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Search: Posts Made By: mstern
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,188
Views: 329,806
Posted By mstern
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Dirt: how high off the deck are your lifelines?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Really? Unless you know how far I live/work from my boat, and the relative location of the closest battery shop, I don't understand why you would doubt my statement.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Time my friend, time. Going out and buying the equipment and material to do it myself and then doing the work sounds like a project that would take me an entire afternoon (at least). Even taking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By mstern
Re: Zen and the art of 'bottom feeding'... please contribute!

Charlie:

If you are looking for ideas on how to make stuff yourself from what's available, I highly recommend a thread that's been on this site for awhile:
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I get it, believe me. I've lost acid and replaced it with water; things won't be the same. I understand. I can measure the specific gravity of the electrolyte, but I won't know what it means in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Unfortunately, the battery is about 3 months old. I reinstalled it last evening, and it worked fine. Provided plenty of juice to start the outboard and run the chartplotter. I'm going to see what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,252
Posted By mstern
Wink Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

To be fair Donna, it's not that we think those things are more important than circumnavigating or rebuilding a head, just that we are suprised that an intelligent, well-educated young lady such as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,444
Posted By mstern
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Ah, but is it less filling?

I didn't think so.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I had fully charged the battery about a week before it spilled; during that week, the battery had sat in my garage or in my car. And, according the gauge on my battery charger, the battery recharged...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,252
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Amen brother. Btw, have you ever played the Lobster Shack in Branford, CT? I ask because there was a guy playing the Shack awhile ago who looked like your avatar picture.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,252
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Keep in mind my very compact stereo has some pretty severe built-in volume limitations, so it's not like I'm making a big sacrifice!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

fyi, in trying to answer my own questions, I came across this website that does not recommend trying to recreate the correct mix of acid and water after a partial spill:

BatteryStuff Articles |...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,252
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

My "sound system" consists of one of those very compact, battery powered ipod speakers. It looks a lot like the picture I've attached here. I hang it from the hatchway lock hasp while underway.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Thanks all. Maine, I was thinking that same thing about dilution, but I had no idea if I was right, nor what to do about it. Assuming I find battery acid, how do I know how much to put in? And now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,363
Posted By mstern
Battery Acid!

I wound up inadvertently completely draining the battery on my boat a couple of weeks ago, so I took it home to charge. After charging the battery, I put the thing in the back of my car to reinstall...
Forum: Living Aboard 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,457
Posted By mstern
Re: Boat Sitting - Is it really an outrageous proposition?

I can only echo what others have said about getting the expectations clear (your's and the owner's) and down on paper.

That being said, I did some very light maintenance on a boat owned by friends...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By mstern
Re: The New Yorker - Unlocked

How is the New Yorker related to sailing?!? Surely you jest! E.B. White, man, E.B. White!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By mstern
Re: Appropriate Size cockpit tank for small outboard

I went from a six gallon metal tank to a three gallon plastic tank when I bought a new 8 hp two stroke engine about 8 years ago. The tank locker on my Oday 23 (under a seat) was clearly designed to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,444
Posted By mstern
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

And juice boxes. Plenty of juice boxes. Like at least a dozen.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 755
Posted By mstern
Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

I mounted my Lowrance Elite 5 on the bulkhead of my Oday 23. The only spare circuit on my fuse board was non-functioning, so I connected it directly to the battery (with an independent fuse circuit,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 969
Posted By mstern
Re: Outboards: sailing with the motor down.

I always raise the outboard when sailing my Oday 23. It does make a difference in speed, but not a ton. I tilt it up; I don't use the springs on the mount to pull it straight up. That's too much...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,375
Posted By mstern
Re: Handheld GPS Advice Needed...

I bought a Garmin 72 used on ebay about 8 years ago. I think I paid $50. It still works fine, except that it can no longer provide "celestial" information such as tides and moon phases. The Garmin...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-26-2014
Replies: 146
Views: 6,147
Posted By mstern
Re: We have fallen for the Cheoy Lee 40 Offshore

Ain't it a beautiful thing when you find a boat that makes your heart go "zing!"?

But don't let practicality go completely out the window. The yawl model has double the rigging and all that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-25-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 723
Posted By mstern
Re: Which type of plywood ?

I had a heck of a time finding marine grade ply. None of the Home Depot stores in my area had it, and they had no interest in finding it. I finally had to special order it from a lumber yard. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-23-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,667
Posted By mstern
Re: I can't believe it's stolen again!

UPDATE:

I called my marina last week and left a message telling them that my mat had been stolen. I didn't expect a call back, and didn't get one.

We went to the marina for a sail yesterday,...
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