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Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 26-03-2014, 02:51
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: rubber band propulsion

How do you shoot yourselves anywhere with a sling shot? It's like blowing on your own sails. The physics don't work.

Since you're investigating alternative propulsion, why don't you consider a...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 26-03-2014, 02:45
Replies: 86
Views: 6,619
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Regular Whole Milk Questions

IMO anyone or organization that is against vaccination has their head up their hawsepipe.
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 26-03-2014, 02:37
Replies: 435
Views: 73,301
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: A Full Keel Blue Water Cruiser Worthy of Living Aboard

The point that many of us writers have been trying to make is that a "proper" blue water (or even coastal cruiser) live aboard DOES need a significant amount of storage for non-minimalist items such...
Forum: The Sailor's Confessional 25-03-2014, 03:27
Replies: 122
Views: 9,410
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Anyone Else Tired of Winter?

I just saw a weather forecast for the northland of 70s by August! ;>)

Seriously, has anyone else noticed that the weather just hasn't been the same since we went to the moon?
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 25-03-2014, 03:22
Replies: 435
Views: 73,301
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: A Full Keel Blue Water Cruiser Worthy of Living Aboard

I'm a bit surprised to see the Morgan 383 on your list as it is not a heavy displacement, full keeled boat. We have one and think it is a fine boat. Construction quality is high (no cored hull,...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 22-03-2014, 04:44
Replies: 30
Views: 3,644
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: So, you Bought a Sailboat, Then What?

Try to look at other boats of your same model and talk to the owners. You will learn a lot and probably will come up with some great ideas for improvements.
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 22-03-2014, 03:57
Replies: 91
Views: 10,045
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: First time offshore

You are justified in being apprehensive. It's a long trip. Some suggestions:
-Look into what Donald Street has written about sailing to/from the Caribbean via Bermuda. It's sobering. (I've not...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-03-2014, 04:45
Replies: 22
Views: 2,555
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Make a new rudder

What about using a duplex SST like 904L? There was a recent thread on CF about making chain plates from something other than 316.
If you use SST, definitely 316L. The "L" means low carbon, which is...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 20-03-2014, 04:37
Replies: 34
Views: 7,719
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Halyard stuck inside mast

This sure sounds like a problem with the sheave as I think you are saying that there is much resistance when a load is applied. I'm assuming from your comment about being worn out by raising the sail...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 17-03-2014, 04:20
Replies: 104
Views: 14,118
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: My dream retirement-Is this possible?

Yes, $50K for a ~35' cruise capable boat is definitely possible.
Something to consider is that there are significant on going operational and maintenance costs for any boat. There are other threads...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 17-03-2014, 04:06
Replies: 43
Views: 5,631
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: What's Important, What's not.

We have an arrangement using a few snap clips so we can pull our lazy jacks forward to the mast to be able to use our boom tent. You shouldn't need the lazy jacks with the boom tent up, right?
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-03-2014, 03:57
Replies: 8
Views: 1,250
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Diesel Maintenance

How about the OP's question about how often to start them?
I think much wear occurs when an engine is started (relative to steady state running.) IMO the less you start them the better. What say you...
Forum: Marine Electronics 17-03-2014, 03:51
Replies: 41
Views: 7,239
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Marriage saver headsets

There are other brands available. They are a REALLY good idea, but they will deprive those in your anchorage of some of the fun of watching others anchor....

Make sure you get a system that...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 17-03-2014, 03:44
Replies: 123
Views: 12,528
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Drinking Rainwater with Tiny Bugs Swimming in It

Mike OReilly makes good point about open water sources. Lake Superior water is wayyyyyyyy cleaner than virtually all other bodies of water I think. We fill our tanks with it when we are away from...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 17-03-2014, 03:40
Replies: 26
Views: 13,103
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Winter Liveaboard - Kingston, Ontario

Of couse you should "winterize" the motor. Once winterized (that means getting RV antifreeze in the seawater cooling circuit), close the seacock just before you shut the engine down (assuming you...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 16-03-2014, 03:41
Replies: 73
Views: 7,472
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Sealing Plywood before Applying Epoxy

I'm in agreement that using any kind of thinner with epoxy is poor practice.
The idea of warming the epoxy to reduce its viscosity is a good one, especially when working in a cool work space....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 16-03-2014, 03:19
Replies: 668
Views: 148,580
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Beneteau 38

Oh my. I wonder what market Beneteau is after here? I'll bet the shower compartment is huge (which I don't think is good use of a volume on a cruising boat)
This just isn't a good interior layout...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-03-2014, 03:34
Replies: 33
Views: 3,302
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Finally Got My New Boat

Congrats and enjoy the one of two best days of boat ownership.

The Tayana 37 looks like a great boat.

What are your plans for refitting. I think folks like to hear.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-03-2014, 03:32
Replies: 70
Views: 5,685
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Should I buy another Boat or save for Cruising?

The various plans suggested all have merit. I think it comes down to life style decisions. Yes, owning a boat is expensive, but what is the (personal) cost to not engaging in an activity you enjoy....
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 14-03-2014, 03:51
Replies: 28
Views: 2,290
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: vegetable oil

Biodiesel is NOT unprocessed vegetable oil, but made from a either animal fat or vegetable oil. The feedstock strongly influences characteristics (cold flow, cloud point) of the finished product.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 13-03-2014, 05:55
Replies: 25
Views: 13,859
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Best Inflatable RIB

I sewed up "dinghy chaps" for our dink a few years ago to protect our PVC Zodiac from the sun, but also to provide better traction for our dog (long story, but now he is more confident jumping on and...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 13-03-2014, 05:46
Replies: 1,792
Views: 149,879
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Anchors - Bigger is Better ?

Much of my cruising experience has been in areas of poor water visibility. Therefore we consider anchoring a "faith based activity".

I disagree with eyschulam about his suggestion for tax free...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 13-03-2014, 05:18
Replies: 77
Views: 7,402
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Financing Your Cruise

a64pilot-it sounds like you will have access to several sources of retirement funds. My wife and I are in a somewhat similar situation and have been crunching numbers for weeks, so we know that there...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-03-2014, 03:53
Replies: 97
Views: 6,951
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: Is a Compass your Primary Navigation Instrument or Back Up?

Please explain how a 2 second lag is a "lie." Define lie.

Virtually no information is ever current, no instrument 100% accurate.

That said, why would you care if your information is 2 seconds...
Forum: Navigation 11-03-2014, 10:54
Replies: 28
Views: 2,843
Posted By Dale Hedtke
Re: New Sailor, going East to West Coast...advice, thoughts, opinions?

I'm glad you are so excited about buying a cruising boat and expect to learn to sail soon. Something to think about, and not to be taken lightly, is that the sailing part of a delivery is a very...
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