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Search: Posts Made By: flatracker
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-10-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3,174
Posted By flatracker
I have always used Trinidad

I have always used Trinidad, and normally get three years out of it on the gulf coast. Last bottom job was less than two years ago, and this time the Trinidad just didn't do the job. Marina mgr....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,773
Posted By flatracker
I would not even consider it

I wouldn't even consider this, for a number of reasons. First is of course the current, which runs 4 or 5 knots regularly. Second is the barge traffic, which is heavy. 1000 ft barge strings, ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,489
Posted By flatracker
A second thought

Overall, a color unit is easier to see in bright sun. I would, if possible, look at several units and check how easy they are to see in bright sunlite.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-18-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,489
Posted By flatracker
Be sure to

If you are going to be doing some traveling, no matter which brand you choose, be sure and get something with pre loaded charts. If you don't you will spend much, much more money on the chart cards...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2010
Replies: 285
Views: 84,916
Posted By flatracker
Old habits

While I do not in any way disagree with Maine or the dog, I do mine differently. Been doing it the same way for a long time, and have never ever had any connections fail. I use a crimp connector, ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 981
Posted By flatracker
The third Garmin

Have had three Garmin chart plotters. The second one was a 298 a few years back. It did get moisture in it in some rough weather, right after it was new. Garmin replaced it, no questions asked. ...
Forum: Diesel 02-13-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 3,863
Posted By flatracker
Rebuild or overhaul

If engine was rebuilt, you would expect new sleeves, pistons, rings and wrist pins. All new bearings and rod bolts. The head competely gone through, with new valve guides and seals and surfaced....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 3,291
Posted By flatracker
I agree

And don't forget about who throws the most money at it. Lets get something that resembles a real life boat, that the common man can associate with, and sailors who actually have to sail the boat,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-07-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 11,613
Posted By flatracker
Don't forget

On a trawler you have the three biggest disadvantages. The cost of fuel, the stink of fuel being burned in large quantities, and the constant noise of the engine. Sailboat is slower, quieter, and...
Forum: Diesel 02-03-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 4,311
Posted By flatracker

I regularly use a biocide and an injector cleaner. It may very well be snake oil but it makes me feel better and seems to at least do no harm. I sail and use my engine more than most, as I have a...
Forum: Diesel 02-03-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 3,745
Posted By flatracker

I don't think there is anything interchangable betwee these two. It's possible the crank and rods are, and the transmission bolt pattern is identical. But everything above the block is different, as...
Forum: Diesel 02-03-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 6,066
Posted By flatracker
Milky Oil

Milky oil can be from only one thing. Water in the oil. Lots of places this can come from. Head gasket, cracked head, bad exh. manifold come to mind. Some engines have the raw water pump engine...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-31-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,374
Posted By flatracker
Isla Mujeras

Planning on leaving New Orleans around Feb.15. Maybe a few days sooner. Plans are to do some coastal hopping down W. coast of Fl. , probably as far S. as Ft. Meyers. Then to the Tortugas and then...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-31-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,297
Posted By flatracker
Lee Creekmore

Lee Creekmore is the name I had come up with a blank on. He is one of the most respected surveyors in the area.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-28-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,210
Posted By flatracker
Under the V berth

I store my little generator under the B beth. Never with fuel in it. It is always run totally dry, and allowed to cool before it goes inside. Running the carb dry is just the smart thing to do,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 4,213
Posted By flatracker
Corpus to Yucatan

There are a couple of nice stopping places if you do the coast route. And at least one I would stay far away from. The good. At a little town calles La Pesca, a little over 100 miles S. of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-19-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 2,067
Posted By flatracker
Good Job

GOod job, and I know how ugly that part of the gulf can get. It's pretty shallow a long way out, and just gets nasty in a blow. Got caught in a line of thunderstorms coming north into Appalachicola...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-17-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 10,054
Posted By flatracker
I agree with buying the boat in the south

I am in agreement with the idea of buying the boat in the south. Boats are at this time quite a bit cheaper in Fla. and the gulf coast. Unless of course you just want to make the trip. In that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-15-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,928
Posted By flatracker
You have to decide

When it's all said and done, only you can make this decision. No one else knows intimately your abilities and condition, your strengths and weaknesses.
There are many of us out there sailing who...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-15-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,297
Posted By flatracker

There is a very good surveyor in the Mobile area. Unfortunately my mind has refused to go into gear this morning, so I can't get his name to rise to the surface. However, if you will go to Sailing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-14-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 11,612
Posted By flatracker
Dynex question

What size Dynex was used for the rigging. Is it the same size as would be used with stainless, or is it bigger.
Forum: Electronics 01-14-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,290
Posted By flatracker
Saw this yesterday

Was in Wally World yesterday. They had a 22" HD for 168 bucks, and with built in DVD player was 258. Didn't look at the power usage, but all of the LCD tv's use very little.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-12-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 3,955
Posted By flatracker
Solar panels/generator

I currently have 300 watts of solar, and a 450ah house bank. This is sufficient to run everything on the boat, including a fridge, unless the sun doesn't shine for a couple of days. As a back up I...
Forum: Electronics 01-11-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,937
Posted By flatracker
The whole skinny

Garmin is a very popular unit and compared to the Raymarine stuff is more user friendly. The Garmin chips are the most expensive, so if you find a Garmin, you are much better off if you can...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-07-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,631
Posted By flatracker
I would only consider

I would only consider this if it was someone I knew really well. Someone who I knew had the where with all to repair damages they might incur. And probably with the agreement that they did start...
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