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Search: Posts Made By: Paul_L
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 3,801
Posted By Paul_L
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

The trip sounded fairly reasonable until you said 'cruise the eastern Caribbean'. Why not skip that and only deal with the western Carib? Leaving Canal to get N or E is tough. Typically people do it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 976
Posted By Paul_L
Re: Polarity Indicator Light

There is a tech note on the Blueseas site covering false fault indications for reverse polarity
AC Reverse Polarity False Indicators - Resources - Blue Sea Systems...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2012
Replies: 82
Views: 6,873
Posted By Paul_L
Re: AGM batteries: Someone using them?

And they seem to be the only AGM manufacturer who wants monthly equalization. Something that isn't too likely on a cruising boat.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2012
Replies: 82
Views: 6,873
Posted By Paul_L
Re: AGM batteries: Someone using them?

You also need to consider the time to charge the 85 to 100%. If you fail to do this periodically on AGMs then the batteries will have a short life. Since you are a light user of your power, you may...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2012
Replies: 82
Views: 6,873
Posted By Paul_L
Re: AGM batteries: Someone using them?

I'm a full time cruiser and am on my second set of AGMs. The house bank is 420ah with an Ample 100 amp alternator plus 320watts solar. The first AGMs failed in 1 year with crap for manufacturer...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2012
Replies: 82
Views: 6,873
Posted By Paul_L
Re: AGM batteries: Someone using them?

This just doesn't happen in practice. The acceptance rate is definitely higher, but the last 10 to 15% charge is still going to be at low rates. AGMs need to be 100% charged periodically, so you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,160
Posted By Paul_L
Is this true for the last 12 months, or are you...

Is this true for the last 12 months, or are you including prior to this?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,160
Posted By Paul_L
Killarney, Your description of the facts and...

Killarney,
Your description of the facts and likelihoods seems pretty accurate. Just taking them at face value I think you've already got your answer. If getting to the Med was a higher priority,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-14-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 4,404
Posted By Paul_L
The simple answer is no-way. You have to have a...

The simple answer is no-way. You have to have a passport to clear in and out of the Central American countries. Not having a passport might not be his biggest problem.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 11-10-2011
Replies: 496
Views: 77,612
Posted By Paul_L
I'm not sure I agree with you on this one. What I...

I'm not sure I agree with you on this one. What I saw looked like 60+ foot waves with the tops of maybe 10-15 foot of whitewater coming at them. I'm assuming the freeboard on this ship is about 60...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 11-10-2011
Replies: 496
Views: 77,612
Posted By Paul_L
Watching that makes me seasick. It is hard to...

Watching that makes me seasick. It is hard to believe that there are too many under 50 foot boats that would survive that. Those waves have to be 60 foot plus.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-09-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,687
Posted By Paul_L
It depends a bit on your plans for crew and...

It depends a bit on your plans for crew and whether you have a windvane. If you are the typical Mom and Pop cruising couple, then you really need a very reliable auto-pilot or AP windvane...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-09-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2,425
Posted By Paul_L
I played the non-committal approach. I replaced...

I played the non-committal approach. I replaced my lower lifeline with uncoated wire -- for longer life. The uppers I used Amsteel. Easy to splice, easy on the hands.
Forum: Diesel 11-03-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,807
Posted By Paul_L
Why change at this age? Seems like a freshwater...

Why change at this age? Seems like a freshwater cooled engine is likely to last longer and run a little more efficiently, but after a lot of years, I can't see that it would make any difference. If...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-27-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 4,875
Posted By Paul_L
I've been using Murphy's Soap to clean on the...

I've been using Murphy's Soap to clean on the interior. Then a wipe down with fresh water. When dry a wipe down with white vinegar. This seems to be keeping the little mold devils at bay in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 1,893
Posted By Paul_L
Thanks. What an irritating UI. I hope it stays...

Thanks. What an irritating UI. I hope it stays off.

Paul L
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-04-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 3,509
Posted By Paul_L
Matt, What I did was use 10awg from the panel...

Matt,
What I did was use 10awg from the panel through the deck to a distribution block. Then 8awg to close to the controller. Then a butt joint from 8 down to 10awg. The large wire size is used to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-14-2010
Replies: 165
Views: 20,159
Posted By Paul_L
The original topic is comfort on a sailboat, in...

The original topic is comfort on a sailboat, in particular the motion comfort index. You have come out strong in saying that it can all be answered with just the physics and you can explain why...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2010
Replies: 165
Views: 20,159
Posted By Paul_L
It really seems silly to discuss comfort in terms...

It really seems silly to discuss comfort in terms of a survival storm. No matter what cruising size boat you are in it is going to be very uncomfortable.

Paul L
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-11-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,195
Posted By Paul_L
I think you may be expecting too much from a...

I think you may be expecting too much from a buyer's broker. At the end of the day, the brokers make their money when a sale closes. There are scum brokers and there are quality ones. With the access...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-06-2010
Replies: 496
Views: 77,612
Posted By Paul_L
Smack, Cool video. They were really levelheaded...

Smack,
Cool video. They were really levelheaded in dealing with this - even if she does say they were gobsmacked. Sure helps to have a full race crew and not just Mom and Pop onboard.

Paul L
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By Paul_L
What kind of monthly fee 'usually' goes along...

What kind of monthly fee 'usually' goes along with these Dockominum slips? A dollar range?

Paul L
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-29-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By Paul_L
They come up on Ebay pretty regularly, but...

They come up on Ebay pretty regularly, but usually sell for more than you expect.

Paul L
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-29-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,219
Posted By Paul_L
The Tillerpilot has its own internal compass. If...

The Tillerpilot has its own internal compass. If it was connected to a Chartplotter then it could be directed to sail to waypoints. Something that is not worth doing.

Paul L
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-28-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 3,978
Posted By Paul_L
Probably just the driver unit is re-usable. But...

Probably just the driver unit is re-usable. But that is a significant cost saving.

Paul L
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