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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 ...
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  2. 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

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  3. 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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  4. Installation of Holding Tank Manual Pumpout & Head Anti-siphon Loop

    Late last season I had the pleasure of a sailing guest aboard the boat leave the head pump valve lever in the wet flush position and not in the dry bowl closed position - after having received careful instruction on using the head before leaving for Block Island. The end result was 18 gallons of sea water in the holding tank and the head overflowing into the bilge with no way to pump out the holding tank as the boat was only set up for deck pump out. Nothing like bringing 18 gallons of Block Island ...

    Updated 03-13-2018 at 07:32 AM by kiwisailor

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  5. Saturated Anchor Locker Lid Repair - Part 2

    Following on from Part 1 of this blog the next day after the epoxy had cured I preceded to pre-cut out 2 layers of 6 oz fiberglass cloth, a sheet of 3.5mm plastic sheeting (used for covering floors during construction etc.) sourced from Home Depot, and pre-cut a sheet of cardboard. The next task involved wetting the top layer of the balsa core and then applying a layer of cloth and working this into the epoxy and followed by another layer of cloth and working the cloth into the gap around the ...

    Updated 03-07-2018 at 04:46 PM by kiwisailor

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