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Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 26-08-2015, 14:35
Replies: 15
Views: 2,500
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Why are these two fittings on my mast?

My rig is cutter - ketch. Here are the running backs - heavy bar about 1" diameter through the mast for attachment on port & starboard. The SS eyes can swivel and the bar can rotate. 4-part blocks...
Forum: Recreation, Entertainment & Fun 24-08-2015, 18:46
Replies: 70
Views: 2,665
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Questions about diver down flag

Three of us were diving under our floating Hookah with its red & white flag. I happened up just as a boat was motoring onto us to see what that thing was.

It seems like an idiot-proof system. ...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 24-08-2015, 18:29
Replies: 22
Views: 1,795
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: How to remove seacock without resorting to C-4

Heat will break the 5200 bond. Apply a wet towel around the hull and heat it up CAREFULLY. You need to get to around 400 F.

If its in that tight - maybe just fill it with thickened...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 24-08-2015, 18:24
Replies: 36
Views: 1,549
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Corded 12 VDC power tools?

certainly true on that. We bought all Milwaukee 28 Li powered stuff. Favorite tool is the 1/2" 2:! right angle drill with a winch bit. It can haul my mass up the 80 foot mast - no problem. Hauls in...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 24-08-2015, 18:17
Replies: 33
Views: 3,084
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: heaving to, how to ? a question of chafe

I agree. Fore reaching. A few years ago we picked up a copy of Pardey's "Storm Tactics" at their free lecture. Best lecture and tactics discussion ever. I strongly recommend this little booklet....
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 24-08-2015, 17:59
Replies: 29
Views: 2,688
Posted By Nicholson58
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 24-08-2015, 17:55
Replies: 13
Views: 719
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Nutritionist Required for singlehanded racers

A balanced diet is a donut in each hand. I vote for about 60 cubic feet of pre-compressed jelly donuts in vacuum packed, irradiated pouches.:popcorn::biggrin:
Forum: General Sailing Forum 24-08-2015, 17:45
Replies: 155
Views: 8,898
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Dumping empty fuel barrels in the ocean

It is odd to carry that on deck. We ship 380 gallons in 5 tanks. That drum would only be a hiccup and an inconvenient space taker-upper. Steel drum, even with a small heal of oil, on the...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 24-08-2015, 17:29
Replies: 15
Views: 2,500
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Why are these two fittings on my mast?

Not likely running backs. They would be attached on the aft side of the mast - not ahead. I vote for stay-upper, halyard block lower or topping lift for the pole.
Forum: Fountaine Pajot 24-08-2015, 17:24
Replies: 29
Views: 1,278
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Anyone electrified a jib winch?

Before you motorize just one winch, consider one of these. You can use it anywhere including sending crew up the mast. BTW, Winchwrite has some bad reputation regarding breakage - search this.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 24-08-2015, 17:17
Replies: 44
Views: 2,262
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: New to bigger boats, weather question

How many in your crew?
Most charters do not furnish oversize sails.
We raced a Heritage One-Ton for 18 years. We didn't reduce sail in less than 21 knots. Heck yea you go out n that. Go...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 24-08-2015, 17:10
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Jib Line catching on shroud

I don't recall any discussion from the OP regarding the rig, stays or sail size & shape. We have cutter stay with a ProFurl 40 to the upper spreaders, fixed stay to the lower spreaders. With a 130%...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 20-08-2015, 20:00
Replies: 49
Views: 1,911
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Starboard for windlass base?

You will not find anything to bond to starboard. You can calk with Butyl. As far as crush, if the base of the windlass has a large surface area to spread the load you might consider it. I would...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 20-08-2015, 19:50
Replies: 43
Views: 2,021
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Sheen on the water

Not suggesting a course of action - just facts.

The oil needed to make a sheen is only parts of a drop. Very small amounts are easily handled by the bugs in the soil if the buckets were...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 18-08-2015, 17:44
Replies: 60
Views: 2,834
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: USCG Documentation and Which State to use

This is absolutely true. The documentation name & port is like a person's first name - last name. You could pick Snow Bunny - Steamboat Co.

There is one exception - the pinheads in California...
Forum: Recreation, Entertainment & Fun 18-08-2015, 17:33
Replies: 54
Views: 2,652
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: what size outboard for dinghy?

Good reminder Gord.

We have a 9.5 Caribe with a merc 15 2-stroke. Its rating is 15 on the transom. With one or two aboard, it scares the heck out of me. I consider it close to dangerous. ...
Forum: Challenges 17-08-2015, 19:33
Replies: 9
Views: 2,373
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Assuming You Carry a Firearm On Board - Which is Best?

Most 3rd world and other cops don't want you carrying better stuff than they. Many places have a hard time with semi-auto. England won't even let you have a flair launcher. Lots of places...
Forum: Navigation 17-08-2015, 19:25
Replies: 98
Views: 5,554
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Autopilot does not equal Stand On Vessel!

Had a near miss W-bound in northern Lake Huron heading from Detour to Mackinaw. Intermittent to heavy fog. We were motor sailing on AP while a power cruiser E-bound headed straight for us on plane....
Forum: Navigation 17-08-2015, 18:59
Replies: 22
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: when is the best time to cross the Atlantic east?

100% agree. We also got a signed copy of his cruising atlas of prevailing winds by time of year and location for the entire planet. Add this to his book and you will understand a lot.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17-08-2015, 18:46
Replies: 18
Views: 736
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: MacGregor 26s boom needed

Torresen in Grand Rapids Michigan has racks of abandoned & salvaged spars. Maybe they can re-purpose one for you or find parts.

Torresen Marine (
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 17-08-2015, 18:43
Replies: 21
Views: 1,983
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Using the boom as a crane - sliding track

OOOOOOOoooooooo!! My kind of stuff!

We have in-mast furling. That means that the boom has a big heavy roller car on a full length track for the outhaul. I use the topping lift or main...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 17-08-2015, 18:38
Replies: 51
Views: 3,033
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Fried My Alternator :(

Hard to say. We have had two alt failures. Both following lightning hits. Both times several diodes in the Alt were fried. The second time, it was a total wipe out. With no diodes, the Alt...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-08-2015, 18:31
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Fuel feed pump issue OR not?

Looks like a dead copy for my Westerbeke 1983 6-cylinder. I have two spares and a new rebuild kit. Mine does not squeak either. I would not worry as long as it works. Get a spare or kit. These...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 17-08-2015, 18:21
Replies: 7
Views: 1,392
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Can anyone help me identify this dinghy?

I learned on a Super Propose. Nearly identical to Sunfish, I think a little bigger.

Any sailmaker can cross the one-design sails or fit you with Sunfish standard sail & Hardware. Fix what...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17-08-2015, 18:11
Replies: 10
Views: 1,386
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Painting inside chain locker

Sherwin Williams makes a tank lining paint, white, 2-part epoxy. We use this on all interior hull & locker surfaces. Fast cure, hard as nails. Glossy and brilliant finish.
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