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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,098
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Downsizing to 25' to 30'

My favorite traditional looking boat in that size range is the Alerion 28. Looks old but sails like a modern boat. No cheap however.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 16,447
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: My Peak Sails Experience

It is certainly possible to get a good sail from on online loft. I have bought sails this way three times in the last ten or so years from three different vendors and been happy each time. Lofts...
Forum: Learning to Sail   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: mainsail downhaul?

An autopilot really helps in single-handed sailing. When dropping the main, it will hold the boat into the wind which makes things much easier and less rushed.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Bad boat buying experience

That does sound suspicious. I suspect you are correct that he has sold the boat to another buyer. You could take him to small claims court, but it may be a tough sell without a written contract.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,264
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Rowing an inflatable

A decent quality inflatable will row OK. Not as well as a hard dinghy, but not bad. It must be made of reinforced fabric (PVC or hypalon) not the PVC only toys. A decent floor is also necessary. ...
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,223
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Universal won't start

Here's MaineSail's excellent article on the problems with the Universal wiring harness and how to fix them.
Universal Diesel Wiring Harness Upgrade Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at...
Forum: Sabre   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 782
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Sabre 28/30 for a newer sailor?

The J30 I linked to is one of the later ones with a cockpit with "real" coamings. It's a racer/cruiser, not an all-out racer. The similar J29 from the same era is much more of a racer. I have...
Forum: Sabre   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 782
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Sabre 28/30 for a newer sailor?

That's a decent budget for a 28-30 footer. You should be able to find a nice one from the 80s and even early 90s. And this time of year owners will be a bit more flexible on price if they have had...
Forum: Sabre   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 782
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Sabre 28/30 for a newer sailor?

The Sabre's are nice boats and the ones you mention would be good first boats. Nothing wrong with a Catalina or Pearson (or Cal or Tartan or C&C or etc.) either. For an older boat which it sounds...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Stuffing Box Drip Run to Bilge?

The area under the engine should not drain to the main bilge as it could contain oil or fuel. A little water won't hurt. Should dry up eventually. Containing the water may be a good thing since if...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 860
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Interior paint for wall panels

I once tried some semi-gloss enamel on the inside of an anchor locker. It started peeling within weeks. I had to remove it all and repainted with Easypoxy which held up very well. You might be OK...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 860
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Interior paint for wall panels

I would not use latex paint, only oil-based. I have had good luck with the one-part urethanes (like Easypoxy) and there have been some good reviews of the Rustoleum Marine Topside paint.
Forum: US Northeast   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Summer Cruise itinerary: NYC to Shelter Isl, Sag, Montauk, Block, MV & back

Your chances of getting a mooring at Block Island on a weekend in July are pretty slim. Most are taken early by those that arrived the night before and circled the mooring field in the AM looking...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Preventing Corrosion of the Rudder Post

Never pulled the rudder (only owned the boat 5 years). Giving the rudder grease fitting several pumps of grease is on my list of things to do each spring. Not sure what it does for corrosion, but...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Barnegat/ Tice's Shoal

MANY years ago (1970s) wife and I would spend the night there on the hook. I wasn't a Special Anchorage then and doubt it is now. So an anchor light is required (and a good idea anyway).
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Yanmar 3GM30F noise on start up and throttling down.

MIne will run rough if I quickly bring the throttle down to idle from load, especially if its not warmed up. No issue if I bring it down slowly. That's what I do.
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: 5411 Kept Slowing Then Quit

Sounds like you found it!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 2,461
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Anchor question

That's a marginal setup for regular use while cruising, but with the addition of some more chain (at least 25 feet total), will make a decent second anchor and rode for your boat. I would get a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: beneteau 285 reefing

The ones on my Cal 33 are that way.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Cal25 rudder shaft

There is virtually no slop in my current Cal 33, but I did that trick on my previous boat (Cal 9.2). Worked well.

Ideally you will have almost no slop and there is no addition friction...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Preventing Corrosion of the Rudder Post

The rudder tube on my Cal 33 has a grease fitting in exactly the position you describe.
Forum: Electronics   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: First problem fixed

Not really "wrong" as I sure that's how Cal wired it initially. Don't forget you need a fuse in that circuit now that it's wired directly.
Forum: Diesel   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,223
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Universal won't start

Assuming the batteries are OK (you should check them of course) it sounds like a problem in the start button circuit. Either the button itself or the wiring. Could also be the solenoid on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Cal25 rudder shaft

A temporary fix would be to cut some thin plastic sheet (like from a milk bottle) and insert it into the gap between the shaft and rudder tube.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: How to trouble shoot temp guage?

The system is pretty simple. The sender on the engine is basically a resistor that changes resistance with temperature. The gauge and sender are wired in series with 12v+ supplied to the gauge and...
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