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  1. I agree with Island Time 100 %. I ran OpenCPN on a tablet as a primary for a short time but relegated it to back up system fairly quickly.. It did however run opencpn well and was accurate with only an internal arial. I then ran a dedicated marine chart plotter but because of the relatively small screen size I also ran a laptop below decks for planning..
  2. Wheels: I feel for you it is so hard and there is so much working against us.. We have just gone through the exact same situation and sold the boat for $1 on trademe while she was sitting on the cradle an hour after hauling from the water. Spent a lot of money on a boat worth retail max 15k.. Age and health care let me down.. Just spent 18k on new engine and repairs.. Maxed out financially and bang need a minor op to correct a debilitating condition but no not going to happen according to the Waikato DHB so boat gone.. minimum 50k down the tubes However will be going back for more I hope
  3. I have anchored in rocky bay many times with a manson in 20kn and never dragged.
  4. Yup: just the vacuum oil pump.. Best thing since sliced bread IMO.. Well I wish the designer/builder of my tank had put in a socket for a drain valve because where the tank is situated it is very accessible and so would have been usable aka easier. However the vacuum pump is also very easy as long as I do it on a regular basis so I am not going to shag about modifying anything now..
  5. Yup: I always seem to get just a little bit of moisture laying in the top of the through deck. Not much you can do about that and with condensation added it builds up.. I have found that if I vacuum the tank every time I do an oil change then I seem to collect no crap on the filter and most definitely no water in the glass bowl.. All I waste is 2-3 litres of diesel
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    A bit expensive alright!! I got one with android 7, higher specs with two sim card slots for half that price.. runs open cpn quite nicely
  7. Well seen a few boat crews there having a cuppa while waiting for the water to come back... But generally its all good albeit narrow...
  8. your second route is the one that is commonly used and the one that I used to use at low tide. A chart with higher detail will show you.. Unfortunately I can't work out how to post a screen shot from mine
  9. Thank you for sharing all this Chris.. I so so much look forward to your posts..
  10. When I was involved with commercial fishing boats 43yrs ago situational awareness and a watch was kept at all times... All maritime rules and common curtsey's were applied to any vessel.... Times have definitely changed!!
  11. Because you DO NOT want a right angle elbow in your sewage line! Trust me boat designers know that :)
  12. I did ours with kiwigrip 3yrs ago and was still looking pretty good last weekend: I know because I looked hard thinking this must be due for replacement. But it won't be this season
  13. So why change applicator then? Has the price doubled??
  14. Don't know about specific disc's: But if you can't find one try a "Best Touch" black type would probably work best.. green is more expensive and for harder material..
  15. If you are looking for a long term maintenance free installation use silicon bronze.. End of story!! These days you could probably use a duplex SS screw/bolt i.e 2205 if you can find one which I doubt and if you can it will be the same cost as s/b. There are no shortcuts here. 316 SS and timber do not mix long term: The time frame is only governed or limited by the moisture content and that will go up and down constantly it will never be dry...
  16. And you mentioned this to the prospective/new owner? How long ago was this? Just asking
  17. Tis the soot.. Candles are a very inefficient way of burning fuel.
  18. Ummm. The interior of your vessel will turn black.. slowly but surely.. and so will your lungs Do not do it.. Please....
  19. rmiker

    Keel bolts

    Yes you can solder SS. Soldering ss was still an accepted construction method when I started my apprenticeship: From distant memory I think we used high tin solder though.. Usually you can tell the difference between monel and ss visually. SS appears more silver due to the chrome content: monel is duller and has a more golden hue. Monel is also magnetic where 304 and 316 aren't. However some SS's are magnetic so visual was the main in the old days
  20. rmiker

    Keel bolts

    As a SS fabricator I wouldn't be trusting any ss 30yrs old unless it has been fully exposed to the atmosphere it entire life: Period. And my own boat at 45+ yrs has plenty onboard which still looks fine: what I can see of it
  21. rmiker

    Keel bolts

    And so is SS: which is also bad in a low oxygen situation. So monel should be better if protected properly?
  22. PBC is fantastic in my opinion: and if I wasn't Waikato based that is where I would want to be! We are on poles in the Clevedon River and used to be in a marina once. Poles are great. Getting on and off is made real easy if you use a weighted high line system. Especially if you put a clip in the middle so while you are on the poles you can just clip it fore and aft to avoid chafe.
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    Prop fell off

    Hmm. Found this: From http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f136/sail-drives-and-props-38652-7.html#post803465 Would explain it.. QUOTE: Mahe’s I received two reports of folding props falling off the sail drives. One prop on a Mahe 36 and the other on a Lipari 41. Please make sure that you have a good stainless steel locking tab and that you make sure it’s folded tight up against the bolt when you install your folding props. These props have a three way safety lock on them. If the first one is not properly done over time the two other locks loosen up and fall off. Mark
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