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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Vote for Bob Shepton

True enough, but I'm not sure how many of those guys did the NPW east to west and then west to east in successive years in their eighties. I think Bob is almost 85 and he's back in Greenland this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By billyruffn
Vote for Bob Shepton

My friend and former shipmate, Bob Shepton, has been nominated for a "Sailor of the Year" award by a UK sailing magazine. A year or so ago Bob won another award for making back to back passages...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 10,270
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

Interesting reading. One thing caught my attention was the difference in the attachment points for the keel bolts between the diagram in the Sail Magazine article (image Keel Figure3 below) and the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-29-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Beneteau 461

You might want to read the official report of the loss with all hands of Cheeki Rafiki, a Bene 40.7 -- the investigative report of the incident is at...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-29-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 10,270
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

Why would a race boat have fewer keel bolts than a standard cruising boat? Weight? :confused:
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-28-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 10,270
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

Mark,

I think the fact that the Bene 40.7 has won a lot of offshore races proves nothing more than, when competently sailed, it is a fast boat. While the Sydney-Hobart can be a tough, even...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-27-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 10,270
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

The official report on this incident has been published and is available at https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/55408664e5274a157200005b/MAIBInvReport_8_2015.pdf

If you don't have...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-02-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 9,904
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Serious attack on cruisers in Haiti - Injuries

Must depend on what you got hit with. My story: My daughter used to work for "the government" in Langley, VA. Her agency had a "family day" at work on Saturday. Various groups in this agency had...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-21-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 655
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Pinhole Leak in Bilge Wall (see pic)

I assume you would put the screw on the inside of the hull. Only problem with that is there is still a hole on the outside and, given that the hole is well below the waterline, the water entering...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-18-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,704
Posted By billyruffn
Re: This PFD could have killed me!

Good advice above. I use a small hand-held air pump (same one to pump up fenders) to inflate PFDs for testing. I've been told that's how the pro shops do it as well.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-27-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Reefing with Furling Sails

Sean,

Gentlemen never sail to weather. That's what delivery crews are for. :D:D

I never reef the jib more than the second reef mark, after which I roll it all the way up and either roll out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-27-2014
Replies: 143
Views: 10,095
Posted By billyruffn
Re: The Chicken is on the market

OK, Jon. I'll bite. How much?

I think the asking price was $300K.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-24-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 3,087
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Best aft master berth on under 50' boat?

Take your wife to sea and ask her to sleep in the big bed in the aft cabin and I'll bet you'll do the rest of your offshore passages without her. The huge aft cabin sells well at the boat show and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,008
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Useful survival trick

Yeah, but don't you feel virtuous for having it on board.:o
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I've mentioned torqueing the head bolts to three Yanmar mechanics in three countries. They all said it's not necessary. I point out to them that the engine's op manual suggests it. They just smile...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I'll see if I can find these in the souk in Casablanca. :rolleyes:

One of the challenges of cruising in far away places is that many of the resources we take for granted in the US are, if not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Good idea, but no room for it in the engine space. A large day tank sits directly above the exhaust elbow.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

UPDATE:

When we arrived in Lagos, Portugal I invited yet another Yanmar mechanic aboard for a consult and another oil analysis in a local lab, results of which aren't back yet.

Since the last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-17-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Fuel vent is on the stern about 2 1/2 ft above the waterline. Possible, but no water has shown up in the fuel water seperators (there are two between the tanks and the engine fuel filter) and the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-17-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

For 15 days we had big (15+ ft) swells hitting the stern every 15 seconds. Eventually it pushes enough water up the exhaust to fill the muffler. From there it moves up to the exhaust elbow and then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,734
Posted By billyruffn
Re: The WTF challenge!

Try a little dab of C 4 on each one. Boom! No more bolts. :D:D

Where do I claim my prize?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

A couple of quick responses....

1. There's no sign of "mustard" or "chocolate milk" oil.....it's clear. I know what that's like. Had a hydraulic lock once with the old engine after a 21 day...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Many thanks to those who have responded with suggestions.

An update:

We went on across Biscay. We had the right weather and crew was available, so we changed the oil and did the crossing. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Oil analysis came back today with ongoing sodium intrusion. French lab thinks it's a coolant leak. This seems to be confirmed by the pressure test we did today on the cooling system. Results of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 4,004
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Blackstone did the analysis and leans toward coolant, but wasn't 100% sure.
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