresail is around 600sqft then in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 3,238
Posted By Alex W
Re: Oru Kayak: A quick review

I'm not that worried about the creases. They didn't score the material (cutting one of the two walls) anywhere but on the seat which is replaceable. The material feels pretty beefy and I think it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 3,238
Posted By Alex W
Oru Kayak: A quick review

Quick background: I was into kayaking before sailing and am a pretty experienced paddler. Other kayaks that I've owned include the Valley Nordkapp, Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Pro, Dagger Alchemy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By Alex W
Re: 2QM20 alternator wiring question

The B terminal on the starter and the B terminal on the alternator do not need to run to the same battery.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By Alex W
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

A battery monitor (or even just an amp meter) will do the job and give you a good idea of how much charging you are getting out of the system.

On my 30w panel if I shade one cell in bright...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By Alex W
Re: Dinghy Transom Flaps

I think that is a modern Rondar 505.

Did you try an internet search for "transom flap" or "transom bailer"? These two useful hits show up quickly:
Transom Flaps & Accessories - Hull Fittings -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By Alex W
Re: Knotmeter Calibration

Nice find Dave, that looks like a useful product for a couple of sailing buddies to share to calibrate their electronic knot meters.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 3,032
Posted By Alex W
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

I was also surprised to see Dave's boat being rigged with sheets and guys, but it is also a 31' boat that weighs as much as most 35' boats (it is 11,000lbs) and 50% more than an average 30' boat (at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 615
Posted By Alex W
Re: JetBoil fuel canisters, availablity in remote locations?

I built a gimbal for my Jetboil, it works very well. I don't use it as my primary stove, but I do use it when boiling water to make coffee. It boils the 400ml that I use to make coffee about as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By Alex W
Re: Got The Big Bird To Fly

Congrats Dave! I love using the spinnaker, it's a very useful sail in the light air that we have around here. I just sailed from Port Townsend to Shilshole today with the spinnaker up about 80% of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,394
Posted By Alex W
Re: smoke filling up the cabin

That is just a water strainer that keeps seaweed or other debris from getting sucked into the heat exchanger.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-19-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,520
Posted By Alex W
Re: Walk-through transom for under $45K?

This is also called a sugar scoop transom. They started to become a common feature in the late 80s and early 90s, and have stuck around since then. Almost any boat that you find on Yachtworld or...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,093
Posted By Alex W
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Good advice.

I also find a sock on the spinnaker to be very useful for cruising. I can easily single hand jybe a spinnaker on a pole with a sock by dousing it with the sock, jybing over the main,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-14-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,093
Posted By Alex W
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

It depends on how the individual boat is rigged. Most small cruisers didn't come rigged for a spinnaker from the factory, but the hardware might be added afterwords.

There are two basic types of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 2,985
Posted By Alex W
Re: Ah!quick help. Extender plate under furler?

I'm sorry Scott, that's terrible. I'm glad that you have a new rigger involved. It would be nice to know who has been treating you so badly up until now so that the rest of us can avoid them.

Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-11-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By Alex W
Re: Wiring Raymarine EV-100 tiller drive to the ACU-100

If it uses the same P70 control as mine then that is trivial. Go into the menu on the control and it will be the first option. If you dig around a little bit you can change the left soft key to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-11-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,014
Posted By Alex W
Re: Anemometer for a wind voyeur....

I was at the boat today and captured a couple of low quality photos (lighting was terrible, and I just had my cellphone).

This shows the i70 doing a apparent wind speed history chart. This is for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,014
Posted By Alex W
Re: Anemometer for a wind voyeur....

What instrumentation system do you have on your boat?

Raymarine i40 anemometer fed into a SeatalkNG network will show you wind data anywhere that you want to see it and plug in a display. The i40...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-04-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,106
Posted By Alex W
Re: furler

Add a downhaul line to your hanked on jib and you can pull it down from the cockpit. This is just a line that goes around the top hank and which is run back to the cockpit. Pull the line as you...
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