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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children 2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Child Harness

Do NOT use spectra for a tether, particularly in the tree fort (very dangerous--probably safer to hit the ground). The sudden jolt of the stop can be VERY injurious, and this practice is specifically...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 6,000
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

At the very least I hope the Coasties gave them a nice 2-hour lecture on their incurable stupidity and duty to never go near the water again. Ever.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: tying to shore - rock climbing gear?

First, everything Danvon said. I've been climbing for 30 years at a pretty high standard.

1. I would stick to wedges called "stoppers" or their equivalent. Cheap, versatile, durable, and not prone...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windows in canvas?

Not in canvas, but...

There is one on each side. Generally we only remove the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-22-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 788
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Dynamic Rope on Sailboats

I never said I didn't still climb. I've done it a long time and have much surplus gear. Winter is about ice!...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-14-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Trolling

Yo-yos are my preferred method for trolling (mid-Atlantic) I've landed stripers up to 42 inches and countless blues this way. I like that the lure, sinker, and leader can be pre-rigged (important...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,266
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How frequently Do You Change Your Raw Water Impeller?

Propylene glycol is a leading cause of premature death. Neoprene impellors (most) are NOT compatible with the pink stuff. The manufacturer will tell you this, you can Google it, and I have done...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Interior Carpeting

Though I'm not saying I like carpet on the interior...

... It is often much easier to clean and salvage than would be suposed, and it is not hard to prevent the return of smell and mildew in most...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: diesel fuel funnel with filter

Try the the 4 x 14 25 micron size. Should flow about 10 gpm gravity when clean with a 1" drain. Easy to make a holder funnel with 4" PVC pipe (the filter lip will sit on the top edge and the bag will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-25-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Paint for Cabin

I'd go further and say any interior semigloss, though I would opt for a better brand (Bejamin Moore for ex.).

I did a cabin on one boat, and the lockers in another. There's not much point in going...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,330
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: has anyone made a homemade catamaran and cross a ocean yet?

Well, yeah, I kind of hoped it was.

When I first got interested in sailing I saw this home-built powerboat made of steel, with considerably less design and build skill than that example. I wish I...
Forum: Outboard 08-31-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

Valvetec was another that got all excellent anti-corrosion ratings in the Practical Sailor testing.

With ethanol gasoline I many are under weighting the effect of corrosion on carbs. Aluminum...
Forum: Outboard 08-30-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

I have 2 Yamaha 9.9 on the same boat (cat)! Easy problem. The low speed circuit is clogged. Removing the carb and cleaning is not difficult (DIY).

a. Draining the carb every time is urban legend....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Halyards turning black

Strictly speaking, machinists call that smutt, and it is black. More like micron sized particles that retain a black color even after oxidizing. Something to due with the refraction of light than the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-22-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,000
Posted By pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-18-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,365
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers

Slightly off topic, but...

A soaked towel or fire blanket can make a lot of sense in the galley.

Water, unless fuel, 110v, or electroninics are involved, is effective and available. And the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

MOB. We are NOT going to introduce a PC acronym for a safety item. GPS units have MOB buttons. Lets not be stupid (yes, I know this is not your fault--this is a public rant:)). If a person yells "man...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,087
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Zen and the art of 'bottom feeding'... please contribute!

* Rigging shops throw out lots of high-tech halyards from big boats with one bad spot. Generally the perfect size and length for sheets on smaller boats, and often much better than what you would buy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-21-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 998
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Head hose: How long does it take to permeate

No, the Sealand hose could not have permeated that quickly. Testing suggests more than 5 years, but certainly at least 3-4.

I would suspect a very slow leak at a fitting. You could try wrapping...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 5,269
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

Some links.

I don't worry about quick release at the harness end because cats are different; there is no scary lee bow zone, the beam is sufficient that jacklines are inboard, and in my case, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 489
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Bascule bridge, Knapps Narrows, MD question

Correct, the operator does not open the bridge vertical and you need to get over. I've got as much stick and more beam, so no problem.

Do consider the tide (look at pilings as soon as you enter...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-11-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Check this scorched jib sheet!

Try Yale Maxijacket for spots like that. This little bit of nothing ( I use the clear version) you paint on adds 5x wear. Really, I've run both lab and on-boat tests. Great for furler lines and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-06-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Simple in-line hose filter without carbon?

Yup, I know about cartridge filters. I'd hate to think how many thousands of filters I've changed and the 10s of thousands projects of mine have consumed. I've also designed plants that have recycled...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-05-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,848
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Cleaning/Sanitizing fresh water holding tanks

Good question. From a legal perspective, no one will want to say "OK."

The practical side.

* The bleach should not have contaced or reacted with anything toxic. I certainly hope not. It was an...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 06-03-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 922
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Calling all crapper experts

Trident 101 is considered the best value in a durable hose, but if you want something that will bend, you can't beat Raritan Saniflex (bend radius about 7"). It is also MUCH easier on and off the...
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