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Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 24-11-2014, 21:15
Replies: 3
Views: 575
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Varnishing Question

I also slop a seal coat on all around on new wood.
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 24-11-2014, 20:22
Replies: 15
Views: 1,138
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Collision course, radio and procedures

We had the occasion to cruise from Muskegon Lake Michigan to Houghton In the Keewanaw, Lake Superior last summer. This necessarily takes you through two choke points, Mackinaw Island and the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 23-11-2014, 21:03
Replies: 225
Views: 9,321
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: The Yard Guys

Around here, (Michigan) you want to look at the under-sides in the spring. Fresh water freezes in the crappy foam core of typical rudders. You will find the tell-tale weeping leaker on many boat...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 20-11-2014, 18:46
Replies: 9
Views: 856
Posted By Nicholson58
2-cycle in the diesel

I am replacing the lift and main distributed HP pump on our 35-year-old Westerbeke 6-cyl. A Coworker visiting from the UK said he would happily transport my old pump (Lucas) in his luggage for the...
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 20-11-2014, 18:24
Replies: 10
Views: 512
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Weems and Plath Hand Bearing Compass

I had one of these for years & couldn't find a replacemnent when it was lost. Best hand compass I know of. The usual bearing sighting with dial view & numbers. ALSO, it is totally clear and reads...
Forum: Marine Electronics 20-11-2014, 17:57
Replies: 33
Views: 1,477
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: $4000 to spend and need much, help

Cutting to the chase: Probably lots of good suggestions. The "Where to spend" might be more important. Suggest you check out Home Page ( Wolf's marine. ...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17-11-2014, 19:28
Replies: 60
Views: 2,857
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Thinning Epoxy to Penetrate Wood.

To do this you also need to have a very thin & very slow epoxy. I have used a lot of US COMPOSITES 635 THIN resin. Reaction is extremely slow and it is thin enough to paint on. Looks good on...
Forum: Marinas 17-11-2014, 19:17
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Marina with slips and boatyard - Tampa / St. Pete area

Welcome to Safe Cove Covered Boat Storage - The Best Boat Storage in SW Florida (

check out this place in Port Charlotte. There are others in town but this one looks...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17-11-2014, 19:00
Replies: 28
Views: 1,100
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Varnishes, Use Their Thinning Products or Generic Thinner?

I use Home Depot cheap mineral spirits. I have also learned that you can extend the life of an opened can a very long way by pouring a bit of the mineral spirits you used to clean the brush onto the...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 15-11-2014, 20:52
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: What is this transmission??

I sailed a Morgen - Heritage One-Ton about that vintage. Could be Penta. Do you have a wizened old marine repair guy you can ask?
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 15-11-2014, 14:28
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Should we use antifouling paint on a boat built for a single atlantic crossing?

Agree with the others. Hard & smooth. You will not experience hard growth of calcium critters in that time frame. What you will see is algae growth. Consider that a 1/2 mm thick moss means that...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-11-2014, 14:19
Replies: 14
Views: 1,324
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Do I need to check out???

I traveled all over Western Europe and never once had my passport stamped. I asked about it and was told it was no longer done. If I wanted stamps I would have to pay for them.
This depends...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-11-2014, 14:10
Replies: 1
Views: 227
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Crazy step idea....

sounds like a plan.
Look for SS hardware at Marine Parts Depot. Possibly a heavy duty mast step would make a hinge that would stay where you put it.

Stainless Steel 316 Folding Mast Step with...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 15-11-2014, 14:05
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Source for 2" bilge hose?

keep you hose as short as possible. Use hose with a smooth inner wall - no ribs.

Check with McMaster Carr. McMaster-Carr (

Our local Home Depot often carries an...
Forum: Marine Electronics 15-11-2014, 13:31
Replies: 16
Views: 1,407
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Ordered the wrong Vesper AIS, Mfg allows no return :(

I have the 850 and am really happy with it. I would buy another & I recommend them often to others. They use less power than the new version and they are totally stand-alone. Aside from the usual...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-11-2014, 13:14
Replies: 22
Views: 1,289
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Wooden decks on new boats?

DITTO most of the above. Ours was replaced with plastic by the PO and now many of the patched screw holes leak into the deck core. Each of those plugs covers a screw hole into the deck. Life of...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 15-11-2014, 13:07
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: What is this transmission??

I seem to have one just like that.:whistling:
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-11-2014, 09:58
Replies: 26
Views: 1,957
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Question for Bahamian Cruisers

We have done this in more than once Abaco. It works well. It was several years ago but for us, we hired an air charter. There were 8. We hired a plane in Lauderdale, (Miami had a few also). No...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 15-11-2014, 08:45
Replies: 38
Views: 2,519
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: USCG Documentation Renewal Fee

Does this mean I can renew for our June expiration date?

If that works - I would like to renew now for the next ten years.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 10-11-2014, 18:26
Replies: 123
Views: 12,411
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: US Coastguard: Series drogue is the best. Anchors are dangeours

Having studied this at length and in personal discussion with Pardys at the Chicago boat show, we conclude a series drogue is the only possible device we could deploy from our 58 foot 35 ton ketch,...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 10-11-2014, 17:57
Replies: 283
Views: 6,709
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Convenience of the metric system

I also had to put up with both systems & teaching metrics was required, however, all our texts were predominantly inch, foot, slug, pound etc. BTW, I noticed that in cruising the North Channel (Lake...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 09-11-2014, 18:51
Replies: 59
Views: 3,404
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Is it ok to bring a machete aboard?

My father carried his pistol & 22 riffle to Flint High School and kept them in his locker as a member of the school's marksman team. Every boy carried a small folding knife. You used it to pare...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 09-11-2014, 18:38
Replies: 59
Views: 3,404
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Is it ok to bring a machete aboard?

Only if they are equipped with the tiny nose-hair tweezers. Very scary indeed.
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 09-11-2014, 18:33
Replies: 59
Views: 3,404
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: Is it ok to bring a machete aboard?

Will TSA let you on a plane with the Cocotap?
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 09-11-2014, 18:19
Replies: 23
Views: 1,002
Posted By Nicholson58
Re: New Alternator Need Ext Regulator?

Balmar makes an alternator controller that can handle multiple battery banks and smart charge. It will taper off when full charge is reached. This is best for the batteries and reduces drag on your...
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