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Posted: January 10 2014 at 15:56 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Kevin
I bought a lot of those AirPax breakers on eBay sometime ago
They were old stock. I don't remember the exact amount, but like 14
for $50.
Good luck

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 16:10 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

Sounds like something I might want to keep on hand.

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 17:22 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Pat,

Subject: Circuit Breakers

I would check my circuits and find out whether any circuit breakers are bad. I'd replace those but wouldn't bother to stock up. There are too many different sizes.

They rarely go bad and can be replaced for about $20. There are over 50 venders who sell the A Series circuit breakers (both toggle and rocker) which constitute the bulk of the breakers on a Connie. And you can get them at any well stocked marine store.

I have about a dozen of different sizes that I inherited years ago. So long ago I can't remember where they came from. In the 18 years I've had my Connie I've never had to replace a breaker.

In a pinch you can usually steal a breaker from a non-critical circuit and use it to replace a breaker in a critical circuit that's gone bad. The biggest problem I've had with them is that they get so old it's hard to read the labels on them.

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 17:26 | IP Logged Quote eshover

That particular breaker that is being discussed can't be
purchased for $20. At least not the one with the red light in
the middle. If you can find them for that price, please hook
me up! And yes, the voltages vary on those breakers.

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 17:37 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

I don't believe that those exact breakers are available. I called the
new company that bought AirPax (which used to be in Maryland) and
they did not have an identical replacement. That is why I started to
search eBay.

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Damn Goose. Wish I'd known that when I bought mine. I
would have "stocked up" like you!

Banjoman

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Emory
When the weather warms up a little, meet me on Goose for a shot of
bourbon to make up for that.

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You got a date. Can't wait to show you my "fully restored"
Whaler! Almost finished.   It was supposed to be finished last
Memorial Day, then the 4th, then Labor....well...you get the
picture! Ha!

Emory

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 18:35 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Emory,

Subject: Circuit Breakers

You're right , those A-Series circuit breakers don't cost $20. They're $19.96 from Pyacht.com and with a little hunting I'm sure I can get them for less. There are companies that sell used refurbished breakers for half that price. But at $20 I think I'll buy the new ones.

You might find a breaker with that little light on the used breaker market but I don't see any signs that they are made anymore. If they are, let us know. I might pay a couple bucks more for a breaker with the light.

However, at the very slow rate they fail it may be several years before I need replacements.

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 19:36 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

Makes a lot of sense Pete.

Miss Donna and I are enjoying warm weather finally. Spent the day
washing salt off the boat, a short paddle and a sunset cocktail.

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 22:10 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Pat & Donna,

Subjects: Heat Wave and Circuit Breaker Search

It's turned warm here in MD too. Temps are up to 38F at 10:00 PM. Feels like a heat wave and 50F is predicted for tomorrow. Don't think I'll go paddle boating today though. The sunset cocktail I'll have tomorrow in my second floor office overlooking the Chester River (if it isn't raining).

I've looked through a lot of catalogs and done some searching on the web but haven't yet found any of the circuit breakers with indicator lights.

I'm going to let Emory be the point man on that search. I've got other things to do. If he finds them great! If he doesn't that's OK too because I really don't need any new circuit breakers at the moment.

Pete37

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Posted: January 10 2014 at 22:13 | IP Logged Quote David Ross

Pat,

You mentioned your friend's stabilized 49 Defever had a top speed of 8 knots and that he had a rough gulf crossing. Not sure of the year of his vessel or make of the stabilizers, but most stabilized boats the age of our connies had Naiad stabilizers. They tend to work best at speeds of at least eight knots. Of course, boat design, how they are installed, wave direction, etc all enter into the picture. The newer styles and at anchor stabilizers are another story. We have Naiads on our Connie and enjoy the huge difference the provide. 



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Dave, we would love to have them. I believe it would run around $50k
to install. I understand there is also a hefty mantainence cost.   
Takes 2 was taking 6' s on the beam very close together.

The Defever crowd may become good clients of mine as I will be
remodeling another galley on one next month.

