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Forum: Flotsam & Sailing Miscellany 28-01-2022, 03:36
Replies: 3,157
Views: 489,466
Posted By FTS
Re: The 2021 & 2022 Joke Threads

Actually Foster's was quite popular in backpacking circles at one point . . . for the can, not the beer.

https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/125257-Fosters-Pot?highlight=Foster
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 11-01-2022, 05:14
Replies: 46
Views: 4,656
Posted By FTS
Re: Halyard eye splice question.

My practice on my little boat is to end-for-end the main and jib halyard at least every other year, which means cutting off the halyard hitch before I can do that. I've found whipping the line just...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-07-2021, 09:34
Replies: 85
Views: 8,213
Posted By FTS
Re: Are ignition keys pointless in the cockpit?

Actually that's one of the upgrades I'm considering. If and when I get around to that little project I also intend to get one of Blue Seas Weatherdeck switch panels so I can control the bow & stern,...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 14-05-2021, 13:58
Replies: 62
Views: 6,063
Posted By FTS
Re: Universal 25XP not starting...bleeding?

I was struggling to follow your logic because in my opinion the device in the fuel pump is a fine screen, not a filter. Then I got back into the document on Catalina Direct and found it titled as...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 14-05-2021, 04:14
Replies: 62
Views: 6,063
Posted By FTS
Re: Universal 25XP not starting...bleeding?

I was about to make the same comment. I've got a M-12, very different engine but my understanding is Catalina used the same electric pump on a lot of installations.

Getting to the point I was...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 01-05-2021, 04:59
Replies: 1
Views: 246
Posted By FTS
Re: Changing fuel filter on Universal 5411(M15)

According to the manual, yes you will have to bleed the system by opening the bleed plug on the fuel filter "housing."

Again, according the manual you'll have to use the decompression lever and...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 14-04-2021, 02:04
Replies: 11
Views: 1,915
Posted By FTS
Re: Engine oil for Universal M18?

Timely question for me, Rockinar.

I've got a Universal M-12 and plan on buying Rotella T4 15-40W the next time I see gallons on sale. Correct me if I'm wrong but that shouldn't that exceed the...
Forum: Our Community 06-04-2021, 00:53
Replies: 47
Views: 1,953
Posted By FTS
Re: Environmental Issue in Tampa Bay

Technically the ammonia will be part of the total nitrogen in the waste water.

That minor point aside my understanding is Tampa Bay is already heavily loaded with nutrients and this ain't gonna...
Forum: Our Community 21-03-2021, 07:39
Replies: 117
Views: 14,991
Posted By FTS
Re: Why are so many derelict boats sailboats?

I'd say the number of neglected power and sailboats is about equal at the marina I'm using.

For better or worse the owner is pretty diligent about removing derelict boats. It's kinda sad to see...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 22-02-2021, 16:38
Replies: 61
Views: 4,817
Posted By FTS
Re: My first sailboat.

Funny, you sound like me about 4 years ago.

My path was taking ASA 101 and crewing aboard race boats in the lower Chesapeake for three seasons before buying a C25 about a year and a half ago.
...
Forum: Flotsam & Sailing Miscellany 27-11-2020, 07:32
Replies: 2,439
Views: 355,514
Posted By FTS
Re: SSSSM - Part Deux

Guess I'll introduce myself.

60 years old (physically, anyway) male, single currently living in Norfolk VA looking for a first mate.

It looks like I've got 2, maybe 3 years until retirement and...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 06-11-2020, 16:09
Replies: 42
Views: 7,213
Posted By FTS
Re: Old boat liability Insurance?

I've had good luck with State Farm too. I'm on the lower Chesapeake, boat is small and somewhat newer, but $500k liability and $5k hull insurance is less than $140 / year.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-06-2020, 04:14
Replies: 15
Views: 3,838
Posted By FTS
Re: consistently clogged deck drains

K, then my suggested procedure would be keep some electrical tape handy, and the next time the deck drains plug up put a small piece on the toerail where the water puddles. Do that a couple two...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-06-2020, 03:42
Replies: 15
Views: 3,838
Posted By FTS
Re: consistently clogged deck drains

Can you cut a scupper into the toerail?
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 15-02-2020, 05:06
Replies: 121
Views: 14,896
Posted By FTS
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 24-09-2019, 14:40
Replies: 136
Views: 15,910
Posted By FTS
Re: Heating our sailboat this winter in VA - HELP!

That's a bit of an overstatement, but yes, it can and does snow here on the lower Chesapeake, particularly if we get a nor'easter.

If I were in your shoes I'd get something squared away on heating...
Forum: Boats For Sale and Wanted 07-07-2019, 04:38
Replies: 25
Want To Buy: 25' to 27' sailboat
Views: 2,694
Posted By FTS
Re: 25' to 27' sailboat

Southern Comfort does have her high points. As I said the fibreglass above the waterline is above average for her age, the standing rigging appears to be in fair condition and the mast looked...
Forum: Boats For Sale and Wanted 07-07-2019, 03:59
Replies: 25
Want To Buy: 25' to 27' sailboat
Views: 2,694
Posted By FTS
Re: 25' to 27' sailboat

Oddly enough I took a look at that boat the weekend before last.

For her age I'd rate the fiberglass above the waterline as above average. Unfortunately Southern Comfort has a pretty bad problem...
Forum: Meets & Greets 28-06-2019, 17:14
Replies: 10
Views: 941
Posted By FTS
Re: I'm not sure what to do with my hands

In my limited experience racing with the local club is one of the best ways to learn to sail.

I'm working on my third season racing on the lower Chesapeake with a local yacht club, and the worst I...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 27-02-2019, 17:26
Replies: 68
Views: 7,004
Posted By FTS
Re: End No Discharge Zones and require Type 1 Sanitation Devices - Why not?

I presume you mean 4 leaves express as much biological oxygen demand as the average flush from a toilet.

If that's correct do you have a source for that?

As an aside I've crewed on several...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 19-12-2018, 04:04
Replies: 3,535
Views: 1,050,415
Posted By FTS
Re: Cheap Multis and Projects

Looks to good to be true, but might be worth a look.

Catalac 9M Catamaran for Sale - Dover, UK (https://catamaransite.com/Catalac-9M-12-catamaran-for-sale.html)
Forum: Cruising News & Events 22-03-2014, 16:33
Replies: 70
Views: 8,625
Posted By FTS
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