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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,122
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Easy Solar Panel Mount

This bloke on YouTube shows how to make an adjustable mount from a kid's scooter...

https://youtu.be/lAXhxph-42Y
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-18-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,548
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: solid vs inflatable dinghy

We have both a 10 foot aluminium hard and 9 foot inflatable RIB. Use the hard dinghy way more than the inflatable. Here's my take on the pros and cons:

Hard dinghy:

Pros: Tough as old boots -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By ReefMagnet
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-30-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 1,633
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Stainless Steel Quality

Austinetic stainless i.e. 316 can be work hardened which can cause it to become partially magnetic. Martensitic stainless (like cutlery, knife blades) is slightly magnetic. Softer ferritic stainless...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-22-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: trailer sailer electrical refit: safety first advice

My $0.02 to add.

Mount corrosion prone stuff in an appropriately sized industrial weatherproof container behind the companionway where it will be out of the weather. Glands are used to prevent...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-14-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: best repair for stripped thread in the boom

I've used helicoils on the mast no problem. Lube with tefgel. They'll break the bolt before unscrewing. Don't ask me how I know!
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-13-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,809
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Is a 32' Sailboat Over-sized for a Beginner?

32 feet won't give you very good feedback. Smaller boats will talk to you and let you know when you've "hit the groove" - that point where the boat lifts it's skirt and starts to boogey - much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 297
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Nantucket Island 38...

Peter Cole designed and as rare as hen's teeth. I absolutely love them and wished I'd jumped onto one a few years back that came up for sale locally. Have the smaller NI33 which is exactly the same...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2015
Replies: 11
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Views: 1,010
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Shrimpy

Imagine the response he would have got if the internet had been invented back then and he asked for advice before setting sail?
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box   04-12-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: I hate the default to mobile site

Tapatalk is the go imo
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-10-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 5,346
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Lifespan of a Diesel Engine

When I worked for a company years ago that made thousands of generators annually using a range of various Perkins, Lombardini and Kubota diesel engines it was a known potential problem with lightly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-09-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 1,971
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Navigation Lights

Those "cool" blue tinged LED lights can be a problem. Years ago I came into a remote anchorage late on a dark night with little breeze and was astounded to see that what I thought was a cluster of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-09-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 5,346
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Lifespan of a Diesel Engine

The problem with extended idling and light loading on a diesel engine is that it increases the possibility of glazing the bores. A number in my head is 80% max rpm for loading the diesel. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-08-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 1,971
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Navigation Lights

The COLREGS allow an all round white light to replace a steaming and stern light for vessels under 12 metres. The height, except for a minimum above the navigation lights isn't specified. From memory...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-08-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 5,346
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Lifespan of a Diesel Engine

Industrial diesels using pretty much the same motors as found in many boats run somewhere between 8000 and 12000 hours if not longer in some cases. However, these engines tend to run continuously and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-08-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,712
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Ideas for a small, simple, offshore, family cruiser.......

Some of the smaller vessels built for charter have 3 cabins. Can't help thinking they might be a tad squeezy.

Also, I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is a bit left field,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-08-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 1,971
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Navigation Lights

vessels less than 12 m (approx 40 ft) can use an all round white light as a combined stern and masthead light per COLREGS. The problem is you still need a stern light when sailing.

My anchor light...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-31-2015
Replies: 374
Views: 152,402
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Weatherproof speakers should have a weather tight seal included. Speaker vibration could cause butyl tape to creep would be my concern
Forum: Living Aboard   03-30-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,868
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Small Live-Aboards?

If it hasn't already been mentioned I'd suggest that living in a marina requires less size than living on the hook. I lived for a while in a 25 footer which was surprisingly doable at a marina but it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Inboard motors

As a general rule from about 25 feet upwards, but it's not hard and fast although 30 feet is about the practical limit for having an outboard powered boat due to problems with pitching on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-28-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,533
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Raising & lowering sails

The whopping great mast protruding into the cabin space and the cost of repairing / replacing the mast if it gets damaged are pretty good reasons, imo!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-28-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,533
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Raising & lowering sails

Junk rigs also have little in the way of standing rigging
Forum: Diesel   03-28-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 934
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: How to start engine on the hard?

Using a bowl strainer is a good idea if fitted, but I'd second the bucket method, especially if your attention will be diverted to other tasks while the engine is running. You can disconnect the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-28-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Auto-Pilot for Morgan 33 OI...

Can't really help you with the specifics of the Raymarine wheel pilots, but I'll add my $0.02 anyway. My boat is very similar to the OI 33 in specs and it is fitted with an ancient Autohelm 3000...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-28-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1,533
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Raising & lowering sails

Lines have an amazing habit of entangling themselves on anything in the immediate vicinity if left to flick around in any kind of breeze.
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