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 07:32 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

Pete I hope you get to enjoy that sunset tonight. Doesn't mean you
can't enjoy an adult beverage.

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 09:45 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Emory
I remember seeing some photos of your whaler on FB a while ago.
Paint looked great. I traded my whaler in for a RIB (sure miss my
whaler). I was uncomfortable raising the fiberglass whaler and thought
the RIB would be safer. May have been a good thing. Early last
summer while raising the dinghy out of the water a 39' searay jumped
on plane 40' from me. After throwing my wife in to the cabin, I quickly
tied off the lead line and ducked down in the corner while the 700 lb
tender shot up and down like a yo-yo. Needless to say, I lost the whole
rig. The 700 lb RIB and 450 lb deck crane came crashing around 10'
down on my swim platform. Thank god I had my new platform with all
the extra bracing or I probably would have lost the platform too.

Pat
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Posted: January 11 2014 at 10:01 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

We are learning to despise Sea Rays, even though our last boat was
SRV 360.
Do we call you Goose? Or grey?   Where did you mount the fins? And
finally, was my price estimate accurate?

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 10:09 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Pat

SeaRay is a good boat, there is just so many of them that the rule of
average leads to there being some bad owners.
I have a 501 and not a 500. David would know where to mount them
on your boat. I think if you walked into a boat yard and said install
stabilizers they would cost $50k. I dealt directly with the manufacture
and the distributor for mine and also did a lot of the labor myself. So
you can cut the cost by quite a lot. I also added much larger stabilizers
than are specs on a boat of our size. Install took 3 days and a haul
out.

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 13:08 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi All,

Subject: Connies and Dinghies (Rolling, Rolling, Rolling)

Connies are great boats but not without their problems. One major problem is that they have a high center of gravity which gives them a tendency to roll. The 500 rolls quite a bit but the 501 is extremely prone to rolling because it’s CG has been pushed up by about 4’ above that of a 500.

Mounting a 1000 lb. Whaler and 500 lb. davit on the FB 17’ above the waterline makes a Connie 501 so tipsy that she’s unsafe at any speed. Grey Goose’s accident with a 700 lb. rib and 450 lb. deck crane amply demonstrates how unseaworthy such a setup can be. Even the wake from a passing boat can destroy the dinghy and its rig. Can you imagine what 4’ to 6’ swells on the bay would do?

Allen was warned about this problem but ignored it. Stabilizers can work well but only at speeds above 8 knots and in rough seas few of us are proceeding at those speeds. So stabilizers work only for certain special conditions.

The obvious solution to this problem is to get the Whaler as close to the waterline as possible. This is what Allen has attempted to do. He has built a wide swim platform capable of holding the Whaler. That sounds great until you realize that in rough seas following waves could swamp the Whaler and fill it with water. Filled with water, the Whaler weighs nearly 10,000 lbs.; enough to rip the transom off of your Connie.

No commercial manufacturer of swim platforms or other transom mounted lifts will guarantee their products for this type of service. When asked most respond that in rough seas the best solution is to cast your dinghy adrift and hope that it survives on its own in the rough seas. Somehow, casting my Whaler adrift does not seem like a reasonable solution.

My Connie is a 500 and rolls some. But I find that if I’m smart, and stay out of beam seas, the rolling is tolerable. I seem to have a durable stomach and have never felt seasick in any kind of vessel and/or seas. I don’t like the rolling but it doesn’t terrify me either.

Most of us have Connies with no stabilization, no Whaler dinghies and no deck cranes capable of lifting a Whaler. Our Connies, as they stand would sell in the $120K to $150K range. Adding a $5,000 reinforced swim platform, a $5,000 deck crane and a $10,000 Whaler would cost another $20,000. And it would cost an additional $5,000 to install the whole mess bringing the total to about $25,000.

This would bump your selling price (in the event you decide to sell) up to the $145K to $175K. Adding in the $50K for the stabilizers brings it up to$195K to $220K.

And finally adding in the 10% broker’s fee and the normal 10% difference between asking and selling price, you would have to ask $235K to $264K. I wish you lots of luck in selling at those prices.

