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Shop Vac and Inflatables

Hi all, I read some threads about which vac people use and it seemed that the 1 gallon shop vac was a favorite. Well, my Walmart only had the 1.5 gallon model, which is a tad larger. When I got it home I noticed that it had a discharge hose port, just like larger models. Today I used it to inflate my 12' inflatable and it took about 3 minutes total. I also used it to deflate the dinghy and it also took just a minute or two. One big advantage to using it for deflation is that your can reduce the size of the rolled-up package by quite a bit. So, I can carry the dinghy to my boat and inflate it on the dock, tow it on my 1-4 day cruise, and deflate it again back at the dock.

I am always looking for an easier way to do things so I thought I would pass this along. It just occurred to me that many of you probably already do this. If so, please disregard.
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thanks for the tip
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Used a shop vac to inflate a towable on one of our charters, just snuck back in the mechanical shack and filled it up!!

Great idea for getting all the air back out too!!
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I do the same thing.. I'm really careful to hold the shop-vac nozzle slightly away from the nozzle to make sure I don't overpressurize...

So, Mel... You've had your C30 for about 6 months now, and are finishing up the prime So. Cal cruising season....

Tell us what you think... What have you learned? Did you make the right decision with the boat?

What was the best time? The worst?

We've been following your exploits.. We want to know more....

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Since You Asked...

David, I am thrilled with the boat. In the 6 months that I have owned her, I have learned so much while bringing her back to fighting form. I attended a 5-day ASA confidence course while closing the deal. The first thing I learned was that there are a lot of little things on a boat that need attention. I'm sure that never ends. Let me tell you some of what I have done so far. All new running rigging, installed lazy jacks (worth their weight in gold), new head, Garmin chart plotter, re-organized the deck - removed both teak handrails and replaced with stainless, led all lines to the cockpit, installed rope clutches, tightened the shaft packing, installed an additional flag halyard on the port side for the radar reflector, installed mid-ship cleats, a 12x12 hatch over the head, an new small bulkhead on the port side, a new bildge pump switch, installed insulation in cooler, had a thru-hull installed for a macerator pump (which I have yet to install), installed pipe foam insulation on all overhead obstacles, made and installed a man-overboard flag, removed the old name and installed new lettering, installed USCG #s on a piece of teak epoxied inside, new fenders and dock lines, and many random hardware replacements.

Whew! Okay, now for what I love about Sundance: I love her lines, how she lets me learn without killing me, how she is my refuge from the day to day grind. I love going down and tinkering for a while and then taking her out for a sail. I love the solitude of soloing and the joy of sharing her with friends and family. I look forward to some great trips to the Channel Islands, which are so close to my home port. I continue to learn from all of you daily as I peruse the forums and hopefully save myself from having to learn everything the hard way. I have the bug so bad that I dream of sailing almost every night and my days are spent thinking about sailing or what new project I am going to tackle.

I am coming to the end of recovery for shoulder surgery (rotator cuff) that I had in September. Some of the projects listed above were accomplished with one arm in a sling. But I will tell you that having the boat to retreat to totally saved me. I am such a poor patient and invalid that I would have driven everybody around me crazy without it. I think the best thing was over-nighting with my family at Santa Cruz Island. We successfully anchored twice, made shore excursions, and survived the middle of the night winds. So far, I think the worst thing for me is when more then a week passes without being able to sail or tinker on the boat. Guess I've been lucky so far .

I think I have rambled long enough. I love the boat and appreciate other sailors like you all. Thanks for all the encouragement and advice.
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A great post.

I'm very glad to hear that. Again, it's been fun following your adventure...

A couple of questions, though, if I may...

1) Can you tell me more about replacing the teak handrails... How did you do that? Can you give me more details? I'd like to get rid of more teak on my C30, if I can...

2) How did you setup your lazyjacks? Did you buy them, or make them?

3) How does the family feel about the boat? Are they eager for more sailing/cruising, or are they just accommodating you?

Again, this is wonderful news. Sounds like you've been working hard and deserve the great results you've been having.

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I recently installed a new lazy jack system on my boat, and wrote about it. You can read the post here.
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I use a 12v colman pump for air mattress. I works in and out and is way smaller than a shop vac.
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David, I am going to attempt to post a few pics of my boat showing the rails removed and the holes filled. I just realized that I don't have any that show the SS rails installed. I will take some next time I am there.

As far as the Lazy Jacks, I bought them. The ones that I got are called Jiffy Jax, and can be found on the web. Great customer service and everthing is easily installed with only one trip up the mast (unless you leave your tool bucket on the deck like I did). Probably the best thing that I have installed so far.

Family? Funny you should ask. So far it seems that sailing is something they tolerate for my benefit. My wife let on in a moment of weakness that she "hates sailing". Too slow and confining for her. I told her that I was great with that as long as she didn't mind that I was sailing as much as I could. No problems there. She actually does go out for short day sails, which is nice. My twin boys enjoy it, but once again, it is a little too "slow" for their tastes. They do like to kayak and fish and drive the dinghy, so they are happy when we arrive somewhere.

I do realize that sailing is an aquired taste to some and a mild nuisance to others. Since changing the running rigging to lead aft, I am perfectly happy to solo whenever I can. Company is always welcome, of course.

Looks like I will need to reduce my picture size before posting. David I will see if I can e-mail them to you.
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