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Search: Posts Made By: davewild
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-03-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 4,445
Posted By davewild
Replacing seacocks and through hulls.

I would like to know if there is any way of assessing the condition of seacocks and through hull fittings? Of course safety is 1st priority but money doesn't grow on trees.

If they should need to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-10-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 3,283
Posted By davewild
Raising the boom a bit should not be a problem. I...

Raising the boom a bit should not be a problem. I think the earlier post you quoted was referring to doing this with the mainsail up. Check the goose-neck fitting joining the boom to the mast and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-08-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 3,283
Posted By davewild
Good advice from all. Things like exit block at...

Good advice from all. Things like exit block at top of mast and halyards twisted inside mast are all possible.

Another is do you raise the main heading directly into the breeze? It is a basic...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-28-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,616
Posted By davewild
I would encourage you to consider getting a...

I would encourage you to consider getting a professional to look at it if your unsure about it. LPG and electricity can be a dangerous mix. Switches almost always arc to some degree as they make...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-28-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 3,229
Posted By davewild
Groundhog's idea is simple and pretty much fool...

Groundhog's idea is simple and pretty much fool proof. If your leads aren't long enough use a spare length of cable to extend it. Set the multi meter to DC volts( V followed by straight lines not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-28-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,234
Posted By davewild
I don't know if it will help but over here in...

I don't know if it will help but over here in Perth/Fremantle we have to lower the mast to get from the river to ocean due to low bridges. To do this we have a hinge set up about a foot above the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,090
Posted By davewild
I have full length battens. They have not...

I have full length battens. They have not presented a problem. Of course we also have reefing lines on the leach of the sail which are hauled in. I can't say I have had a problem with the vang or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,677
Posted By davewild
Midship cleats would be useful but are rare on...

Midship cleats would be useful but are rare on sailboats. More common on power boats. This would be useful if the average power boater knew how to tie up.
Never use old sheet ropes/halyards for dock...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,262
Posted By davewild
Thumbs up Great idea. Simple and practical. It will go into...

Great idea. Simple and practical. It will go into the memory in case I ever need it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,090
Posted By davewild
Instead of using the reef tack hook we just use...

Instead of using the reef tack hook we just use the block and tackle for the Cunningham. You need a fairly long line on tha Cunningham to allow for the number of falls in the system. We have a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,262
Posted By davewild
Listen to Scottyt. My strong advice would be do...

Listen to Scottyt. My strong advice would be do not change it in the water. If it must be done try using a soft wood plug(avaiable from chandlery but you should have them on board tied to each...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 09-22-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3,533
Posted By davewild
I love the idea of a crow's nest. When the kids...

I love the idea of a crow's nest. When the kids are arguing with each other one could go on the bow-spit, another in the crow's nest and the third towed behind in the tender. Length of tow line would...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-09-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,338
Posted By davewild
Sanding anti-fouling

Hi all,

with southern hemisphere summer coming up it's nearly time to do every sailors second least favorite job, sanding back old anti fouling.(I think fixing the head rates slightly worse)

I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-09-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,577
Posted By davewild
In 35+ years of sailing I've never found the...

In 35+ years of sailing I've never found the perfect main traveller system. If you have the cleats on the coaming it's hard to cleat from leeward. Your system is hard to cleat and has friction losses...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-09-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 3,183
Posted By davewild
Hi Ron, I had a similar problem on my boat....

Hi Ron,

I had a similar problem on my boat. Instead of raising the keel my problem was raising the mast after having to drop it to get under low bridges. Sounds different but due to inefficient...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,922
Posted By davewild
Thanks guys for your interest. The system I am...

Thanks guys for your interest. The system I am interested in is the Dutchman Mainsail lowering system or similar. I have a 33' boat with a 3/4 rig so whilst not a huge boat the main can be a bit of a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,384
Posted By davewild
I like Larry and Susan's post. Having anodes...

I like Larry and Susan's post. Having anodes wearing to fast can be a pain but at least it's not your prop. Mine only last about 8 months. I'm not clever enough to track down a problem but have found...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By davewild
Depends a lot on wind strenght too. On a light...

Depends a lot on wind strenght too. On a light day slack in the rig, sheets, halyards etc is desirable. Don't point the boat to high when going uphill.
As the breeze gets stronger you need more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 4,937
Posted By davewild
my understanding of f/glass back in those days is...

my understanding of f/glass back in those days is that quality control with regards to chemical ratios, etc was vital (still is) but not all builders would have used accurate equipment to ensure...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,295
Posted By davewild
I've got no idea how your boats set up but as an...

I've got no idea how your boats set up but as an idea what about some elastic cord (shock cord). It could be set up so that as you open/close the hatch it tensions/relaxes to keep the cable up out of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-26-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,922
Posted By davewild
I have been interested in installing a Dutchman...

I have been interested in installing a Dutchman system for my sailboat. Do you have any suggestions that might help me minimize silly mistakes?

Thanks

David Wild
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-18-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 5,907
Posted By davewild
I have been a racing sailor for many years before...

I have been a racing sailor for many years before "seeing the light" and buying a cruising boat a little while ago. I have never used Lazy Jacks but I imagine that if set up well they would be very...
Forum: Diesel 07-06-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By davewild
A bit outside the box. 2 things clean oil/grease....

A bit outside the box. 2 things clean oil/grease. One is detergent. The other is heat. How would steam go cleaning it? Of course you would have to be careful of heat sensitive areas. I've got no idea...
Forum: Diesel 07-06-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2,166
Posted By davewild
I am a newbie to diesels myself but I find that...

I am a newbie to diesels myself but I find that mine is difficult to start when cold if batteries are low on charge. Once warm the horrible thing starts fine.
Forum: Diesel 07-06-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,050
Posted By davewild
Thanks Paul, I will have a look at drain...

Thanks Paul,

I will have a look at drain hole and exhaust elbow next time I'm down at the boat. I did pull out the thermostat and it was working but looked old. While it was out I replaced it and...
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