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Search: Posts Made By: GaryHLucas
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By GaryHLucas
I'm back, kinda

It has been a long time since I posted here.
A quick update:

I live in NJ and bought an Etap 26 in April of 2008 in the Chesapeake just as gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon. We sailed her home...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,811
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Keel Scrapping

If you have one boat to dispose of a sawzall will do the job pretty quick using a demolition blade. That's how they cut up the boat that sunk in my slip last summer in a day. It wasn't my boat!...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4,283
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Solar panels vs. wind or forget it?

Interestingly, Nigel Calder did an article where he showed that the absolute lowest cost of electricity per kwh on a boat not connected to shore power was actually using a small inverter type...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-28-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,464
Posted By GaryHLucas
The balance point

Surprisingly my Etap 26 with a retractable bulb keel was offered with two stiff legs attached towards the stern on either side to create a tripod for just this purpose! Permanent brackets bolted to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-26-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 1,666
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

I was planning on bringing my 26' Etap home, after four years on the hard in a marina, eating me out of house and home. I got a price using a hydraulic trailer that was about the same as the winter...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 12-23-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 4,725
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Swimming in the Bay?

Well a little good news,
We build waste water treatment plants and most of them have gone into Maryland. These are all replacements for old systems that were really really bad, and now the water...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-18-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,352
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Wire Labeling So It Lasts

We pay 5.5 cents per label, including the laminating overwrap. However I wasn't actually thinking of the material cost, I was thinking of the labor cost.

The most expensive words in business...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-16-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Your first boat

At Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in the 70s we had an old cruise ship as an upperclassmen dorm, anchored at the dock below Castle Point Terrace. They finally got rid of it because...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-16-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 3,554
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Pumpout Costs

About those Lectrosan units. They kill the bacteria using a chlorine made from salt water and electricity. They do NOT remove any solids, as do ALL land based treatment plants. This means that you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-16-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,352
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Wire Labeling So It Lasts

Nice labeling, but wow that is expensive to do! We bought a DuraLabel printer a few years ago to do pipe labeling with 2" wide vinyl tape. Our printer does up to 4" wide labels. I got a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,206
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Worn holes for the Winch Pawls

Another possibilty. Have a local machine shop open the holes slightly by simply plunging in a slightly larger end mill. Then find a wire EDM shop (or to have a pair of slightly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 7,953
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: How does a Honda Generator work?

I conducted a little experiment during Hurricane Sandy when our power was out for 5 days. After Irene Costco had a generator sale, scheduled before the hurricane. I picked up a Champion 2000 watt...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-24-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,446
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Seacock Drip (Spartan)

That crack looks like freeze damage to me. If seacocks are closed in freezing weather the hole through the plug holds enough to freeze and crack it. Tapered plug valves are extremely reliable and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-20-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,998
Posted By GaryHLucas
Halfway up mast, jury rig that worked--once..

I've used a coil of rope as a bosuns chair several times. Make a coil that is about 4 feet long and sit in the middle. Tie the halyard to the two ends of the coil. Spread the lines out across your...
Forum: C30 11-19-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,911
Posted By GaryHLucas
Propeller Shaft Log

I would not tighten the packing more than once without the shaft running in between. Shafts often are no longer perfectly round and you could easily overtighten without realizing it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By GaryHLucas
Orientation of Flexible Holding Tank

My boat had a flexible Nauta tank and when i had it pumped out it would suck down to the bottom and take a very long time to evacuate completely. So I'd like to hear how this supposed to work.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-15-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 8,105
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

You are right, and rating a pump at charging voltage constitutes fraud in my book. I didn't think about the voltage when I was writing, I seldom see anything other than 480 volts 3 phase, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-14-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 8,105
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

I work with centrifugal pump design every day. What's missing here is our basic tool, the pump curve supplied by the manufacturer. A centrifugal pump always runs on the pump curve, for every head...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-10-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 3,417
Posted By GaryHLucas
Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

Hurricane Sandy showed how this is done. There is a fin keel Hunter 27 standing perfectly upright on the keel and rudder. Sandy left it there gently touching a power boat lying on it's side, where...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-06-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 416
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Lightning protecting "ZAP Bag"

Not sure where you got the $15,000 figure for a patent, probably from the crook that got me for $14,000 on my first patent! It was so bad the PTO allowed me to get it reissued with expanded...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-04-2012
Replies: 74
Views: 7,049
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Floated off the stands

I see you thought I was aiming a dig at you. I assure that was not my intent. You'll notice I use my real name, and if you google me you'll find that I've been on the Internet a very long...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-04-2012
Replies: 74
Views: 7,049
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Floated off the stands

I see I mis-typed. Left out "and I" after grandson.

My reference to couple of hundred thousand was not about the OPs boat, it was about the pile of boats around mine, some that certainly cost...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 1,102
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Polyester sling for chafe control

I was at a boat show a couple of years ago and looked at some of the high end boats with massive bronze chocks and cleats that were several feet away. I thought wow they are going to need some...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 1,539
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Forces acting on mast plate

I wouldn't worry about it at all. This is a very good design. The mast is stepped on top of it, so it sure isn't going to raise up, even from the vertical line pull. The pull towards the stern will...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-02-2012
Replies: 81
Views: 8,123
Posted By GaryHLucas
Re: Hurricane Sandy: How did you do?

Nice tie down job. Glad to see you didn't loose your boat too!

Gary H. Lucas
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