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  Topic: How to connect SeaTalk
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
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PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Thu 09 Nov 17, 22:00   Subject: How to connect SeaTalk
There is another way to connect to Seatalk: behind the electrical panel.

That's how I connected a wireless remote for my autopilot. You just need a standard seatalk cable and possibly a seatalk Y ...
  Topic: Mooring / rafting advice for newbie
gminkovsky

Replies: 1
Views: 110

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 10 Oct 17, 22:07   Subject: Mooring / rafting advice for newbie
There are a few posts on this forum regarding mooring (and anchoring), including my own detailed description. You should search and read all.

The short answers:

you should never have the boat fo ...
  Topic: Satisfaction
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 157

PostForum: DF32 General Topics   Posted: Wed 20 Sep 17, 22:37   Subject: Satisfaction
Given a choice between an outboard and inboard diesel I would strongly prefer diesel for the following reasons:

You can motor in waves.
You get hot water.
It is quieter.
It is much more fuel eff ...
  Topic: Shrouds
gminkovsky

Replies: 1
Views: 189

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 12 Aug 17, 1:03   Subject: Shrouds
I believe that it is no longer recommended to use your adjustable backstay as a preventer. Especially bad if you forget to reconnect before you turn upwind or gybe.

In 2003 when I got my boat, the ...
  Topic: stiff lines
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 227

PostForum: General   Posted: Sat 12 Aug 17, 0:49   Subject: stiff lines
I am not sure it is salt related. The lines get washed by very heavy rains. I think this is happening to all ropes as they age. I think UV does a lot of damage. Maybe UV + salt?

I have some nylon r ...
  Topic: stiff lines
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 227

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 08 Aug 17, 0:29   Subject: stiff lines
As the boat is aging, many of the lines are becoming very stiff. This is especially a problem with ropes in cleats, such as board downhaul. The stiff lines just slide out of jam cleats. I put addition ...
  Topic: chafing on mainsail reefing lines
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
Views: 5422

PostForum: DF920 Rig/Sails   Posted: Tue 30 May 17, 20:01   Subject: chafing on mainsail reefing lines
I use 72mm lewmar synchro blocks with SWL ~2400 lbs (1100 kg) for all high load lines (preventer, reef, etc). My original Fredrickson blocks were replaced (under warranty) by 72mm ronstan with similar ...
  Topic: Control lines to centerboard
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 485

PostForum: DF920 Hull   Posted: Tue 14 Mar 17, 14:51   Subject: Control lines to centerboard
according to the manual, each line is 7m long 8mm diameter. the manual states that it is polyester double-braid but i know for a fact that it is Dyneema (my downhaul line failed).

I don't have fir ...
  Topic: Anchoring
gminkovsky

Replies: 9
Views: 725

PostForum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Thu 12 Jan 17, 21:20   Subject: Anchoring
I run the main anchor rode to the cleat on main hull, and 2 bridle lines to the amas. I adjust the main line so it is somewhat slack.

If I am only anchoring for a couple of hours I connect rode to ...
  Topic: New to group, looking for input
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 773

PostForum: General   Posted: Thu 27 Oct 16, 23:13   Subject: New to group, looking for input
Since you almost know Tim, you should talk to him. He will tell you why he switched back to 920 from 800.

Keep in mind that both 800 and 920 draw more than 4 feet with board down. Of course, this d ...
  Topic: New to group, looking for input
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 773

PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 26 Oct 16, 0:38   Subject: WE WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY ADVICE ON POWERBOATS! :)
Welcome Keith,

I guess I am the most active Long Islander here in the forum. Although I sail in the Sound, I am familiar with South Shore - I sailed once with Tim P. from his house in Bay Shore to ...
  Topic: Totaled by the hurricane...Our beloved 800 is no more
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 596

PostForum: General   Posted: Mon 24 Oct 16, 21:23   Subject: Totaled by the hurricane...Our beloved 800 is no more
This is terrible.

