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Search: Posts Made By: bobmcgov
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Anemometer for a wind voyeur....

Most home weather stations -- esp. wireless -- offer fairly low resolution. For instance, our Zephyr Instruments (a re-labeled older design) only polls every 45 seconds or minute. Seen fractally,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-11-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,217
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

The O'Day might be a fine choice, but budget in at least a new (or good/used) mainsail for it. The number of tears & their location (leech) indicate badly damaged fabric. Probably a combination of...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-06-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,217
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Nancy, another common boat in your size range, price range, and region is the famous Shark 24 (http://www.shark24.org/). It's a quirky little boat, likes a blow, might need some light air help. But...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-04-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,217
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Up in that region, the Sirius 21/22 (http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=170) is a common boat and very much admired. Easily trailed (swing keel version), good sailing qualities, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-12-2014
Replies: 204
Views: 14,878
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Best. Gear. Ever.

Honestly. Our nylon genoa/drifter/Code0 was the best addition we made to the SJ21 -- added a full knot to our average speed to and from Catalina, got the boat moving in early...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-18-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 967
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: What size winches?

Single speed #7s or #8s should do just fine if your leads are fair; if they aren't, bigger winches won't make life much better, as chafe & hardware strain will still be there. For even quite large...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-04-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Here's an inherent difficulty of tidal generators: you know how a tide chart is basically a sine wave, showing min/max peaks every six hours? There's another sinusoidal graph about 90 degrees out of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-02-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Once again, we're stuck with the physics of the thing. Lets imagine a 3kt tidal current at anchorage (that's quite a lot) and pretend our collapsible water wheel is 3' in diameter and perfectly...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

That's another RE idea that pops up from time to time: human-powered electrical generation. It's not too bad in some ways, but its primary value is illustrating (in ways we can comprehend) just how...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Good points.:) Those are the tradeoffs in play here. Matching the mass & stroke of the box's pendulum to the local movement of the boat attachment point would go a long way toward efficiency, and a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

Nope. Teh box does not care how heavy or light the item it is attached to is. The controlling momentum resides in the weight (piston, pendulum, whatever) inside the magic box. What matters is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-28-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 502
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Genny sleeve

BTW, we made a snug-fitting cover similar to the ATN sleeve out of a microfiber polyester shower curtain and 28' continuous plastic zipper. Clip the spi halyard to the grommet at the top, start the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Alternative to Solar

I would really like to see some numbers coming from the little box with wires. There are lots of issues with accelo-generators that have quashed this idea for, oh, the past 150 years.;) The basic...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-23-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 4,015
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Nah, it wuz Dean who worried about spillage. In my personal experience, any near-death experience (like having your boat wholly inverted) tends to leave one sanguine about earthy chores like wiping...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 842
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Resawing 1 x 4 mahogany

Hi, David. Bandsaws are great for resawing, since they remove less stock than a typical TS blade, are relatively safe (no kickback), and can get by with less HP than you need driving a 10" circular...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Volvo MD6A weird issue!

Whoawhoawhoa, horsey.:o A few important things about the MD6A. The original starter on this engine is also a full-time magneto generator. Most MD6A also have an alternator, so yes -- you have two...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-09-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 1,479
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Hiring Contractors - Are component/part prices typically higher than online?

I just bought $1000 in materials for a cabinet job today. Not on that invoice (and I do get my wood 10% off retail) is the $30 in gas; five hours driving, selecting, and loading the wood; a portion...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-18-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

Most of your saltwater digital trollers have potted electronics in the head, so theoretically waterproof. Probably a few switches wouldn't like being submerged, tho they would dry out eventually....
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-10-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2,653
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Looking for a stable 15-18' sailboat

Oh dear no. :p Tho the creators deny it strenuously, the Chrysler Bucc18 is derivative of the venerable Flying Dutchman. As is the Flying Scot. The FS is much, much more stable than the Bucc. You'd...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-05-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,231
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Latitude 38 Boat of the Month: Ranger 33 (http://www.latitude38.com/features/bomRanger33.htm)

Outstanding boats. Sweet personality, surprisingly nimble, decent build quality. Expect leaks and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-25-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 2,502
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Transport of boat over land

Errrr... there's an ocean there, isn't there? Unless the boat is already decommissioned for shipping, and possibly on its own trailer, it's nearly ALWAYS going to cost more to truck a boat than to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-03-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,212
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Sloop's "New" Cutter

Nice Score, SJB. That's a boat with character to burn.:) The cockpit is not everyone's cuppa, tho how many boats let you work the wheel while sitting under your dodger? It's a reasonably small...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-01-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,203
Posted By bobmcgov
Re: Where dreams go to die?

Rio Dolce, Guatemala. Esp. Good if you like odd French boats, esp. metal.

Ala Wai Yacht basin.

Mazatlan, MX.

South Carolina.

And of course, all over Florida -- tho I personally would not...
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