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Search: Posts Made By: MarkSF
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Synthetic Motor Oil for my Diesel?

I am perfectly willing to be persuaded by facts. So far all you have done is state some facts without providing any reference to back them up.

If you read that article linked to above, it does...
Forum: Racing 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,325
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Anyone wear a PLB?

The previous owner of my boat made a complete hash of an MOB recovery, by starting the engine without getting all the sheets under control. One went into the prop, and disabled the boat completely....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Synthetic Motor Oil for my Diesel?

While I am quite convinced that synthetic oil has some superior properties, namely lifetime, high temp stability, and viscosity vs. temperature, I don't think you're likely to take advantage of them....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 821
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Battery Charging question

My explanation (and eherlihy's) is how a 1-2-both-off switch shoud work. You haven't got one, you have this off-DC-both switch. I have no idea what that is doing. You are best off asking someone with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 821
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Battery Charging question

Question : does the boat have a switch marked "1-2-both-off" anywhere?

If so, are you familiar with its use? The traditional way of wiring it is that the alternator only charges the selected...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 312
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Trident Gas Control and detection panel

I have the current Trident unit, and it won't work without the sensor attached. Likewise if the sensor fails, everything defaults to fault condition. (I know people who carry a spare sensor with...
Forum: Racing 3 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,325
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Anyone wear a PLB?

That device appears to use DSC, not AIS. So it's a personal VHF with DSC distress calling.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 821
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Battery Charging question

I'm also a bit suspicious about the state of your house batteries now. Yes they charged up, but will they hold the charge? Discharging them so deep usually doesn't do them any good, and the question...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Dark teak?

I was worried about sanding through the "veneer" on the floor on my Bristol. Turns out, it is 1/4" thick. It's a little thinner on the Bruynzeel teak plywood bulkheads.

I just re-veneered a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Dark teak?

There are several aging affects on teak :

1) Prolonged exposure to sun will lighten it. You can see this in my boat, areas hidden from the sun are darker.

2) Old varnish adds to the effect by...
Forum: Electronics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By MarkSF
Forum: Electrical Systems 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By MarkSF
Re: advice on chart plotter?

One feature I really love on my Lowrance is the projected course. I have it set to project a line one mile ahead. This can be very handy in SF bay, showing you how the current is really affecting you.
Forum: Electrical Systems 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By MarkSF
Re: advice on chart plotter?

My suggestion would be to find a large West Marine store, and have a look at a few models. Try a few basic functions like navigating to a waypoint. This will give you a feel for ease of use.

My...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,218
Posted By MarkSF
Re: I called Mercury Marine

Yes, the smaller Mercurys are rebadged Tohatsus, which are excellent outboards.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Maintenance checklists

"Is this a DIY list built over experience as you learn your boat?" Yes, definitely.

Couple of points :

It's easy to forget the batteries. You need to check the electrolyte regularly. Depends on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Vang mechanical advantage

Yes, I have the Garhauer too, and it's great. Lots of purchase so it's easy to make adjustments.
Forum: Racing Videos 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 4,177
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Knock Down!

Not sure what you mean, I see two people in the cockpit.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,398
Posted By MarkSF
Re: cal 25 help

I used to sail a Cal 25 with a 5hp. It was adequate. 10hp might be overkill, but if it's a good engine and only $100, I'd take it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By MarkSF
Re: diesel fuel funnel with filter

I'm sure the diesel does come out of the pump clean, but when I look in the bottom of my 5 gal container there are numerous bits of detritus in there. No doubt they get in during the filling and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Shatterproof glass on hatch?

My understanding is that Lexan is very strong, no worries there, but it does not stand up to UV as well as acrylic. That's the reason acrylic is normally used, that and cost. A thick sheet of Lexan...
Forum: Electronics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By MarkSF
Re: VHF Issues : How to troubleshoot ?

I was faced with the same issue, and bought one of these for diagnostic purposes :

SHAKESPEARE Stowaway Emergency VHF Antenna | West Marine...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 736
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Sabre 32 v Sabre 30 MKIII

Love the 3 models you're looking at. I also like the Ericson 32-3.

I would have thought that any of these models, in good condition, with the right equipment, and with a sailor with the right...
Forum: Electrical Systems 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 896
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

The main starter current doesn't go through the ammeter, it is wired (almost) directly to the starter via the 1-2-both switch.

I think what MaineSail was proposing that you are referring to was to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 896
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

Nothing wrong with replacing the trailer connection, in fact it's worth doing. But it won't fix the problem you reported, which as I understand it is, you hear the solenoid click, you can see the...
Forum: Bristol 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 3,453
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Circumnavigating with a Bristol 32

Link doesn't work. "connection refused"
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