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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 209
Posted By pdqaltair
Safe Drinking Water Without Chlorine--the Netherlands

This is a little off-topic, since the methods are not directly applicable to sailboats, but some of it is and there is good food for thought throughout.

In a nutshell, though careful selection of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,295
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fresh water tank vent location options

The plumbing code calls for 16 mesh filters on portable water storage tanks. The point is to keep out larger debris and bugs. I bet a few are crawling in there, specifically mosquitos. All you need...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,935
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Overnight Anchoring

But niether of those was a crabber in a gunkhole creek.

So, has anyone been hit by a crabber?
Forum: Multihull 3 Days Ago
Replies: 301
Views: 16,340
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

a. If I refer to a course relative to wind, I always mean true wind. If someone has a point to make where relative wind is particularly relevant (spinnaker set) they should make that point...
Forum: Multihull 3 Days Ago
Replies: 301
Views: 16,340
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Relax. :laugher Just shining you on.

Any broad statement on this topic--other than pointing out the general lack of scientific rigor--would be plainly stupid, but there has been a lot of that. I...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,935
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Overnight Anchoring

Is anyone aware of a collision between an anchored boat and a waterman in the wee hours of the morning? I thought it was always a drunk just after diner.

Just sayin', it isn't the early morning...
Forum: Multihull 4 Days Ago
Replies: 301
Views: 16,340
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

It's the sailing ability that really sucks. And the lack of feel.

Yesterday I had a 12 mile windward slog up a river. Passed 6 monohulls, some with as much as 3 mile head start. Some pointed a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Add Sta-bil to gas or not?

Yes, snake oil is a real problem, and some do make things worse.

There is a re-print on the Bio-bor website. It does appear to be a full reprint (not taken out of context) and there are...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,037
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Sailboat that can be beached???

a. Try a forum where people sail beach boats. Google "trailer sailor forum."
b. You need a kick-up rudder.
c. The business about rigging while afloat is nonsense. There are many beach launched...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 15,618
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Problem with Jabsco manual toilet

^^ Potassium nitrate is very water soluble, like salt.

Try calcium urate, carbonate, and phosphate.
Forum: Outboard 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Honda 2.3 for 9"6" inflatable?

There are 2 schools of thought; those that believe you need a big motor to cut across open areas on a plane to save time and stay a little drier, and those that like light-weight motors. They will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

I couldn't find 4th cost's post, so I can only speak for me:

a. I use a cow hitch only to adjust the relative length of the 2 legs; if it slipped all the way, the tether would not release as the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,091
Views: 342,864
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Substitute ~ 18 frozen bottles of water and you could get ~ > 2 hours of cooling for a small area with no increase in humidity. About 250 BTU per sports drink bottle = 4500 BTUs ( a Cruise-n-Carry is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

^^

The interesting thing here is the the contrast. Monohull sailors envision sliding across the sloping deck while cat sailors have longer horizontal distances without hitting anything and a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

a. Yes, some of the teams use 3/16" Amsteel for tethers. I was told this by a person involved. They like the fact that they can roll a tether into a pocket and sleep with it. Give the crazy 24/7...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Add Sta-bil to gas or not?

There has been more resent PS testing (Dec 2013), though that mostly concerned corrosion.

If anyone knows of some new claim, it would be intersting. A few, like Eagle and Starbrite make claims...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Add Sta-bil to gas or not?

"Marine Formula STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment contains a chemical that will absorb an additional fraction of a percent of water above this amount (around 0.2%), by bonding with the water molecules,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

a. And some of them use Dyneema. And some of them use nothing. And they are all rugged cusses, much younger than me.

b. I wouldn't brag about that; bad planning.

c. You didn't take the fall on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

^^ This is the most common reason for custom tethers. 3/6 feet is too long for many smaller boats; too bad they don't come in small and large. Some work around it by looping the tether around the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,239
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Request for Comments: DIY Tether

Grit. Not on a boat.

Salt. My first dynamic rope was purchased in 1982. I used it for years, with few falls, and then retired it for use as anchor rode on my last boat for 15 years. Lots of salt...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,526
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How do you tow your inflatable RIB?

Can't imagine why you would tow an RIB; if you don't have davits it should be deflatable so that it can be carried. Too much tender for the boat, more is not better.

I think it's a trick question.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 2,800
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Filtakleen Ten 35 fuel additive??? Gas & Diesel

I tested this product in some boilers many years ago, at the request of the plant manager. Calibrated measurement of fuel economy and combustion products.

No measurable effects.

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I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Add Sta-bil to gas or not?

The glues are a problem. You need screens at each end to restrain the silica gel.

The best way to learn about chemical compatibilities of specific materials is to go on-line:

Chemical...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Add Sta-bil to gas or not?

I assumed you were talking e-10, since that was the focus of the thread. For diesel, much simpler; silica gel or activated alumina, most materials are fine. The H2OUT filter uses Fernco boots,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 362
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: New gas tank leaking

For new gas tanks, with some exceptions for smaller producers, either no vent or vent filter. Given the high vapor pressure of e-10, no-vent has proven unsafe in the opinion of most boaters.

There...
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