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  1. Ross S

    This is a test. Please ignore.

    I'm having trouble posting to the trailer sailor forum and I'm checking to see if I have the same troubles here.
  2. Ross S

    Trailer Bunk Carper or Slides or something new?

    I've used a product called Marykate Liquid Rollers with great success.
  3. Ross S

    Questionable Ethics for a Water Ballast Boat

    Agreed, ethically bad. I suspect that it'd have little to no effect except for possibly in a localized area near the discharge. I'd have to think it'd dilute to almost useless levels fairly quickly. Just my opinion.
  4. Ross S

    Show us your favorite anchorage

    Nice little cove straight across from the marina where we used to keep the boat. It was maybe 15 to 20 minutes by motor. Spent many an afternoon here rafted up with others and swimming. Generally pretty shallow with a sandy bottom and well protected from waves. Officially I believe it is...
  5. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    Awesome, thanks! I will do!
  6. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    You're saying all the right things! Sounds like the 25 could be a winner for us when we're ready for the upgrade. She'd be in a slip all year, but I like to have a trailer for winter storage and the option for self launch and retreival. I like the lake we're on, but the marina services are...
  7. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    Good to know. At the moment we're content with our 21 but have not ruled out the possibility of going to something a little larger in the future. But we'd be a couple years out from that. We're close to paying off the house and we want to finish paying it off before upgrading any toys! Also...
  8. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    Where do you get that from? I had been under the impression that it was still privately owned by the Porter brothers who opened it in 1978. I know that Bill Porter is still associated with the company as I was talking to him this morning about the news of the closing and he's going to be...
  9. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    I've been very pleased with the quality of my Precision 21 and it's a good sailing boat too. Fast for it's size, especially downwind when you can retract the centerboard! Yeah, I think having a European market helps tremendously. The First 20 and 25 looks pretty sweet! Probably nice sailing...
  10. Ross S

    Another one bites the dust...

    Well, yesterday I got an email from Precision Boatworks stating that they will no longer be producing new boats. After 40 years and more than 5,000 boats produced from 13 feet to 28 feet the owners are retiring. Precision Boatworks is relocating and will only be providing replacement parts and...
  11. Ross S

    6HP outboard engine sputtering

    If you're going to adjust the mixture screw, then first screw it in until it bottoms out while counting the turns. That way you can return it to where you started and at least have that starting point to go back to. Personally, I've only ever had very mixed success adjusting mixture "by ear"...
  12. Ross S

    6HP outboard engine sputtering

    It's a great example of the law of unintended consequences.
  13. Ross S

    6HP outboard engine sputtering

    I suspect he's alluding to the fact that ethanol gas wasn't introduced for any reason other than to give US farmers an additional market to sell their corn into. By any rational measure ethanol gas makes no sense. It's more expensive, less efficient and wreaks havoc on smaller or seldom used...
  14. Ross S

    6HP outboard engine sputtering

    Blowing it out is often not enough. Soak it in a bucket of actual carb cleaner for 4 hours. After that use spray on the jets.
  15. Ross S

    6HP outboard engine sputtering

    I had problems with my new 6HP Tohatsu not long after I got it. I knew nothing of fuel management or the dangers of ethanol. And unbeknownst to me, my fuel separated. I got to the boat one day and had a really hard time starting it, but it started and I went out. At the end of the day I...
  16. Ross S

    No Shore Power on Board

    I stand corrected. It seems that tinned wire is only a recommendation.
  17. Ross S

    No Shore Power on Board

    I believe that tinned wire is required per ABYC E-11. The tinned requirement is also mentioned in my earlier "citation".
  18. Ross S

    No Shore Power on Board

    While not an academic citation: http://www.baysidemarinedesign.com/BLOG%20pdfs/The%20Scoop%20on%20Marine%20Wire.pdf For more detail, contact ABYC or the USCG because they conducted the research before setting the requirements for marine wiring. And those requirements are for stranded, tinned wire.
  19. Ross S

    No Shore Power on Board

    There is no concern for 60Hz in your house or boat or any other application that the average person would generally see. Otherwise solid wire would also not be recommended for installation in your house. Solid wire will work harden with vibration. Stranded wires will too, but you'll find that...
  20. Ross S

    Extra hands

    The best ideas are often the simplest ones! I really like this one!