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Messages - Matthew Balch

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Forum Information and Problems / Re: Rudder CSY 33
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:48:12 AM »
Congratulations on your purchase.  That's a nice boat.  I saw her in Key West last time I sailed there.
Although I don't have a specific person or company to recommend for your fiberglass repairs, the boatyards around FTL are full of experts.  You may wish to visit these yards and ask around for the best person for these types of repairs.  You may even see some of these guys in action, too.
Good luck!

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Forum Information and Problems / Re: CSY Hull Number System
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:39:24 AM »
You can find the HIN for the boat imprinted into the fiberglass on the upper starboard corner of the transom.  If you do a search using the words hull number, you  will find several threads on this subject that explain everything.

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Power Tools
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:30:49 AM »
I found the answer to my question about recharging the batteries for these tools.  Ryobi makes a "car charger" that plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet.  Problem solved!

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General Discussion / Re: Wanted to buy a CSY 44 or 33 -
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:25:38 AM »
You have probably already checked out the yacht world Web site and seen the others for sale there.  The one you are looking at in Niceville seems to be very well maintained.  Good luck on your search!

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Power Tools
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:44:53 PM »
I forgot to ask a question too.  Has anyone found a transformer that can convert the 12V to 18V?  This would be great for me since I would not need to recharge these batteries on shore power or from the inverter on the boat.  Thanks, Matthew

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General Discussion / Battery Power Tools
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:24:43 PM »
Hi Members,
Back when I was cruising in the Caribbean many years ago, I used hand tools to do all the jobs.  Now you have the options of using shore power if you are at a dock or an inverter if you are anchored.  Nowadays, I am at a dock but we are on solar power only with no hookup to shore power.
I have purchased a number of Ryobi 18 volt one + appliances that work very well around the boat and home.  These pieces of equipment can be purchased cheap on Amazon, but the batteries are more expensive.  The same batteries are good for all the one + labels.
For example, I have a Cockpit fan to cool the wife off on these summer days.  I have a vacuum cleaner that picks up all the hair and dust in the cabins.  I have a LED flashlight that replaces all those old standard flashlights that go bad over time. I have a sander that's good for small jobs and a drill that's good for most of the day.
If interested, i would recommend l that you invest in some extra batteries, especially the 4 AH ones so you get extended time on these tools.
I also have other of these tools around the house that use the same batteries:  weed wacker, leaf blower, nail gun, etc.
I have no interest in the company, but I am a very satisfied customer and wanted to share this experience with you.
Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Exhaust Elbow - 4107 Westerbeke
« on: August 26, 2018, 11:30:26 AM »
Hi Peter, I had a W 4-107 on my prior boat.  It had an exhaust elbow made up of galvanized pipe, the type you can find at a hardware store.  When it finally rusted out, I replaced it with bronze pipe of the same type.  Where the raw water gets injected, I simply drilled the pipe and inserted a bronze nipple which could be either threaded or glued in with JB Weld, which is what I did.  It was still going strong 10 years later when I sold the boat.

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Engines and Drive Train / Painting a Folding Prop
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:58:54 PM »
I recently purchased a Flexofold propeller and discussed applying bottom paint to the prop with the factory technician.  He said not to do that, and I figure he thought the paint would gum up the gearing mechanism and cause the blades to not deploy.  That makes common sense to me.  I was thinking perhaps to paint the blades only and apply something like Lanacote to the gears.  Some folks believe that the greasiness of Lanacote also provides some temporary antifouling properties.

I wanted to ask the members if they have experience with this and what they did to protect the folding prop from fouling.  Thanks, Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: Afternoon Delight new owner
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:09:44 AM »
Hi Beregina,  congratulations on the purchase and welcome to the forum.  I love the name of your boat!  And wow!  What a nice place to cruise!  Let is know if we can assist with any questions you may have.  Matthew

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Hull and Rig / Re: Nett Weight
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:25:03 AM »
Hi Lindsay,  I have not had my w/o weighed, but I am sure that it is much greater than the original weight considering fuel, water, supplies, spare parts and other things that have been added over the years, along with simply sitting in the water for more than 30 years.  Not a Clew is providing a good estimate here.
I would suggest finding a shipping company with a more heavy duty trailer!
Matthew

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Swap Meet / Re: 44 WO in Coconut Grove, Fl. now on ebay
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:21:59 PM »
Sherry, it's not Chilly Pepper.  She's not for sale.  There are several 44 W/O's in the Miami area besides mine.  Today while cruising  up from the Keys, I saw Peter Schmidt's old boat, now owned by his son, a Miami Harbor Pilot.  It's not that one, either.  I'm pretty sure I have seen the one that's for sale day sailing to Key Biscayne from the Grove, but I cannot recall the name of that boat.  Also near my dock is Tullamore Due, another 44 W/O.  Matthew

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Systems / Re: Shore power inlet
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:20:17 AM »
Hi Mike, locating it near to the electrical panels is good.  Mine was placed on the inside of the cockpit, stbd  side, forward.  Matthew

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Interior / Re: Hatch dogs diameter?
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:10:15 PM »
Hi Martin,  the ones on my boat are 5/16, and 2.5" long including the knob.  I compared it with a normal 5/16 stainless bolt you can buy at a hardware store and it has the same thread.  The only difference is that these dogs have a pointed end as compared to the blunt end on a bolt.  Matthew.

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Underway / Re: Hurricanes Irma and Maria
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:53:29 AM »
Yes, the Spade and the Vulcan look very similar, with the exception being that the Spade is two pieces and could be stowed down below if desired.  I will report back later on the Vulcan after I have tested it a few times.

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Underway / Re: Hurricanes Irma and Maria
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:16:41 AM »
Dave,
 I agree with that about the newer scoop type designs being better all around anchors.  I have swapped out the Delta 88 anchor  for a Rocna Vulcan anchor.  The Spade was also a finalist, but there was a better deal on the Vulcan, so I went that route.
I really like the Rocna 55 for everyday use on the port side, but for the starboard roller tray a roll bar type anchor could not be easily accommodated.
Matthew

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