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    the story of our lives.. do we have a problem? sail or power?

    someone on another forum asked a question, that I have seen posted here a few times... their question was "Do I have an obsession problem with my boat?..... My answer here seems appropriate for this forum as well... Do you have a problem?.... yes, you most definitely do. nearly everyone on...
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    Jabsco diaphragm waste pump dependability?

    Im wondering about the dependability of the Jabsco diaphragm pump over the sealand bellows T pump.... I know the sealand pump is among the top rated discharge pumps available, but it seems the jabsco pump has not been on the market as long so there is not as many reviews to scan thru to get an...
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    Guest Battery charger Drawing power OUT of the batteries when its unplugged???

    I have a guest battery charger model 16102 (dual feed) and when its unplugged, it draws power out of my batteries... is this the way its suppose to work with these "smart" chargers? all other chargers ive ever encountered, when they are unplugged, there is absolutely no power draw back to the...
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    lowrance LMS 525c DF sd card charts, or down-loadable???

    I know the 525c is an old unit (by modern standards) but I am wondering if the software/SD card can be updated for it, or if chart software is still being produced for it?... I have the SD card "USA West" V0120, and it shows nav aids but no spot soundings. I was hoping to get the spot soundings...
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    Boats... the facts of life?

    Boats... they are NOT an investment, but just an expensive hobby for the owner, and a gold mine for the chandleries, marine supply stores and the used boat brokers/dealers.... when one thinks about, it seems odd how a boat can be bought and sold many times over its lifetime, with each owner...
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    In Search of Product Info from our OverSeas Bothers/Sisters....

    hopefully this is allowed here... I am looking for a JDI JD-SB1 marine rated (white) extention speaker.... this unit seems to be much more common overseas than it is here. it was originally built in taiwan, but I cannot seem to contact them so I assume they are out of business, yet the speaker...
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    connecting wires to a solar charge controller

    as I try to wire up the blue sky charge controller, im setting here wondering what the point of having a 25amp controller with tiny screws on it for the wires to connect to... when one needs to connect an AWG6 wire to it to keep the resistance loss to a minimum, the copper lugs I have that...
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    mounting solar to bimini frame

    the old bimini canvas was ragged so I removed it from the frame early the first summer after we bought the boat.... so now im finally ready to install my solar panel frames on my bimini bows.... afterwards I will install the new bimini canvas (already made and fitted), with grommets installed...
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    conflicting information about solar install?

    I have read 2 different ways for sizing the wire for the run from the panels to the controller and then to the batteries.... one way says the that the distance from the panels to the controller is one leg that gets sized for that run, and then, the run from the controller to the batteries is...
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    Cal 34 i, ii or iii

    I would prefer to find a Mk III, as it would be identical to what I have. im looking for an abandoned or unwanted hull, severly damaged or otherwise, that i can cut out the rear of the cockpit and gunnel behind the helm. im willing to pay a reasonable price for this part, as I would like to use...
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    With new format of site, what size of photo file can be uploaded?

    I have tried uploading a couple of photos, but the popup box says they are too large to be processed... but it does not give a suggestion of what size they should be sized to so that they can be uploaded.... Thanks
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    How many stands needed to store the boat on the hard?

    can someone tell me how many stands should it take to safely support a 34' sailboat that has an estimated weight of 12,000lbs?.. thanks
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    good reading... for the extremely wealthy only!!

    as much of a fan as I am of Nigel Calder and what he has to share with the world thru his books, I dont think he will be doing much sharing with us poor folks from the book of his listed in the links below... Evidently, what he has to share is not worth as much in the UK, but here in America...
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    very low water in the reservoirs and lakes.....

    it seems like it was just a couple of months ago that some of the sailors in the NE part of the country was wondering if winter would ever end so they could launch and sail.... and now here in the northwestern part of the U.S., anyone that has their boat berthed/moored on the lakes and...
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    depth sounder quit working, OHMing a transducer?..

    my clipper duet depth meter quit working altogether recently... it used to work properly, then it started acting up and for awhile it would only work when setting still and not underway, but sometimes even then it would say "out"... but now it does not show any reading at all. the speed...
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    aqua signal series 40 tri-color.... Parts??

    the lens is broken on my masthead light... im looking for a new lens as the light is in perfectly good working condition. I have done an internet search for parts (the lens) but I cant find a source.. does anyone know where to get a replacement lens for the aqua signal series 40 tri-color...
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    alternator is NOT charging the house bank???

    after all the time I have spent on the boat over the past year and a half, converting all the lights to LED, repairing other peoples wiring FUBAR's, replacing all the batteries and many other necessary and unnecessary tasks, this weekend I learned my engine does NOT charge the house bank...
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    active ads vs. expired ads??

    is there any way on the "my ads" page to see which of my ads are currently active, and which ones have expired?.... and how do you re-post one that has expired? the email notification that I get allows me to repost/renew what has expired, but i cant figure our how to do it from the "my ads"...
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    electric igloo coolers??

    I dont need a discussion about a fridge being better, cuz I already know that it is, and I am NOT considering an electric cooler at this time either... but a conversation with my wife got me to wondering.... has anyone actually measure the amp draw on the portable electric coolers...
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    rope/line "lock" vs a clutch?

    does anyone know of a device that operates similar to a rope clutch that will actually lock the line from being moved thru it in either direction?... a clutch, with the handle locked down, the line can still be pulled thru the "clutch", adding tension to the working part of the line... I...