In short, adding all these extras is a dumb move. It drives the price up to nearly unsellable. So, for most of us, dinghys (at least Whalers) are simply in the dream world.

Pete37


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Posted: January 11 2014 at 13:40 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

I have now used my boat for one summer without a tender and deck
crane. So using the boat for several years with the top weight and one
without it, I can say for certain that there is almost no noticeable
difference with or with out the 1100+ pounds 17' above the waterline.
The 501 has more roll than the 500, but not a lot more from which I
have heard from owners and has much less roll than a 53 Hatteras.
The 501 is a very safe boat with much lower CG than most production
Motor Yachts and many trawlers.
As far as being warned, by who? For what?
A 5' sharp wake from the stern while at anchor is going to cause
damage. Nothing I did or could do would have stopped that.

I decided to start contributing on this forum after a long hiatus because
there is some new blood and I enjoy talking about my boat as well as
listing to others talk about there's. Most of the other contributors have
just said the hell with this. They were done being written to negatively
after posting. Pete, I enjoy posting on this forum and am asking nicely
please stop returning my postings with negativity. I may be able to
persuade other Connie owners (that used to post here and enjoy
discussing their boat projects) to begin to participate again if things
could change. Every one of them is a Boat US member, so that is not
the problem. I think more participation is what we all would like.

BTW a #1200 hydraulic deck crane is $20k. I am pissing away much
more money on the boat that I enjoy using so much than you
calculated.

Edited by Grey Goose on January 11 2014 at 16:04


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Posted: January 11 2014 at 16:15 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Allen,

Sorry that my last post couldn’t be more positive but what you are proposing to the members of the forum is both dangerous and expensive.

You were told, by me and other members of the forum, that a Whaler mounted on the flybridge was dangerous. And the previous owner of your Connie had a stability incident which caused him to lose confidence in its stability. This was one of the major reasons that it was for sale.

And now you’ve had an accident involving a boat of similar weight and size mounted on the flybridge. Your comment “After throwing my wife in the cabin, I quickly tied off the lead line and ducked down into the corner while the 700 lb. tender shot up and down like a yo-yo and the 450 lb. deck crane came crashing down 10’ on my swim platform.” indicates that it could have been a fatal accident if someone had been standing in the wrong place. A 450 lb. deck crane can put a deep crease in your scalp. It also makes me think that your deck crane wasn’t properly held down.

Your new plan for mounting the dinghy on the swim platform is even more dangerous. It could cause the transom to be ripped off the boat leading to almost immediate sinking and probable loss of life. Two reputable marine manufacturers have stated that they wouldn’t guarantee their products for that type of service. Yet you’ve made no effort to verify that your design is safe. As a captain and owner you have a responsibility to maintain your boat safely. And as someone, concerned with the reputation of this forum I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t question these poorly thought out plans.

And then there are the financial aspects. Here, I have merely pointed out the probable costs to modify a Connie for a transom mounted Whaler. Starting with a Connie with a street value of $120K you have ballooned the cost to $235K. It’s true that the dinghy will add to the value of the Connie but I doubt that it will nearly double the value. The cost/return ratio has to be considered in any investment. But I’ll let the readers decide on that.

My comments may not be positive but I don’t think they are unfair. And in view of the possible damage to the readers I think they are necessary.

Pete37


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Posted: January 11 2014 at 16:25 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Pete you 100% correct I have been a boat Captain for 15+ years ! Be safe my friend

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 16:30 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

There is no doubt that a fatal accident could have happened during this
catastrophe. I did take precautions to make sure all on board were
safe, hence "throwing my wife into the cabin". This was an incident
caused by someone else not me. I could have been at anchor while
this wake hit me while sitting on the fly bridge and tossed overboard
and broke my neck. This doesn't mean fly bridge boats are unsafe and
no one should own one.
I will continue to use my boat as I please

The previous owner of my boat was cought in a storm once that scared
him. He "thought" lowering the whaler would have stopped the roll. I
have run the both ways and nearly no difference. If one Connie owner
has never been scared while operating there boat than I would be
surprised. I also know for a fact the only reason my boat was sold to
me was for other reasons. Please stop making up things to make me
look bad.


