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Forum: Navigation 24-02-2015, 18:06
Replies: 44
Views: 9,199
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Materials for learning celestial navigation in an emergency

William F. Buckley produced a DVD many years ago in which he went through the step by step process for reducing a sun sight. The DVD is still available on line. I have one myself. It is titled,...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 24-02-2015, 17:23
Replies: 157
Views: 29,640
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Is it possible to live aboard a boat with no money (no income)?

Boats cost money. If you have no money, soon you will have no boat. Maintenance costs about 10% of the value of the boat per year. It happens a lot that a person (usually a guy) buys a boat and soon...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 28-12-2014, 16:21
Replies: 66
Views: 7,160
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Teak veneer over MDF?

As an architect who lives on my boat, I only use marine grade plywood aboard. I do specify MDF for cabnetry applications on shore side projects. As for peal and stick teak veneer, I have used that on...
Forum: Europe & Mediterranean 26-12-2014, 19:21
Replies: 16
Views: 3,085
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Selling a non-VAT paid boat in the EU

You know, there is a Craig's List UK and Ebay-UK. I would think there is a way to do a deal with a local and let that person deal with the VAT.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 22-12-2014, 18:07
Replies: 31
Views: 9,028
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Moisture under the mattress?!?

This is not uncommon and is easily cured. The basic issue is you. When you are in bed your weight compresses the foam mattress. This reduces the insulation value of the foam. Your skin is not air...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 21-12-2014, 17:41
Replies: 27
Views: 5,599
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Treating galvanized standing rigging - linseed oil?

Best to do this like the professonals do it. Comply with specification ASTM D6386. This calls for a two part application. Apply a zink primer and then a coat of your color of choice. See link below....
Forum: Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 10-12-2014, 18:27
Replies: 46
Views: 11,526
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Sailboat Sinks Rescued Family Disappears

There was another WHOU story about them. They were about to go to trial for wire fraud but skipped town. It seems they bought (or stole) the boat intending to leave the country. This is a problem if...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 07-12-2014, 15:40
Replies: 21
Views: 6,583
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Roller Furling vs Hanked On Headsails in a Squall

I have a Columbia 41 and the working jib is fairly good sized. I also have a 150 genoa. Both are roller furled. I would not want to handle either if they were hank-on jibs. However, rolling up even...
Forum: Navigation 04-12-2014, 18:23
Replies: 26
Views: 6,712
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Easy to use Sextant

I bought a 1945 vintage David White sextant on Ebay. It cost about $200 and appeared to have never been used. And yes, it came in a nice wooden box. As for learning celestial LOP calculations, you...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 29-11-2014, 20:35
Replies: 48
Views: 7,841
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Galley Benchtop Material replacement

Since your sinks are stainless steel you might consider a stainless steel galley top. I had one made up at Stainless Steel Fabricators in Raleigh NC. Stainless Steel Fabricators...
Forum: Fountaine Pajot 03-05-2014, 18:38
Replies: 5
Views: 3,495
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: removing gypsy on goiot windlass

See ebay listing below for 8mm anchor chain. It is posted by donsmarine-2008. That's where I bought my chain.

20 ft of 8mm Galvanized Anchor Chain Anchorlift Chain Rode Metric Chain | eBay...
Forum: Fountaine Pajot 03-05-2014, 17:42
Replies: 5
Views: 3,495
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: removing gypsy on goiot windlass

I have a goiot windlass that takes 10mm chain I found a supplier on ebay and ordered 30m. The answer to your question is, the gypsey is threaded onto the axel such that the pull of the anchor rode...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 03-05-2014, 17:32
Replies: 3
Views: 1,305
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Removing cabin liner?

If you are a naval architect or yacht designer by trade, sure, take out the liner. But first you might analize the static and dynamic forces working on your boat and size framing to handle those...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 02-05-2014, 19:33
Replies: 14
Views: 5,867
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: East coast US year-round live aboard in a downtown?

Washington DC is a fairly large city. Try Gang Plank Marina or Buzzard's Point Marina. For the latter you must appear in person. If you call they will say no liveaboards.

The whole DC waterfront...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 24-02-2014, 18:20
Replies: 101
Views: 10,054
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Starting a diesel that's been idle 10yr on prospective boat?

Wouldn't it be simpler just to mail a sample off?
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 24-02-2014, 17:45
Replies: 101
Views: 10,054
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Starting a diesel that's been idle 10yr on prospective boat?

I bought a boat some years ago with a Perkins 4-108. It had set on the hardstand for at least 10 years. The motor had 100 hours on it and no sigh of being repowered. I changed the oil and topped off...
Forum: Fishing, Recreation & Fun 13-02-2014, 09:13
Replies: 14
Views: 1,598
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: The hammock

My aft cabin eight feel long, just long enough to hang a traditional canval hammock. I have stainless steel hooks mounted through the aft bulkhead and forward through the bulkhead into the cockpit....
Forum: Our Community 30-01-2014, 17:37
Replies: 197
Views: 16,116
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Stanley Paris Calls it Quits

So he only has one head and shower. That is less of a problem. He can heat the water for a shower with a hose from the engine heat exchanger. Oh. Well, there is always more deoderant.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 30-01-2014, 17:31
Replies: 10
Views: 3,658
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Best Dehumidifier for 38 ft Power Boat

I have a Soleus dehumidifier and it works fine. It pulls about a gallon of water out of the air in 24 hours.
Forum: Our Community 30-01-2014, 17:27
Replies: 197
Views: 16,116
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Stanley Paris Calls it Quits

The boat interior plan shows three heads and three showers. How does he heat the water? Or maybe plans to save the planet through deoderant.
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 14-01-2014, 17:16
Replies: 19
Views: 2,598
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Missing Sailboat

I didn't read exactly what made their boat unseaworthy. I understand they had a "bad engine", and what exactly does that mean. Was the engine functional or not. Were they out of fuel? Was the boat...
Forum: Meets & Greets 12-01-2014, 17:29
Replies: 30
Views: 3,183
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: All I want to do is sail, but I'm poor

Learn to sail first. Do not buy a boat in Portsmouth until you have experience in those waters. The tidal race in the Piscataqua can run to 5 knots and the river mouth is open to the Atlantic with...
Forum: Meets & Greets 11-01-2014, 08:33
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Newbie ready to learn

You must understand that sailing off shore is something like space travel. Everything that you must have to stay alive is carried on your boat. Everything that you must know to stay alive is carried...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-01-2014, 12:01
Replies: 69
Views: 10,481
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: Courtesy Flags

I would keep an old white bed sheet stashed away. Then draw the needed flag in magic marker. This can't be that hard to do.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 01-01-2014, 11:56
Replies: 130
Views: 11,036
Posted By Sam Plan B
Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Real men sailors grow beards. Besides, think of all the money you will save on razor blades.
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