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  1. I'm exploring the topic of moving up in size in a...

    I'm exploring the topic of moving up in size in a few videos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ2iaRhnQZk&t=527s

    I agree that the 38 isn't intimidating compared to 30-footers, its just...
  2. I agree that the comparison boats are not market...

    I agree that the comparison boats are not market equivalents.

    Big deal 32-3 to 38 in lifestyle terms? Meh.
  3. Really great. Also, you must have the best and...

    Really great. Also, you must have the best and shiniest gimballed stove in our fleet.
  4. I'm impressed. Wow, in fact, especially if shoal...

    I'm impressed. Wow, in fact, especially if shoal draft comes in handy.

    For this specimen an offer of 18K sounds a bit lowball. At least be armed with other competing local boats for sale to...
  5. If there's a public listing, posting the link...

    If there's a public listing, posting the link will help draw opinions.

    This sounds like a project boat. They require time and tools and cash.

    What you pay is not as important as the...
  6. Mike, As you walk around on the deck, feel for...

    Mike,

    As you walk around on the deck, feel for soft spots (not the anchor well lid). There shouldn't be any.

    Glance over the exterior hull for signs of traumatic collision. There shouldn't be...
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    Hove to means slowly fore-reaching. The wheel...

    Hove to means slowly fore-reaching.

    The wheel should be lashed hard, turned all the way "heading up" (max turn). Jib is backed. Mainsail is eased or reefed or allowed to luff, that's what balances...
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    Ericson 33. Please put your boat and engine in...

    Ericson 33. Please put your boat and engine in your signature line so we don't have to remember. Settings/My Settings/Edit Signature

    These are probably not big diesel concerns. Sounds like...
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    And of course, after portlight replacement, if...

    And of course, after portlight replacement, if the existing stained teak is more or less in one piece, you can fair it and paint it.
    ...
  10. Moving up to a Larger Boat (video)

    What's the learning curve from daysailer to cruising boat?

    My daughter Alex is finding out.

    https://youtu.be/eZ2iaRhnQZk

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    Why would you suggest diesel? Marine diesel...

    Why would you suggest diesel?

    Marine diesel is dyed red. Gas station diesel is clear. Taxation is the difference.
  12. This is a bigger project than it looks and a 38...

    This is a bigger project than it looks and a 38 is a big first boat.

    Tempting, though.

    Just be sure not to have a job, small kids to take up your time, or a credit card balance:).
  13. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/universal-...

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/universal-5411-cooling-system-failure-and-fresh-water-conversion-36861.html

    Post #3 suggests the Sherwood was part of the conversion kit, and mentions...
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    Yes, I would trust an autopilot, once I installed...

    Yes, I would trust an autopilot, once I installed it and understood it and had a few spare parts.

    Self steering is a luxury, even for a singlehander. You can muddle through without it.

    Wind...
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    Well, congrats. You must tell us about the...

    Well, congrats.

    You must tell us about the electric motor conversion when you have time.
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    Agree completely.

    Agree completely.
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    Sticky: Eight is enough for sailing on the E38. More than...

    Eight is enough for sailing on the E38. More than that and the cockpit overflows.

    But we have had 26 aboard for cocktails in the slip.

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  18. For cruising and informal racing in Annapolis...

    For cruising and informal racing in Annapolis environment, my opinons/observations:

    1. 130-140 genoa of medium-lightweight cloth with foam luff. This can be furled small in spring when the winds...
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    I ordered this Schaefer Series 3 to replace my...

    I ordered this Schaefer Series 3 to replace my forward-most furler block.

    It has ball bearings. That's the only furler block with any strain on it, and my ancient stand-up block squeaks.

    Also,...
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    It's either/or wind vane/autopilot, seems to me....

    It's either/or wind vane/autopilot, seems to me. A wind vane doesn't work for motoring so you need a wheel pilot, too.

    I begin to think that a modern autopilot is most simple, and cost effective,...
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    As you know, I like the EV-100 a lot. Good up to...

    As you know, I like the EV-100 a lot. Good up to 15 knots in smooth water. https://youtu.be/IzXkixctc74

    As far as I know the only alternative is the CPT, unless things have changed.

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    Right, something like this. The line just brushes...

    Right, something like this. The line just brushes the vang, should be no issue.

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    I wanted some more Regatta Braid, but APS only...

    I wanted some more Regatta Braid, but APS only had 34 feet left.

    West Marine sale price $.75/foot, and they're shipping to my home for free.
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    Re asking price, consider what you paid for it...

    Re asking price, consider what you paid for it and what upgrades you made. Generally the upgrades don't add to the price, they just make the boat marketable.

    Now list the recent upgrades that have...
  25. From the blog entry: We no longer offer the...

