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Search: Posts Made By: okawbow
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By okawbow
Re: A GOOD multimeter (that won't break the bank)

For the simple things I use a multimeter for, I like to keep several cheap ones around. That way, I always have one handy, and if the one I'm using craps out, or the batteries run down, I have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 11,582
Posted By okawbow
Re: Spade Rudders vs. Skeg Hung

Your post kind of makes my point. I've never caught anything with a full keel fully enclosed prop, and rudder that was hung on the back of the keel. (I believe some Island Packets have a rudder that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 11,582
Posted By okawbow
Re: Spade Rudders vs. Skeg Hung

After sailing up and down the east coast for several thousand miles, in what seemed like one continuous crab and lobster pot field; I wouldn't try it in a boat with a spade rudder and exposed prop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-01-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By okawbow
Re: cutting down a rig

The spreaders on the larger mast could cause a problem. Can you use your old spreaders?

I once cut down an aluminum mast to replace the wooden mast on a Cheoy Lee 31. The spreader mounts were...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-20-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 9,503
Posted By okawbow
Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

I sailed a Mac 25 for several years. It was a good boat to learn on, but was down right scary in strong, gusty winds. That caused me to stay at the dock too often. It was an epiphany when I started...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By okawbow
Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

It's really not the displacement that counts, but how well your sailboat balances under all conditions. I used a Simrad TP10 on my Cheoylee 31 ketch, for several thousand miles of cruising, without...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,016
Posted By okawbow
Re: Boat won't come up into wind

The OP never said the sailboat falls off when the helm is released. Maybe the sail plan is perfectly balanced?

My little Privateer 26 schooner will balance to the point where I can let the tiller...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-25-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,294
Posted By okawbow
Re: $3500 inexpensive bluewater cruiser

The Cascade 29 has good performance numbers for it's size. That's a good deal if it is a solid boat. I would consider that model if I were single handing a bluewater passage.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-18-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,273
Posted By okawbow
Re: Public Service Announcement

My wife and I sailed our Cheoy Lee 31 from Key West to Penobscot Bay. We did most of the trip outside, but came in to Elizabeth City and took the Dismal Swamp canal to Portsmouth, VA. We didn't do...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-10-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By okawbow
Re: Installing a lifting eye and need to bolt to lead

Do you have keel bolts? Or, is the ballast inside the keel?

I put a lifting eye on a Santana 20 using an eye nut on one of the keel bolts.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 4,372
Posted By okawbow
Re: Icw

Having done some of the ICW and most of the east coast outside; I much prefer the outside. Even in our 31' Cheoy Lee ketch; going outside was easy and enjoyable with the right weather windows....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 3,864
Posted By okawbow
Re: Sailing around the world on a $10,000 sailboat

The Bristol 26 has a higher capsize risk and a lower motion comfort rating than the Bristol 24 or 27. However, I'm sure it would do ok for voyaging if properly modified. My Bristol 24 does fine...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By okawbow
Re: A Ketch into a Cutter...or not

I'd rather handle the mizzen from the cockpit, than have to go up and deal with the staysail in rough weather. With a ketch rig; a short handed crew can sail jib and mizzen anytime the wind picks up....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-11-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,217
Posted By okawbow
Re: Lower rudder bushing

I've cast a bushing in place on my Bristol 24 7 years ago, using JB weld metal filled epoxy. I also used Vaseline on the shaft. It has held up perfectly since then.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-08-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 39,000
Posted By okawbow
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

What a ridiculous statement! About 75% of the world lives more than a day from "real" medical care. With that statement as a guide; we certainly shouldn't ever let our children ride in cars. A trip...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-23-2014
Replies: 2,552
Views: 186,352
Posted By okawbow
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Here's how one couple temporarily solved the money problem while living aboard.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-22-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By okawbow
Re: Best putty or filler for small chips on deck?

I use West epoxy mixed with wood flour until peanut butter consistency.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-20-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,125
Posted By okawbow
Re: crazy boom question

Shipping for the boom would be $250.00. So unless you know someone driving past my house on I 70; it would not be cost effective.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-20-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,125
Posted By okawbow
Re: crazy boom question

I have a boom that is about 10'5". I'd have to check for sure. It's yours if you can get it from central Illinois.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-20-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 4,211
Posted By okawbow
Re: What did you learn to sail on?

My first sailing was done on an ice boat. Learned some basic things about wind and sails on that. Then my wife won a Super Snark, and we learned how to sail on water. My real sailing education came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-17-2014
Replies: 2,552
Views: 186,352
Posted By okawbow
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Several years ago, I bought a Magellan Nav 5000DLX hand held GPS off ebay. I think I paid $25.00 or so for the GPS, cradle, manual, and 12V power cord. These units cost over $1000.00 in the early...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-09-2014
Replies: 2,552
Views: 186,352
Posted By okawbow
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

My wife puts rice, flour, beans, etc., in the freezer for 2 weeks before vacuum bagging. The cold kills the bugs that are present in most grains and cereals, and vacuum bagging keeps other bugs out....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 18,596
Posted By okawbow
Re: Who is the best of the cheap sail makers...

I had 6 new sails made by Rolly Tasker for my little schooner, that cost about 1/2 of other sailmakers bids. All were custom made from my sketches and fit perfectly. Couldn't be more satisfied after...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By okawbow
Re: Cement Ballast - Pros/Cons

My Cheoy Lee 31' offshore ketch had concrete over cast iron ballast, with no issues after 45 years.
I have to say that the motion of that boat was the most comfortable of any sailboat I've ever...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-14-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,042
Posted By okawbow
Re: Wire rope clips vs. nicopress

I rigged my schooner conversion with galvanized wire and nicopress fittings. I bought the tool used, at a great price. I bought a spool of good quality wire rope and found the fittings and eyes...
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