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Main Message Board / Perseverance is getting a new home
« on: August 29, 2017, 05:01:51 AM »
I have sold Perseverance to a friend, 2 slips south of me.  The new owner is the current owner of a Cat27.  On Tuesday he will own Perseverance.  Hopefully he will invite me out a lot.

I will be going to the "dark side" with a tritoon, which would be a better "social boat", but not a sailboat,  and one my wife has wanted for a while.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me learn how to make my time with Perseverance enjoyable.  I appreciate all of the time and advice that many of you have provided.  I have encouraged the new owner to be involved on this site also.

Main Message Board / Starting with house vs start battery
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:02:24 AM »
I have 2 house batteries and 1 starting batttery.  I try to remember to switch to the start battery under power and then switch to house when i shut off the engine, but i sometimes forget to switch back to house after shutting off the engine..  What is the problem with using the house batteries for starting and general usage, and keeping the remaining battery just as a backup if needed?

Main Message Board / fuel treatment
« on: September 02, 2016, 05:19:34 AM »
I am a day sailor that uses very little fuel over the course of a season.  Last season I used only 5 gal.  At the end of the season I treated the fuel for winter.  This year i have probably only used 1 or 2 gallons.  As i start thinking about winter, should i: 1. Just leave it alone - does the protection wear out after a year?, 2. Treat the fuel again as if it were all fresh fuel- can you overtreat the fuel? 3. Sail to the Caribbean for the winter? 4. Something else?

Main Message Board / New elec panel
« on: June 09, 2016, 12:51:18 PM »
In about a month I want to replace my original (1986) elect panel with a Blue Sea 8084 panel.  The new panel is smaller than the one I am removing.  Has anyone installed this new panel? What creative ways did you account for the larger opening? This just looks like some time consuming work, but nothing difficult.  I have prelabeled all of the wires, and have good quality crimping tool and a supply of heat shrinks.  Any other advice would be welcome.

Pics would be great!

Main Message Board / need new prop shaft and coupling
« on: May 31, 2016, 12:38:29 PM »
Last week i lost reverse and finally got someone out today to look at my boat.  The key came out of the coupling and the entire prop shaft pulled out about 0.5 in from the coupling. The set screws scored the end of the shaft.  The mechanic said i need a new shaft and coupling.  I dont like spending money, but i really don't like spending money on cheap stuff that will just break again. Therefore, after reading a lot of posts on this site, i think i am going to get a vetus coupling.  The yard will have the prop shaft fabricated locally.

My question is where is the best source of the coupling.  Neither Defender or Hamilton seem to have them.  Do i have to go through one of the "authorized dealers" from their website?  Does anyone have a good source that is both inexpensive and fast (yes, i know those don't usually go together!).

Main Message Board / Leaky dripless
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:04:55 PM »
I was getting ready to take my boat out this afternoon, cast off the lines and realized that i did not have reverse. I did have forward.  I opened up the engine compartment to check the linkage and noticed that i had water spraying out of my dripless.  I tightened the clamps and it seemed to stop the spray. If i wiggle the bellows, it starts to spray again.  If i stop the wiggle, it stops.  I read as many posts as i can find on the dripless, but cant find the answer.  The water is coming out in front of the stainless steel collar that has the hose attached to it.  Didnt get a chance to take a picture, but will tomorrow.

Do i need to replace my dripless? Is there something i can fix? Will i get reverse back once it is fixed, or are these two seperate unrelated problems.

Main Message Board / Could my boat be twisted?
« on: April 15, 2016, 01:36:26 PM »
I live in Michigan, so i am on the hard.  I just started cleaning up in hopes of launching May 3.  I noticed i could not close my head door.  It is off by about 1/2 inch. Hinges are fine. All of the trim boards around the door are fine. Everything looks evenly spaced. Nothing looks cocked.  Aft cabin door is fine.  Could this be because it is on the hard? Door was fine last fall. I have had the boat for 3 years now, and never noticed this before. I have a custom metal cradle, but it does have one bent strut.  Has anyone else had this happen.  Hopefully it straightens out in the water!

Main Message Board / Transmission Fluid
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:28:03 AM »
One of my dock mates asked me when I last changed my transmission fluid.  I have only had the boat for two years and have not done it myself, but it got me curious.  I find no note in the POs records, but he only had the boat about 4 years.  Is this something I should do, just to be on the safe side?  I have read postings on how to do it, but there does not seem to be anything about <<if>> I should do it if everything is working fine.

Main Message Board / Removing a gWind for winter
« on: September 12, 2015, 05:17:38 PM »
The Garmin manual on the gWind indicates that I should remove the masthead transducer every winter, keep it charged up, and then reinstall in the spring.  Do people really do this? Or is that just a manufacturers CYA?

Main Message Board / Superstor water heater element.
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:54:19 PM »
I need a new element for my Superstor SS-6M water heater.  Anyone know a good source?  I cant seem to find at WM, Defender, Hamilton

Simple rookie question. My port jib sheet rubs against the cowling. I have tried to adjust the position of the aft fairlead, but cannot find a point where it does not rub. I have Lewmar 46 winches.  Is this typical, or am I doing something wrong? Is there a fix?

