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  1. ontherocks83

    Fuel Filter Replacement

    Another thread about fuel tanks has me thinking about my fuel filters. I have a Racor filter/water separator as my primary and the engine mounted fuel filter as my secondary. The Racor has a vacuum gauge with a drag needle so I can see if it is getting restricted. If there is no water in the...
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    New guy on the ocean worries / horrible radio comms!?!?!?

    So I wasn't really sure what to title this thread because it encompasses a few gripes/concerns, but here it is. I have been lake sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee for 25 years and now this is my second year on the ocean. When I first came to Narragansett Bay I was worried people would just look at...
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    Pro Charge Ultra stops charging.

    I have a new Sterling Power Pro Charge Ultra 40A that I installed last year. I have been away from the boat for 2 or 3 weeks and it has been plugged in the whole time. The only load on the charger is a Dometic electric cooler that draws about .5 a/h. When I arrived today my Balmar battery...
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    No Traveler?

    Been looking at Boat porn lately and I've noticed that some newer boats do not have a traveler and instead a single point main sheet. Aside for reducing clutter I can't figure out why the manufacturer would forgo a traveler. I know there are several but two that I can think of off the top of my...
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    Ice Chest Insulation

    I have a 1984 C30 and am looking to insulate the Ice Chest. Currently the factory insulation / lack there of, means on a hot day when I get to the boat I have to buy 5ish bags of ice to cool it off and then the next morning by several more to keep it cool. The ice never lasts very long and even...
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    Electric Cooler Wiring

    I am going to be purchasing a Dometic electric cooler for my Catalina 30 before the spring. Dometic CFX3 35 - Powered cooler, 36 l The cooler can be run off of 12vDc or 120vAC Initially my thought was to run wiring for both and when I plug in at dock it will run off of shore power. However...
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    Sea Tow Refusal / Insurance question

    This is a bit of a long question but it has to do with refusing emergency services during an emergency. This past summer while sailing in RI, I heard a couple of maydays called in that Sea Tow, Boat US, or other providers responded to much faster than the Coast Guard. In a lot of cases I heard...
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    Exterior wood finish/treatment?

    I am looking to refinish the exterior teak on my boat. I love the shiny finish on wood that some boats have, but from some finish carpenters I know they tell me that "varnish" type finishes will just end up peeling off in the sun. They recommend just sanding smooth and using teak oil or linseed...
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    Gennaker, Code 0, Code D, What to choose?

    So I just started another thread about reducing my 150 genoa to a 135. I also have questions/want to add a sail to my inventory. To be upfront I have sailed spinnakers as crew on race boats, but I do not know a ton about them especially all the different types. Growing up we had a sail that my...
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    Cutting Genoa to a 135, is it a good idea?

    I have a Catalina 30 with a Tall rig, bow sprit, and fin keel. Currently I have a 150% Genoa. I have been contemplating having the Genoa cut down to a 135 and am trying to get some input from everyone. Here is my thinking, First, the 150 is a lot of sail to tack (read as, there is a lot of...
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    Oil loss through oil breather

    I found oil in my bilge around early august. I was not able to find the source but over 20 hours of motoring I have lost about 1/2 a quart. I finally found the source and it looks like it is coming from the oil breather pipe (see attached). The engine is a 1984 Universal M25, is this normal...
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    Do more zincs last longer?

    My boat has been in the water for about two months now. I checked the heat exchanger zinc yesterday and it was about 60% dissolved so I replaced it. Later in the day I quickly swam under the boat to check the one zinc on the prop shaft. I couldn't get a good look at it as I could only find a...
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    New Forum Section????

    So I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but I had a thought and wanted to ask yours and the moderator's opinion's on the matter. How would people feel about seeing if the mods could start a new section for completely non-sailing related questions. Here is my thinking, there are...
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    Mass/RI travel restrictions?!?!?!?!?!

    I just got my power and internet back after almost 24 hours due to a storm so I apologize if someone has posted something like this already. Governor Baker of Massachusetts has put a travel restriction for anyone entering Mass from RI and they have to quarantine for 14 days. Well of course I...
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    Reefing tips

    When I was out sailing a week ago we were beating into 20-25 knots of wind. Even with the traveler to leeward and slacking the main sheet we kept rounding up and we're healing over past 35 degrees. I had the helmsman bring her into irons so we could slack the main halyard and tighten the fore...
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    Catalina 30 Windlass questions

    I'm trying to do research for a windlass for my Gen 1 Catalina 30 with bow sprit. I saw in an old thread that someone put a Lewmar 700 in front of their anchor locker which looked like a nice clean set up. When I was looking at the Lewmar 700 it says it is limited to 1/4" G4 chain. My 2...
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    Coast Guard Question

    I am not new to sailing but am very new to sailing on the ocean. I was out sailing on Narragansett bay on Sunday and all day the CG was issuing a pan-pan about a reported swimmer in the ocean wearing a black "bathing suit or wet suit" by sandy point ( I believe in little Narragansett Bay) and...
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    Raritan PH Super Flush Water leak

    I recently installed a new Raritan PH Super Flush Head. I am very happy with its performance, but I noticed that randomly there is a sea water leak from this plug (pictured below). Originally I noticed it when the black water tank was full and I realized I had a clogged vent line, but the vent...
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    cyclical vibration under power

    I'm not sure if cyclical is the correct word, but here is what I am experiencing. Quick back story. This winter I removed the engine, replaced the engine mounts, cutlass bearing, and prop shaft. I aligned the engine in the water and got it within .030 all around. I cruise comfortably around 2100...
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    Inside vent for fresh water problem

    I need some advice or recommendations for my fresh water system. The original air vent for the fresh water system had a hose that attached to a stanchion and vented through that onto the deck. When I was doing my refit I filled in the stanchion and moved the vent to inside the cabin. I attached...