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  1. Yet Another Train Wreck!

    Signs and portents. Half a dozen boat projects stalled half-way done for lack of parts, time, weather...

    For the second time, a boat project is halted because a shipment from Defender was lost in a train wreck! As far as I recall, nothing else I have ever ordered has been lost in a train wreck. It's on UPS, not on Defender. (But Defender does wait a good long time to see if the package can be recovered.) This seems like a really weird coincidence. (?)

    Meanwhile, I've ...
  2. New panel cover for engine gauges

    The new engine panel fits differently than the old Universal one with its recessed gauge and switch molding. There was never any plan to reuse the old panel even if we had chosen to repair the old engine -- wiring harness was shot and all the instruments needed updating. The old black plastic mounting 'box" had cracking in it from UV and the brittle-ness that happens to cast plastics over time.

    A new cover had to be designed that would keep spray off and still allow access to ...

    Updated 08-10-2018 at 08:23 PM by Loren Beach

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  3. Keelbolt repair... silver lining.

    When I did the survey on Miga, she was gently pushed out of the water like a synchronized swimmer in a water ballet. This machine that moves the boat out of the water is called a ‘slip way’ or ‘railway’ system (to my knowledge) and acts like a water elevator to bring the boat to dock level, and then rides on rails to a desired location.

    While great for a ballet, not ideal for a survey when trying to assess potential issues with her bottom half. The boat, not the swimmer.
  4. Ericson Artificial Intelligence

    In this age of autonomous vehicles, machine vision coupled with machine learning, it’s astonishing to find that my boat came equipped with artificial intelligence…Thank God it did, because natural intelligence aboard my boat is in rare supply!

    I discovered Ericson A.I. while in my slip. I had instructed ‘Miga’ to increase throttle, in order to back out of my slip. But luckily for me, she knew better! As much as I tried to move the throttle lever, it seemed unusually stiff. This must ...

    Updated 07-13-2018 at 11:40 AM by vcirelli

  5. What's a J-Bolt?

    Ultimately, a lot can transpire during ownership, a ton of value added, or taken away and ultimately something is sold at a price where the value/cost proposition makes sense for both parties.

    Was this boat a good deal? Not sure… Maybe this blog is a way for me to justify and convince myself I would be spending the time and money anyway to make sure its as safe as possible.

    There are interesting intangibles, elements which deal with the psychology of the individual who ...

    Updated 07-13-2018 at 12:08 PM by vcirelli (grammar)

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