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  1. This might work for your needs (or not): For years I have used a bicycle pump to inflate automobile tires. I have a compressor in my shop, but it is often easier to grab the bicycle pump and add air. For my full-size (F150) truck tires it takes about 10 strokes to increase the pressure one PSI; car tires take fewer strokes. I have not pumped a tire to 60 PSI, but I think a good bike pump could handle it. Yes, it takes time and it's a work out. If you go this route get a decent vertical pump. The scissor-type/foot powered ones are horrible at volume and they tend to bend/break quickly. Sn
  2. Laurent I did exactly this on my 20 foot ply/fiberglass boat. I carefully routed a thin strip of ply from both surfaces of the chine so my FG tape laid flush. After the tape was set I had to smooth some portions of the tape with a bit of thickened epoxy. Then I laid 6 oz. glass over everything. Fourteen years later I view the effort (and it was a fair amount of work, as compared to just taping and slapping the 6 oz. cloth on top) as worthwhile. The chines are smooth. Why did I bother? On my previous boat (a 15 foot ply/FG dingy), I had laid the tape on top of the plywood/ chines. Whe
  3. I bought the 1979 KZ650 from a motorcycle dragracer when I was finishing college. It was debadged with custom paint, had a Kerker pipe which give it the perfect rasp, an almost-flat handlebar, and disc brakes F and R. Had a kick starter. The seller gave me a second bike (a 1978 KZ650) as a parts bike, so I always had spares for mine. In my young eye the KZ650 looked like a cafe racer that hadn't been completely stripped of fenders. I rode that bike ALL over the place because I was ka-bonkers for motorcycles and I rode all time. Rode from Cincinnati to Boston one year, went to bike week in Laco
  4. This seems like a reasonable solution. I recall my old KZ650 had a magnetic flywheel and a regulator. The regulator was later stolen by a scoundrel in the night, but was quickly replaced from my stockpile of spare KZ650 parts. Please report back about what you got and how well it worked. Very interested in this.
  5. I learned a lot by reading this thread on Sailnet, in which the OP resists reasonable explanations and argues, but smart people persist in explaining their situation to them. In particular I found post #14 (from "Scarph") helpful for my primitive understanding of electron herding with non-alternators. Because our Tohatsu's don't have alternators with electromagnets, we cannot throttle or regulate their output with an automotive/alternator voltage regulator. Not sure what you can do. I use 80w of solar for the bulk of battery charging on my boat. https://www.sailnet.com/threads/small-out
  6. Mizzmo I have a 2007 6hp Tohatsu (4 stroke) with a similar, magneto coil charging system. I just spent an afternoon running mine in a tank (*cough* trash can full o' water* cough*) and logging battery voltage and amps. With a healthy, charged 12v LA battery, I have seen the voltage slowly creep up into the high 14v range, but I have to run the outboard for hours to get there. But when I hooked a badly discharged, old LA motorcycle battery to my OB, the volts immediately rose above 14v, and up to 20v. I suspect that a battery with low internal resistance cannot restrain the increases in vo
  7. Buy the tug but insist they include this book. First pages make you want a tug. Rest of book makes you never want to step foot on a tug. Not a lot of Mowat humor like his other books but a few funny stories.
  8. Not clear if your friend is looking at a boat with clear wood spars or if they are painted. My answer may or may not suit their desires. So... avoid varnished or clear-coat (Cetol) spars. The booms and mizzen mast on my boat are varnished and a pain for upkeep. I periodically strip the varnish. Sometimes strip portions of the spars or mizzen mast to bare wood, reapply epoxy, let it cure for days, then reapply varnish. On the other hand, the main mast is painted white. I inspect the main mast and touch the paint when needed but I have never stripped the mast and re-painted it. Blemishes and cra
  9. I share your concern about the point loads of metal on concrete. The pavers you describe, with the plywood laid on top, would be a safer bet. Should be fine.
  10. Jackstands on wood is a common occurrence at the Snubber workshop. I have placed jackstands on solid concrete pavers but that makes me nervous. Never on a hollow cinderblock/breeze block. For prolonged ground contact, might screw plywood squares to a base of pressure treated lumber (You wouldn't need 2x6s as a base; 2x4s screwed side-to-side with plywood top would work). Ensure jackstands are rated for the weight, and haven't been recalled. There was a batch of recalled jackstands (a few years ago) that would drop when jostled. I saw it on the Youtubes. Snubs
  11. I have had good experience with superbright leds. My anchor, stern, and steaming light fixtures use their bulbs. A quick search of their site shows a range of led bulbs in a BAY 15 base. https://www.superbrightleds.com/search/led-products/bay+15d/
  12. IS I don't think it's an alternator, or more technically, I don't think it's regulated. I can disconnect the leads from the battery (and reconnect them), when the engine is running without releasing the magic smoke. With a regular alternator, disconnecting the battery = alternator death. I have disconnected the Tohatsu charger many times with the engine running, and at one time had a switch wired into the charger leads, so I could keep my solar system charging and turn-off the Tohatsu charger. Your thoughts? I'm no electrician... Snubs
  13. Yes, a Romp named "Beluga Too". Was for sail in Qld, Australia in 2014. Spec sheet listed it as a SS centerboard with a 2" SS shoe. She looked to be in wonderful shape. Big, open interior (except for the centerboard case), with berths running P+S, and a small galley.
  14. RM FYI. I have a Tohatsu 6hp (circa 2007) with the power coil. Back in 2019 I tank tested the electrical output using a clamp ammeter, a 12v battery, and a voltmeter. It usually produced between .3 and .8 amps. Never produced more than one amp. I still hook mine to my battery and the last time I checked while motoring on the water it was giving me .46 amps at 2600 RPMs. So, it's a little helpful, but more like a trickle charger than a 5A charger. Here's the details from the tank test in April, 2019. Summary: Alternator produces less than .9 amps. Hooked OB to a 12v battery. Bat
  15. Agreed. Bolger was practical and simple in his designs. Susan A., who was the force behind the AS29 upgrade (some of which is good, but the steel-plate ballast is a not-so-good-idea, methinks) leaned towards more complicated shapes and designs. Her drawings of the last AS shaprie, the AS34 (?). show a multi-chine hull with bilge boards. *gasp. The horror*. Snubs
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