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Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 03-02-2019, 01:47
Replies: 19
Views: 8,119
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Getting the black out of teak...

A convenient, inexpensive, ready-to-use, and readily-available solution of oxalic acid is available in the Household Cleaning Supplies section of many stores:

The Works Tub and Shower Cleaner...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 11-06-2018, 17:25
Replies: 84
Views: 11,944
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Before you set sail, how did you eliminate all your STUFF?

A great resource for downsizing is the book "Clutter's Last Stand" by Don Aslett. Among many other things, he recommends going from room to room, sorting everything into three large, heavy-duty...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 13-04-2018, 09:15
Replies: 41
Views: 5,959
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Advice for Diesel Tank(s)

Some aluminum airplanes have what are called "wet wings," that is, there are no separate fuel tanks inserted into the wings, rather, there are sections of the aluminum wings devoted to fuel storage....
Forum: General Sailing Forum 04-04-2018, 10:55
Replies: 55
Views: 8,494
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: We went to Cuba 3/2018

Regarding on-land experiences, I have flown to Cuba three times in the last 18 months. If someone in your party speaks Spanish, the experience will be completely different and, I would say, much...
Forum: Marine Electronics 22-03-2018, 10:19
Replies: 32
Views: 5,053
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: High Seas cellphone internet (Elon Musk)

Low-cost satellite communication may be available sooner. Sky and Space Global, a British company, expects to have 400 shoebox-sized mini satellites launched by 2020. If successful, this system will...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 07-02-2018, 10:14
Replies: 19
Views: 3,120
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Idea for finding leaks

Check for leaks the same way you check for leaks in an air mattress or swim float. As Robwilk37 mentioned, "inflate" the boat. Here is how: First, using masking tape, seal all vents such as dorade...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2017, 18:36
Replies: 33
Views: 4,616
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Getting rid of rust stain

A simple, inexpensive source of oxalic acid already diluted and ready to use:

"The Works" brand of "Tub and Shower Cleaner"

This product dissolves rust and also is an excellent wood bleach. ...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-06-2017, 08:44
Replies: 15
Views: 7,283
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Water in the mast....leaks inside

I had this problem with a deck-stepped mast on my Downeaster 38. Rain water would enter the mast through the myriad of holes. There was no practical way to stop it from entering. The water would...
Forum: Marine Electronics 21-03-2017, 18:39
Replies: 24
Views: 3,141
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Hoisting a Ham Band antenna next to the insulated backstay

Thank you, Knockabout. . A long marine whip connected to the autotuner would be a good strategy. Regarding counterpoises, I need to research more. Your words were clearly written, but I am quite...
Forum: Marine Electronics 21-03-2017, 15:55
Replies: 24
Views: 3,141
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Hoisting a Ham Band antenna next to the insulated backstay

Wow, what great replies from everyone. I have existing equipment to work with, yet to be hooked up: My marine radio is an Icom IC-M700 paired with an Icom AT 120 tuner. My ham radio is a Kenwood...
Forum: Marine Electronics 20-03-2017, 14:59
Replies: 24
Views: 3,141
Posted By suenodelmar
Hoisting a Ham Band antenna next to the insulated backstay

Is it practical to hoist, using a spare halyard, a single-wire, random length antenna connected to my Amateur Band SSB radio through an automatic tuner ADJACENT TO the existing insulated backstay...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 03-03-2017, 11:17
Replies: 16
Views: 4,845
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: How to save $50 splicing double braid rope

Bigjim, where did you buy the three spools of double-braid?
Forum: Cruising News & Events 28-11-2016, 08:16
Replies: 192
Views: 19,275
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Castro dead at 90

Moorage is limited to government-owned marinas and requires a “despacio,“ an exit permit, for departure from each facility. Anchoring out is allowed but contact ashore is prohibited unless...
Forum: Challenges 22-11-2016, 10:17
Replies: 26
Views: 9,084
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: No see um hatch covers

The best silicone adhesive, by far, is "Shoe Goo" available in the shoe department at Wal-Mart. It is made for affixing soles of shoes and is unbelievably tough and adherent. We keep several tubes...
Forum: Marinas 13-11-2016, 14:37
Replies: 3
Views: 2,748
Posted By suenodelmar
Inexpensive haulout on Gulf Coast of Florida

We are looking for an inexpensive haulout facility on Florida's Gulf Coast. We need to service the seacocks on our 38 foot full-keel fiberglass monohull, 19,000 pound displacement. We plan to do...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 26-06-2016, 15:08
Replies: 19
Views: 6,092
Posted By suenodelmar
Servicing seacocks, plugging thru-hulls, when the boat is in the water

I have older, cone-type seacocks. I want to service them without hauling out the boat. The excellent description on the Compass Marine site explains how to use valve grinding compound to lap the...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 04-06-2016, 11:26
Replies: 76
Views: 8,310
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Oceangoing for under $1000

You would not be the first. The ancient Polynesians used similar large outrigger canoes to cross vast areas of the Pacific Ocean. They carried water in gourds plus sacks of dried beans. They used...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 23-04-2016, 10:34
Replies: 80
Views: 13,006
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Chain Stopper Installation Questions

For HDPE,.High Density Polyethylene, go to Walmart or any department store and buy a Cutting Board in the Kitchen Department. They come in various thicknesses. The material is tough, sandable and...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 27-03-2016, 23:27
Replies: 13
Views: 4,703
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Tacoma, Seattle, Puget Sound Liveaboards

I also recommend Mike Rice at Puget Sound Sailing. For many years he has been the National Number One Rated Instructor in the American Sailing Association. I took the Offshore Cruising Course from...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 12-03-2016, 10:34
Replies: 86
Views: 12,051
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Electric motor for sail boat

Until we get affordable, higher-capacity batteries, the limiting factor is this:

One pound of diesel oil produces the energy equivalent of about 25 pounds of lead-acid batteries.
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 08-02-2016, 16:53
Replies: 19
Views: 6,720
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Pourable, flexible, watertight caulk or sealant needed for difficult-to-access ar

Thank you for the excellent and thoughtful responses. The area in question is inside my mast at the base where the mast wires penetrate the mast step through small holes drilled in the bottom. ...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 08-02-2016, 11:01
Replies: 19
Views: 6,720
Posted By suenodelmar
Pourable, flexible, watertight caulk or sealant needed for difficult-to-access area

We need a pourable, flexible sealant to make a watertight seal within a space that is difficult to access. The area has some dirt that is not fully removable. So, the sealant needs to be very thin...
Forum: Marine Electronics 25-03-2015, 09:08
Replies: 99
Views: 37,169
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Is an SSB/pactor modem worth it?

As has been mentioned, SSB email communication is possible without a Pactor modem by installing and using a software solution called Winmor, developed just in the last few years. But Winmor requires...
Forum: Our Community 06-02-2015, 10:19
Replies: 7
Views: 1,790
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: Charity Work while Cruising?

Almost any school anywhere, especially elementary schools, welcome volunteers in the classroom. With the teacher's permission, sit in a corner and welcome kids to come read to you, one at a time. ...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 06-02-2015, 09:25
Replies: 16
Views: 7,606
Posted By suenodelmar
Re: New anchor chain in Duplex stainless

You might save a lot of money by not buying stainless chain and a new gypsy but by modifying your current system with galvanized chain. The problem with galvanized chain in a locker is that it piles...
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