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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?
Jules

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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.

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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?
Jules

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Systems / Refridgeration
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:31:19 AM »
Am replacing my old Crosby refer system with a dc unit. I installed 380 watts of solar so there should be sufficient power for a 7 cu ft system with good insulation. I was leaning away from a holding plate system such as cool blue but I have found a new unit at a good price. Holding plate vs evaporator. Any thoughts? Run time, power consumption, efficiency, reliability?
Jules, Dragon Lady

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Systems / Inverter
« on: August 02, 2015, 11:30:57 AM »
Need a battery charger and am contemplating a combo inverter/charger. Would only power a microwave, dvd player and a charger or two. I'm thinking 1000 watts continuously with surge capability. Any suggestions on brand or capacity. How big a microwave? Do I need pure sine wave? I've got 450 amps of house batteries and am familiar with the voltage conversion so I don't want to go any bigger than needed. Any ideas or experience will be appreciated.
Jules/Dragon Lady

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Hull and Rig / Bottom Paint
« on: March 30, 2015, 07:59:23 PM »
Sorry for all the questions, guys and gals, but I am on the hard, painting topside and bottom. Does anyone remember how many gals. of bottom paint it takes for one coat on the hull of a 44? I'm thinking 1 1/2 per coat . Don't want to order too much but can't run short. As a side note, I live in barnacle oyster heaven, and I've had good luck with Pettit Trinidad. Will go back with Trinidad Pro, very high copper. Any ideas?
Jules

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Systems / Bootstripe thruhulls
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:59:18 AM »
I'm in the process of refitting my W/O and have an issue with thruhull access. I have 4 discharge thruhulls( bilge, a/c, etc.) located on the port side, aft of midship, in the bootstripe , above the waterline. I need to gain access from the inside and they are located in the NARROW crawlspace aft of the water tank. I think this was common in the 44's. Question. Is there access from any other place beside the engine room? Maybe remove a panel or something in the aft head? I am no small guy and it will be a feat, but I believe if I remove the lift muffler, I'll be able to crawl up the space. Sometimes, you gotta love these boats...Any ideas, besides a skinny 10 year old mechanic?

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Swap Meet / Willcox Crittenden Seacocks
« on: March 23, 2015, 07:53:13 PM »
Am in the process of a refit on my 44 W/O. Of the nine original Willcox Crittenden seacocks, only two need replacing. The rest are like new. Wondering if anyone has replaced the originals and has the old ones laying around. You can easily tell if they are serviceable by the insert. If it's heavily scored, it will leak. Does anyone have any W/C s in the garage? I need a 3/4 and a 1 1/2.
Funny, the 1 1/2 inch is on the raw water inlet. Guess years of water intake erosion caused the damage. The 3/4 is on a head  intake. Can't figure that one out.  Maybe a lot of use.
Anyway, would like to go back with the originals. If you look around, you can find 1 inchers and 1 1/4 ones all day. Must have been more common.
 Hope someone has a few laying around.

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