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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 516
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Demand for a self-leveling portable grill?

I'm not an offshore cruiser. Heck I don't even own a boat big enough to have a rail. As an armchair engineer, though, my first thought was the difficulty of reconciling the self leveling...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Restoration of Thistle #2694, Old Dog

Minor update. The trailer is legally tagged, the registration numbers are ordered, and I'm about one set of oars away from splashing her for the first time. We're headed to the mountains for a long...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 626
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Anyone using an Electric Trolling Motor (vs. Electric Outboard)

I'm running one 55Ah Optima Marine battery (the D34M) in a bow cubby on my little Vagabond. I think the most I've run is about 20 minutes on 4/5 throttle and it's never shown less than a 75% charge...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

Paul's basically right. Even at 180-200 deg F, it's cooler than what a really hardworking trans could run, plus in cold weather it helps it reach optimal operating temp faster. I suspect (although...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

If the truck was factory equipped with the optional towing package, it does have a dedicated external transmission cooler (although adding a larger one is never bad unless you live in the frozen...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 626
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Anyone using an Electric Trolling Motor (vs. Electric Outboard)

I'm running a 30lb thrust freshwater Minn Kota on a 14' dinghy on inland lakes as a backup. It's the smallest motor they make. It works great, but our boat only displaces about 300lbs. It works...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

The transmission would only be overheating if the internal bands and clutches were slipping, or if you were hauling/towing something WAY too heavy. I wouldn't worry too much about that - it's an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

130k is nothing. That's barely broken in. If the oil looks okay I'd do a radiator and plugs next.

That's one of the reasons I love these trucks. I'm pretty certain they are one of the cheapest...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

Look for oil or foam in the radiator and/or milky foam in the oil- that's a sure sign of a headgasket failure. Also excessive steam or liquid water running out the tailpipe, although that is less...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Friend lost winch

Condolences, divorce is always hard.

Oh, winch. Sorry, I misread the thread title. Carry on.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Restoration of Thistle #2694, Old Dog

That's an interesting material. I have a friend that has some scrap from airplane interior bulkheads that is similar with an aluminum skin. Amazing strength and stupid light. It may be a while...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,197
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: May be getting a free Thistle

Well, we actually stepped the mast on Saturday morning using almost this exact procedure, even though I hadn't read it at the time! :grin It's really not hard to accomplish.

As for the missing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Restoration of Thistle #2694, Old Dog

Thanks! I'm sore from head to toe today, but it was worth it. The stuff coming loose looks like the original filet. The back is the color of wood flour thickened resin. I was originally planning...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By ultraclyde
Restoration of Thistle #2694, Old Dog

So as I mentioned elsewhere, someone gave me a Thistle. Instead of chronicling my misadventures in boat restoration here, I started a blog. That way it will be easier to track down over the months...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,042
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1 WANTED

I'm watching this thread (HA!) because I kind of have long range plans of the same thing you want to do, Mike. I picked up a knock-off of a Janome HD1000 (semi-heavy, no walking foot) for $30 at an...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,197
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: May be getting a free Thistle

lol, I've tried stepping it by myself and that was a no go. I can pick it up fine but getting the angle on the pulpit isn't happening until you're too far past center to get the end down. Plus...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,197
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: May be getting a free Thistle

Our Vagabond has an SA/Disp of 42.70, so.... yeah, it's going to be a little more fun since the crew weight is a smaller percentage of the hull weight. The V14 also has fairly hard chines. I can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,247
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Ranger 23 Paint and...

I'm as much a newbie as you are, but I'd consider selling the SJ mast and rolling the money back into the project as a better use for it. The SJ24 has quite a following so a brand new mast should be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Brightwork finish - what WAS this?

Interesting things keep developing. The paperwork I have on the boat lists it as Serial #2496 and a 1962 model. One of these is wrong. There's no visible ID plates on the hull, although there may...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Brightwork finish - what WAS this?

Thanks all. I've done a fair bit of research on Thistles in general before even getting this one. In the cleaning process I've discovered some more issues in the fiberglass. Although the hull is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: Brightwork finish - what WAS this?

The pic of the rail is definitely fiberglass cloth that was applied and finished over, which is what led me to consider something other than varnish. Not sure I see the need to go back with the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By ultraclyde
Brightwork finish - what WAS this?

I was just given a Clark Thistle in neglected but recoverable shape (new sails, good rigging, good trailer.) The most glaring problem is brightwork in rough shape. The old finish is coming off in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,197
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: May be getting a free Thistle

Thistle 2496, the Old Dog, joined our little fleet yesterday. It's a '62 Clark model, so one of the fairly early fiberglass boats.

The good: The hull is stiff and sound. Most of the hardware...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-21-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By ultraclyde
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-21-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 2,045
Posted By ultraclyde
Re: My Tow vehicle

My tow vehicle is a 97 Explorer with 212,000 miles. Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. Rated to tow 6700lbs.


Of course, it's the V8....

Good luck and enjoy!
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