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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   14 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By RichH
Re: Washing sails

Washing WOVEN dacron sails

If these are WOVEN dacron sails they are quite easy to clean ... while ON the boat at a slip, etc.

The following does not apply to colored/dyed dacron, nor dacron...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4,318
Views: 312,513
Posted By skygazer
Re: Production Boats and the Limits

Pizza slice boats like to speed,
for comfort you'd better take heed.
They throw you about
till your insides are out
Their design is based mainly on greed.

Old boats are designed for the sea...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-24-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By fallard
Re: Soda blasting equipment DIY

My 35' boat was blasted with walnut shells in June. The folks that did it had a professional setup, including a 24,000# GVWR truck with a custom body. They had materials appropriate to the job. ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-20-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 839
Posted By Jeff_H
Re: Off-season Boat Buying

In-mast furlers, especially with mainsails with hollow leeches, tend to kill the leech area of mainsails very quickly, especially if the boat has been sailed much in heavy air. It is not all that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-20-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,793
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Egg Whites--Natural Ant-Fouling for Running Gear

Interestingly enough I applied some egg whites to a bronze prop I had in the shop when this came up. I let it dry near the wood stove for over 30 hours... I then set it in the sink with 56F water and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-19-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,793
Posted By JonEisberg
Re: Egg Whites--Natural Ant-Fouling for Running Gear

I tried Tef-Gel years ago on one blade of my prop, in the brackish waters of Barnegat Bay... The result was no observable effect, I couldn't tell after the summer which blade it had been applied...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-29-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,268
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Where to buy plexiglass for drop boards?

"What would be considered to have strength comparable to 3/4" plywood "
I'd look up the strength of 3/4" solid core marine plywood online, and then check the the specific type of acrylic you are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-28-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 2,005
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Best tablet for sailing

I wrote that chapter of the OpenCPN documentation, and it was accurate as of the time I wrote it (almost a year ago). It was written to correspond with the release of OpenCPN 4.0 for Windows and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-08-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,595
Posted By SeaDubya
Re: Retractable tether for sailing knives and multitools?

I used to do concert/theatrical lighting and rigging. We are always up in rafters and using 40' genie hoists working above our heads with tools, usually with people working below at the same time....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 467
Posted By RichH
Re: Sail Repair/Reef with Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine

The slit PVC is 'around' the outside of the tightly rolled up sail .... usually one 'C' per each 3 foot.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-30-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By overbored
Re: Is this autopilot behavior normal?

you are correct. Anytime you have a shaft in a hub the friction between the parts is what should be transferring the twisting force. the cross bolt is there to keep the hub from slipping off the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-20-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By RichH
Re: Is this autopilot behavior normal?

The bracket allows the tiller and the tiller head (casting) to be fully in contact with one another.
If the bracket was not installed the tiller would need to be raised from full contact; and, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-18-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By SHNOOL
Re: Is this autopilot behavior normal?

yep, the mounting location is all wrong too!

The TP is mounted to close to the rudder post. It is supposed to be 16-20" from the post (or pivot point if you have gudgeons, and stern mount)...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-18-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By overbored
Re: Is this autopilot behavior normal?

looks to me that the tiller bracket is flexing and is mounted to close to the rudder shaft. some of the motion is being used to lift the tiller. if you have a lot of lost motion then the pilot will...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-10-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 897
Posted By engineer_sailor
Re: Chesapeake Sailing Vacation Planning


Thanks for all the advice. We just returned from our trip. Here is where we ended up:

Day 1: Late start from Patapsco, hopped to Annapolis for the night on mooring ball. We know Annapolis...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-23-2015
Replies: 4,318
Views: 312,513
Posted By Jeff_H
Re: Production Boats and the Limits

There is a bunch from the past week above that I want to respond to but have not had the time. I have had a Buhk Saildrive in one of my boats, and dealt peripherally with Volvo in a boat that I raced...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-27-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 12,229
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

The official report on this incident has been published and is available at

If you don't have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-08-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 6,142
Posted By fallard
Re: My boat was boarded (and messed with) at anchor!

Semantics: both types of rangefinders in this discussion are "optical".

The difference is that the $15 version appears to use a passive technique that requires an estimate of the height of the...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-08-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 815
Posted By mitiempo
Re: How to convert in-hull running lights to LED

While new boats do not have in hull nav lights replacements are available for boats that do have them. These are from a wholesale supplier catalog but any marine store should be able to order them...
Forum: Electronics   04-17-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Marine multi-pole connector?

There are plenty of good multi-pin connectors out there Delphi or Deutsch style, Molex, Amphenol etc. but they are pricey (for good ones) and they all require a specific crimp tool.

Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-31-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,877
Posted By TheNauticalAlmanac
Re: Celestial Navigation

Usually, on board I have a certain amount of time to spare and find CelNav very enjoyable and easy. Minimization of electronics is important to me. Dead batteries and I go hand in hand.

You can...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-28-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 5,132
Posted By JimMcGee
Re: Huge price drop on Standard Horizon HX851

I just checked The GPS Store and they're $25 less than Amazon ! ( (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-19-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 4,984
Posted By hellosailor
Re: Boat wire: is SAE tinned "good enough"?

Something that can explain it all:

SAE wire gauges and AWG wire gauges (which Ancor usually uses) are NOT THE SAME. An SAE wire size is normally 1-2 sizes under the corresponding AWG size, as I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-08-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,371
Posted By TakeFive
OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

As posted here ( I was involved in testing the new release, and wrote a couple chapters of the documentation:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 954
Posted By TakeFive
Black Friday Specials: Cheap stuff for boats

Black Friday has come and gone, but many of the sales continue through the weekend. Please post your good ideas here.

Pep Boys usually has some great deals on little things that are useful for the...
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