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  1. Palmer P60 gas engine here. That should never happen when the ignition's off. There should be a manual shutoff valve at the tank port according to USGC regs. The port should be on the top of the tank, not the bottom (!) so fuel has to be sucked out, not under the pressure of the fuel in the tank (also a USGC requirement). Good place to hang the engine key. The Palmer original magnetic push-pull canister style fuel pump also acts as a low pressure shutoff valve when not running. I've had problems with a stuck float valve but only in the ignition on or engine running situation where the pump
  2. If you're talking about a thermoelectric cooler ($120+-), indeed they are notoriously inefficient because they draw about 4 amps and have to run continuously or they'll quickly warm up. They also only lower the temp by 40° maximum so on a 90° day the cooler will be at 50°, not good for for your tuna salad sandwiches. A vapor-compression cooler ($700+) which works just like a home refrigerator, runs intermittently and draws about 4-6 amps when running but may have a duty cycle of only 20% depending on ambient temperatures which makes it 4+- times more efficient. It also cools to a set
  3. Ignoring the crack, etc. having the eye ride up to one end of the clevis pin like that loads up one side of the yolk unfairly and torques its throat. Easily solved by inserting SS washers, as many as needed, to center the eye on the clevis pin.
  4. Might not be as bad as initially reported: Authorities initially estimated that as much as 144,000 gallons of oil may have leaked from the damaged pipeline, but officials said Thursday the actual amount is likely much lower, although there is still no firm number. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, USCG Capt. Rebecca Ore estimated that roughly 588 barrels of oil had spilled, which would equate to about 24,700 gallons.
  5. You can gloss varnish the sole, companionway steps, etc., by applying nonskid glass beads (polycarbonate?) on the final coat. Epiphanes($$) makes the best for varnish jobs; it's like powdered sugar initially but dries clear so the final look is a rough satin finish, not much different than a satin varnish job. Its non-skid properties are amazing, sort of like 120 grit sandpaper but no sharp edges. The technique is to use a clean soup can with a piece of pantyhose rubber banded on it. Immediately after applying the final coat use the soup can like a salt shaker to apply a thin even co
  6. 'Scuze me but are rust stains on polished stainless more than merely ugly? I mean if not taken care of (for years) is the strength/integrity of the stainless compromised? What about stainless standing rigging? Is it worth the hassle of going up the rig with phosphoric acid, scrubbers and a hose and clean it off regularly? I'm so old now I dont give a tinker's damn about appearance as long as things still work good.
  7. Just looking at the photo and your comments, I'm guessing 140-150 PHRF. Edit: Hah! A brief look pops up one in PHRFNE that rates 150 150 159.
  8. Is that a bad thing? My '70s tiller steered 36 footer has that setup. The (no gelcoat) FG tube top is bonded to the cockpit seat so there's no possibility of leaks and it's a skeg rudder so the rudderstock is supported top and bottom and throughout the tube. Sideloads on the tube are practically nil. There's a Zerk fitting at the middle of the tube so maintenance consists of pumping water pump grease into the tube every few years 'till it oozes out at the tiller head which rests on a 1/2" thick Bakelite washer and there's no play in the tiller connection. The rudder action is silky
  9. There's a clear line in the sand that cannot be crossed. "MOVABLE BALLAST All movable ballast, including sails that are not set, shall be properly stowed. Water, dead weight or ballast shall not be moved for the purpose of changing trim or stability. Floorboards, bulkheads, doors, stairs and water tanks shall be left in place and all cabin fixtures kept on board. However, bilge water may be bailed out." I've seen more than one "One Design" '70s production boat (CAT36) which mysteriously has no doors, toilet & plumbing (just a bucket and WagBags), settee table, 3 burner stove/ove
  10. Yup. Pyewacket took it to the extreme by hanging thousands of pounds of water bladders off the windward rail back in the eighties(?). Needless to say at the next Transpac it was declared illegal. I can't find references for this on the Web, only my memory, so if somebody can confirm it you may slow my descent into senility.
  11. Except during a race when shifting weight to windward after each tack (called "stacking") is illegal in corinthian races. Please list the "non-removable weight" items you're allowed to move during a race. Stacking is allowed in some races, the VOR for example. Crewed aboard a one design boat doing one or two day coastal races and after evey tack hauling sails, anchor, rode, toolbox, duffels, water jugs (water tanks were empty), sleeping crew to the high side (which is legal), etc. was quite a chore. I asked the owner if he knew it was illegal and and he replied "Yup, but every other boat
  12. Nay on the Tilley for sailing. I own one but rarely wear it. Ridiculously expensive to cover the "free" lifetime replacement guarantee, way too hot in temps above 85°F, sweat stains it (Instructions say "There is no universally applicable way of getting sweat stains out once they occur"), and worst of all a breeze makes the brim endlessly flap up and down. My cruising go-to hat is a Coolibar 100% polypropylene Fedora style hat. Reasonably cool even in desert temperatures, brim is much stiffer than a Tilley, rain repellent, neck strap, crushable and doesn't absorb sweat. My racing
  13. Slightly off-topic but are crazed plexi lenses structurally weaker than new lenses or is the crazing merely cosmetic?
  14. Decades ago I was towed by a USCG Auxiliary boat against my will! We were sailing my Blue Jay on Lake Sacajawea on the Snake River. A beautiful summer day with brisk 25kn winds and 2' wind waves. Upwind was a struggle but we worked the lighter winds beneath the cliffs and after 7 miles (3 hours) turned downwind, popped the 'chute and were enjoying a fairly dry raging ride back center channel to the boat ramp when a USCG-A private cuddy cabin powerboat showed up and demanded we drop our sails, we were operating in a manifestly dangerous manner and would be towed to safety. We reluctant
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