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  1. Ralph Johnstone

    Planning the plumbing!

    See replies #4 and #7 to put your mind at rest about plastic tanks. https://forums.sailboatowners.com/threads/replacement-of-wastewater-tank.1249922233/?highlight=peggie%20hall
  2. Ralph Johnstone

    Good Morning

    I guess "good" is all relative ...................... we got a foot of snow last night but at least we're not -40 (C or F) like our neighbours on the other side of the Rockies.
  3. Ralph Johnstone

    Newsflash - Cheetos has spoken

    Wow, that makes six food groups :p Maybe bacon is a sub-group of #3 fat :rolleyes: ? The jury's still out on that one ;).
  4. Ralph Johnstone

    Newsflash - Cheetos has spoken

    Actually, there are five major food groups: 1. White flour :p 2. Sugar :p 3. Fat :p 4. Salt :p 5. And cholesterol :p
  5. Ralph Johnstone

    Why my MD7A is doing this?

    When working on your engine, start with the simplest (and cheapest) items first. The governor would be amongst the last things you check.
  6. Ralph Johnstone

    Port lights

    Huh, what, where ? Did I miss something. Opening port/hatch lights are not my forte, but I think it's about time I at least became familiar with it. Found this in my records from a few years ago: Seems like a good material. The gasket is not a solid dimensional item but tape. So good so...
  7. Ralph Johnstone

    Port lights

    So I take it you're replacing acrylic glass AND installing new gaskets (aluminum frame to FG outer cabin). Don't see why neoprene wouldn't work. Guess it depends on the thickness and density. I would think you could use strips rather than producing solid gaskets with horrendous wastage...
  8. Ralph Johnstone

    Port lights

    I'm assuming these are hinged opening ports. If you're into hobby woodworking in a serious sort of way, I cut my own lenses and used the old cleaned acrylic lenses as templates with a template router bit for a +/- 0.001" fit. 7 mm. (5/16") acrylic for three opening hatches (two 12 X 12" and...
  9. Ralph Johnstone

    Bow thurster

    Terry, without the make of your Maxwell windlass, I really can't say what weight of tackle it's sized for and where your boat size fits into the overall grand scheme of things What I can tell you is that spec'ing cranes for raising 10 story natural gas contactors (in a previous life) was a...
  10. Ralph Johnstone

    Bow thurster

    Misnomer is an understatement. The entire technical write up is nothing more than some sales team's pile of :poop:#^$%@*&^:poop: fricking bull crap. :poop: Looking at the V1 I purchased .................. Oh Wow ! ! ! ! 1,000 lbs. of typical maximum pull. That's TYPICAL everyday maximim...
  11. Ralph Johnstone

    Vacuum gauge for Racor fuel filter

    With apologies to @WellerH, the original poster.
  12. Ralph Johnstone

    Vacuum gauge for Racor fuel filter

    Now THAT is the sign that should display above the entrance to our marina. It describes most of the power boaters here to a "T". They could put on a travelling show of stupidity and marine incompetence. Captain Credit Card, with his first boat and berthed next to me, said he was practicing...
  13. Ralph Johnstone

    Vacuum gauge for Racor fuel filter

    I don't do good unless I got a picture ................... What blows me away is that this thing has a built in priming pump. Brilliant. Despite the attached PDF waffling about where to mount the filter in relation to the transfer pump .............. maybe here, maybe there, maybe...
  14. Ralph Johnstone

    Bow thurster

    Hi Terry, Please forgive my enquiring mind (and the endless winter here), but when I compare my Lewmar windlass to yours and compare our boat sizes, the don't seem to add up. Obviously your ground tackle is much heavier than mine and yet my power draw seems to be more than yours: I know...
  15. Ralph Johnstone

    Hunter 376 1996 Engine access through shower wall

    This is beyond brilliant. If I can arrange this setup, I'd be able to shower and work on my engine at the same time. Two of my most favorite pass times. Even better still, I could wash up after working on the engine :tongue:. Maybe even better than that, I could use my loofaw to scrub off...
  16. Ralph Johnstone

    Cynthia Woods Rehash

    I had my boat surveyed in June 2019 for insurance purposes (20 yrs). The surveyor called in advance to advise me that he would be checking the keel bolt torque with his torque wrench but it was my responsibility to ensure I had an adaptor for his torque wrench with 1/2" drive. If I did not...
  17. Ralph Johnstone

    Bow thurster

    Hi again Mike, I'm just naturally curious, so just tell me to pi$$ off if I'm going too deep here. 1. The breaker on your windlass seems extremely small which, if it came as part of a windlass package, means the windlass is undersized for your size of boat. 2. I'm too lazy to calculate the...
  18. Ralph Johnstone

    Bow thurster

    Hi Mike and welcome to the site. This site contains all sorts of technical data but you'll need to do your homework to come to the right answer. No one else has your boat so they don't know either without doing the calculations Your bow thruster has a rated current draw. Your windlass has a...
  19. Ralph Johnstone

    New resolution

    I do believe it's a FitBit. Certainly no reason to look down your nose if it is a FitBit :snooty:.
  20. Ralph Johnstone

    Windlass for Hunter 380

    If your anchor locker is the same configuration as mine, the attached may be of help. Your model boat did not come from the factory with either a power supply or control wiring for the anchor. If there is any wiring now, it was done by a PO at some time and should be examined carefully due to...