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  1. Banooma

    2007 hunter 31-2 questions from potential buyer

    2007 hunter 31-2. I have been kicking the tires of sailboat alternatives for the upcoming season, and came across a nice looking option. I have a few questions for those with direct experience. Can the salon table be lowered/ is it designed to convert to a bed? If not, are there any easy...
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    2016 h31 leaks

    Hi, I'm potentially interested in a 2016 Marlow Hunter 31near me for many reasons, but a few things on this particular one concern me. The PO installed a rain rail gutter of sorts over the stern hatch doors, leading me to suspect these spots are very vulnerable to rain. Also, the gorgeous long...
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    Crimped lead to raymarine st60 speed transducer

    Hi, My knotmeter has been reporting 0.00 for some time, so I pulled out the transducer. The paddle wheel may very well be compromised as it was filthy, but I also see the lead wire sheeting is crimped and cut. The positioning and size of the transducer make for a bad fit under the floorboards...
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    Transom shower spray handle

    The transom shower sprayer has not seen a great deal of use over the years, but the old plastic parts must be dried out, damaged, and/or otherwise blocked, as it only manages a trickle after 20 years. I am sure the problem isn't upstream because when I detached it from the hose, water flows...
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    Greenhead flies vs Sunbrella

    Greenhead flies in my sailing area of Barnegat Bay are a frequent nuisance. Having a boat with Catalina blue dodger and bimini may not help. They often seem to cling to the blue cloth while they plot their attack. Or so it seems. According to a few sources, flies are attracted to blue and...
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    to furl in mast, or not?

    I'm tossing up this question to understand where others find pros and cons. I've had a trailer sailer that had no flaking system, unless you count a couple of bungees. Then, I had a standard lazy jack flaking system on my next boat. It was good. I've used the dutchman flaking system that...
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    cleaning white grime from fixed portlights

    I think this should be simple fix, but the correct solution has eluded me. Searching tips to clean the fixed Catalina-brand--defining above-deck portlights has proved fruitless so far. I have accumulated white-ish stuff on the outside surface of the portlights. Not knowing exactly what they...
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    2014 Hunter 33 vinyl liner

    There is a nice looking 2014 h33 for sale that seems great in several ways, and reviews I've seen are positive. The one thing I noticed was the vinyl liner in the v-berth was peeling off on one side. I assume this could either be a flaw in the adhesive application, or a moisture or water...
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    C28mkII leaks

    Sorry if the specifics for this model have already been posted - if so, I've not been able to find it. I'm finally getting around to solve some nagging leaks from the deck. She's 20 this year, so I'm sure she's due for some new seals as I can get to them. The first spot I've noticed is at the...
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    Seeking opinions on living and sailing around Clearwater

    My Florida native wife is growing less and less tolerant of NJ winters, and has lately been very energetically pushing for a move back to her original comfort zone, near Clearwater. Her Florida experience, however, is not that of a sailor, but more of a beach-goer. While I can appreciate the...
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    Exumas in June or July

    Any helpful suggestions for a 3 time BVI charterer and family crew interested in trying an Exumas adventure? How are provisioning options? Restaurants? It seems there are fewer moorings than I'm used to using for an overnight. How reliable are anchorages? Thanks!
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    BVI this year

    We've had several very happy charters in the BVI, and were hoping to return this June, at least we were definitely going to before Irma. Reading local news paints a different picture than the Moorings sales pitch, as I suppose is to be expected. What is the current state of things for a...
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    Barnegat Bay dinghy on 28mkII

    I was semi-active on this site before the arrival of two little sailors who have occupied my sailboat forum time over the past few years. During that time, we've done a good amount of local sailing, and especially enjoyed the cruising experience of two bareboat charters in the BVI. This winter...
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    C-28 mkII replacement spreader boots recommendation?

    Hi, I need to replace the sheaves at the masthead of my Catalina 28 mkII, and while the mast is down I would like to do some other maintenance. The mast is not down yet. Does anyone have the specs on the spreaders so I can find the right boots? Better yet, can anyone recommend replacements...
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    lifeline stops?

    I saw something on a sailboat some time ago that impressed me with its practicality....if I imagined its purpose correctly. A boat appeared to have been rigged with ball-shaped stoppers on its lifelines that would keep the line taught while an end was disconnected. Do these exist? What are they...
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    BBQ grills and vibration

    My Kuuma/Force 10 Sea Chef BBQ grill arrived and can't wait to expand my sailing experience in BBQing new ways this weekend. I know this will probably be the millionth time a grill is mounted to a sailboat's stern rail, and left there for the season. But, I still have to ask. The manual says...
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    Icebox lid arm

    The mechanism in the arm that holds my C28 mkII icebox lid open, then when lifted a little releases to close has been broken. A very important crew member pushed it up a little too far. It now has a little twist in it, and might be beyond repair. Has anyone repaired or replaced this part? If...
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    purchase a new boat mainly to put into a charter program?

    I just returned from the BVI for my first charter cruise ever. It was an ideal experience in a boat as close to ideal as I'd expect after 5 years of fulltime chartering. With the success the chartering business seems to have maintaining, and renting out these boats (and the prices they get)...
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    June in BVI

    I'm days away from my first ever cruising trip, to the BVI. I'm admittedly new to a boat that's suitable for cruising, and while I have a good idea about some things related to sailing, a lot about this trip will be new. Generally, I have the luxury of watching the skies and forcasts, and not...
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    Chartplotter proximity to compass

    It seems the majority of sailors with wheel steering and chartplotters mount the display to the pedestal guard. My new Raymarine chartplotter installation instructions specify mounting the display "at least 3 feet away from a magnetic compass." This would obviously thwart my plan to have it at...