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Search: Posts Made By: svHyLyte
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 4,884
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Whats your best bit of kit??

Battery Powered Milwaukee Right Angle Drill. With a winch bit it converts all 11 winches on the boat to "electric". Absent the winch bit, it is a great power grinder, sander, polisher. It is, of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,778
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: What is this thing on the head inlet hose?

Bene--The unit is an "Earth Safe" in-line head treatment dispenser originally made by "Fore'n Aft". Unfortunately, they have been discontinued for some time. The Earth Safe Tablets supposedly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 2,304
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Water vs Gas

Considering the cost of a water-maker and the rarity of actually needing it, and the cost of maintaining it when not needed, another, less costly option, might be to remove one "hard" water tank and...
Forum: Diesel 12-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Plastic bolts! $&@$?

Mark--The next time you need to clean the sediment bowl, the easiest method is to use a pressurized can of WD-40 with the long plastic straw attached. With the filter element removed from the filter...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-04-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 3,283
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Sailing in Near Gale Conditions

Take a good sized wave over your bow or quarter in that slop and you'll wish you had put your drop boards in place and closed that hatch. It doesn't take much of a wave to make a heck of a mess...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-14-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 900
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Jabsco-12v-Electric-Conversion for Head


We converted the manual aft head to electric with a Jabsco 37010 Electric Head Conversion Kit:

This change, about 12 years ago, was...
Forum: Cal 10-11-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: looking for Cal31 rub rail


Contact (click on) Seal's Spars and Rigging (, the experts on Cal's and Cal Parts/Supplies...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-07-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,236
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: I had to cut away my anchor :(

We used the same mount on our Cal 2-29 for 20+ years to mount a Fortress FX16 without difficulty. We originally used a length of Velcro to lock the Palm in the mount. Later, I drilled a 3/16" hole...
Forum: Racing 10-06-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,453
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Spinnaker shackles

I have never seen a properly seated snap shackle "pop" open. It does not take much rust/debris to prevent the pin from fully engaging the stirrup eye, however, and, with that the shackle appears to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Replacing Two Part Halyards with Spectra

As long as the sheave at the masthead is in good shape, I suggest 3/8" spectra with the cover stripped off the fall of the halyard from the masthead. It worked for us on our racing dinghy quite...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

We have a "you need to know" hand-out list of all of the important information about the boat that we send or give to visitors a day or so before their scheduled visit. On the day of the visit we...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-03-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 651
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Boat inspection trip to & help wanted in Englewood FL (Port Charlotte/Sarasota)

Rather than spending a minor fortune on plane tickets, rental car, hotel et al, (even though you may be curious enough to want to see the boat first hand) it might be wiser to have a "valuation...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-29-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,101
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Flush Outboard

A 20hp engine on that boat is a complete waste of weight/money.

That aside. however, there is a relatively simple method that I have used on the 15hp engine on our dinghy many times. Tilt the...
Forum: Looking for Companionship... 09-18-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: sailing boca grande

Take a look at Sailing Singles (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-17-2014
Replies: 22
Poll: cleats
Views: 1,475
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: cleats

Ah... Wrongo. Raise the halyard as far as possible by hand hauling downward and jamb same with an upward pull in the cleat, "jamming" it in place. Grab halyard above cleat with tail in one's off...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-11-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 700
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: sliding helm seat?

Bolt down some Harken High Beam traveler track athwart ships behind the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-25-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,476
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Jib catches while tacking

While not common now, there was a time when many would rig "rungs" between the fore'n aft lower shrouds to form a "ladder" by which one could climb up to near the lower (or only) spreaders to give...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 517
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Tall Ships

Ah... Unless she's been rechristened or is a replacement for the original, that would be the "Pilgrim", referred to in promotional literature by the Ocean Institute as being "...the Spirit of Dana...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-21-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,284
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers

I endured several weeks of BS over our, then, 6 month old Kidda ABC Fire Extinguishers with our insurance company after a Surveyor (for an insurance survey) added his "opinion" that having our...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,458
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Salts in the oil

Perhaps, but, depending upon where the supplies are stored, there could easily be contamination. I have also seen, on the yacht moored next to us, an owner using a funnel for adding oil to his...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-13-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 29,422
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Well--It is now 5 days shy of 2 years since making our home-cooked repair/upgrade to our Solar Vent (see Post #42) and, other than a slight burp caused by the formation of a little rust on a battery...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-13-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,924
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

For all but small boats, a riding sail (see snap below) can also make for an effective means of recovering a MOB (or COB for the PC). Two corners are connected tightly between two points on the...
Forum: Florida - Western 08-13-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Charlotte Harbor/Punta Gorda area

With only a 4'-8" draft, the ETAP 32 is a good boat for exploring the area. Unfortunately, however, only a "few days" won't give you much time to cover very much of the area. Some interesting and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 819
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Recommend a good used Autopilot??

Although our primary auto-pilot is a Robertson AP, as a back-up we have an inexpensive Ray-Marine ST2000 Tiller Pilot that attaches to the wheel. For this we have a bracket that attaches to the wheel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 893
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Rigging question….


I suggest the caulk simply because water is a particularly effective/aggressive solvent and particularly so if one is moored in an area where one's rig is likely to be exposed to soot or...
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