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    Re: Oil dipstick level puzzle

    ron II,

    This sounds just like your first description of the "problem".
    I'll now bet your next outing will yield the same results.
    You're showing some very consistent consistency.
    Ah, progress,...
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    Re: Oil dipstick level puzzle

    Well, you've already listed several techniques, pick one.
    If you already know what full is then all you're looking to determine is change.
    What works best for you?
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    Re: Oil dipstick level puzzle

    Not if you're consistent with your measuring technique.
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    Re: Oil dipstick level puzzle

    Almost peed my pants on that one!

    OP:
    You need to calibrate your dipstick.
    Find out from the manufacturer, or a qualified mechanic, how much oil it takes and when/how to measure it.
    Then you'll...
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    Re: Why Jay is a bit grumpy.

    Jay,

    Sorry to hear this.
    You have my every sympathy.
    I've broken ribs, took six months before I could sneeze pain free.
    I found relief in the pool, but that's not going to happen again for a...
  6. Re: ooops! I forgot to add hardener to the epoxy

    Not that kind of scraper, more like cardboard, but in thin steel.
    The cloth is coming off.
    "second layer", I missed that part.
    Agreed.
  7. Re: ooops! I forgot to add hardener to the epoxy

    A scrapper may be good for removing un-kicked epoxy gooh.
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    Re: Good small boat adventure books?

    Dove, The Golden Spruce, The Curve of Time.
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    Re: Jay is 84 today

    Happy Birthday Jay!

    Fair Winds

    -Tom
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    Re: 400 watt engine compartment heater

    Ron II,

    I am not familiar with that heater.
    I read the specs and it looks okay.
    But I would put a block heater in the engine instead.
    The engine will radiate the heat throughout the engine room...
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    Re: 400 watt engine compartment heater

    Mark0,

    I have the same Jotul keeping me warm tonight!
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    Re: Why no Silicone???

    "But in truth, silicone is just not that good a glue."

    That's because it's not a glue.
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    Re: To skeg or not to skeg....???

    Or three little ones as it appears they're already raised beds for them.
    Is that your hull?
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    Re: To skeg or not to skeg....???

    Absolutely you should add a skeg, as described.
    You can always trim it down, or off.
    Try just screwing it on for a sea-trial.
    If you're happy, make it permanent.
    Pictures please.
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    Re: color of west system catalyst

    It is the best tech line I've ever called.
    The same bunch of guys have been there for years.
    I gladly pay more for West.
    I have never had a problem with it.
  16. Thread: CO Kills

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    Re: CO Kills

    It is cumulative, yes.

    Our hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in our blood, has a 250 times greater affinity for CO than O2.
    250 times!
    And with a half life of about 6 hours, it is ridiculously...
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    Re: CO Kills

    That is correct Ian.
    And CO is virtually neutrally buoyant in air, making it even more dangerous.
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    Re: Free Avon Redcrest 8ft inflatable

    Are you Avoning us on?
  19. Thread: CO Kills

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    Re: CO Kills

    There are better, smarter sensors available that make false alarms a thing of the past.
    They are more expensive but it's a case of getting what you pay for.
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    Re: CO Kills

    All combustion appliances create CO, some more than others.

    I too have an acquaintance who was the sole survivor of a CO incident on board his boat.
    He presents like a stroke victim.
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    Re: CO Kills

    Good post Ian.

    Entire courses are run on "Confined Spaces".
    A boat hull is a confined space providing it is keeping the water it's floating in, out.
    Enjoy every breathe today.
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    Re: Nature's Head vs. Air Head Toilet

    I sold them 7 years ago, where the designer lives('ed?), for $1000 Canadian, suggested retail, which was almost at par to the USD at the time I recall... kind-of hazley...
  23. Re: What's the best type of bilge pump for an open boat ?

    I haven't tried it because I don't have one.
    But I like the idea.
    Except, bilge pumps are often wired directly to the battery.
    Although, if installed through a switch, manual "ON" should be an...
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    Re: Nature's Head vs. Air Head Toilet

    I should have mentioned, these were all boat installation sales.

    I agree, keeping the wet #1 function from the dryer #2 function is key to it's successful operation.

