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  1. Davidasailor26

    New to sailing.... Looking for a first boat..

    That model has a centerboard that hinges up and down instead of a fixed keel. It means when you’re in shallower areas you can pull the board up, and when you’re in deeper areas you can let the board down for better performance. There are merits to that but also some drawbacks, mainly in terms of...
  2. Davidasailor26

    Wind angle

    +1 for trying to go in some circles. Also look for some powerboat wakes to swing the top of the mast around. Although if it’s been several weeks already it might not fix itself. The spider web problems I’ve experience have broken down after a week or two tops.
  3. Davidasailor26

    Second Battery

    Just to clarify - the ACR doesn’t really switch between batteries, it just automatically combines them once the voltage on the first battery being charged reaches 13.0 Volts for 90 seconds. Since starting an engine uses very little capacity that basically means the ACR will combine the batteries...
  4. Davidasailor26

    Steering Wheel Replacement 1986 C30 TR

    +1 for the low side. You could also mark the spokes with tape at 20” and 22” and try steering touching only those points. That will give you an idea on the reach and whether you still have enough leverage when weather helm increases.
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    Oil shortage

    For my fall oil change I was able to get the usual Rotella but only in a gallon, not the usual quarts. I thought that was odd, but now I’m glad I was able to get it.
  6. Davidasailor26

    Knotmeter and Depth Sounder Replacements

    I stand corrected. My whole backbone is SimNet cables, but you’re right that the instruments themselves are NMEA connectors.
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    Knotmeter and Depth Sounder Replacements

    Navico (Lowrance, B&G, and Simrad) use SimNet cables. It’s a standard NMEA 2000 protocol but their own cable form factor that’s a little easier to work with. Since it’s still regular NMEA 2000 you can use any other NMEA 2000 equipment with pretty inexpensive SimNet adapters. I think RayMarine’s...
  8. Davidasailor26

    Its funny Friday!

    Wait, why is this in the Funny Friday thread? Sounds like a pretty routine boat project to me. :poke:
  9. Davidasailor26

    First time out of the water in 8 years

    I would just go with Interlux’s instructions for their 2000e system- sand to bare metal (or barrier coat where that’s still intact), apply one coat of 2000e, fair if desired, and apply 2 more coats of barrier coat. Apply antifouling while the last barrier coat is still curing. I’ve done this...
  10. Davidasailor26

    Head Always Full

    Is it possible that the tank vent is plugged, preventing the pump out from really pumping the tank empty?
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    I agree with BigEasy that it probably won’t make much of a difference, as long as dealers don’t get too much of a reputation for being unresponsive to parts requests. I didn’t know Beneteau had the spare parts site until we’ll after we had the boat, so the site going away probably doesn’t affect...
  12. Davidasailor26

    It just keeps going...

    Are you sure it was thickened epoxy and not some kind of thickened polyester? Most production boat builders avoid epoxy due to cost and because it’s more work to add gelcoat or more layers of laminate. Guess it doesn’t make much difference going forward with the repair though; you can fix it up...
  13. Davidasailor26

    Looking for a Westerbeke 30BThree or 40B Four V-Drive

    What’s wrong with the engine that it needs a full repower? Small diesels are pretty tough and generally pretty simple. Depending on what’s wrong it might be worth considering repairing or rebuilding.
  14. Davidasailor26

    dis-continuous standing rigging on a 1996 beneteau oceanis 400 replacement ?

    Lots of boats have discontinuous rigging, so that in itself is not a problem. Rigging does have a finite lifespan, so depending on the age of the existing rig closer inspection and replacement may be warranted. Age is generally as much of an issue as hours, so depending on the environment where...
  15. Davidasailor26

    Fridge & Freezer not Cold Enough

    Is the compressor cycling on and off at that temperature, or does it run continuously and that’s as cold as it gets? If the former the issue is likely the temperature sensing part of the circuit. If the latter it could be any number of issues with the compressor, piping, refrigerant level, etc.
  16. Davidasailor26

    Throttle Position while Sailing

    Search the archives for more details, but the general answer is that it depends on your transmission manufacturer. Generally speaking: - Hurth transmissions on Universal engines are fine in neutral or reverse. Neutral provides less drag but reverse provides slightly less wear and tear...
  17. Davidasailor26

    110v into boat

    For what it’s worth, here’s an excerpt from Nigel Calder on wire nuts: “Wire nuts are frequently used to make connections in household circuits in the United States, although not in Europe. They are not suitable for marine use since the threaded metal insert is made of steel and will rust; what...
  18. Davidasailor26

    Which Battery is better?

    +1 for the link Maine posted. Since you’re looking to increase your house bank size, what size are your existing house batteries? Ideally you want to add another battery as closely matched to that as possible for them to function together properly. In any case yeah definitely get real deep...
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    Removing alternator on Yanmar 2YM15

    The HP consumed by the alternator depends on the amperage it’s putting out, which depends on the batteries’ state of charge. Nigel Calder says to figure that generating 100 amps consumes about 5 HP. That would be a big percentage of your HP, but your alternator is probably nowhere near that...
  20. Davidasailor26

    Jibing The Mainsail

    The one at 19:00 I was ok with - the sail was reefed and the wind was low enough that the impact wasn’t bad. But yeah the one at 20:00 was more than I’d be comfortable with.