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Search: Posts Made By: Puddin'_Tain
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 707
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Where Do Marine Electronics Companies Get GPS

You can buy a GPS chip set at Fry's. The technology is dirt cheap these days. My guess is that translating the GPS data to NMEA is more expensive to do than getting the GPS data itself.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Here's to You All

Happy Winter Solstice (it is, after all, the real reason for the season).

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,599
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Mast steps

Personally, I wouldn't trust cast aluminum. When it fails it tends to break without warning. Given that the advertised breaking strength is only about twice the weight of many a middle-aged sailor...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....

Yup.

There used to be a M26 docked next to our boat. He could get that sucker up on a plane and do maybe 20kts. But our Ericson 27 (not a particularly fast boat) could sail circles around him in...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....

There are (or at least were) a few designs that could get up on a plane, if fitted with a big enough engine. For sailboats they are pretty good powerboats, and for powerboats they are pretty good...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Bye Bye Jet Skis?

Looks a bit like a bathtub on stilts. ;)

Seriously, cool concept. But I wonder how it performs when the water isn't glassy smooth, or a bit of kelp gets tangled around one of the foils, or a foil...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 2,560
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: A Not so Good Experience with a Sailnet(er) transaction

In god we trust. All others, please pay cash.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Face mask for sailing?

But, how are you gonna embarrass your kids wearing that?
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....

For a 9000 lb boat you could probably get away with a bit less power, maybe 14 to 16hp. But 20 hp wouldn't be terribly excessive, IMHO. It would probably be a good idea to take a long, careful look...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Face mask for sailing?

There's always good old zinc oxide:
http://tanacceleratorstore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Zinc-oxide-on-face.jpg
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 1 Week Ago
Replies: 225
Views: 19,819
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Sailnet Suggestion Box

They would still be under the control go the holder of the copyright. Whether it is for-profit, non-profit, or whatever, the copyright holder has the legal authority to control any reproduction (with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 8,827
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Yes. The "what if?" game. I play it all the time when sailing solo, often almost unconsciously. I also use it as a tool when teach others to sail ---
-- "See that tug? Once he passes that buoy over...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Spray-on solar panels in the future?

I think that the "spray on" aspect of this invention is more of a new manufacturing process to reduce the cost of producing solar panels than a way to make the deck of a boat one big solar panel. The...
Forum: Cal 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 627
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Numbers in V-berth from router: Hull #?

Looks like the official number of a documented vessel (assigned by the USCG).
see:http://www.uscg.mil/nvdc/nvdcfaq.asp

But I always thought that they were supposed to be in a visible location,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,182
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: trailer sailor vhf

When I had a trailed boat I used a West Marine handheld (I think it was a rebranded Uniden). It worked fine, although I hardly ever used it. Eventually the batteries gave out and it was too old to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 8,827
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Ah, but that is the thing that many folks forget to do. The technicalities of sailing solo aren't all that different from sailing with a crew. It's just that YOU have to do everything yourself, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The only "approval" is for new construction. What you do with your boat is between you and the COLREGS. If you meet the specifications in the COLREGS you're fine. As to the speculation about lawyers,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Brought to you by a totally unbiased and independent source --- Hella Marine (http://www.hellamarine.com/en/products/navigation-lamps/).
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Resourceful sailor rescued

It looks like the bow sprit was broken. That may have made it difficult to support the mast. But, obviously, that reporter didn't understand what he was talking about.

In any case, it's great to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

1) If you get into an accident and someone tries to sue you THEY have to prove THEIR case, not visa-versa.

2) I'm sorry, telling us that a fixture made of chrome-plated ZINC (take a look at your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Let's start with accurately characterizing the COLREGS, shall we?

The COLREGS are "The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea". They are an international convention. As such,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Exactly. The key is to get the proper LEDs. If the lenses of your sidelight fixtures are colored (as most are) then you simply get a red LED of the port fixture, and a green LED for the starboard...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,784
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

We replaced the incandescent festoon bulbs in our nav lights with LEDs several years ago. There is absolutely NOTHING illegal about using LEDs, as long as they are bright enough and result in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 8,827
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Ditto. In particular, I let the boat sail more slowly and more comfortably by reefing far sooner than I would with a crew aboard, and opting for comfort/safety when choosing my point of sail (not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
re: Catalina 27 engine access

This sort of arrangement is not terribly uncommon. The biggest drawback is that many such plates are lightweight enough to flex, allowing water to leak onto the engine. Just about anywhere else on...
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