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Forum: Freedom   02-24-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 711
Posted By mepsnbarry
Replacement Freedom Decals for Your Boat

I just thought I'd cross-post this here, in case there are any Freedom owners lurking who aren't on the other discussion boards.

I have recreated the original Freedom decals that go on either the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-28-2009
Replies: 132
Views: 60,588
Posted By mepsnbarry
OK, we mostly agree that HFT makes caveat-emptor...

OK, we mostly agree that HFT makes caveat-emptor crap. Ancor makes good stuff, but some of us find it expensive. Can you all stop the testosterone-charged ranting and raving now?

I am going to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By mepsnbarry
Chipping away at it

I'm still working at it. Every day, I shoot the ones still there with PB Blaster again, and someday I'll order the freeze spray and try that.

Meanwhile, I got one more out using the drill-driver...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-24-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 5,818
Posted By mepsnbarry
Or, behind door #3

You could also use 8-plait or 12-plait single braid. (12 seems more common these days)

New England Ropes makes nylon anchoring (or mooring) 12-plait single braid, called variously Mega Plait, or...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-23-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,674
Posted By mepsnbarry
I still don't know what to do about the...

I still don't know what to do about the through-hulls either.

I was just saying that I'm not sure if the engine (grounded) is bonded to the shaft/prop or not. (Next time I'm nearby, I'll check...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By mepsnbarry
And now the hard part....

OK, I did the easy bit--I sprayed everything with PB Blaster (a couple times) and I got all the nuts off except for two that had resin all around them.

I believe I succeeded in removing bolts that...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-21-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,674
Posted By mepsnbarry
Bonding through-hulls?

I've been re-working lots of stuff on my boat (currently on the hard) and one thing I've noticed is that there was ground wire which had previously bonded together all the through-hulls (and engine,...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-21-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,954
Posted By mepsnbarry
Nope--nothing new. I remember a prior boat which...

Nope--nothing new. I remember a prior boat which had scorch marks at the AC power inlet. When I was on that boat in a boatyard, I recall seeing two power cords that had died that way.

Somebody...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By mepsnbarry
There are some "leftovers" which had the bolt...

There are some "leftovers" which had the bolt head sheared off, and just a bit of threaded stainless in the plate and sticking down on one side or the other.

I expect the nuts will come off...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By mepsnbarry
Question Cleaning up stainless fasteners in aluminum masthead

I have to remove remove most of the stainless fittings and fasteners currently in my aluminum mastheads.

How do I do this with the least damage to the masthead?

Is it important to remove old...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,757
Posted By mepsnbarry
Titanium screws do sound like an interesting idea...

Titanium screws do sound like an interesting idea here, but they probably won't help corrosion as much as you think.

I just checked a galvanic series chart, and found that they are slightly worse...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-21-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 4,952
Posted By mepsnbarry
documented vs registered

To use the analogy of a car, USCG documentation is like the title, not the registration.

Even if your vessel is documented and "in transit," some states will hassle you unless you have some sort...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-15-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 2,182
Posted By mepsnbarry
LED Navigation Lights (sidelights)

We need to replace our old bubble-style sidelights, and we want sealed LED units (not LED bulbs).

They're mounted horizontally on teak pads. It looks like the only nav lights with that mounting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-13-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 8,887
Posted By mepsnbarry
All-around white light for boats under 12m

According to USCG regulations, if your boat is under 12 meters, you may use an all-around white light instead of the steaming light + stern light combination. We are planning to use our anchor light...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-12-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 5,637
Posted By mepsnbarry
Does that mean your last post on this subject, or...

Does that mean your last post on this subject, or you want the rest of us to cease and desist, too? I'd say the topic of engine mounts is always open to discussion, at least until I figure out why...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-12-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 23,640
Posted By mepsnbarry
Butyl tape and visqueen beats tarps and tape for staying dry

We are currently living on a boat with all portlights and one hatch removed. Replacing them is taking longer than expected. Meanwhile, we've had sleet, snow, rainstorms, and temperatures in the 20's....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 5,637
Posted By mepsnbarry
When we bought our boat last year, it had a...

When we bought our boat last year, it had a brand-new 3YM30 mounted on PYI mounts. One of the mounts had failed. The engine had 4 hours on it, and I believe it had never left the dock, so vibration...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-31-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 9,762
Posted By mepsnbarry
How do the "automatic hinges" work?

With reading on the website and looking at NFM's website, there's one thing I don't understand: How do these hinges work?

They are spring-loaded, and are supposed to open 45 degrees if I read...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-26-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,265
Posted By mepsnbarry
Plastic and bedding compounds redux

I just thought I'd re-open this question, since it's never really been resolved.

We are re-installing some Beckson plastic-framed portlights, and the manufacturer says "only use 100% silicone."...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-25-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 514
Posted By mepsnbarry
Four feline wannabe-cruisers

Three of the four kittens described below have found homes. One is still looking for a cruiser to adopt her.
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We are currently hauled out at Bock Marine in Beaufort, North Carolina. A boatyard...
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