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    Bag It

    If you're like me and your cruises get farther and farther apart, there's no bottom paint/treatment that will keep the hard shelled critters away.

    We bag our prop. Yep, a plain old garbage bag...
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    A Vote for Terra Ceia Bay

    Hey E... Swabbies,

    If we still own Kismet come February (she's for sale ... sadly) I'd vote for a raft up inside Terra Ceia Bay just a marker north of the Manatee River. Quiet, peaceful,...
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    Alternator Life

    Personally, I prefer to carry a spare alternator and a spare regulator. However some folks carry parts kits; (bearings and diode packs). I suppose repair kits weigh less and take up less space. I...
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    Gas Problems

    Just my HO but, I wouldn't use a stove with a rusted anything involved with the gas system.

    I know because I'm old enough to have rusted pipes in my system and as my wife can tell you, they're...
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    Priorities

    The best advice I can give you is to go sailing! Forget the 'looks nice' projects and just use the boat. After 4 or 5 years of cruising, you'll have a much better sense of priorities when it comes...
  6. Thread: Stiff or not

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    Stiffness

    Teardrops of old age....:esad:[/quote]

    At my age stiffness is a relative term.
  7. Full Fridge

    I'm not sure what you mean. My unit is so old that the condenser fan is not ducted or shrouded in any way. It is aimed so that ambient air is pulled through the condenser and the fan exhaust (warm...
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    Engine Wear

    I think that running the engine causes engine wear. I also believe (like Maine Sail) that conservation is a key element. For power replenishment I prefer the solar panel solution over mechanical...
  9. Fridge

    [quote=ted_reshetiloff;51319]Something does not sound right here. my adler barbour air cooled refer pulls 60 amps in a 24hr period in the hottest months on the chesapeake. With two group 31 batteries...
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    list

    Thanks Steve,

    Most of the Coast Pilots, etc that I have read over the years are full of gems of wisdom especially when it comes to ports of call, shipping lanes, potential weather, currents, etc. ...
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    That was a favorite that I some how omitted ... ...

    That was a favorite that I some how omitted ... oldtimer's disease I suspect.
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    Library

    Dang, I'm gonna need a bigger boat!
    :egrin:
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    Cruising Library

    Goods ones all.

    How about

    Red Dwarf (Naylor & Grant)
    Dune ? (Frank Herbert) Too odd?

    :egrin:
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    On Board Library

    The question about books for cruising BC not too long ago, prompted this little idea. How about an index of books for the 'compleat' cruising library?

    I'll lead off the discussion by suggesting...
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    Extension

    Depends on the motor I suppose but my Yamaha 15 works quite well with a $2 length of 1.5 inch PVC pipe. What it lacks in class it makes up for with functionality and 'I fixed it myself'.

    I...
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    Radar

    Radar is a lovely thing. Kismet our E-38 is the first boat we've owned with radar and we love it. We don't often sail in fog (although my brain is often less than clear) but I can't imagine how we...
  17. Thread: Solar panels

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    Solar Panel Mounting

    There are a couple of issues with solar panel mounting that require a bit more discussion. The picture shows Kismet's 120w Kyocera panel that I mounted on the davits.

    One issue relates to solar...
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    Universal Engine History

    In my continuing search for Universal to Kubota crossover charts, a few gems appear now and then. Note to Moderator; please archive this for future reference

    This has been published on the...
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    Coaming Box

    Mine was cracked too and repaired badly. The old box was made of some material that got brittle with age and wasn't even compatible with fiberglass in the first place. I suspect it was made of a...
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    Prefer the T

    yeah man, I hate that especially when it's the wife.

    :egrin:
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    Fun & Games with the 5432 fuel system

    I have modified Kismet's fuel system some. I have two Racor 500 series filters on separate pick-ups from the fuel tank with a switching valve between them. I mounted a small electric automotive...
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    Aircraft Tracking

    I don't understand why they need to 'find' the black boxes. Seems sooo... last century.

    Wouldn't it be mo' betta for all aircraft to have transponders that transmit all of the flight data and...
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    V Berth

    One of the reasons we bought the Ericson 38 was the size of the Vee berth. It's too small on many boats including the similarly sized Morgan 38. We have a custom HCM mattress on ours, very...
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    Glow Plugs

    Thanks Rob,

    My 5432 also requires 20-30 seconds of glow plug or it refuses to start. If it was run up to operating temp within say the last 4 to 8 hours then it cranks right up, but overnight,...
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    Plastic Glass

    Acrylic is more brittle than polycarbonate. It cracks and shatters easier. polycarbonate is what is advertised as bullet proof. It is softer than acrylic. When acrylic gets scratches on it you...
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    Good Ideas

    Rob, I like your ideas here. Do you have one of the automatic bilge pumps or do you have a separate float/water level switch? I've been thinking of switching my Rule 2000 with separate float...
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    Control lines

    Those control lines that lead aft to the cockpit over the cabin top and under the traveler, etc. were put there for a reason. The reason being to keep your cockpit perpetually cluttered with a...
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    Be Careful

    On the 4th of July a few years ago, I guess me and the Captain (Morgan) might have gotten a little too familiar and I decided to shoot off an expired Paines-Wessex parachute flare.

