AFAIK the only way to clean the bilge is to use lots of water, lots of degreasers, and lots of elbow grease. And for many bilges, long arms and don't be squeamish!
Once the bilge is clean you may still have to deal with odors. It's common on many boats to have mold growth in hard to...
I suggest you go into settings and then data sources. For Depth, what do you have listed and what is selected? You should be able to see the airmar transducer and then select it.
On my boat I have an airmar DST (Depth Speed Temperature). For some reason, every time the electronics get...
A mast mounted track is best. However a ring on the mast and some chocks on the stanchions is pretty c,one for a lot less money. You do need a topping lift. If you have a spinnaker halyard you can use that as a pole lift but a real one is better.
i put that setup on my c&c 110 and it was...
it is a great idea to read the books, do your homework, and inspect your potential new boat. The more you do yourself the better off you will be. However, if you’re not an expert how can you tell if the hull is wet, or has a void, or has some other problem? Are you able to tell if the...
In all honesty, when I out for a day sail, I leave my radio off. Otherwise I just get annoyed with the radio checks, sea tow calls, coast guard broadcasts from great south bay (I am in the Long Island sound, on the OTHER side of Long Island from great south bay), and other nonsense.
AFAIK there are no rules regarding anchors on the bow. Note that the racing rules of racing state:
A boat finishes when, after starting, any part of her hull crosses the finishing line from the course side
So anchor on bow or no anchor will not affect the finish position.
Troubleshooting overheating can be complicated because there are two separate water systems and both must work correctly.
First go through the raw water (sea water circuit). Make sure the raw water pump is working correctly - it is sucking up sea water and sending to to the heat exchanger...
As mentioned, its common to have the leach of the main rub against the backstay.
A few points to consider:
In your picture the main is on the wrong side of the backstay. The main will rub against the back stay but should cross the back stay with each tack. If the main doesn’t cross over...
Were you able to pull the boat forward by hand? I know it's easier with someone driving the boat up to the anchor, but it shouldn't take that much power for you to just pull the boat forward and get the boat over the anchor. I don't have that much anchoring experience, and just about 0...
I installed this on my last boat:
It was very easy to install. I permanently mounted the controller, which was connected directly to the house batteries. The solar panel gets connected with a quick connect. When the boat was on a mooring I...
I am just back from two days of racing in the Off Soundings Spring series. Great weather, great boat, great bunch of guys and I had a great time.
On Saturday we protested another boat. We rounded a mark (along with many many other boats) and started heading to the next mark. We were...
All boats racing need to communicate. If YOUR spotter sees a boat and informs you, AND you don't know they see you, AND you get close enough where you start to worry, YOU should loudly and clearly yell STARBOARD at them. Hopefully they were aware of you the entire time and should respond...
I have a similar situation - boat on mooring, short engine run time, minimal electrical needs. I put this on my last boat:
It was easy to install. I would bring the panel out, connect it, and lay it in the cockpit right before I left the...
Group 27 FLA deep cycle batteries are around $85 at Walmart.
So two batteries costs under $200 once you add tax. If they last 5 years that's less than $40 / year.
The watt numbers for the speaker is the maximum watts they can handle. If you exceed that number you can damage the speaker. So the newer speakers can handle more power, but that doesn't mean they will use more power. As long as you keep the volume the same as before the power used will be...
I don't mean to speak for the original poster, but his use case is about as simple as can be. From his original post:
Background: We are the habit of turning on engine, motoring for 10 minutes or so and then sailing with selector to #2 (drain is limited autopilot, VHF and Navigation). At...