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Search: Posts Made By: captbillc
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-06-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By captbillc
Re: Forestay toggle(s)

i helped bring a 42ft vagabond from spain to antigua. the next year we were heading to florida. in the mona passage heading for the dominican republic the forestay broke in a blow. the boat had...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-01-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,477
Posted By captbillc
Re: Pictures of the icebergs of Lake Superior

great pic's ! i haven't walked on an iceberg since 1985, when i sailed up the west coast of greenland !
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By captbillc
Re: Spring comish deisel question

since we have colder weather than most of you, the fuel is fine in the tank all winter. i just start the engine after launch & it runs fine.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-02-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 4,457
Posted By captbillc
Re: What would you do you are off Hatteras ?

that's a 60+ ft boat ? we took a 50ft shannon from SW harbor Maine to bermuda in november. 200 miles out at night it was blowing 40, gusting to 57 knots. wind was on the stbd quarter blowing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2014
Replies: 174
Views: 9,837
Posted By captbillc
Re: Ice on Lake Superior in June

NE wind howling down lake superior today. yesterday the USCG vessel morrow bay was towed to duluth by 2 other cg vessels. the rudder bolts were sheared off by the pack ice in thunder bay, canada. the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 3,259
Posted By captbillc
Re: What made you buy your boat?

i sailed with the owner of my nimble 30 express for 4 years when he said he had to sell it. he had it built in clearwater,FL in 1994. he practically gave me the boat in 2003 , and had equipped it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-24-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 980
Posted By captbillc
Re: Dead batteries?

the four 6V golf cart batteries i hove in my 30ft boat are interstate batteries. 7.12 wide 10.25 long 11.25 high . weight is 65 lbs. cap 232 at 20. reserve cap 474 at 25. price is about $153 . ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-23-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 980
Posted By captbillc
Re: Dead batteries?

i have 4- 6V golf cart batteries. 2 each connected for 2 - 12V banks. they stay in the boat over winter & get charged once a month. i don't need a starter battery to start my yanmar 2GM20F. the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By captbillc
Re: Help me I'm Thawing!

chef2sail. i have an aqua drive behind the transmission. it has a thrust bearing that takes the thrust of the shaft & transmits it to the hull via the bracket the thrust bearing is fastened to....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,405
Posted By captbillc
Re: The compass ... old hat?

i used to use the compass for direction & the taffrail log for miles sailed with accurate results. now with GPS i use that & the compass. i don't have a chart plotter. now that i sail mostly on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-04-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By captbillc
Re: Waste Bladder fills up with saltwater as soon as I pump out.

there should be a Y valve so you can pump the head to either the holding tank or overboard.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-01-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 4,955
Posted By captbillc
Re: Watches

when i saw the title of this thread - watches - i thought it was about watches - 4 to 8 8 to 12 & 12 to 4. not timepieces i could care less about you wear on your wrists
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-25-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 664
Posted By captbillc
Re: Blocked Raw Water Intake

i checked the water intake on a power boat that came to lake superior from the northern west coast. the engine temp would go up every time you tried to run at cruising speed. it did not have an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-22-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 3,669
Posted By captbillc
Re: What did you learn to sail on?

my first was crew on a 64ft topsail ketch. 6 fore & aft sails, 2 yards with square sails. we sailed the great lakes & up the west coast of greenland to 240 miles north of the arctic circle. many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-10-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,266
Posted By captbillc
Re: When is too old & health dependent to learn to sail

i think i am one of the older guys here. i am 91, will be 92 on july 4th. i enjoy sailing my 30ft sailboat on lake superior. before i pull the mast i have them hoist me to the top in a bo'sun's...
Forum: Diesel 01-03-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,450
Posted By captbillc
Re: Looking for Universal M30/5424 Exhaust Manifold

i installed a 6 cylinder diesel from an army 6x6 truck in a pilot boat. in place of the air compressor i mounted a sea water pump. i made a heat shield for the dry exhaust manifold. you could not...
Forum: Diesel 11-25-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
Posted By captbillc
Re: Cold start yanmar 2gm

if you have a propane torch, remove the air cleaner and direct the flame into the intake while someone cranks the engine with the starter. have the throttle about 3/4 open . cut it bach when the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-28-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By captbillc
Re: Need a cradle that rolls in Brooklyn

krazz - i didn't have to build mine. when i bought the boat from the owner it came with the galvanized steel trailer. the trailer cost him $6,000 new. i was happy to get it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-27-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By captbillc
Re: Need a cradle that rolls in Brooklyn

when my nimble 30 express is hoisted out of the water they put it on my 12,000 lb capacity 6 wheel trailer & i bring it home. it stays on the trailer all winter. i don't have to bother with a cradle.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-22-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,243
Posted By captbillc
Re: Tiller extension or no tiller extension

i agree with ShockT. with my tiller extension on my 30ft nimble express. i can sit on top of the coaming & see ahead better. it folds back on the tiller when not in use.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-22-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By captbillc
Re: Diesel Shutoff

my yanmar 2GM20F has a separate pull knob to shut off the fuel . the engine will not stop without pulling the knob. no problem with this & the morse single lever control that controls the throttle &...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,666
Posted By captbillc
Re: Running wire down a mast...

when we put up the mast the bottom end of the main halyard was not secured. it ended up 3/4 of the way up inside the mast. i thought i would try to push it back down while sitting in the bo'sn's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-07-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 5,720
Posted By captbillc
Re: Seasick medication

i read an article by a woman in ireland who could not get a patch. she asked an old fisherman what to use. he said he took a wad of chewing tobacco & put it in one ear so he didn't get seasick. she...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-01-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,187
Posted By captbillc
Re: What check on diesel that's been sitting for 2-3 years.

the yanmar diesels have levers on the top that hold the exhaust valves partly open so the engine can be turned over easy. if you can turn it over ok then it would be safe to crank it with the starter...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-19-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,553
Posted By captbillc
Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

i have the 10.8 ft has a 5ft beam. i assemble it on the foredeck of my nimble30express. i use the spinnaker halyard to hoist it up & put it over the side.
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