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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 941
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Rowing Dink?

Here is an example at 66 pounds. Shenandoah Whitehall Whitehall page (http://gentrycustomboats.com/Whitehallpage.html)

It is still too big for the 8.5' your looking for. Many boats this size can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 941
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Rowing Dink?

Have any of you considered skin on frame construction? Very light and very durable and easily repairable. Consider the two following links for videos showing the durability of skin on frame boats. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 2,109
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Safety considerations for Great Lakes solo sailor

Excellent post with great info except the last paragraph. Sharks not in Lake Michigan. Are you sure? Bull sharks have been found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. So I would be surprised if...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   04-05-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,279
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Sailor missing 66 days found! Breaking News.

Jerry
As I said it is a generalization that would totally depend on your exposure. I can see a time where survival with out protection is in minutes and where it may be days or never but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-05-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 3,991
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Missing Sailor Rescued

Holly crap batman where do you get your herb? That is some expensive stuff. Even super high end Sativa doesn't cost that much. Maybe 50 or 60 if you don't know anyone anywhere or are paying for...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   04-04-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,279
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Sailor missing 66 days found! Breaking News.

As with most of these stories about being lost at sea for 30, 60 or more days, folks always say this person looks too good to be lost at sea that long. I have heard some use the generalization of...
Forum: Electrical Systems   03-06-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 65,351
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Battery Confusion - Amp Hours vs. Reserve Capacity

Excellent stuff I missed this post the first time around. I just have one problem. It sounds like there are a few hypothesis on how to determine Ah from RC and no theories. I know picky picky it...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-25-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Adventure sailboat build help, recomendations?

Longer and narrower is more efficient and faster at low power. You could look at Sail Calculator Pro v3.54 - 2800+ boats (http://tomdove.com/sailcalc/sailcalc.html) . At the bottom of the page you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-23-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 2,428
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Do you have to be wealthy to own a sailing yacht?

If you are in a position to own, and maintain a boat for only your leisure enjoyment. You also have a computer and can post on the internet then I would say you are pretty wealthy. That would put...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-20-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 706
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Which anchor?

Danforth with 20 foot of chain and three strand is more then adequate. In fact it may be too much weight depending on your expectations and usage. You have a 700 pound boat with less then a 2 foot...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Wood selection

By the way nice work on the ladder. Looks good.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Wood selection

I would say black cherry is as good or better then mahogany, even without considering price. It is an excellent wood for both interior and exterior use on boats. Cherry is not as hard as white oak...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-11-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,090
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Does anyone use belt PFDs?

I love my paddling PFD from Kokatat. It feels funny if I don't have it on while boating. I spend a lot of time around cold water which IMHO belt worn PFD is not suitable. I have never used these...
Forum: Electrical Systems   02-11-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,344
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Lithium Ion batteries

LiFePO4 Batteries - Thoughts & Musings Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/lifepo4_on_boats)

Excellent and informative read. Thank you for all...
Forum: Electrical Systems   02-10-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,344
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Lithium Ion batteries

Light 1/3- 1/4 the weight
70% or more usable capacity vs 50% for lead
Fast charging

Compelling- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ7vQJIwbzY
Interesting Research at Sanford- Researchers achieve...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-02-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 4,658
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Sailing single handed best size, not brand

Tiller over a wheel.

Singlehanded Sailing: Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics Author Andrew Evens gives a very thoughtful and concise reasoning on why tiller over wheel for single handed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-28-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,145
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

Practical Sailor January 2015 Vol. 41 No. 1 "Galvanized Coating Test

Page 12 Second paragraph

"The Importance of keeping galvanizing intact became apparent as the test progressed. At the site...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-08-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

From my understanding the boat market is a lot tighter then the USA. Though 18K seems pretty steep but if all is in reasonable condition and the engine was running then it might be close. Maybe...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-08-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

Now why would you assume that Sam is lying? He may have difficulty finding someone qualified in Fiji but to automatically assume it is a lie before it is even possible, practical, or objective to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-08-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,418
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Hi everyone

Welcome back. I had wondered where you had been. Look forward to your posts. How's the grilling?
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-07-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

It seems like some folks automatically look for a why something shouldn't or couldn't happen while others might look at how might this happen. I don't think anyone posting here wants to send some...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-07-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

A little write up about the Columbia 34 MKII. It points out what to look for on this particular hull.

Columbia 34 Mk II Review (http://www.columbia-yachts.com/col34m2/c-34review.html)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-07-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

Good idea to get a survey. For all that haven't read the wooden boat forum link for sailing with out engine it is an excellent thread. I hope this all works out well. Best of luck and enjoy the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-06-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

Now that Russian guy is nuts. Rimas ?Round the World ? Small Craft Advisor Blog (http://smallcraftadvisor.com/our-blog/?p=3487) I do love the picture of his first attempt with the San Juan 24...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-06-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 6,415
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bluewater with no engine?

Well Mark I am not saying your advice is not correct. I do think he needs an engine. I think he would have a steep learning curve. I also think that we would need to know a ton more about the boat...
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