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Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit Today, 08:37
Replies: 24
Views: 1,183
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Keeping tools rust free?

Buy cheap tools. Harbor freight tools work fine. Once they become so marinized that they are unusable, throw them out and buy new ones. It's a boat. By the way, in 8 years of boat ownership, I...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 24-09-2020, 08:14
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Adding Circulation Fan to Refrigerator Box

I just finished installing a new refrigeration system. I have holding plates, and I installed the holding plates about 1 inch from the side of the box, and then wired up a computer 12V fan to blow...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-09-2020, 09:16
Replies: 37
Views: 4,233
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Anyone use Deks Olje

I am surprised the Deks Olje appeared dark to you. I would guess that the teak has darkened. Did you bleach the teak before applying?
Forum: General Sailing Forum 13-09-2020, 09:13
Replies: 73
Views: 5,007
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Fourth question: Can you avoid bad storms?

I crossed the Atlantic, from Maryland to Spain, in 2016. We sat out an extra day waiting for more favorable weather in Cape May. The wx for the next several days was great. We were looking to get...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 13-09-2020, 01:22
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Sailing/Cruising Lessons for my wife (near Annapolis)

I have no experience with the company. It doesn't look like they would teach on your boat.
Again, I recommend :

https://capca.net/hire-a-captain

Especially since you could personally...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 12-09-2020, 09:53
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Sailing/Cruising Lessons for my wife (near Annapolis)

I would suggest that you post a request on the CAPCA.net job board. CAPCA is the Chesapeake Area Professional Captain's Association. All members are USCG captain rated, and you could request...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 10-09-2020, 04:28
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

Quick update- things are proceeding. The latest time delay issue was the serious re-insulating of the fridge box. I discovered that the top edges of the box, where the sides and the ceiling meet-...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 02-09-2020, 08:44
Replies: 20
Views: 1,332
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Issues with Danfoss Compressor

Is it possible that your batteries are losing some of their capacity? I had this happen to me, the voltage was plenty high, but as soon as there was a load, the voltage drops and won't run something...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 24-08-2020, 08:18
Replies: 89
Views: 5,230
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Tools: High Quality or Cheap and Replaceable

When I took my 3 day diesel courses with Mack Boring, the instructor informed us that ll the tools they were providing us were from Harbor Freight and recommended we not spend too much on tools. ...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 22-08-2020, 08:23
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Agent in Malta to handle VAT

would be interested to hear that information as well.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 21-08-2020, 16:05
Replies: 26
Views: 6,440
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Island Packet Tank question

I own an IP 420 and sailed her across the pond. Two 10 pound propane tanks were adequate, never ran out of propane, had the dinghy rolled up on deck, had the life raft mounted just in front of the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 19-08-2020, 08:15
Replies: 33
Views: 2,789
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Gozzard vs Cabo Rico

I looked at Gozzards and Cabo Ricos before purchasing my IP 420. The IP is a very solid boat- I have crossed the Atlantic in her and been in miserable weather, 70+kn winds, she holds up quite...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 16-08-2020, 08:34
Replies: 7
Views: 1,277
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Bow wants to point downwind

There may be several things at play here. First, of course, windage and freeboard of the boat. So, with alot of equipment on the stern, the wind will push the bow down. The second thing to...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-08-2020, 08:52
Replies: 55
Views: 6,239
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Are low rpm's hard on a Diesel engine?

By constantly going at the same RPM for long periods, you are actually scoring the inside of the cylinder. So, it is a good practice to occasionally vary the RPM to avoid this. Learned at the Mack...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 06-08-2020, 08:49
Replies: 61
Views: 5,107
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Who has Lithium Batteries?

LiFePo batteries are safe. A number of boat manufacturers are now installing them as standard equipment. It is the old lithium batteries that are not safe for a boat.
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 01-08-2020, 04:49
Replies: 133
Views: 10,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Rocna or Manson Supreme? (OP Ducks His Head)

Yep, that's how I do it single-handed. I just take my time and slowly bring in the catenary of the chain and let the boat's momentum pull me forward. I also installed a rather oversized windlass. ...
Forum: Our Community 31-07-2020, 09:15
Replies: 109
Views: 6,197
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: New Boater - is it normal protocol for a marina to not cover damages from dock ha

Don't trust dock hands to know how to do anything! I toss them lines and give explicit directions. You're the captain, don't let a dockhand control your boat.
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 27-07-2020, 08:50
Replies: 133
Views: 10,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Rocna or Manson Supreme? (OP Ducks His Head)

I have a Rocna and have anchored many times in mud in the Chesapeake. It holds just fine. Brought up lots of mud with it. Never had an issue setting it. Never dragged.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 26-07-2020, 08:16
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 25-07-2020, 09:47
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

Thank you! Yes, that is the plan. He did mention using the super-heat position, testing it and if necessary, tuning it. The TXV we have was properly sized for the compressor, I seem to remember...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 25-07-2020, 03:09
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

Thanks, that is along the lines of what we were thinking. I could never get my old freezer much below 25F. So we are increasing the glycol solution for that plate plus adding a "tunable" expansion...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 24-07-2020, 10:59
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

Very interesting information, thank you Richard. I have another question: What do you find the normal temperature differences between the air inside the refrigerator or freezer compared to the...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 24-07-2020, 00:03
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

I suspect both are correct. If you fill the cold plate and then squash it so both sides are concave, you are, essentially, pushing out a bunch of the liquid. So, when whatever is in the cold...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 23-07-2020, 19:10
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

hmmm, now I AM confused! Is it possible tht one of you is talking about true eutectic solutions and the other is talking about glycol solutions?
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 23-07-2020, 13:43
Replies: 37
Views: 1,643
Posted By sailing_gal
Re: Compressor replacement

A refrigerator professional once told me that he always leaves about 10% gap in the top of a holding plate for expansion.
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