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Hull and Rig / Re: External Round Chainplates Design
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:02:52 PM »
By the way, My Time is right, I checked the old bolts and they are 5/8s slotted. I managed to fashion a jig to fit into the slot to make it a one man job.

Hull and Rig / Re: External Round Chainplates Design
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:51:52 PM »
svsurprise, it is possible to remove the chain plates from the inside, without removing the bolts. The only exceptions are the very top bolts which are glassed in and under the teac trim piece. It is easy to remove but I didn't replace it. Too much wood anyway. The chain plates are epoxied to the inside of the hull and can be pulled off with a crow bar, once you remove the nuts. The nuts happened to be of the nylon locking type and are easily removed once heated. I left the bolts in place for shelf supports, but its an easy matter to remove the rub rail and use a hole saw to expose the bolts which have phillips heads, and fill the holes when finished. Sound complicated, but not a hard job. It helps to remove the stbd cabinet ,which is screwed in, for easier access.
My boat is an 81 and I doubt if the chainplates had ever been replaced.Two of them fell apart in my hand. I moved the straps outside the hull which took care of a lot of the leaks. I can send pictures if you need.

General Discussion / Re: Gross tonnage /net tonnage
« on: December 09, 2017, 10:18:24 AM »
If it's a walkover, per my documentation, gross tonnage-22grt, net tonnage-16nrt. I have managed to find a wealth of info on our website and on line. Would be difficult restoring an old boat without the internet.

Swap Meet / 44 Walkover Parts
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:02:00 PM »
I recently installed dingy davits with new rails. Should have done this 10 yrs ago. I have the aft 2 piece pulpit in good shape if anyone needs it. Also the God awful, original midships boarding ladder, and a port trailboard in good shape. Free to a good home, but you'll have to pick up as shipping would be darn near impossible. Perhaps you are in Florida or traveling through for the holidays. I am in Hobe Sound, near Stuart if anyone is interested. Almost forgot..a 44 w/o.

Systems / Autopilot
« on: July 03, 2017, 12:57:06 PM »
Does anyone have the Garmin GHP 12 autopilot system on board? I installed one 5 yrs. ago and it has been flawless. It was mated to the original Octopus hydraulic ram with good performance. However after 23 years of use, it has finally quit and is not repairable. Has anyone installed a Garmin hydraulic pump? I could use the same ram but was wondering about the size required. The break seems to be 30,000 lbs., but that sounds like overkill since I don't plan on sailing the Indian ocean. Any advice?

Hull and Rig / Re: Transparent hatches
« on: May 14, 2017, 05:23:03 PM »
I have decided to use the awl grip clear. A bit more money but will last as long as I need it. Not much more effort either.

Hull and Rig / Re: Transparent hatches
« on: May 13, 2017, 08:10:48 AM »
There is a product called Toon-Brite at Overtons and EBay. A marine clear coat. Runs between 68 and 75/gal. Awl Grip is around 100 for a 1 qt kit. A 2 part will probably last longer. Maybe I will fin the time and money.

Hull and Rig / Transparent hatches
« on: May 12, 2017, 01:38:45 PM »
For those of you who have not painted the tops of the hatches- I would like to maintain the transparency to allow light to pass thru but need to coat them with something to protect the fiberglass. Don't care for varnish, Awl Grip clear coat is good but labor intensive, and resin doesn't have UV protection. Any ideas? Am coming down to the wire preparing for a summer trip.

Hull and Rig / Re: If you still have your original stanchions...
« on: April 20, 2017, 08:52:48 PM »
I, too have done the stanchion repair. Mine were in good shape so it was simply a re-bedding  project. My boat came with a thinwall deep 1 5/16 socket which was fine for the aft cabin, but too long for the ones in the v berth. I had to remove the paneling for access then used a set of vice grips. I also found a short socket at NAPA which helped. The bases were way to long, so I shortened them prior to re-installation and they were far enough from the hull to use the socket. I re-bedded with Boat Life and have had no leaks. You can find a set of thinwall light duty sockets at a plumbing store.
As I remember, the only way to reach the port one over the stairwell was to install an access panel in the cockpit. Some owners have added access doors there anyway. As I said, my stanchions were in excellent shape considering that the chain plates were dangerously close to failure. Check those carefully. I moved mine outboard to avoid the leaks and the problems.
These CSYs are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to find. However, considering the newer cheaper boats, we did pretty well.

General Discussion / Re: Web site
« on: March 04, 2017, 08:57:10 AM »
Dave and Sherry,
You guys have been an invaluable data base for CSYs over the years...Example, I am servicing my pre 1992 Lewmar 48 winches, which were probably standard equipment on later models and had trouble locating a schematic. All of a sudden, a Soggy Paws entry came up, a manual Dave had posted showing all the early Lewmars and parts numbers. Thanks to you, I'm back in business.
Please stay in touch. My many thanks again.

General Discussion / Re: Web site
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:49:38 PM »
Glad to hear from you, Don.  You probably noticed I'm currently working on refrigeration. FYI I recently had a dingy arch installed with all the bells and whistles..Davits, engine lift, wind gen support and aft pulpit integrated with stanchions forward. We designed it for 2-190 watt panels, a perfect fit. The price was very reasonable. Since you are in the Bahamas, a trip to Riverside Marina in Ft. Pierce might be doable.. A do it yourself yard with good people around. Joe is the welder who did my arch and his work is excellent.
Hope your weather has been better. This has been the windiest year in south Fla I remember and I've been here almost 30 yrs.
Keep in touch,

General Discussion / Web site
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:38:42 AM »
Its been a bit quiet this spring...Usually members are posting a lot of interesting projects.
Are we getting tired or old or both?

Systems / Re: Refridgeration
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:35:13 AM »
Mike, I sent a text to your phone.

Systems / Re: Refridgeration
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:50:26 AM »
I have a walkover and I've thought of placing the compressor under the bottom of the current fridge after shortening the boxes to around 7 cu. ft. Of course a recirc fan to draw in cooling air would be a must. The other place would be under the aft end of the stbd settee. Are there other owners who have done this or have ideas?

Systems / Re: Refridgeration
« on: February 22, 2017, 06:31:49 AM »
No problem with the extra hole. In fact I have an unused thru hull that I can convert. It will be a while before I haul again and I noticed that the air cooled model could be converted at a later date. Does sound like the way to go. Where do you recommend I place the compressor as I intend to convert and use the old boxes.

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