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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   6 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Looking for my first boat - PNW

I have cruised BC for most of the last 40 years. To be comfortable year round requires a lot of insulation and a good wood stove.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   01-05-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 1,669
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Old Member New boat Steel Folkes 33?

tonilyon AT gmail.com
is the email I have been given for him.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-04-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 1,641
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Sailing Harness on the cheep!

I have always built my own out of car seat belt. Climbing rope stretches like a rubber band.
The British did tests on safety harnesses, by having a guy in one jump overboard while doing 4 knots....
Forum: Introduce Yourself   01-04-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 1,669
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Old Member New boat Steel Folkes 33?

I'll try get his number thru a friend of his tonite .
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-27-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Hurth Transmission

Usually such hesitancy in engaging is old tranny fluid. I have had it happen, changed the fluid, and the problem disappeared. If it doesn't, run it a bit, then change it again. It looks clear on...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   11-02-2015
Replies: 2,619
Views: 117,828
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

Yes you did. I have worked in steel shops, for several years, and the thought of spending the next 40 years doing that, scared me into taking up full time cruising( You know, the alternative...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-04-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Plastic Shackles - Where to get?

Sailmakers have lots of them, slightly used, and usually give them away free.
Forum: Diesel   05-22-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 2,272
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Repowering with a Tractor Motor

A decompression lever lets you start with a much lower battery, or hand start, with smaller diesels.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-20-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: LA Paz, Mexico to Monterey, CA

SW from Cabo til the trades kick in and the wind goes NE. Then stay out till you nearly reach the latitude of Monterey. Then an easy beam reach in.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-19-2015
Replies: 1,492
Views: 556,070
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Bikes for boaters are cheap unless you want a folding one. Then they get expensive. I find a folding bike far easier to get ashore in a dinghy, without getting it wet in salt water.
A young bike...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-02-2014
Replies: 133
Views: 13,653
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

This was one of the best posts, posted on the origamiboats site, a while back.

---In origamiboats@yahoogroups.com, <willyacht@yahoo.com> wrote :

Regardless of what material Bob likes or...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-05-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 15,211
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Liveaboard woman alone

Washing a cup ,for me, is just holding it under the outlet and stepping on the foot pump a few times.
Keep it simple!
Never had refrigeration. Just learned how to get along without it. Not That...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-20-2014
Replies: 5,316
Views: 520,236
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The most common and biggest screwup on steel boats is too little paint on the inside. I have seen that kill far to many steel boats, far before their time, especially Foulkes and Fehr boats. Inside...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-02-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,902
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Climbing into boat on a Mooring

When boarding from a dinghy or kayak, a short midships line on the dinghy or kayak, tied tightly to the rail of the boat, means you can put as much weight as you please on that side, with zero chance...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2014
Replies: 2,880
Views: 290,769
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Dodrums are huge west of Panama. Going south til you hit the SE trades, then via Marquesas may be easier. Doldrums are much narrower north of the Marquesas.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-20-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,822
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Alternative to Solar

I once read about an engineer crossing the Atlantic who used a larger copy of the mechanism in a self winding watch to charge his batteries. It was so powerful that he had to disconnect it most of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-17-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,339
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Thug proofing

I only once, in over 40 years of cruising, Had a fancy set of oars. They were quickly stolen in Frisco Bay. So I wandered around the beach and found enough scrap wood to make a pair. I've built them...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-26-2014
Replies: 2,880
Views: 290,769
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

We used to call guys with a female crew "Lucky".

We used to!

All the "Lucky "guys have long since been steered into the urban real estate market, while I have spent my life doing exactly ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-13-2014
Replies: 2,880
Views: 290,769
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

The higher a priority you give booze, the less likely you will be to be able to cruise on less than $500 a month. Cruising on less than $500 a month is no problem; cruising on less than $500 a month,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-12-2014
Replies: 5,316
Views: 520,236
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

On the last boat I built, I used a new idea for putting the bulkhead tabs in. I strung a piece of rigging wire from the waterline at the bow to the waterline at the stern tightened with a comealong ....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,773
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Condensation inside sailboat...

I have never had a condensation problem on my boat in any weather , thanks to an inch and a half of spray foam, despite living aboard in all weather in BC winters. Insulation on everything is the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-29-2013
Replies: 5,316
Views: 520,236
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

All our welds are full penetration. The chine and centreline edges come together at an angle, leaving a wide open, roughly 25 degree angle to fill. Weld the inside then gouge out the slag from the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-29-2013
Replies: 5,316
Views: 520,236
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I bought a cheapo sandblaster for $20. You hook one end up to a compressor and stick the tube in a bucket of dry screened sand ( Thru a window screen works) You can rent the compressor from a rentals...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-23-2013
Replies: 5,316
Views: 520,236
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There are lots of them on the origamiboats site ( yahoo groups)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-22-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 9,255
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Sailing Alone in the 21st Century

You may just be young enough to have never heard Pete Seeger's song "Little Boxes."
Google it!
I have been single handing deep sea since my early 20's . People who have practically begged me to...
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