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Search: Posts Made By: hellosailor
Forum: Gear and Maintenance Articles 6 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 23,542
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

If they were lost at sea they died without being rescued. So, how would you know how many smoke or flares they used if they died without being rescued to tell the tale? How would you even know of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 300
Views: 7,132
Posted By hellosailor
Re: safe cooking

Home Depot follows WalMart's pricing policy: Make a big deal over the sale items, charge full freight for everything else people might wander in for. BUT if you use a smartphone and a bar code app,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 3,990
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Maiden Voyage Newbie Trainwreck

"Smartphone apps are too small."
Speaking of small things, cell phones ALWAYS used to have a little hole where a lanyard or wrist strap could be attached. But the companies quickly caught on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Lexan/polycarbonate vs acrylic

boatboy, take a look online at what the plastics manufacturers have to say. PPG, Dow, GE, Rohm & Haas, whoever is in the game today.

Most of them have installation guides online which will show...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Vhf/ham

That Baofeng might also be a problem on the marine channels, because sIIRC ome of them are actually "channel pairs" with a different frequency for transmit and receive. Marine radios have that offset...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 3,380
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Alternative to Solar

In order to understand the market needs one would need to first define the market. If that is recreational sail (not power) boaters, have your friends yet found out how many boats in each size range...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,398
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Advice on redesigning cabin layout

There are books on these things. I think Skene on yacht design also has the dimensions that work well for seat height and depth, and so on. That alone could be worth the price of the book.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 3,380
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Alternative to Solar

" of course the average output of 36Ah "
But 36 Ah is not an output or output rate. It is just gibberish unless you say "36Ah at 14 volts over a 24 hour period" or something similar.

Forum: Apps & Authors 03-09-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,028
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Yacht Question From Author

WRT deck chairs, the pictures of that boat show a tiny cockpit, crowded foredeck, and the cabin trunk overhung by the boom. You'd need to be a midget in a mighty short chair to sit under that boom,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-02-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,380
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Alternative to Solar

Why be a pessimist, when the mechanical problem was solved some 60 years ago (self-winding wristwatches) and updated more than a decade ago with Seiko's "Kinetic" series, which use a small...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,380
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Alternative to Solar

I would be curious to know if the startups have considered the size of their target market(s) verus the size and capacity of the product.

On a 45' boat there's plenty of room for a large suitcase....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-28-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,552
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Stainless -vs- Aluminum Cookware

"Stainless pans can be seasoned so they are non stick. ... white vinegar. "
An acid bath sounds more like you are re-passivating the stainless, reforming the skin coating in the metal,...
Forum: Diesel 02-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Oil level too high?

1/4" of oil will have nothing to do with a runaway engine. The oil level has to get high enough (typically several inches) to get sucked up past the piston rings, in order to be combusted. 1/4" of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-20-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Advice on installing NMEA 2000 field installable connectors?

Soldering screw-in, no, no. That is called "Please RTFM" or at least study up some on electronics. Captive screw terminals do not ordinarily loosen by themselves, if you have used the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-18-2014
Replies: 203
Views: 7,063
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Beaufort South Carolina no longer a free anchor

The laws regarding who and how you can drop your hook in any navigable waterways are fairly old, longstanding, and undisputed. You can drop it, incidental to the purposes of navigation, but if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-14-2014
Replies: 203
Views: 7,063
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Beaufort South Carolina no longer a free anchor

lt, there's all sorts of ways to fight city hall. Start with going online, or going to the clerk's office, and check out the exact laws requiring notifications for a town meeting, or whatever they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Islander 28 new sails?

Spent many hours on an I28 & thoroughly enjoyed it. Don't remember where the main came from, except that the battens liked to work their way out, so pay attention to how they are secured and have the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-10-2014
Replies: 96
Views: 3,449
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Viking Sunstone Found In 16th-Century Shipwreck

Thirty of forty years ago, the "Sunstone" was still considered "just another Viking fairy tale" as much of the Norse writings have been considered for a thousand years. So unless someone was very up...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Considerations for Upgrading Electrical System

Is adding a serpentine belt kit, (and alternator), a better choice than simply adding a higher output marine alternator, (or keeping the existing one)?
>>A "serpentine" belt really means a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-18-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 568
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Engine start shuts off chartplotter

No need for a starting battery if you clean up the existing problems, mainly putting in a good ground point and getting rid of the JB Weld kludge job. You might also take a good look at cable sizing...
Forum: Living Aboard 01-07-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 3,346
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

"that Connecticut by state law, doesn't allow any liveaboards, "
When you see a claim like that, whether it is on the internet or in a pub, the big red flag is that no one is citing a...
Forum: Boat Buyers & Sellers Forum 01-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Engine Hours. How Many Is Too Many?

As Blackstone will tell you, if the oil has just been changed an analysis will only show you gross problems, if that much.

Marine diesels typically will run 5000-10,000 hours between major...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-05-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 785
Posted By hellosailor
Re: What is this?

Don't google the HIN, google how to read or decipher a HIN.

Part of the HIN is a unique identifier for the manufacturer, part tells the year of manufacture, part tells the model.

In the worst...
Forum: Announcements, Suggestions Box and Site Issues 01-04-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,376
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Inconvenient Bahama sailing

"I wish it were easy to just find out how long you can stay in each state with a foreign boat"
That IS easy. In the same phone call, or mail, where you ask ICE whether your green-carded alien wife...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,319
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Considerations in Choosing a Marina

"A clean bathroom is a very nice feature to have."
In the original "What Color is Your Parachute?" job-hunting book, the author tells interviewees to go look at the bathroom first. If the company...
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