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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,635
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Salvage claim in Louisiana against an abandoned sailboat

One can sue for virtually anything now a days. That does not mean you will get it. I would hope the owner has insurance to cover such loss. Abandoning the vessel without an attempt to recover it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-27-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,622
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: So this happened here yesterday.

I would amend that to CERTIFIED IDIOT. He does have/had(?) his papers after all.

Certification means you have your paper, not that you can do a cussed thing. It only proves that he submitted the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-24-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,622
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: So this happened here yesterday.

Perhaps his GPS was off a bit. Obviously, he missed the channel. OH YEA!

40+ MPH in the fog.

One thing about it, he had the POWER to foul up royally!

Do you still have to sound your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 2,272
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Major water ingress - best emergency device?

Add a big mallet to drive those wooden plugs home, a tarp or something water proof to drape over the hole if it is big and below the waterline and some duck tape.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 4,079
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Plasti Dip as a bottom paint

Many long years ago, I remember reading about the then new teflon frying pans. A certain engineering type fellow read all the hype about nothing sticking to "TEFLON" and decided to test their claim...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-17-2015
Replies: 8
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Views: 569
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: gaskets

Many of those old "paper" gaskets have asbestos fiber in them. The original type material may not be available any longer. There are more modern materials available, I would check and see what...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-09-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Does VHF need external antenna?

Some people go to a lot of trouble to make this antenna stuff look like magic. Some of it is but a foot and a half (about 457mm) of wire stuck into the center of the antenna connector will work as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-05-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,392
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: To stop pitching, no not horseshoes.

I once saw an about 20ft home built trailer sailor with a horizontal wing on the bottom of the rudder, the wing was maybe two square feet in area. I asked the fellow loading that boat what that wing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-24-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 20,825
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Shorepower and Reverse Polarity

I do not know about your charger but the car charger I use with my trolling motor battery will cycle on and off like that if the battery is really low. I opened my charger up to replace the cord...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-23-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: West Marine PVC inflatable damages polypro rope?

No, the rope, motor mount, pump, paddles and docs were all in the box in back. The display was inside the store, when I saw and bought the boat. The usual sun damaged polypro gets stiff and begins...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-23-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By OPossumTX
West Marine PVC inflatable damages polypro rope?

Last year, I bought one of those WM inflatables on the last ditch clearance sale. I even got a bigger discount because I bought the display model.

The problem I have is the panier that came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-23-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,006
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: New Gen water ballasted anchor

I tried anchoring a 14 foot john boat with a sand filled 2 1/2 gallon gas jug and it didn't hold with a 5:1 scope in a small irrigation reservoir when I got a decent size catfish on the line. If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-20-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,714
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the most idiotic mistake you have made on a boat?

I left the center board home once, does that count?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-19-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,714
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What is the most idiotic mistake you have made on a boat?

Lots of things seem to hide behind the jib, mast and whatever! I once went out with a guy who kept weaving back and forth as we motored out of the marina. I asked him why are you weaving like that?...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   01-13-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,144
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Dome Light Conversion to LED

One thing many don't consider when changing over to LEDs is RFI, (Radio Frequency Interference). The voltage/current regulating part of the replacement lamps is the main offender. If it is a simple...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,607
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: One Ship Stupid

I use an anchor hitch. Am I doin' it WRONG????

Oh gosh! How will I ever forgive myself for being such a putz!

If I am wrong that is. Or am I wronger for doing it right and thinking I might...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,607
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: One Ship Stupid

Those fenders don't slow me down near as much as the moss beard and dock lines!

Have FUN!
O'
Forum: Diesel   12-10-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 985
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Westerbeke preheat with torch?

Starter fluid is what you use to get out of trouble, like in an emergency. If you have to use it all the time, you need to check out your compression or if it is cold, the cold start system, glow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-26-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,686
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Best place to mount a Turkey Fryer on a boat

I think the best place to mount a turkey fryer is your cheap WM inflatable dink. Get the dink on a long, long, looong panier, well down wind and cook your turkey. If anything goes wrong, just slip...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-25-2014
Replies: 582
Views: 155,785
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ah YESS! Like that time I was entering Chocolate Bayou from the intracoastal with another boat about a quarter mile behind me. I missed one of the channel buoys, at which point I promptly ran...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-25-2014
Replies: 582
Views: 155,785
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Ignorance: We learned a lesson and will never do it THAT WAY again. :rolleyes:

Stupidity: I can't believe we did THAT yet again! :puke

Ignorance is curable with education and experience.
...
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls   10-27-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 13,830
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: How far are you from your sailboat?

Inflatable is in my den, I suppose the only way I could get closer is to live aboard.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   10-27-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 995
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Bronze portlights suddenly oxidize on interior

Try Tarnex to git rid of the tarnish followed by a good brass polish to shine and/or wax to protect the metal from corrosive atmosphere. Brass can be quickly tarnished by sulfur dioxide from diesel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-27-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 10,093
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: Sailing around the world on a Sunfish - non stop

Curses! Found out at last! Before this, the worst thing I've been accused of is sucking eggs and leaving the shells in the nests so it would look like the hens did it.

I was thinking that a...
Forum: Electronics   10-24-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By OPossumTX
Re: VHF Issues : How to troubleshoot ?

The radio is probably the easiest part to replace.

Glad you found your problem.

I've seen several problem installations where a damaged or improperly installed coax or fitting has let water...
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