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by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Special Thanks
Replies: 5
Views: 3195

Re: Special Thanks

Cheers Idon84 and congratulations! She looks yar!
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Spinnaker Pole
Replies: 6
Views: 3177

Re: Spinnaker Pole

Much of the spinnaker measurements rely on the "J" measurement: from the front of the mast to the pointy-end of the boat or the forestay chainplate. For cruising it doesn't matter so much, but I suspect the reason the Chesapeake Bay Triton Fleet limits the pole to 10 feet is because that i...
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Teak & Holly Sole for 38' 1990 Pearson
Replies: 22
Views: 4309

Re: Teak & Holly Sole for 38' 1990 Pearson

Does hedge = osage orange?
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Reefing System - Convert Roller Boom to Slab Reefing?
Replies: 21
Views: 7931

Re: Reefing System - Convert Roller Boom to Slab Reefing?

If you get a hold of an older copy of Eric Hiscock's "Cruising Under Sail," he does extol the virtues of the roller reefing main-- BUT -- he does note that it is far more effective if you install battens on the end of the boom to take up the extra sail material as you roll it in. For you g...
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Inside vs outside
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Inside vs outside

Hatteras is littered with shoals and wrecks for quite a ways out. How far out are you willing to go? This time of year when its cold and blowing stink, most folks take the ICW to Beaufort, NC just below Hatteras and continue on if they want to do the outside. There is a reason the ICW was made and H...
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bedding Procedure
Replies: 20
Views: 3855

Re: Bedding Procedure

anybody ever answer the question of it's appropriateness for through hulls? Not recommended. Through hulls deserve an adhesive sealant and, properly installed, can be considered more or less a permanent part of the boat, unlike deck hardware. That said, future owners of your boat will really apprec...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Another outstanding bad boat name
Replies: 111
Views: 39038

Re: Another outstanding bad boat name

Tim wrote:Image

No doubt the flag ship for the fleet....
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Waterproofing holes in Deck while they Dry
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Re: Waterproofing holes in Deck while they Dry

I would agree that trying to dry out areas of wet balsa core will be difficult at best if done just through the holes. Even trying to dry out the balsa by removing a layer of skin is problematic and its just easier to replace. The only exception to this is if you find any wet areas of plywood core i...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Removing Contact Adhesive
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Removing Contact Adhesive

Try xylene (you'll find it in the hardware store as xylol). It is the main ingredient in 3M's adhesive remover. That and some really fun sanding.
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Flotation Foam
Replies: 14
Views: 1658

Re: Flotation Foam

I remember that article too. I think they were on their way to Venezuela or somewhere in the southern Caribbean.
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Light/wiring escutcheon
Replies: 17
Views: 2228

Re: Light/wiring escutcheon

I have had to make decorative wire chase often. You aren't fooling anyone with it, they all know you are hiding wire, but it still looks good anyway. Tying it in to a base block like the one in Figment's picture sets it off as a thing of beauty and you can pretend you really wanted it that way. I o...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu May 13, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Butyl tape source
Replies: 36
Views: 14639

Re: Butyl tape source

Brian,

Try McMaster Carr. Specifically item 1049A31. Sta-soft glazing rope. Color is grey. This is close to what you are looking for. I used it for my windows and am very happy with it. Good luck!
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Where are you planning to cruise this Summer?
Replies: 4
Views: 2317

Re: Where are you planning to cruise this Summer?

Bermuda... but we'll be in race mode on the way there. We will see most of the Chesapeake Bay along the way ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Electrical Wire Clamps
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Electrical Wire Clamps

I use these: Image McMaster part no. 7566K13. About 10 cents a piece.

Similar to what is in your picture except installed with a screw. Using cable ties means you can easily cut and replace the tie when you have to.
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical Data and Boat Nerdery
Topic: Wire Guage
Replies: 9
Views: 3213

Re: Wire Guage

What Dave said.

Re your round wire, try this:
http://shop.genuinedealz.com/Marine%20G ... t%20Cable/
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Deck re-core and teak replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 1456

Re: Deck re-core and teak replacement

I agree with Rachel. But I'd have to say that anything involving epoxy here means you'll have to protect it from UV. My choice would be #1. If you don't want the weathered teak look, scrub it with some brightener (oxalic acid) when it starts to get ugly. It will be half the work of varnishing withou...
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Finding level
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: Finding level

If you have scuppers in the cockpit, hopefully you'll "level" the cockpit in their direction so that water drains quickly. Level is always relative to something else on a boat!
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: used gear source
Replies: 2
Views: 885

Re: used gear source

I go to Sailorman about once a month in the winter months. Their prices are not necessarily that great, but they will haggle which makes up for it. There's a lot of junk, but their pump and exhaust parts are not too bad and the staff is friendly and helpful. You really have to see it for yourself. I...
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: PVC stringers?
Replies: 11
Views: 1580

Re: PVC stringers?

