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Search: Posts Made By: Constantin
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2002
Replies: 16
Views: 2,589
Posted By Constantin
WINTER COVER?

We use a frame and cloth construction. Works great and the first one lasted since 1995 with only limited wear and tear.

I agree that numbering the "ribs" inside the vaulted space is a must. Also...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-05-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 1,137
Posted By Constantin
Radome Placement

As described above, radar units have a maximum range which is dependent on the height of the antenna mounting and the height of the target. At extreme range, it is the curvature of the earth that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2002
Replies: 1
Views: 1,604
Posted By Constantin
Tank Tender

Overall, we are very happy with our TankTender. In ten years of intermittent use, the unit only required one service call, and turnaround price and time were reasonable.

The simplicity of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By Constantin
battery lifespan

Check out the battery FQ at windsun.com. The life of your cells depends a lot on the construction quality, environment, and maintenance.

Flooded cells can last anywhere from 4-6 years to 20. AGMs...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-10-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 1,018
Posted By Constantin
Bosun''''s Chair Saftey

Six additional thoughts:

1. Wear a climbing harness on the backup rope, but sit in a "bosuns chair" that is tied to the primary (because most bosuns chairs are more comfortable than harnesses on...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-10-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 1,254
Posted By Constantin
Headroom

Have you considered catamarans? While the saloon sections in the center of the boats only go to 6" or so (and less as you go forward), most catamaran hulls offer lots of headroom. I''m only 6''2" but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-10-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By Constantin
bearing my soul

Sounds like a one-way bearing. Bearings that are not directional usually don''t have helpful arrows printed on them.

Our seawolf windlass from S&L has some directional bearings. The only way to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-28-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 4,401
Posted By Constantin
Raymarine Autopilot

I second the notion that the post-sale service can be poor. I had to send four Autohelm instruments to Raytheon b/c the displays would fade to nil if the backlighting was turned on. $50 per...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-11-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 1,132
Posted By Constantin
Oily Bilge

What also works is to use an industrial vacuum cleaner in combination with kitty litter. The litter is cheap and very effective at trapping the oil. The only trick is to ensure you''ve spread it real...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-11-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 2,484
Posted By Constantin
Prout Catamarans closes again

Thorsten,
Here is how I see it. If we had not fixed the many little and few huge mistakes on our Prout Escale now, then a competent surveyor for the next owner would identify and tag them for repair...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By Constantin
Epoxy Source

I used <a href=http://www.raka.com>Raka</a> to supply me with Kevlar and epoxy to refinish/stengthen the bottom of our dinghy. Great service, good price. If you want to see the project, <a...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-04-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 2,484
Posted By Constantin
Prout Catamarans closes again

I recently searched online news archives for news about Prout and was astonished to see that they managed to enter receivership/bankruptcy for the second time in six months.

At the end of February...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-16-2002
Replies: 6
Views: 1,045
Posted By Constantin
Buying a stored boat

I''d also have a close look at the steering system. Most of them are quite inaccessible, yet can easily suffer from corrosion. On our boat, the hatch behind the traveler leaked like a sieve. Usually...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-06-2002
Replies: 19
Views: 1,652
Posted By Constantin
Most important electronic equipment

It also depends a bit on what you''re sailing/motoring. On our catamaran we typically see danger before we hit it - as we only draw 3 feet. Even in Maine, the water color changes significantly as the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-05-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 2,396
Posted By Constantin
Diesel in the bilge

Another substance to try is kitty litter. It''s what they use at gas stations for oil spills. Hopefully, the lighter elements in the diesel will flash off quickly while the oilier components will be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-05-2002
Replies: 31
Views: 2,849
Posted By Constantin
Internal Regulation

Gentlemen,

<b>As always there is room for reasonable discussion</b>. While Peter Pan is by his own admittance no battery charging expert, he does have a certain amount of practical experience. On...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-03-2002
Replies: 31
Views: 2,849
Posted By Constantin
Internal Regulation

Hi Peter,

I agree with you that internal regulation can work. However, a internally regulated alternator cannot usually properly account for voltage drop to the battery. A typical approach is to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-01-2002
Replies: 11
Views: 2,343
Posted By Constantin
Mooring and Battery Power

How about switching to AGM batteries? They discharge only 1-3% per month. As long as you keep them disconnected, they will be OK. Ours stay fully charged on the boat, all winter (Maine), during...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2002
Replies: 22
Views: 13,975
Posted By Constantin
Marelon vs. Bronze

The one thing to consider with cast Bronze versus glass-fiber reinforced plastic is that cast Bronze has isotropic material strength while reinforced plastic does not.

That is, a cube of Bronze...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2002
Replies: 31
Views: 2,849
Posted By Constantin
Internal Regulation

Having installed AGM batteries, I also worried a bit about charging voltages. However, AGMs are so close to flooded cells that most people don''t bother with the 0.1-0.2V adjustment required. <b>But...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 1,128
Posted By Constantin
Radar mast mounting positions?

Our radar randome is up about 40 feet from the deck, mounted facing forward. We seem to have good coverage in all directions, though it would be hard to tell, seeing that the potential "dead" spot is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-01-2002
Replies: 22
Views: 13,975
Posted By Constantin
Marelon vs. Bronze

Fundamentally, the bronze units should be stronger and tougher than the Marelon ones. furthermore, they are usually more tapered (don''t need as much thickness for the same strength), so stuff is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-31-2002
Replies: 13
Views: 1,718
Posted By Constantin
On-board waste treatment

My primary issue with these units is that more and more states are declaring NDZs. For example, much of Rhode Island is a NDZ, has few to no working pump-out stations, and whenever a big storm hits,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-31-2002
Replies: 4
Views: 1,077
Posted By Constantin
Generators

I''d consider getting a small diesel genset. Some like Fisher-Panda are extremely quiet (and expensive!) while others like the Balmar, Ample Power, etc. offer excellent performance but at a higher...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 751
Posted By Constantin
Charging Regulators

Modern regulators are amazing creatures. Not only do they incorporate 3-step charging for the fastest charge possible, they also monitor the battery temperature to prevent thermal runaway. One of...
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