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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-23-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By doug1957
Re: Head intake hose problem

I agree that 148 is not the optimal choice for this, but it is approved for below water line use. I have some very expensive, new reinforced hose that I originally tried, but the O.D. is too large...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By doug1957
Re: Head intake hose problem

Thanks everyone. Sounds like heating and twisting are the options to try. It's not a barbed nipple, so once I get it going, it should work out.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-19-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By doug1957
Head intake hose problem

I have to replace my head intake hose (raw water side) and I've run into a bit of a problem. The nipple on the seacock is 13/16", and everything else in the system (anti-siphon, head nipple) is 3/4"....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-11-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,511
Posted By doug1957
Re: Jacklines--Does Anyone Actually Fall Off to Windward?

After last years cruising in Maine, we are getting jack lines and tethers for cruising. Sometimes the conditions went from 5 kts to 20+ kts, which was not predicted, btw, and so reefing is needed and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-11-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By doug1957
Re: Cruising Maine JUL2015

There are some nice anchorages in Swans Island (Buckle, Mackerel) on the North side if you want to spend a night on the boat in an anchorage. Also Frenchboro on Long Island has some nice hiking...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-05-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 860
Posted By doug1957
Re: Helping an old head

And before you service, pump lots of fresh water, if you can, to clear the lines to the direct overboard throughhull before you start to service the head. Don't ask how I learned this.
Forum: Chartering   01-07-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 7,693
Posted By doug1957
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

I would not assume that there is a marlinspike or a sharp knife. We brought that in a checked bag. Didn't need to use it.

We took rain jackets and never used them. The rain showers can be heavy,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-18-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 5,415
Posted By doug1957
Re: When Do You Reef?

It's usually between about 15 to 20 kts true for us on a Shannon 28. But it is a bit flexible. On a fairly calm sea day with 18 kts wind we had all the canvas out and it was fine and could have gone...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-18-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,579
Posted By doug1957
Re: Chain size

Where are you sailing? If it's somewhere with lots of mud and you're gunkholing, the disadvantage of lots of chain may outweigh the advantage of 100 ft of chain and 200+ feet of rope and dealing with...
Forum: US Northeast   08-19-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,510
Posted By doug1957
Re: Maine bound & back

Nice anchorages in upper Casco Bay: Snow Island, The Basin. Moorings at Dolphin Marina. Bathrooms, showers, and pretty decent restaurant. They take mooring reservations. Can be rolly depending on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-16-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By doug1957
Re: Chasing the breeze

It was pretty awesome in Casco Bay yesterday too! From Falmouth, a single tack to Upper Goose, around, and a single tack back. The tide was even with us. Glad we didn't miss it!
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box   06-01-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By doug1957
Re: We did it!!!!!!!!!

Congrats! If you ever get to RI, you can go to the Shannon factory and see how they manufacture the boats and see the original drawings for your ship. I did that with our 28 and it was a great time....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-16-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,786
Posted By doug1957
Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

We have both a Verizon and AT&T when cruising Maine. AT&T is mostly useless once out of Casco Bay, and Verizon can be a bit spotty here and there approaching down East, but overall is better than the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-12-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By doug1957
Re: First day on the water

Out in Casco Bay on Sunday!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-05-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 11,345
Posted By doug1957
Re: Smallest boat you can live with

At the last of every summer cruise for 2.5 weeks I wish I had I had 6 more feet. In the winter I dream of 6 more feet. In the Spring while getting ready to launch, I'm happy with the 28 and sometimes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 644
Posted By doug1957
Re: Your top 5 favorite sailing spots?

Mine are all in Maine which is where I cruise.
1 - Casco Bay
2 - Eggemoggin Reach
3 - Penobscot Bay
4 - Down East around Mt. Desert

No particular order here
Forum: Introduce Yourself   04-14-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By doug1957
Re: Finally getting my start in Portland, Maine

Check out the crew match party at Handy Boat in Falmouth at the end of April. Some are looking for racing crew, others just for warm bodies to help out on a day sail.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,268
Posted By doug1957
Re: The run aground poll

I ran ours aground about 2 minutes after taking the helm for the first time. Repeated a few more times that first year. Soft mud thank goodness.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-31-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,785
Posted By doug1957
Re: Cetol Marine Finish Woes

Agree on the foam brushes. We usually finish with a coat of gloss. Seems to last longer.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By doug1957
Re: comissioning

Congrats on the commissioning. Still snow around the boat on the hard in Maine. I have been inside to do some seacock work and rebuilt the head (better now than in the summer), but no hope for...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 842
Posted By doug1957
Re: Good Radar book or course?

I'm not sure if you need a course. If you have a radar, turn it on when you can see things (don't need it) and you'll understand how it works more or less. Check with your local power squadron to see...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-10-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By doug1957
Re: Help friend sail in portland maine

There is a crew match in Points East Magazine.
There's also a crew match party at Handy Boat, May 1 if she's around.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-24-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 3,877
Posted By doug1957
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

I keep it on all the time while sailing. Keeps a daily and running record of how fast, how far, and I find it's useful in conjunction with the depth finder as we get into the shallows. At anchor,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,691
Posted By doug1957
Re: Considerations in Choosing a Marina

I would also consider mooring vs. slips. When we first got our boat, we had a slip. Learned a lot the hard way about maneuvering under power, but I was always anxious at the end of the day.

Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Posted By doug1957
Re: Plastic or Aluminum for water tanks?

Thanks everyone. It sounds as if the consensus is against aluminum due to the pitting issues that can come from bleach sanitizing. Maybe I'll get pricing on steel vs plastic at this point. Sounds as...
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