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Messages - mregan

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Main Message Board / Hit and Run
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:42:45 AM »
Was sleeping at anchor yesterday morning.  Had just come out of a deep sleep.  Hear a loud bang.  Wake up thinking the v-berth hatch had slammed shut.   It was open, looking out through it I can seen an anchor and mast off our port side. 
Now I'm thinking we dragged and hit another boat or had run aground.  Run into the cockpit, look around.  Still in the same spot we were in when we went to bed.  Look off the port side and there's a 40+ sailboat motoring away from us.  Run up near the bow and look over the lifelines, doesn't look to be any damage.  Look back over to the boat, still motoring away.  Notice a bare boat chartering co. name along the boom.
I couldn't believe the guy didn't motor back over and say sorry or, any damage.  My wife thought maybe he didn't realize he hit us.  I said even if he didn't think he hit us,  wouldn't he think it was odd that just as he came close to hitting us I happen to pop on deck at 5:30am.  And maybe he would stop and say that was close or sorry almost hit you.  Not turn around and motor away.
Plan on calling the charter company today just to give them a heads up.

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:16:14 PM »
I replaced the stanchion vent with a thru hull vent located below the rub rail on the port side.  Went across the top of the tank, up behind the port cushion, into the small locker above the elec. panel and out the side of the hull there.  Went with 1" hose. 
When we bought the boat the smell was horrible.  Replaced the tank and all of the hoses.  Had a 2nd opening installed in the tank top.  Put a plug in the 2nd opening with a 1/4" hose through it and dropped into the bottom of the tank.  Other end of the hose I connected to a fish tank bubbler.  Read Peggie's book.  Figured the air being introduced into the tank from the bubbler would provide airflow and the aerobic action to eliminate the smells.  Hasn't worked as well as I wanted, although we aren't as diligent as we should be with pumping out.

You need a 5 year old.  That was my daughter's "job" when we first got our boat.  Make sure there is water coming out the back of the boat, yell if there isn't.

When I bought my '86 4 years ago I replaced my counter.  Was rotting from the leaking vent stanchions.  I think with the counter off I was able to drill some holes in the fiberglass and spray some foam in the space between the hull and the icebox and the icebox and the stove.  It also made it easier to spray the other two sides.  If you keep the counter on you would be trying to spray the bow and port side through one of the drawer openings.
If you go with spray form, try to find a sprayable 2 part style. Will come as a kit with a hose and plastic spray gun.  It sticks to vertical surfaces well and hardens in about 30 seconds.  On my old C-30 I tried using the spray foam you get at HD and it took so long to set it kept falling off the sides of the icebox.
Once you get the counter back on, you have about 2-3" of countertop that is inboard to the icebox.  I cut some 2" styrofoam board pieces and fit them around the icebox door to insulate the 2-3" of counter space over the icebox to give it some insulation.

Main Message Board / Re: old silicone removal?
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:33:22 AM »
I've had good results with Goo Gone and a new razor blade to get the majority off.  Then Goo Gone and some rubbing with a clean cloth to get the rest off.   

Main Message Board / Re: Cetol remover
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:07:06 AM »
I used a heat gun which worked well.  I had pulled all the wood off and did it at home so not sure how well it would work on the boat.

Main Message Board / Re: Ice box gasketing
« on: May 15, 2018, 07:11:53 AM »
Does everyone have the 2" or so, thick,  insulated fiberglass panel screwed to the underside of the lid?  I assumed it was factory installed in my '86.  Or do some people have just the plywood lid?  I always assumed I was getting some leakage around the opening lip but never thought it was too bad.
I also installed some 2" rigid styrofoam pieces on the underside of the countertop between the refer opening and the edge of the icebox.

wingate9, I'd be interested in your fiberglass hatch if you decide to replace it. 


Main Message Board / Re: replacing tall vetus cowl
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:54:00 AM »
I like this idea of replacing them with solar vents.  Never thought of that, good tip.

Main Message Board / Re: Cracked solar panel
« on: December 30, 2017, 07:55:11 AM »
Good idea.  I'll try it in the spring.

Main Message Board / Cracked solar panel
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:47:38 AM »
Have a flexible 100w solar panel.  Stepped on it by accident, when putting it away in the fall, heard a crack and noticed a 1.5" crack in one of the square solar panel cells.  Will this have an impact on the whole panel or just that particular cell?  My thinking is that cell is kaput but the rest of the panel should operate normally so maybe now its an 85-90w panel?

The boat is on shore power all week.  The panels are really for 2-3 day trips to keep the batteries topped up so we don't have to run the engine.  With the kids sports schedules, we really only get out on multi-day trips 3-4 times a summer so a small decrease in performance shouldn't be an issue.

Main Message Board / Re: Cable slap in mast
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:53:02 PM »
I also had the slapping.  The pvc conduit had come loose inside the mast.  Mine had actually broken in two.  I was able to re-rivet it although it turned out to be a bigger pain in the ass than I originally thought.  If you don't have a conduit then I think the noodle or pipe insulation would work.

Main Message Board / Re: dorade vent holes cracked
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:27:07 PM »
I have the same cracks on mine.  I was getting some water through the cracks.  Rebedded the dorades but didn't help.  Figured out the fiberglass had cracked under the traveller.  Replaced the traveller (it barely worked anyway) repaired the fiberglass and thru bolted the traveller.  Leaks disappeared.

Main Message Board / Re: Counter top Replacement
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:08:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure I just unscrewed the original trim pieces and screwed them back into the new countertop.  Mine had screws behind the bungs.  I used the old counter as a template for the new so it was the same exact size.  The teak trim fit like the original.

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Inspection Port - 1987 Mk 1
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:16:04 AM »
I have the Sensatank on my holding tank and it reads fine so I don't think the tank wall is too thick.

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