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Search: Posts Made By: MarkSF
Forum: Electrical Systems 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By MarkSF
Re: advice on chart plotter?

One feature I really love on my Lowrance is the projected course. I have it set to project a line one mile ahead. This can be very handy in SF bay, showing you how the current is really affecting you.
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By MarkSF
Re: advice on chart plotter?

My suggestion would be to find a large West Marine store, and have a look at a few models. Try a few basic functions like navigating to a waypoint. This will give you a feel for ease of use.

My...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,084
Posted By MarkSF
Re: I called Mercury Marine

Yes, the smaller Mercurys are rebadged Tohatsus, which are excellent outboards.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Maintenance checklists

"Is this a DIY list built over experience as you learn your boat?" Yes, definitely.

Couple of points :

It's easy to forget the batteries. You need to check the electrolyte regularly. Depends on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Vang mechanical advantage

Yes, I have the Garhauer too, and it's great. Lots of purchase so it's easy to make adjustments.
Forum: Racing Videos 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 3,971
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Knock Down!

Not sure what you mean, I see two people in the cockpit.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 2,384
Posted By MarkSF
Re: cal 25 help

I used to sail a Cal 25 with a 5hp. It was adequate. 10hp might be overkill, but if it's a good engine and only $100, I'd take it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By MarkSF
Re: diesel fuel funnel with filter

I'm sure the diesel does come out of the pump clean, but when I look in the bottom of my 5 gal container there are numerous bits of detritus in there. No doubt they get in during the filling and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Shatterproof glass on hatch?

My understanding is that Lexan is very strong, no worries there, but it does not stand up to UV as well as acrylic. That's the reason acrylic is normally used, that and cost. A thick sheet of Lexan...
Forum: Electronics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By MarkSF
Re: VHF Issues : How to troubleshoot ?

I was faced with the same issue, and bought one of these for diagnostic purposes :

SHAKESPEARE Stowaway Emergency VHF Antenna | West Marine...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 703
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Sabre 32 v Sabre 30 MKIII

Love the 3 models you're looking at. I also like the Ericson 32-3.

I would have thought that any of these models, in good condition, with the right equipment, and with a sailor with the right...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 872
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

The main starter current doesn't go through the ammeter, it is wired (almost) directly to the starter via the 1-2-both switch.

I think what MaineSail was proposing that you are referring to was to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 872
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

Nothing wrong with replacing the trailer connection, in fact it's worth doing. But it won't fix the problem you reported, which as I understand it is, you hear the solenoid click, you can see the...
Forum: Bristol 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 3,380
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Circumnavigating with a Bristol 32

Link doesn't work. "connection refused"
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 872
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

No, don't change anything, including wires. Take some measurements.

The crucial ones are :

1) Between battery + terminal and starter + terminal while cranking.

2) Between battery - terminal...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Mistral 16 pocket cruiser

Talking about books, I suggest reading "Ocean Crossing Wayfarer: To Iceland and Norway in a 16ft Open Dinghy" by Frank Dye. He voyaged extensively in a Wayfarer including the voyage above. Not that I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Mistral 16 pocket cruiser

If you want to stop, you should learn to heave to. In a small boat, it's particularly useful while you adjust something, top off the gas in the outboard, eat a sandwich, or whatever. The good news is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Mistral 16 pocket cruiser

Yes if it's gusty you should keep the mainsheet AND jib sheet in your hand and be ready to release them quickly.

I had to make some adjustments to the angle of the cam cleats on my Wayfarer, so...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 2,112
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Black Rot Spot on Teak Bulkhead Repair

This post caused me a little concern, as I have some stabilised black rot in a section under the galley sink.

I would like to submit that you are in error. The research I've done suggests that the...
Forum: C27 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Catalina 27 RPMs drop to zero

It could also be a temperamental ignition switch. Had to change mine a couple of years ago for this fault.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 864
Posted By MarkSF
Re: New Mainsail

Totally meaningless. Are "durability" and "performance" SI units now?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 972
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Traveler Alternatives

I've heard it suggested that you should make the boom vang line long enough to reach the wheel, and have a cam cleat for it. This way you can easily make changes to twist, and also depower the main...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 972
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Traveler Alternatives

My Bristol came with no vang or traveller. I added the Garhauer solid vang, which has lots of purchase, I think 12:1. I brought the line back to the cockpit. This is now my primary control over...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 864
Posted By MarkSF
Re: New Mainsail

I assumed that a locally made sail would be much more expensive. It wasn't the case. I got the main made locally for only slightly more than the mail order lofts.

So my suggestion would be to get...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MarkSF
Re: Mistral 16 pocket cruiser

Yes, I was also wondering if the very heavy rudder stock was intended to weigh down the stern, to make up for all the weight they added up front with the cuddy?

So is the centreboard weighted at...
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