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    The electrical problem is interesting, since the...

    The electrical problem is interesting, since the lights were on then they must be a suspect. Perhaps a chafed wire in the pulpit.

    I seriously doubt whether enough current could flow through this...
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    In general single reef at 13 (occasional...

    In general single reef at 13 (occasional whitecaps) with 50% jib and double reef at 16 (frequent whitecaps) with 30% jib. Anything else is just a waste of canvas and makes for too much lean.
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    Control Panel and Locker

    Snaps of the control panel and propane locker.

    The locker is pretty crowded and one could cap off the pressure gauge, it is not a reliable indicator of what a tank should be changed.

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    I have dutifully replaced flares and cartridges...

    I have dutifully replaced flares and cartridges when expired but I have not found a good way of disposing of the old ones.

    The big orange canister is now full of the most recent ones. I did manage...
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    The solenoid switch / sensor panel is in the...

    The solenoid switch / sensor panel is in the location Christian indicated above the tilt out door. A little annoying as this would be a good position for the wheel-pilot sensor.

    The propane sensor...
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    I do not like to listen to the radio when sailing...

    I do not like to listen to the radio when sailing because I'm too deaf to cope with the background noise, radio and talking to guests.

    For those delightful evening dinners on the boat we do have a...
  7. Thread: Speed Log

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    Your point is well taken, with a couple of...

    Your point is well taken, with a couple of iphones, ipads and a Garmin Montana GPS we have no shortage of SoG readings. I still like to know the difference between the two to explore the difference...
  8. Thread: Speed Log

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    Speed Log

    I have a Raymarine magnetic spinning wheel speed log, a quick sail a week is usually enough to free it up.

    Occasionally I have to remove it and persuade the small crustaceans attached that they...
  9. I don't think you are entering into the full...

    I don't think you are entering into the full spirit of this Christian. In the words of S.R. Hadden, why build one when you can build two at twice the price.

    Damn the torpedoes and make them out of...
  10. My understanding is that a 160 thermostat will...

    My understanding is that a 160 thermostat will start to open at 160 but will not be fully open until 15 degrees higher. This would put you at a near optimal range with the thermostat fully open. To...
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    From a local shop?

    From a local shop?
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    What did you replace them with? I have an 87...

    What did you replace them with? I have an 87 E35-3 and would be happy to hear about something that replaces the roll towards the middle cushions.
  13. Thread: Gybe question

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    Sorry but I am having a hard time visualizing...

    Sorry but I am having a hard time visualizing this (perhaps the product of a right brain). I think what you are suggesting is oversteering through the gybe to the sail is luffing by the time it...
  14. In a recent halyard replacement the rigger...

    In a recent halyard replacement the rigger recommended adding enough length to allow the halyard to be used for hauling someone out of the water.

    Fortunately I have not used it for this purpose...
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    Sorry, I do not have a pulpit to offer, but a...

    Sorry, I do not have a pulpit to offer, but a recent incident involving reversing and a bridge has taught me that local welders can do a very nice job recreating the rails.

    If you do go that route...
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    At some personal risk, I will venture that No the...

    At some personal risk, I will venture that No the E32 is not a desirable model.

    Slip rentals often have a break at 3o, 35 and 40 feet so if you want a day sailor that is too small to cruise with...
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    My usual technique was to manhandle the boat...

    My usual technique was to manhandle the boat moving parallel to the fingers, pulling on a line attached to the forward port cleat. Jump aboard close to the end of the finger then engage reverse for a...
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    At $30 for enough tape to cover the ends of a...

    At $30 for enough tape to cover the ends of a couple of handlebars the tape could work out to be quite expensive for the huge circumference of the wheel.

    The Good Old Boat technique at...
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    26467 I am located by the arrow. You can...

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    I am located by the arrow. You can probably see from the angles why reversing is an attractive option. Thank you all for you advice.
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    Reverse steering

    I have just moved slips from a port reverse out into a wide fairway (perfect for prop-walk assist) to a new slip with a starboard reverse out into a narrow fairway.

    Given this and new currents and...
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    I venture that the cotter pin stop the threads...

    I venture that the cotter pin stop the threads completely disconnecting and therefore prevents a catastrophic failure.

    I put a ring instead of a cotter pin in place to prevent unwanted adjustment.
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    I also have a teak ring - the covers are held on...

    I also have a teak ring - the covers are held on by a short shock chord from the side of the propane compartment to the middle of the cover.
  23. I can imagine the conversation with the Coast...

    I can imagine the conversation with the Coast Guard when they ask for your boat's description.

    Incidentally I was in a cafe in Alameda recently when a couple of navy guys came in wearing fatigues....
  24. Any idea how this would be repaired after I graze...

    Any idea how this would be repaired after I graze the dock a couple of times?

    It would be interesting to hear from folks who have vinyl letter so see how it hold up.
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    Hopefully the equivalent of this. 26074

    Hopefully the equivalent of this.
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    Not to too much of a pedant but: The compass...

    Not to too much of a pedant but:

    The compass swing is a chart of the differences on a particular boat between magnetic north and what the compass reads. This is due to local interference on the...
  27. Thread: photo

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    What a lovely photograph. I think you should put...

