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by sawdoc
Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: The Simple Sailor on FurledSails
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Re: The Simple Sailor on FurledSails

Possibly bad form to lift posts from YBW but I notice that http://furledsails.com have Roger Taylor as a guest. i read his book recently - very interesting, and thought provoking esp for those who hold the commonly held view that in boating matters, bigger is better. He has some stuff on the corrib...
by sawdoc
Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Warning - Back Up Your YotBlog, it may have to disappear . .
Replies: 7
Views: 11257

Re: Warning - Back Up Your YotBlog, it may have to disappear . .

Hello Nick, Crystal ball gazing time... Have you any update on the impending demise or otherwise ? i would hate to type in loads and then discover it gone! How does Yotblog compare to a standard blogspot or freewebs blog? Or let me put that another way if you were starting a blog where would you pla...
by sawdoc
Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: The definitive 10 sailing books
Replies: 2
Views: 1142

Re: The definitive 10 sailing books

Aquaplane's got me thinking. If you were building a sailing library from scratch what would your first ten buys be to form the core of your collection? You can't have pilot guides or almanacs but fiction/non both welcome. My offering: 1) Anything by HW Tillman 2) "Last Grain Race" - Eric ...
by sawdoc
Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Blatant advertisement - do your Christmas shopping at Amazon
Replies: 48
Views: 9242

Shackelton's Boat Journey by Frank Worsley

I read and really enjoyed this book - a true tale of an epic journey in a small boat in the southern ocean. Recommended.
by sawdoc
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: A Proposal
Replies: 7
Views: 3437

Re: A Proposal

hi folks, In fairness to those who have expressed an interest, I intend putting a modest website together providing some info on Galway Bay and what it has to offer -I have it started and hopefully will populate it with a bit of interesting content over the next week or so - these dark evening with ...
by sawdoc
Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?
Replies: 5
Views: 5389

Re: Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?

Hi Folks, Can't really develop this thread much further by practical example as my baidin is resting for the winter at the side of the house. however further research suggests that you can climb the mast with a couple of Prusik knots and a bit of practice...... http://fmg-www.cs.ucla.edu/geoff/prusi...
by sawdoc
Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?
Replies: 5
Views: 5389

Re: Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?

Thanks for very informative reply. I do have a bosuns chair so I was hoping that with two ascenders on the taut halyard as you describe and the bosuns chair and a double foot loop i could reach the mast top. Now I am slightly concerned as your description suggests that arrangement would get me to th...
by sawdoc
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?
Replies: 5
Views: 5389

Petzl ascenders for mast climbing?

PBO did a feature on various mast climbing techniques and one which seemed to suit the single hander was the use of Petzl ascenders which one would attach to a fixed halyard and pull oneself up (Stand sit stand sit). Has anyone tried this ?
by sawdoc
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: A Proposal
Replies: 7
Views: 3437

Re: A Proposal

Hi Nick

Read your Fairwinds round Ireland Blog -well done. Great voyage to have taken on - thanks for the interest.
by sawdoc
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: A Proposal
Replies: 7
Views: 3437

A Proposal

Hi I thought I would float an idea to see what reaction it prompts. Here goes..... I have a tidy 26 ft Van De Stadt designed Offshore 8 meter which we have just lifted out for the winter - she is now on the hard at the side of the house. We normally moor her April to October in Galway Bay on our own...
by sawdoc
Thu May 07, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: hard to start outboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1886

Re: hard to start outboard

Ruaridh
Thanks again - incidentaly my red haired son is also RuairĂ­ - no need to translate I'm sure!
by sawdoc
Wed May 06, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: hard to start outboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1886

Re: hard to start outboard

Hi folks Thanks for the advice I'm a bit nervous - I've read the manual - the job seems straightforward enough and I intend taking a few snaps beforehand - is it easy enough put it all back together again? We've had a gale blowing here for the last week which is putting me off working on the engine....
by sawdoc
Tue May 05, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: hard to start outboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1886

Re: hard to start outboard

Assuming it has an external/remote fuel tank, check the fuel line to engine connector for air tightness, check the O ring on the inner bore of this connection. If it is a 2stk and had lay up for quite a while it is possible that there could be Gum/Varnish in the carb which might be clogging up the ...
by sawdoc
Mon May 04, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: hard to start outboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1886

hard to start outboard

hi folks, i have inherited a 1997 Mariner 15hp ob which is hard to start. I have renewed fuel and plugs. Sometimes it will fire first time bit if not I have to let her sit and try again say 10 mins later. Once she starts she is a joy to use - good and powerful and easily started after that. Any sugg...
by sawdoc
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Webb Chiles
Replies: 0
Views: 1036

Webb Chiles

Hi I was recently browsing the Bookshelf on this forum and thought that some readers might enjoy some of the tales on a web site I came across. Webb Chiles is a sailor/ author who uploads some of his wonderful tales on the web - perhaps Nick could link him to the bookshelf? Anyway he has lived a ver...

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