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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-08-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 5,243
Posted By e31
Dreams of Sunsets, Rum & Island Life

Steve-

What is the boat you are on? My wife and I own an Ericson 31, have two children (age 3 & 4) and are starting to think about a year or two of crusing in the future.

I''d be interested in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-17-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,000
Posted By e31
Bimini options

OCJoe-

Thanks, I''ve been very happy with her. I picker her up in NYC and sailed it up to Mass, then Maine (where she is used today).

What is your expirience with the E31''s?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-16-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,000
Posted By e31
Bimini options

I have an Ericsion 31 Independence and am looking for bimini options (on the cheap).

A new, custom one has been guesstimated at $1800 and four months before install. Does anyone have a favorite...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-09-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 6,399
Posted By e31
rode rider idea

Thanks all for the input...I did not realize this is a common practice. The scope I am looking at could be as little as 3or4:1 as the tide is close to 8'' and the little harbors can get quite packed...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-08-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 6,399
Posted By e31
rode rider idea

I know that reducing the angle of an anchor helps increase it holding power, but in anchorages where the scope needs to be short, this is difficult to do.

A friend told me he use to hang the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-08-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,736
Posted By e31
Holding tank location

Your toilet should be pumping into the TOP of the holding tank. and your holding tank discharge line should run out of the bottom fitting to a deck pumpout or overboard discharge. The only downward...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-19-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 3,877
Posted By e31
Lifeline swaging tool?

I am replacing my lifelines this winter, but am unsure of the proper tool to use.

The roll swages which rigging shops use are the best but are expensive. I would like to use a hand swage and do...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-27-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 4,071
Posted By e31
Black Exhaust Stains On Transom

In Bruce Bingham''s book "The Sailor''s Sketchbook" he has a page refering to a "magical" cleaning solvent for sailors. It ends up being brush cleaner which you can buy at any hardware store for a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-20-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 847
Posted By e31
sea strainer location and plumbing?

I am planning on moving my engine raw water intake and adding a sea strainer during the winter layover. I am cruising the coast of Maine, and have been warned about the eel grass getting in the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-20-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,307
Posted By e31
How to stop a singing mast?

SailorMitch-

That looks like a reasonable source for the noise. I''ll check that first next time it happens.

Doug
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-14-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,307
Posted By e31
How to stop a singing mast?

The keel on my Ericson 31 is fixed, so it was not the centerboard cable...although it is the same problem.

When I put my hand on the mast, I could feel the vibration, and it was nowhere else on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-03-2004
Replies: 0
Views: 814
Posted By e31
replacement Kerosene supply for a Kenyon 555K

I have a three burner stovetop/1 burner oven made by kenyon (model 555k) which has kerosene burners. Two of these burners have quit working.

Does anyone know of a supply of replacement...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-03-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,307
Posted By e31
How to stop a singing mast?

Thanks for the towel idea. The other suggestions I got where:

1) turn and lock the rudder to changer the angle of the wind on the mast

2) loosen or tighten a turnbuckle to change the "tuning"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-30-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 3,307
Posted By e31
How to stop a singing mast?

At an anchorage over the weekend my mast began to hum from what I assume was the perfect windspeed to get it to ring harmonically. With my hand I could feel the vibration on the mast, and locally on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-02-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 4,423
Posted By e31
Thru Hull Replacement

I replaced all of my seacocks and thruhull last fall on my 1979 Ericesion 31I. The old thruhulls were clamped with the thruhull nut, and the seacocks were old "swing gate" styles. When I turned the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,757
Posted By e31
Anyone using the strikeshield CCSB for lightning protection?

Thanks Allen-

I have read some of the articles, but now that my family and I are spending more weekends on the boat, the issue seems more relevant.

Grounding systems seems to have worked in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,757
Posted By e31
Anyone using the strikeshield CCSB for lightning protection?

See the link

http://www.strikeshield.com/cssb.html

I just found this device on the web and was thinking it would be a good alturnative until we haul the boat this winter and put a ground plate...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   06-03-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,500
Posted By e31
Cruising with Child (ren)

We are starting our first season weekend cruising with a two and three year old. I will be interested to follow what information is found regarding long term cruising.

Our three year old took...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-18-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,121
Posted By e31
lowest drag for fixed 3 blade?

I have an Ericson 31I with a 15" fixed three blade prop. Being that a self-feathering prop is out of the budget, what is the lowest drag situation for this fixed 3-blade gear:

1- freely rotating...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-03-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 1,175
Posted By e31
unfreezing aluminum oxide?

I talked to one of the MEMS process guys here at work, where alumminum oxide is used as a dielectric material. Industry uses a 30% solution of Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) by weight in water, heated to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-24-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 1,800
Posted By e31
Kerosene fueled grills?

I am curious if anyone has used kerosene as a liquid fuel for cockpit grills. I have a kerosene galley stove and want to avoid propane storage (a fuel I don''t carry now)on the boat. With two small...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-17-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,615
Posted By e31
homemade MOB poles?

I saw a MOB pole for $225 that had a water activated strobe on the top of the pole. It is a great idea, and I wanted to know if anyone has made their own, and what the construction method was.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-23-2003
Replies: 5
Views: 9,327
Posted By e31
canvas thread?

Thanks Jack-

I''m up in New England so the thread is only seeing 6-7 months of daylight anyways.

Merry Christmas.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-23-2003
Replies: 5
Views: 9,327
Posted By e31
canvas thread?

I need to restitch some of my canvas work and want to get some input on the polyester thread that is available. I know the Tenura (sp?) last longer, but it is 3+ times the cost and frankly, my...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-21-2003
Replies: 6
Views: 2,674
Posted By e31
Holding tank question

Peggy Hall (aka "the head mistress" @ http://www.sailboatowners.com/forums/menu.tpl?fno=31 ) provided invaluable info when I was replacing the holding tank system and hoses on my Ericson 31.

In...
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