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Search: Posts Made By: Mike Banks
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Propane off rail instead of locker?

VERY theft prone. In some parts of Oz they would purloin the cross from Jesus. You leave nothing available or it will certainly go. Some of these thieves also sail boats --which makes being robbed...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-29-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,351
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: how to splice rope

Pull-through fids work well. I use a metal wire coat hanger for a quick job or have one made up from stainless steel welding rod with a narrow loop formed at one end. The palm, waxed thread and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 1,746
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Advise on Weight & Type of Anchor for Islander 37

A genuine CQR is an acceptable anchor if a tad heavier than others for the same holding power. I would by no means say they are the worst anchors. Cheap knock-offs of CQR's are sometimes lousy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-18-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 3,949
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Dodgers: Do we need one on our boat?

Dodgers--I lost interest when they left Brooklyn--

But on a boat--anyone can be uncomfortable. I like the quick-collapse and remove type. In a bad storm a dodger could act like a sail and could...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-17-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 2,115
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Reduction in anchor scope with chain use

There is only the rule of common sense. The weight of chain rather than length is important--but in deep water you have to use nylon or you will simply not be able to recover all the chain if it is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-14-2012
Replies: 103
Views: 10,825
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Buying a 30-40 year old boat - your opinions

Don't touch an old wooden boat. The maintenance is enormous and on-going. This reduces sailing time and eats your cruising budget.
Forum: Living Aboard 10-08-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 4,705
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Considering doing Live Aboard. (Need Advise)

Any heat source needs to be chosen carefully. If the flame is not enclosed it will probably produce carbon monoxide gas--odourless and very deadly. Any heater used at an anchorage has to have its...
Forum: Living Aboard 10-07-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 4,705
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Considering doing Live Aboard. (Need Advise)

I have lived aboard a 42 foot trimaran with some home comforts, namely a gas got water system and electric heating and cooling, but I lived on a berth with water and power supplied. It was like...
Forum: SailNet FAQ 10-07-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Galley counter-ceramic tiles

Has anyone thought of using the water-based epoxy stuff used over concrete floors in commercial kitchens? I had thought of making the top from epoxy saturated plywood. then placing in the sink, then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-30-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 5,586
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: spare anchor

Sounds good. I use mine on the bottom, but hanging it close to the bottom would still improve an anchor's holding capability. When the vessel surges back against the anchor on a wave, the weight...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-29-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 5,586
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: spare anchor

The performance of most anchors is enhanced by using a Kellick or Angel which is a weight of about twenty to thirty pounds which is placed in the anchor chain about eight feet into the chain from...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-29-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 19,091
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Flare-guns and other alternatives (excluding guns) as weapons

If you really want a simple but effective "Low Tech" device you could employ the old sailing-ship man's weapon--a slung shot. This wonderfully simple thing was a lead weight on a piece of wire or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-17-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Fresh Water Pump turns on with faucets closed

If your pressure switch turns off at 40PSI you only need to put about twenty PSI in the tank--or your pump will only behave as if it had no accumulator tank. The pressure reaches 40 psi (fifty in my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-17-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Fresh Water Pump turns on with faucets closed

My diaphragm was OK Problem was tiny crack in hose--just enough to let a few bubbles into the pressure switch.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-16-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 5,586
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: spare anchor

I have no idea of the type of conditions you experience in the Pacific North West, but if your vessel is over forty feet might I suggest you already have a good spare anchor. What you do not have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-16-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Fresh Water Pump turns on with faucets closed

If the pump is sucking air and the tank level is not falling--there is a leak above the tank and air is getting into the pump. My pump switches off when water pressure builds up but it will not...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-05-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,448
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Adding AC outlets to my boat?

If you try to charge your phone from a cigarette lighter outlet on 12 volts--just make sure you put a fuse in the circuit. I suggest 10 amps--and an enclosed fuse is safer in a boat.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-05-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,448
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Adding AC outlets to my boat?

I wired my boat for AC but I have it rigged for shore power or generator as well as for an inverter. One only has to make sure that it is set up so that they do not all operate at the same time.
...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 07-25-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Questions about closed cell foam panels and interior redesign..

I ripped out all of the foam I could reach--and repaired the rot it caused by holding water against the plywood. The foam did not absorb water--it just stopped air circulating and allowed the fungus...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 06-23-2012
Replies: 3,285
Views: 503,950
Posted By Mike Banks
Re: Sailnet Members from around the world check-in please.

Mike Banks--crusty remnant of bygone era.

Similar vessel--Pivor Lodestar. Cruising Great Barrier Reef and coastline, North Queensland Australia
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