What are you proposing to use the stringers for?

Stringers are structural so they shouldn't be flexible. But using PVC to support the fiberglass you would use to make stringers is perfectly acceptable since it is the fiberglass that gives the strength to the stringer and not the underlying material.
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: electrical question
Replies: 5
Views: 1594

Re: electrical question

I agree with Dave. No need to start over if you don't have to. That said, you can always look at this another way. Instead of looking at it from the panel to the appliance, look at it from the appliances to the panel. There is nothing wring with by-passing the main panel and running separate wiring ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Bending genoa T tracks
Replies: 6
Views: 2413

Re: Bending genoa T tracks

The aluminum is easier to install than stainless track!
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Bronze cowls, ports, and deck hardware available again
Replies: 13
Views: 2072

Re: Bronze cowls, ports, and deck hardware available again

The problems outlined in the Cape Dory forum are consistent with the trouble I had with Mariner's Hardware chronicled on this forum. That said, a friend just ordered some bronze deck plates from Blue Water without a problem. It seems the consistency and lack of communication are the real issues.
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bristol 27 bulkhead replacement.
Replies: 11
Views: 2126

Re: Bristol 27 bulkhead replacement.

I'm not that familiar with the intricacies of the Bristol 27. The layout, however, is similar to many 27s from that era including a Pearson Renegade 27, of which I know a thing or two. If you are thinking of removing bulkheads at or near the companionway, you might reconsider as these are the main s...
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Stop antenna cable clang?
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

Re: Stop antenna cable clang?

I can attest that the cable tie method works well and is the easiest-- at least when the mast is down. I've several slip neighbors that have clanging mast wires and it is NO FUN to listen to them clanging all night.
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Recording work for publishing on web site
Replies: 20
Views: 6754

Re: Recording work for publishingon web site

Find an easier way to bulk-resize/optimize my photos without requiring a master's degree in some fancy computer program to do so. What I do isn't hard, but it requires several different steps and therefore is time-consuming. If you're using a Windows-based computer then you can try IrfanView . It's...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Another outstanding bad boat name
Replies: 111
Views: 39038

Re: Another outstanding bad boat name

christopher wrote:I saw one in a slip this year named "Turd Cutter". It even had graphics to illustrate what is so commonly seen floating around the harbors here in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan.
Sadly, all you have to do is look about half-way up this thread and you will see it. What do I win?
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Easy way to remove fiberglass from your skin
Replies: 9
Views: 1813

Re: Easy way to remove fiberglass from your skin

I've heard cold water (so as not to open up your pores any wider), and cream rinse (apparently cream rinse is better for taking the particles away than soap). I haven't tried the cream rinse yet. I dunno about the cold water either. I'm usually looking forward to a hot shower rather than a cold one ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Another outstanding bad boat name
Replies: 111
Views: 39038

Re: Another outstanding bad boat name

Nice work there Bryon. I only heard the boat. Didn't see it.

This radio call has just moved one step closer to being verifiable... I mean, I could imagine someone naming their boat Fantastic, but.... OMG?
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Another outstanding bad boat name
Replies: 111
Views: 39038

Re: Another outstanding bad boat name

Rachel wrote:(How do these people ever call on the VHF radio without dying of embarrassment or dissolving in a gale of laughter?)


Two boats: Oh my god and Fantastic

On Ch. 16: "Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god... this is Fantastic... "
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Roller Swaging Myself?
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Re: Roller Swaging Myself?

Are you sure you don't mean Rigging-Only (aka the Rigging Loft) in Fairhaven? I have never heard too many good words about RigRite. I've used Rigging Only and I can't recommend them enough. I have them swage the top terminals and I install the lowers with a mechanical swage. The mechanical swages wo...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Head
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

Re: The Head

Thanks Dave... Thanks too for pointing out all the particulars-- all those considerations that I thought about at the time, but that I now take for granted. Probably the best thing about a VacuFlush system is that many wives like them. I don't mean to be sexist, but numerous customers have thanked m...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Head
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

Re: The Head

Dave, I'm still interested in hearing your comments. Can you post them again?
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Head
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

Re: The Head

Thanks Robert... perhaps I should figure out where to mount my drill? :)
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Head
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

The Head

After so many years, I finally put together some pictures on the installation of a new head on my Pearson 39. Maybe one of these days I'll get a picture of the total finished product all "tarted-up"! In the meantime:

http://www.pearson39.net/projects/head.htm
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Chainplates
Replies: 24
Views: 5303

Re: Chainplates

Unless they look like this, you shouldn't worry. Note the crack at the bolt hole.
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Perkins 4-108 starting issue
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: Perkins 4-108 starting issue

