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  1. Heck, I've seen boats with so much grass growing on them, you'd need to mow the foredeck to work up there. Sadly lost many zombie-fleet photos to the photobucket apocalypse.
  2. The ultimate offset companionway!
  3. So... the blackberries are ripe. I've got purple splats all over the deck.
  4. I didn't realize that "sailboat in the water" constituted an emergency. Is there a police code for that?
  5. Re: marking hazards - I know some people who "tag" unmarked hazards with gallon milk jugs. At least the ones close to the marina channel. We get a lot of submerged deadheads that can move around... I suppose one could paint the jugs orange, but nobody seems to be that ambitious.
  6. There was a bit in the news last week about our local Ti alloy producer, or one of their sister plants. It seems they've been faking QC data - now being blamed for rocket launch failures...
  7. I'm surprised a vinyl bubble stands up to welding environment. Must be a whole different world from a stick welder. I do a lot of controlled atmosphere work, for completely different reasons. With a catalyst to scrub down traces of O2, I ca get it down to less than 0.01 ppm O2, per the meter. Other applications use a stream of gas on the bench top, but to blanket something the size of a weld bead would waste a lot of gas. It also takes a certain amount of time for O2 to desorb from surfaces. And those bottles of argon gas that used to cost $30 are up to something like $600 now! It's not actually hard to see through the bubble... until the sweat starts dripping off your nose and smudges it...
  8. A pressure test might show signs of impending failure. (You need a pressure gauge on the regulator assembly.) With all appliances off, pressurize the system by opening the tank valve and open the solenoid. Note the pressure. Shut off the tank valve. Wait 20 minutes and check the pressure. It should not have changed significantly. I'm not sure it's a trend, but those catastrophic failures appear to have happened most often on frosty mornings, when the equipment has been through a large temperature change.
  9. I use a Xantrex sniffer installed near the cabin sole, in the galley. Beyond that, I do a pressure test, and if needed a soapy-water leak test all around the tanks and regulators after every bottle change and at the start of every trip. Small leaks outside might not be very dangerous, but they will bleed off the supply, and they will not be detected by the sniffer in the bilge. Like Ajax, I re-plumbed the Xantrex kit so that the solenoid comes immediately after the tank valve. Virtually every propane kit sold in the marine market has the solenoid after the regulator. I have worked with compressed gasses (and propane) daily for more than 30 years and the regulator is definitely the weak link in the system. A whole tank can drain overnight when the diaphragm inside the regulator eventually fails. I have had this happen several times over the years, once on the boat. (Cheap consumer propane regulators fail more often than expensive specialty gas regulators, but I've had a couple of them fail too.) When I bought the boat, it had a hippy infestation had been a livaboard. A propane tank was sitting in the cockpit footwell, above a scupper. Well, not proper, but it seemed well vented. That old regulator promptly failed. I was standing in the galley and the propane quickly filled the cockpit and started spilling down the companionway. If there had been a flame going, the boat would have gone boom. The standard sniffer/solenoid combo would have had no effect whatsoever. The amount of gas that comes out of a failed regulator is massive, compared with a little seepage from a tube fitting.
  10. Really? I thought it was terrible. Just a bunch of banal talking heads. And for the record, they did not "sail" in heavy winds or any other kind. Of course, that's too harsh. It's fine as a postcard for Mom. Not so much entertainment for a general audience.
  11. If he is found, maybe something more like: Well, maybe even if he's not found. You only need to change one word.
  12. I have never seen an hour meter that lasts as long as a diesel. Got a '53 Ferguson still going strong. '65 John Deere losing compression and prolly not worth fixing.
  13. He should have arrived about 3 hours into the ebb tide. Near max current? (Don't know exactly where the datum is for those tide tables - maybe plus or minus an hour?)
  14. If the smoke sticks around it will be a bummer but maybe not 100% loss. There was a partial eclipse three years ago on an overcast day and the result was that the shape of the eclipse was projected onto the clouds. Should be even sharper, and orange, through the smoke. But it would ruin totality. In 79, I made a pinhole camera from a shoebox and a piece of foil to watch until the diamond ring formed. Then turned around and watched it. The chill, the shadows, the stars. Birds cried and fell out of the sky. I didn't try to mess around with cameras or anything. But the best photo I saw from then was a guy set up a nice landscape of The Gorge, figured out the arc the sun would pass through, and did multiple exposures, about 20 minutes apart with totality in the center of the photo. (Technically I was a tiny fraction of a pixel in there.). Google doesn't seem to bring up anything like that. Might be cool to try out a different theory with each camera that you own. But only if it doesn't distract you from the experience.