Jim in Halifax

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  1. Jim in Halifax

    Diesel Bug and Marine 16 treatment - is it working?

    My last boat had a nice, separate shower stall with a seat and shower curtain, next to the WC. In the 18 years we had the boat, we might have used the shower twenty times. The combination of a six gallon HW heater and 90 gallons of potable water on board did not really make for long, satisfying showers, so we'd take a marina shower if we could. Also was not a fan of adding to the damp below decks. On my present boat I am planning to install a HW heater, more than anything for doing dishes or having a sploosh in the wash basin. I think a hand shower in the cockpit would probably get more use than one down below...a quick FW rinse after a swim...a proper shower 'au naturel' in an isolated anchorage...
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    American Dumbass

    Selfish assholes who do stuff like this and get caught are definitely dumbasses. Selfish assholes who don't get caught are entitled pricks who are either smart or lucky.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Interesting choice of destroyer pictures. HMCS Margaree (1957) and HMCS Algonquin (1971). Two of our best, homegrown designs - the St. Laurent class (230 class) and the 'new tribal' or Iroquois class (280 class). The RCN is currently looking at buying its next warship design from BAE. I guess we allowed our skills to lapse...
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Nonsense! Threads at CA never drift. Good climate engineering should be able to arrange for the wind to blow from the right direction, at the right strength, obviating the need for ICE or electric propulsion...of course superpowers like the US would probably put a fix in for the next America's Cup, so I take your point
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    As is changing diesel filters and adding fuel stabilizers.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Barnacles on the hydrogenerator would be a reasonable equivalent to Dylan's dilemma...cleaning and prevention is the solution in both cases.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    No, electricity supplies suffer from other bio-fouling challenges: http://www.hydro.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Joint-HUG-and-NHA-Central-Midwest-Regional-Meeting-of-the-National-Hydro-Power-Association-May-8-2008-rev-May-6-2008.pdf Despite what aboriginal peoples would like to teach us, modern humans spend far more time at odds with nature than in harmony with it. Sailing is, for me, an opportunity to reconcile technology and nature in a harmonious juxtaposition.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Here’s an admission that will shock TL and Pano: I LOVE my diesel! I don’t just mean I love the advantages of a diesel-powered sailing auxiliary; I actually love the hunk of cast iron and all the fluids that feed it. I have owned Volvo Pentas and Yanmars over the years. The Swedish and Japanese personalities of the engineering and design of each of these diesel brands is something to know and appreciate. I spent close to year rebuilding the MD6A myself (it was seized when I bought the boat) so I knew every part of that engine intimately. I sold the boat with that engine twenty years ago and that Volvo Penta is still purring AFAIK (its been a couple of years since I spoke with the owner). My other diesels have been Yanmars and I currently have a 3GM30. My Yanmars have been absolutely reliable and dependable. Sure there have been raw water pumps to rebuild, injectors to be serviced, oils and filters to be changed – the normal maintenance required for any piece of equipment. I’m darned sure there will be bearing jobs on electric motors, the occasional stator rewind, relays, contactors and printed circuit boards to replace – there is no machine made that does not require maintenance, especially in a salt-rich, marine environment where cast iron does better than copper and solder (just sayin’). Anyway, working on my diesel gives me pleasure. Being able to maintain and repair it gives me a sense of self-reliance, much like knowing how to heave-to, take a sun shot, splice a rope, or anchor securely. And I enjoy improving things: relocating a raw water strainer for better accessibility; installing a new Racor; and adding soundproofing to the engine compartment. But most of all, I enjoy running my diesel. When the wind dies offshore and I want to make a favourite anchorage before dark, the steady purring of the diesel as the miles slip beneath the keel is as comforting as a fire in the woodstove at home. And speaking of heat, the dry warmth that creeps through the cabin on a long motor passage is welcome on a cool Nova Scotia evening. Of course, in the summer, hatches and ports are opened to remove the heat, but its still nice to be able to dry a pair of rain-soaked Topsiders in the engine compartment. Oh, and the smell? A well-maintained diesel and a clean engine compartment doesn’t smell much – if you can smell diesel fuel or motor oil, its time for maintenance. Wet Topsiders drying is another matter... I realize that not everyone will agree with my ode to Rudolf Diesel, but his invention helps to make my world more enjoyable. Apologies if I have offended any tree huggers, but I don’t want an electric boat. PS: I do care about pollution and climate change, but the world’s total contribution of greenhouse gas from sailing auxiliaries is probably less than the output of one average, hydrocarbon-fueled, power generation plant – a flea on the elephant’s back. This is just speculation – no source to cite – but I am certain it is correct within an order of magnitude.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    They sure didn't have roller furling - below decks or otherwise - when I sailed one. Topsides were bright finished mahogany. It was glued seam construction, intended to be dry sailed, but by the time I got to her, the bottom was caulked as she stayed in all summer. It was a 1959 Borresen, as I recall. I can still smell the stinkstone we used every spring to get her ready for varnish...
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    I rebuilt my wharf a couple of years ago as the stone-filled cribs had exceeded their design lifespan. The original wharf was 35 years old, built by a farmer without heavy machinery - a tribute to how they got things built. Anyway after exploring a lot of costly options, I went with piles. We left the old ballast rock where it was to prevent erosion of the beach. I would love to have stonework like that in some of the Scottish harbours. The new wharf deck is a metre higher than the old one. Sea level is definitely on the rise.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    You have a five page ignore list???!!! That's impressive.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Naw, let's take it to "Girl with Patreon account goes sailing in hot place"
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    Here we go...

