Recent content by BobH57

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    I replaced my three old 4D gel batteries last summer with 200AH AGM's from Renogy last summer. Couldn't be happier so far.
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    Mary E

    Really hate to see that happen to a beautiful old boat like that, but glad everyone aboard made it ashore safely.
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    H34 buy or not...

    Years ago there was a gentleman in my marina that sailed his Hunter 34 in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race a number of times. Nobody died and the boat always made it to Bermuda and back, but folks rarely crewed with him twice on that race. That H34 was a tough boat, though!
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    Charging house batteries

    I encountered a similar problem a few years ago where the engine alternator was charging the start battery but not the house banks. Turned out to be a bad solenoid in the charging circuit, about a $35 replacement on Amazon.
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    Kitchen faucet

    I initially bought one of those t-handle faucet wrenches to remove the single nut mounting my old faucet, but had zero luck with that. I ended up working the copper tubing back and forth until it broke off near the nut, then used a deep socket with a long extension to remove the nut. I believe...
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    Navigation Setup

    Yakker 2 port NMEA to WiFi Bridge by Yakbitz. Just installed it today, connecting GPS/AIS outputs from my GX2200. Works great, allowing me to show boat position and AIS targets on PCs running OpenCPN, iPad running Aqua Map, and Android tablet running Navionics- all simultaneously from anywhere...
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    Navigation Setup

    I've cruised from the Chesapeake to the Bahamas and back using OpenCPN on a small touch screen laptop for navigation. It receives GPS and AIS from a Standard Horizon GX2200 vhf, and works great. Recently I've switched to running Aqua Map on an iPad Air due to AM's incorporation of Active...
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    Looking for boat bike ideas?

    I actually have a Schwinn Loop folding bike with 20" wheels that does pretty well. In black, it's around $300 on Amazon (other colors are higher).
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    Looking for boat bike ideas?

    Afraid I'd hurt myself on a scooter that can go 31 mph.......
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    41DS Charger/ Inverter Replacement

    The original Freedom 20 Inverter/Charger on my '99 410 died this past fall, and I replaced it with a Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger purchased on Amazon at With the separate...
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    Best orbital sander? (I’ve got 11 bottoms to paint!)

    I went with Porter Cable because it attaches directly without need of adapters to my small Shop-Vac. No regrets.
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    Davits and Solar Panels

    You're welcome. I thought I should mention that the actual dimensions of the Starboard for the jerry jugs are 8' x 5.5" x .75" (I measured).
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    Davits and Solar Panels

    I think Garhauer has a couple of standard sizes, with mine being the tallest at 66" with 42" arm length. A I mentioned earlier in this thread, once I had installed the uprights, I measured the distance between them. Garhauer then supplied a raised crossbar that clamps onto the forward edge of...
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    Davits and Solar Panels

    I went with Garhauer's tallest standard davits in order to maintain the ability to walk under them when the boat is stern-in at a slip (again, the dinghy lives on the foredeck when in a slip or during ocean passages). I found my notes from 2018 when I was working on the davit project: I dealt...
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    Davits and Solar Panels

    Mark, I still have the single 340 watt solid frame solar panel on the davits. I added two additional flexible 100 watt solar panels to my bimini top to upgrade total solar capacity to 540 watts.