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    Apostle Islands Charter

    This is a report on our just completed 6-day charter in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. We chartered a 44' Jeanneau out of Port Superior marina just south of Bayfield, with me and my wife plus 4 crew for the first 3 days, and swapping out for a different 4 crew the last 3 days. Basically...
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    Between chart plotters

    At the moment, I have a dead Raymarine C80 (2004 vintage) in a Navpod at the helm. I just bought an iPad with a clamp-on holder that sits just above the Navpod with the dead C80. My problem is the following: I want to install a USB socket in the Navpod to power the iPad (and cell phones), and...
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    ST4000+: RIP

    Took my folding wheel (w/autopilot) off and brought it home last weekend. It's a 2004 vintage Raymarine ST4000+ (MK2, I guess: gray) which has worked flawlessly for the past 17 or so years (3 on the hard), although it's always been squeaky from day one. I knew there was a crack in the dust cover...
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    Lead keel, non-copper paint

    Hi Folks, Our Hunter 306 has a lead keel which has always been a mess as far as keeping bottom paint on. We epoxy coated it back in 2006 or so, but the paint has always come off in half-dollar sized chunks. I know about the copper/lead electrolysis business, which may have caused some of the...
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    Minor disaster averted / brain teaser

    In the spirit of NPR's Car Talk puzzler, here's a puzzle for you: Just started a week-long cruise in which I'll be solo for the first 3 days, before picking up my wife on Oxford, MD. Day 1: Rock Creek (Pasadena MD) to West River (Shady Side, MD). Great sail for 4 hours, wind averaging maybe 12...
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    Smith Island, MD to Crisfield

    I'm planning to sail roughly 90 miles from White Rocks Marina MD, down to Smith Island MD. But I'll be picking my wife up in Crisfield MD, and sailing over to Ewell on Smith Island along the ferry route. My question is: the channel for the Ewell to Crisfield ferry looks pretty sketchy. Do any of...
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    Drilling a hole for a USB port in the DC panel

    So my DC panel has 2 of the old cigarette lighter sockets for DC accessories, and I got this neat little dual USB port that I plan to swap in to replace one of the old sockets. Problem is, the old hole in the (metal) panel is 0.85", and the new hole needs to be around 1.18" (3cm). I want to...
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    Losing GPS fix when tacking: iPhone

    My old C80 chart plotter is out for repair again, so after reading around on this site, I downloaded the highly recommended iSailor for my iPhone to give it a try. From a couch-view perspective, it seems like a great app. Took it sailing yesterday and I sort of balanced it in the open Navpod...
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    Check your sink drain hoses...

    I close all my thru hulls every time I leave the boat. So doing some work today, I opened the thru hull under the sink in the head and wondered why my hand was wet... Check out the OEM hose Hunter used for the drain: No wonder I was seeing water stains next to the head. Anyway, all the advice...
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    Johnson raw water pump: leaking seal

    So this is more of an informational / sparking conversation posting, as I don't really think I have a question. I have a Johnson 10-24509-01 raw water pump (or F4B-903: not sure which is the real part number) on my Yanmar 2GM20F engine from 2004. Around a month ago, I noticed a small puddle of...
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    Roller furling problem

    I have a 16 year old Furlex 100S which is sticking pretty badly. I would say it worked fine for the first 8 years, and then started to get stuck when I was unfurling the jib (a 110%). I would have to go out and unroll it by hand for the last 1/2 or 1/3 of the way. Then the boat sat on land for...
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    Yanmar 2GM20F: please criticize my plan!

    Despite doing 10 or 20 boat projects over the past 5 weeks, I'm running short of time to do everything before I launch on the 27th. I've done thru-hulls, running rigging, blahblahblah, new batteries, overhauled the entire sanitary system, and I'm in the middle of rub-rail leak fixing. The next...
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    Rub Rail Adventure

    Behind our (Hunter 306) aft cabin, I've seen something like 3 or 4 water trails coming down from the hull/deck joint when it rains, all of which either end up in the bilge, or under the teak panel which separates the aft cabin from the holding/fuel tank space. This has caused the teak plywood...
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    Old Failing Raymarine Electronics

    Our Hunter 306 was fully outfitted in 2004 by the dealer with a Raymarine C80 chartplotter, ST60 wind, ST40 depth and speed, and an ST4000+ wheel autopilot, all mounted on navpods at the helm. Everything worked well in 2016 when we were last in the water, but the C80 is now dead, and the wind...
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    Big Stink...

    Not really asking a question here: just a story. I've been working on our 2005 Hunter 306 most days for the last month or so after it sat on land for 3 1/2 years. From sitting, there was about an inch of water in some parts of the bilge which rotted the plywood backing discs for 3 thru-hulls, so...
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    Gelcoat or paint?

    What would you use to finish raw fiberglass in the bilge: gelcoat or paint? And if gelcoat, what particular product would you recommend? This is for polyester resin (Evercoat Kitty Hair) used to bond thru-hull backing plates:
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    Replacing Aft Cabin Bulkhead in H306

    Next on my list of pandemic projects: replacing the bulkhead (removable panel, really) in the aft cabin of our Hunter 306. This is the 2' x 4' panel which is removed to access all the cr$^*%#p in the stern: holding tank, fuel tank, macerator, wiring spaghetti. It's only held on with 2 screws...
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    New Running Rigging: bothered by what is probably a non-problem

    I have been meaning to replace all the running rigging on our 2005 Hunter 306 for some years now, and just got around to ordering the replacements. I recalled that there is a table of rope diameters and lengths in the manual from Hunter. I did a rough measure of length on 4 of the lines (my...
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    Thru-hull replacement and hull thickness

    Hi folks. I'm trying to refit our 2005 Hunter 306 after it's been sitting on land for 3 1/2 years. I just cleaned up quite a few gallons of grungy bilge water, and I noticed that 2 or 3 thru-hulls which were wet for that long have plywood backing disks which are not in good shape. They were...
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    Alternator question

    Quick question: we have a 3 year-old Yanmar 2GMF. The alternator belt seems to loosen up regularly, so that I have to re-tighten it maybe 3 times a season. Should I try putting one of those "toothed" type lock washers on the alternator bolt to keep it from slipping on the alternator bracket? Is...