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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 28-07-2019, 13:36
Replies: 102
Views: 9,912
Posted By dsiddens
Re: CF Members Survey - Batteries Used Currently - 2019

1200 AHr AGM house. 100 AHr start.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 15-07-2019, 12:53
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Reefer/Icebox refit questions

Two thoughts: put a boundary layer between the hull and the insulation. Neoprene foam, reflective bubble sheet, even recycled white flexible packing foam sheet. I've used the reflective bubble...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 27-10-2017, 17:45
Replies: 105
Views: 15,161
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Skookum 47 Refit - San Francisco to Mexico

Hey Dude,
Don't know about "glass" but here is a night pic of our Skookum 47, Drakus, with Awlcraft Oyster White. Cool white LED's on main spreaders, warm white on aft deck.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 04-06-2017, 07:38
Replies: 9
Views: 2,159
Posted By dsiddens
Re: termites on a ply wood trimaran

Take a sample of the termites poop to the local agricultural agent for identification. Identifying the species will help you in choosing the method of eradication. I would recommend replacing the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 03-04-2017, 21:02
Replies: 33
Views: 3,730
Posted By dsiddens
Re: One more time with reglassing our deck.

Hello GILow,

Your description of a deck with two layers of plywood caught my eye: we've recently redecked our boat which has two layers of half inch plywood. We used epoxy, no thinner, and lots...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 25-01-2017, 15:32
Replies: 93
Views: 9,119
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Where to buy Tinned copper solar wire

I ended up buying 100' of solar wire. Didn't need much, have a boat load left over. But, it was not tinned. Located in Oriental NC.
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 29-11-2016, 12:29
Replies: 103
Views: 29,479
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Solar oven?

We use a Sun Oven on land. We are going to try it on the back deck of our ketch. The most concern we have is the effect of the wind on the reflectors.

I can attest to the cooking of the Sun Oven...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 17-09-2016, 21:57
Replies: 354
Views: 46,000
Posted By dsiddens
Re: How good is the Rocna?

There has been a discussion going on over at Attainable Adventure Cruising regarding the failure of the Rocna to reset under conditions of strong and sudden 180* wind shifts. There is some...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 08-08-2016, 12:23
Replies: 5
Views: 1,367
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Guatemala to Oriental, NC - Groceries

Good News: We, Oriental, now have a wonderful well stocked market.

Back story: had a great little local market, WalMart opened a "mini" WM which brought the closure of our store. Then in...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 21-03-2016, 16:03
Replies: 49
Views: 8,069
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Size of water maker needed/recommended for 2 living cruising full time.

I'm amazed and impressed with your watermaker history ( I'm in process of installing a Catalina...
Forum: Forum Tech Support & Site Help 07-11-2015, 08:08
Replies: 0
Views: 1,118
Posted By dsiddens
Editing member gallery pics?

I've posted a bunch of pics in my member gallery and want to order the sequence of the images as well as rotate some. How do I do this?

Thank you Doug
Forum: Crew Archives 03-11-2015, 17:43
Replies: 17
Crew Available: Female 23 with BA, EMT, CPR
Views: 6,588
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Female 23 with BA, EMT, CPR

Sarahjulia, welcome from Swannanoa! Best wishes, Doug & Anne
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 25-08-2015, 13:21
Replies: 105
Views: 15,161
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Skookum 47 Refit - San Francisco to Mexico

We are near completion of a complete rebuild-refit on our 47' Skookum. This included new decks. For non skid I chose Rustoleum's Advanced Restore in the color 'canvas'. Prep was a thick buildup of...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-05-2015, 15:21
Replies: 21
Views: 4,354
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Holding Tank Decommissioned - How to Get Rid of Foul Smell

Same story here. Replaced the marine head with a "composter". However, over the years, the plywood bulkheads had picked up "head odor". We used _Odoban_ OdoBanĀ® - Odor Eliminator Products...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 18-01-2015, 00:23
Replies: 45
Views: 10,253
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Airhead experiences? Don't get funny.

Some thoughts on composting heads.

We have the Nature's Head. Interesting side note when we bought it we used it for a little bit then loaned to our friends boat. They used it, for maybe a...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 11-08-2014, 16:12
Replies: 40
Views: 7,218
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Taking the Plunge on Skookum 53

Hello Gordon,

We are nearing a complete rebuild of our Skookum 47 in Oriental, NC. I'd been aboard a Skookum 53 some years ago and thought it to be a "dream boat". Congratulations on being...
Forum: Crew Archives 17-09-2012, 15:56
Replies: 4
Crew Wanted: 50' Ketch
Views: 1,885
Posted By dsiddens
Re: 50' Ketch

This offer of crew position wanted is now closed.
Forum: Crew Archives 17-09-2012, 15:50
Replies: 4
Crew Wanted: 50' Ketch
Views: 1,885
Posted By dsiddens
Re: 50' Ketch

Hello Sailaway

This is Doug, Richards friend. I'm sending your response to his email address. However, his computer system is down at the present time. When he gets back on-line your email will...
Forum: Crew Archives 04-09-2012, 22:11
Replies: 4
Crew Wanted: 50' Ketch
Views: 1,885
Posted By dsiddens
50' Ketch

The following is being posted for a friend.

Who am I?

A healthy, vegan, with a wide range of interests. I read, do the work on the boat, have a beer or wine and enjoy life. I’ve got some OCD...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 24-07-2012, 18:31
Replies: 46
Views: 8,956
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Grey Area - Permanent Address?

I had the same issue/question with regards to my Veteran' Administration (VA) address. If I was in a house (apartment, whatever) VA was good with that. So I raised the question one day, "what if I...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 27-11-2011, 19:39
Replies: 64
Views: 48,457
Posted By dsiddens
Thumbs up Re: What Gasket Material for Diesel Tank Inspection Port ?

On our boat the tanks are integral to the hull. The tanks are glass over plywood. On the top of the fuel tanks are 4" bronze (Perko) inspection ports. The "ring" portion has only 4 countersunk...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 01-06-2011, 19:14
Replies: 24
Views: 4,781
Posted By dsiddens
Re: Air in Autopilot System

This reply to your thread is too late I'm sure, but I want to contribute my experience with bleeding the air out of my W-H pilot. In my case the biggest advance came by compartmentalizing the...
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