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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-30-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 2,694
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Non active zinc suddenly VERY active.

Also due to a neighboring boat with electrical problems:

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/martecsidebyside.png
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-02-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Folding prop

Do it right or don't do it at all. Putting the wrong prop on your boat simply means you will be repeating this process and probably soon. And hopefully you won't have damaged your engine and/or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-13-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 4,295
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/3mdoodlebugpads.gif

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/suctioncup.jpg
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Forum: Engines   06-05-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 684
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Cut this waterlogged line & plastic bushing off the prop shaft, am I in trouble?

I've seen this many times. It's not a bushing. It is melted and hardened nylon line.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-30-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Thoughts on Petit Vivid (non-copper) bottom paint?

Sort of.


RCW 70.300.020
Antifouling paint containing copper.

(1) Beginning January 1, 2018, no manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or distributor may sell or offer for sale in this state any...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 850
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Martec 2 Blade Prop vs. 3 blade

FYI (and maybe you already know this) but Martec doesn't make a 3-blade folder. Martec distributes the Slipstream 3-blade folder, but it is not a Martec product. Or maybe you were speaking about...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,872
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Antifouling in the Caribbean

Umm... yes. If I can't use an illegal anti fouling paint here in the States, why should you be able to? The fact that you brought your boat in from somewhere else doesn't give you special...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,872
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Antifouling in the Caribbean

If you have a shred of concern about the environment, you won't use the Sea Hawk tin-based paint, regardless of where the boat lives. That crap is even illegal in China, for God's sake, which should...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-31-2014
Replies: 178
Views: 16,280
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Copper sheeting & CopperCoat anti-fouling

It's not a "product", it's a kitchen sink concoction that BoatyardBoy is apparently hoping will work much as copper-loaded epoxies like Copperpoxy claim to.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,260
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Best place in California to sail and live on your boat?

Both bases have been converted to civilian use. Treasure Island still has it's marina and is a small boat sailing center. NAS Alameda is now home to tech companies, distilleries, craft breweries and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-06-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,681
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Ablative vs. Hard Paints....

The way I see it, you have a couple of options:

Determine what kind of paint you have. If it's ablative, pressure wash the dried slime off and launch (assuming you haven't blasted all the paint...
Forum: Electrical Systems   05-05-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Electrolysis When on a Mooring

This occurred within a few week span. Cause was a bare bilge pump wire in a damp bilge.

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/nassoiy004.jpg
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-05-2014
Replies: 178
Views: 16,280
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Copper sheeting & CopperCoat anti-fouling

It is a common misconception that since the Navy is exempt from U.S. environmental regulations concerning anti fouling paint, that they use special paints that the rest of us cannot. The reality is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,018
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Bottom slime

Again, you seem to be missing the very point you went to such great lengths to make (albeit perhaps not intentionally)- the slime that fouls boat hulls is not the same as the slime that fish create...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,018
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Bottom slime

Fish are not sailboats and the slime they produce is not marine fouling. Apples and oranges.



I'd venture to say that nobody reading this (certainly not the OP) is using foul release coatings,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,018
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Bottom slime

Almost, but not quite. The biocide leach rate is not reduced, it continues unabated as long as the hull is in the water until the biocide is depleted, regardless of how much growth is on the hull....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-28-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,018
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Bottom slime

If you think sailing with a dirty bottom is somehow faster than sailing with a clean one, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. :rolleyes:

As far as regular cleaning goes, doing it relatively...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-28-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 9,420
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Any ideas on this Hooka type dive compressor system?

It can be an issue, I suppose. I don't actually install a lot of the single-piece ring anodes on sail drives, because they tend to last a long time but also because it requires pulling the prop and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-27-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 2,024
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: new bottom cleaning kit

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave, Grasshopper. :D
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-18-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 2,024
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: new bottom cleaning kit

I've been cleaning boat bottoms for almost twenty years. Here's a basic tool kit:

3M Doodlebug pads and holders
Suction cup
3M wire brush w/scraper
6" scraper
5-in-1 tool
Flathead screwdriver...
Forum: Cal   01-05-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Cal 31 Prop Shaft Diameter?

It's gotta be 1". Cant imagine it being anything else.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-20-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Shaft bearing changout - waterborne?

Jeezus. Just haul the boat for God's sake. http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Emoticons/rolleyes.gif
Forum: Introduce Yourself   08-31-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,815
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

The Triton does not have a tabernacled mast. The spar simply sits in the step and is held there by rigging tension.

Buying a boat like this, sight unseen, is a big gamble, IMHO. Good luck. Hope it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Flexifold and strut

1.- Remove the zinc.
2.- Remove the cover plate.
3.- Remove the set-screws that secure each blade pivot pin.
4.- Drive out the pivot pins.
5.- Remove the blades.
6.- Remove prop nut set screw...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   08-05-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,542
Posted By Fstbttms
Re: Diver needed - Edgewater Maryland

Don't know any of these outfits so can't comment on reliability:

Commander Dive Service (http://www.commanderdive.com)

DMH Dive Services - Search and Retrieve, overboard lost items, hull...
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