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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

Back in the late 60s towns on the upper Hudson dumped sewage directly into the Hudson. we had a ski lodge in Warrensburg which had a storm drain/sewer piping system that deposited directly into the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By smurphny
A little Pollution Anyone?

Laughable how we float on pins and needles in our boats so we don't commit the unthinkable crime of leaking anything into our pristine waters. God forbid the USCG or EPA should observe a small slick...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,533
Posted By smurphny
Re: Leather Disgrace

That's probably true but I find that after a few hours at the (aluminum) wheel, my hands get cold if it's a cool day, or in the morning and on cloudy/rainy days. I worked construction for many years...
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By smurphny
Re: Yanmar 2GM20F Coolant

If your exchanger is clogged, it may be the cause of the overheating and lack of water flow. As mentioned, check the outside strainer cap, then the valve, then any inside strainer, right up to where...
Forum: Electrical Systems   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,513
Posted By smurphny
Re: Wire replacement and wire nuts

I don't think the ratchet tool method is what we're talking about here, it's the hand crimped connectors most folks use. I agree that the crimping method the essentially fuses the two pieces is the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,947
Posted By smurphny
Re: Alcohol Stove and Heater

I still have a pressurized alcohol stove, a Kenyone alcohol/electric combination. I have never had a problem with the stove and have no plan to ever replace it. The item I HAVE had to use a freaking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boom Gallows

Limiting factors on the rear deck are usually space and weight. I'd have to have a really good reason to take up space with a gallows. I can fold mine up and stow it but would not want to have to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-08-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 2,960
Posted By smurphny
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

Mast up and down at Castleton Boat Club using their DIY gin pole (a really nice one) for 50 bucks. Have made the run from New England, up the Hudson to Champlain many times. It takes some planning...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-08-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 2,960
Posted By smurphny
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

That's a very close relative of the A35 we talked about last week (or so). The potential major issues would be exactly the same. I'd want to know more about the condition of the engine (hours and if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-02-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By smurphny
Re: Best I-Phone App

You can access NOAA weatherfax from an iPhone. It's on a website as well as broadcast on Hf radio frequencies around the country. They also have great support information on how to interpret and use...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

There is no way that those winds are a sustained 60 knots. There are always gusts in a front like this but they are over in seconds. There is also no way any waves reached 8'. That is absurd. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

There are always numerous reasons one can find to avoid helping others in distress. Looking again at the small boat in the video, it's obvious they are in distress. Towing? certainly not, coming...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Luckily, they were rescued. How would they have felt if those people had drowned after deciding to make no attempt to help? Sorry, in a situation like that, you must help even if it means endangering...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

As I stated, the video boat was in no danger. They were easily traveling downwind under power and the seas were not threatening them in any way. If there was a danger of broaching well maybe there...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I agree completely. That little boat was certainly in danger and the boat with the video was in no danger whatsoever. Seems to me they were compelled to at least slow down and offer assistance and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

The larger boats would certainly be more stable than small daysailers with no weighted keel or with just a centerboard or similar keel. On a shallow lake like the one in this case, limited fetch is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-26-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,389
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Agree that people ought to have pfds on but it's never going to be adhered to in local regattas. How does a storm "come out of nowhere?" Assuming it was a thunderstorm produced by a front, there may...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-19-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,039
Posted By smurphny
Re: Do Marinas properly rig masts?

I have tried to tension my rigging using the wire stretch data you'll find in different sources. It obviously put too much tension on my deck-stepped mast, slightly deflecting the deck and header. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,021
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

I use the egg timer method. I have the radar in alert mode and stay out on deck with an egg timer set at 20 minutes. After looking around to see no boats are within sight, 20 minutes is enough sleep...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,021
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

Agree. I don't know how you'd make any time if heaving-to to slep.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,021
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

Accidental jibes happen. There is simply no good way to avoid getting the wind on the wrong side of a sail while on a run, even if not dead downwind. It is almost always caused by the boat being set...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 24,168
Posted By smurphny
Re: Those new fangled Mantus Anchors..Bought One...Why

I would love to have a new generation anchor but one thing that holds me back is the shaft thickness issue. Having no swivel, like the CQR to "bend" around on a tide change, I see the potential for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-08-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 4,936
Posted By smurphny
Re: this puts the price of boats into perspective

The difference between today and 50 years ago, when there was a growing middle class with some money to spend, is that there is really only one market for boats now: the 1%. This can be seen in many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By smurphny
Re: Winterizing a boat

That's good to hear. I wonder what the system is for reusing the stuff. Is it shipped directly back to the folks who manufacture it for reprocessing? What's the RIDEM?
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By smurphny
Re: Winterizing a boat

I wonder how much gets recycled from any application. My guess is that most of it winds up in the trash, a tremendous waste. At least you can get four or five seasons out of a plastic tarp, cut to...
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