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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 2,006
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How frequently Do You Change Your Raw Water Impeller?

Propylene glycol is a leading cause of premature death. Neoprene impellors (most) are NOT compatible with the pink stuff. The manufacturer will tell you this, you can Google it, and I have done...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Interior Carpeting

Though I'm not saying I like carpet on the interior...

... It is often much easier to clean and salvage than would be suposed, and it is not hard to prevent the return of smell and mildew in most...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: diesel fuel funnel with filter

Try the the 4 x 14 25 micron size. Should flow about 10 gpm gravity when clean with a 1" drain. Easy to make a holder funnel with 4" PVC pipe (the filter lip will sit on the top edge and the bag will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-25-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,303
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Paint for Cabin

I'd go further and say any interior semigloss, though I would opt for a better brand (Bejamin Moore for ex.).

I did a cabin on one boat, and the lockers in another. There's not much point in going...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 926
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: has anyone made a homemade catamaran and cross a ocean yet?

Well, yeah, I kind of hoped it was.

When I first got interested in sailing I saw this home-built powerboat made of steel, with considerably less design and build skill than that example. I wish I...
Forum: Outboard 08-31-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

Valvetec was another that got all excellent anti-corrosion ratings in the Practical Sailor testing.

With ethanol gasoline I many are under weighting the effect of corrosion on carbs. Aluminum...
Forum: Outboard 08-30-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

I have 2 Yamaha 9.9 on the same boat (cat)! Easy problem. The low speed circuit is clogged. Removing the carb and cleaning is not difficult (DIY).

a. Draining the carb every time is urban legend....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Halyards turning black

Strictly speaking, machinists call that smutt, and it is black. More like micron sized particles that retain a black color even after oxidizing. Something to due with the refraction of light than the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-22-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,719
Posted By pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-18-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,135
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers

Slightly off topic, but...

A soaked towel or fire blanket can make a lot of sense in the galley.

Water, unless fuel, 110v, or electroninics are involved, is effective and available. And the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,880
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

MOB. We are NOT going to introduce a PC acronym for a safety item. GPS units have MOB buttons. Lets not be stupid (yes, I know this is not your fault--this is a public rant:)). If a person yells "man...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,009
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Zen and the art of 'bottom feeding'... please contribute!

* Rigging shops throw out lots of high-tech halyards from big boats with one bad spot. Generally the perfect size and length for sheets on smaller boats, and often much better than what you would buy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Head hose: How long does it take to permeate

No, the Sealand hose could not have permeated that quickly. Testing suggests more than 5 years, but certainly at least 3-4.

I would suspect a very slow leak at a fitting. You could try wrapping...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 4,882
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

Some links.

I don't worry about quick release at the harness end because cats are different; there is no scary lee bow zone, the beam is sufficient that jacklines are inboard, and in my case, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Bascule bridge, Knapps Narrows, MD question

Correct, the operator does not open the bridge vertical and you need to get over. I've got as much stick and more beam, so no problem.

Do consider the tide (look at pilings as soon as you enter...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-11-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 806
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Check this scorched jib sheet!

Try Yale Maxijacket for spots like that. This little bit of nothing ( I use the clear version) you paint on adds 5x wear. Really, I've run both lab and on-boat tests. Great for furler lines and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-06-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 362
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Simple in-line hose filter without carbon?

Yup, I know about cartridge filters. I'd hate to think how many thousands of filters I've changed and the 10s of thousands projects of mine have consumed. I've also designed plants that have recycled...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-05-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,450
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Cleaning/Sanitizing fresh water holding tanks

Good question. From a legal perspective, no one will want to say "OK."

The practical side.

* The bleach should not have contaced or reacted with anything toxic. I certainly hope not. It was an...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 06-03-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Calling all crapper experts

Trident 101 is considered the best value in a durable hose, but if you want something that will bend, you can't beat Raritan Saniflex (bend radius about 7"). It is also MUCH easier on and off the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,407
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Defend Defender!

Personally, I've had a perfect history with Defender over many years and many orders. If I want specific information, the manufacturer is the best source.

Certainly there are other vendors that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Securing Dinghy on Davits with Motor

If high enough, it should be safe. It would help if you added your boat type to your signature.

I don't think the lift points matter as much as how it is secured once up. Some folks meerly secure...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-14-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 4,538
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: What is the worst sailing or marine invention ever?

What a time waster. A bunch of opinionated, uneducated, rude, internet know-it-alls.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-07-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 10,918
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

An extended cruise, or even a single vigorous day, makes you focus on where you are. You forget about what ever is wrong with the office, the home, and life in general, because you can't do anything...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-05-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Appropriate mast bend?

No. When the mast bends the center of the luff moves forward, pulling sail cloth from the sail and making it flatter. An obvious corollary is that any sail to be used with a pre-bent or bendy mast is...
Forum: Multihull 03-12-2014
Replies: 302
Views: 20,707
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

There's a lot of stuff on my blog.
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