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06-04-2015 04:19 AM
Re: US Yachts

Update! Got my fridge, stove, and microwave all mounted and curtains hung, moved my batteries from the stbd qtr berth to the center of the boat under the cockpit, hung a closet rod over the portapotty, replaced the main breaker and repositioned my AC panel, swapped all the incandescent bulbs in the stock cabin lights with LED panels (Very bright!!), stuck a buncha cup hooks here and there for hanging this and that, and mounted a couple battery operated "tap lights" that had been sitting around the house for years. Patched a leak in my Avon and got a motor mount for it, as soon as I mount my sink and water tank and get a motor, I'll have it all!! Keepin it cheap, my curtains were $2 at the dollar store, got the 5 LED panels off eBay for $10.
10-29-2014 11:31 PM
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The old lighting in mine was a strange mix of small fluorescent, crappy tap-light looking things with night light bulbs, and mid-sized reading lights attached to a couple walls... all with their own switches directly on them. I'm enjoying taking them all out and will certainly like having better lighting with centralized controls.

Sounds like your US25 has a fair amount of work to do! But like you said, you'll be able to make it how you like. I think the largest project I have on mine is replacing the wooden floor, which is already a replacement and they used a laminate that is apparently NOT made for wet environments. I've been batting some ideas around that are durable, easy, look decent, but won't break the bank.

I'll certainly take a look at running a strip of red while I'm doing the wiring/install and making a separate switch... while I'm at it, as they say.
10-29-2014 11:13 PM
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Even with a dimmer, white light adversely affects night vision. If you sail at night at all, I'd go with some red lights below as well. You'll notice, most gauges and compasses that have back lights for sailing/motoring at night, will be red, sometimes green, but should never be white. My boat is open on both sides from under the cabin/cockpit half bulkhead back to the transom. I'm currently thinking about mounting my water tank (when I get one) centered under the cockpit in there and closing off the area directly under the lazarette, lighting back there would be great! Only problem I'm seeing is having 10 different light switches on my electric panel [emoji1]
10-29-2014 10:47 PM
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Yeah, the rope lights can be tucked up under areas to allow an almost recessed lighting feel. Plus being waterproof moisture damage/maintenance is less of a concern. You can get them in 12V, which makes wiring a bit simpler (depending on what you've got going on in your boat).

I plan on a strip of them on each side of the cabin underneath the wooden strip that is the bottom support for curtains over the ports (of which I pulled the curtains down long ago!). So the lights will just be tucked away nicely. A friend that lives part of the year on his sailboat in New England recommended putting a strip of red LED rope lights one on side or the other for maintaining decent vision at night. I'm not sure though because if I put the white ones on a dimmer I should be able to modulate the brightness easily enough... plus, not living on the boat like him, I don't really know how practical it would be to do so. But it's an interesting idea.

I also plan on finding a nice way to line the outline of the V-berth with LED rope as well. It's a tricky area to light, so hopefully the rope will allow some more options.
10-29-2014 10:34 PM
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I plan on changing my lights to LEDs but hadn't thought about the rope type, that brings up some interesting options. Thanks!
10-29-2014 07:11 PM
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I spent about 8 hours last weekend cleaning and doing some work on the US27... I have some plans to redo all the lighting with LED rope on a dimmer, etc. Have fun sprucing up the US25!
10-26-2014 08:28 PM
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If any of you wind up with "181" which I really think was the wrong hull number, but I'll ask anyway, if any of you comes across a US 27, wheel steering, inboard diesel with sails with 181 on them... please let me know. The boat had a 110 hank, and a 170 yellow and orange hank on genoa.
10-26-2014 08:19 PM
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Just picked up a US 25 myself. Got a swingin deal, but it needs a fair amount of work, wires are hanging here and there, interior has been partially remodeled but needs finishing. Just what I wanted! now I can do it my way.
06-10-2013 10:29 AM
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As promised here is my opinion:

Definitely not what I would consider fast but it is easy handle on all points of sail. She likes a beam reach best and 5-6 knot pace is doable.

I have only had real time on small boats as a child but I jumped on board after splash and single-handed her 4 hours to my mooring without incident. That is a testiment to how forgiving these models are....highly recommended
02-12-2013 11:33 AM
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.....had mine out this past Saturday... heading out again Thursday! Gotta love NC in February!
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