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Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 21-10-2020, 09:34
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Mast Sheave Replacement

I want to replace my main halyard sheaves since the mast is down. Would be nice to have less friction for raising and lowering the main. The sheaves are 5" diameter by 3/4" wide with a 5/8 diameter...
Forum: Marine Electronics 30-11-2019, 10:54
Replies: 29
Views: 3,955
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Wind Speed Transducer - Wireless or Hardwired?

This is all such great feedback and firsthand experience. Thank you all for contributing your experiences, and hopefully they keep coming. I feel like technology of this nature is right on the cusp...
Forum: Marine Electronics 29-11-2019, 14:18
Replies: 29
Views: 3,955
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Wind Speed Transducer - Wireless or Hardwired?

The main question is this: Anyone have total confidence in their wireless wind speed systems out there? Or do you wish you had gone wired? I suppose that question can be reversed too? Anyone wish...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 28-11-2019, 15:44
Replies: 33
Views: 4,834
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Running Rigging Rabbit Hole

I am looking forward to splicing my new halyards. I need a fit kit. Anybody have any preferences as far as a certain brand?
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 27-11-2019, 13:42
Replies: 33
Views: 4,834
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 26-11-2019, 12:14
Replies: 33
Views: 4,834
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Running Rigging Rabbit Hole

Thanks for the head's up! I went ahead and ordered. What a great deal! 7/16" totally works. Gives me half the stretch and around 4000 pounds more breaking strength than my previous 1/2" VPC. Plus I...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 24-11-2019, 21:59
Replies: 33
Views: 4,834
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Running Rigging Rabbit Hole

I am not really worried with breaking loads, but 1/2" for a 550 sq ft mainsail seems to be properly spec'd. I am just trying to minimize elongation and creep over time or when the wind picks up,...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 24-11-2019, 13:39
Replies: 33
Views: 4,834
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Running Rigging Rabbit Hole

My head is spinning with all these choices. My old New England VPC (which Brian Toss advocates as a great "cruiser's choice") is in need of replacement. I am going to replace Main, Genoa, and...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 22-11-2019, 15:27
Replies: 8
Views: 1,040
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Mast Tang Compression Tube - What To Use?

Went ahead and ordered some G10, so that solves that!
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 22-11-2019, 13:33
Replies: 8
Views: 1,040
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Mast Tang Compression Tube - What To Use?

I had my machine shop press off the aluminum sleeves (compression tubes) from the through-bolts that affix the tangs to the mast. They were very corroded and were destroyed, which is what I expected....
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 20-11-2019, 23:07
Replies: 18
Views: 1,709
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Running Rigging - Sun Baked But Still Useable?

Wow, great information and feedback. I appreciate the insights. Upon inspecting the halyards in a bit more detail after giving them a warm water bath, I have found some areas of concern - fraying and...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 19-11-2019, 10:48
Replies: 18
Views: 1,709
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Running Rigging - Sun Baked But Still Useable?

Thanks. I get the outer cover is acting as a UV protector and not affecting the inner core. Was wondering whether heat cycling could have any issues? Suppose not, but I didn't know about crush...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 19-11-2019, 10:22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,709
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Running Rigging - Sun Baked But Still Useable?

I am gearing up to re-step my mast, and while it's down, was thinking about replacing my jib, staysail, and main halyards. They are made of 12mm VPC. The boat was not sailed hard when it was in the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 08-11-2019, 20:41
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Performance of Noordkaper and Wanderer yachts

Have you found anyone with firsthand knowledge of their sailing performance?
Forum: Marine Electronics 03-11-2019, 14:10
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Mulitplexor

I am in the process of upgrading everything on the boat. The old radar is down, she's never had a Multifunction Display, the wind speed/indicator is an older Signet marine that I want to replace,...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 29-10-2019, 20:32
Replies: 198
Views: 26,536
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Best investment while we travel

Quote from page 1 of this thread a few years ago. Fairly telling... Nobody knows. Market blew the lid off the all time high. If OP would have invested his/her 500K, they'd have a lot more right now.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-10-2019, 13:43
Replies: 17
Views: 1,924
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Firefly Oasis voltage sag?

Have they gotten their quality control taken care of? I seem to recall some folks having issues with new batteries. Also recall Mr Nigel Calder saying he couldn't recommend them anymore, until they...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-10-2018, 22:42
Replies: 92
Views: 8,739
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Removing a bee hive from the mast

I am a commercial beekeeper, as in, I do this for a living. There are so many variables here it's hard to give you advice without seeing it in person. CO2 or Sulfur will work, but those are dangerous...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 12-10-2018, 18:40
Replies: 61
Views: 7,642
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Filling Old Rivet Holes

Some lively debate and ideas going on here. Love it! I think I'll go the thickened epoxy/JB Weld (my first choice) route. It's a pure cosmetic job that will prevent anything from turning structural...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 10-10-2018, 19:03
Replies: 61
Views: 7,642
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Filling Old Rivet Holes

I am not scared of the mast corroding where these small holes are, nor the mast creasing/breaking. The wall thickness is pretty robust, and the mast hasn't been used much. Lots of food for thought...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 10-10-2018, 16:52
Replies: 61
Views: 7,642
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Filling Old Rivet Holes

That's ok. I also had a colony of bees living in the column beneath the main halyard sheaves, so it's used to insects of all sorts.

Kidding aside, (truth about the bees though) welding and...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 10-10-2018, 16:06
Replies: 61
Views: 7,642
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Filling Old Rivet Holes

Any harm in leaving them unfilled?
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 10-10-2018, 13:24
Replies: 61
Views: 7,642
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Filling Old Rivet Holes

I pulled my mast for painting, and took off most of the hardware. This includes mast steps that went up to the first set of spreaders that were attached with rivets. If I choose to not re-install...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 30-10-2017, 21:13
Replies: 105
Views: 15,375
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 30-10-2017, 16:57
Replies: 105
Views: 15,375
Posted By SF Bay Dude
Re: Skookum 47 Refit - San Francisco to Mexico

Also, I'd probably use my 6 inch Bosch sander for the 1000, 1200, 1500 grit paper, if I need it at all. I am seeing some foam backed options and the regular disc with no pad. I would imagine the foam...
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