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  1. Bob S

    Soft shackles for anchoring

    I’ve been using a soft shackle instead of a chain hook. After seeing the Mantus version I started to wonder what is the best way to attach a soft shackle to chain and or three strand nylon?
  2. Bob S

    Toilet seats

    I installed a Raritan Elegance a few seasons ago. We love it but recently my wife said the seat broke. It snapped at the hinge that slows the drop speed. I don’t understand how, she weighs 120 lbs wet. Has anyone found replacements at the big box stores?
  3. Bob S


    My grandfather was a captain in the power squadron and I found some of his flags from 60 years ago. Trying to find out their meaning.
  4. Bob S

    Motorized ball valves

    Playing on the internet I saw a Vetus motorized ball valve which would make life a lot easier. My engine thru hull is under the aft birth and a pain to open and shut. Anyone ever used one? Good or bad idea? I haven’t searched pricing yet.
  5. Bob S

    Antenna whips

    So we finally got hauled. when we un-stepped the mast I found the stainless whip was missing. I have no idea how long it has been this way. It’s a Vesper VA 159 AIS/VHS antenna and both my VHS and AIS worked all season. My question for the antenna gurus is, can I replace it with the correct...
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    I hired an outfit to sand blast my cast iron keel and apply an epoxy barrier coat. They use Sea Hawk Tuff Stuff and claims he's never had issues. I bought a gallon of Ospho and was going to apply it shortly after blasting and have him come back to paint 24 hours later. He won't be able to come...
  7. Bob S

    Cabin Heat

    Looking for an economical way to take the chill out of our boat. If I do launch this season I will probably be hauling late. Mornings can be chill. 40-50 degrees. Has anyone ever installed a coolant heater/exchanger like this...
  8. Bob S

    Beneteau Circuit Breakers

    Anyone have a source for a 20A breaker to fit a 2003 Beneteau DP. I am installing a new electric head which requires 20A. The only open circuit I have open is a 5A. I’d like to find one that fits the panel without altering. I found a 15A but can’t seem to locate anything larger.
  9. Bob S

    Raritan Smart Toilet Control with Multifunction Panel

    I'm almost done installing a Raritan Elegance head and am trying to find a good location for the smart control panel. I'm concerned with water as the head is also the shower and I don't want ti getting sprayed every time we shower in there. Any suggestions from anyone with experience with these...
  10. Bob S

    Cleaning flexible solar panels

    I will be adding 2 possibly 4 if I can find the real estate SunPower solar panels over the winter layup. I know I'm getting ahead of myself but are products like 303 or 210 plastic cleaners OK to use on a flexible solar panel? Their manual says over the counter cleaners such as Windex can be...
  11. Bob S

    Chartplotter question?

    My boat icon is 90 degrees offset from the direction I am moving. I have a Garmin 7612 that is not tied to my older autopilot. I only say that because I have searched the web for a cure and I've seen many referencing to recalibration of the fluxgate compass. I spent a number of hours playing...
  12. Bob S

    Holding tank Vent locations

    I going to add 1" vents to my holding tanks. There are two heads in the two cabin version of the 393. I'm not concerned about the aft head but the forward one is in the V behind the anchor locker. I want to keep the vent lines as short and high as possible. With the mushroom thru hulls this far...
  13. Bob S

    Adding a 2A fuse holder

    installing an AIS requiring a 2A fuse. The power wire is 20 AWG and the fuse holder is 10 AWG. Water tight 1-30Amp fuse holder? How would you do this?
  14. Bob S

    AIS GPS Location

    The Defender Warehouse sale is here and I am ordering a Vesper XB-8000 at a great price. I have to fill out a program sheet asking where the antenna will be located on the boat. The problem is I am not sure yet. I'm sure I'm not the first to be in this predicament. I have my Garmin GPS located...
  15. Bob S


    OK my almost new to me 393 has been a pleasure cruising southern NE. I'm preparing to haul next week but already thinking ahead to next season. The one thing that was part of her inventory but I haven't played with is her North Sail Gennaker. I've been surfing Youtube for how to's. Never had one...
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    My new to me 2003 B393 has a RayMarine ST6001 with linear drive, probably dealer installed. It was flawless last season. The fluxgate compass is in the port aft lazerette with the control head by the instrument panel. I will try to locate the course computer this evening. The system has been...
  17. Bob S

    What ever happened to my Drag Queen

    Had it on my iPhone then it was gone. When I go to the App Store it’s no longer available.
  18. Bob S

    6v wired in series/parallel

    what color wire when wiring pos to neg when wiring in series? Does it make a difference? Also, the runs are short. What size wire between batteries for 6 6v bank. Coming off the ends I’m using 1 aw
  19. Bob S

    Impeller change

    I’m in the middle of a rewire update and have the alternator off. I decided to take advantage of the room and change out the impeller. Not an easy project (Yanmar 54hp)even with the added room. Just curious how long in time or hours before we’re looking at a rebuild or replace project?
  20. Bob S

    RAM mic cable rewire?

    Not sure but I can't be alone in this: My Standard Horizon CMP23B RAM mic functions fine but the cable has UV degraded and is crumbling. I spoke with their customer service and they no longer have the cables. Any suggestions??? I'm waiting for a call back from tech support to see if there is a...