    What a lovely photograph. I think you should put it up for a caption competition for one of the "Inspirational" posters.

    My entry would be "Innovation - why bother, sails have been around for some...
  28. Thread: 35-2 Lifelines

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    Why not use 6mm HTS-75 at $1.29 a foot. It is a...

    Why not use 6mm HTS-75 at $1.29 a foot. It is a little more stretchy but since you will probably be lashing you can take that up after a while. Using 3mm inside 3mm will make the splices on the ends...
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    Zinc Chromate is quite nasty poisonous stuff and...

    Zinc Chromate is quite nasty poisonous stuff and seems to have been replaced with Zinc Phosphate primer.

    I have had good results with Zinc Phosphate and ordinary Krylon enamel.
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    An invaluable site. I cannot imagine how I would...

    An invaluable site. I cannot imagine how I would keep an old boat running without the assistance of the members.

    Working on the boat is so much more satisfying than working on the house.
  31. I would very much like to buy this book but I...

    I would very much like to buy this book but I suffer an unfortunate allergy to Amazon. Is the book available from another source?

    I post here rather than as a PM as I am sure there are others that...
  32. Thread: photo

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    Because my browser allows it I clicked on "Search...

    Because my browser allows it I clicked on "Search Google for Image". The answer was "Germany" - I guess AI has a way to go.

    A pretty boat in a lovely location.
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    The standard M25 (21hp) pushes a 13K lb 35-3...

    The standard M25 (21hp) pushes a 13K lb 35-3 adequately through the SF bay. Adequately but not fast - there have been a few times against the 15 kt wind and 2.5 kt current that I wished for a little...
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    The underwriter for Boat US changed last year...

    The underwriter for Boat US changed last year from Fireman's Fund to Geico. Boat US or direct to Geico will probably work. Our insurance bill last year was $640 for a hull value of $42K.
  35. Thread: Mast Rainwater!

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    I found the problem with the story is with the...

    I found the problem with the story is with the introduction, rain falling on deck and the painful switch to the bilge pump operating. I think more footage of the slow drip followed and, after several...
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    Fun and simple with hefty needle power is a...

    Fun and simple with hefty needle power is a webbing harness (three pieces of webbing, one steel ring, two loops over the pontoons) for lifting a rubber dingy over the side.
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    crack resolved

    I thought I had followed up with another message on this thread but better late than never.

    I did pull out the anchor locker, not too much of a pain but it did make me realize that the lip holding...
  38. Thread: "Pro" Tips

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    Thanks, I have some dyneema lines experimentally...

    Thanks, I have some dyneema lines experimentally around the cockpit on the starboard side and I like them.
  39. Thread: "Pro" Tips

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    You are correct the credit should go to Tom...

    You are correct the credit should go to Tom Metzger in the thread http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/showthread.php?11856-Furling-line-of-friction
  40. Thread: "Pro" Tips

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    Extra long soft shackle

    Make up some extra long dyneema soft shackles (from the instructions on animatedknots.com).

    These can be used with 2 inch steel rings to make dog-bones for reefing the main. The advantage is that...
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    Sean, thank you for the tremendous effort you put...

    Sean, thank you for the tremendous effort you put into maintaining the site.

    As a computer programmer my self I appreciate the frustrations of PHP version changes, upgrades and obsolescence.

    I...
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    Mine is in the exact same place on an E35-3. I...

    Mine is in the exact same place on an E35-3. I was able to install it using only the cables contained in the kit. The accutator is located in the quarterberth near nav-table and the control head on...
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    The rule mate has a built in switch. If it used...

    The rule mate has a built in switch. If it used to run without water present it was defective, sounds like it is even more defective now.

    Think calm thoughts about the cost of boat ownership and...
  44. Thread: running lights

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    True. I had a new LED tricolor light installed....

    True. I had a new LED tricolor light installed. When I had a leak, I took the anchor locker and pulpit apart. I decided to plug up the hole under the pulpit where the wired to the bow lights ran....
  45. Dutchman line

    I had to replace a line on the Dutchman, it was at least 3 years old. I used Monoi Hi-Catch 400 pound leader line ($35 at WM for 100 yards, a lifetime supply), this has UV blockers for a longer life...
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    Eric, your steps came out very nicely. Are you...

    Eric, your steps came out very nicely. Are you considering an grip tape for wet conditions? I had good luck using 3M tread tape to replace the rubbery original on my steps
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    On the cautionary side: Adrift, Seventy-Six...

    On the cautionary side:

    Adrift, Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

    I believe this is the reason the PO had two solar stills stowed in a lazarette.​
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    The sailrite site is very helpful with lots of...

    The sailrite site is very helpful with lots of videos and materials. For example:

    https://www.sailrite.com/Repair-Maintenance/Repair-and-Maintenance-Tapes

    is a good source for tapes and repair...
  49. I have has no problems using gelcoat over small...

    I have has no problems using gelcoat over small repair except for colour matching. A tiny touch of brown and yellow with a white base seems to give a good match.
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    An interesting question. The 35-3 is keel stepped...

    An interesting question. The 35-3 is keel stepped and I have never seen a keel stepped 35-2 or 35.

    In the event the stays give and a mast is pushed sideways would it be better to be able to remove...
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