Main Message Board / Solar vents
« on: June 16, 2015, 04:45:35 PM »
The solar vent on my boat has never worked since i bought the boat last year.  While not a high priority, it has been on the todo list.  I went to the West Marine site to look them up. The Nicor day/night one was panned by reviewers. The standard comment was they had a longevity of about 1year. I would like to get one that does not require making the hole larger or smaller.  What has been the experience of members? Do they really have a short life span? Is there a better replacement? Is the non- day/night one more dependable?

Main Message Board / Installing a Chartplotter
« on: June 13, 2015, 06:17:16 AM »
Since a few people asked, I will start a new topic and share my experiences with installing a new chartplotter. Some of this might be obvious, but I am new to boat ownership and I appreciate the posts that contain a lot of info that is obvious to everyone else.

I have a 1986 Cat 34. It has a standard Edson Pedestal. It had a DataMarine depth display and a DataMarine speed display.  Each was in its own “pod”, one on the left and one on the right of the binnacle.

I purchased a Garmin 741xs chartplotter over the winter (GREAT Prices at WM just before Christmas!). I studied a number of depth transducers and decided on a AirMar B150 Chirp Transducer. I don’t fish, but I thought it would be good to have a picture of the bottom and not just a number. It was not that much more than a non-Chirp transducer. This has 2 frequencies, so I can get two different pics of the bottom. My “original to me” transducer was located aft of the keel, under the water tank. Impossible to get to, so we just left it in place and installed the new one ahead of the keel on the starboard side. Access is under the forward dining bench. It is also near the speed transducer.

I also installed an AirMar ST850 Speed and Temp Transducer. This was supposed to be NMEA 2000, but my installer installed it along with the Depth directly in the back of the Chartplotter. He said something about “piggy-backing” them. There is only 1 port on the back of the transducer for sonar, so I don’t know how he did it.

I also decided to install a NMEA2000 network at the same time.  I thought I would be connecting my speed transducer to it, but I didn’t (see above). I did need it for the wind transducer, and also if I wanted to add anything else later.

Now to the binnacle. Since I was removing the 2 DataMarine heads, I needed to change the top plate. I decided to upgrade to the newer Edson 1 1/8” guard. I looked at Main Sail’s Chartplotter mount, and would have bought that if I kept the same binnacle guard. I am also glad I did opt for the bigger guard. Even though it is only 1/8” larger, it is MUCH sturdier.  My Installer cut the height down a little, and welded on a bracket on it to mount the Chartplotter. I was able to feed the NMEA183, NMEA2000  and the sonar leads through 1 side. One concern is the trans linkage. You may have to adjust that to prevent the shift lever from hitting the binnacle guard.  Another concern that I had was the effect of the chartplotter on the compass. You can see from the pictures that the compass is a few inched below the chartplotter, and there is a mounting plate below the chartplotter. Turning the instrument power on and off at the Dist panel does not seem to affect the compass, so I don’t think there is a problem. And if I needed the Ritchie compass to be accurate, I could always turn off the instrument power.

Next step was the wind transducer. I wanted to stay with one brand, so my choice was the Garmin wired or wireless.  To install the wireless, I was afraid I would have to remove the top plate. If so, I would have to unstep the mast. The other alternative was to use the wireless.  I opted for that. The transducer comes with a WSI (Wind Speed Indicator) connection box to connect the wireless signal to the GND10 box which in turn connects to the NMEA 2000 network.  Evidently I can add other items to the GND10 box. Not sure what. The Indicator and the WSI box came factory paired, so there was very little to installing it.  The WSI box needs to be near the mast, so we installed it under the forward end of the dining bench seat. To install the unit at the top of the mast, I hired a kid in the marina to climb my mast (using a Mast Mate), drill a few holes and mount it.  When I turned it on, it didn’t immediately register, but connected in about 30 seconds. I still find that it sometimes requires this time. Once connected, it works perfect.  Additionally, the wireless one includes a barometric pressure sensor.

Pics Attached. If you have specific questions or want to see more pics, let me know.

Main Message Board / installing a masthead wind transducer
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:28:26 PM »
I want to install a masthead wind tramsducer.  All of my electronics are Garmin, so i am considering the wired and wireless gWind models.  The advantage of the wired one is that it does not require bi-annual battery replacement and wired just seems more dependable.  (I am not sure if that is true or not).  I am leaning toward the wired one, but my local marine electronics guy says i will have to unstep the mast to do so, because he will have to take the top plate off, and that only comes off if you unfasten the fore and back stays.  Is this true? Does anyone have experience with the bluetooth versions?

Main Message Board / Depth transducer
« on: April 07, 2015, 12:50:31 PM »
I need to replace my depth transducer with a digital one.  The current one is located aft of the engine.  Seems like a crazy place to put.  Doesn't give much warning!  I am thinking pf just dusconnecting the old one, but leave it inplace.  I am thinkingnof installing the new one forward of the.keel.  Comments?

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