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Search: Posts Made By: Christian Williams
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By Christian Williams
Index to Common Boat Projects

If you're renewing an old boat, you might find something of use in this blog, which I recently indexed by topic for easier reference (and so I could find things).

We all eventually wind up...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Installation report: Balmar 100a Alternator on M25

My procedures are fairly standard for the stated needs. Let me explain again.

I use 20 amp hours a day offshore. The point of the larger alternator is to quickly regain the 20 amps.

I run...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Installation report: Balmar 100a Alternator on M25

The point is to recharge the battery quickly, daily. The Balmar puts out about 80 initial amps when the battery is discharged to 60 percent. It returns the battery to 80 percent charge in 35-40...
Forum: Cruising Videos 10-16-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,667
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Singlehanded LA to Kaua'i and Return

Hmmm. The McPartland track came from a recording I made of the Pandora channel "Marian McPartland." I was reduced to guessing it was she. But you're right, it's really not quite her style, or at...
Forum: Cruising Videos 10-12-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,667
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Singlehanded LA to Kaua'i and Return

I use Canon HV40s as the main camera. They use miniDV tape and are essentially obsolete, but the quality is very good and the editing easy and you always have the tape as a backup. I use a "wide...
Forum: Cruising Videos 10-12-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,667
Posted By Christian Williams
Singlehanded LA to Kaua'i and Return--30 Minute Video

Twenty days out and 28 back on an Ericson 32-3.

https://vimeo.com/108545352
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-21-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 998
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: hardwood plywood source

Groundhog, have you checked with Chesapeake Light Craft? They sell a lot of ply, might be able to work something out. And they're in town.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: 2014 Sailomat 800 Demonstration Video

Well, sort of....

My most popular sailing videos are about building the Eastport pram from Chesapeake Light Craft. https://vimeo.com/album/2057886

I am a hero among certain aging French...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,534
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: wind vanes and LOA

The 2014 model, new from Stellan Knoos, is $5K, plus the drum and blocks and line, which adds a few more hundred. I'll be selling mine for $3900 when I get around to it.

The design looks right on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,534
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: wind vanes and LOA

Offshore with the 2014 Sailomat Wind Vane--Video - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange (http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/entry.php?217-Offshore-with-the-2014-Sailomat-Wind-Vane-Video)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By Christian Williams
2014 Sailomat 800 Demonstration Video

I recently returned from a 6,000-mile solo cruise Los Angeles to Kaua'i and return in which all the steering was done by a new Sailomat vane gear.

Here's the unit in action, along with some...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-20-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: The Hard Dinghy as Sailboat, Tender and Lifeboat

The Eastport pram design flotation is sealed voids under forward and aft seats, but the volume is too small to provide much buoyancy. To be successfully bailed out when swamped, a boat has to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-20-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Christian Williams
The Hard Dinghy as Sailboat, Tender and Lifeboat

A jack-of-all-trades Eastport pram with expanding foam flotation:

Flotation for the Dinghy - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-11-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 925
Posted By Christian Williams
Weather Cloths

Some remarks on making your own weather cloths, their history and usefulness:

Sewmanship 5--Weather Cloths - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-08-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By Christian Williams
Installation report: Balmar 100a Alternator on M25

Here's a blog entry on upgrading from a stock Motorola 51 amp alternator to a Balmar 100 with AR-5 external regulator. Also a Victron battery monitor.

Balmar 100 amp Alternator, Victron Monitor...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-04-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 516
Posted By Christian Williams
Sailomat 800 Servo Pendulum Vane Gear Installation

Here is a record of the installation of the 2014 Sailomat 800 vane on an Ericson 32-3.

Sailomat Installation - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,565
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Autopilot Install

Here is a three-part blog on installing the Ray X-5 with p70 control head, with initial test video.

I have subsequently come to admire this unit. It does require attention to sail set and choice,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,236
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Terrible wiring job - where to start?

You might be interested in a two-part article on my blog:

Part 1--A Novice’s Guide to Panel Reorganization - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-24-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 8,554
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Hatch lens replacement

Here's a video of DIY lens replacement.

https://vimeo.com/55641617
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-20-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,460
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: Sewmanship--How to become a God of Sunbrella

Great tips, MG. Why didn't I think of just cutting when deconstructing....

And sure, you can teach yourself. Not sure you need a book--you can Google any question, sewing is a vast world on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-17-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,460
Posted By Christian Williams
Sewmanship--How to become a God of Sunbrella

There's a good deal of cloth on a boat besides the sails. We take it for granted until it needs to be repaired, renewed or replaced. Then we need smelling salts at the first price quote.

A great...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-16-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By Christian Williams
Rudder Gland Repack and Reseal

Symptom: Water in the bilge after returning to slip. Bilge is normally dry.
Cause: Rudder packing gland/rudder tube/frozen lower grease fitting.

Repair of leaking rudder gland and rudder tube on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By Christian Williams
M25 Upgrades as Completed on 1985 Ericson 32-3

Here are two blog entries outlining one upgrade project:

M25 Engine Wiring Upgrade Part 1--Cockpit Gauges - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange...
Forum: Diesel 01-21-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 456
Posted By Christian Williams
Re: M25 Glow Plugs Remove and Replace

The other day I did test two of the old glow plugs (I've misplaced the third), and in fact they operated as expected. By the count of 15, when hooked up to a bench battery, each glowed red hot.

I...
Forum: Diesel 01-10-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 456
Posted By Christian Williams
M25 Glow Plugs Remove and Replace

M25 Glow Plugs Remove and Replace - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange (http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/entry.php?157-M25-Glow-Plugs-Remove-and-Replace)
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