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Messages - dfloeter

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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 52í from the water.  End of tale. 

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Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 28, 2019, 05:34:14 PM »
Ok, I know the length of the extrusion, 45í2Ē, 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 52í it really is.  Meanwhile we have the slip reserved in two days so there is no time to waste.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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 friendís 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. 

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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 Ronís 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. 

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Main Message Board / Re: Running Cables for Windlass
« on: September 17, 2019, 03:33:18 PM »
For what itís 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 wasnít 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. 

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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. 

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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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Main Message Board / Traveling the AICW during hurricane season
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:42:00 AM »
We are leaving Michigan this week for a trip south down the ICW to the Bahamas for the winter and will potentially be in the path of east coast tropical storms this fall.   Fortunately the forecast sounds better than last year.  I have a list of theoretically safe and better protected marinas for hiding out but do wonder if anyone here might have some favorites to put on our list.   We anchor out most of the time but with a named storm coming our way my preference is either a safe dock or hauling the boat and getting out of there.   My current list hopefully is attached.   Any input is appreciated.

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Last year I changed over from the v belt on our M35AC to the Balmar serpentine belt.   The left over parts from the change over are: v-belt in great condition Gates 7417),  Balmar machined v-groove pulley (61-0010), raw water pump pulley, left over Balmar spacer and assorted screws.   The v-groove pulley came off of a Balmar 120 amp 6 series alternator.   These are spare parts in a box in my garage that I do not want to toss knowing that someone among us can likely use at least part of this set of junk parts. 

Any takers? For the cost of shipping plus a six pack?

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Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 02:41:51 PM »
Thanks Ron and I think I can still do just that and I have a tube of 5200 that still seems usable.

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Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:41:30 PM »
Thanks but I think mine may already be elliptical, and now much stronger.   5 layers of cloth including 2 of roving and it laid up nicely.  Thanks all.

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Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 06:59:41 AM »
Thanks Ken, I just ground out the crack and it went all the way through to the post. The FG skin was cracked all the way down to the step.  There is also a crack on top.  At this point Iím going to grind the main crack on a good taper and reglass it.  I think that is what Catalina would likely recommend.  Onward with the belt sander!

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