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Forum: Monohull Sailboats Yesterday, 19:07
Replies: 25
Views: 1,418
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Florida Boat Sales Tax

California is infamous for this. They troll the USCG documentation site & attempt to charge CA sales tax on any documented vessel with a CA hailing port. The do not verify ownership, residence etc....
Forum: Marine Electronics Yesterday, 19:00
Replies: 45
Views: 1,829
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: AIS antenna: masthead or rail mount

Greater range is better. Ours is at 80 feet. We see class A at about 70 miles. In open ocean, the large guys may be running on auto-pilot with great circle rout correction. They may make...
Forum: Europe & Mediterranean Yesterday, 18:52
Replies: 65
Views: 3,570
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Greece votes "NO"

You could cut & stitch leather caps. We have had them for years since no plastic caps are made large enough.
Forum: General Sailing Forum Yesterday, 18:45
Replies: 46
Views: 2,765
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Have you suffered a lightning strike?

We were hit once on the hard 5 years ago. Minimal damage since I remove all the toys for winter lay-up. Hit again last year July 5 in Harbor Town Marina on Muskegon Lake, Michigan. There were at...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar Yesterday, 18:09
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Low voltage vs higer voltage solar

Yes & NO. The higher voltage in series makes the MPPT charge controllers work. The OOPS is that if a shadow crosses any part of either panel, the output will plummet. Parallel with diode linked...
Forum: General Sailing Forum Yesterday, 17:55
Replies: 45
Views: 1,706
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Is current carbon tech safe?

Carbon Fiber is pretty much carbon fiber. Probably most is made by the same manufacturer(s). The tech is the lay-up and matrix material and, as noted above, the curing oven & process.

Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 04-07-2015, 10:56
Replies: 9
Want To Buy: Hobie 16 Sails Wanted
Views: 375
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Hobie 16 Sails Wanted

Hobie sources their sails from some loft or perhaps multiple lofts. These are also marketed through many sources. If You plan to race, you need these sails. Other sources may also be available. I...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 04-07-2015, 10:46
Replies: 33
Views: 2,798
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: How do you decide when to fly your spinnaker

We have an AS but I find it flies best from the pole. Pole is on the mast with a winch to lower the mast end. The kite stays in its bag below deck and is hoisted with the ATN snuffer through a...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 04-07-2015, 10:34
Replies: 13
Views: 2,533
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Cost to use the Panama canal

I think my uncle was the last US manager of the locks before hand-over. Those were the days. He noted that it costs nothing to run small boat through with other boats. The big money was on...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 04-07-2015, 10:10
Replies: 25
Views: 2,246
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Caribbean with dog - ask forgiveness later?

Requirements can be found on NOONSITE. There are several places where it is a minor issue, several where your pet will be destroyed. I would not mess with it.

Note on the question of "What is a...
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 04-07-2015, 09:55
Replies: 9
Want To Buy: Hobie 16 Sails Wanted
Views: 375
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Hobie 16 Sails Wanted

This is a class vessel. There are many certified sources for "legal" sails, just like Sunfish and many others. A simple on-line search will reveal many sources. Note - don't leave the sails on the...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 04-07-2015, 09:50
Replies: 20
Views: 1,073
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Outboard Motor Without A Battery?

Agree: Most OBs are sold with electric start as an option. Just disconnect the external wire at the terminals and store it.
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 04-07-2015, 09:47
Replies: 9
Views: 475
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: 30" Lifeline Stanchions

Not so unusual. I've never see them any other way. Ours are 30 inches X 1-1/4" diameter. I had to have them all repaired when we bought the boat - all broken in hurricane IVAN. I had 1-1/2"...
Forum: Marine Electronics 04-07-2015, 09:40
Replies: 66
Views: 1,937
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: AIS Range


Ours is Vesper Wartchmate 850; mast 80 feet. We see the Milwaukee to Muskegon ferry in Milwaukee - 70 miles, class A. Class B - not so far. We also see the large freighters & Coast...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 01-07-2015, 19:19
Replies: 92
Views: 5,852
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Do you sail with your transmission in gear?

We are outside the OP question. Our transmission is a hydraulic clutch so the engine stopped situation creates a free-wheel situation. We have a Hundested variable pitch blade mechanism between the...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 01-07-2015, 19:07
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Bring on the Muffin Recipes, & Help Prevent a Riot - "The Breakfast Challenge Pt.

Oh come on! where are the links & photos for cute lil' muffins?
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 01-07-2015, 18:45
Replies: 92
Views: 5,852
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Do you sail with your transmission in gear?

I beg to differ courteously.

A spinning prop will cause a higher parasitic drag than a locked prop. It takes more energy to spin the prop than is generated in the turbulence around a stalled...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 01-07-2015, 18:33
Replies: 18
Views: 1,735
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: How Do I fix this fiberglass?

You might get lucky at Marine Parts Depot and find a stainless deck item suitable to solve the long term problem. Perhaps a wider, larger chock or fairlead. Find dimensions if you drill into a part. ...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 30-06-2015, 16:55
Replies: 19
Views: 1,377
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Rebuilding the WC - PVC pipe or hose?

Thicker walls - lower permeation. PVC hark pipe is excellent for this. Consider Raritan hose where you need it. Ranked one of the best for permeability and is easily the most flexible sanitation...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 30-06-2015, 16:42
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Teak Deck Caulk everywhere!

If you have to dig the calk out, there is a power tool that might work. Fein multi-master has an available attachment specifically for digging out teak joints. found one here.

Fein MultiMaster...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 30-06-2015, 16:31
Replies: 16
Views: 1,322
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Zip ties or twine lacing

There is a very good tool for this that our electricians use. It pulls the tail of the zip tie tight against the ratchet head and then clips off the tail flush so that it is not sharp. The tool...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 30-06-2015, 16:25
Replies: 17
Views: 1,091
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: methylene chloride to remove interior paint from hull

There is a stripper called "AIRCRAFT STRIPPER". It is sometimes sold at automotive supply stores. It is what is used for stripping fiberglass cars such as Corvette. You could haunt some of the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 29-06-2015, 19:57
Replies: 32
Views: 1,868
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: mast leaks into bilge- what to address?

You would be correct. We can ship up to 15 gallons in an all-day toad-choker. There is a calked diverter in the roller furling back half of the mast that prevents water. Without it, we get another...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 29-06-2015, 19:48
Replies: 11
Views: 2,480
Posted By Nicholson58
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 29-06-2015, 19:39
Replies: 47
Views: 2,688
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Sailing ALONG A Narrow Channel


I thought I'd heard them all. Thanks.

As the rules state, you must make intensions clear. Signal or radio or both. I will almost always hail the other vessel on the VHS. Easy...
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