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Search: Posts Made By: smurphny
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 911
Posted By smurphny
Re: Do Marinas properly rig masts?

I have tried to tension my rigging using the wire stretch data you'll find in different sources. It obviously put too much tension on my deck-stepped mast, slightly deflecting the deck and header. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

I use the egg timer method. I have the radar in alert mode and stay out on deck with an egg timer set at 20 minutes. After looking around to see no boats are within sight, 20 minutes is enough sleep...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

Agree. I don't know how you'd make any time if heaving-to to slep.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

Accidental jibes happen. There is simply no good way to avoid getting the wind on the wrong side of a sail while on a run, even if not dead downwind. It is almost always caused by the boat being set...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-08-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 4,629
Posted By smurphny
Re: this puts the price of boats into perspective

The difference between today and 50 years ago, when there was a growing middle class with some money to spend, is that there is really only one market for boats now: the 1%. This can be seen in many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By smurphny
Re: Winterizing a boat

That's good to hear. I wonder what the system is for reusing the stuff. Is it shipped directly back to the folks who manufacture it for reprocessing? What's the RIDEM?
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By smurphny
Re: Winterizing a boat

I wonder how much gets recycled from any application. My guess is that most of it winds up in the trash, a tremendous waste. At least you can get four or five seasons out of a plastic tarp, cut to...
Forum: Diesel 12-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By smurphny
Re: Cutlass Housing Issue

I would not want to adhere the bronze cutlass housing to the fiberglass tube. That would likely make it impossible to get out for the next change. By waxing with some sort of mould release wax, the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-20-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,445
Posted By smurphny
Re: Water vs Gas

There are occasionally plenty of "used" Survivor 35 kits available if you look on ebay. They are larger manual units and seem to be unused surplus. Although older models, they are completely...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-11-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 17,543
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boat sank at the dock

As Minnewaska mentioned, the "squeaky wheel" principle is probably one you need to follow persistently. Remember to keep a detailed record of all names, contacts, and events in the timeline of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-24-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 7,303
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: 1,113
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) 08-23-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
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: 2,322
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: 9,756
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: 3,673
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: 8,087
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: 703
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: 9,092
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: 703
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: 703
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: 1,352
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: 1,352
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: 1,352
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: 1,352
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...
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