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Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2022, 01:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 294
Posted By Jeff F
Aren't those davits typically based on the swim...

Aren't those davits typically based on the swim platform or transom and supported at the deck? What was the problem with that approach?

The top support is critical in my experience. Don't...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By Jeff F
I was thinking a bit about this and realized that...

I was thinking a bit about this and realized that there is also lost buoyancy due to the flooded tube. That is likely around 100 lbs. So the net effect is ~ 280 lbs.

Are your fuel tanks full? ...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-17-2022, 12:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Jeff F
I agree that solar shouldn't interfere with the...

I agree that solar shouldn't interfere with the alternator's ability to provide a healthy charge and manage house loads.

I'd check to see if the alternator is working. Closely monitoring the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2022, 12:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jeff F
Don't you have an inside helm station? I'd say...

Don't you have an inside helm station? I'd say the need is minimal. YMMV, but I've looped in a sistership to yours, and don't think I ever got my foul weather gear fully deployed. It's a series of...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2022, 11:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By Jeff F
Agree with TT. Ta Shing built many well known...

Agree with TT. Ta Shing built many well known sailboat brands from the mid seventies through the late 80s. They were always a well respected builder.
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 06-12-2022, 06:05 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,192
Posted By Jeff F
Some installations use two units. Seakeeper ...

Some installations use two units. Seakeeper recommends this in cases where there are space limitations for a single unit, and claim that the effects are cumulative, so a SK4 and SK2 used together...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,978
Posted By Jeff F
I'm generally with sean9c. Wasn't the...

I'm generally with sean9c.

Wasn't the Californian built in the US? It's probably not as much of a horror story as the TTs to remediate, but still a lot of work.
Forum: Fuel Check 05-31-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By Jeff F
Maybe there is a toggle switch to read between...

Maybe there is a toggle switch to read between the two tanks with a single gauge? I had that arrangement on my old Mainship.
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,634
Posted By Jeff F
Yep. Life changes. Fortunately there's a boat...

Yep. Life changes. Fortunately there's a boat for every stage!
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,143
Posted By Jeff F
I've anchored hundreds of times with no windlass...

I've anchored hundreds of times with no windlass on sailboats up to 40', and did the Loop on a Mainship 34 with no windlass, anchoring every night. It doesn't require herculean strength.
...
Forum: General Maintenance 05-19-2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By Jeff F
Ick. I'd try to flush it out, I think. That...

Ick. I'd try to flush it out, I think. That could be late 70s fluid that's now evolving...
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 05-16-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By Jeff F
Extending your existing 150' with an additional...

Extending your existing 150' with an additional 200' of rope is a viable option. That largely avoids the weight penalty.
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Jeff F
Is there any markings on the fuse? 150a...

Is there any markings on the fuse?

150a sounds reasonable. I wouldn't go bigger than that without further research.
I have a Lofrens Tigress and use a 125a breaker.
Forum: Cruising and Events - Interior Waters 05-16-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By Jeff F
Good advice to contact the canal. They're very...

Good advice to contact the canal. They're very friendly and helpful. I suspect you'll be fine.

I went through there last year - up and back - in my 4' draft boat. Apart from the canal the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,973
Posted By Jeff F
Avoid it where possible. There is a lot to be...

Avoid it where possible. There is a lot to be said for leaving Shelburne and heading for Portland.

That's the challenge that may not be apparent from looking at the charts. Both the Gaspe area...
Forum: General Discussion 05-16-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,554
Posted By Jeff F
I have a 4 person inshore raft. When I was solo...

I have a 4 person inshore raft. When I was solo cruising last year in cold water and more remote areas I added a survival suit.

After reading several threads here and trying out the suit I...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Jeff F
That's a mechanical drive unit. Very common on...

That's a mechanical drive unit. Very common on sailboats. Raymarine makes them in several sizes.

If you want both cable steering and an under-deck autopilot this seems like the best solution. ...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 05-12-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 191
Posted By Jeff F
Canadian Ports of Entry Lake Huron

I have three boat trips planned for this summer between Chicago and Canada. The first is on a 35' sailboat that's going to Port Elgin ON.

I've just come to realize that there are only two open...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 05-12-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By Jeff F
I'm leaving Chicago June 3 or so, heading for...

I'm leaving Chicago June 3 or so, heading for Lake Huron via the eastern shore. It's usually a nice time of year. I traveled the WI side in sailboats 30+ years ago, and have fond memories of...
Forum: Trailerable or Pocket Trawlers 05-03-2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,327
Posted By Jeff F
Yes, that's all true. I suspect it's entirely...

Yes, that's all true. I suspect it's entirely foreign to the European experience.

If this doesn't sound appealing then make it your last leg, or skip it entirely. You don't have to do it unless...
Forum: Cruising and Events - Interior Waters 05-03-2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,964
Posted By Jeff F
They might be entertained. Or they might...

They might be entertained. Or they might threaten to seize the boat and ban you from entering the country ever again. The rule is clear, and violation is a serious offence.
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 05-03-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,354
Posted By Jeff F
Lots of good suggestions and comments. I have a...

Lots of good suggestions and comments. I have a rope tether on the end of the chain rode that allows it to be easily cut loose when it's fully out. That seems prudent to me rather than relying on a...
Forum: Trailerable or Pocket Trawlers 05-01-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,327
Posted By Jeff F
Welcome. I'd suggest joining the AGLCA if you...

Welcome. I'd suggest joining the AGLCA if you haven't already.

I've done the Loop in both directions, and also both eastern routes. It sounds like you have the experience and boat capabilities...
Forum: Financial Matters and Red Tape 04-29-2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,117
Posted By Jeff F
I think you'll be hurting your chances of getting...

I think you'll be hurting your chances of getting the best deal if those are the terms presented to a prospective buyer.

Are you going to allow sea trials before an offer? Allow someone who isn't...
Forum: Power Systems 04-29-2022, 02:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,313
Posted By Jeff F
Heat kills alternators, and 150 amps is bigger...

Heat kills alternators, and 150 amps is bigger than OEM. Do you have an external regulator that limits alternator temperature?
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