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  1. Tom J

    Rabbit hole

    Yours looks to be bent to starboard a bit. Mine is centered. Yours should be okay since the alignment is good. Shortly after I purchased my boat, I noticed that the skeg was loose, and I had to tighten the mount bolts. The boat only had 19 hours on it, but had been in the water for two years.
  2. Tom J

    Ever wonder what could be swimming beneath your keel?

    My wife and I were kayaking off the leeward side of Maui, watching whales, when we heard a faraway sound like a whistle and horn together. It kept getting louder, and we thought maybe it was a dive boat at Molokini Island, signaling divers to return to the boat. The noise got closer and...
  3. Tom J

    Ever wonder what could be swimming beneath your keel?

    Sorry, I should have said we were in Titusville, FL. The manatees were everywhere in the marina.
  4. Tom J

    Florida Folk's Registration Question

    :plus:I found the registration and licensing processes at the DMV in Florida to be very simple and quick. You would think they do it for a living. Now, the RMV in Massachusetts is another story altogether.
  5. Tom J

    Ever wonder what could be swimming beneath your keel?

    I knew manatee were swimming under my keel, because the depth sounder alarm kept going off. I almost had a heart attack, though, when I wanted to back out of our slip, and the water behind us exploded when I shifted into reverse. A manatee behind us had crash dived and the slap of his tail had...
  6. Tom J

    Moorage Madness

    Yes. Municipal moorings and member owned yacht clubs are typically reasonable in price. Private marinas, not so much. When we are cruising, we will search for municipal marinas when we need a slip, since the fees are usually not too bad. Sometimes, though, the names of the marinas can be...
  7. Tom J

    Windlass with Chain Gypsy

    Would be nice if it was 5/16" chain rated. I agree that I wouldn't want to go to a smaller chain size.
  8. Tom J

    Support our forum's authors

    I own both books you mentioned, Phil. Every sailboat should have them.
  9. Tom J

    Holding tank and water tank under V berth sending units

    My boat didn't have any sensors. I installed Raritan sensors that glue to the outside of the tanks.
  10. Tom J

    Windlass with Chain Gypsy

    I wish. My C310 came with the 500 Maxwell windlass, but no gypsy for the 100' of chain the dealer installed.
  11. Tom J

    Rabbit hole

    I have a new LED anchor light sitting in the saloon, waiting for me to go up the mast and replace the old anchor light. I'm sure the old SS screws are frozen in the mast truck, and I don't look forward to getting them out. For the time being, I use a battery powered LED light hanging from my...
  12. Tom J

    Windlass with Chain Gypsy

    I'd like to have the chain gypsy also. Years ago, I contacted Maxwell about a conversion kit for our existing windlass, but they only had one left, and they wanted $900 for it! I'd really like to see how your project works out, Jesse.
  13. Tom J

    Rabbit hole

    Using binoculars from the dock to inspect the upper fittings on the mast will give you a rough idea of their condition.
  14. Tom J

    How to measure wave height

    I try to explain to our guests here on Maui that you have to watch the waves for a while during a shorebreak before they go in the water. Eventually, a wave will come that is twice as high as the ones they are playing in, so watch for that. No one listens. People get pummeled. This picture is...
  15. Tom J

    I HAVE A DREAM

    Great video! Inspiring story.
  16. Tom J

    Rabbit hole

    You could try an alternative procedure for replacing the 4D's that worked well when my 4D's failed the first time at Cape May, NJ. The dockmaster at Utches Marina had a young fellow pick up a 4D and carry it up to the shop, and bring back a new one, then did the same with the other 4D, no...
  17. Tom J

    garage anchor evolution

    Yes, that would work, and, Yes, it would involve launching the dinghy. I guess the few times I thought it prudent to use a trip line, I got lucky and didn't have the anchor stuck on the bottom.
  18. Tom J

    Moorage Madness

    I'm in a Yacht Club in Quincy, Mass., so the only way to increase slip fees is by a vote of the membership. MY slip fee is less than $600 for the season, which hasn't changed in years. We are dealing with erosion issues along our water front, and have voted to assess members to install a new...
  19. Tom J

    garage anchor evolution

    I like it. If it works for you, in your specific area, stick with it. Personally, I find trip lines to be a pain to use where I sail and anchor. The wind and tidal currents are constantly shifting, so I end up circling the anchor rode and fouling the trip line.
  20. Tom J

    Rabbit hole

    Welcome aboard, BillyK. That's an impressive list of projects, and I'm sure you will get many years of enjoyment out of your C310. I replaced the 4D's last spring. What worked for me, and I'm old with a bad back, was to lift the aft end of the outboard battery up and slide the battery out of...