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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 / 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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Underway / Hurricanes Irma and Maria
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:35:10 PM »
Dear Friends and CSY Forum Members,

I wanted to reach out to our friends and CSY members in the Eastern & Northern Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida Keys and Southern Florida after these bad hurricanes we have been experiencing this year.  I hope you and your families got through this well and your lovely CSY boats were unscathed.  Even here in Miami Beach, there were scores of wrecked and dismasted sailboats, and we only experienced winds of about 105 mph.  It was much worse in other places.

It was a good thing that I put my boat out with 3 anchors.  The larger anchor, a 88# Delta on chain dragged, but the Rockna 55# and the Fortress FX37 held her fast in thick mud bottom.  My dock was ruined from the storm surge, so I needed to leave her at anchor for a few weeks until the dock was rebuilt.  We are starting to put things on the boat back in order again at this time and should be sailing again in a week or two.

Miami was missed by the brunt of hurricane Irma, but other places in the Caribbean, Keys and the west coast of Florida were not so fortunate.  I hope the folks and boats in these places are doing well.  I would love to hear how you are doing, when you have the time.

Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Experience with Yanmar 75 HP installation?
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:38:41 PM »
A friend of mine in the anchorage nearby with a CSY 44 W/O is considering replacing his Perkins with a Yanmar 75.  We have discussed the Cummings and the Beta as being an easier replacement, but he prefers the Yanmar.  He was told by his mechanic that the Yanmar tranny would not work on the CSY, and he would need to have his existing Velvet Drive, (straight drive), adapted to this Yanmar installation.  I have looked thru the history on this site and have not seen anything new on the Yanmar 75 since 2009, and nothing dealing with this exact question.

What he would like to know from this group is what to expect from this type of engine replacement, and if the velvet drive can be modified to mate with the Yanmar 75.

Thanks,
Matthew

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Interior / Refinishing the Square Hatches
« on: August 01, 2015, 02:07:52 PM »
The square hatches on the CSY, like fiberglass hatches on all vintage sailboats with the translucent center, tend to deteriorate in the center from the sun and the elements over the years.  Those of mine that were exposed to the sun got bleached out and the fibers got exposed.  A couple years ago, I gave them a light sanding and coated the centers with polyester resin.  That worked well for a couple years, but now the same thing is happening again.

I was wondering if anyone on this forum knows the trick to restore these hatches in a more permanent way.  I don't want to paint them or cover them with canvas because I like the light that comes thru them into the cabins.  Perhaps an epoxy resin or a clear awlgrip would work better and longer?  I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks, Matthew

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