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Forum: Challenges 08-10-2020, 09:09
Replies: 18
Views: 1,533
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Sunfish to Coronado Islands

Note that it is illegal to land on any of the Coronado Islands, they are wildlife refuges. If an overnight trip you will likely spend the night bouncing around in the dark with no wind waiting for...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 29-07-2020, 18:45
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Mercruiser overheating on muffs

Not in exact response to your issue as it seems your water intake is actually via a thru hull. That said, the clamp-on water muffs are a real hit or miss device. I could not get them to work properly...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 04-07-2020, 18:16
Replies: 28
Views: 2,403
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Unethical financial question

I have several friends that received serious damage to their boats while in storage. Tropical storm hit boatyard and knocked the boats off of their storage stands and into each other. Boat yard did...
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 04-07-2020, 14:24
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By Dennis.G
Engine Gauge Set

Brand new never used complete diesel engine gauge set. Top quality waterproof VDO gauges; Tachometer, voltage, oil pressure, water temperature. Also includes oil pressure sensor (with metric pipe...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 12-05-2020, 13:12
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Water pressure too high?

The accumulator tank will not affect the pressure cutout of the pump at all.

If pressure switch is not adjustable, would need to replace. This is available as a service part.

50 psi is not...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 27-03-2020, 15:13
Replies: 148
Views: 11,677
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Marking your anchor location

Put out a anchor buoy once where bottom was very rocky. Wind died to zero at night. In the morning I was riding stern to a slight breeze with the anchor buoy line snagged on my prop. I had drifted...
Forum: Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 22-02-2020, 14:57
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: San Diego to Catalina

I did the trip several times when living in San Diego. Frankly if you are thinking about only 3 days plan on a lot of motoring and very little time spent at a mooring or on shore in Catalina. As you...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 22-02-2020, 14:32
Replies: 199
Views: 15,928
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

Likely not really answering your question, but two observations:
1) The 12v solid-state thermoelectric coolers (truck driver coolers) are simple but pretty much useless for any long-term...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 17-02-2020, 20:15
Replies: 24
Views: 1,880
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Generator only runs when glow plug is activated

Note that most glow plugs can be burnt out if energized for too long. Some get damaged in less that 20 seconds powered. Keep in mind when figuring out your generator issue.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 17-02-2020, 20:11
Replies: 15
Views: 1,253
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Battery overheating

I had a voltage regulator fail on an old Chevy Camero. Overcharged lead acid batteries give off hydrogen sulfide which smells like rotten eggs. In my Camero it was the stink that let me know...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 17-02-2020, 20:05
Replies: 55
Views: 5,015
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Boat size for liveaboard single + dog

Just some notes:
Different boats of same LOA can vary a lot in livable space. I had a 24 footer (Dana) that was more livable than my old 32' sloop. That said I think the Dana is too small for live...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17-02-2020, 09:59
Replies: 46
Views: 5,811
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

It likely would get wrecked when boat was lifted in slings to get put back in water. If not would seem like would not stand up to action of fenders at a dock. No experience, just thoughts.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-02-2020, 18:04
Replies: 142
Views: 14,330
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: What are your worst fear sailing events

Going overboard at night in rough seas. Of course I use harness and jack lines in those conditions and move around like a spider, but that is mostly because the thought of going overboard to an...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-02-2020, 17:55
Replies: 52
Views: 7,054
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Swinging from a halyard to jump in the water

Yeah, you could hurt yourself if doing something dumb. I saw some kid swinging and he didn't let go a swung back into the side of the boat. Likely hurt, but he was OK. But kids are likely thinking...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-02-2020, 17:45
Replies: 52
Views: 7,054
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Swinging from a halyard to jump in the water

Depends on what halyard and line material. Spinnaker halyards with stout block out in front of the mast good if strong and swinging from fore deck. Jib and main halyards likely have plenty of...
Forum: Navigation 14-02-2020, 21:52
Replies: 24
Views: 2,454
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: SoCal: Moving boat from Marina Del Rey to Oxnard

If the weather is good and no South wind or swell, you can stop at Paradise Cove and anchor overnight and make a fun two day trip of it. I have anchored there before, and it can sometimes be a little...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-02-2020, 19:54
Replies: 26
Views: 21,048
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: How to Remove Wooden Bungs to Expose Screws

I think referring to something like this:

Wish I had one available...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 13-02-2020, 11:34
Replies: 105
Views: 7,780
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Freezer Frosting Up Too Fast

Another source of moisture is the food in the freezer. If freezing produce or meats that are not wrapped moisture tight the moisture can draw out of the food and will condense and frost on the...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 12-02-2020, 21:25
Replies: 151
Views: 13,209
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Engines: Old and easy to repair vs New and reliable.

New and reliable. If looking at 100 hp plus will likely be turbo but not to be afraid of. About every big truck running thousands of hours yearly do so with turbos. Other than that new diesels are...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 12-02-2020, 16:29
Replies: 83
Views: 9,320
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Robertson vs Phillips headed screws

Canadian thing really.

Frankly I find that Torx is becoming the new standard, at least in automotive and general construction fasteners.

Philips head screws when first introduced considered...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-02-2020, 12:50
Replies: 46
Views: 4,134
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Leaving dinghy on mooring for weeks at a time...

Or just wire a 12 v solar panel direct to bilge pump. Might have to wait till sun comes out for pump to work, but what the heck.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-02-2020, 12:39
Replies: 46
Views: 4,134
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Leaving dinghy on mooring for weeks at a time...

I have seen this done. Use an old little fishing boat, row it out or pull off the outboard when gone and there ya go, no one going to steal it. If you are gone long time maybe solar powered bilge...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-02-2020, 09:31
Replies: 28
Views: 1,632
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Dana Point to San Francisco

BTW 38" would indicate 38 inches. A mistake I would assume.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 10-02-2020, 20:15
Replies: 91
Views: 8,371
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Cruise capable, smaller boats?

I had a Dana 24 which is a great rugged cruiser. It was I think a inch or two over 8'6" beam, but that is just at the widest point and we trailered with no problems. Inboard Yanmar diesel. Draft just...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 10-02-2020, 17:02
Replies: 58
Views: 4,425
Posted By Dennis.G
Re: Thin and thick nuts on propshaft: sequence??

This can't be right. Maybe "under all circumstances only use the proper thread locker for the application". Locktite make many different formulas of thread locker, and has extensive technical...
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