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Search: Posts Made By: capt jgwinks
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 24 Minutes Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 214
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: What NOT to do with an Oil Fire

Right, you can put out an oil fire with water, the Navy and Merchant Marine do it all the time on ship board, but it takes a LOT of water, more than you can deliver with an extinguisher, garden hose,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 214
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: What NOT to do with an Oil Fire

I was once on the Fire Brigade in a factory. The first thing they had us do in training was try to put out an oil fire with a water extinguisher. Very scary and enlightening. The second thing was to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 483
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

Make sure you drain the lines for winter lay up. Your winters aren't as bad as here in Michigan, but if water freezes in there it may split the hose.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,073
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Minimum electronics for coastal cruising

We could make the argument that Columbus sailed to the New World with nothing but a primitive compass. But keep on mind, he was not the first to cross the Atlantic, he was the first to survive it and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 483
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

That's why I made the shelf. Taller, but not much bigger footprint than the pump itself.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 483
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

I had the same problem on my boat. Pump just cycled on and off pumping the same gallon of water back and forth. I built a little shelf to go in the bilge, and put a 360 gph in the bottom with as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 786
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: To worry or not to worry… blisters? (photos)

I agree the crazing looks like bad paint. Don't let it scare you. On a boat that old and at the price you're going to pay for her, a $10,000 dollar paint job would be ridiculous. If you could afford...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Why aren't these cruisers sailing?

I'm up here on Lake Michigan, we see the Chicago-Mackinac race boats going to and from the race. Many of them do not sail on the transits, they only raise sail for the actual race. They don't want to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 5,565
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Electric distress light? Where to buy

Absolutely true. Sort of. You must have Day and Night signals. A USCG approved SOS light fills the need for the night signal, but you still need the Day signal, which would be a flag, smoke, or dye...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,073
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Minimum electronics for coastal cruising

I've been teaching navigation in one form another for most of my adult life so I pride myself in being able to navigate without any electronics. But I use them anyway. Depth sounder, Speedo, GPS...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,452
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Knot failures

One of the first things I learned running bigger boats (65 feet) is that if you tie up with "yachty" cleat hitches, and then high winds and waves come in over night, you WILL be using the fire axe to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,405
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Polishing is not for an old man!

That's why the boat yard has kids you can pay to do it. Life is too short, and getting shorter every day.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Deck/Lifeline storage?

Not to mention it blocks up the side decks, which on a lot of boats are too narrow in the first place.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 2,478
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Shackle security

Right. Anything translucent or transparent, the UV shines through it, and degrades it all the way through all at once. Black or dark colors degrade a little at a time from the outside. It eventually...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,570
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Progressive Insurance Claim question

I've carried Allstate for about 30 years. Only had one claim, due to storm damage on a boat that I home built. When I explained that I was "sending the boat back to the manufacturer" for repair, they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,431
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: solid vs inflatable dinghy

I've had two inflatables, a Walker Bay 8, and now a Watertender 9.4. I live aboard on a mooring so I use the dinghy multiple times a day, and most often have to haul it up the dinghy ramp alone. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Oil pan for Universal Diesel

The M18 is a Z600, but I think that's the same block with bigger cylinders. Someone's replaced the stick, but no big deal.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Oil pan for Universal Diesel

Just like oil pans in cars, the same engine might have several different pans to fit different chassis. I don't think Universal had special pans made for their engines, the differences are to fit...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Oil pan for Universal Diesel

There's nothing wrong with a drain plug on a marine diesel. It's just that on a lot boats you can't get a pan under the engine to use it. In fact many engines have a hose connected to it to drain...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,123
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher

A piece of plywood or something (not your hand) that you can block the intake with would be more effective to stop a runaway. Detroit Diesels have an air cutoff damper built in for this purpose. Must...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,200
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Captains License Downside

You'd be no more responsible than a passenger in a bus would be if the bus driver hit somebody. Now if you volunteered that you knew the driver was drunk and speeding and you saw the other car coming...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,123
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher

I do believe that to get USCG approval to replace one of your handheld units, the system has to have the engine and vent shutdown features. You can still have one that doesn't, it just doesn't count...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,764
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: proof of paid sales tax

Some states don't register documented vessels, Michigan isn't one of them. The Governor gets his cut regardless. The boat in question probably was not state registered. I don't know what the fine is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,123
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher

Most of us don't have hand held CO2 extinguishers on boats. Mostly bicarb dry chem and a few of the yellow stuff I can't spell. True the bicarb isn't real bad, but the CO2 isn't bad for the engine at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,123
Posted By capt jgwinks
Re: Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher

A fire port is better than nothing, but not as good as an installed system. Shooting a dry chem extinguisher at a running engine will wreck it when the powder gets sucked into the cylinders. The...
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