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Search: Posts Made By: ReefMagnet
Forum: Diesel 4 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Cutlass Housing Issue

There are low temperature melting point epoxies that are fine submerged in water, but can be softened easily with heat. These can be used to glue a new bearing into place and heated for future...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Scum and Stain Removal from Hull

I brought a 500 g container about 10 years ago and still have plenty left. You don't add much to (warm) water to get an effective strength. I think it was about 10 bucks or so at the time. That's in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Scum and Stain Removal from Hull

Purchased as oxalic acid crystals is cheap enough to count the difference in pennies. Oxalic acid is also known as "wood bleach". I used to use it to clean my hobie 16's waterline after it had been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Scum and Stain Removal from Hull

+1 For oxolic acid. Cheap, wipe on-wipe off effective and is probably the base ingredient for a lot of $$$ specialty products. Just keep it away from galvanising.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 2,113
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Cockpit Draining - Below waterline?

Our boat's cockpit drains lead to a single thru hull fitting in the engine room. When we purchased our boat last year, I progressively went through all the hoses and connections, generally replacing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Wireless Wind Instument?

I had a Nexus wireless wind transducer in our last boat and it worked great from the connectivity POV, more so considering that I still haven't mounted the new wired wind instrument to our current...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-06-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,693
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: A GOOD multimeter (that won't break the bank)

I picked up a gray market Fluke 117 off ebay for about 100 bucks for the boat. It's the model made for the chinese market. Quality wise it's as good as any fluke I've had before. I seem to burn...
Forum: Outboard 11-02-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Outboard Engine Start-up Problems (fictional)

I actually based my scenario on a real life experience! Many, many years ago when I had only recently purchased my first ever boat I took it out on a man made lake for the weekend. This boat was a...
Forum: Outboard 11-02-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Outboard Engine Start-up Problems (fictional)

I'd go with water in the engine, pulling the plug, maybe snapping the pull cord because of hydraulic lock, dropping plug or spanner over the side, finding pull chord, another spanner / plug etc.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Need a good digital tachometer.

The original alternator driven tacho/hourmeter on my boat never worked properly. Replaced it with a not inexpensive alternator driven digital tachometer/hourmeter with analogue display and it doesn't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-25-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,797
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

I have the johnson pump that runs for a few seconds every minute or so and keeps going if water is detected. I believe it senses motor load so it does such out as much water as it can. I've had one...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-15-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Another paint thread....

I just refurbished my fibreglass pool and painted it with a two pack epoxy paint marketed especially for refinishing fibreglass and concrete pools. Had I not got the paint at almost half price I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-15-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: First Month stories

Bad things came in threes for us. We brought our boat, which had been sitting on the hard stand, 400 miles from home. The yard it was in wouldn't allow us to stay on the boat overnight and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-17-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Newbie Reef Navigating

Reefs are easy to see. What we call "Bommies" which are small isolated outcrops of coral are the things that will sneak up on you. Generally, you'd want a bright sunny day with the sun higher than 45...
Forum: Engines 09-01-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,000
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Pondering a question on propeller performance

Makes sense. Would cavitation limit maximum tip speed as is there a point where increasing the prop diameter for a given working RPM starts to reduce the efficiency? I recall reading that during the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-31-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Reducing bird mess

I've noticed that birds will move between boats, leaving some untouched altogether. If they find a boat they like, they will stay until either dissuaded or something else more attractive as a roost...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-31-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,031
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Picking up a mooring single handed

I have an extension line I attach to the boat first fitted with a spring hook when picking up single handed. This spring hook end extends along one side to around midships. This arrangement gives me...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,181
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: The WTF challenge!

Done something much like this myself recently. Vice grips didn't work, heat didn't work, cutting a slot and using an impact driver didn't work, yelling and screaming didn't work, easyouts didn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-10-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,244
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: How to build a holding tank

I considered the foam idea, but in the end opted for a tank built in two halves. I'd built a baffled cylindrical diesel fuel tank in two halves previously and not had any problems with it in service....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-08-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Prop and Shaft Barnacles

I had a unique opportunity to test the zinc theory, in a way. My hot dip galvanised mooring chain was in the water for around 6 months whilst our boat was elsewhere. It had two nylon strops attached...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,244
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: How to build a holding tank

I made a holding tank for my boat recently. I made it in two halves using female molds made from 3 mm melamine coated particle board hot glued together and with play-dough for the rounded edges. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-03-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,674
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Who is divorced because of sailing?

I'm not divorced because of sailing although my wife did make me sell our last boat. Fortunately it was so we could buy something bigger. I'm realizing I'm a lucky guy!

Sent from my GT-P1000 using...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-29-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 2,920
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: What kind of work do you do to finance your sailing?

I'm a power broker. I sell C cells by the sea shore.

Sent from my GT-P1000 using Tapatalk 2
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 960
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: Does an Hobie Catamaran a good intro to sailing?

I had a H16 in the early days and I agree with the other posters in that they are a good beginners boat. They can be rigged with a system to ease righting after capsize. I guess my only complaint...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-12-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,019
Posted By ReefMagnet
Re: 1 inch prop on 25mm prop shaft?

Not saying I would recommend this, but if super desperate you *might* get away with using thickened epoxy between prop and shaft. Just make sure it's a low temperature softening type so it can be...
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