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Search: Posts Made By: capta
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 497
Posted By capta
Re: Should I replace the headstay?

I got the impression that this could have been done when the Norseman fitting was put on. I'd still change the wire, but be cautious you don't repeat it. Could the wire be too large for the fitting?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By capta
Re: Rydlyme raw water system cleaning

Many years ago a refer tech I respected told me most refer/AC problems were from build up of shell and grime in the water lines and he suggested annual cleaning with muriatic acid, as you described...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,823
Posted By capta
Re: Single handed docking...

Might I suggest that you stop (pause?) your boat for a few seconds to get the spring line on, and then get back behind the helm and bring her in on the spring. It really doesn't matter if she drifts...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 883
Posted By capta
Re: Convert Cooling System to Closed Loop

I don't know this particular engine, but doesn't Volvo sell this engine with a pump and heat exchanger? If so, get the pump and heat exchanger specs (flow rates and port sizes) from Volvo and go to a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-24-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,372
Posted By capta
Re: Confession time...

We use the windward runner to minimize the bend (forward pull) on the mast from the staysail stay when the staysail is under a load. Often we won't set one if the wind is under 15 knots and we aren't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-16-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,046
Posted By capta
Re: Dinghy theft protection

One thing I forgot to mention, I changed out the deadman's switch for a regular (waterproof) toggle switch. However I prominently labeled it backwards, so I leave it in the "on" position when at the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-12-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,046
Posted By capta
Re: Dinghy theft protection

Down here in the Eastern Caribbean, there is no fool proof way to prevent a dink from getting stolen. If someone wants a dinghy, they will have wire or bolt cutters with them and that's that. Even...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-30-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 6,134
Posted By capta
Re: How to run aground properly

We do not find running aground to be anything more than a minor inconvenience. Even these pesky Caribbean islands are but a bump in the road, so to speak, since we installed the "Never Worry Keel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-21-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,885
Posted By capta
Re: Do you think I'm going to blow myself up

I had a sportfishing boat for 18 years that had two honking big 454's and 340 gallons of gas onboard. And I was a smoker.
IMO the only thing dangerous about gasoline on a boat, is the people on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 559
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green mount

Here's how it's normally done. On one side of the mast (the fore in this case) alongside it, not above it. It's not like one can hold a perfect course and it will always be behind the mast and it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-13-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,204
Posted By capta
Re: latest and greatest binoculars?

I have the 10 X 30. You can move up from the traditional 7 X magnification when you have the stabilized ones, but I think 16 X would be too much on a boat, personally.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-02-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,701
Posted By capta
Re: Where do you mount your chart plotter?

I am absolutely flabbergasted by many of the responses on here.
We have our 10" display chartplotter on the binnacle and could not imagine having it out of reach.
In inclement weather, though it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,524
Posted By capta
Re: Diving from Sailboat

I agree on the 12 volt hooka rigs available today. Ours is called a deck snorkel. All together they cost less, take up less space, don't chip the glass or ding your wood and are much safer than...
Forum: Racing 12-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,551
Posted By capta
Re: Volvo Ocean Race.

I think we all make mistakes, but it is the outcome of those mistakes that should determine the consequences. Be it good fortune or whatever, the fact is that your mistakes (and mine) presumably did...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,208
Posted By capta
Re: Solstice inflatable

I've always felt you get what you pay for with inflatables. Being Chinese built, I'd be cautious about their ability to fulfill the warranty.
Our top of the line Zodiac has lasted over 7 years, 5 of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-07-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,233
Posted By capta
Re: What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

I would suggest you do an inspection of your cutlass bearing and replace if necessary. Also after insuring you have a good cutlass bearing and no packing in, I would do an engine alignment. You will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-04-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,695
Posted By capta
Re: 30 Year Old Propane Stove

Dollars to donuts your 30 year old stove is a better built piece of equipment than anything made today. If you don't want it, I'll pay to ship it down here to me.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-03-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,743
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I'm sure he meant two greens and 2 reds, not one of each.

I'm shocked to see a sailing instructor stating; "IMHO this whole thread is pointless-waste-of-energy for no particular purpose."
When...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-25-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 2,624
Posted By capta
Re: Black Water Thru-Hull Location

No, I certainly wouldn't do a long run like that unnecessarily.
Sorry, that is for the aft head; I wasn't thinking of a forepeak head.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 793
Posted By capta
Re: Getting frozen shackle off mooring ...

Absolutely. Just make sure you cut where you only have to make one cut, not two.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 918
Posted By capta
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

Hardly essential. Most windlasses have a brake. Once the anchor is on the bottom with some chain out, set a bit of tension on the brake and the chain will pay out as you back to the dock. Once your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 918
Posted By capta
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

As the Tigress is a 'freefall' windlass, only an up switch is needed. Our foot switch is 30 odd years old and shows no indication of ever having leaked. It has never failed us and if we shut down the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-14-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 5,733
Posted By capta
Re: West Marine pulling out of Canada

Just like Walmart, WM swept through the country buying out or putting all the other chandlers out of business. Whenever they close a store, it's like sticking up their middle finger at all their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-22-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By capta
Re: Curved opening port lights?

If you want to do this you'll have to build adapter plates to mount them on, but then they will not sit flush on the cabin side. Probably a good source of leaks, so you might want to think very...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-20-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,021
Posted By capta
Re: Wooden Turkish Gulet? Are they good charter sailboats?

As someone who sailed a gaff ketch through a tropical cyclone when she was 65 years old, I would very much like to disagree with your "a useful life of less than 20 years". There is absolutely no...
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