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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-18-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 3,640
Posted By desert rat
Re: The heart of the matter

Do not be afraid to pay 4 times as much for a water resistant corrosion resistant potentiometer. Also mount it as far away from water as you can. Any oxidation is "BAD" for potentiometers.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-05-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By desert rat
Re: New to sailing

wooden boats are beautiful, but require money time and experience at shipbuilding. Fiberglas boats are all condition condition condition.. and they are not cheap to refit of maintain just not as...
Forum: S2   04-20-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 8,708
Posted By desert rat
Re: New S2 7.9 owner, offer accepted.

Nice. I hope that I can learn that fast. I doubt it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-16-2015
Replies: 139
Views: 7,135
Posted By desert rat
Re: Good Small Boat for Older, Fatter Woman to learn on

Nancy years ago a very good orthopedic surgeon informed me that my ALC was gone and that there really wasn't anything that really could be done. Occasionally I get a twinge, or feel my weight...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By desert rat
Re: How to removing ammeter

Do nothing until you know where the ammeter wires go. You might create some really strange problems.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-15-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,054
Posted By desert rat
Re: Looking for any ideas ( Diesel smell & wood )

Put her on the hard in a very hot place and use a fan to pump a whole lot of air through.
The solvents i can think of are as bad or worse than the diesel. If all you want is a good cover up,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-21-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By desert rat
Re: electrical

Sorry Mitempo, what fries an isolation transformer is a short or drawing to much current on the secondary (a short again). With the secondary open you could connect the smallest transformer with no...
Forum: Cal   12-13-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By desert rat
re: Turnbuckles Cal 30

The gadget for tightening your standing rigging? Turnbuckle I think. At least as strong as the originals.
I can't spell and I am a native speaker.
Forum: Living Aboard   11-10-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,639
Posted By desert rat
Re: How to buy

Looks as if I am the killjoy this time. If you had a car house that the same house on the market was selling for 70K and someone offered one just like it for 15K well uhm. I would at least take a...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   07-03-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 262
Posted By desert rat
Re: Salty Navy Sailor, New to real Sailing.

Tech to Mech, I am no sailor, no boat either, collected info, Sailboat, sail boat listings, yachtworld, ebay sailboats, look and think. Then when you can, walk the docks and look at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-08-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 4,895
Posted By desert rat
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

As a technician I think that Mikes description is beautiful, I can't use words
that well.
Forum: Racing   06-07-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Posted By desert rat
Re: New amewricas cup rules favour the deafender

The Americas cup rues have always favored the defender.
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   06-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By desert rat
Re: Books on sailboat design?

Understanding Boat Design by Ted Brewer, Skene's Elements of Yacht Design By Francis S. Kinney, Ted Brewer Explains Sailboat Design, you better be able to read mathematics.
lots of boat designs,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By desert rat
Re: One Motor mount or all ?

I am the stingiest man alive but, He,doubbble,l How much more do three motor mounts cost compared to the labor?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-18-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 501
Posted By desert rat
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-04-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,400
Posted By desert rat
Re: VHF Antenna Fiberglass Splinters

Repair it the same way you would any other fiberglass on the boat. Prep, prime, and
whatever kind of pant suits you best.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-11-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,250
Posted By desert rat
Re: Engine trouble

At first it sounded like rocker arm prob, but if it is the trany anything other than removal is
going to be a godsend.
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   02-02-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,644
Posted By desert rat
Re: samson c lord

Try forums ferrocement , It appears that a good two part barrier coat then antifouling is the way to go on the outside. keeping oil and other hydrocarbons away from the cement on the inside appears...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-02-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,326
Posted By desert rat
Re: Looking at Sailboats
sailboat listings
lovely sites to browse.
I don't own a boat, I am only learning.
welcome aboard, read learn get all your ducks in a row.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   08-16-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By desert rat
Re: Author in research mode needs help

Read the Annapolis book of seamanship by John Rousmaniere, and A voyage for
Madmen by Peter Nichols for language and perspective then ask some questions.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-02-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,122
Posted By desert rat
Re: Tough decision

I like heavier boats. Which one weighs the most?
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