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Deck winches are easy to take for granted until, when trimming the big genoa in 20 knots, the drum loses its grip and you're holding a runaway winch handle by the tail.
Possibly I am not the only one who put off the obvious and elementary task of annual winch service. They seem so sturdy, etc. Tough as nails, etc. Always there for you, and so on. Rather like a well behaved child who you make sleep in the yard, or a dog who runs after your car till you're out of sight, or the bottle
Updated 11-17-2014 at 04:40 PM by Christian Williams
Cruise of Thelonious, Los Angeles to Hawaii and return. Twenty days out, 28 back.
Updated 10-10-2014 at 01:11 PM by Christian Williams
Interactive chart link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...k.ktYmkzLT_ZnA
This summer's 6,000-mile cruise to Kaua'i gives an insight into wear and tear on a boat over time. I was 48 days at sea--20 out, 28 for the return--sailing 24 hours a day, half of it in winds of 20 knots plus. For me, a realistic typical year's sailing is maybe 20 days at four hours a day, or 80 sailing hours. The cruise put on more
Updated 11-10-2014 at 09:24 PM by Christian Williams
Demonstration of the 2014 "Sailomat 800"self-steering vane during a 6,000-mile transit LA-Hawaii-LA.
Updated 10-29-2014 at 04:23 PM by Christian Williams
I just spent some tedious hours changing out the old ATF in our '88 Hurth model 50 trans. The top where the fill/dip stick fitting lives is visible only when both bolts that hold the heat exchanger are removed and the HE is moved slightly to one side. Then I can get a 17 mm socket with an extension on it and use a short handle ("stubby" ratchet to turn it. Luckily the original alum. washer stays on it - pressed on just at the top of the threads, looks like.
The drain plug
Updated 09-18-2014 at 01:26 AM by Loren Beach