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I would worry a lot about how the rest of the boat, and equipment, were maintained.
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I think I saw Michael Jackson's missing glove in there. And not the blue one the diver is wearing either.
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speaking of fouling.... speedos do suffer from it. I now have a paddle wheel type whoch replaced an impeller which was a mini propeller thingy. Both do get fouled but I think the paddle wheel is a worse design... as I cleaned it last week. The critters make a home inside the housing in addition to setting up shop on the paddle wheel itself. Impeller would get weeds and crusty, but did not have a colony or micro shrimp. Now I remove it when I am not aboard.
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I find I can get away with leaving the speed wheel in, until about mid July. Then the growth is too much, if it sits for more than a few days. I hate to remove and replace, as it lets several cups of seawater enter the bilge, which I then clean out.

Even when I've neglected it and the speed stops reading, I've never found the wheel won't turn. I'm not certain how they work, but I think they are magnetic, not mechanical and the sensor notices the cups go by. The critters or slight fouling seems to interfere with the sensor, more than interfere with the cups spinning. If I don't have time for it to dry out and fall off, I find myself digging in there with a toothpick.


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I find I can get away with leaving the speed wheel in, until about mid July. Then the growth is too much, if it sits for more than a few days. I hate to remove and replace, as it lets several cups of seawater enter the bilge, which I then clean out.

Even when I've neglected it and the speed stops reading, I've never found the wheel won't turn. I'm not certain how they work, but I think they are magnetic, not mechanical and the sensor notices the cups go by. The critters or slight fouling seems to interfere with the sensor, more than interfere with the cups spinning. If I don't have time for it to dry out and fall off, I find myself digging in there with a toothpick.
Airmar has a thru hull with a "valve/flap" which reduces the inflow to way less than a cup of seawater... so pulling and popping it in is not biggie.

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Airmar has a thru hull with a "valve/flap" which reduces the inflow to way less than a cup of seawater... so pulling and popping it in is not biggie.
Mine has the flap. They probably wear out or get fouled themselves. Itís not a gusher, but it is a few cups of water, as I said. Could also be a factor of only being able to reach one hand down to it. You canít do a cups and balls two handed magic swap. You have to pull one out, drop it and pull your hand back to pick up the other and then reach back in to install.

The biggie for me is that the water takes off, under an inaccessible part of cabin sole, which is around the mast. I have to wait for it all to drain through a limber hole and then pick it up out of an accessible compartment. Just a PITA. I do it, but I do try to get away with not making the swap, as much as I can.


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It's a matter of technique..... have the plug ready.... unscrew the nut, pull the speedo with one hand.. and shove the plug in with the other.

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It's a matter of technique..... have the plug ready.... unscrew the nut, pull the speedo with one hand.. and shove the plug in with the other.
Re-read. You can’t fit both hands in the space, so you still need to extract one hand, before inserting the other. Its also off to the side, so it’s unbalanced. One of your hands is holding you up, while you reach. It’s a one hand job.


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Re-read. You canít fit both hands in the space, so you still need to extract one hand, before inserting the other. Its also off to the side, so itís unbalanced. One of your hands is holding you up, while you reach. Itís a one hand job.
I apologize as I didn't understand your situation. I moved the location of my speedo to CL forward of the keel where the most accurate reading can be taken... no keel effects. I also placed it under a section CL where I can get to it easily. This was considered in the placement. So I have two hands free and can kneel down and swap them lickity split.

You might consider a new convenient location for the speedo next time you haul.

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