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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 487,232
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Rhode Gear. Yup, I have another for the car. I bought my first rack 40 years ago. Since then, I seem to just stumble over them, like boat hooks and fenders.

I was given a folding bike for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 487,232
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I dislike folding bikes. They ride like, well, folding bikes. Practically any road bike is better. Get one at a thrift store, if you like, and who cares if it is stolen. Guests can bring their own...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 974
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Knot failures

I never focused on knots until I started climbing. People ask "but how do you know the knot is good?" They are right, there is zero tolerance for mistakes. You check your work, every time.

I don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Sealant, sealant, sealant

All wonderful ideas for a guy that is planning to remove the hardware and re-bed everything. I've used each of them. But I think he is looking to cut out the bad, squeeze in what he can, and go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,248
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

Clove hitch to the toe rail (our toe rail is 3/4" ss tubing) or turns and half hitches to stanchion base. Never lifelines. I've seen too may fenders get trapped under some part of the dock.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,238
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Ceramic knife review

My rigging knives for Dyneema are good quality but cast off kitchen knives from the wife, and then ground to a sheep's foot. When doing a lot of splicing I find myself dressing the edge a bit every...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 916
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Carabiners as jib hanks? (and other uses)

Function. Carabiners have a habit of clipping on to anything they brush against, making them terrible for halyards and sheets. How would you like a halyard clipped to a shroud up high? It has...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Life Jackets

The simplest reason is just CYA; the CG guy shows up just as you took the PFD off to change shirts, You were thinking about going for a swim or just got out. You are eating dinner in the cockpit and...
Forum: Diesel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 899
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Should I dump my fuel?

a. commercial pollishers can clean the fuel, but they cannot remove solids from the bottom. That requires opening the tank at least enough to get a power washer in there, depending on the baffles. If...
Forum: Outboard 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Where do you store your gas can?

My fuel tank is in a vented locker (catamaran--it's on the bridge deck) that is much like a propane locker. There space for a jerry can. Too bad they don't build boats with all of the things they...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,354
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: is VHF STILL the only way to contact bridges?

If you contact the bridge by VHF, all of the other sailors know what you are doing and what the bridge is doing. MUCH better and safer.
Forum: Gear and Maintenance Articles 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 18,666
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Ten Tips for Clean and Green Boating

A few inaccuracies. I'm in the waste disposal and recycling industry, and have designed, built, and operated some of the largest facilities.

1. Absorbent pads are not hazardous waste and are only...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 984
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Favorite inflatable and colapsable kayaks

I'm assuming this is because the floor is too soft to stand on? I'm guessing that higher pressure kayaks are better that way (I'm only experienced in hard kayaks).

In good hard kayaks, the speed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 455
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Holding tank inspection port

Peggy would suggest a Uniseal. No inspection hatch required.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 984
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Favorite inflatable and colapsable kayaks

Why do you favor inflatables, given that you have paddled both? Is it storage (kayaks are ungainly to keep on-deck). I'm lucky in that I have a cat with relatively low davits; it's easy for me to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 984
Posted By pdqaltair
Favorite inflatable and colapsable kayaks

I've been asked to do a review of kayaks for cruisers. Think I have a good handle in rigid boats, owning several and having paddled many others, but I'm not very familiar with inflatables and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: switching to WR2 for lifeline, reuse pelican hooks?

Try Fisheries Supply, rigging eyes. The holes are too small, so you may have to insert a D-shackle.

Threaded Eye Rods - Rigging...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Outboard repair books or classes

The public library is one obvious answer. Small motors have not evolved that much. Also, order a shop manual for your SPECIFIC motor from the manufacture. They are much more step-by-step and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

I'll add some additional info. Also, look at my avitar to see the sail on my boat. I have not hoisted this sail in years, favoring a 140% genoa better suited to my sailing area. The 140% roller reefs...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Non-ethanol gas availablity

Heck no, I sail all year!

And I really don't see the point in worrying over e-10. It is stupid politics, but you can easily live with it.
* Keep the tank full
* Add a silica gel tank vent filter...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By pdqaltair
Reefing blade jib to storm jib

Yes, I know that a storm jib must be flat and without this sort of reefing (had one on last boat--loved it), but for a strong breeze, I want to hear the discussion.

What about reefing a blade jib?...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: changing oil

Which ones? A declarative statement that says at least one thing that is counter intuitive and unlikely (additives evaporate at low temperatures--if they did that cold in a few months, they would...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Head intake hose problem

^^ Rubber faced gloves are a HUGE help on many hose problems. Great grip. Also for messy lines and chain, so always keep a pair on board.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 913
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Just how monumentally stupid an idea is it to go with black non-skid?

The only places I have black non-skid are where black stripes cross the deck... and those bits get hot (they are small areas and white would look strange). Holds up fine, though.

No, I would never...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,184
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: More Ventilation in Aft Cabin --Center Cockpit with Dodger

SV Auspicious:

I believe your report of flow is correct... however, your explanation is backwards. The low pressure will pull air out of the cabin, not in (the pressure is low in the cockpit, not...
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