    Glad you are one of the few able to be out there, doing it. Stay isolated and stay safe!
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    ^^^ This. As one of those Commie Pinko Canuks, I have seldom been a fan of US foreign policy (a good American friend said it should be call "foreign expediency") but I am a realist and realize someone has to wield 'the big stick'. But more to the point: Ajax is 110% correct when he admonishes Two Legs and says to blame the politicians, not the enlisted man. I think this is absolutely fair in first world countries not subject to military juntas.The man in uniform has to follow the orders that come down the chain of command that ultimately originates from a civilian power. If you are going to talk My Lai, that shit is the realm of war crime, not soldiers doing their sworn duty. I know this is Sailing Anarchy but this shit really belongs in PA. So back to babes cruising and panhandling in hot places please!
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    You glib reply is not cool. If you had bothered to watch/listen, the guy was a rescue swimmer, not a combat operative. Regardless, PTSD is like most mental illness - treatment and research is woefully underfunded. PTSD is life-threatening and suicide rates are unacceptably high. You may be a confirmed pacifist, but at least acknowledge that even your unarmed Irish Garda or the fire brigade or any other first responders are not safe from PTSD.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    That may have been the way you framed the original post but the discussion has become IF you can have a clean, diesel-free sailboat without losing all the advantages of ICE auxiliary power. The answer for me, who burns 40 or 50 gallons of diesel in an average cruisng year, is NOT AT PRESENT.
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    Cruising in the Caribbean During Covid

    Best advice for the next six months is "Stay the fuck home!" You will note by my handle and signature that I am NOT in the Caribbean. I do feel for the legitimate liveaboards who are stuck anywhere during this pandemic, but no sympathy for those who blissfully put themselves in harm's way...
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    Home Ports: Dreams and Nightmares

    I think the east coast of Canada has a helluva lot cheaper real estate than the wet coast...whether that necessarily translates into " Cost-of-living not hellacious" I don't know. Some of the 'islands' on the east coast are big enough to qualify as provinces and some of the mainland is geographically closer to an island...
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    Winter is icumin in

    FIFM Fuck. Oldtimers disease is getting worse.
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    Winter is icumin in

    Where I take the dog for her walk, there is a sandy bar that joins an island to my road for a couple of hours at low tide. When the timing is right, we cross the bar and head to the island for some off-leash time. Heading across the sand a couple of days ago, we encountered a young lady (young enough to be my daughter) coming out of the water in a two-piece, à la Ursula Andress in Canonball..."What IS the water temperature?" asks I, trying hard to maintain eye contact. "About 7C" she replies. "It is my New Year's resolution to swim in the ocean every day this month". Since this encounter, I have been avoiding the sandbar at low tide. The thought of it makes me ache in more ways than one...
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    Winter is icumin in

    What's the water temperature in the Salish Sea this time of year? Didn't fancy a polar bear dip?
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    Camona Island - Utsalady Mooring Buoys

    Blended...maybe. (at least in a country like mine that puts significant sin-tax on alcohol)
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    Camona Island - Utsalady Mooring Buoys

    Pretty sure if no one is on a mooring its fair game to pick it up at your own risk...yachtsman code. If its a rental mooring and no one stops by to collect the fee or there is nothing on the mooring to indicate payment arrangements...again fair game. Does anyone really care this time of year?
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    Day tanks - who’s got one, how did you set it up?

    I think it depends on the type and size of diesel. On a couple of 3-cylinder Yanmars I have owned, the manufacturer loops the fuel return back to the on-engine fuel filter...obviously heat is not an issue. If the injector and combustion design is such that excess fuel is providing a lot of cooling then, yes, a cooler or return to the main tank is probably required. Easy to measure the temperature rise over time in a day tank to determine what, if any cooling is required.
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    Windvane steering explained - various types, with 3D animation

    Chacun à son goût (to each his own). I like the idea of a mechanical device that will steer the boat 24/7 for weeks on end, silently and without consuming a single electron. A well designed and properly installed windvane will function for thousands of sea miles without major maintenance and spare parts are not generally recommended or required. In fifteen years of sailing with a Cape Horn, I replaced exactly two Delrin bushings (amazingly, they were supplied free of charge!). The Cape Horn is roughly twice the price of a Raymarine Evolution system. The Evolution is guaranteed for two years, with exclusions (drive belts, water damage, etc.). The Cape Horn units are unconditionally guaranteed for one circumnavigation, 28,000 miles or four years. I'm pretty sure that a windvane will outlast an autopilot by at least two-to-one, making the economic argument a wash. EDIT: That said, my blue water sailing days are probably over and with my present boat better suited to coastal cruising, I will probably buy a new autopilot when I get fed up tinkering with the ST4000+ that came with the boat. Horses for courses.