Recent content by colemj

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    Data access and maintenance cruising

    Our main computers have SSD's. The computers are old and started out with small HD's (normal size at the time), but as we needed more internal storage, they got replaced with SSD's. Each computer also has a SSD backup external drive, as well as a redundant HD backup drive. Michele's photos...
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    Data access and maintenance cruising

    This is the case for us also. It isn't just that one is remote for a period of time with no means to connect; rather, it is that doing so is just impractical at all. To put some numbers on it, a typical cost for internet access over cellphone is $40 for 6GB. Most of the time this is a 3G...
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    Data access and maintenance cruising

    I guess I meant more as a rolling backup rather than a write once and put away thing. My usage is that I regularly back up my computer, but the only thing that gets changed on the backup drive is the addition of anything new, and the deletion of a few things that no longer exist on my computer...
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    Data access and maintenance cruising

    One other thing speed matters with is backing up. A full backup of my computer on a HD used to take all day. Doing so on a SSD only takes an hour or so. Besides having your computer back quicker, it saves power if one is running off an inverter. Also, my wife, like Tom, takes a lot of...
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    Navigation

    Thanks, it is a great system, and huge display - the Garmin 12" display is larger than the Furuno 12" we replaced with, and they are both the same physical size. It feels silly replacing it, but since we are doing a complete ripout and replace of all the other old electronics, we just decided...
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    Navigation

    I should have been more clear on that point. Autopilots will take waypoint data to steer to from any device capable of providing them. I can do so on ours from our computer. They steer by compass by default, but compass data doesn't come directly from the plotter it is a separate part of the...
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    Navigation

    Furuno is another major brand. Controlling an AP through a chartplotter requires the AP and plotter to be the same brand (and usually the same vintage) for everyone. It isn't only a Navico thing. Same with radar. This is an important point. However, choosing the radar only determines...
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    I “discovered” a new sealant - polyether

    Doh! You're right! 101 was a polysulfide. I liked it because it never yellowed, where Boatlife has always yellowed and flaked on me no matter what it says on the tube. Outside the US, we often find a 3M polyether, and I was confusing that with 101. Mark
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    I “discovered” a new sealant - polyether

    I also found the Locktite polyurethane I though went missing. It used to be called PL40 or something like that, now it is called "door and window sealant", or similar. I've had poor luck with 4000UV in the past, but never with 101. They could be the same, and my applications different. We...
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    I “discovered” a new sealant - polyether

    I've been using this for years. Locktite used to also make a polyurethane, but I can't seem to find it anymore. The price of it has also doubled in the past 2yrs. When it first hit the market, it was under $5. 3M used to make a polyether - it was called "101", and I liked that stuff, but...
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    Stupid electrical question

    I try to get rid of any glass fuses - even cutting them off supplied equipment and replacing with ATC - because I have so many problems with them over time. Is it possible that the 1A fuse is recommended because of the 20g wire pigtail? The manufacturer doesn't know what is connecting that...
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    Exercising on a boat - Look what I fell in love with!

    This. Every year when leave the boat for 4-6 weeks to visit family, we gain 10lbs. Once back on the boat in our normal life, we lose it and easily maintain our previous weights. After several years of this, we have definitely fingered snacking and huge portions of rich food as the culprit...
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    Freezer evaporator replacement

    Oops, I somehow missed that the only thing wrong is a bad electronic control module. Yes, these are still available for older systems. As mentioned, Kollmann Marine is a good source, and I think r-parts still sell them. Mark
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    Freezer evaporator replacement

    We recently replaced our evaporator plate (not a Hunter). The tubing connecting the evaporator to the compressor is part of the evaporator itself - a couple feet of a single aluminum tube soldered to a longer length of copper tube that breaks out into two separate tubes. One tube is the gas...
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    cruising apps for Ipad

    Batelco's plan rates are here: http://www.btcbahamas.com/explore/mobile/prepaid They are much cheaper than the Verizon plan mentioned above. The SIM card itself costs $17, and a 15GB data plan $35/month (with VAT, this would be Chris's $54). If you don't use all of the data, it rolls over...