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Forum: Sailnet.com Polls   4 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,583
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: How Big Is Your Dinghy

I'm hearing that size does matter, but I suppose the motion of your ocean has something to do with it too. I'm on the fence between a 8' 6" and a 9' 6" Achilles air floor boat. I'm leaning towards...
Forum: Beneteau   11-29-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,054
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Considering a Beneteau 45. Rigging options

I think if you go for a sail on a 45 you might decide the boat performs very nicely despite the vertical battens and shoal draft keel. I was impressed. Just add a Code 0 for light air.
Forum: Beneteau   10-31-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,054
Posted By SteveInMD
I'm looking at a Beneteau 45 and did a test sail...

I'm looking at a Beneteau 45 and did a test sail a few weeks ago. I was very skeptical of the in-mast furling main and the shoal keel but I have to say I was impressed. My current boat has a fin...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Yes, a 1994 MK1 Catalina 42 has no rudder bearings. Newer boats have them.

Since my original post I've spoken to a surveyor who has seen this exact problem before. The solution is to have a new...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Thanks Ron. The rudders look the same to me. The boat pulls to starboard under power and sail so it's not just a propwash effect. I guess the ultimate test would be to have another boat tow me so...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Perhaps I do need a surveyor and a lawyer.

The sleeve through the boat has not changed, so there is no way to misalign the rudder. There are no bearings on a Catalina 42, just a fiberglass sleeve...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By SteveInMD
Rudder Replacement Problems

Early this fall I found out I had to replace my rudder. I considered doing it myself, but opted to hire the work out. Based on a reference from a major boat yard in Annapolis I hired a boat service...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-21-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 10,681
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

I should also add, a few hours before leaving Cape May give everyone a dose of Bonine. It's does not tend to knock you out like Dramamine can. It lasts 24 hours. You can reduce the dose if all is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-21-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 10,681
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

I'm doing a similar trip now. As for gear...
I wanted a no stress coastal trip with the family and went with a chart plotter, AIS, radar, and laptop with nav software at the navigation station. I...
Forum: Electronics   06-15-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 740
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Raymarine AIS 650

I've had mine for a few months and have had no issues. I use it with my e95 plotter at the helm and also have a USB cable connected from it to my laptop at the navigation station. I'm running...
Forum: Diesel   06-03-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 430
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Siphon between heat exchanger and mixing elbow?

The previous owner of my boat created a siphon break from household pvc fittings and threaded the anti siphon valve to the top of it. While this setup worked fine for many years, I just replaced it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 3,059
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Starting engine with charger on

I have seen one situation related to this that left me scratching my head a bit. It was slow crank / high current draw situation from bad wiring in the key switch side. The key switch starting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-29-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Bird nests in the boom

A drink coozie fits perfectly for me. Plus it's in easy reach when sailing.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-18-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,077
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Fuel tank sending units / gauges

I replaced my sender with a mechanical unit. The guage sits on top of the tank. It's totally reliable. Depending on where your tank is this may be an alternative for you.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-18-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 3,059
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Starting engine with charger on

It sounds to me like you should do a load test on your batteries.

Do you know how your high output alternator is wired? One thing that can make cranking easier is to connect the excite wire for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,129
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Diesel bleeding.. havei damaged severly

It's very hard to describe the bleeding process in a meaningful way unless you understand there are two sections of the fuel system - the low pressure feed side and the high pressure (injector) side....
Forum: Electronics   05-11-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Thank you. I may take you up on that at some point.

FWIW...

I was being picked up sporadically on MarineTraffic and aprs.fi this weekend. Both sites listed K3ARS as the source. K3ARS is in...
Forum: Diesel   05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,576
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: How often to change impeller?

I think it has been six years since I've changed mine. If I remember correctly I have to jack up the motor and remove a motor mount to get to it. Brilliant design.
Forum: Electronics   05-09-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Well everything else is working and their wiring is neat and orderly. Prettier than I could / would have done. Hopefully the quality is there too.



Agreed. That's why I'm surprised I'm not...
Forum: Diesel   05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,576
Posted By SteveInMD
How often to change impeller?

I have a Yanmar 4JH2E. I had been under the impression that changing the raw pump impeller was just part of normal annual maintenance. I was told by a mechanic that the impeller is rated for 1,500...
Forum: Electronics   05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Thanks. My system was professionally installed; I hope it's not an installation problem. There is a boat called Bernadette that has her AIS on 24/7 in Chesapeake Harbour. I don't see her on either...
Forum: Electronics   05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Marine Traffic did pick me up once while going under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, so I think I'm transmitting. My slip is in Chesapeake Harbour near Annapolis. Perhaps the base station listed on the...
Forum: Electronics   05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By SteveInMD
AIS / Marine Traffic

Now that I have an AIS system (Raymarine AIS650) why don't a show up on Marine Traffic? When I look at the target data using proAIS2 it shows a base station about 1 mile from me. Can someone...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,856
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Exterior Night Lighting Ideas

Amazon.com: LEDJump Waterproof 16.4Ft RGB SMD5050 Color Changing LED Taped Flexible Strip 44 Button remote Controller with 5A Power Supply Complete Set (cuttable and Linkable): Home...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-28-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Aluminum fuel tank fittings

Thanks. When I called I was told me it would be a special order part and would only do that for a business.
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