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Forum: Sailnet.com Polls   05-25-2008
Replies: 318
Views: 34,801
Posted By dcherau
1993 Nimble Kodiak, yawl rigged, 26 foot LOA,...

1993 Nimble Kodiak, yawl rigged, 26 foot LOA, 2'-10" shoal draft
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-21-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By dcherau
Thanks for the warm welcome. I'll post some...

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'll post some pictures of the Susan D but be warned, she's odd looking, though I understand from other owners that she will sail better than she looks. This is one of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-19-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 5,772
Posted By dcherau
SD, Thanks for the suggestion to get at least...

SD,
Thanks for the suggestion to get at least a few larger fenders which I'll act on. Any suggestions as to where to stow a fender board? I have 6' or a bit more stowage under one of my cockpit...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-19-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 5,772
Posted By dcherau
Do I have the right fenders?

Wondering if 6 1/2 inch in diameter by 23 inch Polyform are large enough for my 26 foot yawl rigged Nimble Kodiak. I have 6 of them. Also wondering what would work best for transiting canal locks,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-19-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 3,339
Posted By dcherau
I just want to second Sailondreams on the...

I just want to second Sailondreams on the inacuracy of the press. When my daughter was 11, she and a friend took a shortcut across a pond during the winter and hit a thin spot in the ice. They came...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-19-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,063
Posted By dcherau
Just be sure you don't over tighten the belt as...

Just be sure you don't over tighten the belt as that will quickly ruin the alternator bearing. The same goes for the raw water pump. My Yanmar owners manual specifies a deflection of 10mm (that's .40...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-19-2008
Replies: 146
Views: 20,226
Posted By dcherau
How I got the sailing bug

I was eight years old when my father took a military surplus life raft, sandwiched it between two sheets of plywood that were pointy at one end, and attached a shallow keel and a mast. My mother...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-18-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By dcherau
12 volt vacs

I've bought and tried every model 12 volt vac I could find. I was living in a solar powered house where the only power at the time was 12v. I've since upgraded to an inverter system providing 120ac....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-03-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 628
Posted By dcherau
Good source of Vetus gear

I recently bought a new Vetus hydraulic pump on ebay from justin_ccs. It cost me 175 plus a very reasonable 26 in shipping from Florida to Fredonia,NY. Far less overall than buying one anywhere else....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-03-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 3,105
Posted By dcherau
If you look on the Montgomery owners site,...

If you look on the Montgomery owners site, msog.org and navigate to the how to and specs page you'll find some good ideas with good clear photos for keel guides using PVC pipe. I've built one for my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-26-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 5,449
Posted By dcherau
Boy! am I glad I took the time to post on this...

Boy! am I glad I took the time to post on this forum. Great response from all. Makes me feel a lot better about my negative experience dealing with Vetus here in Florida. I thought maybe I hadn't dug...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 5,449
Posted By dcherau
Rebuilding Vetus hydraulic steering components

Has anyone attempted to rebuild Vetus hydraulic pumps and or the steering rams ? I've tackled automatic transmissions before with success. It just takes attention to detail and meticulous...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-24-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,363
Posted By dcherau
That earlier reference to a marine rider, or...

That earlier reference to a marine rider, or floater as they are sometimes called, is a good idea. Years ago in the 60's I was working as a freelance photographer in Boston and I was able to cover my...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   04-23-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By dcherau
Hello fellow boat owners

I've been messing about in boats all my life. Retired eight years ago and took up fulltime RVing. Started big, 35 foot, but now happier in a 19 foot Roadtrek. Very similar to living on a boat....
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