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Search: Posts Made By: gc
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-27-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 3,286
Posted By gc
The ham approach to e-mail has a lot to recommend...

The ham approach to e-mail has a lot to recommend it (and it is FREE). I have used it all over the Caribbean. And now ham licenses are very easy to get. I believe that most of the commercial SSB...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-26-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,752
Posted By gc
I have lived on Long Is. since 1965 and have been...

I have lived on Long Is. since 1965 and have been through 3 hurricanes in that time (only 1 bad one). So if you want a guarantee, go up to Maine. Plus there are lots of good boats available there,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-26-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,543
Posted By gc
When were HIN's started? My 1972 boat doesn't...

When were HIN's started? My 1972 boat doesn't have one, never did.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-23-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 2,253
Posted By gc
Avoiding mold and mildew over the winter can be a...

Avoiding mold and mildew over the winter can be a challenge. Keep the interior ventilated. Just what this means depends on how you are storing. I don't shrink wrap, but if I did I think I would use...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,208
Posted By gc
Avoid weekends for the Ft. Lauderdale -> Miami...

Avoid weekends for the Ft. Lauderdale -> Miami stretch. Did I say that loud enough AVOID WEEKENDS! I had the most miserable day in a couple of months of trip down the ICW, making that leg on a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-17-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By gc
Easy inlet. If there is much swell running come...

Easy inlet. If there is much swell running come straight in from the sea bouy. If the seas are really heavy in an east wind it will be a little dicey getting in. But Manasquan, Atlantic City, and...
Forum: Living Aboard 10-17-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,936
Posted By gc
My experience pretty much all over the Caribbean...

My experience pretty much all over the Caribbean in 1995/6 was that propane was always available, even in some pretty small backwaters. You might have to go somewhere away from the dock to get it,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-17-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By gc
Fold them and store under a bunk cushion.

Fold them and store under a bunk cushion.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-14-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,253
Posted By gc
About the propane tanks, the new valves can be...

About the propane tanks, the new valves can be purchased separately. I have done that for a couple of old Al tanks that I have. But the valves in the picture look like the new ones.
About the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-13-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 3,968
Posted By gc
I had good results with hiring a "sandblast"...

I had good results with hiring a "sandblast" team. Actually the abrasive they use looks like chopped up plastic cups (the thin kind). They took off the barrier coat as well - it was badly done by a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-10-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By gc
As the paint dries it undergoes a chemical change...

As the paint dries it undergoes a chemical change that makes it no longer soluble in water. We just had the experience of using a water based paint on an exterior basement door and it rained before...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-09-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 9,025
Posted By gc
Over the years (more years than I care to admit...

Over the years (more years than I care to admit to) I have seen this argument reprised many times. In person, in the letters to the editor of sailing publications in the old days, and in on-line...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-07-2006
Replies: 45
Views: 12,484
Posted By gc
I recently took a trip to SE Alaska and spent...

I recently took a trip to SE Alaska and spent some time there wandering the docks. This is serious fishing territory and fishermen are serious about reliability and longevity. I was very surprised to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-03-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,348
Posted By gc
I have been waxing my AwlGrip finish for about 8...

I have been waxing my AwlGrip finish for about 8 years now. Keeps it looking fine, the yard even uses it as an example to try to sell it to others. I wax it once a year in the spring.
I would worry...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-03-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1,093
Posted By gc
Do you ever plan on installing an SSB? If so,...

Do you ever plan on installing an SSB? If so, definitely leave it. They are useful items, without a positive reason for removing it I would tend to leave it in.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-26-2006
Replies: 59
Views: 10,827
Posted By gc
I use Cetol for my toe-rail cap. I use it instead...

I use Cetol for my toe-rail cap. I use it instead of rebedding the cap. Varnish will not stay on for more than a month because of moisture intrusion from underneath. But Cetol works. I like the looks...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-26-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,112
Posted By gc
My guesses. 1) This is an older boat with a...

My guesses.
1) This is an older boat with a lot of history.
2) Maybe the second alternator was added well after original delivery.
3) The original alternator (or maybe the add on)had a noise...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-17-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 9,025
Posted By gc
For a bit of actual experience, not conjecture...

For a bit of actual experience, not conjecture and imagining, see www.yachtfiona.com. Eric Forsyth has an alternator connected to the prop shaft and uses the freewheeling to charge batteries. He has...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-16-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 2,297
Posted By gc
WOW are they still sailing the Lido-14s in the...

WOW are they still sailing the Lido-14s in the UCB yacht club? I learned to sail on them in the early 1960's.
Don't worry about the shoes, get on the water. It is a GREAT way to learn.
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 09-12-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 915
Posted By gc
I use the RSS feed, but it is overwhelmed by the...

I use the RSS feed, but it is overwhelmed by the news feeds. Is there any way to separate the news feeds from the rest in the RSS feeds?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-05-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 2,837
Posted By gc
I echo MikeinLA. Find and fix the leak as...

I echo MikeinLA. Find and fix the leak as priority one. Priority two is finding and fixing whatever is draining the batteries. Then worry about the rewire and paralleling batteries and the other more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-05-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 2,885
Posted By gc
The choice should not just be Marine SSB vs Sat...

The choice should not just be Marine SSB vs Sat Phone, but you should compare Ham communications as well. With the new license requirements, getting a ham license is not very hard. And the e-mail is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-04-2006
Replies: 121
Views: 10,537
Posted By gc
Perhaps because of modern communication...

Perhaps because of modern communication technology, people nowadays think too much, do too little. People now are more aware of all the extra stuff they could have before venturing offshore and seem...
Forum: Morgan 09-02-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,082
Posted By gc
A rough rule of thumb. A windlass draws nearly as...

A rough rule of thumb. A windlass draws nearly as much power as the engine starter. In fact the motors are rather similar. If your battery would be run down by cranking the starter for several...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-31-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,869
Posted By gc
My bet is on the wiring somewhere. Check the...

My bet is on the wiring somewhere. Check the voltage across the pump - at the pump and with the pump running. (i.e. between the brown and black wires connected to the pump). My bet is that there is...
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