Jim in Halifax

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    Wind. Water. Staying on top of both.

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  1. Jim in Halifax

    Show your boat not sailing

    Nice boat. Friends had one and loved it. Basically the little brother of the Niagara 35.
  2. Jim in Halifax

    Show your boat not sailing

    Niagara 35?
  3. Jim in Halifax

    so who's heading to the caribbean this winter?

    Because when you are in BVI territorial waters, they are responsible for your rescue, salvage, etc, should you get in trouble, under the terms of the SOLAS treaty and you would be putting their SAR people at risk. Enforcement has risks too, but sometimes making an example is worth the risk. There is no way the hospital in Road Town could cope with a Covid outbreak. And as to making a little windfall on agents' fees...who can blame them? They have had some rough years recently between weather and this virus. And yes, there are Canadian Dumbasses too; America does not have a monopoly on morons.
  4. Jim in Halifax

    Electric windlass recommendations? 33’ boat

    4 aught (0000) wire is huge - 0.46" or 11.7mm conductor diameter (not including insulation). On my previous boat I had a Simpson Lawrence Horizon 1500 that drew 85 amps at recovery load. The suggested wiring for a 60' wire run (30' there, 30' back on a 37' boat) was AWG 2* (0.257" or 6.5mm conductor diameter). In the bow, under deck, I had a waterproof junction box with glands that supported the heavy wires. The wires from the j-box to the windless were #8 as I recall. Very occasionally I would trip the breaker if I was really hauling hard - the windless was capable of 1800 lbs pull - but the wires never even got warm, so the breaker was just doing its job. For my current boat I am contemplating a much smaller installation similar to that described by Ish above. You really have to think of a windlass as a complete system. *according to ABYC E-11, a windlass is a non-critical load and up to 10% voltage drop is acceptable (things like nav lights and electronics are critical loads).
  5. Jim in Halifax

    My season just ended, and...

    I am amazed she doesn't wear Kevlar gloves!
  6. Jim in Halifax

    so who's heading to the caribbean this winter?

    The fuckwits are the people not respecting the BVI's decision to shut out travellers to protect their country's limited medical resources from being overwhelmed by the virus. Good on 'em for impounding and fining these inconsiderate assholes. Maybe this belongs in the American Dumbass thread.
  7. Jim in Halifax

    Show your boat not sailing

    Insurers around here would be more concerned if the cradles were not blocked to permit proper draining of decks and cockpits, resulting in freezing and water damage to the boat... leveling the cradle on blocks, or sitting the keel on blocks if using boat stands, is standard operating procedure in my part of the world.
  8. Jim in Halifax

    Show your boat not sailing

    As mentioned above, it allows the hydraulic trailer to 'escape' after placing the boat. Using hydraulic trailers lets the marina operator store the boats much closer together than would be possible when placing the boats with the Travelift. More importantly, blocking allows leveling the cradle on uneven ground and permits adjusting the boat's 'bow up' or 'bow down' trim so the cockpit drains properly. Some places 'skid' the cradles around the yard with a tractor; this is the only way to eliminate the blocks that I am aware of.
  9. Jim in Halifax

    Trangia v Origo v Maxie -3 Metho stoves v 1.5 pints of water

    Nope. The original Origo Cook Pal stove had a hole that went right through the middle, top to bottom (like a donut), so you could not "fill them by pouring in the center". And they had a metal cover, not neoprene, that was used to put out the flame as well as slow down the evaporation. As I recall, the draught/heat control was on the bottom, closing off the hole on the underside of the fuel canister. The only way to fuel them was to remove the canister and use a small funnel:
  10. Jim in Halifax

    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Beat me to it. But that may well be 'excessive fettling' for Dylan; it sounds like like he plans to agitate, filter, and burn the dross out...
  11. Jim in Halifax

    Trangia v Origo v Maxie -3 Metho stoves v 1.5 pints of water

    ^^^ This! My latest boat came with a recent 2 burner Origo and I am loving the simplicity. My last boat had a kero stove w/oven and I still have one in the garage. Kero worked fine, but there is a steep learning curve and more frequent maintenance. The Origo is so easy to fill and use. Only LPG would be easier, but retrofitting a boat for a safe gas system is expensive and involved. Waiting 8 minutes for coffee (Dylan's test figure) is not a hardship.
  12. Jim in Halifax

    Trangia v Origo v Maxie -3 Metho stoves v 1.5 pints of water

    That's definitely the 2nd generation Origo canister. I remember the kind Midday describes from my first stove - awkward filling with a small funnel. The centre hole went straight through the canister and acted as a sort of chimney for the vapour during combustion.
  13. Jim in Halifax

    American Dumbass

    Ajax, you're just a sensitive, polite individual. HTFU. Or c'mon up here and we'll make you an honourary Canadian. Honestly, I like Maine and I like Texas and I have good friends in both places. Don't know the DelMarVa area very well, but the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake reminded me of the Maritimes. There are dumbasses everywhere. I'm not sure Texas has more per capita than Nova Scotia...its just that Texans seem to stand out.
  14. Jim in Halifax

    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    The ones on the fuel pump on the engine are called banjo fittings (sort of make you hungry doesn't it Dylan?). Not sure what you call a threaded fitting using a copper washer, but they will be specified by their thread sizes - so 9/16 UNF x 1/4" NPT for example. Yours may well be metric. Its hard to guess at the sizes when ordering online; best to take them to a place that sells hydraulic and fuel fittings. I understand the frustration of working on your boat under Covid...
  15. Jim in Halifax

    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Got it I think. so its a series of threaded adaptors from the CAV to the engine? That sould be a cheap fix. Try to get one adaptor to get you straight fro the CAV to the hose, if you can - less potential for leaks. Those fittings use copper crush washers - keep a supply of them on hand as they really should not be reused. A supplier of parts for diesel trucks or farm equipment should have what you need, if you can sneak out on the ebike...but don't let Boris catch you at it ;-)