I know my 4-108 gets a little stubborn when it starts to get a little chilly outside. I don't have a fuel pre-heater or glowplugs. It usually works OK if I open up the throttle a bit more and crank a second or two longer now that them temp at night is below 50 F. The only other thing I would say is ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Sailing from NJ to MD
Replies: 8
Views: 3321

Re: Sailing from NJ to MD

I'd say that you are OK till mid November, but you'll have to make that call. Plan your trip so that you can choose your weather and duck in somewhere when you have to. There really isn't anywhere to duck in in Delaware bay of any significance. Again, depending on your boat, you should be able to do...
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Sailing from NJ to MD
Replies: 8
Views: 3321

Re: Sailing from NJ to MD

What kind of boat do you have? What is your bridge clearance and your draft? You will want to come in at Cape May on the ocean side and take the Cape May Canal to avoid the extra 4+ hours going around the Cape. There are a few fixed bridges in the Cape May Canal, but you shouldn't have a problem if ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Engine stop cable
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Engine stop cable

First, put the rum down. You'll need to be sober for this. :) It is possible to do this with a set of those really long needle nose and screw drivers. My Perksin 4-108 had a different set-up, but it is ultimately secured to a lever on the fuel injection pump. You can take the Bowman heat exchanger/m...
by Ceasar Choppy
Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Deck hardware removed
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: Deck hardware removed

I dare say your first picture belongs in the "faces in the boat" thread: I see surprise.

Hopefully you won't have any as you continue...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: In the movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1078

Re: In the movies

WOW Mike, very nice. I wish I had a video like that of my boat. Thanks! I'll let you know when Joe is up your way with his camera. :) The drive-bys were interesting. He was wizzing by about 5 inches in front of the boat in a 17ft. Whaler, and I was trying to just hold my course hoping I wouldn't ha...
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: In the movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1078

In the movies

A friend of mine is a cinematographer who does sports and action video. He's into boats as much as I am and wanted to get a sample of some work with boats. The result is a short clip on his web site: http://www.vmgpictures.com click on MARINE The audio might be a little corny. To be fair I don't say...
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Interdeck or Kiwigrip Non-skid?
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Interdeck or Kiwigrip Non-skid?

I saw the guy with the Kiwi Grip at the Miami Boat Show last year. I wouldn't have a problem putting it over old nonskid. It *is* thick like cake frosting. But I think you might want to experiment with it first... it all depends on the texture you roll on with the foam roller. ,
by Ceasar Choppy
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Battery Monitors
Replies: 12
Views: 1559

Re: Battery Monitors

As Lindsey Lohan would say, "It's not rock science." You will need to have a place close to the batteries to mount the shunt and then you'll run the wires (lots of small wires in a bundle) between the monitor, the shunt and the batteries. You will, however, have to decide how you will conf...
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Another outstanding bad boat name
Replies: 111
Views: 39038

Re: Another outstanding bad boat name

This boat name speaks for itself... I will add, that it is located not too far from a sewerage treatment plant that tends to overflow after a heavy rain.
by Ceasar Choppy
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Galley countertops?
Replies: 43
Views: 5830

Re: Galley countertops?

I did the vanity top in the head with Corian. When I bought the scrap from someone on Ebay, I was able to get them to install the fiddle in the front. To my mind, this is the great thing about solid surface-- you don't need to cover up the edges with teak. If I were to do the galley, which is consid...
by Ceasar Choppy
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the traveler
Replies: 14
Views: 2761

Re: Replacing the traveler

Don't be afraid to ask Garhauer how much they would charge to put a curve in your track... I bet you'd be surprised that it doesn't cost much more, if at all. I've heard Harken will put a bend in theirs too if you ask them. My own experience is that with the new Harken low profile track, the track w...
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Mouse smell
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Mouse smell

That Pet Store stuff is called "Nature's Miracle." It is good stuff.

The other thing I would suggest is making sure you don't have any dead mice in places you haven't checked. Don't ask me how i know this...
by Ceasar Choppy
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Lewmar racing winches
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

Re: Lewmar racing winches

I've got the 3 speed 45s which are just like the 55s. Don't know what the V designation is though. I can tell you from experience that no-one has any diagrams for winches made before before June of 1974-- especially not Lewmar. It seems that is when Lewmar was restructured/sold and nothing seems to ...
by Ceasar Choppy
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: The Dutch Touch...
Replies: 19
Views: 2685

Re: The Dutch Touch...

I've been doing work on a Banjer 37 motorsailer lately, built near Nederhemert, but so far I haven't run across anything I couldn't figure out. They also have a good owners resource on the Google-box. But I do remember well, while sailing on a small lake somewhere in Holland, looking DOWN at the cow...