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Search: Posts Made By: Brent Swain
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 4,868
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: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 7,039
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

That is what creates the huge surplus of extremely cheap, almost new used gear, to enable the rest of us to cruise so cheaply. Those who don't clue into this ,and buy everything new ,while...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 7,039
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

I have been cruising and living aboard for over 40 years and have never made a boat payment to a bank. I have built all my own boats. I do my own maintenance and repairs. I don't pay storage,just...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By Brent Swain
Quadra and Cortes islands

I am surprised at how many people I have met, some who have been in the area for weeks, who complain about the $14 hamburgers in the pub at Heriot bay , assuming that is their only option. Directly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 7,039
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

Don't expect valuable advice on low cost cruising from the marina queen crowd. The fact that they are still in the marina indicates that they haven't figured it our yet. When some of that crowd...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 7,039
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

I have been living aboard and cruising 11 months a year on a months wages a year, since my mid 20's. I am anything but rich, as are most of my full time live aboard cruising friends. Living aboard...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Humidity smell

In the tropics, my boat is painted white. If I leave it white in colder latitudes, the lockers get musty. When I paint her dark green, the hull is warm to the touch ,on sunny days ,even in minus 12...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 2,023
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: smoke filling up the cabin

Friends had this problem going down the Oregon coast at night. What made it trickier was the entire lighting system was from one source, A battery operated light by the companion way would have made ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
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 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

Mostly, I have used the luff rope fed into the furler. I sew the luff rope to the head patch, then heat cut the top of the luff rope with a hot knife, to enable me to feed it into the slot. I once...
Forum: Apps & Authors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 468
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Baja Bash

I decided to head far enough offshore to let the NW wind turn in to NE trades. That made it a super easy beam reach.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 10,692
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Sunbrella fabric and 303 retreatment

I once tried 303 on sailcloth. It did absolutely nothing to protect it from UV.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: harness and tether

A few years back a British sailing magazine did tests on harnesses and tethers. They had a guy jump overboard at 4 knots. With the tether attached to the centre of the chest, he built up such a huge...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-16-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Martin Forster just cruised in , in his new 36 ft brentboat, "Prairie Maid" ( Prairie made). He did a beautiful job on her, and gets constant compliments everywhere he goes.
His past experience is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-13-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Funny how the more high tech boats get, the more their keels keep falling off. That rarely happened back when they relied on past experience and common sense.
There is a discussion elsewhere on this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Alternate and/or Emergency Ladders - Who's Using What?

I weld them up out of 1 inch and 1 1/4 sch 40 stainless pipe.Commercially made ones are a dangerous joke.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-12-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Vancouver marine surveyor Paul Dupre,once bought a horrendously poorly built, severely warped, and abysmally welded boat called "Waskazoo ".He bought her cheap for all the great gear she had on...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-08-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There are 4 brentboats in my current anchorage , Heriot Bay. Two more just headed north. One is brand new , built by a couple in Alberta with very little sailing experience. With my book and plans...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

If you pass six turns of line thru the tack and SS drum shackle you get close to a 6 to 1 purchase on the tack.
A smaller piece of slotted pipe inside,makes a good coupler ,held in by flathead ss...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-04-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There is a great article in this month's Sail magazine ( July 2014) on Winston's daughter, Kim, cruising Mexico in her brentboat ,the 4th brentboat in the family. It points out how her decision to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-04-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

A furler is a simple thing to build, and inexpensive. Mine cost me under $100. Like the Simplicity rig and the Famet, it consists of the extrusion and the drum. The bigger the drum, the more leverage...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-02-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Richard Till of Gibsons BC in his 36 ft Brentboat , hit a rock off Stuart Island, while doing 6 knots, When he hauled her he found a tiny dent in the leading edge of the keel, which he repaired...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,214
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: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-26-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There was a great article in December 89 issue of Cruising world on the subject of capsize. It gives the stability curve of an older design as having positive stability to 180 degrees. It was common...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-21-2014
Replies: 5,207
Views: 344,817
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Keep reading this, until it eventually sinks in!
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