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Search: Posts Made By: Puddin'_Tain
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 02-14-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 5,555
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Is Radar an absolute necessity?

How about we cut and paste bits from other dead threads, raise the product up to the roof, and wait for a lightning storm?

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-01-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,739
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: mystery item from rigging

I think you mean "clevis pin". The "cotter pin" is what usually secures a clevis pin.

It sorta looks like a clevis pin, but without the head at one end. My guess is that it's a sheave...
Forum: Electronics 02-01-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,534
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

You guys do realize that Apple has marketed a Mac Mini for about 10 years now, don't you? Granted, it is a bit larger than some other the PC-minis mentioned in this thread, and it needs AC power. But...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-01-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Santa Ana Winds & Catalina

The weather gurus will almost always give at least a couple of days warning before strong Santa Ana conditions. Every once in a great while they will predict a mild or moderate Santa Ana and it will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-01-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 9,285
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Synthetic Standing Rigging

My boat partner and I looked into getting Dux rigging for our Ericson 27 a few years ago. We looked really long and hard at it in fact, for all the reasons stated in this thread (the DIY aspect was...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-31-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,563
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Celestial Navigation

I have a couple of cheap sextants, and I've learned to use them well enough that (if need be) I could probably manage to find my way to Hawaii or some other fairly large target. It's kind of fun, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 1,884
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Sacrificing virgins to pagan gods (sailing related)

Ironically, Hollywood is about the last place where one could reasonably expect to find any virgins.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-26-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,436
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Buehler Emily

Looks like a wood-buring stove. Homemade, probably.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-24-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,895
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: New Gen water ballasted anchor

This wouldn't be from the same outfit that was marketing infinite shelf-life packets of dehydrated drinking water, would it?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-21-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,051
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Which 27 ??

With older boats (1970s/1980s) it's often a matter of how well the boat has been maintained, rather than who the original builder was. That said, some makes tend to hold up much better than others....
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-18-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,163
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Cal 27 deal of the century or total lemon...

Some places are certainly that expensive, but I imagine that you can find over-priced moorage for you boat just about anywhere if you look hard enough. We pay about $3700/year to keep a 27' boat in a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-03-2015
Replies: 200
Views: 17,752
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

I wouldn't let my insurance agent know about that, if I were you.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-03-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Marelon seacocks- with/without base

The ones with the base are made to bolt through the hull (or at least through a backing plate), in addition to threading on to the thru-hull fitting. The ones without the base just screw on to the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-02-2015
Replies: 200
Views: 17,752
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

I think you need to be clear as to what fuel you are discussing. You referred to "Coleman gasoline", which as far as I know doesn't exist. Coleman fuel is basically naphtha. Just about any Coleman...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-31-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 17,752
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

I doubt that you'll find good quality naphtha for much less than Coleman brand fuel (Coleman fuel is mostly naphtha); certainly not for anything approaching $3.50/gal. In any case, I wouldn't use...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-31-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,320
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Marina unplugged my dock cord and damaged my boat

I have to agree with MaineSail on this. Even the small water heaters found on boats should take quite a long time to freeze. Between the thermal capacity of the water itself, and the insulation of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-24-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 951
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Where Do Marine Electronics Companies Get GPS

You can buy a GPS chip set at Fry's. The technology is dirt cheap these days. My guess is that translating the GPS data to NMEA is more expensive to do than getting the GPS data itself.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-24-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Here's to You All

Happy Winter Solstice (it is, after all, the real reason for the season).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-20-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,088
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Mast steps

Personally, I wouldn't trust cast aluminum. When it fails it tends to break without warning. Given that the advertised breaking strength is only about twice the weight of many a middle-aged sailor...
Forum: Diesel 12-19-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....


There used to be a M26 docked next to our boat. He could get that sucker up on a plane and do maybe 20kts. But our Ericson 27 (not a particularly fast boat) could sail circles around him in...
Forum: Diesel 12-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....

There are (or at least were) a few designs that could get up on a plane, if fitted with a big enough engine. For sailboats they are pretty good powerboats, and for powerboats they are pretty good...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-18-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 938
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Bye Bye Jet Skis?

Looks a bit like a bathtub on stilts. ;)

Seriously, cool concept. But I wonder how it performs when the water isn't glassy smooth, or a bit of kelp gets tangled around one of the foils, or a foil...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,968
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: A Not so Good Experience with a Sailnet(er) transaction

In god we trust. All others, please pay cash.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-16-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,090
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: Face mask for sailing?

But, how are you gonna embarrass your kids wearing that?
Forum: Diesel 12-16-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By Puddin'_Tain
Re: engine size?....

For a 9000 lb boat you could probably get away with a bit less power, maybe 14 to 16hp. But 20 hp wouldn't be terribly excessive, IMHO. It would probably be a good idea to take a long, careful look...
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