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Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 02-16-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 830
Posted By TDunn
Go with the suits, but buy the ice rescue suits. ...

Go with the suits, but buy the ice rescue suits. They are much easier to put on than the gumby type suits and provide almost the same protection. Then think about a raft if you still want more...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,406
Posted By TDunn
I find it entertaining.

I find it entertaining.
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 567
Posted By TDunn
You made a mistake in your spread sheet. Your...

You made a mistake in your spread sheet. Your last column divides speed made good against current by the 1800 rpm fuel consumption for all speeds. The final column should be:

2.4
2.4
2.32...
Forum: General Maintenance 02-12-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 655
Posted By TDunn
As others have said, Cyanoacrylate, CA, super...

As others have said, Cyanoacrylate, CA, super glue works very well for wood and will do the job. The thickened varieties take a bit longer to set (say 30 seconds for the thickest). High end...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By TDunn
Burnt Coat is a nice harbor. You can usually tie...

Burnt Coat is a nice harbor. You can usually tie your dinghy up at the lobster coop to go ashore (except from about 1 to 4 PM). It is a nice walk up to the light house. Take any mooring with a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By TDunn
The print version of Tafts is kind of dated, so...

The print version of Tafts is kind of dated, so don't trust it explicitly.
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By TDunn
That will be much more of an issue down south. ...

That will be much more of an issue down south. In the part of Maine where I boat there are few marinas and I have never seen the Maine Patrol stop a pleasure boat. In my town a lot of the boats are...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By TDunn
In most of Maine there is little or no...

In most of Maine there is little or no enforcement of registration/documentation. There are also many documented boats so unless the harbor master in Rockland is enforcing the letter of the law you...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By TDunn
I will post a few thoughts based on cruising in...

I will post a few thoughts based on cruising in Maine for the last 22 years. I live on and boat out of Mount Desert Island.

There are many many destinations that are an easy day cruise from...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 622
Posted By TDunn
Here in Maine we tend to use granite block...

Here in Maine we tend to use granite block moorings. Mine is a 3,500 lb granite block with 30' of 1-1/4" bottom chain then 40' of 5/8" chain up to the mooring ball. I have a 25' long 1" mooring...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 02-07-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,001
Posted By TDunn
The one time my engine failed (due to a corroded...

The one time my engine failed (due to a corroded through exhaust riser fitting), I jury rigged using aluminum foil and stainless wire to give me 4-5 minutes for the final approach to the marina. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,633
Posted By TDunn
Well since I cruise in the "beyonds of Maine" I...

Well since I cruise in the "beyonds of Maine" I have to say that your are almost never out of sight of a lobster boat and a VHF call for help will bring one within 5 minutes 99+% of the time. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 622
Posted By TDunn
There is a 150 footer that hangs on a mooring...

There is a 150 footer that hangs on a mooring near my mooring. You can moor pretty much anything if there is swing room.
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 648
Posted By TDunn
As others have said, the required wire size is a...

As others have said, the required wire size is a function of the current, length of the wiring run, voltage and the acceptable voltage drop over the length of the wires. The formula for calculating...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 02-04-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,693
Posted By TDunn
I have a plow anchor on my anchor roller and a...

I have a plow anchor on my anchor roller and a Danforth in a locker. The only time the danforth has ever been wet was once when I put it on deck, just in case and it rained.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 02-03-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,693
Posted By TDunn
I have always taken the position that you only...

I have always taken the position that you only need one anchor, but it has to be the right anchor. For my cruising grounds I have found that a Delta works very well.
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,554
Posted By TDunn
Wide open throttle is 3,000 rpms. On flat water...

Wide open throttle is 3,000 rpms. On flat water that gives 9.1 knots. Hull speed is 7.6 knots. I like to cruise at 7 knots (2,000 rpms), but my wife prefers that I back off to 1,500 which gives...
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,406
Posted By TDunn
An electric trawler is possible now. You could...

An electric trawler is possible now. You could quite easily build one using existing tech that could cruise for 12 hours at trawler speeds. However, I see several major downsides. First is the...
Forum: Power Systems 01-10-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By TDunn
I hired a boom truck. They physically put the...

I hired a boom truck. They physically put the engine into the cockpit. From there I built a double A-frame lifting dolly on casters and lifted the engine with a chain hoist. Then I rolled it into...
Forum: General Discussion 01-08-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 907
Posted By TDunn
I always open all my seacocks for haulout. Of...

I always open all my seacocks for haulout. Of course I only haul out for the Winter and want the systems to be dry so water will not freeze in them.
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,238
Posted By TDunn
1/2 gal per hour at 6.5 knots is not real for a...

1/2 gal per hour at 6.5 knots is not real for a Nordic 32 at 6.5 knots. My 32'8" boat which displaces about 9,500 lbs and has a full displacement hull burns about 0.6 gph at 6.5 knots. There is...
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 12-26-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,812
Posted By TDunn
I just checked my log book for my last oil...

I just checked my log book for my last oil change. It did take over an hour. In fact I was aboard the boat for 2 hours 25 minutes. Of course, that time included the hour and a half run I did on...
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 12-23-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,812
Posted By TDunn
Wow, I see some outrageous charges for an oil...

Wow, I see some outrageous charges for an oil change here. I do mine myself. I have an oil change pump mounted on a 5 gallon bucket. I run the engine to warm it up, shut down, connect the pump to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2017, 06:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,139
Posted By TDunn
I have plenty of time to use my boats whenever I...

I have plenty of time to use my boats whenever I want, but other issues kept me from using them as I wanted last summer. First the radar on my sailboat failed during the first week of the season. ...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 12-12-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 851
Posted By TDunn
I have had a P12000 for about 10 years. You can...

I have had a P12000 for about 10 years. You can mount it any where. The only part of the entire unit that gets too hot to touch is the glass in the door. The sides of the heater are cool to the...
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