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Search: Posts Made By: ggray
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 778
Posted By ggray
Re: Trust me! I'm an engineer!

I watched a cable crane on a barge that had been driving pilings on one side of the river near me, cross to the other side.

They got tired of waiting for a tug to push them across, so they set...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 570
Posted By ggray
Re: Throttle won't hold position!

That looks like what I have.
I figure the idea is that the spring in/on the engine returns the engine to an idle should the throttle cable break. The friction or restriction needs to be close to the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-07-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 7,700
Posted By ggray
Re: So where the heck do you shower???

Even though there isn't likely (on that size boat) a separate "shower", most have a shower sprayer used inside the head. Makes it wet in there, but helps keeps it clean.
Signed,
Wimpy
& Stinky
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-06-2014
Replies: 1,152
Views: 373,922
Posted By ggray
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Looks good.

BTW, I'm missing my axe. Have you seen it?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-06-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Posted By ggray
Re: Vented loop vent confusion/waste system sanity check

I think if the top of the bowl is less than than 6 inches (may be more than that) above the waterline --when heeled, if applicable-- you need vented loops on intake and discharge to the sea.

I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,146
Posted By ggray
Re: Idea for safety, 120volt bildge pump

You are right that they are designed to be under water. But things can happen, and WE are not designed to be in water where there might be stray 120 v. I can take some comfort that, as I understand...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,146
Posted By ggray
Re: Idea for safety, 120volt bildge pump

You go ahead and stand in water with 120v wires in it. I'll watch.

I'd say when you are in dire straits with water over the floorboards and everything rolling and flying about, you don't need...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,146
Posted By ggray
Re: Idea for safety, 120volt bildge pump

Well, if it's a 120 v submersible pump, your 120 v wiring will be in the bilge water.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-22-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,301
Posted By ggray
Re: Stainless/Teak swim platforms from China...

In addition, total weight listed at 5 kg seems pretty light.
Now, if you could inspect one first, that could make a difference.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-16-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By ggray
Re: Foam lining peeling off hull

A heat gun might allow a scraper or wide putty knife to remove it.

I have used a thick paint remover as well, but clean it off and water wash as quickly as possible.

I found a closed cell sheet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-06-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By ggray
Re: Looking for a used set of sails for 18' catamaran

I think we have a set of sails from a GCat 5.0 (maybe it's 5.5?)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-06-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By ggray
Re: rudder rake

Florent, you make a valid point.

I recall reading about a boat --I think it was one the Hiscock' Wanderers-- with a dramatically sloping rudder post, that steered so poorly that they had to make...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-29-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,048
Posted By ggray
Re: Condensation inside sailboat...

As well as "regular" contact cement dissolving foam, the fumes are very noxious.

I have successfully used water based contact cement made by 3M. Costs twice as much, but goes twice as far. And...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-21-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,511
Posted By ggray
Re: My new sailboat, El Toro?

Where are you located? I think I have around here a rudder and maybe a daggerboard. Not sure what happened to the sail, but haven't seen it in years.

The Opti hull is not the same. Opti has a flat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-05-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,361
Posted By ggray
Re: Mooring Help

I have set 3 moorings on the James R., lower Chesapeake, in shallow water --actually the same equipment in 3 separate locations-- that consisted of three 40 lb Danforths roughly 120* apart and joined...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-12-2013
Replies: 4,679
Views: 282,252
Posted By ggray
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-11-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By ggray
Re: Anything like Borresen BB10

Wow!
Brings back memories!

We had BB10 US1, bought in 1981. She was from Denmark and from what the moulds were made to produce them in Florida. Previously brought from Denmark was DK 50.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,721
Posted By ggray
Re: Yanmar Saildrive Corrosion

I installed a galvanic isolator after previously using a "guppy" to help the zincs last between haulouts every other year . Isolator does the job, guppies didn't.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-16-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By ggray
Re: Drilling into fiberglass...

Carbide bits drill smooth clean holes. I'd even say beautiful holes.

Only thing is there are not too many sizes.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-02-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,901
Posted By ggray
Re: Wolter Water Heater

I wasn't suggesting you switch; just confirming it had the right orifice. Good reasons to have CNG, if you don't have trouble getting refills. Has that been difficult?

I no longer have the boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-02-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,901
Posted By ggray
Re: Wolter Water Heater

Curious; mine never failed to work. I assume since it went back to Wolter for repairs, they put in the proper gas orifice for CNG. IIRC, there is a difference.

Since you evidently had an inboard...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,901
Posted By ggray
Re: Wolter Water Heater

Whoops, email to follow.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-01-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,901
Posted By ggray
Re: Wolter Water Heater

Can't help you, but got to say you are fortunate to have one if that's what you need. Shame they aren't made any more.
We had one on an outboard powered cat, and it was great. Hot shower anytime,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-29-2013
Replies: 1,152
Views: 373,922
Posted By ggray
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Ho, ho, just what I've been looking for. No round and round and round.... And looks better to boot.
Thanks!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-05-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 5,707
Posted By ggray
Re: Main Halyards - Back to cockpit or keep at mast?

Consider where your reef points are managed. If at the mast, that's an argument to lead the halyard to the mast.
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