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Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 19-02-2021, 16:00
Replies: 26
Views: 936
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Re: Tohatsu 3.5Hp Starting Issues

Alcohol containing gas is the worst thing you can do to a small engine that isn't used regularly. Many marinas sell it, as well as airports and stations listed at I use it in a least a...
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 17-02-2021, 10:14
Replies: 76
Views: 4,988
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Cats on a Boat

Be sure to have your cat neutered. "Whole" cats, male or female will "Mark" everything you own with urine and make your boat unlivable. Neutered cats will be more mellow and friendly. They won't try...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-02-2021, 13:43
Replies: 100
Views: 6,745
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Re: Your 27 - 32 ft story...

I hope you'll excuse a slight divergence to include a couple of 26' boats by way of contrast and comparison. I “graduated” from a McGregor 25” (large interior volume, lightweight, but not suitable...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 04-01-2021, 11:48
Replies: 24
Views: 1,392
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Yanmar 2GM20 - Sea Water Cooled

Any alternator shop can rewind and repair your original Yanmar alternator which may be better quality in general then most replacements. I had mine done in Sarasota Florida very reasonably. Note: If...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 28-12-2020, 13:57
Replies: 55
Views: 4,425
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Using pipe cutter on bimini tubing

I have used a standard (but large size) pipe cutter to cut my SS bimini pipes as well as my SS dinghy davits. 1" to 1 1/4". Probably a dozen cuts total. No problems with the cutter yet. This is one...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 18-11-2020, 20:06
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Island Packet 26 mkII

I have the 27, direct descendant of the 26. I looked long and hard for a strong, shoal draft boat like her. You won't regret buying an IP. Not fast in light airs, but loves a breeze. A wonderful boat...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 14-11-2020, 09:55
Replies: 17
Views: 1,654
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: First open water sail-hopefully.

I have to echo Littlewing77's advice to have jacklines and harnesses available, and know how to use them anytime you go offshore. Practice moving around the boat and clipping onto the mast Etc. at...
Forum: Lithium Power Systems 13-11-2020, 09:41
Replies: 29
Views: 3,985
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: How to integrate a portable generator?

I use a Honda EU 1000i, output to shore power connector. Unless you can install it in a ventilated compartment, be certain you run it on deck with no possibility of CO collecting in the cockpit or...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 29-10-2020, 11:02
Replies: 13
Views: 1,297
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Why is my furler so stiff?

Has your forestay tension changed? Could sagging be causing binding?
Forum: Marine Electronics 27-10-2020, 08:59
Replies: 42
Views: 3,422
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: HF alternatives to backstay antennas.

I now have a 32' section of backstay insulated and working nicely for HF. But before I installed that, I had good results with the good old "Hamstick" antenna, clamped onto the pushpit railing. The...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-05-2020, 08:50
Replies: 34
Views: 3,837
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: 55 Amp Alternator - Is this standard?

I have a 2GM20F in my Island Packet 27. I used to use the 12v refrigerator when cruising and it drew down the batteries quickly. We were anchored in Marathon and there was a shop onshore that took...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 13-04-2020, 07:39
Replies: 113
Views: 10,948
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Upgrading your Boats Medical Locker

One item often overlooked but that come in handy twice while cruising in remote locations is ophthalmic ointment. Antibiotic is good, but even better is a combo antibiotic and cortisone. Hiking...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 05-04-2020, 09:25
Replies: 39
Views: 4,799
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Need help separating corroded aluminum parts

I have had to free many steel bolts from aluminum engine parts, (cylinders, heads, Etc.) Aluminum vs ferrous metal is usually easy. A little penetrating oil and heat from a heat gun (please, no open...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 15-03-2020, 09:44
Replies: 20
Views: 1,637
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Yanmar YSM8 Leaking Fuel Injection Pump

Where are you located Zack? My genius mechanic in Bradenton, FL just fixed a similar issue for me, quickly and easily.
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 10-02-2020, 15:47
Replies: 32
Views: 3,440
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Safety On-Deck... Other than Lifelines, Jacklines, and Non-Skid

I've often found a deck light mounted on the mast useful when handling sail changes at night.
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 10-02-2020, 08:56
Replies: 95
Views: 13,055
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Killing mold for good?

Great thread! I'm going to get some of the Concrobium fourmula and try it.

Thirty years in the Florida humidity with three boats, mostly closed for months at a time. I don't think there is...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 08-01-2020, 15:46
Replies: 14
Views: 3,184
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Places to Anchor on the Gulf Coast of Florida

I sail primarily from Tampa Bay southward to the Keys. So many anchorages all along the ICW! The SW coast of Florida is a virtual smorgasbord for sailors. A couple of general notes:

The bays...
Forum: Powered Boats 27-12-2019, 09:20
Replies: 48
Views: 7,085
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Smallest pocket cruiser with marine head

I've owned two 26' pocket cruisers... an O'Day 26 and a Chrysler 26 (Herreshof designed) Both have "stand up" heads utilizing removable porta potties. Both boats could be trailered though mine lived...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 16-12-2019, 11:30
Replies: 126
Views: 10,087
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: running the engine to charge the batteries

A few years ago I went with a larger capacity alternator to charge batteries quicker and run my refrigerator. The result was frequent belt failures and replacement. I'm talking every 4-5 hours of run...
Forum: Marine Electronics 20-12-2011, 16:32
Replies: 7
Views: 2,996
Posted By SRQsailor
Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

Wow! Less than 24hrs and I have several useful suggestions! Thanks all! These agree with the suggestion to check the belt tension from Ratheon. I will not at the boat until next month, but will...
Forum: Marine Electronics 19-12-2011, 20:57
Replies: 7
Views: 2,996
Posted By SRQsailor
Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

The clutch lever on my Raymarine Autohelm 4000+ pops open frequently, especially when turning the wheel to port. I use a velcro strap to hold it down and the autohelm works well otherwise. Can...
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