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Main Message Board / Re: Finding the waterline
« on: October 11, 2019, 01:54:24 PM »
All the best with the new boat...  last year friends at the marina with a Hylas 48, sold it and went to the "dark side" and bought a Saberline 54.  Guess what they named it......  Dark Side  :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: Universal M35B steam at 2500 rpm
« on: October 11, 2019, 01:40:55 PM »
I have the same, MkII....  run the engine all the time at 2500.  That's what I set the RPMs during motoring. 

Main Message Board / Re: Crazing and spider cracking.
« on: October 11, 2019, 11:27:20 AM »
Interesting product....  wonder how you would know if the crack is more than 6mm deep..

Main Message Board / Re: sheer stripe tape 2001 MKll
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:36:34 AM »
Not hard to do with the right finesse.  Did you ever try to apply tape in a straight line before?

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:01:12 AM »
I notice on many new boats at boat shows, that B&G instruments seem prevalent.  However I think two items gives Garmin the leg up.  First, they seem to be more intuitive in using.  But the biggest benefit recently is the fact that they bought Active Captain and all of the crowd sourcing data is now available on the Garmin units.  But I guess you would be able to access Active Captain on anything connected to the internet (via wifi or other means).  I don't have a chart plotter, so I can't comment beyond that.

Main Message Board / Re: Sons left for college, 1 year closer to retirement
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:53:20 AM »
Wow Paul, you seem to have many restrictions!  Almost as bad as me with work and weather....  Based on your tag "Britinusa" I assume 25 years in Royal Navy?  Very Cool  :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: Sons left for college, 1 year closer to retirement
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:04:46 AM »
Interested to hear what other retirees can say about the added flexibility on sailing!  Enjoyed reading Ron and Stu's comments  :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Replace DC panel circuit breaker
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:23:00 AM »
You should be able to find a 10A breaker at West Marine.  Or you can look on-line for a better price.

Main Message Board / Re: Hoisting mainsail singlehanded
« on: July 26, 2019, 05:08:36 AM »
One turn around the winch, then hand-over-hand from the cockpit.   When it's at the top, wrap halyard around self tailer, pop in the winch handle, then snug it up.  Set the clutch, remove the halyard from the winch, then put main sheet on the winch.  Fall off and away we go....

Whenever I start the engine, I always focus on the "swoosh, swoosh" sound of the water exiting the thru-hull.  It's so automatic, it's like breathing!

Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:45:11 AM »
When I spoke to the Selden rep, he explained that ball bearing blocks are not for static high load applications.  Maybe the blocks are under warranty for 10 years, but over time, they will slowly perform less and less until finally, they really aren't working properly.  After speaking with him, I realized if you look at boats OTHER THAN CATALINA, you will notice non-ball bearing blocks at the mast base.  I found that interesting.

Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:34:05 AM »
I recently changed my mast blocks for the halyards.  Bought them at the Annapolis Boat show.  When I talked to the people at the Selden booth, they said those blocks should be plain bearing blocks (not ball bearing).  Ball bearing blocks are for lines with continual movement.  Plain bearing blocks are for lines that are static for longer periods and carry high loads (like your halyards).  If you use a ball bearing block for high static loads, it will deform the bearings and the block won't run smooth.  I bought these and they work well.  Not that expensive.

Main Message Board / Re: plastic stud for in-mast furling
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:09:04 AM »
Did you try going to HD or Lowes and look at the hardware section.  They have bins of all sorts of plastic and rubber items.  Maybe you can find a plastic washer or something you can use to rig something that would work.

Main Message Board / Re: cockpit table
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:28:50 AM »
Very Nice!!  Now you have to get that drink holder to have the same incredible finish!!  :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: Removing old decals on the hull
« on: May 22, 2019, 04:11:25 AM »
Start out by 'warming' the area with a hair dryer as KW suggests.  Then use a lot of patience and your finger nail..  pick and peel, pick and peel...  eventually you'll get it all off.

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