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  1. Ericson 38 DC Panel Revision

    This project started with a sigh. The little I know about yacht distribution panels is more than I wish I knew, and a glance suggested hours of tedium ahead. The panel was crammed, every wire hard against the other as if vacuum-packed and further compressed by the weight of its own suspension. No way to work on it without a crowbar.


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  2. Ev-100 Autopliot On E-26 First Sail

    Well I finally got to go sailing yesterday afternoon with the new EV-100 (Raymarine tiller autopilot) and compare it to the TP-22 (Simrad tiller pilot) and man what a difference there is between those two autopilots! Its like night and day. I thought the old tiller pilot did pretty well, but compared to the way this new auto pilot steers it makes the little tiller pilot look like a joke. It really has exceeded my expectations. The ocean was confused with a heavy chop coming from a different ...

    Updated 09-20-2016 at 11:57 AM by Shelman

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  3. Raymarine Evo-100 Instalation on E-26

    My Simrad TP-22 steers the boat alright under most circumstances, but it struggles in a following or quartering sea, and doesn't react fast enough to keep the boat on course in those conditions. I am also on my third one in three years, Simrad was very good to work with for warranty repair and I have no complaints about the company in general. I recognized early on however that I needed a more robust solution to my steering needs.
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    Updated 09-20-2016 at 10:45 AM by Shelman

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  4. Solar Panels Without The Ugly

    As my future plans include some time away from the dock I had to chose between solar, wind, or additional alternator power.
    Solar won out fairly quickly as the best option, but I didn't want to add an ugly porch roof over the cockpit to hold them so the best way to get the solar area I needed was to use smaller panels, and spread them out around the boat a bit. I still have room to add some more panels on top of the companionway hatch garage in the future if needed, but up to this point ...
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  5. New To Us Ericson 36 Cruising!

    She is moored for now in Tomahawk Bay Marina in Portland OR. We would love to meet a sistership! Name:  IMG_2923.jpg
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