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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Outboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 378
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 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 378
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) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 415
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,153
Posted By pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 1,921
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: 1,607
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: 1,829
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: 807
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: 93
Views: 3,704
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: 344
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: 791
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: 322
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: 3,118
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: 754
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: 3,270
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: 691
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: 4,419
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: 10,083
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: 331
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: 301
Views: 19,054
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

There's a lot of stuff on my blog.
Forum: Multihull 02-25-2014
Replies: 301
Views: 19,054
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Why the sarcastic response?

First, I apologize. Some post simple questions simply to generate noise. If you are simply curious, I was wrong. However, philisophically, there is a LOT of postings on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-21-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Caulking bottom of new rope clutches

There are numerus options other than SS. SS looks nice, but so can other options when painted, making them less visually obvious than SS.

Aluminum. Broadly available, light, easy to work. Won't...
Forum: Diesel 12-12-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,466
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: I think I screwed up...

H2OUT. These have proven to eliminate the condensation issue. The media generally lasts several years. I understand that Vetus is working on a product that will be available soon.

AVD2 | Air Vent...
Forum: herSailNet 11-25-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 6,329
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I wrapped the SS wheel of our new-to-me cat the night before we left on a 3-day Christmas week delivery. I figured the SS wheel would be too darn cold, which was correct. A few thoughts:

* Unless...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By pdqaltair
Pull-testing stitiching and seizings

I was bored today, and I happen to have a pull-testing rig from my rock climbing gear design days. I decided to break some things.

The short version is that the sewn eyes were stronger than the...
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