BTW, in preparation for a tropical storm, I take all sails down and remove everything from topsides. (I also add 3 additional mooring lines on top of the standard 3 that I normall ...
  Topic: Boom vang/preverter block failure
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 679

PostForum: DF35 Rig/Sails   Posted: Tue 30 Aug 16, 19:09   Subject: Boom vang/preverter block failure
how did it fail? which part broke?

I had a few (5 or more) Fredricksen blocks fail. all in the same way: the plastic around the shackle pin disintegrated. I had some replaced under warranty. The re ...
  Topic: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 1094

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Wed 20 Jul 16, 0:46   Subject: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
for the future, leave a thin messenger line in boom or mast when you remove the boom or take out a line. saves hours of labor when you put it back together.

now just use snake to thread a messenger ...
  Topic: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 1094

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Mon 18 Jul 16, 23:08   Subject: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
fantastic!
Feel free to come to long island and do any of this on my boat Smile

looks like i am not putting my boat in the water this season...

anyway, use electricians snake to thread the line t ...
  Topic: Bridle System
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 958

PostForum: DF25 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Sun 10 Jul 16, 22:14   Subject: Bridle System
please search the forum. somewhere is a detailed description of various bridle configurations including my detailed post. I'm happy to answer any follow up questions...

http://www.dragonfly-trimara ...
  Topic: Replacing Ama Moonlight hatches?
gminkovsky

Replies: 1
Views: 653

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Thu 07 Jul 16, 1:07   Subject: Replacing Ama Moonlight hatches?
try lewmar. they are widely available and very affordable if you find the right size.

this bomar looks promising. except this uv stable resin doesn't last very long especially if you keep stepping ...
  Topic: Pressure on helm/rudder
gminkovsky

Replies: 5
Views: 1398

PostForum: DF28 General Topics   Posted: Thu 07 Jul 16, 0:51   Subject: Pressure on helm/rudder
the rope becomes stiffer as it ages. you can change it or cut 10 cm at the block end so that a different part of it is in the cleat or put additional polyester cover over it. i had a similar problem w ...
  Topic: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 1094

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Tue 24 May 16, 23:21   Subject: Releasing the centerboard for bottom paint. How?
That seems correct. My line is 8mm. BTW, the specs say it's only a polyester line, but i know for a fact that it is Dyneema core/Polyester cover ( found out when it failed!)
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
gminkovsky

Replies: 13
Views: 1977

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Tue 05 Apr 16, 21:19   Subject: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Re respirator: the one you use for dusty work is not necessarily correct for paint and solvents. Make sure to get the filter cartridge for VOC.
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
gminkovsky

Replies: 13
Views: 1977

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Sun 03 Apr 16, 1:36   Subject: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Use a respirator with 216 or paint!!!! Otherwise you will get high and lose a year off your life expectancy...


*** USE a RESPIRATOR ***.

Home Depot or Defender.. Just read the instructions to ...
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
gminkovsky

Replies: 13
Views: 1977

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Sun 03 Apr 16, 1:31   Subject: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
My 920 requires just short of a gallon per coat. 1.5 gallon (6 l) is enough for 2 coats. You will probably need a little over 1 gallon for 2 coats. 2 gl will be enough for 3 coats, and then you can de ...
  Topic: Mastbase broken
gminkovsky

Replies: 9
Views: 3439

PostForum: DF920 Rig/Sails   Posted: Sun 03 Apr 16, 1:25   Subject: Mastbase broken
Just use a proper sealant to prevent moisture penetration. Do not put anything into the mount holes. Use screws 1 size larger. If the holes are already too large, fill with epoxy, then drill new holes ...
  Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
gminkovsky

Replies: 10
Views: 1706

PostForum: DF28 General Topics   Posted: Wed 30 Mar 16, 0:54   Subject: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
DF28 is a very fast but very tender boat. I don't think it can be easily depowered as demonstrated by the capsizes. (Read about multiple capsizes...) This is not a very forgiving boat, imo. For a novi ...
  Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
gminkovsky

Replies: 10
Views: 1706

PostForum: DF28 General Topics   Posted: Tue 29 Mar 16, 1:36   Subject: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
You are looking at a boat that is offering "camping style" accommodations and creature comforts! That and AC do not fit in the same sentence. You have to carefully consider what you want in ...
  Topic: beneath mast step
gminkovsky

Replies: 1
Views: 638

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Sun 20 Mar 16, 0:49   Subject: beneath mast step
On a 920 the screws are in solid glass with nothing else. the sealant is all around the mast step and between the mast step and the base. When my mast step was replaced, Quorning supplied massive scre ...
  Topic: Heavy hose?
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 735

PostForum: DF800 General Topics   Posted: Sat 19 Mar 16, 1:07   Subject: Heavy hose?
Bilge pump maybe?

