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Anyone have a SSB on their 31 that could give me an idea about their groundplane and how well it works?

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I had one installed by a professional service. They used copper strips as the ground plane. There is no external plate on the boat. I get good reception using this. It was done as per Gordon West description.
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I too did as Gordon West suggested. His suggestion was to run two, 4-inch coppper strips to a thru hull. One from the transceiver and the other to the tuner. That is all most people need. Took me about half an hour to install the strips.
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Psc 31 Ssb

I have a factory installed ground plane. In the couple of places where I can see it, it looks like the factory used copper sheeting added to the hull lay up schedule. There are no ground plane components external to the hull.

I use a backstay antenna coupled to my ICOM M802 via an automatic tuner.

The system works great. I have never had a problem sending/receiving email via SailMail, voice or wx fax.

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BTW, the 31 has a split bow anchor locker, but only comes with 1 anchor deck pipe, I would have the factory add the second one. Another option is to add the positive latches to the bilge floor access panels if you have designs on going offshore.
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Can you tell me more about the bilge floor latches? I may want to add them to my 34.

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Can you tell me more about the bilge floor latches? I may want to add them to my 34.

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The 31 comes standard (or at least use to) with non-locking floor latches,
so if you get knocked over, they will fall out, and they are very heavy and
could cause serious damage to you or the boat. I don't know if they come
standard on the 34 or not, you need to ask.
Even if you don't cross oceans, it's possible to be turned past 90 degrees,
I had this happen to me when sailing off the coast of Florida, I ended up
losing my outboard and having some lose items flying around the cabin.
But at least I didn't have 30lb floorboards flying around.
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I understand the need for latches, the thought of those hatches flying about in a knockdown is frightening. I've been trying to think of a good way to secure them that will still allow easy access. When I saw it mentioned that it was a PSC option, I'm got curious if I could retrofit them into mine. Do you know what kind of latches they use?
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I understand the need for latches, the thought of those hatches flying about in a knockdown is frightening. I've been trying to think of a good way to secure them that will still allow easy access. When I saw it mentioned that it was a PSC option, I'm got curious if I could retrofit them into mine. Do you know what kind of latches they use?
I think it's the "ABI Turning Lock Lift Handle", since it's bigger than the standard lift ring, it should be a relative easy retrofit. If you don't already have the SS pins to lock the opposite side, you will need those too.
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