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Occasionally I'm asked what it was like, and the long answer is here, as a PDF (Adobe Reader permits rotating the text so it can be read).
I was writing a biography of Ted Turner that year and signed on as main sheet trimmer (a job I was to be periodically fired from, then promoted back to, then fired from again, in accord with Ted's motivational methods). Although 'Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way" is
Updated Yesterday at 02:26 PM by Christian Williams
Last spring the old tiller was looking like it had made its last bar crossing. On further inspection it should have been put on a retirement plan several years ago.
I looked at the usual replacements online but for the price of a new laminated tiller I decided id rather laminate my own. I looked at my options for wood (I work at a lumber yard with a hardwoods section) and decided id just make out of solid hardwood. Teak is $40 a board foot so i decided on purple heart. It has similar
Updated 03-05-2014 at 12:31 PM by Shelman
Last season an old corrosion crack in the stem fitting on my 1971 Ericson 35 let go causing the roller furler to come flying back towards our heads.
The mast came crashing down demolishing nearly everything but the padlock for the companionway hatchboards.
The traveller track ripped off, along with the bow pulpit base, lifelines, port lower chainplate,
Updated 02-24-2014 at 12:21 AM by RogerK
I have decided to add a few details about the modifications and additions i have made in the last few years. I hope i can give back a pinch of the insight and knowledge i have received here. pictures and explanations to follow. (hopefully soon)
boat upgrades to date feb 2014.
420 AH led acid house bank.
Battery watering system
ACR global fix pro 406 MHz EPIRB
battery monitor (thanks to compass marine how to articles)
GPS chart plotter integrated with AIS
Symptom: Water in the bilge after returning to slip. Bilge is normally dry.
Cause: Rudder packing gland/rudder tube/frozen lower grease fitting.
There should not be much water in the bilge of a fiberglass boat. I figure that with a dripless shaft seal, there shouldn't be any at all. But there it was. Sometimes it rose to the level of the automatic bilge pump intake, which begs a disturbing question: is the pump the only thing keeping you afloat? Is a seacock falling apart? Are
Updated 03-04-2014 at 12:31 PM by Christian Williams