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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-03-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,211
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Hellosailor, Yes, you're correct on the...

Hi Hellosailor,
Yes, you're correct on the Lexan grade. I checked the paper on a remaining piece and it says "XL-10". I don't know the difference between "architectural grade" Lexan and "marine...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-02-2007
Replies: 73
Views: 22,482
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Wool, The Bermuda crossing can be quite...

Hi Wool,
The Bermuda crossing can be quite rough. I've only had three days when I fervently wished I had never set foot on a boat and the worst one was on the way back from Bermuda to RI. After a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-02-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,263
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Chaunclum, Your best assets offshore, after...

Hi Chaunclum,
Your best assets offshore, after a sturdy boat, are the strength and skills of your crew. Four on a 28' boat will be tight, but will allow you to stand two on watch at a time. I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 3,211
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Pappy, One more thing to consider -...

Hi Pappy,
One more thing to consider - saltwater intrusion around the edges of laminated glass can cause it to "fog". I have a 1988 Island Packet with several fogged portholes. I decided to go...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2007
Replies: 73
Views: 6,564
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi GulfIslander, I've owned a fair number of...

Hi GulfIslander,
I've owned a fair number of ding's. Here's my $.02 worth of experience:
- Hardshell dings: tip over with guests, though they are cheap and durable.

- West Marine roll-up...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2007
Replies: 123
Views: 7,823
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi All, We use a flourescent...

Hi All,
We use a flourescent drop-light(mechanics-style light) as a super-bright anchor light when there is a danger of someone wandering out of the channel into the anchorage. The light has a 24w...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2007
Replies: 1,294
Views: 139,757
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi All, I've been living on the hook for two...

Hi All,
I've been living on the hook for two years now. I have 400 watts of solar and 100 watts of wind (Ampair 100). Now that the days are sunny and longer, I have ample power, mostly from the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 8,665
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Gil, I've used a home-made version of the...

Hi Gil,
I've used a home-made version of the "flopper stopper" on my 38' full-keel sailboat while anchored in Key West. You'll need three or four five-gallon pails (available at the nearest...
Forum: Island Packet   03-29-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 2,387
Posted By SmartCaptain
Marinas within 25 miles of Wilmington DE for 1-month stay?

Hi Everyone,
I'm going to be in the Wilmington DE area mid-June through mid-July. I'd like to find a marina where I can live aboard for the month. I'd like to be within a 45 minute drive (about a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-23-2006
Replies: 66
Views: 9,418
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi everyone, Stainless steel not suitable for...

Hi everyone,
Stainless steel not suitable for underwater use (?). Hmmm.....

My Island Packet has a stainless steel "weed shoe" like sailphoto describes that bridges the gap between the back...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-23-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,711
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Laurel, I've sailed an Island Packet cutter...

Hi Laurel,
I've sailed an Island Packet cutter for 5 years now. It sounds trite, but the easiest way to ensure smooth tacks is to use your staysail. By filling in the triangle between the mast and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 2,005
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Bill, I had the same problem on my IP38...

Hi Bill,
I had the same problem on my IP38 holding tank. The tank corroded at weld points on the seams and around fittings. I was able to remove the tank without cutting it up (I was lucky). I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 3,074
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Shack, Here are some numbers from my...

Hi Shack,
Here are some numbers from my experiences over the past two years.

I have found the rule of thumb to be true that says you'll get amp-hours equal to about 1/3 of a panels watt rating...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 677
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Groundhog, I sailed an O'Day 25 for many...

Hi Groundhog,
I sailed an O'Day 25 for many years. The boat was equipped with a porta-potty that had a 4 gal +/- holding tank. I obtained two spare tanks for a total of about 12 gallons of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,737
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi davejean, I have had occasional problems...

Hi davejean,
I have had occasional problems with the "joker" valve in a Jabsco head allowing waste from the waste exit line flow back into the head. (not a lot of volume, but it creates a stink) ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-16-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By SmartCaptain
Have you conducted a "sea trial" to verify that...

Have you conducted a "sea trial" to verify that systems operate with the boat under actual sailing conditions? E.G. is the rig tuned, will the autopilot work under load, are there deck or hatch...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-16-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 2,479
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi rockDAWG, I usually tell new crew members...

Hi rockDAWG,
I usually tell new crew members who have not been on night watch before that the hard part is staying awake. I like crew members to be on their feet and doing various chores (lookout,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-15-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,021
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi All, 1. Daysailer or weekender: 12...

Hi All,

1. Daysailer or weekender: 12 days/year = 3%
2. Off shore adventure: 24 days / year = 7%
3. Condo on water with you inside: Liveaboard 100%
4. Condo on water with you on dry...
Forum: Provisioning   09-14-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 4,583
Posted By SmartCaptain
My crew all loves lasagna for a 2nd or 3rd day...

My crew all loves lasagna for a 2nd or 3rd day meal. Make them at home, precook them, then freeze. On the boat they act as an ice block in your cooler, then are easy to pop in the oven for...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-14-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 3,241
Posted By SmartCaptain
Some real-world data points: My O'Day 25...

Some real-world data points:

My O'Day 25 had a small icebox (about 2.5 cubic feet), rather poorly insulated, with a small Isotherm refregeration system. The unit drew about 4 amps when running...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-14-2006
Replies: 29
Views: 2,309
Posted By SmartCaptain
Hi Pappy, Many banks require a boat to be...

Hi Pappy,
Many banks require a boat to be documented as part of granting a boat loan on an expensive boat. Documentation creates a paper trail of ownership and helps to verify that the boat is free...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-13-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 2,428
Posted By SmartCaptain
Old New England joke: "How to winterize...

Old New England joke:

"How to winterize your boat with a stick of butter and a compass"

1. Unwrap stick of butter and set it up on the deck.
2. Sail out to open water and follow the compass...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-13-2006
Replies: 66
Views: 9,418
Posted By SmartCaptain
How to clear a lobster pot once you've snagged...

How to clear a lobster pot once you've snagged it:

1. Take a 25' length of line, about 1/2" in diameter and tie a dive weight (about 6 to 8 lbs) in the middle.

2. Two crew walk up to the...
Forum: Provisioning   09-13-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 2,745
Posted By SmartCaptain
No special wrappings used on jars or bottles. ...

No special wrappings used on jars or bottles.

I live aboard and sail about 3500 miles a year going up and down the East coast. I've never had a glass jar fail, even when we've pounded for days...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-13-2006
Replies: 540
  Sticky: Recommended Reading
Views: 133,180
Posted By SmartCaptain
One of my favorites: "Unlikely Passages" by Reese...

One of my favorites: "Unlikely Passages" by Reese Palley. A funny look at sailing and how cruisers can free themselves of the burdens of life on land.
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