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Systems / Lightening grounding strip mounting flush or with a gap?
« Last post by LittleSkipper on September 27, 2017, 01:12:07 PM »
Ok, sometimes it helps to look at the photos.  I see there seems to be about 1/2-3/4 inch gap between the copper strip and Soggy Paws hull.  

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I have read the lightening resources Soggy Paws has online. Sounds very straight forward but I have 1 question.  Is the 12' grounding strip of copper mounted flush to the hull?  OR to get more area exposed is it recommended to have a gap between the hull and the strip?  Would a gap promote marine growth there?  I imagine it would represent more drag but not too much for a cruiser.

Thank you Soggy Paws
Systems / Re: Purchasing 10 -130 watt flexible solar panels from China
« Last post by Matthew Balch on September 25, 2017, 05:25:57 PM »
Hi Martin,  On the Amel Maramu, these flexible solar panels were mechanically fastened with screws into the hardtop.  They did not lay completely flat because there was a connection with wires at one end.  We were shaking down the boat for a transatlantic crossing and it has sailed from Grand Bahama to Bermuda to Azores, Spain, Algeria and Cyprus since then.  We were being very careful to filter the dirt and plastic residue out of the water BEFORE letting it flow into the boat's tanks.  This was too much residue to allow into the tanks and be handled with the pump and domestic water system.  Matthew
General Discussion / Re: How to Add Yourself to the CSY Map
« Last post by LittleSkipper on September 25, 2017, 01:29:54 PM »
Hi Sherry,

Thank you for passing this along to Peter Roach.  I like to resource and thought all CSY owners would appreciate it back online.

Also thank you for all of your help at the Annapolis SSCA GAM

Systems / Re: 44 WT blower for frig and engine and battery exhaust
« Last post by LittleSkipper on September 25, 2017, 10:59:06 AM »
Hi Dave,

That is very good news. Thank you for your reply. Glad to hear I am thinking along the same lines as you about the vents. I will hunt down to covers with a plate as you suggest.  I also agree with your other recommendations and may very well make those changes but we need more time aboard for now.

Great seeing you and Sherry at the SSCA Annapolis GAM.

Systems / Re: Purchasing 10 -130 watt flexible solar panels from China
« Last post by LittleSkipper on September 25, 2017, 10:49:04 AM »
Hi Matthew,

Thank you for your reply.  That is interesting about filtering the water.  I had not thought about that although we do filter water coming out of tanks. The ETFE panel might be considered second generation because the have a Teflon film on top.  Did you notice how the panels were attached?  Not sure I want to put a number of fasteners into the hardtop which is constructed out of plywood with fiberglass top and bottom.

I am considering 3M 3M VHB Double Sided tape combined with either EternaBond RoofSealant Tape  or Bunker Industries HT360 Hurricane Heavy Duty Utility Tape.  These panels are only about 3mm thick.  The RV folks use the EternaBond tape often for roof repair and mounting solar panels.  Those RVs can travel at near hurricane force winds going down the rode.
Systems / Re: Purchasing 10 -130 watt flexible solar panels from China
« Last post by Matthew Balch on September 25, 2017, 08:59:31 AM »
My only experience with the flexible panels comes from a friend who purchased 6 for mounting on the hard top and deck of his Amel Maramu.  They had been mounted for a year when we cruised through the Bahamas together earlier this year.  The panels worked, tho not as well as the hard ones mounted on the arch.  The only problem I noticed was that there was a peeling of the plastic film covering the panels.  When we collected water off the hard top, the water needed to be heavily filtered before putting into the boat's tanks.  Matthew
Swap Meet / Re: Psyche. Csy 33
« Last post by Soggy Geek on September 18, 2017, 06:16:30 AM »

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Psyche.  What a tragedy to total her, as we know how sturdy a boat she is.  Someone has been looking for a 33 (I forget who, and whether they were on the forum or the CSY Facebook Group, but I will look it up).  Maybe we can put them in touch with the insurance company, so if you get any additional info, please let us know.

I just hope that with so many boats lost, they don't do something drastic like take a chainsaw to her.  It must be a nightmare right now for the insurance companies.  And it ain't over yet!

Swap Meet / Psyche. Csy 33
« Last post by psyche on September 17, 2017, 08:24:55 PM »
My vessel a 1979 CSY 33, located in Rockport, Texas was declared a constructive total loss.  She was dismasted when an adjacent covered boat stall roof launched into her. She also sustained damage to the pulpit, forward half stanchions, bent boom gallows as well as a small amount of port aft teak damage. The interior of the vessel did not receive any damage. She has a 2008 new Diesel engine with maybe 60 hours. Cockpit did not sustain any damage and she can manuver by motor.
Boat US offered me the salvage, but at 70 years of age I am just to tired for the undertaking. I purchased her in dec of 1979 and have had her for these last 37 years. 37 years of enjoyment.
I am not sure of any time frame of the auction they have after the storm, but she would make someone a great boat. As I get any other info I will pass it on.
David Boyd

Systems / Re: 44 WT blower for frig and engine and battery exhaust
« Last post by Soggy Paws on September 16, 2017, 12:54:55 PM »
I owned WT 35 Soggy Paws for 20 years.
I cut 4" vent holes in the outside of the cockpit combing as you are contemplating- port side for the engine room vent blower and starboard side for the galley vent blower over the stove.  If you use the type of vent hole covers that also have a plate that will keep out rain and ocean spray you can use that when needed.   The vent blowers make a lot of noise so you won't want to run them for long unless the engine is running.
Mounting the refrig systems above the refrig boxes is a bad idea both from a heat standpoint but also access is difficult.  How about moving them down to under the small seat just inside of the aft cabin?  I installed my refrig compressor there and vented it with a muffin fan out the inboard wall.

You should also consider moving your batteries out of the engine room.  Heat when the engine is charging the batteries is a battery killer.  I split my house bank, one set under the nav table and the other in place of the trash bin.

For the refrig systems an option would be to use large quieter muffin fans to remove heat from the Danfoss compressors.  If you are running them at full speed the literature says you must do that.  The permanent fix is  is a Frigoboat keel cooler system.

Finally, if you are going to be cruising in the tropics I recommend using only solar as an alternate energy source, no wind.  650 watts is enough to recharge to 100% on a daily basis 98% of the time.

See my notes on these issues on our website

General Discussion / Re: How to Add Yourself to the CSY Map
« Last post by Soggy Geek on September 15, 2017, 10:29:39 PM »
Sorry for the delay in replying... we've been traveling and not had a lot of internet access.

I think it was Peter Roach who set up the map.  I'll contact him by email and see if he can do something about it.  I'm seeing the same thing you are.

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