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Search: Posts Made By: ehmanta
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-10-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 3,143
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Marina Electrical Problems

I'll second what Jim just stated.....get out before disaster strikes. We had a huge marina fire nearby at Colonial Beach, something like 70 boats were lost. Once these fires start, there's not much...
Forum: Racing 07-08-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,106
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Screwpile 2014

Hope you do well for Screwpile..........hope the heat doesn't kill ya!
Barb and I are cruising South on the bay during this time, otherwise we'd be heading up to Solomons to chear you on...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-25-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Cabo Rico 38 vs. Moody 376

I am assuming this is the one you're looking at?
1987 Moody 376 Sail Boat For Sale -
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-11-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,154
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Storage Unit?

Some good advice so far and here's another additional strategy: sell as much as you can (might make a couple of grand), take the amount of money that it would have cost you for your storage space...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-09-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Good build quality

I would also add that there are many, many boats out there that can satisfy your needs and when you get really serious, a good broker that knows boats can be very worthwhile and narrow down your...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 06-09-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Good build quality

I have an older Tartan 37(Sparkman-Stephens) with a partially cored hull with no water penetration (after 37 years) but this design is more of a cruising purpose with decent speed potential. The...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-02-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 771
Posted By ehmanta
Re: We did it!!!!!!!!!

Congrats! Shannons are some of the better built boats out there and they have much "yar". Enjoy her:)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-21-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 3,912
Posted By ehmanta
Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

I use it for discounts in marinas, not towing. I figure that if if it's windy, I'm sailing and don't need/want a tow, if I'm motoring and the engine breaks and no wind, I can either anchor & fix...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-15-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,168
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Mooring ball slap damaging my awlgrip topside ?

I do agree that painting over gel coat isn't a desirable thing to do, but there comes a point in the life of older fiberglass boats that you are left with little choice: gel coat becomes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-12-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,146
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Smallest planing dingy/motor

Porta-Boats are a great concept, but I personally can't get over how ugly they are! Maybe if they weren't so floppy looking.

A possible solution is to build one yourself with ultra light weight...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-29-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Stainless deck hardware cleaning

I just started experimenting with this:

So far, it is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-26-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By ehmanta
Re: CS36 Merlin Model Comparison

I'm's Maine Sail..........his profile is here:
SailNet Community - View Profile: Maine Sail (
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-26-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By ehmanta
Re: CS36 Merlin Model Comparison

Isn't MainSail's boat a CS 36? you could send him an e-mail............
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Installing dodger questions

It looks like if you moved the stainless frame back a few inches, the curved bottom of the dodger would miss that fixed portlight. I don't know how much you can move it back before it no longer...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-21-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,775
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Tartan 30 or Ranger 29 for cruising?

Looks like the Ranger 29 was designed by Gary Mull:
RANGER 29 (MULL) sailboat specifications and details on (

The Tartan 30...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 4,579
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Bristol 35.5 Offshore and Liveaboard?

I have a Tartan 37C which also has a low companionway sill, If I am heading offshore, I keep at least the first drop board in (which brings it up to the seat height) and secure it with a...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-20-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 8,404
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Tartan 3400

I'm not sure how the new ownership of Tartan has handled the old warranty issues, so I would leave off judgement about that until later. Steve Malbassa (new owner) seemed like a stand-up guy when I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-04-2014
Replies: 145
Views: 12,052
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Low vs. high freeboard - benefits and drawbacks

Yes, It's quite nice when the helm is balanced! My S&S design does that quite nicely, But I never drink when underway, always wait until the anchor is held fast.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-04-2014
Replies: 145
Views: 12,052
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Low vs. high freeboard - benefits and drawbacks

My boat has a moderate beam but looks much lower than modern boats of the same length, of course modern boats have wider beams too. I feel that the designers of my boat know how to design a boat that...
Forum: Polls 01-16-2014
Replies: 317
Views: 33,257
Posted By ehmanta
Re: What is the age of your boat?

37 years and counting!
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-16-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,153
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Hi new girl who loves working & playing on boats!

Welcome Robbyn,
On your way South, be sure to allocate enough time to explore the Chesapeake! There are too many gunkholes and nice towns to visit around the bay to list here but well worth the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-20-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,239
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Plastic or Aluminum for water tanks?

My 36 year old boat has 2 plastic water tanks with two inspection ports each, one forward, one aft. These tanks have never given me an issue nor have they ever leaked. I do shock them with a bleach...
Forum: Tartan 11-25-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 1,150
Posted By ehmanta
Re: 1973 Tartan rudder

They are still for sale through Tartan:
Tartan 30 Rudder - 30 - Browse By Model (

I rebuilt a friends T-30 rudder about two years ago...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-25-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 1,671
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Air Conditioner Hazard Potential

Is this wiring issue from the install or is it factory and integral to the unit? If it is factory, what brand is the unit so other owners can check this issue? If it from the install, maybe a sleeve...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-10-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 2,849
Posted By ehmanta
Re: Spoiler alert: "All is Lost"

What he had was a parachute anchor, which is meant to deploy from the bow. A drogue has multiple cones streaming on a line. I suppose one could use a parachute anchor off the stern but it would...
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