- May 09, 2013
- May 08, 2013
- May 07, 2013
-- Dave Adams, Newington, Connecticut
Gordon West replies: Having a radar reflector is always a good idea; it can increase your boat’s target visibility by up to 6 miles.
-- Janet Margelli, Marina del Rey, California
"I’m building a 42-foot cutter that I hope to launch this year, and my present sailplan is a fractional rig with running backstays. I plan to use a carbon-fiber mast, but I want to do away with the runners. Can a rigger redesign the standing rigging—particularly the chainplate locations—or will I have to redo the whole sailplan? And if that’s what’s required, where should I go to get a new
A raw-water cooled engine is cooled by water drawn from outside the boat, then circulated through engine block and cylinder head.
A fresh-water cooled engine is cooled with “raw” water pumped through a heat exchanger, where it first draws the heat from the fresh water/antifreeze mix that cools the engine, then is injected into the exhaust hose where it cools
-- Jim Wonn, Cashmere, Washington
Gordon West replies: As long as your backstay is insulated so the SSB antenna can radiate, there is no problem. Although the signal