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Search: Posts Made By: billyruffn
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 835
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Oil analysis came back today with ongoing sodium intrusion. French lab thinks it's a coolant leak. This seems to be confirmed by the pressure test we did today on the cooling system. Results of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 835
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Blackstone did the analysis and leans toward coolant, but wasn't 100% sure.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 835
Posted By billyruffn
Salts in the oil

Here I sit in a marina in France BR's engine in pieces. Why, you ask? Salts in the oil.

Prior to the trans-lant last summer I re-powered the boat. Out went the 18 yr old 55 hp Nanni, in came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,361
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Mooring Line

I've used a Yale pendant for years. It's a very good product and stands up to a lot of wear.
Mooring Pendant 5/8""-12' Maximoor II Polyester Stainless Steel...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 06-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By billyruffn
Exclamation Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

Not sure where this post goes in the new scheme of things...."vessels in danger"?

Although it looks like he's going to T-bone Billy Ruff'n we're not really in danger...we're tied to a dock in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,435
Posted By billyruffn
Re: LED Spreader Lights

I bought two Taco Marine LEDs last winter and am now installing them. We wired up one spreader this morning and ran a test in the cabin with a jumper to the house battery. They almost blinded my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,996
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Wife won't retire with me....

I can not speak to the economic issue you raised, but I have a suggestion re getting her to "buy into the concept". If you hang around cruising couples long enough you'll discover that many of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,205
Posted By billyruffn
Re: What is this device?

Faster, are you auditioning for a slot as an expert commentator on "Antiques Roadshow"?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 1,928
Posted By billyruffn
Re: How do you circumnavigate?

Not really sure what to say in reply, except I agree with the need for "cursing guides". They are always very helpful on a boat. :)
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-07-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 13,329
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

You don't anchor offshore? When do you sleep?:D

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Petulance Alert: Watch out for "Wombat said that at #124"
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-06-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 13,329
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

On the more technical side of the subject of this thread, John over at Attainable Cruising Adventures has a post on Myths of Offshore Sailing that is worth a look.

20 Myths About Offshore Sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 2,893
Posted By billyruffn
Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

Christian,

I watched the sail maker spec the cover out. With the sail on he took girth measurements every two feet or so from the head of the furled sail to the end of the boom. From those...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-03-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 13,329
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

There's wisdom here.

Here's what I did. Call it the Goldilocks strategy.

First time I took her cruising it was to Greenland. Ice, fog, rocks, cold. Way too cold.

Second time I took her to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 2,893
Posted By billyruffn
Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

The sail cover wraps around the sail and under the boom....lacings are under the boom. Lazy jacks are slacked while the cover goes on and then tightened.
Simple, but it does take a few minutes to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,668
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Radio calls ... What not to call your boat?

Andre, before she was "Billy Ruff'n" she was "Belle" and before that "Bellerophon". The switch to "Belle" was for exactly the reason you outlined. That and the fact that several French customs...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,668
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Radio calls ... What not to call your boat?

Once upon a time, after I had decided to buy my boat but before I had decided on what to name her, I was fortunate to have as a dinner guest a very salty old dude who'd sailed around the world at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Cool ongoing you tube series

Really good series. There are lots of lessons learned demonstrated in her well done videos. There was one point several weeks ago when it looked like she was tossing in the towel. But she's hung...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-01-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 13,329
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

So true, SD.

I have a saying that sums it up:



I've spent a lot of days at sea and it has always been true...at least for me.

That said, this too is absolutely true:
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-30-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,163
Posted By billyruffn
Re: New Hatch Lenses in Texas

Like I said...it's more than just putting in the lenses. Select Plastics cures the rubber (it's not "glazing compound") used to set the lenses in place for about two weeks in a climate controlled...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-28-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,163
Posted By billyruffn
Re: New Hatch Lenses in Texas

That's because there is more to replacing the lights than "gluing" them in.

If you want them to leak, DIY. If you want them watertight, send them to Select Plastics.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,442
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Help me with my "why wait until retirement" plan

I vote with the crowd who say to keep your money invested in financial assets and to use the income to charter for two weeks every summer while you figure out if you really like cruising and what...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-28-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,506
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

Ummmm....French. How did I guess that? They don't call them "bendy toys" for nothin'!

Excuse the rant, but seriously guys (and gals), there have been numerous discussions on this forum about what...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,506
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

If they were on passage between the Caribbean and the UK and had stopped in Bermuda, they could easily find themselves 900nm NE of Bermuda. As for timing...they're a couple weeks ahead of the crowd....
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 8,506
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Another boat lost in Atlantic

Problem is that there are 50 ft boats that are designed for three couples to enjoy a week in the BVI and not much else. :(
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-23-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,957
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Do I need Foulies?

Get some gear like that Bubblehead suggested in post 2, put on your Dad's Grundens and have someone squirt you with a garden hose full force for 20 minutes. Then you can decide if they're good...
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