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  1. Upgrade to Navigation Electronics to NMEA 2000 Instruments and AIS Class B

    I've just completed the final upgrade (famous last words?) to my boats electronics replacing all of the original Nexus Silva NMEA 0183 instruments with new Raymarine NMEA 2000/SeaTalkNG instruments including wind and DST 800 as well as a Vesper XB-8000 Class B AIS transponder. After a a little scare passing through The Race in thick fog last year I decide it would be nice to also transmit my AIS position and not just receive them on the chart-plotter. In addition the Vesper XB-8000 has WiFi capability ...
  2. E38 New Rigid Vang and Deck Organizer (Cheek Blocks)

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    When I purchased my 1981 E38 she came with no boom vang and the topping lift line affixed to the boom. This meant having to always go forward to the boom whenever I raised or wanted to drop the mainsail. Last year I decided to install a new Garhauer rigid vang and upgrade the deck organizers to feed the topping lift and reefing lines back to the cockpit.

    At the time I had a triple clutch on the port side that had the Jib Halyard, Port Spinnaker Halyard, ...

    Updated 08-27-2018 at 10:10 AM by kiwisailor (typo)

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  3. Anchor Locker - Part 2

    I've now setup my boat for the anchor chain to feed off the windlass and loop back forward and enter a hawsepipe (1 1/2") PVC pipe installed in the anchor pan and all the chain to drop into the forepeak locker and then slide back into the most forward V berth locker. The chain from the anchor roller and the windlass gypsy are aligned slightly to the starboard side so this required me to set the hawsepipe slightly to starboard as well while making sure the chain falls as close to center as possible ...

    Updated 04-09-2018 at 12:18 PM by kiwisailor

  4. Anchor Locker - Part 1

    Sometimes you have to work with what you are given to start with. In my case my boat came with a Lofran Royal manual windlass with a 3/8" gypsy already installed on the deck just aft of the anchor locker lid. However, the boats anchor rode was 20ft of 3/8" on 200ft of 5/8" rope rode stored in the anchor locker pan with a danforth style anchor. I discovered last season that the 3/8" chain was actually too large for the anchor bow roller and would bind on occasion normally ...

    Updated 04-10-2018 at 03:48 AM by kiwisailor

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  5. Solar PV Setup

    In one of my previous blogs I had a request to write up about my solar PV setup. This site has been a godsend of information about my Ericson 38 and various projects that I've had to tackle so I'm happy to oblige with this blog. My boat came with two 85W Solartech PV panels on top of two cross frame mounts on top of the bimini frame, these PV panels then went directly to a Specialty Concepts PWM (pulse width modulated) solar controller and then directly to the two 4D lifeline batteries. ...

    Updated 03-13-2018 at 08:57 AM by kiwisailor

    Maintenance and Mechanical
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