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  1. limbodog

    Bilge pump wiring. Old pump wired through the panel + switch. Is that normal?

    Hiya everyone. My old bilge pump looks like it wasn't the original. I think previous owner did a replacement, and I think the wiring is weird/wrong. But I'm inexperienced with this, so I'd love some smarter people to let me know. Currently there's a pump and a separate float. They're...
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    85 Hunter 40. Looking into AC, but worried about where to put it. Anyone already done so who can advise?

    The AC specialist I've talked to said that they're not sure about space, and don't know what units will fit under the benches or whether they'll need all new ducting etc. I was just quoted $10k to $13k to install ac. And I can't justify that on my salary. The downside is that I'm working from...
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    83' Hunter. Looking to replace the lights in my electrical panel

    Hello, Anyone know where to find replacement light bulbs for the electrical panel? I'm told they're fluorescent and not halogens (The electrician told me people like replacing them with LEDs but that he LEDs don't last as long as the original style) I didn't see them in the sailboatowners...
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    Fellow liveaboards - any tips for winter insulation?

    Hi all. I've got a hunter 40. I made it through my first winter, but the interior of my boat was often in the 40s while it was in the single digits outside. Bearable, but far from ideal. I had two space heaters running, and I was basically maxed out for electrical capacity without risking my...
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    I done messed up, holding tank overflow. Rear cabin smells like a Coldplay album. Help?

    Hiya. Quick background: bought my Hunter 40 last year, 365-liveaboard I was trying to clean the bilge. It had I-don't-know-how-many years of crud in it. I don't know if PO cleaned it at all. Plus, to make things more fun, the two heads both leaked. It needed cleaning badly. I was scrubbing...
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    Thoughts on dinghies?

    Dinghy - from dingi the Hindi word for "small boat" I know I'm going to need one sooner or later, but man, the options are vast and varied. Inflatable versus rigid hull? Or maybe a rigid hull with inflatable sides? Or maybe an inflatable with rigid floor boards that you can remove to collapse...
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    Easier to replace a Jabsco head than to fix it?

    I've got two heads. One goes to a cracked holding tank. We won't talk about that. The other goes to a nice new top-fitting head with hoses not older than 5 years. It's a Jabsco manual "compact" head - which is to say the bowl is the size of a toilet you'd use to potty-train a toddler. Also...
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    Anyone with a '40 (pref. 80s) who could post photos of your line management?

    My sails should be coming back from the cleaners soon, and I'd like to get my lines all properly in place. I haven't seen my boat properly set up (mast was not attached when I bought it) and I'm not sure I'm making the best use of the space. I've also got a Forespar rigid boom vang that's not...
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    Replacing a galley bulkhead fridge

    Hiya, My '85 40 has two fridges: One is the galley bulkhead fridge above the stove, and the other is the ice chest fridge below the counter top. My bulkhead fridge has petered out and probably lost all coolant. It's also rusty and the gaskets are deteriorated. My ice chest fridge blowed...
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    Do refrigerators explode? Because I think mine may have done.

    Hiya, Hopefully I'm in an appropriate sub-forum for this question. Apologies if not. Anyway, my 1985 hunter 40 has two fridges. It's got a cube fridge in a bulkhead cubby that appears custom built for it, and it's got an under-counter ice chest refrigerator that may be aftermarket. Chilling...
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    My 40 came with 4 cleats. Would like to add two more.

    Note: 365 liveaboard, my boat and I will be spending winters in the water with the wind and snow (hopefully under shrink wrap at the Marina tho') I don't actually know if that's a thing people do. I kind of assume that the existing cleats aren't just placed along the gunwales, but in...
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    How to hunt down hull seam leaks?

    1985 Hunter 40. So this seems like it could be my biggest issue. Everything else I can get my head around what to do about it, but this one has me worried. I see 4 places where water comes in when it rains. All of them are in the aft cabin. #1 drip is coming in on the starboard side...
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    Bilge pump gets weaker and weaker

    I’m hooked up to a battery charger. Both series 31 batteries are above 90%. My bilge pump spins up when the float switch comes on, but it seems it is no longer strong enough to push the water out of the boat. It was plenty strong enough just a couple months ago. What can make a bilge...
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    1985 pre-microwave-oven salon, I want to install a compact micro but space issues...

    https://imgur.com/gallery/nuB1jhX It looks like the newer models put microwaves in the shelves, but mine are pretty shallow and I'd have to rip them out and install supports to make one fit. More work than I really want. Instead, I am looking at that little corner of counter space between the...
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    Paint is 33 years old - tape won't stick to it, how do I wrap hatches/windows?

    Hello all, I was advised in my introduction thread to break my issues out into individual threads, so here's #1 such thread. My current project is to dry out my vberth so I can sleep in it while my rear cabin is in disrepair. The condensation from the vberth hatch is rather substantial, and...
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    An introduction and a request for tips/advice/wisdom for an idiot in a 1985 40'

    Hello everyone! "The only true knowledge comes from knowing that you know nothing." - Miss Piggy First, let me introduce myself: I'm a 45 year old guy from Boston who had been kind of daydreaming about being a liveaboard for several years now. I have an uncle who did it on a 23' Sea Sprite...