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Search: Posts Made By: pdqaltair
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: East Coast Marinas - need no frills just less expensive?

You need to say where you live. Generally the Chesapeake marinas a relatively ice-free starting ~20 miles south of Annapolis. It also depends on the creek; is there much freshwater flow, or is it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Safe clearance from overhead high V lines?

Hmmm. Should I follow...

* Internet advice.
* "Other people do it."
* Authorized clearance.

I can see the challenge.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Safe clearance from overhead high V lines?

Would the insurance company consider knowingly violating minimum safe clearance and intentional act? They could easily not cover that.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 1,007
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Is it possible; no more toxic antifouling?

If it only lasts 2 years, how do you re-paint? I doubt it can be over coated without complete removal, even with itself.

Pointless for most of us, if that is the case.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,745
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Blocks, Sheaves and Pulleys: Did I screw up???

Should work fine, though adding cam cleats helps (easier to raise one side at a time with one person). I'm betting the line is too big. I have 6X and my 12 year old could do it by herself. Yes, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 835
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Microscope

A Chinese knock off of a Lieca from Ebay, about 25 years ago. I still see them listed for less than $200. Quite good for the price. I got for the home, for my kid to learn with and for fun. I like...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 835
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Microscope

I believe I was looking at diesel bug examples, for an article. But I've also used it for examining pitting due to corrosion, fermented winterizing PG, counts in drinking water, and stuff growing on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,481
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: sailing as exercise?

I once followed a thread about the usefulness of bicycles while cruising. The wisest answer, and that which matched my experience, is that people who use bicycles ashore will use them cruising.

If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,481
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: sailing as exercise?

a. Have her do everything, including hauling everything from the car and any maintenance that is due, next time you sail. Very purposefully do not lift one finger to help, as that would change...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fouling this season - How was it for you?

Used SR 40 this time. Micron 66 was better. Other Micron products, I agree, were worse. I may try SR 60.

Funny how the results can vary from one creek to the next, depending on what comes through...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,875
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: propane furnace opinions please

Yup, a Cal and and a Spencer 42 are a little different. Minor details;).

Diesel forced air.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,875
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: propane furnace opinions please

^^ The other thing to consider is insulation. Perhaps the most important factor.
* storm windows.
* a cover for the main hatch.
* rugs.
* draft seals on sliders and lockers.


I burn about 1-2...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,875
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: propane furnace opinions please

Second the Dixson for that size. I have had one for 5 years. It is a very efficient unit (measured at ~ 90%) that features sealed combustion (intake air and exhaust are managed through a double pipe...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 929
Posted By pdqaltair
re: Your opinion about touch screens

My experience with touch screen on rough water was pretty amusing. Buttons.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 86
Views: 4,452
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Really, $1000.00 for foulies?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgg4M1CPmg4/VGf9yZbZmqI/AAAAAAAAHL0/x92Noys_Dvk/s1600/helm%2Bview%2Blow%2Bres.jpg

Foulies?

Invest in a good hard top. You still need something to duck out on deck, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fouling this season - How was it for you?

My impression is that early season growth was fast, but then it slowed way down. I've noticed that other years; I'm assuming spring floods bring nutrients. I was convinced my 2-year paint (PCA...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,853
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Never been in a slip

Bear in mind the issue of space.

First, if we all decided that moorings were cheap and great, and everyone in Annapolis used a mooring, I doubt there would be room for more than 15% of the boats....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,169
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: What is the life span of a chart plotter???

Mine is 1997, obsolete as heck, but still good (I use a tablet for fine detail, when I care, which is seldom). Under a hard top, of course; I had an exposed plotter that lasted less than 3 years...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 4,114
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

The other shallow water factor is tide.

a. If the water drops, that can be bad.
b. Say the water is 5', the bow 3', the tide 3', and the initial scope calculated as 10:1 using water depth only....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 2,609
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Cleaning Dodger

a. Practical Sailor published a review of products for buffing out older vinyl. To my great surprise, some work reasonably well, and the results seem to last IF you keep up with wax ~ 3 months. But...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-13-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,114
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

A bad case, more common on the east coast, is a powerful squall. Typically the prevailing wind will be very light from the south, and the gust front will be 50 knots from the north west.

My...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-07-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: AC intake hose growth

Close the seacock frequently for 24 hours. The lack of oxygen will kill the hard growth before it establishes. Simple.
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 11-07-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 878
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Fire @ Fells Point

^^ I wish that were true, but there are still heaters in the stores without those switches. Bought one like that by accident 2 years ago. It went back.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-07-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,470
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Anchor swivels... yea or nay?.. and how?

Another reason for the anchor to come up backwards is that it was put on the chain backwards.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,062
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: How frequently Do You Change Your Raw Water Impeller?

Propylene glycol is a leading cause of premature death. Neoprene impellors (most) are NOT compatible with the pink stuff. The manufacturer will tell you this, you can Google it, and I have done...
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