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Search: Posts Made By: mstern
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 3,362
Posted By mstern
Re: The New Generation

On the original topic: I have not seen a lot of new sailors around. I was at the Newport Boat show on Sunday, and I saw the usual group of 40's and up sailors. Someone here mentioned that it is...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,772
Posted By mstern
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

I went without a depth sounder for 12 years before installing a combo chart plotter/fish finder last year. No problems. It requires you to be careful, but I have to disagree with James; a depth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,138
Posted By mstern
Re: New or Old?

So many variables its tough to say which is the better option; but I think that is the main point: both should be options. The same amount of cash will generally buy a new 35 or an old 47 (to pick...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By mstern
Re: It only took 14 years to fix...

Hmmm. This is supposed to be wire that can be buried. That plus the fact that most of it will be covered by the tube shrink wrap will hopefully protect it. If not, then I am hoping it won't be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By mstern
It only took 14 years to fix...

When I bought my Oday 23, the boat was on the hard for the season with the mast down. I didn't notice until the survey that the connector plugs on the deck and at the mast for the steaming light...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By mstern
Forum: Boat Reviews 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By mstern
Re: catalina 22 vs. o'day 22

I leased a Catalina 22 for a season and have sailed on the Oday 22 (I own an Oday 23, which is very similar 22). They are similar boats, both in terms of their performance and build quality. A few...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-08-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 3,640
Posted By mstern
Re: If you live in Hawaii.....GET YOUR BOAT OUT OF THE WATER ASAP!!

Sitting here on the Big Island (Waikoloa, on the leeward side) of the island. Just my luck to have the only hurricane in recorded history hit the big island while I'm on vacation. I can see some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-01-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,035
Posted By mstern
Re: My wife, the reluctant sailor

Very nicely stated.

My wife has slept on my boat (and it is "my" boat by her own reckoning) a grand total of once. And I'm not expecting a repeat anytime soon. She has said any number of times...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-31-2014
Replies: 5,316
Views: 370,753
Posted By mstern
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Dirt: how high off the deck are your lifelines?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-28-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Really? Unless you know how far I live/work from my boat, and the relative location of the closest battery shop, I don't understand why you would doubt my statement.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-28-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Time my friend, time. Going out and buying the equipment and material to do it myself and then doing the work sounds like a project that would take me an entire afternoon (at least). Even taking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-27-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,874
Posted By mstern
Re: Zen and the art of 'bottom feeding'... please contribute!

Charlie:

If you are looking for ideas on how to make stuff yourself from what's available, I highly recommend a thread that's been on this site for awhile:
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-27-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I get it, believe me. I've lost acid and replaced it with water; things won't be the same. I understand. I can measure the specific gravity of the electrolyte, but I won't know what it means in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-27-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Unfortunately, the battery is about 3 months old. I reinstalled it last evening, and it worked fine. Provided plenty of juice to start the outboard and run the chartplotter. I'm going to see what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-26-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,668
Posted By mstern
Wink Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

To be fair Donna, it's not that we think those things are more important than circumnavigating or rebuilding a head, just that we are suprised that an intelligent, well-educated young lady such as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-25-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 4,841
Posted By mstern
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Ah, but is it less filling?

I didn't think so.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-25-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

I had fully charged the battery about a week before it spilled; during that week, the battery had sat in my garage or in my car. And, according the gauge on my battery charger, the battery recharged...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,668
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Amen brother. Btw, have you ever played the Lobster Shack in Branford, CT? I ask because there was a guy playing the Shack awhile ago who looked like your avatar picture.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,668
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Keep in mind my very compact stereo has some pretty severe built-in volume limitations, so it's not like I'm making a big sacrifice!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

fyi, in trying to answer my own questions, I came across this website that does not recommend trying to recreate the correct mix of acid and water after a partial spill:

BatteryStuff Articles |...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 3,668
Posted By mstern
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

My "sound system" consists of one of those very compact, battery powered ipod speakers. It looks a lot like the picture I've attached here. I hang it from the hatchway lock hasp while underway.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Re: Battery Acid!

Thanks all. Maine, I was thinking that same thing about dilution, but I had no idea if I was right, nor what to do about it. Assuming I find battery acid, how do I know how much to put in? And now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1,567
Posted By mstern
Battery Acid!

I wound up inadvertently completely draining the battery on my boat a couple of weeks ago, so I took it home to charge. After charging the battery, I put the thing in the back of my car to reinstall...
Forum: Living Aboard 07-22-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,966
Posted By mstern
Re: Boat Sitting - Is it really an outrageous proposition?

I can only echo what others have said about getting the expectations clear (your's and the owner's) and down on paper.

That being said, I did some very light maintenance on a boat owned by friends...
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