Recent content by evan709

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    Bottom Paint Recommendations - Hunter 23.5 - Middle Potomac River

    I have a Hunter 23.5 that I sail in the middle Potomac River (between Colonial Beach, VA and Piney Point, MD - somewhat brackish). The boat stays in a marina slip during the season (~April to October). She sits on a trailer out of the water the rest of the year. Might take it out of the water...
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    Fixing Damage Under the Motor Mount on a Hunter 23.5

    Thanks for the suggestions. Marine Tex took care of the repair. I made extenders out of extra 2"x6". Stained and varnished the whole thing while I had it off. Replaced the existing bolts with ones that were 2" longer. This should work and I'll know for sure in a few months when I put the...
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    Fixing Damage Under the Motor Mount on a Hunter 23.5

    Bought a new outboard motor. It's great, but it doesn't sit right on the existing wooden motor mount. The shape of the stern pushes the motor out some so it won't click into a secure down position. I'm fixing this by adding some small extenders to the motor mount and using longer bolts which...
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    Hunter 23.5 Rudder Downhaul Auto Release System

    Thanks for everyone's input. I went ahead and installed the auto release cam cleat as best I could to fit my boat. Pictures attached. My boat is a long distance from my workshop so I need to measure everything first, then take it home to work on. I put blue masking tape on the tiller so I...
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    Hunter 23.5 Rudder Downhaul Auto Release System

    Just finished a good season of sailing and now starting off-season projects. My rudder is heavy and sinks below the surface when set free, but doesn't go all the way down. My uphaul/downhaul lines were not routed correctly so I couldn't get the rudder all the way down (replacing line and...
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    Help Picking Out a New Outboard Motor for a Hunter 23.5

    Thanks for the input Dennis. Why do you prefer the XL shaft and why a 4 stroke over a two stroke?
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    Help Picking Out a New Outboard Motor for a Hunter 23.5

    Hi, I'm still new to sailing a boat of this size so I appreciate all the help I get from Forum members. I have a 1993 Hunter 23.5 which I bought used three years ago. It came with an old 9.9HP outboard motor with a long shaft. Now the motor won't start and the potential repair bill has me...
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    How do you change a bulb in this cabin light?

    Picture below is of one of the cabin lights in my 1993 Hunter 23.5. The bulb is burned out in one of the four lights in the cabin. I'm trying to open it up to get at the bulb. If I twist the light housing to the right or left, it turns the lights on and off individually. I've tried twisting...
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    Ideas for Bow Light Mounting on Hunter 23.5

    My 1993 Hunter 23.5 has a bow running light that's mounted just below the cradle for the mast when it's down for the season (see attached pictures). This makes it the very front thing on the boat and more than once this season, I came into the slip too fast and it banged into something on the...
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    I think these are electrical, but I'm not sure...

    I'm replacing the ancient electrical panel in my 1993 Hunter 23.5. When I pulled the old one out, I found the expected mess and started tracing wires. The pictures attached are of two connectors (electrical I believe since wires run to them under the floor in the cabin) at the rear of the...
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    Raising the Mast on a Hunter 23.5 - Looking for Advice

    I made my own bridles out of steel cable with hooks and clips on the ends. Pulled the length from the owner's manual. You can see pictures of what I did in the full guide. Here's a link to the guide in Google Doc form so you're welcome to comment and add info. I will keep it up to date and...
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    Raising the Mast on a Hunter 23.5 - Looking for Advice

    Hi Crispy, Glad my notes were a help. I shared them before I had actually used them to raise the mast. I did that this spring and it went smoother than I expected. I haven't lowered the mast yet, but I expect it should work just as well. I continue to add to my custom "owner's manual" so...
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    Replacing an old AutoHelm BIDATA depth and speed electronic

    Hi Barry, Great insight! Looks like I made a wrong assumption about my transducers! Thanks for educating me on the difference. I'll dive under and take a look later this week. Evan
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    Replacing an old AutoHelm BIDATA depth and speed electronic

    I bought my 1993 Hunter 23.5 used two years ago. It came with an AutoHelm BIDATA device for measuring depth and speed. It's connected to a in-hull transducer (no hole in the boat). The depth measurement works fine, but the display is worn out and very hard to read which is driving my desire...
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    Hunter 23.5 Transducer Info

    Bought my 1993 Hunter 23.5 two years ago. Starting to tackle major upgrades. Top of the list is to replace the depth & speed electronic instrument (an "AutoHelm" - possibly original to the boat with old style LCD display). I did not look over the hull before I put the boat in the water this...