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Search: Posts Made By: capta
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 3,136
Posted By capta
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

I just had a great thought regarding solar panels. How about a square rigged Sunfish and make the sail out of flexible solar panels. They might be a tad heavy, but with them on both sides you can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 357
Posted By capta
Re: Herniated jibsheets

We use about 3' of small dyneema to lash the spliced eyes in the sheets to the clew. Nothing fancy, just lashing and a few knots. Haven't had any failures in over 3 years (or had any wear on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By capta
Re: Water Heater Check Valve

I use a bronze check valve, available at any plumbing supple store. I'm not sure how much heat a plastic one can take.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By capta
Re: What doesn't kill you....

Dale,
Your story illustrates what I've always said about Alaskan water. "If you don't like sailing in small craft warnings or worse, don't even think about sailing in Alaska." Many a day I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By capta
Re: Water Heater Check Valve

Absolutely necessary. If I remember right, w/o the check valve you get no cold water, only hot and luke warm, as the hot water mingles w/the incoming cold.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By capta
Re: smelly sink

If it's just "A little bit of cooking oil, some food scraps, and whatever else" what's wrong with using a plunger? It's an awfully good test of your hose connections and clamps, but other than that,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 5,364
Posted By capta
Re: Opinions on Coursemaster Autopilots

Living in the Caribbean I would give anything for a comprehensive list of contact information for the used marine parts stores around the country. I've tried internet searches, but I've had no luck...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By capta
Re: Boat almost sunk, not mine

Unless this is an amazingly well built boat, woodwork on most production boats built in the last 30 years is veneer on plywood, which will NOT stand up to sea water immersion. It may not be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By capta
Re: Boat almost sunk, not mine

Maine Sail,
What are your feelings about the pex water piping systems (or equivalent) for hot and cold pressure water systems aboard sailboats?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 5,364
Posted By capta
Re: Opinions on Coursemaster Autopilots

Those Benmars have been around half a century or so. They may not have all the bells and whistles of the modern units, but they are certainly are much more reliable than anything available today....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,803
Posted By capta
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

I am so happy for you that you never have to run a generator, but some of of us just don't have all the modern systems available today. As a matter of fact, when my boat was built, it was against...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,803
Posted By capta
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

If you can find a water cooled generator or a genset to install you would probably be a lot happier in the end, if this is something you are going to use a lot.
A few extra dollars spent now could...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,803
Posted By capta
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

There is a HUGE difference between a genset and a portable generator, unless you have a cat with the exhaust between the hulls. If you can hear mine run at all, you will hear the water coming out of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,803
Posted By capta
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

We don't use marinas at all these days, but when we did, I found most intelligently run marinas will scatter the liveaboards around the marina as an aid to security. But unlike the weekend sailor,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By capta
Re: Battery Acid!

There was a time when you could buy a little plastic bag of battery acid, but I do not know if it's still available (thank you EPA). If you have a real battery manufacturer (not a retail outlet, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By capta
Re: Solo Climbing the Mast- Block and Tackle

There was a time when every cruising boat over 40 feet or so had a block and tackle rig for going aloft alone, aboard. It was standard equipment, just like a hand bearing compass and a sextant.
Now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,287
Posted By capta
Re: Daytime anchor ball

The ball is being used more in the Caribbean these days. I don't know why. It seems totally redundant to use it in a known or designated anchorage, but at least it's a lot better than the idiots that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,248
Posted By capta
Re: This is getting ridiculous

Ain't it great? The get out of trouble free card, for exhaustion and seasickness? Next time I run low on grog on a day sail, I'm going to cash in my card. Maybe they'll drop me a keg of ale, along...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By capta
Re: Salts in the oil

For my 2 cents worth, I also would look to the overheating incident for your problem.
I'm not too sure about Yanmars, but some diesels require a re-torquing of the head after "break in"? Perhaps if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,686
Posted By capta
Re: Describe your tyical daysail if you would.

If it's over 40 miles, we try to get underway very early, say by 9AM. Usually, after pulling the pick, we'll roll out the Yankee and sail down wind out of the bay and beam reach the lee of whatever...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 3,136
Posted By capta
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

What! You're going to circumnavigate a Sunfish without a coffee maker? It CAN'T be done!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 279
Posted By capta
Re: 12VDC refrig water circulation pump quit

I've had great service from the Little Giant line of mag drive centrifugal pumps. But at even $150.00 for 10 years of use, they're considerably cheaper than your $25.00 "deal" pump which might last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 513
Posted By capta
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

A sail maker could make the adjustments necessary quickly and fairly cheaply. I'd definitely recommend against "MacGyver something to extend the boom" as you never know when you might get a sudden...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By capta
Re: Sailing Pants

If you are interested in shorts, Sportif make a wide range of boating cargo type shorts. I have several pairs going on 30 years of use!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By capta
Re: Preventive Maintenance

We change the generator oil and filter every 150 hours, without fail. The genny oil gets checked every single morning, but the fresh water only once a month or so. The oil, trans fluid and water on...
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