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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-10-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 3,649
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Marina Electrical Problems

Loose connections or dissimilar metals not properly treated. Corrosion of the connections is another possibility. Doubtful a marina wide load issue, more likely a connection unable to handle the...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   08-06-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Will this float?

That boat is sleek and fast compared to:
Blobster (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-04-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 883
Posted By bgeddes
Re: what make is this boat ???

By the time you get spars, sails, and rigging, it would be cheaper to buy one complete.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Sailing around the world on a Wrangler

All you really need is the body. For ~$2000 you can buy new.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Sailing around the world on a Wrangler

If i were to do this, I'd look for an old Scrambler. The length at the water line will gain you a few knots of hull speed.
Forum: Electrical Systems   12-01-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By bgeddes
Battery Safety w/ Pictures

First this didn't happen on a boat, it happened to me at work. It could easily have been aboard a private vessel.

The natural gas powered emergency lighting generator at our facility was not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-11-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Installing radio

With a bad antenna or cable or bad cable connection you could get the symptoms you describe. The best way to prove or disprove this is an SWR check. A local Ham radio person or club can do it. It...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-10-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By bgeddes
Re: sailors backwards unboxing video

Can we get an explanation of why the roll of TP is on the table?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-09-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,444
Posted By bgeddes
Re: New info on a Capri 13

Have seen this page?
Cyclone 13 Technical Notes (

Half way down is a section on rigging.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-08-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,299
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Stupid Power Boat Tricks

How do salvage rights work on 10 minute old wrecks? Or is this a case of 'finders-keepers'?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-29-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Boat HIN doesn't make sense

Any ideas?
SailNet Community - bgeddes's Album: Little boat - Picture (
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-24-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By bgeddes
Boat HIN doesn't make sense


I ran into a small daysailor with SKM as the manufacturer in the HIN. I looked this up and found Skarne Marine. It seems they build some very nice commercial type boats but info on this...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-21-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By bgeddes
Re: radio question

Correct. Many factors from the quality of the receiver in the radio to the quality and quantity of the connectors and connections can effect the receive side of things.

Let us not forget that...
Forum: Electronics   06-03-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,715
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Short VHF antenna recommendation?

There would be no reason you couldn't remount a 3' antenna on the mast if you have it stepped or hire a rigger. If this is to be a season long install I would opt for a rail mount antenna, the type...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 5,252
Posted By bgeddes
Re: How to calibrate a voltage meter

A real calibration will require a comparison to a standard traceable to N.I.S.T., the National Institute of Standards and Testing, Typically done by a lab specializing in this service. Probably...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-25-2012
Replies: 146
Views: 20,600
Posted By bgeddes
Re: How did you get your start in sailing?

Took sailing at scout camp one summer
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-20-2012
Replies: 68
Views: 4,540
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Economical Hand-Held Chartplotter?

I bought a Garmin 78Cx on sale for $150ish they are still about $170 if you look around. It does pretty good, can be read in sunlight and has the option of adding more extensive mapping.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,037
Posted By bgeddes
Re: HAM Radio Exam.....prep?

If you already know the electronics, just focus on the test questions. Online tests at or are a good review.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-07-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Battery wires and cables?

This idea will also compensate for the loss of performance over time. As the wire gets older and potentially degraded the added capacity will help.
Forum: Florida & SE US East Coast   03-18-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 754
Posted By bgeddes
Re: Looking for place with beach cabins & sailboats

I am headed for Key Lime SC in the middle of May, I will report back upon my return.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-02-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 5,307
Posted By bgeddes
Sea Eagle Inflatable Sport Kayaks...

Sea Eagle Inflatable Sport Kayaks (
These are decent. But far from the durability of a real tender. I have used boats form the same company on rivers and...
Forum: Electronics   02-17-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,022
Posted By bgeddes
from the SailMail site: Icom M700 This...

from the SailMail site:

Icom M700

This is Icom's original HF marine radio. This radio has a number of disadvantages for use with digital communications.

There is no accessory jack with the...
Forum: Boat Reviews   02-17-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,588
Posted By bgeddes
IONA 32 sailboat on

IONA 32 sailboat on (

It says:

Similar to, or a 'knock-off' of the ISLANDER 32 that was sold in kit form.

So looking for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 4,056
Posted By bgeddes
There are two different things you are...

There are two different things you are considering.

A ham setup, Radio $350, tuner $150, wire antenna and feed line, $100. Doable, HOWEVER, you can not use that setup on the marine bands. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-14-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 4,056
Posted By bgeddes
Chrisncate, Many good deals are out there on...


Many good deals are out there on used equipment. An older all solid state HAM HF rig can be found for $300-400, in fine working order.

Amp draw will depend on how much power you...
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