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Messages - dfloeter

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Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 11, 2020, 07:04:22 PM »
We went around on this question last year.   I almost ordered the Garhauer davits and decided the weight both physically and visually would be too much and went back to hoisting on the foredeck with the spin halyard.  We have a full enclosure that would be difficult to rework around all that extra hardware.  Now after 7 months on this cruise we have been hoisting and retrieving every few days I am wishing we had davits.   The time we spend launching the dinghy and lowering the engine to the transom seems excessive when I watch somebody else lower the fully laden dinghy on the davits and motor away. 
Just another opinion.

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:57:26 PM »
The Twin Disk looks like a great option.    I wish I had known of this one.

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 10, 2020, 09:43:49 AM »
If I remember right, the issue was thrust washers with too small an ID and the thickness was less than the originals.  The rep was biased certainly but convincing.  BTW, the ZF10 was priced significantly higher than the ZF12. This might be due to a much larger production run as the 12 is used extensively in some parts of the country.  The example I got was all the mud “something” boats down in the bayou run these things hard and hold up well and are quite numerous.  As stated previously, on our Mark 2, the ZF12 fit very well.
At the time I priced the two at Catalina Direct that had $3500 and $1872 for the 10 and 12 respectively. 

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:13:17 AM »
When our tranny started sloughing off too much particulate into the oil, I was advised by the ZF reps and other knowledgeable minds around Annapolis to just buy a new unit.  The eBay kits apparently require some machining to fit properly and the parts aren’t as robust as the factory kits. My sources were a bit biased but I chose to believe them and play it safe. The replacement, ZF-12, is larger than the HBW-100, but fit with no trouble. The linkage is still on the right but the geometry is a little different.  The engine had to be raised ˝” or so.  Just my experience.

Main Message Board / Thanksgiving 2019 SE Fla
« on: November 18, 2019, 04:47:21 PM »
Hi all, I am hoping we have some SE Florida sailors with any info on cruiser potlucks for Thanksgiving this year.  We participated in St Marys GA some years ago and had a great time. This year we will be well south of Vero Beach where they do a good party and hope there might be some other cruiser friendly spot further south.

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 29, 2019, 02:28:30 PM »
Sitting in a low country creek, I measured and found there is no need to hang a water filled dinghy off the boom end.  Literally measured with the entire antenna figured in, the result is where I started at 52’ from the water.  End of tale. 

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 28, 2019, 05:34:14 PM »
Ok, I know the length of the extrusion, 45’2”, and I can tie the whisker pole off athwart ship and measure both ends to the water and average the figures. Adding two feet for the masthead gear should make me more comfortable.  It will be interesting just how close to the original ballpark figure of 52’ it really is.  Meanwhile we have the slip reserved in two days so there is no time to waste.

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 27, 2019, 01:42:43 PM »
Thanks for the answers.  Our stick is 45' 2" long and I have always been guessing about the height of mast step to water.   We are looking at a 55 or 56 foot bridge in Charleston SC in a few days and wanted some reassurance that I was not too far off base.   The Dismal Swamp took my Windex a couple of weeks ago and I am still feeling sensitive.

Main Message Board / Air draft?
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:01:20 AM »
Does anyone offhand know how high the tall rig projects off the water?

Main Message Board / Re: Winch size for spinnaker halyard
« on: September 22, 2019, 11:39:43 AM »
With the above said, I should add that we are hoisting an aluminum AB with a 9.9 four stroke and a battery and gas can.  Total weight is something like 230 pounds.  The Lewmar 16 is by no means too large and a bit larger would not hurt. 

Main Message Board / Re: Winch size for spinnaker halyard
« on: September 20, 2019, 11:47:22 AM »
Yes, I installed the winch about elbow high on the port side of the mast. Previously I had added another cleat at the bottom, both identical and the same height as the original on starboard. The challenge here was making the concave mast plate. With a friend’s help, we made a male plug and cast the part with shredded and pieces of fiberglass cloth with fg resin.  The fit was pretty close. 

Main Message Board / Re: Winch size for spinnaker halyard
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:40:48 PM »
We made the change this year from towing the dink to storing on deck. In the past I tried the old bang on the spin halyard but maybe the vang blocks were too old with excess friction. This last spring I installed a Lewmar 16 with no regrets. I like Ron’s idea of holding the dink forward by the painter while hoisting.  Anyway, the new winch works great  and maybe is a better solution than davits.  We had just left the dink in the water around Annapolis for 2 weeks with an incredible load of slime. We are now lifting every night. 

Main Message Board / Re: Running Cables for Windlass
« on: September 17, 2019, 03:33:18 PM »
For what it’s worth our solenoid is mounted near the motor in front of the forward bulkhead and the supplies breaker at the nav station on the forward facing low space above the table. I hope that makes sense. The boat was originally just wired with an up foot switch and I opted to not add a down   I did install the Maxwell toggle up and down st the helm.  Additionally I added a cheap Chinese remote I found on amazon, $14?, that has worked flawlessly for a few years now.  I was skeptical at first and figured there wasn’t much to lose.   As a test after installation I walked down the lane in the storage yard and paced off 425 feet before I got out of range. 

Main Message Board / Re: Running Cables for Windlass
« on: September 17, 2019, 11:09:44 AM »
I would second the Maxwell VW 10-8. Ours has worked well and fit nicely.  The hole had to be bored a bit larger but that was the toughest part of the job. One mod on my list though is a stainless plate behind the gypsy as the chain is slowly beating a hole on the fiberglass. 

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:29:12 AM »
Our rudder had that same crack this year and I was able to repair it.   After grinding out the crack to metal the area was ground back to a good taper I laid in layers of glass starting narrow and ending up wrapping the full length of the taper.   The results looked good and I hope strong.

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