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Search: Posts Made By: OPossumTX
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 2,209
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: So this happened here yesterday.

I would amend that to CERTIFIED IDIOT. He does have/had(?) his papers after all.

Certification means you have your paper, not that you can do a cussed thing. It only proves that he submitted the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 2,209
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: So this happened here yesterday.

Perhaps his GPS was off a bit. Obviously, he missed the channel. OH YEA!

40+ MPH in the fog.

One thing about it, he had the POWER to foul up royally!

Do you still have to sound your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,646
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Major water ingress - best emergency device?

Add a big mallet to drive those wooden plugs home, a tarp or something water proof to drape over the hole if it is big and below the waterline and some duck tape.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,062
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Plasti Dip as a bottom paint

Many long years ago, I remember reading about the then new teflon frying pans. A certain engineering type fellow read all the hype about nothing sticking to "TEFLON" and decided to test their claim...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: gaskets

Many of those old "paper" gaskets have asbestos fiber in them. The original type material may not be available any longer. There are more modern materials available, I would check and see what...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,025
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Does VHF need external antenna?

Some people go to a lot of trouble to make this antenna stuff look like magic. Some of it is but a foot and a half (about 457mm) of wire stuck into the center of the antenna connector will work as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,220
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: To stop pitching, no not horseshoes.

I once saw an about 20ft home built trailer sailor with a horizontal wing on the bottom of the rudder, the wing was maybe two square feet in area. I asked the fellow loading that boat what that wing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-25-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 18,705
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Shorepower and Reverse Polarity

I do not know about your charger but the car charger I use with my trolling motor battery will cycle on and off like that if the battery is really low. I opened my charger up to replace the cord...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-23-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: West Marine PVC inflatable damages polypro rope?

No, the rope, motor mount, pump, paddles and docs were all in the box in back. The display was inside the store, when I saw and bought the boat. The usual sun damaged polypro gets stiff and begins...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-23-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By OPossumTX
West Marine PVC inflatable damages polypro rope?

Last year, I bought one of those WM inflatables on the last ditch clearance sale. I even got a bigger discount because I bought the display model.

The problem I have is the panier that came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-23-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,748
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: New Gen water ballasted anchor

I tried anchoring a 14 foot john boat with a sand filled 2 1/2 gallon gas jug and it didn't hold with a 5:1 scope in a small irrigation reservoir when I got a decent size catfish on the line. If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,411
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the most idiotic mistake you have made on a boat?

I left the center board home once, does that count?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-19-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,411
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the most idiotic mistake you have made on a boat?

Lots of things seem to hide behind the jib, mast and whatever! I once went out with a guy who kept weaving back and forth as we motored out of the marina. I asked him why are you weaving like that?...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 01-13-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,496
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Dome Light Conversion to LED

One thing many don't consider when changing over to LEDs is RFI, (Radio Frequency Interference). The voltage/current regulating part of the replacement lamps is the main offender. If it is a simple...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,023
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: One Ship Stupid

I use an anchor hitch. Am I doin' it WRONG????

Oh gosh! How will I ever forgive myself for being such a putz!

If I am wrong that is. Or am I wronger for doing it right and thinking I might...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,023
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: One Ship Stupid

Those fenders don't slow me down near as much as the moss beard and dock lines!

Have FUN!
O'
Forum: Diesel 12-10-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Westerbeke preheat with torch?

Starter fluid is what you use to get out of trouble, like in an emergency. If you have to use it all the time, you need to check out your compression or if it is cold, the cold start system, glow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-26-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,353
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Best place to mount a Turkey Fryer on a boat

I think the best place to mount a turkey fryer is your cheap WM inflatable dink. Get the dink on a long, long, looong panier, well down wind and cook your turkey. If anything goes wrong, just slip...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 11-25-2014
Replies: 572
Views: 146,402
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ah YESS! Like that time I was entering Chocolate Bayou from the intracoastal with another boat about a quarter mile behind me. I missed one of the channel buoys, at which point I promptly ran...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 11-25-2014
Replies: 572
Views: 146,402
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ignorance: We learned a lesson and will never do it THAT WAY again. :rolleyes:

Stupidity: I can't believe we did THAT yet again! :puke

Ignorance is curable with education and experience.
...
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls 10-27-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 12,707
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: How far are you from your sailboat?

Inflatable is in my den, I suppose the only way I could get closer is to live aboard.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 10-27-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Bronze portlights suddenly oxidize on interior

Try Tarnex to git rid of the tarnish followed by a good brass polish to shine and/or wax to protect the metal from corrosive atmosphere. Brass can be quickly tarnished by sulfur dioxide from diesel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,649
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Curses! Found out at last! Before this, the worst thing I've been accused of is sucking eggs and leaving the shells in the nests so it would look like the hens did it.

I was thinking that a...
Forum: Electronics 10-24-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 678
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: VHF Issues : How to troubleshoot ?

The radio is probably the easiest part to replace.

Glad you found your problem.

I've seen several problem installations where a damaged or improperly installed coax or fitting has let water...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-22-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 16,319
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the smallest dinghy with a cabin?

Puddleduck racers have been built with cabins.
Puddle Duck Racer - Easiest Sailboat to Build and Race (http://www.pdracer.com/)

http://www.pdracer.com/hull-config/cabin/
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