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Forum: Lake Huron   07-09-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,662
Posted By zoom555
Dave: Great video, and very inspiring to see...

Dave:

Great video, and very inspiring to see how far afield you went on a relatively small cruiser!

I was your neighbour at Doral during your first season sailing (and ours). We had the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-09-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By zoom555
Yeah, if you look at the photos of the boat the...

Yeah, if you look at the photos of the boat the OP is looking at on craigslist, it does have a bit of a cutout. But, usually you see such cutouts built up with some stainless or plywood so that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-02-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 3,805
Posted By zoom555
Automatic Bilge Pump Won't Shut Off

Last year I installed a small bilge pump with a built-in float switch. I also installed an auto/manual/off switch and generally left the pump in auto mode.

After a long spring that involved a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-05-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 6,812
Posted By zoom555
As an update, I finally had some dry weather to...

As an update, I finally had some dry weather to work on the boat this weekend. I took the old cable and chain assembly out. One snag I'll have to deal with on re-installation is that only one of my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-01-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,435
Posted By zoom555
Seized turnbuckles

As I've been doing repairs and running over everything on the boat this spring, I've discovered that several turnbuckles have become quite seized. The standing rigging was replaced by the prior owner...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-29-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 6,812
Posted By zoom555
My conclusion about my marina's service...

My conclusion about my marina's service department was exactly as suggested above - replacing the steering cable is a frustrating job because of the need to crawl into confined spaces, so they'd...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-28-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 5,775
Posted By zoom555
I replaced my jib sheets through an eBay buy from...

I replaced my jib sheets through an eBay buy from Cajun Trading last summer (they also sell direct from their website, as was mentioned above). I also picked up 150' of anchor line (on which they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-28-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 6,812
Posted By zoom555
Radcat, I'm not sure if you can do remove...

Radcat,

I'm not sure if you can do remove the cables the way you're thinking, but I just got an email back from Edson customer service (I'm leaning toward getting them to fabricate the cables and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-27-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 6,812
Posted By zoom555
Steering Cable Replacement

My cable steering system needs a bit of work. Actually, it depends on who you ask. My surveyor wrote "The stainless steel cable run from the pedestal helm to the quadrant on the rudder post is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-24-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,597
Posted By zoom555
Thanks folks - good suggestions all around. I'm...

Thanks folks - good suggestions all around. I'm not sure I'll be able to identify a better location for the batteries, but I'm going to take a look once the tarps are off in the spring. In the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-24-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,597
Posted By zoom555
Adding second battery; battery location

Last summer I purchased a 1973 Northern 25. It had been kept in pretty good physical condition by the prior owner, but the electrical systems were pretty sub-par according to my surveyor. Mainly, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-14-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,203
Posted By zoom555
Huh?

What the heck does electrical aptitude have to do with sailing or navigational skills?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-13-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 4,666
Posted By zoom555
Great

I appreciate all the advice and comment about this issue. I am now prowling eBay for a Garmin 292. Here was my thinking on that unit:

Pros:

It's recently discontinued, so it's pretty cheap. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-12-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 4,666
Posted By zoom555
Thanks

Thanks to everyone for the swing-arm suggestion. I like the idea and am going to have a closer look to see whether that will work for me.

Labatt: I like your instrument setup. I just bought a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-12-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 4,666
Posted By zoom555
GPS/Chartplotter - Where to Mount? What to Buy?

I recently purchased my first sailboat - a Northern 25 (may not be familiar to U.S. readers - it was built in Ontario in the 1970s and early 1980s).

I've tried using a small handheld GPS I already...
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