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Forum: Good Old Boat   1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 55,105
Posted By richardb123
Re: Mooring systems

The recommendations for a mooring are all over the map, with "official" sources citing wildly different things. Also, some of the recommended lengths of chain will see you swinging into your neighbor...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 4,877
Posted By richardb123
Re: Lee sails any recent experience?

I just confirmed that Lee buys their fabric from Challenge sail cloth - the same sail cloth used by many sailmakers. Challenge Sailcloth (http://www.challengesailcloth.com/)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 4,877
Posted By richardb123
Re: Lee sails any recent experience?

I know 4 people with Lee sails, and all are very happy. There is a tall ship near me with a full set of Lee sails and they are very happy as well.They do not manufacture their own fabric (no loft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-08-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 7,006
Posted By richardb123
Re: How many insure their boat with only liability insurance?

Thanks for the lecture on what responsible boaters do. I don't tie up in marinas, I don't run and hide, and yes, I have liability insurance. So you can relax a bit.
I don't think I'm exaggerating....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-08-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 7,006
Posted By richardb123
Re: How many insure their boat with only liability insurance?

Excellent. You are one of the 70-80% that has their claims accepted. A clear, cut and dry situation. But rest assured, if it were not so simple, an agent would have appeared, looking for ways not to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-07-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 7,006
Posted By richardb123
Re: How many insure their boat with only liability insurance?

Some may 'sleep well at night' with full insurance, but consider this. I have done much consulting for insurance people. The claims agents are paid bonuses based on how many claims they DENY. Yes,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-27-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By richardb123
Re: Can't figure out this rudder tube arrangement. Help please!

Above those threads is what I call a packing nut. It's a bronze fitting, screwed on to those threads, with two nuts. I always thought the stuffing box was that, along with a section of rubber hose. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-26-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By richardb123
Re: Can't figure out this rudder tube arrangement. Help please!

Yes, but there is no tube to extend. The threads emerge from the hull. Something must be installed on the outside of the boat? The other reply, with the picture, is kind of the idea, but mine has no...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-26-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By richardb123
Can't figure out this rudder tube arrangement. Help please!

I'm working on a friend's 32' sailboat boat with an inboard rudder. Water is coming in (very slowly, thank goodness) where the bronze rudder shaft enters the hull, and there is a bit of rudder...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-18-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 10,754
Posted By richardb123
Re: Composting Toilets vs. Holding Tank

In my opinion the composting toilet is so much better than the holding tank system. It smells less, nothing in fact on my boat. It takes up less space. It's cheaper than a good toilet tanks hoses...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-07-2013
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

Glad you like it. The main thing is that it is working for you. The emptying once a week bit comes from the builder, not me. If you are getting more out of yours, that is great. The longer you can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-07-2013
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

Good points...but if I may clarify a bit...according to the Humanure Handbook, the hot composting is only required to make absolutely 100% certain that absoultely no pathogens whatsoever exist in the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-15-2012
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

It sounds like your friend installed or used his toilet incorrectly. There is a tight seal on the compost chamber. A fan creates negative pressure, so there is literally no way odor can escape into...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-15-2012
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

The C head is a very different concept, that looks similar, so be careful there. For starters, the C head holds only 10-15 solid uses. The Nature's Head and Airhead hold 40-60. So the c-head has to...
Forum: Bristol   12-14-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 7,404
Posted By richardb123
Re: Marine Toilet (good, bad, and ugly)

No, sorry, not true. Composting begins right away in the toilet. It begins to break down and dry out almost immediately, because of the fan and vent. Yes, the composting process will not be complete...
Forum: Watkins   12-14-2012
Replies: 41
Views: 12,420
Posted By richardb123
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

I used to own one. Roomy cruiser. Quite slow. Mine had considerable weather helm.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-14-2012
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

The above statement is bizarre. I have the Nature's Head. It's built like a brick. It could fall off the back of a truck at 50mph and it would probably just bounce. My neighbour has the Airhead. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-13-2012
Replies: 164
Views: 23,446
Posted By richardb123
Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

Yes, they are sanitary. If there are any marks in the bowl after use, you moisten a paper towel with water, maybe a little vinegar, and clean it. Or spray a little water in the bowl, then wipe clean....
Forum: Bristol   12-10-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 7,404
Posted By richardb123
Re: Marine Toilet (good, bad, and ugly)

Sorry if this shows up twice - I have a computer issue today...

Thank you for your reply. A few clarifications:

Poop dumped properly offshore is fine. However poop dumped in inshore waters is a...
Forum: Bristol   12-09-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 7,404
Posted By richardb123
Re: Marine Toilet (good, bad, and ugly)

A composting head is so superior, in so many ways, that it's almost ridiculous. The reason why people still buy complex, insanely expensive, space consuming and smelly holding tank systems is that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By richardb123
Re: Holding tank repair/replacement

Try a Nature's Head or similar. It is the biggest advance to our sport since self steering.
Nature's Head composting toilets (http://sustainable-solutions.info/)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3,739
Posted By richardb123
Re: Poly Holding Tank

The best solution is, by far, a composting toilet.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-04-2012
Replies: 134
Views: 21,936
Posted By richardb123
Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

My fear is one is just submerged below the surface. So much for "engineered" hulls with very thin walls and a grid to stiffen. They will puncture like a tire.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-04-2012
Replies: 134
Views: 21,936
Posted By richardb123
Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Hee in BC we prefer to hit logs. One lightweight racer on the way back from the Vic-Maui a few years back hit a log and promptly sank.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2012
Replies: 1,419
Views: 518,520
Posted By richardb123
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

No pic yet, but two of my boats steered wonderfully with a shet to tiller system made from surgical hose. Cost almost nothing. Steered for hundreds of coastal miles.
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