    Cheers
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    Re: Nature's Head vs. Air Head Toilet

    I used to sell the Air Head.
    Not one disappointed customer.
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    Yes. I too would be interested in reading your study.
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    I couldn't agree more johng.
    Thanks OP, good on ya.
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    If one chooses not to wear a seat belt while in a car.
    not wear a helmet while cycling,
    or not wear a PFD when boating,
    that's up to them.
    However, as a retired marine first-responder, I think...
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    Re: Penetrating Epoxy kicked off

    Because I need a container to mix in anyway, why not measure it out in the same container, checked and calibrated for accuracy and with no problems.
    That's why.
    No need for a $15 dollar scale,...
  30. Re: Does anyone know more about this boat, and if plans are available?

    Sorry Denise, I have not made you invisible.
    Nor do I have any comments about your poorly constructed / worded post.
    Just pretend I'm a woman and everything should be fine.
  31. Re: Does anyone know more about this boat, and if plans are available?

    Good advice as usual from Ian.
    The only thing I would add is to speak with the NA before you purchase any plans.
    They may have some very good advice before you purchase.
  32. Re: What's the best type of bilge pump for an open boat ?

    I've never had a mechanical float-switch fail on me.

    I like the idea of two in parallel though, good idea.

    The electronic switches run every couple of minutes, if they sense resistance, water,...
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    Re: Penetrating Epoxy kicked off

    Check your measuring cups for accuracy.
    Use water and an accurate measure from a kitchen measuring cup to check.
    I have found some inaccuracies in my disposable measuring cups, adjusted and have...
  34. Re: Best glue for attaching plastic to car windshield and dash? Marginally boat-relat

    I'd phone 3M or your produce manufacturer as it's in their best interest to make it work.
    And you are certainly not alone.
    Good luck!
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    Having a spray-skirt (cockpit cover) fail in rough seas is bad, very bad.
    Water enters the bilge (down-flooding) and the free-surface effect can easily lead to a roll-over.
    A difficult reboarding...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    Thanks bd.

    Reboarding a kayak is not easy in calm water, I've been trained to do it.
    It's a lot easier with a paddle float... in calm water.

    Not all PFD's (Personal Floatation Device) are...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    So many things wrong here.
    Thanks for posting bluedog.

    Firstly, you should have been told what to expect in the pre-trip safety briefing.
    If one person had clued in that PFD's would be prudent,...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    Great memory Ian, thanks.
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    Not sure there is so much "right" and "wrong" here as "different".
    Culturally different, regionally different, socioeconomic differences, etc, etc, etc.
    All differences that add to our diversity....
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    As a Commercial Mariner and avid boater/yachtsman, I have encountered endless options for nautical nomenclature.
    Different crews use different terms from Coast Guard, to Navy, to fishing boats, etc....
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    Re: Technique to weigh small boats

    I suspect it involved carrying the barometer to the top of the building, quickly.
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    Re: How do you hold your multimeter...

    Who's Paul?
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    Re: How do you hold your multimeter...

    No silly, remove one probe and have the other secure while holding the meter at the same time...
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    Re: Battery charging question

    No.
    Because a 12V charger won't charge a 24V battery.
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    Re: Mixing Epoxies?!

    "No I didn't read it.

    Well now I have and I didn't see anything about mixing 2 different epoxies as you proposed."

    That's right, I mixed them differently, imagine.
    I was offering my experience...
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    Re: Mixing Epoxies?!

    Your powers of observation and deduction are impressive upchurch, you'll go far.

    I used broken (failed) tensile test pieces from the university lab.
    Just glued them back together and screwed them...
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    Re: just coincidence?

    No coincidence.
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    Re: Mixing Epoxies?!

    Good referral Ian.

    I was faced with the same predicament recently Toller .
    So, I did a little test.
    I mixed up a small batch of each, then poured 1/3 of each into a third container and mixed...
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    Re: Glass or plastic windows?

    If the plans call for tempered then I would highly recommend it.

    I built 14 windows, two Dutch doors (with glazing) and a hatch out of yellow cedar and put 26 pieces of 1/4" tinted, tempered glass...
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    Re: Radar reflectors

    I was disappointed with the reviews I read on radar reflectors,
    so I made my own out of twelve corners, just like the 8 corners in production models
    but they are all separate. I arranged them in a...
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