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Search: Posts Made By: Omatako
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,253
Posted By Omatako
Re: My Autopilot is posessed by Satan!

When we bought our boat and set off from San Diego to New Zealand, the AP was erratic and wouldn't hold any form of course. I spent some time doing the round-and-round stuff to calibrate with zero...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 4,805
Posted By Omatako
Re: this puts the price of boats into perspective

The real estate market in the US is obviously different but we have twice used equity in our real estate to fund our next boat.

It's a matter of borrowing against the mortgage at 7% instead of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-12-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 680
Posted By Omatako
Re: Weather Guessing

I have used this website for a while now:

It provides for 5 days out as a prediction and their predictions (for me) are pretty good.

By clicking in the spot that you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-05-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 5,031
Posted By Omatako
Re: Advice for Trans Atlantic Crossings

Good list Halcyon

The one thing that bears mentioning regarding foodstuffs is that if fresh produce is kept in dark (and of course cool) environs, they will last significantly longer. We have a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-19-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 769
Posted By Omatako
Re: Bigger is better & faster?

I'm the first to admit that I'm not an expert here so this is just my understanding.

The hull speed determined by waterline length is a top speed that under normal conditions will not be exceeded....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-26-2014
Replies: 133
Views: 12,433
Posted By Omatako
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

That's so true. It doesn't really matter how much money (realistically speaking) you have when something breaks on the boat and you're in the top end of the Marshall Islands - there ain't nobody...
Forum: Diesel 07-30-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,149
Posted By Omatako
Re: Universal M25 Knock?

It's probably not as much of a mystery as you would think.

IMHO it is probably nothing more than a failing oil pressure sender unit. This is quite common - I have had it on my own boat and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-16-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,808
Posted By Omatako
Re: Mooring Line

The standard where I live (Port Authority requirement) is the anchor in whatever form that may take, then a heavy duty length of chain then a lighter chain and then the pennant.

On my boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-13-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 9,517
Posted By Omatako
Re: Before and After Photos - Show Us!

It is a notebook based plotter. There is a notebook in the chart table running MaxSea and C-Maps charts, using a wireless mouse and keyboard on top.

The screen is a Phillips flatscreen that I...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-02-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 15,800
Posted By Omatako
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

Killarney's Post 10 is right on the money for me. Everything you said KS echoes my voyaging experience.

My wife has low tolerance in the dark - that's when she needs to sleep. So I approach our...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 4,624
Posted By Omatako
Re: Surviving Storm

In the storm we were in, the wind ripped our canopy (actually a full enclosure) off the deck and the flailing pipework was potentially very dangerous and drove us all below. We hastily prepped the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-03-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,330
Posted By Omatako
Re: Alternative to Solar

Yes maybe you're right but the fact is that a kinetic watch uses absolutely minute amounts of electricity. Multiply the generated power by 1000 and that technology will probably provide enough power...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-21-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By Omatako
Re: Refrigerator space filler


A space filler does not have to be an inert lump.

How is your fridge box situated in the boat? Is there a "front wall" that is accessible?

The reason for the question is that the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Omatako
Re: Water Spout

It is not uncommon for ocean racing boats (Volvo RTWR, Sydney/Hobart) to have waterspouts go right over the top of them without substantial damage. I recall reading one account where two sailors...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-21-2014
Replies: 235
Views: 14,653
Posted By Omatako
Re: How not to go "camping" while cruising frugally

In New Zealand we have just one fossil fuel power plant in the national grid. We have several wind farms that feed the grid but predominantly, our electricity comes from hydro plants. Thus most water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2014
Replies: 235
Views: 14,653
Posted By Omatako
Re: How not to go "camping" while cruising frugally

Hey Mike, no, no complaints at all. We've been using these since we came to NZ so about 12 years and no side effects or taste or anything else. Many of our shore water sources are rain tanks so we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-17-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,086
Posted By Omatako
Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

If my toilet facilities in any way revolved around a bucket, even in an emergency, I would be sailing alone. My wife does not cr@p into a bucket - not for anything!! And frankly I find the process...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-25-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 1,585
Posted By Omatako
Re: Thinking about a new project

Welcome to the board.

With the CV above, let me say that for a $900 boat, you're eminently qualified to do your own survey. Just look for obvious signs of delamination (normally pretty visible)...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,417
Posted By Omatako
Re: Charting a course

The ways that are provided in other posts above are all good, accessible ways to do this and are easier than gathering info off a paper chart but none of them are going to be easily done in your...
Forum: Racing 09-09-2013
Replies: 190
Views: 11,734
Posted By Omatako
Re: AC 34 - What If?

I actually can't imagine a person like Ellison compromising his integrity for something this insubstantial. This is a hobby to him. Who puts their very considerable professional integrity on the line...
Forum: Electronics 09-05-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By Omatako
Re: Speed, log and water temp

The advantage is that your AP will, with a simple plug-in wire, interface with this instrument - good call.

I have the whole (now probably old fashioned, 3 instruments) setup of wind, speed/log...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-04-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,216
Posted By Omatako
Re: Water Useage/conservation Cruising

What I am going to fit to mine (have seen it on several other boats) is a by-pass from the membrane-to-tank line that comes to a tap in the galley. The WM runs for a short while and a sample is...
Forum: Diesel 08-30-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Posted By Omatako
Re: Thread dope for exhaust fittings?

At 1000° there would be melt-downs of all kinds of components. The temperature of the gas that leaves the cylinder head cools really fast when it gets to the cooling jacket around the manifold.
Forum: Diesel 08-13-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,360
Posted By Omatako
Re: Weirdness with Yanmar Ignition

My buddy's new Beneteau is wired like that - no engine, no windlass.

But my thinking is that the relays that operate your accessories are getting their power from the original Yanmar wiring - in...
Forum: Diesel 08-05-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By Omatako
Re: 2YM15 pressure in overflow container

The correct name for the overflow container is actually expansion bottle/tank. The pipe that drops into the top should reach down to about 2/3rds or more of the way down inside the tank.

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