Waiting for your negative comment on this
out!

Edited by Grey Goose on January 11 2014 at 16:54


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Hi Allen,

I'm not challenging how you use your boat. Use it any way you please but be aware that you are responsible for your actions.

What I object to is that your are proposing to others that they do the same. And if they do and there is a serious accident there will be others who will say that our forum recommended it.

While in actuality it was you who recommended it.

Pete37

PS:
I've never had a Whaler on my flybridge but I did have a party on my boat once where 12 guests were on the flybridge. Once we started to cross the Eastern Bay we began to take on beam seas and the boat began to roll pretty badly. It made the guests uncomfortable so I asked some of them to go below to the upper salon. Six went below and that pretty much eliminated the roll.

Twelve guests is about 1500 lbs. which is about the weight of your Whaler plus the deck crane. So don't tell me that 1500 lbs. on the flybridge doesn't affect the roll characteristics of a Connie. It does!

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 17:02 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Good,
I'm glad that you are on board with me. Especially since I never
proposed anything to anyone.

Btw. I haven't owned a whaler for 3 years or ever planned to put it on
my swim platform. I need that space for the golf cart.

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Hi Allen,

Please don't make me present quotes from your old posts. We have complete records of every post made in the last 8 years.

Hope your golf cart is waterproof.

Pete37

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 18:16 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

I'm not afraid of bullys. I will not make you do anything but if you feel
that you must search for quotes, quote away my friend.

Btw. Golf cart is a joke. Ha ha

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Hi Allen,

If your expanded swim platform is not for your golf cart and not for a dinghy what is it for? Are you going to put sand on it and call it a beach?

Pete37

PS: I'm not a bully and will not pusue looking for quotes as long as you refrain from making unfounded claims.

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swim platform. Enough said.

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Posted: January 11 2014 at 21:46 | IP Logged Quote Fantasy

It's deja vu all over again.

Pete, I've tried to tell you this gently in the past. It didn't work, so now I will be more direct.

I give you great credit for being the “topic starter” of this forum and for keeping the forum alive. However, you are not the moderator and have no responsibility or authority for policing the content. It is an open forum, not Pete's blog.

People boat in different ways and your way is not necessarily the way of “most members” or what is best for them, you comment on what's best for you and that's not the same. I would have thought that you would have realized this when you were challenged on the trawler forum, yet you continue to be rude and obnoxious as you now try to revive the BoatUS forum.

Further, your representation of BoatUS ownership, history and policy were wholly inaccurate. It should be clear to you by now that postings did not drop off because of any changes in BoatUS policy but because you were obnoxious and intolerant of others opinions. People just had enough. Sure, we can all share our viewpoints and opinions but you don't have a lock on what's right or the right to be rude.

Alan's post is a good example. I don't know him but I never felt he was recommending that I do anything. He was simply saying what he did and what the problems were. You took it to a different level by misrepresenting what he had done.

Although I still receive email notifications of posts, I doubt I will participate until things change and that's too bad. I have done the ICW in my Connie eleven times and the Bahamas and back five times and there may be others who could benefit by hearing about my successes and failures. Needless to say, I've learned a lot from other cruisers on the forum and elsewhere but I find the criticisms and tone too frustrating coming from someone who does not share my experiences but still holds himself up as the final word, particularly when there are discussions of what you plan to do, versus what you have done.

I am not usually this confrontational but have been frustrated by the lack of reality and re-writing of history. Sorry if anyone is offended.

John

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Hi John,

Yes, you’re quite correct, this is an open forum and I have no authority for policing content. And I have never prohibited anyone from saying anything they want; although in many cases I would have liked to. All I can do is to present alternate opinions and explain why some of the statements made by some posters are flawed.
Obviously, these cannot always be positive opinions.

I’m not a doctor but I do believe that those who post on the forum should abide by the Hippocratic oath which loosely worded is “First, do no harm”. We should be very careful that ideas posted on this forum do not endanger or harm the readers.

