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Search: Posts Made By: Brent Swain
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 4,486
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

I have been living aboard and cruising 11 months a year on a months wages a year, since my mid 20's. I am anything but rich, as are most of my full time live aboard cruising friends. Living aboard...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 600
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Humidity smell

In the tropics, my boat is painted white. If I leave it white in colder latitudes, the lockers get musty. When I paint her dark green, the hull is warm to the touch ,on sunny days ,even in minus 12...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,852
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: smoke filling up the cabin

Friends had this problem going down the Oregon coast at night. What made it trickier was the entire lighting system was from one source, A battery operated light by the companion way would have made ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The most common and biggest screwup on steel boats is too little paint on the inside. I have seen that kill far to many steel boats, far before their time, especially Foulkes and Fehr boats. Inside...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,474
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

Mostly, I have used the luff rope fed into the furler. I sew the luff rope to the head patch, then heat cut the top of the luff rope with a hot knife, to enable me to feed it into the slot. I once...
Forum: Apps & Authors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 373
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Baja Bash

I decided to head far enough offshore to let the NW wind turn in to NE trades. That made it a super easy beam reach.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 10,521
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Sunbrella fabric and 303 retreatment

I once tried 303 on sailcloth. It did absolutely nothing to protect it from UV.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: harness and tether

A few years back a British sailing magazine did tests on harnesses and tethers. They had a guy jump overboard at 4 knots. With the tether attached to the centre of the chest, he built up such a huge...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Martin Forster just cruised in , in his new 36 ft brentboat, "Prairie Maid" ( Prairie made). He did a beautiful job on her, and gets constant compliments everywhere he goes.
His past experience is...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Funny how the more high tech boats get, the more their keels keep falling off. That rarely happened back when they relied on past experience and common sense.
There is a discussion elsewhere on this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Alternate and/or Emergency Ladders - Who's Using What?

I weld them up out of 1 inch and 1 1/4 sch 40 stainless pipe.Commercially made ones are a dangerous joke.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Vancouver marine surveyor Paul Dupre,once bought a horrendously poorly built, severely warped, and abysmally welded boat called "Waskazoo ".He bought her cheap for all the great gear she had on...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There are 4 brentboats in my current anchorage , Heriot Bay. Two more just headed north. One is brand new , built by a couple in Alberta with very little sailing experience. With my book and plans...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,474
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

If you pass six turns of line thru the tack and SS drum shackle you get close to a 6 to 1 purchase on the tack.
A smaller piece of slotted pipe inside,makes a good coupler ,held in by flathead ss...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There is a great article in this month's Sail magazine ( July 2014) on Winston's daughter, Kim, cruising Mexico in her brentboat ,the 4th brentboat in the family. It points out how her decision to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,474
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: furler

A furler is a simple thing to build, and inexpensive. Mine cost me under $100. Like the Simplicity rig and the Famet, it consists of the extrusion and the drum. The bigger the drum, the more leverage...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Richard Till of Gibsons BC in his 36 ft Brentboat , hit a rock off Stuart Island, while doing 6 knots, When he hauled her he found a tiny dent in the leading edge of the keel, which he repaired...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,148
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Climbing into boat on a Mooring

When boarding from a dinghy or kayak, a short midships line on the dinghy or kayak, tied tightly to the rail of the boat, means you can put as much weight as you please on that side, with zero chance...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

There was a great article in December 89 issue of Cruising world on the subject of capsize. It gives the stability curve of an older design as having positive stability to 180 degrees. It was common...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Keep reading this, until it eventually sinks in!
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-18-2014
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Steel has a tensile and compression strength of 60,000 lbs PSI, douglas fir 1500PSI. 3/16th steel weighs 7.65 lbs per sq ft ,one inch fir, 3 lbs per sq ft.
It takes around 7 inches of fir to match...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-18-2014
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Wooden hatches ( dead vegetation)explain the sinking. They should have been aluminium.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-18-2014
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

In Alberni canal, there is nothing else to tie up to ,and too deep to anchor.I have ridden a boom down Johnston Strait, pulled by a tug in pea soup fog, no problems. With no engine, T-boning the boom...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-18-2014
Replies: 5,156
Views: 321,938
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Friends who cruised extensively with aluminium versions of Danny Green's nesting dinghy were very happy with them,
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-03-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,002
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: budget estimate for adding roller furling???

Mine cost me under $100 to build 30 years ago to build , but they now cost closer to $150 in materials . I have used the same type of unit since 1980, with no problems.
Huge safety factor, not...
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