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    Christian Williams

    Offshore with the 2014 Sailomat Wind Vane--Video


    Demonstration of the 2014 "Sailomat 800"self-steering vane during a 6,000-mile transit LA-Hawaii-LA.

    Christian Williams 09-17-2014 02:00 PM
    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

    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.

    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
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  • Recent Forum Posts

    Keith Parcells

    Source for Wire

    Does anyone have experience with this vendor?


    Their prices seem very good. Are their materials

    Keith Parcells Today, 01:32 AM Go to last post

    Cleaned Up

    I got the stuff box cleaned up and re packed.

    geoatk Yesterday, 10:38 PM Go to last post

    Diesel advice needed

    All good input. Next week I am going to just rewire the glo plugs. I rewired most of the boat two years ago including the starter circuit but I didn't

    lnill Yesterday, 06:45 PM Go to last post

    Sailing Sydney

    Well as I understand it they support the boat by taking tourists like me for an afternoon sail - so anyone with $120 can go. But if anyone is interested,

    u079721 Yesterday, 06:14 PM Go to last post
    Ryan L

    38-200 watermaker installation

    Thank you, those are useful tips!

    Ryan L Yesterday, 04:11 PM Go to last post

    Diesel advice needed

    Another thing to look at... A diesel will also belch white smoke if running lean. the injection pump is usually gear driven and precisely aligned with

    exoduse35 Yesterday, 02:11 PM Go to last post

    Coupler is totally rotted too.

    I think I am going to replace my coupler too. I am hoping I can cut 2 slots in it and the split it with a chisel. Not sure how I am going to get the bolts

    geoatk Yesterday, 09:59 AM Go to last post

    Packing Gland

    Looks like you might have just enough room with a hooked pick to pull out old packing but looking at the condition of things in those pics I would consider

    blueox Yesterday, 05:54 AM Go to last post

    Dodger Design ponderings

    This was a great dodger. It took a beating, and many of the twist connectors broke. So, I'm still in the middle of replacing it, but will reuse the

    CTOlsen Yesterday, 02:04 AM Go to last post