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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By tschmidty
Re: DIY Walmart

Hmm, unless you need a whole bunch of it, I recommend looking for sunbrella remnants or seconds. It's not hard to find sunbrella for around $10 a yard if you look around. At this point in my life,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-05-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,297
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Catalina 27

Here's a great write up on it: Replacing Thru-Hulls and Seacocks Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/replacing_thruhulls)

It's not that hard or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-28-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,640
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Good Deal (Polar View) from Active Captain

They do give you several years of free subscription if you recently bought it. FWIW, I really like the software, not as crazy about the licensing but still pretty inexpensive. And yes, you can just...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-28-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,538
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Polar Navy Navigation Users

They do give you several years of free subscription if you recently bought it. FWIW, I really like the software, not as crazy about the licensing but still pretty inexpensive. And yes, you can just...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-21-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 3,473
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Buckling Bulkheads

Probably a bit late for my .02 at this point but I'd add some sort of posts to the inside edges of those bulkheads. A small 1.5x1.5 or so hardwood post bonded on the inside edge would add a lot of...
Forum: Electronics   06-14-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 1,705
Posted By tschmidty
Re: UNIDEN VHF marine radio, does this mean it supports DSC?

NMEA0183 is a serial protocol that sends and receives various information. In this case your chart plotter would be hooked up to your VHF radio to provide GPS information. When you press the DSC...
Forum: North American Yachts   06-10-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,297
Posted By tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

A couple videos from our sail to Ocracoke. You can see the lines led back tha ti installed, not sure I mentioned that in this thread yet.

We had a great beam reach sail from Oriental, NC to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-10-2016
Replies: 3,273
Views: 440,070
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

EDIT: Anyone able to tell me the right way to embed these videos?

So my meager contribution. I have an earlier one in this thread from my 17 foot boat but this is on my 23 foot boat. We had a...
Forum: North American Yachts   06-09-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,297
Posted By tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I added about 12 lbs of lead. Plain plywood would just float. Is it is mine needs a little coaxing to get it to go down (pushing the cable down the tube) and really needs about another 4-5 lbs to...
Forum: North American Yachts   05-29-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,297
Posted By tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

So it looks like rain for our trip so I added a bimini top, got it from Amazon for $104 shipped. Had to cut it down quite a bit, it was 46", cut it down to about 33 to fit under the boom so I could...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-27-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 3,358
Posted By tschmidty
Re: MOB Procedure with an inexperienced 2nd mate

I'll just say one more time that in no way did i insult her intelligence or bash her in any way and I don't recall anyone else doing so either.

I will once again thank the posters with useful...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 3,358
Posted By tschmidty
Re: MOB Procedure with an inexperienced 2nd mate

Because I want to share something I love with someone I love?



Putting it irons is essentially what I am talking about. Drop anchor, sheet sails in tight. In all of that I am assuming she...
Forum: Electrical Systems   05-25-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Solar panel help

As they said add the numbers. You said about 4 + lets say 2 for the bi-data, so 6 amp hours x 12 = 48 ah. Add some lights and the radio lets say 4 amps x 4, so 64amp hours. The Panel you mentioned is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-25-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 3,358
Posted By tschmidty
Re: MOB Procedure with an inexperienced 2nd mate

I will definitely add the part about throwing things at me! Except she might get confused and throw the anchor at me... I have a life ring and throw rope on the railing.

My PFD have a harness and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-25-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 1,583
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Pushing a 27' Sailboat with Trolling Motor

Yeah, second the rebuild of the evinrude you have. Pretty easy to do.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-25-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 1,583
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Pushing a 27' Sailboat with Trolling Motor

Yeah, even on my old 16 foot sailboat i only got about 2.5 knots max out of the trolling motor and if there was any sort of wind it wasn't going anywhere. The biggest problem is going to be side...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-25-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 3,358
Posted By tschmidty
MOB Procedure with an inexperienced 2nd mate

So I have been thinking about MOB procedures on an upcoming trip with my SO. This will be the pamlico sound where the depths are pretty shallow < 50 ft almost certainly and a small 23 foot boat with...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-24-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 552
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Newbie from NC

You won't generally get wind on the lakes in NC that you need to reef. Sounds like you are close to Raleigh though which will give you access to the eastern sounds where you might get more wind. Reef...
Forum: Maintenance/How-to Videos   05-23-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,406
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Storing Double Braid Line Video

Cool video appreciate you pointing me to it. Now I can say I've learned something today!
Forum: North American Yachts   05-23-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 337
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Who owns the Spirit 23 on Seattle's Lake Union?

No idea, but on a related note seeing as how you and at least one other Spirit 23 are in the Seattle area, any interest in getting our boat reviewed in Small Boat Advisor? I love the magazine and...
Forum: North American Yachts   05-23-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,297
Posted By tschmidty
Added a pop top tent. Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I went ahead and whipped up a basic pop top tent for a little privacy at rest. This is just something i hacked together to get a pattern for when I build a real one from sunbrella with windows and...
Forum: North American Yachts   05-19-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,297
Posted By tschmidty
Refurnishing Front Hatch RE: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC:

The front hatch on our boats is a strong plastic of some variety, not acrylic or lexan. I was lucky in that my front hatch was not badly damaged, just some cracks along the back edge, but a ton of...
Forum: Electronics   05-18-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Disapointment with Polar Navy Customer "service"

Latest from them

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Unfortunately, the change cannot be made due to technical reasons. Sorry about the inconvenience. Barring any unexpected issues, the next version is due to be released on...
Forum: Electronics   05-18-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By tschmidty
Re: Disapointment with Polar Navy Customer "service"

Even better, i just got this (less than 24 hours later)

Message:

Activation codes are no longer available for sale. At this point existing product version is available as a convenience to...
Forum: Electronics   05-17-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By tschmidty
Disapointment with Polar Navy Customer "service"

Update: I am reasonably satisfied with the final answer I got from their support (last post). The new version is supposed to be available June 1st.

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I just have to...
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