My 920 has 2 hoses: 1 for electric, and 1 for a manual pump. They are about 5cm (2 inches) in diameter.

The smaller diameter hoses are fresh water. Mine are reinforced type.
  Topic: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 1301

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 23 Feb 16, 23:26   Subject: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Ivan,

Have you considered trucking the boat to FL? I think it was TC who bought his boat in the Great Lakes and brought it over to West Coast by truck (if i am not mistaken). Also, I am pretty sure ...
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
gminkovsky

Replies: 13
Views: 1977

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Thu 31 Dec 15, 21:43   Subject: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
1. soft expensive ablative paint. I use micron extra - works very well and will last more than 1 season. no sanding required when repainting. I used Micron 66 - nothing ever adhered to it. it also did ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
gminkovsky

Replies: 18
Views: 2910

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Thu 01 Oct 15, 22:09   Subject: Losing Weight
@steveB: did you have to winch her in from the dinghy???? I just can't picture how she could climb into the boat.

I once had a guest on my 920 for a day sail. She is about 5'4" and ~200 lbs. S ...
  Topic: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
gminkovsky

Replies: 7
Views: 2366

PostForum: General   Posted: Mon 28 Sep 15, 0:56   Subject: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
@jacob madsen: every capsize should be counted.

Operator error; design failure; material failure - it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that there is a catastrophic event. Compare thes ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
gminkovsky

Replies: 18
Views: 2910

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Fri 25 Sep 15, 20:53   Subject: Losing Weight
Is your mast aluminum? If so, switching to carbon will save A LOT!
  Topic: Losing Weight
gminkovsky

Replies: 18
Views: 2910

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Fri 25 Sep 15, 20:45   Subject: Losing Weight
Sails. Some of the high tech sails weigh very little. Carbon fibre battens instead of fiberglass. Saves a lot of weight aloft.

anchors and chain: get aluminum anchors; reduce or eliminate chain; do ...
  Topic: Tohatsu 9.8hp replacement for Yamaha
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
Views: 2410

PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Sun 20 Sep 15, 20:41   Subject: Tohatsu 9.8hp replacement for Yamaha
4 stroke.
  Topic: I search a used Trailer or drawings to bild my own.
gminkovsky

Replies: 5
Views: 2133

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Wed 16 Sep 15, 21:38   Subject: I search a used Trailer or drawings to bild my own.
I just looked at my trailer. Without the boat on the trailer, I can only estimate that the end of the centerboard trunk is over the centerline between the 2 axles.

This is a compromise position whe ...
  Topic: second Dyneema failure
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 1616

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 01 Sep 15, 0:54   Subject: second Dyneema failure
What are other reasonable explanations for the failure of my main halyard and the board downhaul line?

Both had compression loads over a short line span. However, my downhaul never had any signific ...
  Topic: second Dyneema failure
gminkovsky

Replies: 2
Views: 1616

PostForum: General   Posted: Fri 28 Aug 15, 23:02   Subject: second Dyneema failure
I have recently experienced my second failure of Dyneema rope. The first one was my main halyard that I described a few years ago. The second is my Board Downhaul line.

My board is somewhat difficu ...
  Topic: Mastbase broken
gminkovsky

Replies: 9
Views: 3439

PostForum: DF920 Rig/Sails   Posted: Sat 27 Jun 15, 19:34   Subject: Mastbase broken
@sjschweitzer815: The mast base is attached to the deck with screws. No other surprises.

