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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-03-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,608
Posted By doctorcam
Re: Giant Wave

It's several years old, and has popped up a time or two, whether on SailNet I'm not sure.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 1,344
Posted By doctorcam
Changing patterns

I heard from someone the other day that the Coast Guard considers this the worst season ever for weather prediction on the West Coast.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 12,427
Posted By doctorcam
Hooray for the Tilley hat

I've had mine for years, never washed it other than standing out in the rain - it still has its shape but is disreputable-looking. The part of the cord that loops under your chin (when you remember...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-02-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 924
Posted By doctorcam
Gelcoat over epoxy?

I don't think - others will probably know more about this - that gelcoat will bond well to epoxy. The opposite is true. Better to fill with polyester resin, and put gelcoat over the top of that.
...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-14-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 4,285
Posted By doctorcam
I see that no-one has mentioned the Wallas Marin...

I see that no-one has mentioned the Wallas Marin stoves. I have a two-burner with a fan-equipped lid that turns it into a heater. Keeps my 26-footer toasty warm in winter. It has a ceramic top and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-14-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 5,281
Posted By doctorcam
No Febreze in the house at the moment, so I tried...

No Febreze in the house at the moment, so I tried the vacuum bit, using a large strong garbage bag. My 16-year-old says the results look sick - high praise these days. The bag worked perfectly, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-11-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By doctorcam
If the water is in any way acidic, you could have...

If the water is in any way acidic, you could have lead carbonate and perhaps some other lead salts in there. If I remember my chemistry rightly (5 decades ago, give or take), the carbonate would not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-11-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 4,660
Posted By doctorcam
Just to throw in my 2 bits worth

I stripped all the varnish off my teak (Circa 1850 does wonders) and cleaned some of the bare spots with oxalic acid. Then I put tung oil (the real stuff, polymerized - not cheap, but a little goes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-08-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,082
Posted By doctorcam
Advice on anchor roller design

I'm in the same situation: I have an Albin 7.9, with roller furling installed right at the point of the bow. There's no room underneath, and very little to either side (a little more than enough to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-21-2008
Replies: 1,294
Views: 141,194
Posted By doctorcam
No way to buy in

No - privately held. Their website says that basically they don't need the money, since the process is so inexpensive.

I think it'll be a year or two before we see panels that can be used on a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-11-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 11,047
Posted By doctorcam
How about a pair of Rocnas?

Are you familiar with them? I've been considering getting one to replace my lunch hook, which frankly isn't much (came with the boat). They're designed and built in New Zealand, seem to dig in very...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 3,153
Posted By doctorcam
I'd want to know who built it. There are a few...

I'd want to know who built it. There are a few builders - emphasis on few - who seem to do very good work. If you construct it properly (that being the operative word), there's no reason why it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-23-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
Problem resolved - more or less

I installed the alternator, taking the opportunity to clean a few contacts and make sure everything was tightened down, and lo! and behold! it all works. Nothing wrong with the alternator, and now I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-16-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
No, I have not, though as you'll see from my...

No, I have not, though as you'll see from my previous post, I may now have to. Voltage has dropped a bit. I don't know about $75 for rebuilding the alternator. The guy that does that stuff around...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-16-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
From bad to worse....

So I went to install the alternator. Being used to negative grounds, I started setting wires onto terminals, forgetting that I hadn't turned the power off. Small spark, and I assume from my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-13-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
My Googling (a week or so back) led me to...

My Googling (a week or so back) led me to conclude that the A13N number refers to the alternator, and the 7-digit number to the regulator. When I looked only for the former, what popped up was...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
This is more or less what he said. There is a...

This is more or less what he said. There is a wire that comes out of the regulator to the B+ terminal, which must be the sense wire. Of course, there is a second wire that is attached to that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
Thank you for this. It's a Paris-Rhone A13N...

Thank you for this.

It's a Paris-Rhone A13N 234 alternator with a Valeo 2541451 regulator. As to the technician, he had me come around into the shop and watch him test the thing. The voltage and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
He did not replace the regulator, and the harness...

He did not replace the regulator, and the harness is still attached to the boat. Clearly that's where I should start, but are there specific things I should look for?

Thank you
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
So I did as suggested: pull the alternator, and...

So I did as suggested: pull the alternator, and get the voltage regulator replaced. $150 later, I still have the problem - there is nothing wrong with the regulator or the alternator. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-29-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
That sounds cheaper than replacing the whole...

That sounds cheaper than replacing the whole alternator. Maybe that would explain why the engine hours display doesn't work. ??? The PO said it had not worked for a while. I'm thinking it doesn't,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-29-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
Very useful information. My suspicion has been...

Very useful information. My suspicion has been that it is the alternator, but that 9-second delay is confusing. I've reserved the book at the library - can't be sure to find it on the shelves of our...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-29-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,712
Posted By doctorcam
Alternator problem (?)

I recently purchased an Albin 7.9 with a Volvo MD2010B engine in it. Initially it ran fine, but possibly as a result of trying to deal with some unrelated electrical problems, I'm now getting an...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-06-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 2,235
Posted By doctorcam
Micro G-Chart cartridges for Garmin 185

The boat I bought - Albin 7.9 - came with a Garmin 185 GPS and sounder. It works fine, but there's only one cartridge, and it's not for my area. This model is discontinued, and if I read right, the...
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