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Search: Posts Made By: RhodesSwiftsure
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-20-2013
Replies: 277
Views: 28,274
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

I'm torn up by the sheer arbitrariness of the event. You and your boys deserve none of it, and yet there it is. The only solace I can see is to show the boys that it need not always be so. You will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-08-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 6,078
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Riddles with a Prize, by Mantus Anchors

MedSailor looks correct by my math. It's not 1% less water, but 1% less of the total. Since so much of the total is water, to bring water's percentage down takes a lot less water:

x - 98%x =...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,922
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Dinghy Plans

Eastport Nesting Pram:

Eastport Nesting Pram (

You can order just plans, or full kit. Build...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-16-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 4,424
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Chartering out of Rock Hall: advice, please

My first charter was in the BVI's and was exactly 36 feet. I recall being very nervous at the time. It was a cakewalk.

Something like a Catalina 36 is a great charter boat. They get so much use...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-03-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 3,672
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Reasons for knowing TVMDCAW

Drawing out two compass bearings to provide a pilot fix is about as visceral as Cartesian geometry gets. Cartesian geometry is the practical wedge of the entire enlightenment. Being able to perform...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-03-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 2,342
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Overboard discharge design

Why bother? If you can already pump out or manually empty the holding tank, then you have maximum flexibility with a minimum of valves, T's, etc.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-25-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 2,976
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: cell phone for wet use?

Both MedSailor and I have mentioned a Samsung phone (slightly different model numbers) that functions very well in a marine environment. It will literally operate underwater, as numerous online...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-24-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 2,976
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: cell phone for wet use?

Tried and tested, dedicated pay as you go SIM chip for use on the boat, works underwater: Samsung GT-B2710, Dust and Water Resistant Unlocked Phone - International Version - Black:...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-13-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,182
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Winch Maintenance and id

The end of the flat bladed winch handle should fit perfectly that horizontal slot you see when looking down into the winch. Using it like a huge screwdriver, you should be able to unscrew. Then the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Re: Electrical Mystery. Need help.

Is there an automated charging relay or other ghost charger that might be kicking on or off depending on what's happening on another bank?

Are you always doing something else first (e.g....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-25-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Titling versus Documenting

Couple of things: As a Canadian, even if a full time lawful U.S. resident, you cannot _document_ the boat as US. You can purchase it, get title, even get state stickers to legally have the boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-04-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2,738
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Sure looks like a Sabre 28/30'ish, but I'm not...

Sure looks like a Sabre 28/30'ish, but I'm not sure about the aluminum toerail.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-14-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,402
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
These are great for practicing: Artificial...

These are great for practicing:

Artificial Horizon by Davis (

Just remember to half the angle and "skip the dip"...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 12-09-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,110
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
The Rolex is not even close. It's a fairly...

The Rolex is not even close. It's a fairly classic model (Air King Perpetual), and an amazing piece of self-winding & self-regulating time-keeping, but it can't hold a candle to an oscillating quartz...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 12-09-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,110
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500

I have a Rolex that is a mechanical wonder and looks very nice, but to have a very accurate time source aboard for celestial navigation, I use a Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500.

It uses the Colorado...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-04-2010
Replies: 140
Views: 27,241
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Second Vote for MXA-5000

I've found the MXA-5000 to be very good unit. One really nice and often overlooked feature is that if you wire a GPS _into_ it as well, then it will repeat GPS and AIS nmea data out on a separate PC...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-10-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,496
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Thx, appreciated.

Thx, appreciated.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-10-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,496
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Any first hand experience/recommendations for...

Any first hand experience/recommendations for such a manual pump? A regular manual pump with 1-1/2 fittings like this:

JABSCO Pump at West Marine (

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-26-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3,830
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
A picture is worth a thousand words

You can sail with a bunch of stretched out tin cans if you prefer ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-15-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 4,990
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Think about use as a table as well

I did this about 3 years ago, and managed to make the grating work as a cockpit table as well. The aft section fits around the tiller and is fitted with small legs to sit on the afterdeck. Obviously...
Forum: Provisioning 08-14-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 7,099
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Only in Bermuda.

Only in Bermuda.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-03-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,000
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Sailed out of Beirut into the Mediterranean

Little misleading as one might assume we'd sailed all the way here. Let's just say that British Airways and MEA helped, but it was a nice afternoon in any case.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-03-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 8,692
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
The Limit of Absurdity

Clear your decks and learn to walk around cleats. Alternatively, wear shoes. The notion of spending money on a 10-character sock puppet is so ridiculous as to approach the sublime.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-29-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,328
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Wooden Spars

Wooden Spars
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-24-2009
Replies: 1,314
Views: 452,134
Posted By RhodesSwiftsure
Rejuvinated Seacock Handles

About $10.00 for primer and paint. A couple of hours of electrolytic rust removal (see, for example, Electrolytic Rust Removal ( Like new...
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