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    Loren Beach

    Hurth 17 mm Drain Plug washer

    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...

    Loren Beach 09-04-2014 11:45 AM
    Gregoryulrich

    The Mighty Tillermaster Autopilot On A Budget

    Among the items the prior owner of my first sailboat left for me when I bought it was an amazing little auto steering device called a Tillermaster. Over 10,000 of these grey, boxy little...

    Gregoryulrich 07-18-2014 03:31 PM
    Christian Williams

    Off to Hawaii

    Tomorrow I depart Marina del Rey for Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii. I am sailing solo, and looking for a passage of 22-25 days--or better, of course. The GC course is 2200NM, or 2500 statute miles.
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    Christian Williams 07-01-2014 12:54 AM
    Loren Beach

    Carrying More Diesel

    I note that another blog here has illustrated a much nicer way to carry more diesel than my, um, traditional one -- light lines and lots of knots!
    Still, we did use a "rattle syphon" to move...

    Loren Beach 06-21-2014 11:00 PM
    Christian Williams

    Fuel Jugs, Bookshelf, Tell-Tale Compass

    Fuel jugs appear on deck when a cruiser needs the option to motor past his tank capacity. For the 32-3, that's 22 gallons, or 200 miles. The four 5-gallon containers shown roughly double the...

    Christian Williams 06-18-2014 08:21 PM
    Christian Williams

    Flotation for the Dinghy

    A good dinghy needs to serve many masters. I have no inflatable or outboard. No emergency life raft, either. So my 60-pound mahogany plywood Eastport pram needs to be a jack of all trades--sailboat,...

    Christian Williams 06-18-2014 01:10 PM
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