Yet some posters present poorly thought out courses of action which can cause serious injury, expensive property damage or even in extreme cases the death of the readers. We all know that boating can be a hazardous hobby if the safety rules are not adhered to.

You claim that forum postings dropped off not because of changes in Boat US ownership policies but because I was rude and obnoxious. That’s a very strange conclusion because the postings on all the other forums dropped off at the same time by about the same amount. And these were forums that I never even posted on.

I don’t think I ever misrepresented what Allan had done; I just told it like it was. But I did present opinions on what the consequences of some of his proposals would be. And they were not always flattering. It’s not easy to say “That’s a dumb idea.” without being rude.

But on a forum there is always a lot of copycatting and unless someone points out the problems with these “dumb ideas” a lot of forum readers will copycat them and pay the consequences. This is not a Pollyanna world and we cannot always say “That’s a great idea.”

I tried to set up some new forums but found it was a difficult task. Instead, back in September, I concluded that the way to get the forum working again was to simply flood the forum with new ideas and hope that some of them would take off and get the forum going again.

Initially, the progress was very slow but in November and December the tactic began to take hold and now in January we’ve been having strings of 5 PPD (Five-Posts per Day) days. Hope this continues.

Pete37

PS: No John, I'm not upset by anything you've said. I have a fairly thick hide.

Edited by Pete37 on January 12 2014 at 00:06


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Posted: January 12 2014 at 07:17 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Pat

I noticed a post where you mentioned that you were remodeling a
galley on a Defever. Is this what you do for a living? Do you have
plans to remodel your galley on Miss Donna? There are a few 500 and
460 owners that have done galley remodels over the last few years. I
have not looked through the archives, but "Bella Vita" a 460 in
Southern California went through an entire interior
restoration/upgrade. The results were gorgeous. There may be a link
to his website in an old post. Also "Five Star" a 500 did a beautiful
galley update. There may be some photos of her. The previous owner
of "Goose" did a major reworking of the Galley. It would be very
interesting to see what a professional galley restorer would do on his
personal boat.

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Posted: January 12 2014 at 09:16 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

Hi Goose, yes, I am trying to make a second career out of marine
carpentry. I only did some upgrading to my galley. I installed a new
Kiwi fridge which fit perfectly. took out the princess oven and cooktop.
Moved the drawer up top, then made a door to replace the oven with
two pull out drawers. The cooktop is now a GE two burner.   Replaced
the Quasar microwave with a convection microwave oven.

I also tossed the garage disposal with a pull out bin with a new door.
Also turned the cabinet to the right of the stove into 3 pull-out drawers.

For my next trick I will extend the drawer under the dinette bench to
48" deep. Wish I could figure out how to post pics.

All in all, we picked up a lot of space, keeping Miss Donna happy.

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Posted: January 12 2014 at 10:27 | IP Logged Quote Pats2nd Connie

I have tried to post photos, however the file size of my pics are to big
and I cannot figure how to downsize them.

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Posted: January 12 2014 at 10:54 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Pat,

Subject: Photo Size

You need a photo editor to downsize your pictures. I use Microsoft Picture It. But thats expensive. You can get a much cheaper one by shopping around. And there may even be some freebies that will work. Some of the other guys can probably tell you what they use. Of course with Picture It you can do a lot of other things like crop, adjust brightness and contast, control color saturation and tint and add messages and labels. You get what you pay for.

Pete37

PS: It's great for your family photos too.

Edited by Pete37 on January 12 2014 at 10:58


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Posted: January 12 2014 at 11:02 | IP Logged Quote Grey Goose

Pat
If you are working on a PC, open the photo in PAINT (already on your
PC)
Choose resize
Save photo as a different name

From an ipad/phone
Email or text photo to yourself and choose the small option.


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Posted: January 12 2014 at 11:18 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi All,

I've had my Connie for 18 years now and I've been into just about every nook and cranny on her; except one. That nook is the space behind the washer/dryer.

