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Mildew Wars: a fight you can't win
"Mildew can eat almost anything, anywhere - preferably somewhere warm, dark, and damp. Like your boat. Mildew grows by sending out long cells that sprout additional side cells in an endlessly repeating cycle. Under ideal conditions, a single mildew cell can become a half mile of cells within 24 hours and up to 200 miles, yes two hundred miles, of densely packed, interlocking cellular growth in 48 hours. The mildew chains that can propagate in a warm, moist hanging locker during a couple months of storage are able to attain lengths approaching the astronomical."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Mildew Wars: a fight you can't win      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 11, 2004 )

Gators as big as the boat
"Old time Florida. Birds perched on every mangrove branch, groups of turtles sunning themselves on half submerged palm tree trunks, friendly big and cumbersome manatees... curious to see what's going on. And then there were the gators--many--and as big as the catboat. This is a true description of the upper part of the Peace River in southwestern Florida.       My husband John had been reading Peter Matthiessen's books on old Florida such as Killing Mr. Watson and Lost Man's River. You know the kind of books--where man goes out in his boat into the wilderness against all odds to live off the land. But to take a trip in a 15-foot Marshall Sandpiper? Yea, real men do this stuff . Read on... "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Gators as big as the boat      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 10, 2004 )

The 12volt Side of Life
"You must keep an eye on the electrolyte level in the batteries. Most premature failures are caused by low electrolyte levels, and there's just no excuse for it, as it's simple and cheap to keep the batteries filled to the top. Electrolyte is lost whenever the batteries are charged and also when the batteries are discharged heavily. You should check the level in each cell of your batteries regularly. I recommend at least once a month, but it may be necessary to check and top off your batteries more often, depending on usage and how you charge them. At all costs, you must keep the electrolyte level above the plates at all times. In the warmer climates and during the summer, check the electrolyte levels more frequently. To replenish the electrolyte, add distilled water as required."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The 12volt Side of Life      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 10, 2004 )

End the dinghy dilemma
"One solution is to customize your own dinghy to fit the available deck space aboard your cruiser. With new materials and techniques, even amateur carpenters with five thumbs can manage a fairly serviceable and completely watertight dinghy. Thanks to epoxy and fiberglass cloth, it should prove fairly durable, too, given normal usage. And those assorted sticky-goos and cloth coverings allow you to slide by with something far short of the perfect bevel. Three or four winter weekends in the basement with a minimal tool kit (that should include a circular saw and an electric drill for speed's sake) will produce a very serviceable custom-made plywood dinghy."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: End the dinghy dilemma      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 10, 2004 )

Tanks: Easy to forget, too important to dismiss
"Let's recap. Take the time to inspect the tanks. Test if you have any doubts about the tanks' integrity, particularly the fuel tanks, on your existing or prospective boat. If you need new tanks, buy quality. Buy flexible, polyethylene, 316L/317L, 6 percent stainless, or black iron, depending on the tank's intended use. When I was building commercial diesel-powered workboats, we always used heavy-walled mild steel tanks, cold galvanized on the outside and pickled with diesel fuel on the inside. I was aboard one of my boats the other day, and it still had the original tanks in fine condition 30 years after they were built."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Tanks: Easy to forget, too important to dismiss      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )

Rescue that rusting tank
"Tucked away under the cabin sole floorboards, the average fuel tank doesn't get much attention from those of us who like to sail. In fact, it may be totally neglected until something major goes wrong. Even if you're good about preventive maintenance, your time and energy probably stop short of a detailed inspection of that fuel tank and of yanking it out, if necessary. The good news for many of us is that it is possible to refinish a problem tank without too much effort and expense. The key is to do it before it's too late. New tanks are expensive. But it is possible to maintain your existing tank in a condition that will be worthy of your confidence and reward you with years of trouble-free service. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Rescue that rusting tank      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )

Tanks A Lot
"If your boat is constructed so that tank removal is possible without major disassembly of the interior, make the repair with the tank removed. The repair will then be fairly straightforward. Since most diesel fuel tanks are made of aluminum or black iron, a welding shop can repair either material with relatively little expense. First remove the inspection cover and thoroughly clean the interior of the tank. While you're at it, inspect it for pitting and other potential future problems. If the tank doesn't have an inspection cover, now would be an excellent time to install one. If you ever get bad fuel or have a sludge buildup in your tank, you will be glad you have access to the interior of your tank to clean it."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Tanks A Lot      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )

Reefing Beetle Cats
"Howard I. Chapelle once said that "modern yachtsmen have developed an allergy against reefing." (The Catboat Book) Many exceptions to this statement can certainly be found, but as a whole, Beetle Cat sailors are unquestionably one of the most "allergic" groups around. The prevailing attitude among Beetle Catters is that reefing is for sissies, while the prevailing practice (except for scheduled races) is not to go sailing if it gets too windy. This is a rather unfortunate situation for a couple of reasons."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Reefing Beetle Cats      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )

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