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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   14 Hours Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By RichH
Re: Backing into slip when downwind in the fairway?

Totally agree with Sailormon6. If the sketch is reasonably accurate in scale, your boat has a 'right handed prop', those boats adjacent are 'overhanging' beyond their slips, your assigned slip is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: Split back stay: pros and cons

.... a nice 'evolution'. But I often wonder if the consideration STEEL vs. FIBERGLASS construction would be the way to go. Could someone recommend such a discussion? <gag>. :-o
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: Split back stay: pros and cons

My opinion is that the solent rig is as unnecessarily as complex as the cutter rig due to the 'load sharing' and 'interplay' of the two forward stays reacting with one (or two) backstays. If Im...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Day Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: Split back stay: pros and cons

Warning 'cutter-speak' being applied.
Long winded reply to follow, including typical sail design at the luff section and the need to maintain 'precise' wire tension if you want 'optimum' out of a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By RichH
Re: Split back stay: pros and cons

From a structural view, there's really no true advantage for split backstays on a sloop, as running backstays are more 'versatile' in the function of applying additional 'helper' stress to the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 11
  Reefing
Views: 436
Posted By RichH
Re: Reefing

You can probably still locate an 'antique' obsolete vang system that was used with boom reefing ... it attached to the boom with 'rollers' and simply stayed in place while the sail and boom rotated. ...
Forum: Learning to Sail   2 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 667
Posted By RichH
Re: partiallyfurlled jib good or bad

An all purpose sail made for roller reefing and whose construction is or at some variation of a 'radial' pattern can have lighter weight material at the luff which can easily handle the lighter...
Forum: Learning to Sail   2 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 667
Posted By RichH
Re: partiallyfurlled jib good or bad

All sails cut and assembled from FLAT sail fabric material are 'broadseamed' near and towards the luff portion of the sail. Broadseaming is the 'tapering' or narrowing of the 'width' of the panels...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: How to template stainless tubing?

If this were my project, the probable cheapest, fastest and strongest 'fill' between the tubes would be a fiberglass box beam (balsa cored) composite construction - built and vacuum bagged in a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Days Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 994
Posted By RichH
Re: I hate zippers!

YKK (#10) are still the best, especially the BLACK ones which seem to degrade at a much slower rate than white zippers.

Sunbrella doesnt protect 100% against UV.

To make any plastic zipper,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By RichH
Re: Sail Repair/Reef with Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine

Sorry, no sail work scheduled until I get back from de ilans, man ... sometime later 2016.
Think of a stiff cigar ring (with or without the logo) with one cut across it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By RichH
Re: Sail Repair/Reef with Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine

The slit PVC is 'around' the outside of the tightly rolled up sail .... usually one 'C' per each 3 foot.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By RichH
Re: Gelcoat over epoxy - problems, won't set.

Check the can that contained the gel coat .... is probably "non-air inhibited" gelcoat and wont 'set/cure' in full contact with air.

Two types of gelcoat -
1. Air inhibited gel/polyester has a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By RichH
Re: Sail Repair/Reef with Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine

Usually reefpoints, reef reinforcement patches, reef-tapes, are sewn-in before the panels are joined and seamed ... usually on no more than only two panels stitched together. This allows more space...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By RichH
Re: Sticky rubber coating

What most of the goo that comes to the surface of rubber-like coatings is soluble in light weight oil .... Light machine oil, ATF, penetrating oil, etc. Apply the oil, cover with plastic wrap, let...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: How to template stainless tubing?

This might be of interest to you for the FRG parts: C-Flex C-Flex (http://seemanncomposites.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=22)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: How to template stainless tubing?

On boats, 2" is normal, 'gusseted' at all the critical/vulnerable joins to enhance 'rigidity'.

Cantilevered (designs withverhangs') designs (designs with 'overhangs') require 'stronger' by ~4X...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: How to template stainless tubing?

SiZE FOR SIZE (as close as possible) is alway best .... this will allow the fabricator to 'visualize' how much preliminary prep is needed to make a 'cosmetically good' weld join ... w/r to full...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By RichH
Re: How to template stainless tubing?

Select/choose a shop and then ask them what they prefer.
You can make a 'mock up' from equivalent diameter PVC or other 'plastic' tubing using long radius elbows and heat ('heat gun' and IR...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   6 Days Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 11,091
Posted By RichH
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

About 5-6 years ago, well off the coast of New Jersey and heading for Maine I encountered a massive flock (maybe a mile or two in diameter) of storm petrels (aka: Mother Carries Chickens). Storm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By RichH
Re: Motor mounts/alignment - Crealock 34

Havent done it on a PSC; but, many other similar boats.
Suggest you paint on "prussian blue" and with a sharp awl 'scribe' along each mount and mount component before you remove it - adjusting...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By RichH
Re: Federal judge blocks new "Waters of the United States" rule

Quite true, fertilizers are the chief source of phosphorous. Until quite recently, it was thought that excess phosphorus was bound/fixed in the soils used for agriculture. Recently, investigations...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,107
Posted By RichH
Re: State Registration (Again...)

RANT WARNING
All those little 'modest fees and taxes' do tend to add up in federal/state/county/local venues to an 'unbelievable' total.
In Pennsylvania, as with similarly grossly over-taxed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By RichH
Re: low energy RO membranes

Your close to normal 'ambient'.
The colder the water, the less the output due to the higher viscosity, viscosity/output is the ('real') limiting factor that should be controlled/compensated in a RO...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 2,438
Posted By RichH
Re: cleaning out water tanks

PEX is great, inert (polyethylene), great for HOT water ... only problem is the lack of (Apollo brand) PEX 'unions' and use of hose barb elbows, etc.
The RV shops do have such, but I dont know the...
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