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  1. SirMichael

    Smell from Stringer drains after head problems…

    Peggie, Thanks for the reply! I believe that I had misunderstood about how to use the PureAyre. I thought that you were suggesting pouring some into the holes on the stringers, and letting it soak there, for a while, then to remove it... You know the old saying, "I can explain it to you, but...
  2. SirMichael

    Smell from Stringer drains after head problems…

    When I did the search for the gallon of PureAyre first on Amazon, it was for $50, but when I did a google search, the link to Amazon took me to the same product for $40. I did get the PureAyre. I'm hoping that if I tape a smaller hose (5/8 OD) to one of the vacuum attachments, that I can...
  3. SirMichael

    Smell from Stringer drains after head problems…

    Peggie & Kloudie, Thanks, I'll give it a try next week. I'll have to order the gallon of PureAyre (or substitute). Thanks, Sir Michael PS: Peggie, I was climbing the walls, looking for your book that I had purchased, finally found it. I've been reading some more...
  4. SirMichael

    Smell from Stringer drains after head problems…

    I had a mishap with fixing the head on my ‘78 Hunter 28.5, where I removed the drain hose and had some of the backwash from the black water tank run onto the floor and down into the stringers under the boat. I think I got most of it cleaned up, but I’m wondering about cleaning up the leftover...
  5. SirMichael

    Bilge Drainage?

    Benny, Many thanks for the reply. That does answer my question. I'll probably follow up with some bio detergent solution like you suggested. As for that hose in the bilge, I think that I may take a wiring snake and stuff it up and see where it comes out. Sir Michael
  6. SirMichael

    Bilge Drainage?

    The head on our 1978 Hunter 28.5 stopped working, the nut on the bottom of the pump valve came off (I had repaired it a couple years ago, must not have gotten it tight). So I had to remove the pump and in a fit of stupidity, I didn't check the blackwater tank, and removed the hose. A few...
  7. SirMichael

    Hunter 28.5 water tank repairs

    I had problem by 28.5 where there were cracks in the gelcoat inside, mostly on the corners. As I recall, I used a marine grade 2 part epoxy to seal the cracks. If there’s a lot of flaking, I would think that you wouldn’t you would want to do is to sand off the flaking and put a new layer of...
  8. SirMichael

    28.5 Side windows

    I was going to use some Lexan (polycarbonate) but I found this article and it’s completely changed my mind. https://hatchmasters.com/acrylic-vs-polycarbonate/ incidentally, I think I will probably also replace the lenses on the two hatches of the boat. They are getting pretty old and have...
  9. SirMichael

    28.5 Side windows

    I have a 78 Hunter 28.5. one of the side windows is cracked and I’d like to replace it. the approximate dimensions Are 7 x 45.5 and is about 1/4” thick. I can’t seem to find a commercial replacement and I don’t mind cutting a new replacement. Anyone have an idea of where I can find tinted...
  10. SirMichael

    1996 Hunter 280 - Starter Motor Issues

    I wrote this post some time ago. Hopefully this will help you: https://forums.sailboatowners.com/threads/fix-for-hunter-starter-wiring-harness-issue.186160/?highlight=SirMichael Mike
  11. SirMichael

    Deck wash

    I’d suggest starting with the Starbright Non-Skid Deck wax. It keeps a lot of the dirt, blood and debris from soaking into the deck. Should make the cleanup a bit easier. Sir Michael
  12. SirMichael

    Bottom Coat - It's coming OFF!

    My son and I are very nearly done with the putting a new bottom coat on our '78 Hunter 28.5. Most of the bottom only had some ablative coating, with only a few areas that had any barrier coating. About 80 to 90% of the bottom, we were able to scrape off with the sharpened 1.5" putty knives...
  13. SirMichael

    Bottom Coat - It's coming OFF!

    Roy, that's what I'm hoping for. The Micron CSC is supposed to be multi-seasonal. I strongly suspect that with the barrier coat, I'll never have to remove it again (maybe somebody else in xx years!?). Sir Michael
  14. SirMichael

    Bottom Coat - It's coming OFF!

    Last Saturday, my son & I went up to our boat to try a number of things, to get the bottom coat off our 78 Hunter 28.5. For the most part, it only has a black ablative coating on it. I have put several coats of Interlux ACT on the bottom, but I'm not sure what the previous owner(s) put on...
  15. SirMichael

    H41DS decoupling fridge/freezer switch?

    Something like this should work well for the the refrigerator temperature control: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-All-Purpose-Temperature-Controller-ITC-1000/dp/B00OXPE8U6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Mike
  16. SirMichael

    Bottom Paint on a Cradle

    I’m going to strip the bottom coat off my 78 Hunter 28.5 (1978) that sits on a cradle. Sounds like the normal thing to do is to hang the boat on the crane over a weekend to paint the two sections where cradle sits. Trouble is it has to be done no matter what the weather is (been there, done...
  17. SirMichael

    Replace Marine Radio Coax & Mast Lights...

    Actually, I’ve gone back and forth on pulling the mast, but at this point I’m going to find out if the lights wiring is OK. I’m going to replace the lights and it it works, then I’ll just move the antenna to the bimini. The lake we’re on is only about 20 miles, an even a handheld should be...
  18. SirMichael

    Remove Hunter 28.5 Mast

    The coax up to my antenna failed inside the mast And I have lighting problems (bulbs?) but being cautious I decided to remove the mast this winter for maintenance. So my question is how do I disconnect the mast to lay it down? I have access to a crane and I can disconnect stays to lower the...
  19. SirMichael

    Replace Marine Radio Coax & Mast Lights...

    I have a 78 Hunter 28.5. It's about a 40' mast, plus the mast step in the cabin. 1. I found that the antenna match from my radio to my Marine antenna wasn't as good as it used to be (SWR was 1.2:1, recently over 4:1). I ran a "TDR" (Time Domain Reflectometer) and found that it was failing...
  20. SirMichael

    Tips For A Great Buff & Wax

    Rather than using 600 grit, consider 1200 or even 2000 grit, and wet sand it. If the 600 grit is required, then follow up with the 1200/2000 grit. Buff it out with a high speed buffer, but be careful of the edges. I've done a lot of work on car finishes and the finer sandpaper will make it...