    From the blog entry:

    We no longer offer the control ends that slide on the track. The closest thing you will get is an RC63285 + RC00414 Sheave addition kit with an RC00423 cleat addition kit....
  26. Six weeks later I had all the parts in hand, the...

    Six weeks later I had all the parts in hand, the newly black track installed, and a revelation. The brand-new $300 Ronstan traveler car was essentially the same as their 1984 model. The two new...
  27. Yikes. How about Bermuda instead?

    Yikes.

    How about Bermuda instead?
  28. I think what you need is here: ...

    I think what you need is here:

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/entry.php?583-Ericson-38-Ronstan-Traveler-Upgrade

    This was an excellent upgrade, and the new control ends are not very...
  29. Qest is a puzzle on the Web because nobody can...

    Qest is a puzzle on the Web because nobody can remember how to spell it and there are so many similar plastic products.

    https://www.amazon.com/slp/qest-plumbing-fittings/g6qb5staycsv7vv

    This...
  30. That looks like an amateur repair to the Qest...

    That looks like an amateur repair to the Qest plastic tubing that Ericson used for fresh water. You can still buy fittings for Qest, and I keep a supply on board because the originals are 30 years...
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    I save string. This rail "fitting" is 12" of it. ...

    I save string. This rail "fitting" is 12" of it.

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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!
  33. Ryan Levinson put on a Solent stay, made of...

    Ryan Levinson put on a Solent stay, made of Spectra. He took his 38 to the South Seas. Here's one of his posts, others can be had by searching his name....
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    If you can post a cell phone photo, repair...

    If you can post a cell phone photo, repair possibilities can be discussed.
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    This dinghy is 7'6" on the foredeck of an E38....

    This dinghy is 7'6" on the foredeck of an E38. Transom touches the guard of the Dorade box.

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  36. The test is to tape a dry paper towel on the...

    The test is to tape a dry paper towel on the rudder tube gland (where the rudder post enters the boat).

    Then proceed under full power, so the stern squats, and see if the gland leaks water in.
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    The gear to upgrade the Ericson panel is what,...

    The gear to upgrade the Ericson panel is what, $300-$500? And then you know how it works....
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    Tin Kicker, Her's the video from a few years...

    Tin Kicker,

    Her's the video from a few years ago. Still pleased, no issues.

    https://youtu.be/x5Jkh-hKBUk?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8y8BVNBmmZ1c9udOwnNjx93

    There is now competition-- the company is...
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    The angle is all-important, as you know. Screws...

    The angle is all-important, as you know. Screws might work into over-drilled epoxy holes.
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    These pix show the angle that works on my boat. ...

    These pix show the angle that works on my boat.

    There should be about four turns still on the drum when the sail is fully furled. [not "deployed," as I first typed]. I always keep some hand...
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    Agreed. The previous owner put a drawer handle...

    Agreed.

    The previous owner put a drawer handle on mine, and it solves the problem (there are better looking handles).

    He drilled through the insulation and used long bolts and fender washers. ...
  42. Even from the distant southland, hear hear!

    Even from the distant southland, hear hear!
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    Small, light and cheap: The WM RU-250 inflatable....

    Small, light and cheap: The WM RU-250 inflatable. It's 8'3", PVC, rolls up small, weighs 50 pounds. No skeg. Disposable item at current price of $600.

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    The Eastport pram, built from a...
  44. I think they are in the South Seas, or elsewhere...

    I think they are in the South Seas, or elsewhere remote. That's a really good case for the Dux, and the confidence to do it yourself.
  45. That all makes sense to me. (Yes, old turnbuckles...

    That all makes sense to me. (Yes, old turnbuckles should always be replaced).

    I have new stainless uncoated lifelines. I don't really see how Dyneema is better. The joke is "wirecutters," but in...
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    Good. It's a pity the Sailomat struggles, as it...

    Good. It's a pity the Sailomat struggles, as it is certainly the least intrusive installation and works like magic. Stellan sold only about 30 a year and although interest was high the manufacture...
  47. I'm glad you have bonded with the Racor pump....

    I'm glad you have bonded with the Racor pump. This is clearly a case of different strokes for different folks.

    Actually, the electric pump (when connected) will eventually prime the system, using...
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    OEX rescued by Pyewacket: Description of what...

    OEX rescued by Pyewacket: Description of what does seem like an insurmountable problem:

    https://youtu.be/Cst1WYN05bQ?t=61
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    It happens. 2743927440

    It happens.
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    Well described, Geoff. In the '70s my brother...

    Well described, Geoff. In the '70s my brother had a doobie going far offshore on the night watches. I disapproved. It is a long way to Bermuda with smoke coming out of the hatches and also your own...
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