    If you've never...
  29. Thread: Hypalon vs PVC

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    Caribe

    We are in the process of selling our 1994 Caribe hypalon dinghy; Still very serviceable and still white when I clean it.

    If you want to use it for a few years with salt and sun exposure, get a...
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    Explorer Charts

    I've been looking over the MapTech site and recently discovered that they have a 'new' provider for their Bahamas coverage. The 'New' provider is 'WavyLine' Charts.

    WavyLine makes charts that...
  31. Good Sailor/Bad Sailor

    Like most of you, I've met a lot of super people through and around sailing. Most will go out of their way to help anyone in need. Take me for example, I'm full of free advice, whether you want it...
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    Especially when it comes to heads, stoves, rugs,...

    Especially when it comes to heads, stoves, rugs, storage, not sailing when the wind blows. etc. :cool:
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    XP Rebuild

    Not to mention the Microsoft 'Automatic Updates' themselves. SP3 totally corrupted my machine in attempting to perform the update while connected to the Microsoft website over a broadband internet...
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    Alternator Delay

    Some alternators need to have the field excited before they start putting out current. A quick rev usually does it. The system is supposed to have some resistance in the field wire. This is...
  35. Thread: Trailer Lights

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    Wet Lights

    I don't think you can make trailer lights water proof. It would be best to keep the lights dry. On a Windmill class sloop (15') we used to mount the lights on a 2x4 that went across the aft end of...
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    Power sources

    I think I short changed you in my last reply ... see what you get?

    Anyway, you need to measure or estimate the gozinta vs. the gozouta. What GOES OUT of the battery in terms of power cannot...
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    Flexible Solar Panes

    Here's a different opinion from what you normally get from the electrical engineers.

    If you compare solar panels in the standard way, power output per square foot, the flexible panels rate...
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    I was afraid of that

    I was having my share of laptop issues last month when I tried to install SP3 on XP. I thought I was going to have to buy a new laptop and I was quite concerned about that very issue. Especially...
  39. Modern Navigation (continued ... also longish)

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 9"><meta name="Originator"...
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    T/T Designation

    It's a pita here in Fl alright.

    As far as the boats labeled T/T 'Whatever' , I was thinking that if your dinghy is on the beach with your yacht name on it, then it might serve as a tip off to...
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    Dredit Card

    Not to mention the fees ... :mad:
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    Missed it

    Dang,

    Sorry I missed that one. I've got to pay more attention. I think I might have been in Key West racing with a friend about then though. I'll try to stay tuned and make the next one....
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    Prop Comparison

    In searching through my hard drive I came across an old XL spreadsheet that had the results of some tests run in Germany on several brands of folding/feathering propellers that I thought was...
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    Getting a litle more from your GPS (long)

    Sometimes, when I get inspired or my muse speaks to me (could be the rum though), I write articles. In the old days I would submit stuff like this to magazines to get money. Since they don't pay...
  45. Thread: New Rudder

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    New Rudder

    No longer relevant
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    Rudder

    Try contacting Foss Foam Rudder http://www.boatrudder.com/ , I understand that they built most of the OEM rudders for Ericson.

    As for the shoe, I think I would build up the skeg with epoxy glass...
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    Article

    Also fwiw
    http://www.cruisingworld.com/boats-and-gear/boat-reviews-and-previews/ericson-41-201038.html

    I would also suggest to the moderator that EricsonYachts.Org should add to the library, a...
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    Rigging

    You might check with Sparcraft. I believe they built the rigs for the 41.

    http://www.sparcraft.com/

    :egrin:
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    Liveaboard

    There are a few marinas on the west coast that still allow full time live-aboards but costs are high. One friend was paying about $800 a month to live aboard his 38 foot Morgan in the Pasadena area...
  50. Thread: E38 shower

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    Storage Space Quest

    Like Totem, Kismet has an inspection port under the shower bench. There's not that much space there and I wouldn't store the tickets to the bowl there, but maybe a few shampoo bottles.

    I found...
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