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Main Message Board / Re: sheer stripe tape 2001 MKll
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:36:34 AM »
Jim
Not hard to do with the right finesse.  Did you ever try to apply tape in a straight line before?

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Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:01:12 AM »
I notice on many new boats at boat shows, that B&G instruments seem prevalent.  However I think two items gives Garmin the leg up.  First, they seem to be more intuitive in using.  But the biggest benefit recently is the fact that they bought Active Captain and all of the crowd sourcing data is now available on the Garmin units.  But I guess you would be able to access Active Captain on anything connected to the internet (via wifi or other means).  I don't have a chart plotter, so I can't comment beyond that.

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Main Message Board / Re: Sons left for college, 1 year closer to retirement
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:53:20 AM »
Wow Paul, you seem to have many restrictions!  Almost as bad as me with work and weather....  Based on your tag "Britinusa" I assume 25 years in Royal Navy?  Very Cool  :thumb:

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Main Message Board / Re: Sons left for college, 1 year closer to retirement
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:04:46 AM »
Interested to hear what other retirees can say about the added flexibility on sailing!  Enjoyed reading Ron and Stu's comments  :clap

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Main Message Board / Re: Replace DC panel circuit breaker
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:23:00 AM »
You should be able to find a 10A breaker at West Marine.  Or you can look on-line for a better price.

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Main Message Board / Re: Hoisting mainsail singlehanded
« on: July 26, 2019, 05:08:36 AM »
One turn around the winch, then hand-over-hand from the cockpit.   When it's at the top, wrap halyard around self tailer, pop in the winch handle, then snug it up.  Set the clutch, remove the halyard from the winch, then put main sheet on the winch.  Fall off and away we go....

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Whenever I start the engine, I always focus on the "swoosh, swoosh" sound of the water exiting the thru-hull.  It's so automatic, it's like breathing!

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Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:45:11 AM »
When I spoke to the Selden rep, he explained that ball bearing blocks are not for static high load applications.  Maybe the blocks are under warranty for 10 years, but over time, they will slowly perform less and less until finally, they really aren't working properly.  After speaking with him, I realized if you look at boats OTHER THAN CATALINA, you will notice non-ball bearing blocks at the mast base.  I found that interesting.

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Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:34:05 AM »
I recently changed my mast blocks for the halyards.  Bought them at the Annapolis Boat show.  When I talked to the people at the Selden booth, they said those blocks should be plain bearing blocks (not ball bearing).  Ball bearing blocks are for lines with continual movement.  Plain bearing blocks are for lines that are static for longer periods and carry high loads (like your halyards).  If you use a ball bearing block for high static loads, it will deform the bearings and the block won't run smooth.  I bought these and they work well.  Not that expensive.

http://www.seldenmast.com/en/products/blocks/plain_bearing_blocks.html



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Main Message Board / Re: plastic stud for in-mast furling
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:09:04 AM »
Did you try going to HD or Lowes and look at the hardware section.  They have bins of all sorts of plastic and rubber items.  Maybe you can find a plastic washer or something you can use to rig something that would work.

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Main Message Board / Re: cockpit table
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:28:50 AM »
Very Nice!!  Now you have to get that drink holder to have the same incredible finish!!  :thumb:

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Main Message Board / Re: Removing old decals on the hull
« on: May 22, 2019, 04:11:25 AM »
Start out by 'warming' the area with a hair dryer as KW suggests.  Then use a lot of patience and your finger nail..  pick and peel, pick and peel...  eventually you'll get it all off.

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Main Message Board / Re: New Headsail recommendation
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:51:57 AM »
You may also want to consider the choice based on your rig, whether you have a standard or tall.  I have a tall rig with a 135 genoa.  That combination seems to work well on the Chesapeake.

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Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:46:11 PM »
Peggie Hall does not advise using vent filters because they actually stop the free flow of oxygen into the tank, which makes the anaerobic bacteria thrive (that's what causes tank smell, you want aerobic bacteria, which needs air flow).  I kept my original stanchion vent, but per her advice, added a larger vent.  I cut a hole into the tank access cover and routed the vent line forward, through the side storage area, into the locker in the v-berth port side and out the hull below the sheer stripe.  You have to remove the port side cabinetry by removing the screws on the outer frame.  The whole modular unit will come out, frame and all.  She advised to make the run more of a 45 angle rather than straight up, for better air flow.  She suggested keeping the original vent for better cross ventilation.  I put a dose of odorloss at the end of being on the boat for the weekend, or extended weekend.  No "boat" smell.

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Main Message Board / Re: Filling the stanchion vent tube hole.
« on: May 01, 2019, 07:59:21 AM »
Roland,
Why get rid of the stanchion vent?  I did the same as you, installed a thru hull fitting near stripe.  When getting advice from Peggie Hall on the matter, she said to keep the original vent since more air going into the holding tank is a plus.  I kept it, now I have two vents.

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