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  1. Rich Stidger

    Where to buy need 2" hinged jaw rail slide/clamp?

    How about this one:
  2. Rich Stidger

    Maine Sail update

    Wow, I didn't know. Years ago on a Maine cruise my wife and I met Rodd and shared an hour and a drink onboard our sailboat. Over the years Rodd has helped me via phone calls and email. Yes I have bought some of his products and I consider him to be a wonderful source of learning and advice...
  3. Rich Stidger

    Well, I made a $800 mistake by flipping the little switch on the engine on panel.

    And who was the dimwit (IMHO) that installed the fire extinguisher system with a (presumably) unmarked switch on the console? Hopefully there was an engine shutdown controller that stopped the engine before any serious ingestion.
  4. Rich Stidger

    Do you make a Wifi hotspot? Do you use a dedicated one?

    We use TracFone prepaid phones and last I checked, we are not allowed to tether. Wifi from nearby businesses is marginal at best. So we bought a hot spot. The hot spot we bought is a Franklin R850 and it uses Sprint/T-Mobile as the carrier. Most places we travel it works OK, but there are...
  5. Rich Stidger

    Boom Furling Questions

    My Schaefer boom furler will reef at many points. The instructions say to roll up the sail until one of the full battens is just on the mandrel. Then re-tension the main halyard. Another 1/4 turn of the mandrel will tighten the sail very nicely. The most useful reef points are at my lower...
  6. Rich Stidger

    h40.5 OEM pleated shades

    I messed up. I never took pictures of my shades before I removed them many years ago. They had a lot of mildew on the fabric. Now I have them clean and looking like new, but the elastic that holds them in the folded position is stretched and needs replacing. Replacing the elastic is easy, but...
  7. Rich Stidger

    Fuel line crack.

    Very possible. The pump will be pulling a vacuum to get fuel through the primary filter. Bottom line- The entire fuel line system must be air-tight. I had a small leak on my brand new genset. I could not get it to start at all until I found and fixed the air leak.
  8. Rich Stidger

    Surveys are a waste of money

    I have had 3 surveys on 2 different sailboats. One was a pre-purchase, and the other two were C&V for insurance. Each one was excellent, catching faults that I did not see. Considering that you are laying down big bucks, I think that a survey is a wise expenditure. One each survey the...
  9. Rich Stidger

    HELP Current on ground wire when on Generator

    Dan, FWIW, my Ship-Shore switch breaks all 3 wires. But if the shore cable is the cause of the 340mA, it would seem that there must be another path between the shore and the boat for the current to flow. Water return? I think you need to verify that the shore cable is not the cause of the...
  10. Rich Stidger

    Boom Furling Questions

    @Tedd - Schaefer makes a smaller version but I dont know what length boom it will replace. All of the furling booms are heavy and a boom brake is highly recommended. Knowing the setup I would not think boom furling would work well for a boat that is trailered. At least not for the Schaefer or...
  11. Rich Stidger

    Boom Furling Questions

    I have the Schaefer Gamma (larger) boom. 6-7 years experience with it. My recollection is that there is a specified limit for pre-bend. I think it may be 3-5", but I am not sure. My rigger took care of that. If the additional stiffness is thought to be due to the track, I doubt any additional...
  12. Rich Stidger

    Dish Soap Rinsing

    I tee'd off my anchor washdown pump and added a salt water faucet at the galley. Saves a huge amount of fresh water. Rinse then wash with fresh & dishsoap.
  13. Rich Stidger

    Batteries relocated on a Hunter 37.5

    OH, I completely misunderstood the battery location. But now I am curious as to how you are going to physically install the batteries and connect them with cables? If they are FLA, how will you check/service them?
  14. Rich Stidger

    Batteries relocated on a Hunter 37.5

    So you are planning to sleep under several hundred pounds of batteries? And also reduce your overhead clearance to enter and exit?
  15. Rich Stidger

    Chain snubbers

    No I haven't tried tying a line to the chain. But I don't think I ever would do that for two reasons- First, it looks cumbersome and time consuming. Second, The function of the snubber is to absorb shock, and in a blow, I would be concerned about the line slipping on the chain or somehow...
  16. Rich Stidger

    Chain snubbers

    I use a simple chain hook and a single triple twist nylon line. One issue I have with the hook is that I sometimes have difficulty attaching it to the chain that has already passed through the bow roller- its a reaching/stretching issue over the bow seat and down to the chain. The other issue...
  17. Rich Stidger


    I had one of those sailboats but I can't remember if there is any fabric on the interior that would absorb water. If there isn't, cover the electronics and hose away. Suck everything dry with a wet shop vac.
  18. Rich Stidger

    How do i fix the fuel guage?

    Check and replace the sender if faulty. If defective I would recommend replacing with the rod type and not the float-arm type. I have found the float arm types to be very unreliable. Also check the gauge for proper readings. The problem could be either the sender or the gauge.
  19. Rich Stidger

    Dinghy swing

    The dinghy needs to be tied to the davits, not just hoisted up. After properly tying the dinghy you should not be able to move the dinghy in any direction by pushing or pulling on it hard. If the dinghy can move it will chafe at any rub point, and you also don't want it to get loose in a...