@UltraDry: why is the pin not in the mast base? I understand that the pin CAN be removed once the mast is up ...
  Topic: Folding problem
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 3696

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Mon 15 Jun 15, 0:23   Subject: Folding problem
The last 2 cm or so are very hard on my boat as well.

The best solution: have your first mate (or 2 if she is skinny:) walk on the trampoline while winching the last turn or 2 when unfolding or on ...
  Topic: Tramps - repair or replace?
gminkovsky

Replies: 6
Views: 2255

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 15 Jun 15, 0:17   Subject: Tramps - repair or replace?
Repair. New polyester 2-inch webbing all around and Tenara thread. Buy your own cone of tenara and bring the whole thing to a canvas person. They will have the 2-inch webbing. Take your Tenara cone ba ...
  Topic: Tiller handle dry rotted- replacement source?
gminkovsky

Replies: 1
Views: 1202

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 13 Jun 15, 21:29   Subject: Tiller handle dry rotted- replacement source?
Tillers of various length and thickness are widely available from all marine stores. Not particularly cheap. Or get a piece of aluminum and shape it and bend it to your liking. First look at West Mari ...
  Topic: ST40 wind instrument problems
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 1272

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 01 Jun 15, 16:08   Subject: ST40 wind instrument problems
I can solder and use electric meters. I am not sure what/where to look for it. All instruments seem to work fine except wind speed and direction. I know all 3 (wind, depth, speed) are connected with s ...
  Topic: ST40 wind instrument problems
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 1272

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sun 31 May 15, 20:15   Subject: ST40 wind instrument problems
ST40 wind instrument on my boat does not seem to be working. I had it repaired by the factory 2 years ago. AT that time the instrument just went blank.

This time, we just stepped up and the mast. I ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
gminkovsky

Replies: 16
Views: 2778

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 19 May 15, 19:50   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
I just looked at my 920: all 4 akas have drain hole at the inboard end. All of them appear to have a 3-4 inch (8-10 cm) round hole at the outboard end. It's difficult to see. My boat is partially open ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
gminkovsky

Replies: 16
Views: 2778

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 12 May 15, 16:11   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Regarding aluminum bar to prevent folding: it is not secure enough. It is probably only good to prevent folding when anchoring or motoring.

Please search in the forum about a capsize where the alum ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
gminkovsky

Replies: 16
Views: 2778

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 12 May 15, 0:03   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
I would replace both. Look for Lewmar Synchro - very affordable and strong.

Did the boat fold when the block failed (or start to fold)? If you were sailing when this happened this could have been r ...
  Topic: Tohatsu 9.8hp replacement for Yamaha
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
Views: 2410

PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Mon 04 May 15, 15:24   Subject: Tohatsu 9.8hp replacement for Yamaha
I replaced my Honda 10 with Tohatsu 9.8 last year (I completely rebuilt my Honda so I have a spare engine...).

I had to file the wood mounting bracket. I used a chisel to cut a slot on the front si ...
  Topic: Sprayhood bar connectors
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
Views: 2092

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Mon 04 May 15, 14:12   Subject: Sprayhood bar connectors
I replaced a few connectors on my spray hood. All pieces slide off the bar and over the end connectors. I used standard over-the-counter black nylon fittings to replaced the broken plastic pieces.

...
  Topic: Pulleys at mast, ama extension / retraction, etc
gminkovsky

Replies: 3
Views: 1574

PostForum: DF800 Rig/Sails   Posted: Wed 22 Apr 15, 20:52   Subject: Pulleys at mast, ama extension / retraction, etc
If you mean the little fair-lead blocks that change direction of the line, they are common off-the-shelf blocks - look in defender or west marine catalog.

If you mean the sheaves where all lines co ...
  Topic: Forward deck plate (transparent) leaking - How to fix?
gminkovsky

Replies: 4
Views: 1409

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Tue 21 Apr 15, 1:38   Subject: Forward deck plate (transparent) leaking - How to fix?
PPPS The handles on all opening hatches have O-rings that should be replaced every 2 years or so. About $1 for 5 at Home Depot.
 
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