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Search: Posts Made By: Brent Swain
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 15,072
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Best metal sailboat information

Check out
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/origamiboats
for people with real hands on experience, instead of jeering plastic boat salesmen who have zero hands on experience with steel sailboats....
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

Do a search under Silas Crosby, or you could go to

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/origamiboats

Check the posts from mid to late February 2015
Tons of info there, from people with lots of...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Need Advice on Buying a Live-aboard

Tagish is for sale in Comox. She just completed a circumnavigation, with new sails added in Hawaii for the trip home. She is well built , by a professional cabinet maker, well insulated , and well...
Forum: Diesel 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 844
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Repowering with a Tractor Motor

A decompression lever lets you start with a much lower battery, or hand start, with smaller diesels.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

If the transom rake is good, it is easy to install an outboard rudder on any boat, and make it super tough. If I remember right, a Columbia has a good transom rake for that option.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

I checked out the Go-Pro cameras at London drugs . $400
A friend got me one online direct from China. $75. It has a good, waterproof housing I'd take diving with me.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

I believe there is a pithy old folk saying in French (from the Ontario Francophone branch of our family) which is appropriate for such a momentous occasion: "Pix or it didn't happen!" [/QUOTE]

The...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

First get off the treadmill and get some experience. Cruising to Alaska and back is a lot of opportunity to upgrade, and even change boats, if necessary.

The longest journey starts with a single...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

In 9 Pacific crossings, very few of the boats I encountered had a life raft, or HF radio, certainly not the low budget ones.
The question seemed to be, getting off the treadmill and cruising while...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 6,729
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Colvin Gazelle

One of the most critical things you do on a steel boat is epoxy the inside heavily. So the first step in buying one is to make sure it is adequately epoxied inside, under the spray foam. Spray foam...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

Excellent points , well made!
However one should bear in mind that the question was asked by someone contemplating cruising the NW, my lifelong stomping ground. One should bear in mind that it...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

Never had a life raft.My steel hull is far safer than a plastic boat with a life raft and epirb. Once bought an epirb for around $200. Spots are around $169.
Where I am coming from is 40 years...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 486,930
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

In BC, my bike stays on deck, but deep sea it would quickly corrode to nothing there ,so I put it folded in the forepeak, which I don't use at sea.
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 844
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Repowering with a Tractor Motor

One nice feature of Kubotas is they often have ,or can be fitted with a decompression lever.
Autowreckers alternators work fine, for about $35.
A water cooled exhaust manifold is easy to weld up.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Need Advice on Buying a Live-aboard

For colder latitudes, good insulation and a good heat source can alter a boat, from a thoroughly miserable place to be, to the most comfortable home you have ever had.
If its not, it can be.
In...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Need Advice on Buying a Live-aboard

A friend, who had those boats custom designed by Perry, was not to impressed with her lack of directional stability. He went back to building Spencers which he said ,after several Pacific crossings...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: LA Paz, Mexico to Monterey, CA

SW from Cabo til the trades kick in and the wind goes NE. Then stay out till you nearly reach the latitude of Monterey. Then an easy beam reach in.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

I have several friends in BC with good boats for sale for that price.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,656
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Advice for a young land lubber sailboat shopping

I have been cruising , mostly full time, for over 40 years, and have never spent anywhere near that kind of money on safety or life support equipment ( except food) . Don't let this kind of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 486,930
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Any road bike held by pipe unions rides identical to any non foldable road bike.

Yes, keep your gear cheap and unusable to a thief looking for drug money. Works with dinghies too.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 486,930
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Apologies for the typo. What I was referring to was a pipe union, not a coupler. Pipe unions don't have to be rotated to connect
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 6,729
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Colvin Gazelle

I have converted the flush deck between the main cabin and aft cabin , on a couple of Gazzelles, to pilothouses. Changed the interior from a collection of closets, to a huge interior, a huge ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 9,355
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Midship Swim / Boarding Ladder

I haven't seen a commercially made one which was not super flimsy( like most commercially made gear). I prefer to weld them up out of 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch SS sch 40 pipe.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 486,930
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I find my 12 volt drill, run off the main battery, to be one of the handiest tools aboard.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1,380
Views: 486,930
Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Bikes for boaters are cheap unless you want a folding one. Then they get expensive. I find a folding bike far easier to get ashore in a dinghy, without getting it wet in salt water.
A young bike...
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