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  1. SoSound

    Please, when can I come back?

    Stuck in between a stormy October weekend and a pandemic whole house remodel project… when can I come back to where I love to be? Quoting here, “Just awesome”.
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    Ripped off at Point Wilson?

    I have been having a conversation with @jssailem about a recent experience that my wife and I had while crossing the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The short version is that sailing south on a light wind day, but on an ebb current, I managed to wrap my topping lift around my top spreader. But my...
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    Advice on securing outhaul and topping lift led to cockpit

    I'm looking to run my topping lift and outhaul back to the cockpit. The topping lift is currently secured to a cleat at the mast, the outhaul is currently just long enough to adjust at the mast and tuck back into the sail bag. I will get a longer outhaul to bring it back to the cockpit. My...
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    What is "normal" oil consumption?

    What is the rate of lubricating oil consumption for a small diesel engine? We have a Yanmar 3YM30 with a little more than 500 hours on it. This season, especially lately, I have been noticing that the oil level is down on occasion when I check it. I know that it's possible that one factor...
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    Deck organizer anchor replacement

    I originally posted this thread in Ask All Sailors, it covers my experience with a stripped threaded anchor embedded in the deck of my '14 Oceanis 34. I'm not sure how I would have been able to make the repair with a direct Beneteau replacement part... I ended up filling the cavity with epoxy...
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    Prop shaft seal "alignment", can it be corrected?

    I've been chasing the source of water entering my bilge for a while now. I think I may have found it, I'll be testing my theory this coming week. But in searching for that source, I've noticed something else, the seal on my prop shaft seems to be misaligned. When I look at the prop shaft and...
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    Honey, where are the shrunken kids?

    Has anyone installed a tilt davit system (or snap davit) on the swim step of a recent vintage (small) Oceanis? How is it possible to get to the area beneath and below the swim step at the transom, to secure through bolts? Did you just take the boat somewhere with no child labor laws and hire...
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    Need to repair a stripped deck organizer anchor

    The deck organizer screws are threaded anchors, not through bolts... I'm trying to clean up the cluster of lines at the base of my mast. I was planning on double stacking the organizers on the starboard side to match what was done by the factory on the port side. I found the matching part...
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    Where to find hard to find fasteners?

    Does anyone have a reliable and reasonably priced source for hard to find screws, bolts, etc.? In less than full box quantity? I am having a hard time finding longer screws for a couple of upgrades to my running rigging. I'm adding a second, stacked, deck organizer and double stacking a...
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    Winterizing batteries. Yeah, getting WAY ahead of myself here...

    But, I'm working and reading and thinking about batteries and electrical projects right now, and if I don't ask the question now, I'll lose the context. I'm going to end up with three new FLA batteries this week. The batteries have all been purchased, two deep cycle G31 as my house bank, and...
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    Solar installation

    Has anyone installed solar charging on a 2009 or newer Beneteau? Where did you make the connections for the solar charging controller into the charging system (main positive (fuse?) and negative bus)? Where were they located, and what do they look like? My wiring is just tight enough that I...
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    Nearly clueless about shellfishing while cruising the PNW

    My wife and I were considering getting a shellfishing license for our cruising this summer. We have been out crabbing with a former neighbor (who was very successful at it) several times, and we are certainly going to try some crabbing on our own. But, the other shellfish that we are...
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    Mount on top of teak decking?

    I have a transom step covered in teak deck trim. I may want to mount a couple of brackets for davits to that step. I won't be carrying a lot of weight, but it will always be completely exposed to weather and sea water. Should I remove the teak where the brackets attach and mount directly to...
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    Looking for some downwind advice

    There are two prevailing winds where (and when) we sail; dead on the nose, and dead astern. I think that I understand my choices for on the nose conditions, close hauled, and tack, tack, tack! But what can I do, beyond burning more diesel, to improve my sailing performance and reduce motoring...
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    NOAA more currents?

    What's up with the NOAA Tides & Currents web site? I've had problems before, but this one makes me nervous! There is a survey, asking for feedback on their new "look and feel"... it's a map based interface, and I get a whopping total of three tide stations for the Puget Sound, and absolutely...
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    Go big, then keep going? Or save the primary 'goal' for later?

    We got a late start to our sailing season this year, but came on strong in August, when we made it from Tacoma up to within shouting distance of Dodd Narrows. Next year, we hope to get a much earlier start to the season, interrupt it for a land trip, then push hard in terms of adventure and...
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    Hate your engine blower? Mine recently save me > $400!

    The 'always on' blower on our Oceanis 34 has always been one of my least favorite things on the boat. If I have nothing else to whine about, the blower makes an easy target. If I wanted a noisemaker, I'd have bought a noisemaker! WHY is it necessary, to make more noise than is necessary, when...
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    Lehr outboard propane bottle, how hot?

    I just tried out my new Lehr propane outboard for the first time. Overall, a great experience (minus a reverse gear that, I think, would be handy). We ran around and explored Jarrell Cove at a low to moderate pace, stopping off at the marina store and then back to our boat, for the better part...
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    Dual water tanks - draw from both or one at a time?

    For those who have two fresh water tanks; do you pump from both tanks at once? Or, do you use most from one tank and then switch over when necessary? My system has a manifold which can open one tank at a time, or both at once. I have been drawing form just one tank at a time, and it...
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    B&G Zeus manuals

    Does anyone need a hard copy of a Zeus Touch manual (Operator, Installation, Quick Start)? Does anyone HAVE a hard copy of a Zeus2 manual that they could spare? Thanks!