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Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 07-03-2018, 22:27
Replies: 34
Views: 2,518
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Bimini top out of aluminum ?????

I had fabricated a aluminum top for my 25' Topaz. I painted it with a paint with an R value. Can't remember the name. Not sure this info applies to a sailing boat but it is a lovely top.
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 06-03-2018, 23:32
Replies: 25
Views: 2,367
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Nav lights/day shapes when using drogue or sea anchor

I do a number of overnight, solo passages here in Fiji and I of course show the usual nav lights but for the times of doubt, I have mounted and show a flashing yellow light.
This is not uncommon...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 22-02-2018, 22:02
Replies: 53
Views: 2,559
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: "Composting" toilet questions

You're post begs the question, why is a boat cruising using a holding tank?
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 05-11-2017, 13:26
Replies: 30
Views: 4,193
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Whats a good boat to sail the Caribbean

Lost me with the exposed prop and rudder.
You will go aground, hopefully not on a Lee shore coral reef.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-11-2017, 16:57
Replies: 30
Views: 4,193
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Whats a good boat to sail the Caribbean

I sail a 1968 Pearson 35 in the Fijian archipelago and can attest to its strength and the desireabiliy of the swing keel. I paid $20k for a duty paid boat and may have invested 10k and untold labor....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-11-2017, 01:28
Replies: 30
Views: 4,193
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Whats a good boat to sail the Caribbean

You can do much better than a Catalina.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 29-08-2017, 00:23
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Raw water entering back cylinder.

Raw water has been entering the back cylinder on my year 2000, m25xp, Westerbeke engine, in my 1968, P35.
This was discovered during an out of boat rebuild and it's being said that this is because...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-03-2017, 01:10
Replies: 56
Views: 8,225
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Production ''blue water'' boats which has sailed oeans

MWMSEA,
The Valients have tremendous blistering issues.
Well know among the owners.

Fijijim
SY Kalokalo, P35, #60
Suva, Fiji
Forum: General Sailing Forum 08-03-2017, 23:09
Replies: 144
Views: 12,092
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Mono in distress

These are seriously capable mariners in a well found boat.
When they pulled the pin on the EPIRB, it was time.
They are well known and respected in Fiji.
Wishing them the very best.

Fijijim
SY...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 08-03-2017, 23:02
Replies: 7
Views: 645
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Westerbeke 50 1980 Tartan 37

Easy to make a gasket

Fijijim
S Y Kalokalo, P35, 1968
Suva , Fiji
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 08-03-2017, 00:04
Replies: 36
Views: 15,761
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Mainsail Track Systems

I have a Lee working jib, which I bought after talking to three yachties with Lee sails.
After cyclone Winston, two boat buddy's at Savusavu, replaced their working sails
from Lee. IMHO, they are...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 06-03-2017, 23:42
Replies: 24
Views: 2,283
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Old Boats Dangerous?

All boats are dangerous.
A Vega INHO is a great boat.
I sailed my 1969, Vega, " Flika", out of NOLA, for many happy years.

Fijijim
SY Kalokalo, 1968 P35
Suva, Fiji
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 04-03-2017, 23:47
Replies: 6
Views: 1,010
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Universal M 25 identification

I so badly need an upgraded alt bracket.
What is it, where do I order one?

Fijijim
SY Kalokalo P35, 1968
Suva, Fiji
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-03-2017, 23:27
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Ingrid....

Glossing over a planked hull is a death sentence.
Rainwater is trapped inside and destroys the wood.
As roverhi said. Run away.

Fijijim
Kalokalo, P35, 1968
Suva, Fiji
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 01-03-2017, 23:19
Replies: 14
Views: 1,493
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: no screw cedar decking for a fiberglass boat?

Pressure treated, clear pine weathers to silver with little checking.
Fijijim
Kalokalo,..Solent p35, # 60
Suva
Forum: Navigation 27-02-2017, 14:11
Replies: 30
Views: 2,158
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Video lookout

Thanks for all the ideas and advice.
When I posted this thread I'd not considered sailing while
using a mast head camera. When in a field of coral heads I motor
at about 2 kits,..this will...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 27-02-2017, 00:38
Replies: 18
Views: 3,142
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Warning about sub-standard dinghy painter

To the best of my knowledge, polypropylene floats, doesn't stretch and degrades
quickly from sunlight.,,it's also strong and inexpensive.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 25-02-2017, 18:55
Replies: 5
Views: 926
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Not all panels equal

All said, the Chinese panel I bought and installed is producing great power.
As a friend said, if I replace this every 3 yrs, I'm still money ahead.
Nikki S, IMHO, Siemens seem to be the best.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-02-2017, 20:19
Replies: 5
Views: 926
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Not all panels equal

After a lot of looking at solar panels over several months in Savusavu
and now Suva, Fiji, I purchased a 140 Watt panel from CBS Power Solutions, in Suva.
It was a competitive buy at $370fd. Upon...
Forum: Navigation 22-02-2017, 14:23
Replies: 30
Views: 2,158
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Video lookout

Thanks for all the advice. Yes a polarized lens would be ideal.
Forum: Navigation 22-02-2017, 00:37
Replies: 30
Views: 2,158
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Video lookout

As a solo sailor, I'm, of course, unable to post a bow lookout. I'm cruising the Fiji Archipelago, and given the preponderance
of coral heads in some areas, I'm considering a GoPro type video...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 20-02-2017, 23:39
Replies: 11
Views: 3,009
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Re: Pirates in Fiji

Suva is a big city, the national capital of Fiji.
Unlike small rural settlements there is no Savusavu in Suva.
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 20-02-2017, 15:57
Replies: 11
Views: 3,009
Posted By Jim van Cleve
Pirates in Fiji

While anchored in Walu Bay, Suva Harbor, Fiji on the night of 23 Jan, 2017,
I was boarded, attacked and robbed by two thugs armed
with a cane knife.


The thugs who attacked me were practiced...
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