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Main Message Board / Re: ST4000 link failure
January 07, 2023, 11:50:32 AM
Thanks for the link, Stu.  I did find Dan Gerhardt myself by searching the internet.  It turned out to be the wind head unit.  I sent it to Dan and he turned the repair around in a few days.  I hooked it up and all systems seem to work as usual.
Main Message Board / Re: ST4000 link failure
November 13, 2022, 12:24:20 PM
Hi everyone...  I was able to diagnose that it's the ST60 Wind that is causing the failure.  When I took that unit out of the chain, everything powered up with no "STLK FAILURE" on the Autopilot display.  So the head unit must be the problem.  I know Raymarine does not service these units anymore.  Does anyone know someone that I can send this ST60 Wind head unit for service?

Main Message Board / Re: Stubborn Waterline Stains
November 05, 2022, 08:40:15 AM
Although this says rust stain remover and waterline stain is not rust, it does wonders for waterline stain.  Was with a friend who was cleaning up his Marshall Catboat and he pulled out this stuff, sprayed it on a sponge, wiped it on and the waterline stain came completely out!  He then sprayed the residual off and the hull looked brand new.

You might try buying pleated shades for home windows and try cutting them to size to fit the boat.  I've heard of others doing this.  You can search the internet for ideas.  Home shades are less expensive and you can make a few out of one shade.
Main Message Board / Re: A/C install
November 05, 2022, 08:30:26 AM
Hi...  Nice installation!!  Now that you've had the unit all summer and fall, wondering how you like it.  I've always thought when my AC unit dies, I would install the Flagship unit because of the resistance heat while on the hard.  Curious how it's been performing. thanks!
Wow!!  I just ate dinner, but my mouth is watering!!! Nice!!
Main Message Board / Re: ST4000 link failure
June 08, 2022, 04:48:41 PM
Hi Mark. Yes. The system was turned on as usual. When powered up. All units are activated.

Hi Noah. I haven't had my paddle wheel sensor in for a number of years. It keeps fouling up so I just gave up using it and now have my knot meter read SOG from the GPS.
Main Message Board / Re: ST4000 link failure
June 06, 2022, 01:23:38 PM
Noah. It's basically what Tom mentioned. The instruments are not talking to each other so the knot meter head was not getting information from the GPS. Also the autopilot was not functioning. It was showing the error message.
Main Message Board / ST4000 link failure
June 05, 2022, 06:20:08 PM
Hi everyone,
Finally launched Sea Life last Tuesday morning and that afternoon, motored from Rock Hall to Annapolis to our new home port on Back Creek.  All went well and all electronics functioned properly. Friday we went out for our first sail and when I switched on the electronics, I got an error message on the Autopilot; "STLK FAIL".  The autopilot  was inoperable, the knot meter did not take the SOG information from the GPS.  Would appreciate if anyone can point me in the right direction to diagnose the problem.  All instruments are Raymarine, ST4000, model year 2000.  All have worked fine up until now.  Thanks!
If your battery charger can go into the equalization process, you should try to do that.  I just bought (4) Duracell golf cart batteries at Sam's Club to replace the "Energizer" ones I bought there back in 2009.  The one's I just bought are EGC2 replacing the GC2 from 2009.  $135 each.   20 amp hour rate 230. 
I see you used starboard as an adapter plate.  But do you feel it's strong enough?  There's a lot of force with that autopilot system.  Just curious.
If you're looking to replace the thru hulls, stainless looks classy.

Main Message Board / Re: Light bulb removal
January 29, 2022, 09:43:39 AM
you should be able to pull them straight out.  They are friction fitted.  I also replaced all of mine with LEDs
Main Message Board / Re: Prop Paint
January 29, 2022, 09:41:34 AM
I've been on the Chesapeake for over 20 years and the biggest problem is growth and slime rather than barnacles.  I've used Pettit Barnacle Barrier coat and after haul out, noticed remains of just a few barnacles (I'm not present when the marina hauls, but you can see the spot where a barnacle lived).  The best way to keep growth down is to use the boat, plain and simple.  I notice if I can move the boat at least once in a two week period, I am able to maintain a reasonable hull speed at 2500 RPM.  That would be about 6.2 to 6.5 kts.  If things don't allow me to do that, what i do at least is to run the engine in the slip and let the prop spin in both forward in reverse, at a much lower RPM of course.  Basically move the boat, it's the best anti-fouling measure.
Main Message Board / Re: Removing engine cabinet on MkII
December 05, 2021, 04:51:35 PM
I think you're asking about taking the panel that is behind the companionway steps.  I've taken that out, but it takes a little angling of the panel to get it out.  Take out the screws on both sides.  To get it out, you need to push one side in while pulling the other side out.  Basically angling it to clear what is stopping you from taking it straight out.
Hope this explains how to remove it.