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    Attack of the killer carp

    For those of you who share the fresh water environment, we are blessed to avoid the barnacles and other scourges that plague our salt water brethren. Instead of barnacles, those of us in fresh water see various versions of slime and other speed slowing growths. This slime and growths also...
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    Adler Barbour Freezer Compressor Replacement

    Just checking to see if anyone in the group has replaced their Adler Barbour freezer compressor. I have a 2004 393 and the compressor finally gave up the ghost. According to Beneteau, the original compressor was an IC101 model, but searches of similar units now shows it to be a CU-100. Just...
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    Rule Super Switch installation

    recently purchased a new Rule Super Switch to replace a similar non functioning unit. Upon opening the new package, i notice that both wire leads from the new switch are the same color. Is there a way to establish which wire is which (power/ground) or does it make any difference?
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    Rule Super Switch Wiring

    I just picked up a new Rule Super Switch to replace a defective switch. After opening the package, I noticed that the two wires for the new unit are the same color. Does it make any difference which wire is connected to which wire of the terminal block located above the switch, or is there an...
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    Trident Inflatables

    Anyone out there have any experience with Trident Inflatables operating out of Far Rockaway, NY? We placed an order for a new RIB during the Annapolis Boat show through Trident. They apparently offer both Mercury and their own Trident RIBs. We have been trying to contact them for some time...
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    Dinghy towing

    Looking for counsel regarding towing our dinghy. First, we are lake sailors and generally tow our dinghy for a short distance, so no major blue water issues. Our new dinghy is an 11 ft RIB (with outboard attached) and has attachments on both sides of the inflatable part of the bow for a bridle...
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    Upgraded Battery Charger recommendations

    At risk of asking which production boat (Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter...) or which anchor (Manson, Rochna....) type debate, I am now in need of timely upgrade from the wimpy 20A Xantrex charger that was installed by the factory to a 40A unit. I have had the boat for 11 years with the Xantrex unit...
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    Fresh water bottom question

    Oat was pulled this past week for a bottom job. Bottom appeared to be in excellent condition after the pressure wash. After three years of drought and low lake levels that prevented our travel lift from being used to pull sailboats, we have been hit with weeks of rain resulting in a flooding...
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    Solar vent bedding/sealant

    I am about to replace an aging Nicro stainless solar vent in my forward hatch. As the proper hole is already in place, my primary concern is the bedding/sealant that I need to apply to the topside base of the new vent. Local have advised me to use clear silicon sealant. Based on your...
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    Important FCC Announcement

    Today, the FCC has posted the following regarding marine radio rules. Probably not news to most of the readers of this forum, but a reminder to those who have not read the rules governing their VHF radios. FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY: MARINE RADIO, ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REMINDS BOATERS OF MARINE...
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    DSC Radio Note

    The FCC announced the following today: Released: 09/13/2010. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU REMINDS MARINERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND RETAILERS THAT NON-PORTABLE DSC RADIOS APPROVED UNDER PRIOR TECHNICAL STANDARD MAY NOT BE MANUFACTURED, IMPORTED, SOLD, OR INSTALLED AS OF MARCH 25, 2011. (DA...
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    Older model DSC Radios

    In today's FCC Daily Digest: Released: 09/13/2010. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU REMINDS MARINERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND RETAILERS THAT NON-PORTABLE DSC RADIOS APPROVED UNDER PRIOR TECHNICAL STANDARD MAY NOT BE MANUFACTURED, IMPORTED, SOLD, OR INSTALLED AS OF MARCH 25, 2011. (DA No...
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    121.5 MHz EPIRB Monitoring to cease

    Just a reminder from the FCC that monitoring of EPIRB operating on the 121.5MHz frequency will cease February 1, 2009. You can read the full text of this reminder from the FCC at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-33A1.pdf All EPIRB traffic will now be monitored on the...
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    Teflon tape

    Peggy: While installing a new head on the boat, I replaced the discharge hose. After connecting the new hose to the Y valve, I noticed a leak at the connection, even with the two clamps as tight as I could get them. While both the old and new hoses were 1 1/2" ID, the new hose was not as snug...
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    Electric upgrade question

    I am about up upgrade from my current manual Jabsco heads (which I believe are equal to that which is intended to be deposited in the head) to either a Raritan PHII electric or Jabsco. I greatly prefer the Raritan due to numerous posts that cite superior quality, as well as the fact that the...