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Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 30-05-2022, 19:58
Replies: 15
Views: 811
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Full battens won't fit

Could you tell us the brand of caps and tensioner or post a pic? It would be very frustrating, I'm sure.
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 30-05-2022, 19:36
Replies: 15
Views: 811
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Full battens won't fit

Before you go cutting battens the fit last year, are you sure they are in the right pockets? If it's only an inch I would guess they are not fully seated or the caps not backed off fully.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 19-05-2021, 15:40
Replies: 49
Views: 6,966
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Boat Insurance Price Hike - Not Happy

A bit of a drift, but I feel a lot of the increases we are seeing are based on the hit they get from the charter fleets in hurricane areas. They used to require all boat to leave the "Zone" during...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 17-05-2021, 14:50
Replies: 44
Views: 11,898
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Hens on Board

I was going to mention the 24 year old sailing around the world with a chicken.

Be sure to read the chicken's bio.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-05-2021, 15:56
Replies: 7
Views: 2,828
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Tartan 3500 vs Sabre 362

I own and singlehand a Sabre 362. Great boat, sails balanced so don't need the Auto helm. When the wind gets up to the low to mid 20's will pace a Beneteau 36.7.
Mainsail mid boom sheeting could...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-04-2021, 20:54
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: How to protect the underside of teak handle

I've did my toe rails and handrails last year with Deks Olje 1 and 2 Gloss. On the Sabre the toe rail sits in a plastic seat for the rub rail and can't be sealed so water gets under varnish. Deks...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 11-04-2021, 20:58
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Spinnaker Weight Question

It is important to look what the material is. .75 and 1.5 oz are usually nylons with some stretch. .60 is usually a polyester that has little stretch and doesn't like being abused as much.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 20-03-2021, 22:47
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Gaff cutter - red sails - Vancovuer

If this is the boat that you are asking about I believe that he keeps it at the Maritime Museum docks in Kits.
Forum: Marine Electronics 14-03-2021, 01:24
Replies: 14
Views: 2,073
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Thoughts on Wind Instruments

Dockhead, there are some polars for a Moody 54 DS models at Not sure if they are your specific model or not but worth a look.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 14-03-2021, 01:18
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Polar charts and diagrams

Check out ORC.ORG There are many C&C 38's with racing certs and might have polars available.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 13-03-2021, 23:49
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Modular Solar Setup Question

You don't say where you are, so this may not apply as it is a different approach but what about a methanol fuel cell like the efoy? (I have no connection) Small, out of the way, not interfere with...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 08-02-2021, 01:13
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Emergency Tiller Location

One thing I would suggest is if the emergency tiller goes through the deck to the rudder post, manufacture a bushing to hold the tiller steady.

Racing to Hawaii, the quadrant broke and we went to...
Forum: Meets & Greets 23-10-2020, 23:04
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By Dusty Mac
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-10-2020, 22:12
Replies: 90
Views: 8,073
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: What other sailboats have THIS layout?

The Grand Soleil 40 has it.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 03-07-2020, 13:20
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Surveyor & Insurance in the Bay Area

I used Rodgers and Associates out of Santa Cruz when I purchased my Sabre six years ago. Very thorough and reasonably priced.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 16-05-2020, 09:18
Replies: 82
Views: 17,721
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: List of boats with skeg and sugar scoop

There must be some call for that design. The Sceptre 41 later added a sugar scoop to become the Sceptre 43.

They are out there.
Forum: Marine Electronics 21-04-2020, 18:42
Replies: 24
Views: 2,452
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Handheld VHF Recommendations

As I single hand a lot I picked up the Standard Horizon HX851 years ago. It has a built in GPS and DSC capable. I also find it handy in the dinghy to have position, speed, way-points etc.

As it...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 21-04-2020, 17:33
Replies: 17
Views: 1,563
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Halyard Anti Chafe

From what I can see in the first picture with the halyard, is that the chafe starts where the halyard enters the mast behind the craned swivel block, assuming it is full hoist. One would have to go...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-04-2020, 21:05
Replies: 17
Views: 2,077
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Topside paint, another question of the ages

If using a colour other than white, it is best to tint the primer, for better coverage.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 10-04-2020, 19:41
Replies: 9
Views: 2,301
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Reefing Hanked-On Headsails

It used to be common to have reefing headsails. They usually had a second tack and clew patch with reef diamonds similar to slab reefing in a main.

The foot would need to be laced up with the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 23-03-2020, 14:26
Replies: 2
Views: 391
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Headroom

My Sabre 362 has 6' 4" headroom and carries it well outboard and forward in the V berth. Others like the Express 37 have max headroom only on the centerline of the boat.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 19-12-2019, 15:41
Replies: 17
Views: 1,605
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Auto pilot

I have a 70's quarter ton sloop, that I regularly let steer herself (Upwind only). Longest has been 18 miles from Naniamo to Vancouver in 12 kts of wind and the most wind was 35kts with just the...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 09-10-2019, 11:01
Replies: 17
Views: 1,508
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Contact lenses/Glasses

I had a similar problem as I wore my contacts continuously. Now however, my prescription is too strong and I cannot read with contacts.

Off shore sailing it is hard to read the compass or...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 04-06-2019, 17:54
Replies: 47
Views: 4,724
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Ignition Problem on Yanmar

I don't know if it shut down all my DC electrics but on my yanmar 3JH2E it sometimes would not show life when the key was turned to start. Traced it to a sticky stop switch. It cut the power to the...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 07-02-2019, 19:01
Replies: 11
Views: 2,506
Posted By Dusty Mac
Re: Attaching things to the standing rigging

I use a couple of Crosby clips to attach my radar reflector to the backstay. You can get them in stainless or galvanized....
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