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Forum: Learning to Sail   12-24-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,516
Posted By gramcko
Close encounters

I also sail in Santa Monica bay. I've had 4 uncomfortably close encounters - as in change of pants close - only 1 of which I knew that a whale in area. For the past few years the whale season has...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-03-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,072
Posted By gramcko
The time I was stuck in reverse it was the cable....

The time I was stuck in reverse it was the cable. Bent where it fell off the shift lever.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-19-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 7,260
Posted By gramcko
One note, climbing harnesses are really hard on...

One note, climbing harnesses are really hard on the family jewels. Bosun's chairs are far better in that regard. I think there is a product that combines both, or at least has a canvas seat.
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-19-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 4,096
Posted By gramcko
bubb2's advice is right on. On my C30, I tie off...

bubb2's advice is right on. On my C30, I tie off my tiller and a bit of patience to balance with the traveler. Holds reach and close reach course beautifully, but I get bored after 20 minutes or so,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-27-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 3,257
Posted By gramcko
As sailingdog says use a spring line. It takes...

As sailingdog says use a spring line. It takes much of the angst out docking in a slip with a dead engine or without one. At worst you step off, loop around the outer most dock cleat and stop the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-01-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,722
Posted By gramcko
The 5 year age should be of little concern it...

The 5 year age should be of little concern it will not change your maintenance, repair, upgrade, and bone head mistakes costs. I've a late 70's C30 bought 3 and half years ago. I've average $225 /...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-31-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 937
Posted By gramcko
I rewired my mast last Dec. The yard charged $125...

I rewired my mast last Dec. The yard charged $125 / hour for the crane, plus a mast cradle rate.
Forum: Atomic 4   07-31-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 10,867
Posted By gramcko
Gas on a sailboat is an unnecessary risk, go...

Gas on a sailboat is an unnecessary risk, go diesel, less headache, less hazard. Installation will cost about the same.

If you can afford somewhat more, and don't mind being the first on your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,566
Posted By gramcko
You mentioned "direct connect to battery". Just a...

You mentioned "direct connect to battery". Just a reminder, safest practice is a fuse very near to battery, or better yet through the electrical panel.

Anybody, is there a compelling reason to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 2,046
Posted By gramcko
Thanks Barry. Heat will be my next attempt....

Thanks Barry. Heat will be my next attempt. Though I'm a bit worried the silly thing has a hidden trick; because I tried liquid wrench and a pulley puller and only succeeded in popping the bolt heads...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 2,046
Posted By gramcko
Yanmar PTO v-pulley

I need to remove the PTO v-pulley from a YSE 12 engine. It's either being very stubborn or it needs a special tool. Does anyone know if a special tool is needed? Secondly, does anyone know of a part...
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