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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,315
Posted By wfish11
Re: A little Pollution Anyone?

The real problem is the town will discharge excess water when they have a break down or heavy rains. Then some land owner will notice it on his beach or there will be an article in the paper about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Days Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 8,167
Posted By wfish11
Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock

I took a four foot length of dowel and attached tassels like they use on little kids bikes to the ends. Added an eye ring to the middle of the dowel. Then i hooked the eyering to the main sheet to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 2,324
Posted By wfish11
Re: Argh! - Charter Hull Scratches

From the photo that looks like a pretty good gouge and there could be a vertical crack there as well. I doubt you would not have noticed if you ran the boat into something hard enough to do this....
Forum: Electronics   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 650
Posted By wfish11
Re: What to do with an I-Pad?

Your iPad maybe old enough that you can't run the latest version of the OS. If so many of the programs won't run. We had one of about the same vintage and that was the case. Also Apple wouldn't give...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 11,948
Posted By wfish11
Re: Flying Scot - did I buy the wrong boat?

The Scot is actually designed to be difficult to dump over. As the wind blows it over, the wide cockpit will start to block the wind and it will come up. You can flip one of these but you have to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 1,978
Posted By wfish11
Re: slip vs. mooring

I think you're missing one main point. If you sail alone, bringing a boat into a slip can be a little hairy. With the wind and tide the boat can have a mind of it's own and there are expensive boats...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-19-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 3,814
Posted By wfish11
Re: How to get back in after falling overboard solo...

First do everything you can NOT to fall off the boat wear a harness and set up a jack line for it. Second wear a PFD Third West Marine has a Safety Ladder #15044316 a bag hangs on the back of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-24-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,763
Posted By wfish11
Re: Engine hour meter - how important for resale and options

It would be important if the things worked all of the time like a car speedometer. In reality they break and they are only useful for guessing at the next maintenance chore anyway as its easy to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-13-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 4,465
Posted By wfish11
Re: Dinghy theft protection

As mentioned they will always go after the pretty girl first. I like the repaint your motor a ridiculous color and have Chinese decals made up. Buy an older raft, rub dirt on it and stick a couple...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-11-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By wfish11
Re: Liability question

In general lawyers sue everyone in these kinds of situations in the hopes of getting someone. If you can't afford to defend yourself or if you don't have an insurance co. that's on the hook with you,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-11-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,895
Posted By wfish11
Re: My Boat is being accused of breaking the pumpout?

If its the muck valve jamming it's not a vent or anything on your boat. it is solid matter that the valve can't handle and it sounds like it is hard enough to damage the valve. Something is in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-09-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By wfish11
Re: Today on Tampa bay

The winds were very light this weekend. The Tampa Sailing Squadron held their annual Gasparilla races. Not really exciting, the smaller boats did very well, big ones hardly moved. We have photos up...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-24-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,674
Posted By wfish11
Re: West Marine BIG sale on line

West marine sale was for one day only Jan 23.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-21-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,080
Posted By wfish11
Re: Forgot my zinc!

Connect the wire to the engine. If its on the shaft and you forget its there and decide to cycle the engine back and forth just to make sure its turning, wire on the shaft will be a disaster. I have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-21-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,768
Posted By wfish11
Re: How do I start my sailing adventures.

If you are in the Tampa area the Tampa Sailing Squadron offers adult sailing classes. Home ( There are also schools over in St. Pete. Check with your college they may offer...
Forum: Learning to Sail   01-19-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By wfish11
Re: Fl sailing school suggestions

If you're just thinking of a Sunfish or a Laser (2 totally different beasts) rent one for a day on a lake there and try them out. The place that rents them might even have lessons. The Sunfish is a...
Forum: Learning to Sail   01-19-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By wfish11
Re: Fl sailing school suggestions

If you're going to take sailing lessons it should be in an ASA school. We have some good ones here in St. Pete and Sarasota. The Miami area is about 10 degrees warmer in the winter but usually more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,701
Posted By wfish11
Re: Removing Mast on Rhodes 19 keel boat

We had an old Mariner 19 which is the Rhodes hull with a dog house. You have to get the mast vertical on that boat and drop it down about 4 ft. to the keel. My wife and I did it with her pulling on...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-17-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,261
Posted By wfish11
Re: Cal 27 deal of the century or total lemon...

In this area, FL, brokers won't touch a boat less than $50,000 or the equivalent fee $5,000. Most won't touch an old boat at all. That said the broker may be placing it for a charity at no fee. In...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-29-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,997
Posted By wfish11
Re: Camp stove on a boat

Go to a camping store and buy a two burner propane camp stove. It won't dump over and if it does it will only spill your oatmeal and not a highly flammable liquid. It also won't stink when it's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-26-2014
Replies: 125
Views: 6,244
Posted By wfish11
Re: Florida anchoring restrictions survey

I think the real problem with all of this is that it will just become another law that is enforced only for the rich and famous. If you're just a normal waterfront home owner you'll just be run...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-06-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,771
Posted By wfish11
Re: Wife says icebox is disgusting

Mine looked like this as well. I dried it out, sanded it a little (especially those rust stains) and coated the inside with a small roller. Used West System epoxy with white colorant. Took a couple...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-03-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,717
Posted By wfish11
Re: Dirty fiberglass repair - tricky spot

I'd try one of those vibrating multi tools. It has a sanding head shaped like a small triangle which you maybe able to get in there with. Use coarse sand paper to give some tooth to the new epoxy. A...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-02-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 586
Posted By wfish11
Re: Throug-hull / seacock question

That does look like a piece of galvanized pipe. Sand a spot on it and see if it is brass colored or silver. If silver it is galvo. From the picture it looks like it may be cracked. Probably needs to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-30-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 537
Posted By wfish11
Re: Marine Surveyor Marion, MA

Check on BoatUS. They have a whole list of approved surveyors by state. I used to use a guy in Barnstable MA but he was pretty old at the time (12-15 years ago) so he maybe retired by now.

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