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Search: Posts Made By: RichH
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 251
Posted By RichH
Re: Would it be feasible to put a sail on this boat

Do websearch for: canoe OR kayak + sailing + leeboard

here's a representative result: Kayarchy - sailing rigs for kayaks & canoes (
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 219
Posted By RichH
Re: Fresh Water System Leak - Universal M2-12

Could be the signs/symptoms of:
a blown head gasket ... the cooling water is being 'sucked' into the combustion chamber during a 'downstroke'. When this happens there is usually some 'blackness'...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By RichH
Re: Should engine mounts be replaced

Most engine mounts contain 'a rubber' to accommodate adverse motion. All 'rubbers' when under pressure slowly deform over time through the process of 'creep' - permanent plastic deformation. This...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By RichH
Re: Broken Forestay Connecting Link

That long 'toggle plate' has two very severe potential failure areas - IMO. Id make the guess that Bavaria didnt do this; but, a 'rigger' did this. 'IT DOESNT 'LOOK RIGHT'.

1. that U-bolt is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 3,453
Posted By RichH
Re: Cleating off Furling line?

For a Hexaratchet to 'work' you need at least ~30-50% of its sheave circumference to be engaged with rope; you'll get that much if the furling drum control line is 'behind you' and attached to a...
Forum: Atomic 4 12-18-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 1,561
Posted By RichH
Re: Carb Problem?

Slab Rust !!!!!
Very common on marine exhaust manifolds, especially on engines that are drained of cooling water when seasonally or long term stored on the hard.
What happens is that as the cast...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-09-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,328
Posted By RichH
Re: Sailboat interior seaworthy design

Just my humble opinion on a 'seaworthy' interior design.

The interior should be so designed such that one can go forward or aft, etc. during a 'viscous' seastate ..... and always has a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-09-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By RichH
Re: Engine Raw Water Plumbing Diameter

3/4" will have 2.3 times the internal volume of 1/2" ... less pressure drop (resistance) = greater volumetric flow.
If you can easily afford it, go 3/4 all the way.
But, if mixing 1/2 and 3/4",...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-01-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By RichH
Re: Bilge blower location question?

There will be minimal difference in volumetric flow.

The cfm difference will be based on the small differences in pressure between the outlet and inlet. Those differences will be inches of water...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-30-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 401
Posted By RichH
Re: Boom bail P26

A 1/8" extra spacing on either side is not going to induce much more bending of the bolt. Just keep an occasional eye on the bore you made through the boom for 'increased play' due to abrasion wear...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-30-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 401
Posted By RichH
Re: Boom bail P26

Try to arrange so that the bail is 'as close as possible' to the boom. This will prevent any tendency for the through-bolt to move back and forth in the bore holes of the boom which will tend to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By RichH
Re: Drilling out bungs

I use a small portable drill press that attaches (chucks-up) to a variable speed hand drill ... and a forstner bit of the exact same size as the bung .... 3/8" or 1/2". After locating the exact...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-28-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,387
Posted By RichH
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

The problem with masthead tricolor lights is that their 'power'/lumens is usually only to the MINIMUM visibility for CG approved lighting. Its really hard to find BULBS, especially in low amps draw...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-27-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,529
Posted By RichH
Re: Night Ops

My wife and I sail the Chesapeake and other venues a lot a night: hardly any powerboat chop, cooler in mid summer, no crowds, less idiots, etc. etc.

Tips for visual needs:
1. dont look at any...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-24-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By RichH
Re: Salt water, Fresh water?

When looking at such boats its very prudent to research the history of 'blister occurrence' for the specific boat type and mufacturer, especially if moving such a boat from salt to fresh water. Such...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-24-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,328
Posted By RichH
Re: Cleaning sails at home

Here's a process for woven dacron sails that Ive been using for many many years for outstanding results. Its similar to the same 'washing' process for new (greige) polyester fabrics during...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-14-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: Centrifigal fuel water separator

Heres the water absorbing offerings from Racor: Parker - WATER ABSORBING ELEMENTS...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-08-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By RichH
Re: M16 Scow used sails?

If you like performance dinghies, youre going to 'love' the venerable M16 scow.

Its been 30 years since my wife and I campaigned an M16 and then moved up to larger scows, so Im not that current...
Forum: Diesel 09-13-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,470
Posted By RichH
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

.... add to all the above: a cracked or leaking injector pump.

The leak could possible be internal to the injector pump and is either coming out through the 'rack' or through a crack on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,514
Posted By RichH
Re: Repowering a Pearson 31

Most marine engines are built with 'extra thick' castings (block, manifolds, etc.) to allow for the inevitable internal corrosion. Hint: most marine engines never 'wear out'; instead they 'rot away'...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,072
Posted By RichH
Re: Addressing rudder vibration

Aha! the keel is probably shedding vortexes and the formerly loose rudder allowed the amplification, probably the rudder also is/was shedding the same type of vortexes.
Such foil shapes will do...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-25-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By RichH
Re: Need help, rolling furling get stuck after unwinding 5 feet of sail

Halyrad wrap.
From your pic, It may be that the splice in the terminal end of the halyard is too thick and too long and the splice cant enter into the throat of the masthead sheave. If the...
Forum: Diesel 08-25-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By RichH
Re: Modifying Fuel Water Separator...

The issue of water uptake from the atmosphere is simple, its called chemical equilibrium.

When diesel oil is processed the heat generated essentially dehydrates it and drives off all water. All...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-25-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By RichH
Re: Need help, rolling furling get stuck after unwinding 5 feet of sail

Here you go for a discussion of 'halyard wrap' and what to do about it: see...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-08-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 7,526
Posted By RichH
Re: Pros and cons for a double ender/Canoe Stern

First off probably more circumnavigations have been made in "double enders" than any other hull form. The Valiant-40 followed by the Tayana-37 and 'their cousins' are still the all time leaders in...
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