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This note like my other one on coaxial cables has been marinating since late May, 2020. As part of my boat network upgrade I wanted to add a remote microphone to my helm while moving the radio head unit below deck into my navigation system. The connectors for the remote mic cable were too...
Luke: Dang it Yoda, I didn't fly all the way to the swamps of Dagoba to learn about some Ham radio soldering baloney! I'm supposed to be out there having adventures! Reefing! Tacking! What about Han and Leia and - Yoda: Mmmmm, so the electrons will surely conform their behavior to your...
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I am the happy owner of a Ranger 11 rowing-sailing dinghy which makes a pretty good tender - it's a bit too big for the 32-3, won't fit on deck, and is a constant threat of dings and danger when being towed through a tight marina. However, it's an absolute joy to row, fits my girlfriend, her...
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Time dedicated: About 7 hours - two yesterday pulling wires and five today messing with fixtures. Edit: 8/5/2020 - Costs: $165 combined on two light fixtures from marinebeam.com. $64 on new tinned wire from Amazon. $81 on the LMR240 coaxial that the boatyard. (does not include the...
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A recent forum thread about another member's struggle with his "stuffing box hell" encouraged me to review my own while I have recently had my boat out of the water. As I have said many times, I don't know very much about sailboats and I'm learning everything as I go. A basic problem that...
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So after cleaning and polishing my mast while it was out at the boatyard, today I was able to install the Tides Marine Sailtrack. I linked to this guy's video before - I really just followed his example: This all took about 2.5 hours. My first step was to open a new gate in the mast. At...
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Into the handy quarterberth go inflatable dinghy, Torquedo outboard, oars, and sometimes life raft, Jordan series drogue with chain, sea anchor and, if I think I'll need it, the Wedding at Sea Kit that goes with my ordination by the Universal Life Church. (The Temporary Marriage Certificate...
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Pretty much everything I know at this point about cleaning gel-coat boats is from a week or so I spent last summer trying to bring back a positively chalky 1983 Coronado 15 dinghy. I'm trying to avoid worrying about turning my Ericson into a perfect princess of a boat, because I want to use it...
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When you turned on your computer today, you were probably thinking, "Man, I sure hope I get something exciting to read about, like a guy writing about the condition of the through-hulls in his boat." It's your lucky day. Here we go. My 32-200 has four through-hulls in the head area on the...
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Up into the slings she goes. The underside was not exactly bright red: Power-washed and placed on a cart: Can you tell where the straps were for the power-washing? The sacrificial anodes had been treated like Aztec teenagers before a big battle: I didn't get a picture of the...
E32-3 Mast Work
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Arrived at the boatyard, patted myself on the back for the yard crew noting my earnest application of labels and turnbuckle markers to my shrouds in advance. It took about 15 minutes from the time I had tied up at the dock until we were able to remove the cotter pins from the stays toggles and...
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1. I was helpfully told: Mark your hull where you want the the sling straps to go, so you won't damage any underwater appendages. Consult Saiboatdata.com if necessary for a model drawing. 2. My 'project manager' at KKMI, the boatyard at which I will haul out suggested pulling the cotter...
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Given the very positive reviews from members of the site, I decided to install a Tides Marine SailTrack system. The SailTrack is an extruded Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Plastic track that slides into your mast's internal luff groove and replaces the grooves functionality with its own...
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