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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 60
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 304
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Substitute for furlex grease?

Since you're are looking for a wash-out resistant waterproof grease for low-speed bearings, winch grease seems obvious. Despite other comments, I've done lab testing and Lewmar is way out in front....
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Sailboat/Dinghy Rentals in Cape May

Try calling the Corinthian Yacht Club in Cape May. They do a lot of dinghy racing.

But I think the answer is only kayaks.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

Sounds thorny.

Depending on the depths you anchor in, you should be happy with 150' of 1/4" G43 chain and the balance 1/2" nylon. That should be enough 98% of the time to anchor on all-chain in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

I answered your exact opening question with a proven solution and correct nomenclature. Sorry.

As for finding a gypsy that goes smoothly from rope to chain... be warned that doesn't always work as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

I like the picture, but this is a tripping line, not a recovery line. It will bring the anchor up backwards is snagged. A recovery line is attached to the anchor shackle and is used to bring the...
Forum: Diesel   6 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 495
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fuel care question.

Seafoam works well for gas, but it has not tested well on diesel.
Forum: Diesel   1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 495
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fuel care question.

Another thing to remember is that the experience of a regular sailor or cruisers and and occational sailor are not related. A regular cruisers doesn't experiencing long fuel storage. Ironically, it...
Forum: Diesel   1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 495
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fuel care question.

Oops, I read Turtle's comment.

In fact, Startron has shown some antimicrobial activity in testing, though it is not a registered biocide. The combination of Biobor JF and Startron has tested...
Forum: Diesel   1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 495
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fuel care question.

Your gas probably contains ethanol (e-10). The greatest threats are:

1. Water absorption from filler cap leaks. But if you had those you would know it by now. Still watch the o-ring and give it a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 15,717
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Roll-up solar panels

Velcro seem obvious. I'd go with 3M Dual Lock.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: TBT Bottom Paint?

Are these the same guys? IF yes, they don't sound like people I need to do business with. If not, I apologize... sort of. TBT is still something the world agrees is bad. They're just working the gray...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Impossible docking situation?

I'm pretty game for trying to dock in tough slots with my boat, but that said:

* I will decline a transient slot that I feel is too risky. What's the point? For example, sometimes the tide is just...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

Seems like poor design to have the locker drain to the bilge--both smell and dirt. They should be accessible and well-ventilated. Washing the chain is just a work-around.

My locker has an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

I've never really understood why a chain needed to be clean. 30 years in the Chesapeake and I've never scrubbed or hosed a chain. Lowered and re-raised quite a few times. Scraped a few anchors (a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,258
Posted By pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,258
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How crazy am I? Sail repair with tape.

How long have you had sails in service repaired with contact cement? I just did some pull-testing, and with 1" overlap it was strong enough to break 8-ounce sail cloth and Sunbrella and did not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,461
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

Actually, this is done to recover tandem anchors. A recovery line is run from the secondary anchor to just before the primary, which is generally all chain and recovered with a windlass. Once the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 97
Views: 4,551
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Clueless Sailors?

One problem with all of this "avoid him" stuff is that when the wind is shifting a lot, bearings change rapidly. It can look like someone is giving way, when they are only following a shift and will...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 97
Views: 4,551
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Clueless Sailors?

3. If they are sailing to windward with a big genny, look for eyes. No eye contact, forget the rule book or honk early. They don't see you and aren't looking.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,258
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How crazy am I? Sail repair with tape.

I think you would like Locktite PL S40. They sell it at Home Depot for ~ $6/10 oz. cartridge, and it is very similar to 5200. I've been testing it for a mag and I have used it on my boat for >5...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,258
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How crazy am I? Sail repair with tape.

You can also use polyester tape (stronger) and stitich the perimeter. Should be as strong as the sail.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,340
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: What do you allow in your head?

Even Kleenex does not easily break down; notice how they can survive the washer and drier?

I've learned that leaving a stack of zip-lock bags next to the waste can also helps make the point about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 701
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How to do load calculations

If you were referring to my "scale-up" comment, there is really very little relationship to a half model. I suspect that would nearly always be a mistake. Somethings are linear, some less, some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 701
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How to do load calculations

Which hints an an engineering favorite: if the math is complicated, take measurements on a similar piece of equipment and scale from there. VERY effective in many cases, and whole classes center on...
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