There is a cutout in the wall of the closet just forward of the washer/dryer which is suppposed to give you access. But it's sized for a thin 12 year old. I am neither 12 nor thin. I've looked at it and concluded that even if I could get in through it (unlikely) I would never get out.

So I'm looking for alternate ways to get in there. The best I've thought of yet is to remove the drier and slither in over the top of the washer.

There are a bunch of thru-hulls that have never been maintained. They look OK but after 18 years who can tell? And the wiring back there is a mess. I really need to spend an afternoon back there cleaning up the mess.

Pete37

PS to Pat: I checked my computer for Microsoft Paint but didn't find it. I guess it depends on what version of Windows you have. But it is available as a free download on the Web.

Edited by Pete37 on January 12 2014 at 11:43


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Posted: January 12 2014 at 12:16 | IP Logged Quote Spike166

Hell all,

Well, I spent the last 2 days on the boat doing several 15
minute (2 hours in reality) projects. Replaced the front
shower sump only to find a disconnected bonding wire on
the head intake. I think I need that thin 12 year old to get
to it. Problem is I need to get a screw driver and a wrench
on it at the same time and it's hard to reach through the
hatch in the head...oh well, save that one for next
weekend.

Emory, thanks for the info on the breakers. I worked on
that yesterday and found their website also. I'll give them a
call tomorrow to see what they have. In the meantime I
swapped the breaker from the trim tabs (not very useful at
8 mph) and it now works great. Funny thing is there are
many more 12v lights than 110 on my boat and it really
made a difference in the ER and genny room.

The other project was pulling up the carpet in the lower
saloon so I could have access to the hatches for my
upcoming turbo removal. We plan to re-carpet this area
and will have cutouts for the hatches in the future. Got
some PB blaster on the bolts so, hopefully, they will break
free later in the week when I start turning wrenches.

As far as discussions here on the forum (and I know I'm
the new guy) I just try to go with the "agree to disagree"
philosophy and move on. There is way too much useful
information and knowledgeable people about our boats
here to let it get away.

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Edited by Spike166 on January 16 2014 at 21:03


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Posted: January 12 2014 at 14:11 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Spike,

Subject: Lower Salon Carpet

I modified my engine room hatches a long time ago so that instead of having two long fore-and-aft sections I now have three athwartship sections. This allows all the furniture in the lower salon to be on sections of the floor that aren't over the hatches. Therefore, I don't have to move any furniture to get at the engines.

I just roll up the carpet in the lower salon and open the engine hatches over the sections of the engines that I need to access. Takes about 2 minutes and I'm ready to work on the engines; a big saving in time and labor.

Pete37

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Posted: January 12 2014 at 22:24 | IP Logged Quote David Ross

Hi All,

Last week I changed the way I receive emails and a few peculiar things have occured. I no longer have to sign in each time I go to this site (as I had to do before), it recognizes me immediately. I was (and am) signed up for email notification of posts from this site. Now when I get a notification, sometimes there are follow up posts under that reminder post and some of those do not show up when I go to the Boat US forum??? I probably lost posts by not realizing there might be more under the reminder post. I am on total vacation mode and have not been checking email closely. I will look into what is going on. My new email set up may be stacking (instead of listing individually) these other responses under the original by some determination; but don't know why some of these reminder posts did not get posted to the Boat US site.  For instance, Pat's post about closing seacocks appeared on my Boat US reminder email but not on the Boat US forum. Not sure if anyone follows the situation I am trying to discribe. If confused just consider this post as babble. I am sort of thinking out loud. Believe me I have not had an adult evening beverage (yet). 



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Posted: January 12 2014 at 23:59 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Dave,

If you are a regular poster your name stays on the forum's list of authorized posters for a while and you are automatically logged in. But if you don't post for quite a while it seems to get deleted and you have to log in manually.

Not a big deal as long as you remember your password. But sometimes I forget my password and have to re-register.

When I get a reminder post I only glance at it. Later when I log into the forum I read it more thoroughly. But I haven't run into any situations where a reminder post was not on the forum. Can't explain why you seem to be losing some posts. Let's see what the other guys are experiencing.

Pete37

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