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Search: Posts Made By: PorFin
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By PorFin
Re: Coast Guard Documentation process times.

Curious -- sounds like your paperwork may have slipped through a crack.

I think I'd call the Documentation Center if I were in your shoes. We called them a couple of weeks after our application...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By PorFin
Re: Yanmar Advice Needed.

Thanks for the addl info.

The Forespar's pretty easy -- uncrew the top plastic cap and pull out the rubber duckbill valve. Clean, inspect & reinsert. If I'm not mistaken, the duckbill is...
Forum: Racing 5 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,317
Posted By PorFin
Re: behavior on other's boats

Yeah, I think pre-sail discussions about what the sail is going to be, who's gonna do what, and most importantly who's in charge, would go a long way towards keeping everyone on the same page.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By PorFin
Re: Yanmar Advice Needed.

Sounds like the air valve on your anti-siphon valve is stuck open. It happens sometimes. If you can, take the valve apart and clean it. Different valve designs have different internals, so that's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 74
Views: 4,161
Posted By PorFin
Re: Our first good video


I think that what most here find distasteful is that you pulled a "bait & switch" on unsuspecting folks. We followed a link for a video only to find a solicitation for donations.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 2,201
Posted By PorFin
Re: So this happened here yesterday.

We had almost an identical experience, though it was back in December 2010. We were just about to enter the Clearwater entrance after crossing from Pensacola -- not really thick fog, but visibility...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By PorFin
Re: Fresh Water Pump recycling

If you already have an accumulator tank, it may need to be purged. Every time my fresh water pump cycles frequently, this has been the cause.

Turn off the power to the pump, then open the closest...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,269
Posted By PorFin
Re: Best inflatable pfd with harness.


We've got (and use) Mustang 3184's; we like them. Having said that, I can't weigh in on how they compare/contrast with any other model since the Mustang is the entirety of our field of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 879
Posted By PorFin
Re: Toilets, Y valve or not Y valve

You might want to bounce this idea off of someone who's in the enforcement field. My gut feeling is that unless you have a verifiable means of preventing overboard discharge, you're taking a big...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 668
Posted By PorFin
Re: Wood selection

Welcome aboard!

Here's a couple of links to useful sites:
Woodfinder's Wood Library (

The Wood Database (
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By PorFin
Re: Prop walk on a Crealock 37


I feel your pain -- our baby has a full keel and barn door rudder, so she walks a lot.

After getting the advice to go with short, powerful bursts when moving astern, our lives have...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By PorFin
Re: Info on a boat

The only info listed in the USCG database is that a previous owner was James C Peden Jr.

Kind of odd that there's very little data there... lots of asterisks in fields that are normally filled.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By PorFin

So, here I am recuperating in Florida & slowly getting back on my feet (literally) after a really bad day in the boat yard back in October.

Anyway, I find myself popping into Sailors Exchange in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,383
Posted By PorFin
Re: How to cut stainless steel railing

Something to keep in mind is that stainless gets work hardened -- if it gets hot, it will get hard. Very similar to tempering steel (getting it hot, then quenching it in oil.) This is why when...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By PorFin
Re: Hatch replacement adhesive

OK, just covering bases.

Speaking of which -- you've thought through protecting the glass from random gravity events (like dropped winch handles, blocks, etc.) right? As it is designed to do so,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 16,197
Posted By PorFin
Re: Boat sank at the dock

Wow -- that's just FUBAR.

If you can swing it, I'd recommend you take a day or two off and go stand on the service manager's desk and make yourself a real pain in his rear end.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By PorFin
Re: Hatch replacement adhesive


Just in case they are giving you safety glass (two layers of glass with a mylar layer sandwiched between):

Before you bed the glass, seal the edges with epoxy. That will really help...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By PorFin
Re: Good information sources on the ICW?


Here are a few suggestions:

- Great tool for route planning. Free registration.
- Skipper Bob's. Useful info; I'd recommend both the marina guide and the anchorage...
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,571
Posted By PorFin
Re: Generator


When we bought the boat, there was a 4.4kw Westerbeke genset lurking under the cockpit. It was in pretty rough shape, and apparently hadn't run in many years. I pulled it out of the boat...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,235
Posted By PorFin
Re: Electric Windlass preferances

FWIW, we've got a Tigres installed and have been happy with it.

Por Fin's 39' on deck and she's probably a little heavier than your PSC 37 (~26K loaded and topped off). We too use all chain...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,389
Posted By PorFin
Re: PFDs for your tender

We too use ski vest style PFD's in the dinghy. Since they are much less annoying to wear that the cheap-o orange PFD's we're much more likely to put them on.

However, I've been thinking about...
Forum: Electronics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 901
Posted By PorFin
Re: Pactor Modem

Backing up a step...

mcerdos, what's the make/model of your SSB?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 4,404
Posted By PorFin
Re: this puts the price of boats into perspective

And let's not forget that a middle income family (with kids) in the 70's was probably living in a ~1500 sq ft home. That'd be considered way too small by most folks today.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Posted By PorFin
Re: internal halyards

+1 for the fish tape suggestion (although the kid in me wants to try the ShopVac option.)

Here's a 50' Harbor Freight tape ( that...
Forum: There's This Place... 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By PorFin
Re: Boot Key Harbor question.

Yeah, pretty much what others have already said -- yes, you can swim in the Harbor, but a short dinghy run will take you to much better spots.

The only times I (intentionally) went into the...
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