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Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 11-11-2014, 01:14
Replies: 18
Views: 3,575
Posted By Brian T
Re: Pressure water pump overpowers hot water tank

I think that I had the same problem. It was a simple fix... Those heaters are designed to work with an air gap. You have to restore the air gap about twice a year if the temp changes with seasons. (I...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 11-11-2014, 01:01
Replies: 28
Views: 5,588
Posted By Brian T
Re: Up The Mast

...I second the notion to make sure that you use a dedicated climbing rope. Not just because they're dynamic, but also because the teeth on the ascender are very aggressive, and action of the...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 27-10-2014, 00:00
Replies: 69
Views: 109,640
Posted By Brian T
Re: Best 6hp outboard?

BTW, I ended up going with the Yamaha, mainly due to the ability to lay it down on either side during storage, and also due to the availability of service in remote locations. Much else seemed about...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 26-10-2014, 23:57
Replies: 28
Views: 5,588
Posted By Brian T
Re: Up The Mast

...yeah I'd probably use a carabiner hitch if I didn't already have a Grigri in my rock climbing kit ;) The Grigri adds a level of protection (especially while holding someone's life on a...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 26-10-2014, 16:25
Replies: 28
Views: 5,588
Posted By Brian T
Re: Up The Mast

The Grigri is for the repel. Most ascenders are great at going up, but a PITA to go down with. I use about the same setup... I use a harness and a set of Petzl climbing ascenders, with a Grigri just...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 24-10-2014, 17:52
Replies: 29
Views: 4,015
Posted By Brian T
Re: Keeping better track of food stores...

Wow, some really great ideas here! Not just for food, I think that this is gonna help organize my tools/spares as well :)

And yeah, as much as I see the benefit of the spreadsheets (especially...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 22-10-2014, 19:07
Replies: 36
Views: 8,539
Posted By Brian T
Re: Heavy Weather Cat Sailing

...I've always felt that sailing a beach cat gives you great intuition about what a bigger wants to do, before it does it. Besides, my Hobie 17 is still THE MOST fun I've ever had on the water! ...
Forum: Provisioning: Food & Drink 22-10-2014, 18:39
Replies: 29
Views: 4,015
Posted By Brian T
Keeping better track of food stores...

Hi all,

I'm wondering if anybody has any good ideas to help me keep better track of my food stores on board. I'm finding that after a large provisioning, I seem to loose/forget about items that...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 29-08-2014, 02:00
Replies: 8
Views: 1,990
Posted By Brian T
Re: Low cost Cats: Where is the Sweet Spot for a Small Singlehander?

I singlehand my Gemini and love it! That being said, I've been sailing my whole life... If you really want to learn to sail, dinghys are the way to go. (Any local sailing club should be able to...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 27-08-2014, 15:11
Replies: 6
Views: 2,331
Posted By Brian T
Re: Potomac River Marina's and such? any ideas?

Make SURE that you consider ANY other options before even consider living at Tantallon! (Anchoring at Belle Haven wouldn't be too bad) I was there for a bit, and couldn't get out fast enough ;( I...
Forum: Classifieds Archive 30-06-2014, 09:26
Replies: 16
Want To Buy: MOB Pole
Views: 2,135
Posted By Brian T
Re: MOB Pole

I saw some cool instant inflatable ones at the boat show that looked promising... Too expensive and heavy at the moment for me, but saw some potential.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 30-06-2014, 09:23
Replies: 7
Views: 1,360
Posted By Brian T
Re: Nice Carbon Fiber Head!

I like the grab handles for holding your butt down to the bowl as the boat launches off the faces of massive waves ;)
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 12-06-2014, 04:51
Replies: 164
Views: 63,626
Posted By Brian T
Re: Solbian Solar Panels

I just recently finished installing my six 50 watt solbian panels :) I am super happy so far! I wasn't willing to give up my "garage" above the davits, and had limited options otherwise. They have...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-06-2014, 13:11
Replies: 69
Views: 109,640
Posted By Brian T
Re: Best 6hp outboard?

Well yes, short vs long shaft is going to be a compromise no matter what... But I'm thinking that I'm willing to deal with the extra drag on the dink (with long shaft) in order to be able to utilize...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-06-2014, 10:07
Replies: 69
Views: 109,640
Posted By Brian T
Re: Best 6hp outboard?

...why 2 stroke over 4?
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-06-2014, 10:06
Replies: 69
Views: 109,640
Posted By Brian T
Re: Best 6hp outboard?

Yeah I live aboard, and with a dog, so we use it every day. And cruise full time, and without a slip after the next couple months... Thinking I'm not willing to deal with the propane/ethanol fuels ...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 06-06-2014, 08:43
Replies: 69
Views: 109,640
Posted By Brian T
Best 6hp outboard?

Hi all,
Any thoughts on what is currently the best outboard in the 6 hp range? I'm gonna use it for inflatable tender, as well as auxiliary motor on the 34' cat... Any thoughts about which brand is...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 15-04-2014, 10:55
Replies: 607
Views: 68,320
Posted By Brian T
Re: Rebel Heart's Contribution to the Cruising Community

Yeah the loss of steering is something that I've contemplated... It does seem to often be the cause of abandonment. I have thought to myself in the past that I would have a really hard time leaving...
Forum: Our Community 28-03-2014, 20:19
Replies: 8
Views: 1,761
Posted By Brian T
Re: Wanted: Some happy boat insurance stories

I agree with the idea to get a good insurance broker that can find a plan that caters to your trip... I've had a great experience with Anthony Ballinger! He finds the plan that's right for you and is...
Forum: The Sailor's Confessional 25-03-2014, 02:54
Replies: 122
Views: 11,094
Posted By Brian T
Re: Anyone Else Tired of Winter?

...I chose an AWESOME first winter to live aboard ;)78062
Forum: Navigation 22-03-2014, 03:07
Replies: 10
Views: 1,966
Posted By Brian T
Re: Receiving weather data at sea

...yeah and Serius is a bit of a dodgy company in general. I've had them on and off in my jeep for a few years, and the company has pissed me off A FEW times by playing games with my bill. Since they...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 17-03-2014, 18:31
Replies: 20
Views: 2,994
Posted By Brian T
Re: Solar panel efficiency

Solbian panels advertise 22.5% efficiency...
Forum: Fishing, Recreation & Fun 15-03-2014, 14:21
Replies: 2
Views: 936
Posted By Brian T
Re: Next Volvo Ocean Race?

...Wow, I guess I'm talking to the wrong crowd!
Forum: Fishing, Recreation & Fun 12-03-2014, 09:44
Replies: 2
Views: 936
Posted By Brian T
Next Volvo Ocean Race?

Hi All,

It looks to me like there are only five teams announced for this next Volvo Ocean Race, set to begin in Oct of this year... and Puma is not one of them ;(
Does anybody know how many...
Forum: Cruising News & Events 24-09-2013, 11:46
Replies: 3
Views: 6,497
Posted By Brian T
Re: Fate of S/V Cha Cha

Wow! ...I guess someone got a hell of a deal! Anybody ever hear what happened to the PO? (Richard Littauer)
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