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Search: Posts Made By: gc1111
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 900
Posted By gc1111
I doubt that they are brass, more likely bronze...

I doubt that they are brass, more likely bronze (there is a big difference). Use some paint thinner or other solvent to soak them and clean with an old toothbrush. Then look at them, any thread...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-23-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 3,229
Posted By gc1111
I have had good results with Bilgekote.

I have had good results with Bilgekote.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-09-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,322
Posted By gc1111
Are you sure it is an Allen type socket? There...

Are you sure it is an Allen type socket? There are other shaped tools that work similarly. Clean it carefully and make sure it is an hex socket.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-07-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 4,096
Posted By gc1111
I also have a Streamstay dating from 1972. I...

I also have a Streamstay dating from 1972. I talked to the local guru a while back and he said that as long as you keep the bearings in good shape (i.e. well lubed and no water in the fittings) and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-05-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By gc1111
I remember an episode from many years ago when I...

I remember an episode from many years ago when I lived in the SF Bay area. There was a world class FD sailor from the area. One year, just before a big regatta in Southern CA, he had an accident (I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-28-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 2,363
Posted By gc1111
I guess this shows how a physicist's intuition...

I guess this shows how a physicist's intuition can be lead astray in engineering situations. Can you give me a reference from an engineering perspective about how this situation is analyzed?

From...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-27-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 2,363
Posted By gc1111
The goal of a backing plate is to spread the...

The goal of a backing plate is to spread the load. In order to do this, stiffness counts. Aluminum is stiffer than stainless and much stiffer than glass/resin. When your washers bend, they do so...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-23-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By gc1111
Rotate the first and third batteries by 180...

Rotate the first and third batteries by 180 degrees. This will save a little bit of wire length. A minor optimization.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-16-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,753
Posted By gc1111
Unfortunately that expensive sanitation hose is...

Unfortunately that expensive sanitation hose is really what you need. Not only will it hurt paying for it, but the stuff is impossible to work with. When you get to installing it, remember that a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-14-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 2,111
Posted By gc1111
Don't know anything about your Yanmar, but 1380...

Don't know anything about your Yanmar, but 1380 hours is not a lot for a diesel.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-13-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 3,141
Posted By gc1111
The original post was not careful in keeping...

The original post was not careful in keeping charge rate and charge usage straight (i.e. the difference between amps and amp-hours) so this involves some guessing on my part. As well as I can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 10,188
Posted By gc1111
My friendly fuel oil buddy says use coffee...

My friendly fuel oil buddy says use coffee grounds to absorb the oil and cover the smell. These should be fresh grounds. Buy a pound of the cheapest ground coffee. Spread it around in the spill. Next...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-11-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 3,143
Posted By gc1111
This conversion is very crude. The reserve...

This conversion is very crude. The reserve minutes capacity is the time it takes drawing 25 amps to fully discharge (<10.5 v IIRC). So 25 amps times 160/60 reserve capacity in hours gives 66 2/3 Amp...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-05-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 3,455
Posted By gc1111
And how about a typical summer day in San...

And how about a typical summer day in San Francisco Bay?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By gc1111
Draw it out to scale and look at it. There is a...

Draw it out to scale and look at it. There is a lot of flexibility in where things are located and if it looks right it will probably work. Sure it will chafe and bang against the mast also, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2009
Replies: 242
Views: 126,961
Posted By gc1111
AWL sells recommended products for their paint....

AWL sells recommended products for their paint. My boat is AWLgripped and until last year I simply washed and waxed (with good wax, not polish!). I then had the yard prepare the boat for launch and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,863
Posted By gc1111
I remove the plugs with a screwdriver and hammer....

I remove the plugs with a screwdriver and hammer. Select a screwdriver with a blade just slightly smaller than the diameter of the bung. Tap it into the bung and twist. That will destroy the top...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,159
Posted By gc1111
Getting from Great Harbor into Vineyard Sound...

Getting from Great Harbor into Vineyard Sound should be do-able without a motor. It is the passage into Buzzards Bay that is troublesome. In any case it will require good local knowledge and you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-29-2009
Replies: 242
Views: 126,961
Posted By gc1111
I just looked at some AWLCare. They specifically...

I just looked at some AWLCare. They specifically do NOT recommend machine polishing. Yet when the yard "waxed" my awlgripped topsides last year (the first time I had them do it) they used machine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-29-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By gc1111
When you are looking for an unlit buoy in a inlet...

When you are looking for an unlit buoy in a inlet with lots of background lighting, you need lots more light than headband or flashlight will provide. Get one of the cheap "million candlepower"...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,159
Posted By gc1111
Look at it this way. Lots of sailboats get into...

Look at it this way. Lots of sailboats get into trouble in that area WITH engines. Combine VERY strong currents with the fact that they do not always flow along the channels and you have a...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 03-28-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By gc1111
As the owner of a 1972 Allied Mistress (hull #6)...

As the owner of a 1972 Allied Mistress (hull #6) I can say there is nothing to look out for -- but I would be lying. However any boat this old will have a lot of things to look out for. It is just...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-28-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By gc1111
Diesels are not that delicate! Running one under...

Diesels are not that delicate! Running one under a light load (like an alternator) is not good for the engine, but not dangerous. Mostly what happens is a buildup of carbon fouling. You can spend a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-22-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By gc1111
Ahh, that explains a lot. The Rhodes Reliant was...

Ahh, that explains a lot. The Rhodes Reliant was (is?) a really lovely boat. But it belongs to a specific generation. By relating your comments on yawl rigs to this class allows everyone to calibrate...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-20-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 4,282
Posted By gc1111
And watch out for that fan motor. I had very...

And watch out for that fan motor. I had very erratic behaviour from my autopilot until I figured out that things went screwy when a fresh water pump on the other side of a bulkhead came on. Moved...
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