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Search: Posts Made By: paul323
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,078
Posted By paul323
Re: PSS Dripless maintenance

Don't rely on the grub screws - EVER! My collar slipped, and water came pouring into the boat. Luckily I heard the noise - it was after a day's sail - so I could fix it. Otherwise I would have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 731
Posted By paul323
Re: Deck hardware: OK to attach with screws only?

As others have said - how big is your vessel?

I am going to get a bit longwinded here - sorry if you already know this!

Boat decks can be built in many ways. The most common is a 'sandwich' -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By paul323
Re: Sealant, sealant, sealant

Butyl Tape.

Re-Bedding Deck Hardware With Bed-It Butyl Tape Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at (

You'll never look back.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 800
Posted By paul323
Re: Moving to California...(living on a sailboat)

First off, California is a big place. Maybe 4x the size of Tennesee. And about 6x the population. Also, whereas Tennessee is an East-West sort of state, CA is North-South - which means a lot of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By paul323
Re: Sailing to London

Fun journey - thanks for posting.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-13-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By paul323
Re: Tacky West Systems Epoxy

For some reason it seems you have mixed a bad batch of epoxy. Perhaps you did not deliver a complete metered dose; or perhaps you did not mix it (typically mix for about 60 seconds to ensure an even...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,115
Posted By paul323
Re: Wood identification?

Very difficult to tell from the photos. Looks a bit more yellow/red than teak. Possibly a mahogany variety? Could also be red oak, but the grain seems rather dense.

You may want to visit a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By paul323
Re: San Fran to Marina del Rey delivery

Monterey is not bad to enter - it is normally sheltered from most weather, as it is tucked "around the corner" from Point Pinos. Santa Cruz (opposite) is generally okay, but needs good timing when...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-27-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 993
Posted By paul323
Re: Are NADA Values accurate ?

Short answer - no.

Values will vary depending on local supply and demand, boat condition, and many other variables.

I would suggest you look around at other ads, especially online (places like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By paul323
Re: San Fran to Marina del Rey delivery

I have not done that trip myself, but want to and have been talking to folks here for a while. From what I understand, this time of year is very good for the trip. In summer the winds can get light...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-23-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,624
Posted By paul323
Re: Keel repair - PICS

In this kind of situation, much depends on how much you bought the boat for, how much you love her, how long you want to keep her.

If you want to sail her for a few years, a quick-and-dirty fix...
Forum: Racing 03-22-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,768
Posted By paul323
Re: behavior on other's boats

Sorry, I am not going to let you off the hook. That guy was plain rude. I have had racers before, and the polite ones 1) observe how you do things before acting, and 2) Ask before they start...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-19-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,004
Posted By paul323
Re: Forwar - Neutral - Reverse when sailing??

It depends on the type of propeller you have.

With your fixed propeller, the advice above is good. Read the manual. Neutral does generally cause some noise, which is why people lock it in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-18-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By paul323
Re: Help needed with keel (some pics inside)

Looks indeed like a thin layer, too thin for true encapsulation. I'd also guess there are keel bolts.

I would grind away until you hit a solid glass/iron bonded area. Grind/sand metal until shiny,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-12-2015
Replies: 700
Views: 62,193
Posted By paul323
Re: I hate boats...

Sandblasting sand makes it a pretty open and closed case, IMHO. As has been said, push for a new engine. Damn sorry about it - but your attitude is spot on, so Karma will come around...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-08-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 1,860
Posted By paul323
Re: Rusting lifeline - what to do?

Some rusting is inevitable, and does not indicate imminent failure. If you look at your stays, they often show rush stains at the turnbuckle fittings within a year of being replaced. Your lifelines...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-20-2015
Replies: 238
Views: 17,400
Posted By paul323
Re: My newest project

It's not often I see a sailboat that makes me catch my breath. Like seeing an outrageously beautiful woman (sorry, sounds sexist, but not intended as such). Heart in mouth, difficulty breathing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 975
Posted By paul323
Re: A rigging option?

Hairline cracks means that you should replace all of the standing rigging immediately.

Consider it a red flashing light, with sirens going off.

I would hesitate to take the boat out if I saw...
Forum: Racing 02-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6,189
Posted By paul323
Re: Fixed vs folding prop

Recently replaced my fixed 3-blade with a Max-Prop (feathering).
Faster summed it up well in his post; as a datapoint for my 32 footer:

- 0.75 knot increase in speed under power.
- Under sail...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-31-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By paul323
Re: Repairing the luff on our jib

Good comments already; a few other hints:

Even a Sailrite machine can't always handle the layups in the corners without skipping the odd stitch, or breaking the needle. I ended up using a hammer...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-27-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,137
Posted By paul323
Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

There seems to be anecdotal evidence - a generally held belief - that rust catalyses the production of more rust. I have not found any primary sources to confirm or deny this, but would be interested...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-23-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 2,643
Posted By paul323
Re: Hookahs Gas vs 12V DC - Which is better and why?

As discussed, getting certified is a good way of better understanding the applications and risks of various technologies. But in general, the key thing is to have the air intakes sucking up air...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 971
Posted By paul323
Re: Problem about Cockpit sole repair

I worry for you. Although the inspection port is only 4 inches in diameter, if you can feel the sole being soft it indicates the rot - as it almost certainly is - has spread wider. Maybe far wider....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-22-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
Posted By paul323
Re: Forgot my zinc!

I am sure you guys know this - especially The Frencha - but Whiskey and cold water don't mix (until you have warmed up). Feels good, but can lead to hypothermia and even cardiac arrest! I recommend...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-20-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
Posted By paul323
Re: Forgot my zinc!

Have a look at this:

MARTYR Clamp-on Grouper Anodes | West Marine (

Wire it up, drop it over the side, and wait until...
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