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In Topic: WTB Foul Weather Gear for Kids

28 July 2014 - 04:24 AM

REI has great breathable foulies for kids under their brand name.   West Marine sells the PVC stuff that isn't too bad either.  I have purchased sets from both places.


Pic of the West Marine stuff getting the full Alaska test on a 5 year old.  3 years later and it is still the goto gear for real rain.

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In Topic: F150 5.4 issue

21 July 2014 - 03:26 AM

I've blown two out of my 5.4.  Repaired both in minutes with the Dorman kit for $31 on Amazon.com.  It basically just cuts itself into the stripped out hole.  A different style spark plug with a shorter boot for the coil goes in and thats it.  I'm figuring its as close to a permanent repair as I'll ever get, and as a bonus it doesn't bugger up the head in case you ever want to get one of those time-sert kits.   Seriously, it works.  Actually getting a little better MPG as of late for whatever reason.  13.5 MPG!! Woo Hoo!




http://www.amazon.co...iton dorman kit

In Topic: Power- Sail collision in Seattle, very sad

20 July 2014 - 03:03 AM

I can't recall how many times I've wondered if the asshole going 30 knots sees me.  The most memorable was coming home late in a 16 footer, under power and showing proper lights.  A powerboat came up on me so fast that I didn't even have my flashlight in hand before he swerved to avoid collision.  That could easily been it for me.  Many similar episodes in every sequentially larger boat I have operated.

Seriously considering getting some white flares.

And diametrically opposed to my political point of views, but graduated licensing based on horsepower might do something useful.  

In Topic: Hobie 16 Mast over-rotation

09 July 2014 - 03:44 AM

Look for wear on the step and the base. It is common for both of these to wear out. Replace one or both depending on where you see wear. Be sure to buy a couple bearings (teflon chips) and have fun!


PS-I used to sell Hobie Cats, so I have done this project numerous times. 

It may not be a "best practice", but when teflon chips are unavailable, a quarter works well in a pinch.

Never heard that before!  We always used milk jugs, but I've also found the polypropylene water bottles (that West Marine gives away sometimes) to be extremely useful.  Used them for winch base dielectric pads on my mast years ago and they are still going strong!

In Topic: Cabin Paint Suggestions?

08 July 2014 - 05:38 AM

By far the best acrylic I have found for boats is Diamondhard Acrylic Enamel by Majic paint.  That said, I've had some difficulty painting over old oil base.  A good prime with Kilz helps but not required.