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Search: Posts Made By: ctlow
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By ctlow
Re: Boom above midline?

Thanks, Schnool and Stumble.

So among other things I should experiment (of course) with the boom in varying conditions. The winds here are always shifting and gusting, to some degree, which makes...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By ctlow
Question Boom above midline?

Hello, Sailnet Racing Community,

Since a thread called "Twist" here last year, which moved into wider areas of racing sail trim, I learned a lot in a short time and my racing trim improved. In...
Forum: Racing 08-12-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Thank you, ShockT. Again, this entire discussion has been very helpful.

I had a good long upwind sail yesterday with a mostly-non-sailing-literate crew (brother), put him on the helm and I started...
Forum: Racing 08-03-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Thank you, Jeff. And yes, the sales brochure material posted recently a few message up in this thread is of my boat.

I'm following everything you all say. It's not wonder I'm confused and some of...
Forum: Racing 07-28-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Thanks, Jeff. I've got a few dilemmas in there. Let's say "fairly flat seas but with a bit more wind than 'moderate' for the boat". You're suggesting twist in the foresail but not the main. Did I...
Forum: Racing 07-28-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Yes, it has been very helpful, I agree. So I went out a week ago on my own, 33-footer, full main and a #2 in a bit under 10 knots of wind, and got the boat humming, close-hauled. I'm not sure it was...
Forum: Racing 07-13-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Thanks again, Schnool and ShockT.

I can see the mast bend - mainly the top half. I had to measure it when ordering a new main-order mainsail a few years back.

I think I'm basically up-to-speed...
Forum: Racing 07-12-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Schnool and ShockT

I wrote a long reply and the forum software lost it.

The short version is that I have learned some new things, confirmed some old things, and will be working on the new ones....
Forum: Racing 07-11-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Re: Twist

Thanks, ShockT.

I have a 1981 US Yachts 33 (i.e. feet), built on a Buccaneer plan (long story, they tell me), and it's a lovely, fast boat in many ways, but prone to weather helm and needs...
Forum: Racing 07-10-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,786
Posted By ctlow
Twist

Hello, all. See if this sounds about right.

First, I'm a fairly new club racer, nothing serious, several years of weekly (seasonal) skippering and many more of crewing behind me.

Secondly, I...
Forum: Diesel 07-27-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ctlow
Yanmar YM oil pressure alarm failure

The latest is that I jiggled everything I could find both on the engine block and on the back of the instrument panel, and nothing worked to restore the alarm.

The next day, however, and ever...
Forum: Diesel 07-07-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ctlow
Yanmar YM oil pressure alarm failure

Hello, saillife.

It simply started working again, and I have neglected to check into it. My bad. I had better have a look at the panel wiring - that alarm is a critical component.

Thanks for...
Forum: Diesel 06-19-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,235
Posted By ctlow
Thanks, PDQAltair and others. The Racor...

Thanks, PDQAltair and others.

The Racor Diesel Fuel Conditioner Plus+ wasn't tested by the link provided a few messages up, but is available to me nearby, looks like it does all the right things,...
Forum: Diesel 06-18-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,235
Posted By ctlow
Thanks to all who replied. Very helpful. It...

Thanks to all who replied. Very helpful. It seems, for example, that two Racor products would do to fulfill all three functions: their biocide, and their diesel fuel conditioner. We don't seem to...
Forum: Diesel 06-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,235
Posted By ctlow
Thanks, Minnewaska and Dabnis. In the...

Thanks, Minnewaska and Dabnis.

In the meantime, I've been reading around, and have found any opinion that one might wish. The marina where I bought the engine said to use pretty well every type of...
Forum: Diesel 06-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,235
Posted By ctlow
Diesel fuel treatment

I'm starting year three with a Yanmar 3YM20 - love it, of course.

As well as changing the oil and filter, changing the tranny fluid, changing the impeller (that's another story, premature...
Forum: Diesel 06-11-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,969
Posted By ctlow
Thank you both. Will have to review with...

Thank you both. Will have to review with mechanic. Getting underneath my engine would be more than difficult (although I hear they have these things called "mirrors" for places like that ...)
Forum: Diesel 06-11-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ctlow
All very helpful. Will investigate and hope to...

All very helpful. Will investigate and hope to report back. Thanks to all.
Forum: Diesel 06-09-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ctlow
Yanmar YM oil pressure alarm failure

The other day my oil pressure alarm failed. This is when starting and stopping the engine, the light should come on and the audible whistle activate.

I had this on a charter sailboat recently,...
Forum: Diesel 06-09-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,969
Posted By ctlow
Yanmar YM coolant leak

I'm starting season 3 with a Yanmar 3YM20, and it leaks coolant. There's always a little under the engine, but a tiny top-up twice a season has seemed plenty.

I changed the coolant the other day,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-23-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 4,620
Posted By ctlow
Thank you pdqaltair and paulk. All excellent...

Thank you pdqaltair and paulk.

All excellent observations and I'm still working on this.

I have removed the snap shackle between the jib halyard and the upper part of the furler. (Hated wasting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 4,620
Posted By ctlow
Thank you all. Great ideas. The Harken furling...

Thank you all. Great ideas. The Harken furling manual - and it's so old that it comes as poorly type-written sheets, stapled together - does refer to an extra block if required to get the correct jib...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-19-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 4,620
Posted By ctlow
halyard shackle letting go, spinnaker halyard interference

Twice now, on a high mast ("P" over 38'), I've had the foresail halyard shackle let go, crashing the foresail down onto the deck and into the water, and losing the foresail halyard, the shackle...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2,896
Posted By ctlow
sealing mast electrical connectors Reply to Thread

Thank you Minnewaska and hellosailor.

Very helpful.

One of the in-mast connectors was a trailer connector initially, but it had failed and I replaced it "as advised" by a marina. I can see how...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2,896
Posted By ctlow
Thanks again, HS. For this season - and...

Thanks again, HS.

For this season - and having bought these from a reputable marina with advice from "expert" staff - I'm stuck with these:

http://www.boatdocking.com/MastConnectorIMG_0135.jpg...
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