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  1. Rodger

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    Keep an eye open for the cottage that Francis Langford spent her summer with M/Y Chanticleer

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  2. NYCAP123

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    Today we're heading over to Blind River. So far it's a beautiful and easy cruise, but rather boring.
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    Looks like we have some weather coming in tomorrow, so we're going to head back to the U.S. side today. Trying to decide whether to put in at Makinac Is. or Makinaw City for a day or two. Anybody have a suggestion?
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    That depends on what you intend to do. The Island is a tourist destination with the famous Grand Hotel with a lovely afternoon tea overlooking the straits. Lots of fudge, lots of bicycles, and lots of horses on the island, as well as a few spots for a nice beer and planked whitefish. But not much in the way of maintenance or yards for the boat.
    Mac city has more boating facilities but is less appealing from a tourist viewpoint, although there is a fairly short ferry ride over to the island available. I would do the island if it were just for one day.
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    Go to Makinac Island you will have a good time. Rent a bike and ride around the island it takes about one hour and is very flat no hills and stop for a beer. You will have a good time there.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Since we're looking at rain tomorrow and the seas picking up a bit through Tuesday, then rain coming back on Thursday to Saturday we're also thinking about just laying the boat up for a week or two and heading home before heading down to Grand Haven for our winter layover. So the boss and I have much to consider.
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    You are definitely running into rough lake season now. This weather we are having now is a blessing!
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    Absolutely right about the weather. It really pays to have the luck of the Irish. We have a GB 36 out of Greenport, NY following us who still intends to head for the Gulf. Hope they brought their woolies.:D

    It'll be Mackinac Island tonight, getting in about 1600.

    The air hose from my compressor just gave up the ghost. For those who haven't experienced many tapes let me tell you that rigging tape was a joke, Duck tape just changes the air's path and Rescue tape helped, but is no match for 90 psi. We'll pick up a new hose tomorrow, along with more Recue Tape and rigging tape for other uses. Does anyone here have experience with Fix It tape (saw it on Shark Tank awhile ago). I know it not supposed to work wet, but I wonder if it would work for stuff like this. Also, just in case of an hydraulic line leak, does anyone have a recommendation for that. I remember seeing the Northwestern use a tape once for a temp repair on Deadliest Catch, but don't remember what type.
  10. Capt J

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    You're not fixing a 90psi air hose leak with tape. Best way to temporarily fix it is to cut the hose, put a union and hose clamps on it. Can't you just disconnect the hose? On most hatteras the air hose was off of the compressor was only used for filling fenders and such and the air compressor itself was only used to the horn?
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    Probably right, but what they used on the Northwestern's hydraulic line for the crane worked so.....
    It's also used for pressurizing the hydraulic systems (not a direct connection), steering & gears (30 & 85 psi) .
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    I believe they used a vulcanizing tape. Wrap it, light it on fire, then hope for the best. I've seen it in heavy equipment field fix kits. Having compression fitting type splice kit would be your best bet. Barbed fittings and hose clamps for air and low pressure fuel, and other hoses would be a good idea as well.
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    Light it on fire??? That looks like the same stuff I used ("Rescue Tape") which claims a 950 psi tensile strength. Even 5 layers thick turned to a balloon then pop.
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    Just get a brass hose barb to hose barb fitting and good hose clamps. Slice the bad section and piece it together, then get it replaced asap. Although, how hard is it to just change the entire hose?
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    Hey Ed, Rodger on the Welland says hi. :)

    We are just heading into lock number 1.
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    Oh we're replacing tomorrow. No Jimmy rigging here. Just thinking about future emergency repairs. You have a lot of different types of hoses carrying different mediums (air, water, fuel, anti-freeze, hydraulic fluid, etc.). Blow something like a fuel line in a dicey area and you don't have time to spend splicing hoses together. You can't drop the hook on a tight canal with barge traffic and you know where the engine rooms on these are. Not like you can keep popping your head up for a look. 5 minutes can be an eternity. Tape is the ideal quick repair IF it will hold and keep the medium in. I know how to make the proper repair. I'm wondering if someone knows a way to make a quick, emergency get home repair.
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    Hi Bill & Roger. Just heading in at this hour? Long night ahead or tying off somewhere? Where are you heading for?
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    The way I described takes less than 2 minutes if you have a knife and a screwdriver. I would say that would be a quick emergency get home repair.
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    It's good that you always carry every size fitting for every hose on every boat you run, and can splice in the one you need that fast. I'd find that a bit cumbersome, and just can't work that fast with air, water, hot antifreeze, hydraulic fluid, diesel, etc. spraying. That's why I'm asking if there's a tape such as vulcanized (which I just tried and didn't work) or Fiber Fix (which I haven't tried yet) that would do the job. I think that most of us know how to install a fitting. That wasn't the question. I'm looking for new knowledge, not old. Several new tapes have come on the market in recent years. I'm trying to find out from the knowledge base here if anyone has found one that works well, not a lesson in fixing a hose 101.
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    I carry a few of every size hose clamp I might need as do most yachts that travel. The brass hose barb to hose barb connectors range from $1-10 a piece. An investment in $50 of them to carry around can be worth their weight in gold. Plastic is even cheaper and pennies.....but you can use brass for everything, fuel, oil, hot water, etc.....