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Forum: Electronics   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By msmith10
Re: Free Autohelm 5000 linear drive circuit board

I'll send it. Make sure it's not the brushes on the motor- that's a common, easily fixed failure mode for these.
Forum: Electronics   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By msmith10
Free Autohelm 5000 linear drive circuit board

I have an Autohelm 5000 linear drive circuit board that a needy sailor can have for the cost of shipping ($6). I bought the drive unit on ebay and removed the board as I hooked the drive up directly...
Forum: Electronics   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By msmith10
Re: linear drive question- before I lose my balls

OK, I figured it out. I took it apart again- I can't stand having something on my boat that I don't understand. The little "chinks" in the grooves are actually the entrance and exit points for the...
Forum: Electronics   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By msmith10
linear drive question- before I lose my balls

I bought a used Autohelm linear drive. Motor and clutch work fine. The recirculating ball system was grinding. I took it apart. Caught all the little balls. I'm not sure I understand how the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-29-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 3,146
Posted By msmith10
Re: *** Marine Battery Use Survey ***

Survey completed.
Question regarding battery fusing.
I fuse the batteries using the Blue Sea terminal mounted fuses. However, last year I changed my house bank from one 12v deep cycle to two 6V...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-13-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By msmith10
Re: Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

That's true, but I won't be satisfied until I have my flying car and jet backpack.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-12-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,397
Posted By msmith10
Re: Installing a conduit in the mast--Worth it?

I really like the adhesive idea. I've done the old pop rivet method, drilling a hole then holding the conduit in place with a hook while drilling the next hole. It is a PITA. The glue idea is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-04-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,094
Posted By msmith10
Re: Sailing Hallucinations on long sails

During a 300 mile singlehanded race last year my alternator went out so I lost battery charging, meaning that I couldn't use the autopilot, meaning that I had to hand steer and couldn't nap. During...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-14-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,931
Posted By msmith10
Re: Should I learn the sextant?

It's a little like learning Latin. Yes, you may get some collateral benefit, but you won't use it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-13-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By msmith10
Re: Did I do this sta-lok fitting correctly?

The nice thing about the Hayn fittings is that the cone has a little slot for each strand, so it's hard to screw up. I haven't used norsemaen, but Norseman fittings are well-proven.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,195
Posted By msmith10
210 hertz transducer with raymarine st60?

I need to replace my instruments- 1970's vintage datamarine. I picked up raymarine st60s at great price on close out. The current depth transducer is a datamarine glassed to the inside of the hull....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,321
Posted By msmith10
Re: Torque wrench

I did this job several years ago to fix the c&c smile. I bought a torque multiplier on ebay for the purpose. The correct torque is 300 ft lb. that's a lot of torque and you'll either need a torque...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,634
Posted By msmith10
Re: Autopilot - wheel pilot vs below deck

To the best of my knowledge, drive units are just motors that run forward and reverse. Their instructions come from the controllers. Why not test your drive unit and if it's functional, just buy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,634
Posted By msmith10
Re: Autopilot - wheel pilot vs below deck

Besides being more robust, a below-decks autopilot has the capability of steering the boat should a steering cable break. My boat is too small (C&30) to justify the expense in this economy, but if I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-16-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,577
Posted By msmith10
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

I use a larkshead but I place a short piece of 1/8" line with stopper knots on each end under the looped section. That makes it easier to undo the knot after it tightens up. I rarely leave sheets...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-01-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By msmith10
Re: Datamarine Corinthian II Wind Machine Problem

You can try it, but when I called them about this problem a few years ago they said they couldn't fix it. After spending $300 at DMI to repair a masthead unit that worked for one year I've decided...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-01-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By msmith10
Re: Datamarine Corinthian II Wind Machine Problem

Mine does the same. Disconnecting the cable at the display momentarily will usually fix it, but I've gotten so I just let it be 180 off. If I can't tell that it's 180 off I've got a bigger problem.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-01-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By msmith10
Re: White Flares

You're absolutely right Capttb.
If you just want to meet coast guard requirements, the 12 gauge flares are ok. If you might want to actually signal for help some day, you need Solas flares.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-04-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 530
Posted By msmith10
Refrigeration Question

OK, Donna and Schock, and any other refrig experts:
I need to replace a 20+ year old Adler Barbour Cold Machine. It has worked hard doing a pretty good job in a factory ice box, about 5-1/2 cu ft...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-20-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,218
Posted By msmith10
Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et

You're right about the loneliness, but most of the time singlehanders welcome it. It can become a problem on difficult, prolonged solo sails, when there's nobody to help keep up your morale. That's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-06-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,204
Posted By msmith10
Re: Scary Low water on the Great Lakes

I'm at the other end of Lake Erie from Brian (the shallow end) and this year is problematic. I changed slips for the first time in 11 years to get a little more water. Some marinas haven't gotten...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,927
Posted By msmith10
Re: Teak Interior Help

After 35 years, a very light sanding followed by a couple coats of teak oil brought my interior back to life. I really dislike teak oil outside of the cabin, but inside, it's easy to apply, easy to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-01-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,597
Posted By msmith10
Re: Need help with rolling and tipping

That is one beautiful finish, Tom.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By msmith10
Re: moisture at one shroud

The repair could be essentially free (except for labor) if there's just a little leakage around the chainplate and little or no core saturation. Just rebed the chainplate and stop the leak.
It...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-31-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 3,534
Posted By msmith10
Re: Can I make this trip as a novice

1. It's not 100 miles from Bay City to Lake St Clair-- it's almost twice that if you have no upwind work.
2. Don't use this as your shakedown cruise. Use the boat a few days to make sure...
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