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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By capta
Re: sounder vs fishfinder

I wouldn't install a 'fish finder' on a sailing boat unless you intend to do a lot of fishing.
It's got a lot more information than you are going to need. The display is much more complicated, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,525
Posted By capta
Re: Trouble in Rockland, ME

Is one allowed to anchor in these town areas or are moorings mandatory?
If mandatory, I gather that will take a one night's mooring fee to around us$70.00? I doubt that town is worth that kind of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By capta
Re: What type of boat is this?

I really hate to say this, but unless this is a labor of love, I believe restoring this boat could far exceed her value. If you worked the same hours at a job, you'd end up with a far nicer boat.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 699
Posted By capta
Re: New to sailing

Until you have enough sailing experience to know what kind of boat you will want, it really doesn't make much sense to get into any project.
There are so many options; a monohull, a catamaran, a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-25-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By capta
Re: Maxwell H 650 Windlass

All windlasses are pretty much the same animal. Go to the Lofrans site and they have wiring diagrams for a variety of their units, most of which should suit yours. Pick one that handles the same size...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,233
Posted By capta
Re: Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher

In 50+ years of messin about with all kinds of boats, in great to extremely bad condition, I've never had a diesel run away on me. I've certainly heard of it happening, on 2 strokes much more than 4...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-26-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 633
Posted By capta
Re: Should I replace the headstay?

I got the impression that this could have been done when the Norseman fitting was put on. I'd still change the wire, but be cautious you don't repeat it. Could the wire be too large for the fitting?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 674
Posted By capta
Re: Rydlyme raw water system cleaning

Many years ago a refer tech I respected told me most refer/AC problems were from build up of shell and grime in the water lines and he suggested annual cleaning with muriatic acid, as you described...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-31-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,170
Posted By capta
Re: Single handed docking...

Might I suggest that you stop (pause?) your boat for a few seconds to get the spring line on, and then get back behind the helm and bring her in on the spring. It really doesn't matter if she drifts...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,020
Posted By capta
Re: Convert Cooling System to Closed Loop

I don't know this particular engine, but doesn't Volvo sell this engine with a pump and heat exchanger? If so, get the pump and heat exchanger specs (flow rates and port sizes) from Volvo and go to a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,464
Posted By capta
Re: Confession time...

We use the windward runner to minimize the bend (forward pull) on the mast from the staysail stay when the staysail is under a load. Often we won't set one if the wind is under 15 knots and we aren't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-16-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,464
Posted By capta
Re: Dinghy theft protection

One thing I forgot to mention, I changed out the deadman's switch for a regular (waterproof) toggle switch. However I prominently labeled it backwards, so I leave it in the "on" position when at the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,464
Posted By capta
Re: Dinghy theft protection

Down here in the Eastern Caribbean, there is no fool proof way to prevent a dink from getting stolen. If someone wants a dinghy, they will have wire or bolt cutters with them and that's that. Even...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-30-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 6,341
Posted By capta
Re: How to run aground properly

We do not find running aground to be anything more than a minor inconvenience. Even these pesky Caribbean islands are but a bump in the road, so to speak, since we installed the "Never Worry Keel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-21-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,958
Posted By capta
Re: Do you think I'm going to blow myself up

I had a sportfishing boat for 18 years that had two honking big 454's and 340 gallons of gas onboard. And I was a smoker.
IMO the only thing dangerous about gasoline on a boat, is the people on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green mount

Here's how it's normally done. On one side of the mast (the fore in this case) alongside it, not above it. It's not like one can hold a perfect course and it will always be behind the mast and it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-13-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 3,511
Posted By capta
Re: latest and greatest binoculars?

I have the 10 X 30. You can move up from the traditional 7 X magnification when you have the stabilized ones, but I think 16 X would be too much on a boat, personally.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-02-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,945
Posted By capta
Re: Where do you mount your chart plotter?

I am absolutely flabbergasted by many of the responses on here.
We have our 10" display chartplotter on the binnacle and could not imagine having it out of reach.
In inclement weather, though it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-18-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,641
Posted By capta
Re: Diving from Sailboat

I agree on the 12 volt hooka rigs available today. Ours is called a deck snorkel. All together they cost less, take up less space, don't chip the glass or ding your wood and are much safer than...
Forum: Racing   12-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,768
Posted By capta
Re: Volvo Ocean Race.

I think we all make mistakes, but it is the outcome of those mistakes that should determine the consequences. Be it good fortune or whatever, the fact is that your mistakes (and mine) presumably did...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By capta
Re: Solstice inflatable

I've always felt you get what you pay for with inflatables. Being Chinese built, I'd be cautious about their ability to fulfill the warranty.
Our top of the line Zodiac has lasted over 7 years, 5 of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-07-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,289
Posted By capta
Re: What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

I would suggest you do an inspection of your cutlass bearing and replace if necessary. Also after insuring you have a good cutlass bearing and no packing in, I would do an engine alignment. You will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,799
Posted By capta
Re: 30 Year Old Propane Stove

Dollars to donuts your 30 year old stove is a better built piece of equipment than anything made today. If you don't want it, I'll pay to ship it down here to me.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,965
Posted By capta
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I'm sure he meant two greens and 2 reds, not one of each.

I'm shocked to see a sailing instructor stating; "IMHO this whole thread is pointless-waste-of-energy for no particular purpose."
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-25-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 2,761
Posted By capta
Re: Black Water Thru-Hull Location

No, I certainly wouldn't do a long run like that unnecessarily.
Sorry, that is for the aft head; I wasn't thinking of a forepeak head.
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