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Forum: Outboard   11-16-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 2,975
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Would anybody be interested in an electric outboard like this?

Okay, so the web page says that the battery pack is 6kwh. Reasonable for a 90 lbs. battery. But, again, 9.9 hp is 7.4 kilowatts. So there is no way you're running a 9.9 hp engine for 5 hours on a 6...
Forum: Outboard   09-14-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Merc. 3.3 2-stroke: emptying of fuel

That's what I do. And then run the engine in a trash can full of water until the gas that is in the lines and the carb is all out.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-18-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By denverd0n
Re: "Acceptance of the Vessel" question

The standard contract that I have seen here in Florida spells out that acceptance of the survey and sea trial results are at the sole discretion of the buyer. If yours has wording similar to that...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-13-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,572
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Am I an SOB?

Exactly. Being helpful and concerned, putting in hours and hours helping someone else with no expectation of a payback, looking out for those around you who need help... All these things do, indeed,...
Forum: Electrical Systems   03-06-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 81,208
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Battery Confusion - Amp Hours vs. Reserve Capacity

Because a whole lot of people don't want to have to wrap their heads around anything, and they certainly don't want to do any real calculations. You really don't have to read this forum all that long...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 8,013
Posted By denverd0n
Re: How did you get your spouse to embrace the cruising life?

Started out with some ASA courses (be careful to pick an instructor that is "woman-friendly"). Moved to a couple of one-week, bareboat charters in easy areas like the BVI and Bahamas (our first...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   12-12-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,125
Posted By denverd0n
Re: New at Sail Net and need advise about Florida

Well, basically, they had no license requirement at all for a long, long time. Like most states in the U.S. Then they realized that maybe some sort of certification would be a good idea. But they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-03-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,206
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Do Sailboats Sweat?

Yeah, so you've gotten a number of answers to your question. I just wanted to add that I used to own a San Juan 23. Really liked it. Excellent boat for what it is, and sails very nicely.
Forum: Ocean Navigator   09-25-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 13,378
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Still holding its own - HF Radio

Your friend sounds like he knows what he is doing, and I'm sure things will work out fine.

I have done some modeling of the radiation patterns of an insulated backstay versus no insulation and...
Forum: Electronics   09-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Which shoot thru hull depth meter to buy?

If your hull is solid fiberglass then almost any transducer can shoot through it. Here is a good write-up on transducer mounting.

Capt'n Pauley's Virtual Boat Yard -- Projects Galore!!!: How-To:...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-21-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Un-inspected passenger vessel - What emergency signals??

I think you should consider the fact that no one here is going to argue the case for you, with the Coast Guard, should they give you a wrong answer. Contacting your local Coast Guard station, and...
Forum: Electronics   05-07-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,342
Posted By denverd0n
Re: The bottom line on Ham radio

This is my understanding also. Some of the older marine HF sets could only be unlocked by opening them up and making internal modifications. That would void their type acceptance. Some of the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-25-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 3,594
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Virgin Islands Sailing School

I have chartered boats with Sunsail out of Road Town, Tortola, in the recent past. Very nice operation, excellent shore-side facilities, and helpful, pleasant people. Have not taken a course from...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-18-2014
Replies: 97
Views: 6,935
Posted By denverd0n
Re: How many sailors actually know how to sail?

Of course, there are always extremes. You can always find the ex-racer who is never satisfied and has to tweak the sails every 20-30 seconds. On the other side, you can find the cruisers who almost...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-27-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,808
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Alternative to Solar

Well I think the obvious answer to how big and how heavy would be, it depends. I'd be willing to put up with a bigger, and heavier, device if it produced more electricity. If it is the size of a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-26-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,676
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Sailing a technological breakthrough?

Well, I kind of hate to play the curmudgeon, but I have to say that I'm not seein' it.

For ships to ever put energy back into the grid, they'd have to store it while they are sailing. For now, at...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-18-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 7,485
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Newbie buying a dirt cheap liveaboard...

You want to know what annoyed me most about the lack of headroom in my San Juan 23? It was the need to get dressed and undressed everyday either stooped over, sitting down, or laying down. Got...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-18-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 7,485
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Newbie buying a dirt cheap liveaboard...

No offense intended, but if you really believe this then you are only fooling yourself. If you actually include ALL of the costs associated with owning a boat, there is absolutely NO WAY that you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-06-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,320
Posted By denverd0n
Re: moving chain plates

Smart choice. Unless you are a qualified naval architect yourself, it is usually a very bad idea to start thinking that you know better than the person who designed the boat in the first place.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-11-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 4,216
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Living in Florida

Lots of good advice. One thing I will mention is a statistic that I read some years back, and that is that almost 2/3rds of the people who move to Florida will move away within 2 years. The reason...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-01-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By denverd0n
Re: To do it myself or not ?

This is one of those kinds of questions where I figure, if you have to ask, then the answer should be "no." That is, if it were something that you should be tackling on your own, you'd know it; you...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   07-25-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By denverd0n
Re: Nebraska sailor

Welcome! I grew up in Omaha, first learned to sail on some of the small lakes around there, and also did a bit of sailing on Lake McConaughy. Nebraska doesn't have a lot of lakes, but there are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-10-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 4,621
Posted By denverd0n
Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

Custom cut cushions here...
Yoga Mats, Exercise Mat, Polyethylene Foam, Yoga Mat, Exercise Mats (

1" thick "FloTex" makes a great cushion for sitting on...
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