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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Can anyone come up with a better way to summarize 246 pages devoted to our hero.
  2. Jumentos/Ragged Islands, Bahamas

    They have spread East and South through the Antilles. I see lots in Grenada and the dive operations are all organising lionfish hunts. In some cases the rules on spearguns are relaxed providing the target is lionfish only. Mind you they tend to sit there looking at you and are not the least gunshy so Hawaiian slings and pole spears are effective.
  3. Reviving an outboard

    Nope Check to see if there oil on floor where the OB was stored. If none try starting it. IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT.
  4. Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor

    Tohatsu 2.5 3.3 3.5 2 strokes plus the rebadged variants are the most commonly used small outboard in the cruising community in the Eastern Carib. Used every day they are very reliable. However put one away with a carb full of fuel and you can expect to clean the carb 2 or 3 times before it will run reliably. Even running the carb dry is not a guarantee of normal service when you use it again. Fuel containing ethanol makes it worse. Mine was 10 years old when I got it. It had been unused for a year. Once I got the crap out of the carb it was 100% reliable.
  5. Barnacle Removal

    I cruise in the Eastern Carib and some anchorages are notorious for barnacles. Unfortunately one of my favorites has barnacles. To keep on top of the problem I use an 8 inch wide scraper mounted on a 8 ft pole. Working from the surface wearing snorkel gear I can do both sides of my 44 ft monohull in an hour. I need to do this every month or so. Removing the barnacles when they are small is good. The small white foot that remains can be pressure washed off. Let the barnacle grow and it had to be chiseled off. I am not sure if this is universal but this year I did have a healthy crop of larger barnacles when it came around to haulout it was noticeable that the white feet were easier to remove after 5 days out of the water.
  6. Bareboat charter in 2nd week of May

    Have you checked on Spirit air. BVI is MUCH better than Pensecola.
  7. Volcano warning

    Kick em Jenny has been rumbling on and off for many many years. The magma flow is significant but AFAIK nothing is showing at the surface. The volcano is about 1300m high and 300m wide at its summit, which is currently thought to be about 180m below the surface of the sea. I transit this area on a regular basis and stick close to Isle de Rond.
  8. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Hey how about this. It just came into Deep Bay Antigua. Seriously square.
  9. Show your boat sailing thread

    My New Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44. On passage from the Tobago Cays to Bequia. It was a light wind day for the Eastern Carib so I had full sail up. 7.5 to 8 knots.
  10. Singlehanding a 44' cruiser?

    I am 70 and single hand a 44 ft cutter out in the Eastern Carib. I love my cutter rig and tend to sail with a single reef in the main with a full staysail, then playing the roller furling genoa as conditions change. The spi does not see much use and I might fit a code zero on a furler sometime. The pic shows a rare full sail day and we were doing 7.5 to 8 knots. Get a reliable autopilot, an electric anchor windlass and a roller furling genoa. A roller furling staysail would be nice. I am anti in mast furling and love my full batten main with lazyjacks.
  11. Does anyone know who makes this or made it in the past or where I can get similar? It is threaded internally for a 1/2 inch Norseman fitting UNF ? The eye is 5/8th
  12. I get stuck in Dominica with minimal text only internet access for ten days and this happens. The important question no one has asked is " WHAT ABOUT THE CHICKEN"
  13. Perkins 4.154 starter question

    Thank you for the link. That does reassure me that geared is OK. Interestingly the geared ones on offer are cheaper than the non geared original.
  14. My Perkins starter motor is poorly with some corrosion on the front of the shaft preventing the engagement of the small gear when the solenoid is engaged. I am hoping to get it put back into action but would like to buy a new one and keep the old one as a spare.When I search for a replacement on the internet I keep finding what I think is a smaller geared starter motor.I had not seen such a thing before. Does anyone have any views on the use of geared motors as starter motors. My current starter looks like this and the new ones on offer look like this.
  15. Managing epoxy cure times

    West system do an extra slow hardener 209 see http://westsysteminternational.com/en/hardeners/west-system-209-extra-slow-hardener Really useful when working in the summer months in the tropics. I only would mix enough for the current work and would discard any left over rather than going the fridge route and I learned to measure by weight using a cheap electronic scale. Learn to use peel ply. It is magic at giving a pro look to inside work. See Youtube vids for guides. eg https://youtu.be/3cTrKlzK0rw Here is one of the jobs where extra slow hardener will useful. 28c here just now, more in the sun. [Martinique]