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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,062
Posted By smurphny
Re: Before we knew better

There should be a fine for not having at least a jib up when it can catch any wind at all and add to the forward speed:-) It's always such a wonderful moment, relief, tension easing when the engine...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 6,391
Posted By smurphny
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Important to remember that most of the young guys in the CG are polite, respectful, and doing their duty. I have never been boarded in 40+ years on the water. If I were boarded, I'd be pleased to see...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,567
Posted By smurphny
Re: First time I swore at a customer

Why put yourself in this kind of position at all? There's some wisdom in the question: "Are we having fun yet?" :-) You have a lot more patience than I'd have. Maybe if you keep doing this, you can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,404
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

Ain't it the truth. Everyone wants to live by the water. It's hard to stop #$& from flowing downhill:-) Many of the lakes up here in the Adirondacks and elsewhere have almost full shoreline...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 398
Posted By smurphny
Re: Smoke on the Water

Once, sailing along the south, ocean coast of LI, I was almost choked by heavy smoke from brush fires out on the East End. Pretty weird.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,404
Posted By smurphny
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

Back in the late 60s towns on the upper Hudson dumped sewage directly into the Hudson. we had a ski lodge in Warrensburg which had a storm drain/sewer piping system that deposited directly into the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,404
Posted By smurphny
A little Pollution Anyone?

Laughable how we float on pins and needles in our boats so we don't commit the unthinkable crime of leaking anything into our pristine waters. God forbid the USCG or EPA should observe a small slick...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-19-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 1,671
Posted By smurphny
Re: Leather Disgrace

That's probably true but I find that after a few hours at the (aluminum) wheel, my hands get cold if it's a cool day, or in the morning and on cloudy/rainy days. I worked construction for many years...
Forum: Diesel   06-14-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By smurphny
Re: Yanmar 2GM20F Coolant

If your exchanger is clogged, it may be the cause of the overheating and lack of water flow. As mentioned, check the outside strainer cap, then the valve, then any inside strainer, right up to where...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-08-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 1,604
Posted By smurphny
Re: Wire replacement and wire nuts

I don't think the ratchet tool method is what we're talking about here, it's the hand crimped connectors most folks use. I agree that the crimping method the essentially fuses the two pieces is the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-04-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 3,075
Posted By smurphny
Re: Alcohol Stove and Heater

I still have a pressurized alcohol stove, a Kenyone alcohol/electric combination. I have never had a problem with the stove and have no plan to ever replace it. The item I HAVE had to use a freaking...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By smurphny
Re: Boom Gallows

Limiting factors on the rear deck are usually space and weight. I'd have to have a really good reason to take up space with a gallows. I can fold mine up and stow it but would not want to have to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-08-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 3,060
Posted By smurphny
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

Mast up and down at Castleton Boat Club using their DIY gin pole (a really nice one) for 50 bucks. Have made the run from New England, up the Hudson to Champlain many times. It takes some planning...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-08-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 3,060
Posted By smurphny
Re: Found This Bristol for Sale - Thoughts for New Sailors?

That's a very close relative of the A35 we talked about last week (or so). The potential major issues would be exactly the same. I'd want to know more about the condition of the engine (hours and if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-02-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 778
Posted By smurphny
Re: Best I-Phone App

You can access NOAA weatherfax from an iPhone. It's on a website as well as broadcast on Hf radio frequencies around the country. They also have great support information on how to interpret and use...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

There is no way that those winds are a sustained 60 knots. There are always gusts in a front like this but they are over in seconds. There is also no way any waves reached 8'. That is absurd. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

There are always numerous reasons one can find to avoid helping others in distress. Looking again at the small boat in the video, it's obvious they are in distress. Towing? certainly not, coming...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Luckily, they were rescued. How would they have felt if those people had drowned after deciding to make no attempt to help? Sorry, in a situation like that, you must help even if it means endangering...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

As I stated, the video boat was in no danger. They were easily traveling downwind under power and the seas were not threatening them in any way. If there was a danger of broaching well maybe there...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I agree completely. That little boat was certainly in danger and the boat with the video was in no danger whatsoever. Seems to me they were compelled to at least slow down and offer assistance and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

The larger boats would certainly be more stable than small daysailers with no weighted keel or with just a centerboard or similar keel. On a shallow lake like the one in this case, limited fetch is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-26-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,111
Posted By smurphny
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Agree that people ought to have pfds on but it's never going to be adhered to in local regattas. How does a storm "come out of nowhere?" Assuming it was a thunderstorm produced by a front, there may...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-19-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By smurphny
Re: Do Marinas properly rig masts?

I have tried to tension my rigging using the wire stretch data you'll find in different sources. It obviously put too much tension on my deck-stepped mast, slightly deflecting the deck and header. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

I use the egg timer method. I have the radar in alert mode and stay out on deck with an egg timer set at 20 minutes. After looking around to see no boats are within sight, 20 minutes is enough sleep...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By smurphny
Re: Question About Accidental Gybes

Agree. I don't know how you'd make any time if heaving-to to slep.
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