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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-07-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Boat Maintenance Software?

I have done something similar in the past. I Googled my boat model, and found an image file of the interior layout, and one for the deck layout. I then used a Photoshop type application to clean...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-25-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,105
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Where to get Class 4D flooded batteries in Miami FL area?


Here's the chart I used to figure out how many EGC2's I could stuff under my Settee in my C36. BCI Battery Group Size Chart (

Good luck.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-02-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,463
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Boomkicker and winter storage

We are in Northern Lower Michigan, Traverse city. We shrink wrap our boat every winter. It is an expense, aside from it allowing me to work in the boat from time to time over the winter. More...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-29-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: dinghy motor lifts

I have the Garhuar hoist on our boat, and have found it very useful. It sets up and breaks down easy, has a 4:1 block set up that the wife has no problem hoisting out 70# motor with. My friends...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-16-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Surveyor in Traverse City, Michigan

Yep, we've all heard it. Tomandchris summed it up nicely. With only about 10 surveyors in our area, the only one's who wouldn't be recommended by a broker are the guys you probably wouldn't want to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-15-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Surveyor in Traverse City, Michigan

I don't think the person I used is in business any longer, but some friends of mine used a younger guy who was recommended to them by Bill Algaier at Harbor West Yacht Sales.The Fathom 40 trawler the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,312
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

We have 6-8 small footprint HP inkjet printers that our crisis staff use where I work. In my experience with these over the years, I would opt for laser if we could. What I see here at work is that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-02-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,041
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: DIY Jacklines

Making your own Jackline Instructions (

Although, I wound up doing like most everyone else and just sewing a large loop on one end to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-09-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 897
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Alternative pump out solution?

One other thought on this. Think about the size of the tank and how much might be in it. I would hate to wrestle a tank with say 10 gallons of goo in it. Which could add up to 8 pounds per gallon....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-06-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: removing shrink wrap

You can go at it just about anyway you want. I've seen quite a few approaches, from peeling like a banana to, what looked like an elementary schools scissor attack. As an experiment last season I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-22-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 7,861
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: What do you pay for Slip Fees??

West Grand Traverse Bay, Northern Michigan. $3200 for a 38 foot slip. Free water, electric, and semi usable WiFi. April 15-October. With a waiting list with 120 names on it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,663
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Terrible wiring job - where to start?

I use a brother P-touch that uses the TZ tapes. I've had pretty good luck with the TZS(extra strength adhesive) tape in the marine environment. I have a box of single use alcohol prep pads that I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,663
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Terrible wiring job - where to start?

Dang, wire nuts, and duck tape. That Is definitely "Wall of Shame" material.

One of my first boats just had about 3 inches of the 2awg negative wire stripped and all the other negative leads...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   02-06-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Cruising the Michigan shore of Lake Michigan

Suttons Bay, just south of Omena, is also a nice place to hang out at. Very nice beaches, plenty of art/tourist shops to mull around in, plenty of restaurants, shopping. Their is also the Inland...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,669
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: An indelicate question

See what happens to sailors in the off season. Its not pretty, but it is good for a laugh.

Thanks for making me smile till my face hurt at work.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-25-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 3,613
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

I'm in northern Michigan and I'm a bit fanatical about this. Not as much as I am worried about anything in specific, but even during the winter I find that I get cranky if I don't get some boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,755
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Refrigeration - Air or Water Cooled ?

I just installed a norcold unit in our boat. I checked the engel link that Bene posted and I would have to say that the two units are identical. Probably like lots of other things one main...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 1,789
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Looking for pointers on painting the bottom

VC-17 is pretty easy to work with. Its a very thin paint so it really never builds up too badly. All we usually do is a light power wash in the fall when we pull the boat, and then in the spring we...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-05-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 2,756
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: The Maintenance Learning Curve to Competence Conundrum

My father gave me about the same exact advice on home ownership as Profin. A friend of mine and myself each bought houses at the same time. And we both jumped into working on them. after a few...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-13-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,456
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Weather Gods...F**# Off.

Feel your pain. We had to bump our splash by 2 weeks, and still wound up pulling two all nighters to get it water ready. This weekend we couldn't do much to get it sail ready since is was blowing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-23-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 1,968
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Informal, unscientific survey

1) Ticketed once in over 25 years of boating, totally my fault, no hard feelings.

2) Not too many that I know of.

3) I like your HM's approach, as long as there aren't a lot of complaints or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-21-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 2,863
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Defender Spring Sale...not

There is a whole other thread on this but WM changed their price matching policies, which may affect you if you don't have many other options nearby.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-19-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,847
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Catalina value

We bought an older C36 this last summer. I will second the C36 user association as an incredible resource. Also, a factor for us was location. We spent months looking at boats from Wisconsin,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-05-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,223
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: What to look for in a new boat

Just wanted to chime in on a few points. In our location, finding a slip or mooring was harder than finding a boat, and significantly dictated our choices. We were on a waiting list for 3 years...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,627
Posted By Sn0wman
Re: Wire Labeling So It Lasts

Another amazing contribution. I think this makes about the 10th how-to of yours I have used so far, and hope to use a few more in the coming months. You have helped me impress quite a few...
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