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    ***Update. We got to the boat and the highest wind speed it recorded was 59.8 knots. I sneeze faster than that! lol Well, wouldn't you know it? We made the decision to bring Skipping Stone up from Carriacou because the hurricane season was swiftly approaching. Boating things being what they are...
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    Ahoy sailor folks

    We are seeking help finding a year 'round slip for a 53 foot sailboat, somewhere in or around Narragansett Bay, or within 40 miles of Boston, either way. Our preference would be a small, privately owned dock or marina, sort of out in the boonies, so to speak. I've done one winter in East...
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    seeking crew

    Woman crew member (sorry guys, but I'm not sending my wife to sea with a strange man) wanted for the above sail on a 53' Pearson. American citizens only, please. Destination is Newport. Must be able to leave wherever you are to meet my wife at MIA on May 26. All expenses paid including...
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    Another side to cruising.

    Been over a month since I last posted and it has been a doozie! A cardiac event, professionally and skillfully handled by the staff at the hospital in St. George's, an air ambulance to Boston, a month in the hospital there, and I'm back, like a bad penny. Not going to be able to return to the...
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    We need to grind down the cockpit coaming and paint it.

    We do not need to save the nonskid, but there are a lot of holes from the teak that we will fill. What type of sander would you recommend?
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    Varnishing with urethane

    I thought we might do something different this time so I went looking for info. There have been several threads about using urethane as an undercoat for varnish, but any searches on this site leave me with out answers. So, I thought I ask because being stuck in quarantine is a good time to...
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    Garmin GPSMAP 3010 or 3210

    Does anyone out there have or know anyone who has a Garmin GPSMAP 3010 or 3210 that is inoperable? I need a screen from one. It takes about ten minutes and a phillips screwdriver to remove the screen, so it's not a big, complicated job. Thanks in advance.
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    Does anyone have or have heard of a "Proplock" by a company in Maine called Sarns Machine? It is a hydraulic shaft brake last manufactured in the early '90s. I have all the parts but apparently, if hooked up incorrectly, it will trash the Velvet Drive transmission, so I need the installation...
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    Feed water pump

    We've been using a 12 volt Water Puppy (6.3 gpm) as a boost pump for our watermaker, but they do not like the back pressure from the high pressure pump (2.3 gpm) and over heat and fail after some time. We have a 110 volt Dometic/March water cooled continuous duty magnetic drive pump (8.3 gpm)...
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    Starting your engine on "dead" batteries.

    I was going through a locker on the boat full of "stuff" today, trying to clean out some of that junk we boaters collect as we go through life, and I found four US dimes (a 10 cent piece for those unfamiliar with the term dime), neatly wrapped and shiny new. For those of you who do not have a...
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    Sterling Pro Charge Ultra 12V 40Amp

    We have just installed a Sterling Pro Charge Ultra 12V 40Amp and we can't find anything in the programming instructions that is relevant to our situation. We operate our genset 2 hours a day, 1 hour in the morning and 1 in the evening. Can anybody suggest how we should program so we will the get...
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    Attention: anyone heading for Grenada
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    Coronavirus related travel in the Eastern Caribbean; Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia

    "With immediate effect all ships arriving in Trinidad and Tobago waters must submit the supporting documents requested under the Single Electronic Window e-maritime module as per arrival/departure habour master requirements to the maritime services division of the ministry of works and...
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    Winch shims

    Fortunately, I found a couple of sets of shims for our Lewmar 65st electrics. Right part number and oh so close, but sadly they are 12 thousandths too large. Other than having new ones printed for gobs of boat bucks, can anybody think of how these could be cut down to do the job? I should think...
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    more propane questions

    OK, so I'm trying to put together a proper propane system from the far side of the moon, and it seemed to be going OK. I bought the reg pictured below, a Trident Marine 1230-1411 L.P. Gas Regulator, for two tanks. Unfortunately, all I can purchase here are the European tanks which have the reg...
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    I've got this great Blue Sea battery monitor @ the chart table, but the old analog meters on the Bass panel are just not as exact and easy to read as the new digital meters. I've found these cool and inexpensive digital ones (see below) that I'd like to try, just for kicks. Do I need to parallel...
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    What would you call it?

    My Hood Stoway electric has this unit between the motor and the luff rod. It is not identified in any of the Stoway literature I have. I've tried searching for it as a gearbox, speed reducer, and reduction gear, but have not been able to find anything on the web that is the same or even similar...
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    Need breaker info

    Do any of you have an early 80's boat (Irwin 52/65, Gulfstar 47/50/60, Morgan 46/51/60 etc.) with a Bass products breaker panel? It should have a line 1 and line 2 shore power breakers. They should be 30 amps, but I do not know the breaker model number for installation configuration. If supplied...
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    PHII question

    Our forward head has developed a problem that confuses me. It pumps fine with the valve in the flush position, but there is major back pressure on the handle when the flush valve is in the dry position and one is pumping the toilet out. Seems like it should be an easy fix?
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    Alden Marinefax TR-VI

    This boat came with an Alden Marinefax TR-VI, but no paper. I thought it might be good to get it going, but I've contacted Alden and they no longer supply the paper for the unit. Does anyone by chance have a few rolls lying around that they don't want, or is this unit going to follow my...