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  1. stephen_i_w

    Catalina 315 Instruments

    I personally prefer dedicated instruments. Whenever the weather turns ugly or some other unexpected event happens, confusion is often the result. I recently had this happen on a return trip in heavy weather. I thought I was seeing SOG (speed over ground from the GPS) when I was actually...
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    Catalina 315 Instruments

    I have a C315. The MFD, the wind instrument and a depth sounder are mounted on the nav pod on the pedestal. On the end of the port gunnel is the speed display and the auto-pilot control is mounted at the end of the starboard gunnel. I find that this arrangement works great for me. I can see...
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    Bug Pants

    Yes, bug pants help. I purchased an entire bug suit on Amazon. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B56LSRN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) Yes, it was helpful. I only wore the booties, but with long pants, socks and shoes they did keep the flies from biting. Not a total...
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    Occaisional Head Smell

    My c315 has a old fashioned pump head that goes to a holding tank. My question is, what is the advantage of having a macerator in the system?
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    Tender 315

    Hi Bill, Congratulations on the 315. We really love ours. But, as always, a few issues, especially in heavy air. Like you, I did notice that the 315 is a bit more tender than our previous boat. But, then again, I also noticed that she really sails a whole lot better in light air, so...
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    Detroit River transport

    I suggest you read this: Crossing the border or transiting through Canada – Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca
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    Detroit River transport

    I measure about 36 NM on the chart. But, it it is slow going against the Detroit River. I would allow ten hours or so for that trip.
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    Bug Pants

    Lots of interesting information, but so far I have not heard from anyone that actually tried Bug Pants. I see them advertised on Amazon and other places. Bug pants do appear to be an inexpensive solution that does not necessitate the use of chemicals. I still would love to hear from anyone...
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    Bug Pants

    So, white bug pants?
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    Bug Pants

    Has anyone tried bug pants to deal with those awful biting flies in the Great Lakes and other places? I wonder how well they work.
  11. stephen_i_w

    Catalina 315 - Any New Comments?

    @tikiavenger I can well understand the worry about reefing sails in high winds, we also get some high winds here as well. My worst experience trying to get my main down was on my previous boat with a hanked on main. It would not come down so we had to lash it to the mast. I cannot tell you...
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    Catalina 315 - Any New Comments?

    @tikiavenger I still really like the C315. The sailing season was soon over when I wrote my comments last September in this same thread, I still feel the same way. This years launch project is to replace the 7 year old 4d Lead acid batteries with LiFePO4s. Actually I do not think it will be...
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    Re-powering!

    "Sailing Uma" converted a Pearson 36 to electric power on the cheap, then again to a more elaborate installation. I found their videos and website informative on this subject. https://www.sailinguma.com/electro-beke
  14. stephen_i_w

    C-30 motoring speed

    I always heard that you can comfortably cruise at 80% of the maximum RPM of a diesel. According to the information sheet, I found on the Internet, the maximum is 3200 RPM. So, 80% of 3200 is 2560 RPM. Also, how fast is the river current? That will slow you down for sure.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Yes I can see that. I initially wanted to get the Fireflies. But, when I asked the forum (on another thread) the impression I got, from various posters, was that I would not be able to simply drop in the Fireflies and would need to make major modifications on my charging system. With...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    I am trying to understand what the advantage of Firefly Carbon Foam batteries have over LiFePO4 batteries. From what I can tell they are only slightly less expensive. But, on the other hand they are an unusual technology with only one source. Firefly Carbon Foam batteries are also bigger and...
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    Dinghy Security

    We purchased a dinghy and a nice light Torqeedo outboard. My question is, how do we keep it from getting stolen when we use it to foray on land?
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    Lithium Ion Replacement

    My understanding is that if you use a standard alternator to charge LiFePO4 batteries, there is a danger that you can over load and thus ruin a standard internally regulated alternator. There are also alternators that have separate regulators that can handle LiFePO4 batteries. But they are...
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    the new designs are way better ...........

    With its broad aft end, I have to wonder if the admiral is going to get motion sickness when we sail on Lake Erie with waves hitting our stern.
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    the new designs are way better ...........

    I guess "Go simple, go small, go now" is not a universally adopted idea.