MiddayGun

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    Batteries and Holding Tanks

    Tons of boats come with the batteries in that location, shouldn't be an issue.
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    Glut Of Used Boats (30') For Sale

    This right here. Its not hard to maintain a (GRP) boat in fantastic condition for not all that much work a year, keep on top of all the jobs and its easy. Bringing back a neglected boat is expensive, time consuming and for most people just not worth it (if they had the time anyway, weekends usually won't cut it).
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    new Pogo 36 - any intel?

    Make sure you post plenty of pics if you go down the route, its something I'd like to have a crack at one day.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    This last couple of months have been the worst Jan / Feb for a few years for sure. On the plus side I've been able to locate all the leaks on my boat.
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    Graphene Batteries

    Graphene has been on the radar for a long time now and by all accounts it sounds like a complete game changer, not just for batteries but in a myriad of applications. However there seem to be all sorts of problems mass producing it and bringing it to the market in a real product. As IStream said, give it 10 years and then we'll see.
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    @SloopJonB I was thinking maybe some teak veeer & several coats of varnish? Nah I'm going to satisfy myself with some heat shrink labelling on the wires & calling it quits. @Grande Mastere Dreade & @El Boracho The kit I used is WAGO kit, I got the idea of a photo I saw of a Hallberg Rassy installation, but the phoenix kit that they used was a little too pricy for me. The range is this stuff: https://www.wago.com/global/c/rail-mount-terminal-blocks These were the fuse holders, the take mini blade fuses the same as modern cars. I bought the none LED version. https://www.wago.com/global/rail-mount-terminal-blocks/2-conductor-fuse-terminal-block/p/282-698_281-413 All DIN mounted, I can't find the receipts in my inbox so I can't remember exactly where I bought then from, probably RS Components. The rest of the stuff like the slotted conduit & wire tidy's were all from RS components as well, as usual when ordering from industrial suppliers you need to sit down with pen & paper and work out exactly what you need as its not done for you. They do terminal blocks in blue also which I used for the negatives. In this current setup the blocks with fuses at the bottom are always live when then the power is on, I use these for stuff like lights, the gas alarm and the 12v sockets around the cabin. The switch panel has a power feed running from the main power in fuse block which is then distributed to each of the switches. From there they run to the top fused block & finally to wherever they are going. So I uses switches not breakers. The cool part about these terminal blocks is that you can buy bridging connectors to daisy chain them together, so you can run multiple circuits of one switch / fuse, say all the nav equipment, or all the cabin lights. They are a spring release system for the wire that takes either single or multi strand wire with no chance of vibration loosening them. The blue earth connectors are all bridged to common them & I used a couple of wires to the DC - at each end which should be more than adequate for the current that they see. I changed the power feed to a standard distribution post. I feel like a salesman now. Sorry to hijack your thread FinnFish
  7. What's the best way to get a professional looking non skid deck that will last a while & is easy to keep clean? Don't mind hard work or spending money on good materials. No KiwiGrip recommendations please, I used it on my last boat & didn't like it, pretty grippy but it was a nightmare to keep clean & didn't seem to last that well. Don't mind having a go at spraying, but keep in mind that I've only got about 10cfm available at the boat so i would have to be a fairly small HVLP or LVLP gun. Guess that leaves Gelcoat / or 2 pack paint with non skid particles added. I made a test piece using gelcoat (with the wax added) thickened with fumed silica and then rolled into a texture using an old kiwi-grip roller, the result was a very grippy but sharp texture, I took the tops off the ridges off with a sanding block & then left it outside a few months to see how it held up. Unfortunately it seems to hold onto dirt really well & I can't scrub it clean. Not what I want on the boat, maybe I got my ratios wrong though. I also had a go at adding the international inter grip particles to flowcoat & rolled that out onto a test panel, unfortunately that didn't seem to work as the resulting surface looks good, but is deadly when wet. So yeah gelcoat / paint, spraying / rolling, any tips on getting a good looking long lasting finish?
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    @IStream Maybe I should put a glass front on it & fill it with oil? I've seen people do that with computer cases. @SloopJonB I always let perfect get in the way of good enough. Which is probably why my refit will never be 'finished'.
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    The deck fill is gone. But it was originally water. European boat so ABYC standards don't apply, in fact at the time of contruction I'm not sure if any standards at all existed for boats this size.
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    I'd actually already got rid of the choc blocks, in the background you can see an Earthing Bus Bar I put in to last me to the end of the season. Labels were on masking tape and the ink was mostly illegible. Theres tons of info online on how to do stuff like this & it helps to look at photos of other peoples work for inspiration, this is what mine looks like now, not shown but done after are removing the old water filler. (Last place I need leaks) & improving the power feeds. It still needs work though, I don't like the way the wires have to bend to go into the top entry connectors. I'll probably space out the organiser conduit to help it.
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    I feel like the rest of us are supposed to join in? I'd like to thank the previous owner for this wiring job:
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    Full batten main with swept spreaders?

    I've not found any difference holding the head up to wind, if let go of the helm for a second then before too long the boat will being spinning circles in her own wake, but that's always been the case. And anyway the main filling should cause the boat to round up, not the opposite.
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    Full batten main with swept spreaders?

    I've got full length battens on a swept spreader rig. No problems at all, its got low friction slugs and I find that at least with my mainsail size there is very little friction, as long as I'm fairly head to wind I can drop the sail no problem. Haven't found it any different than a standard main on a deep run, on a fractional they're all going to rub against the spreaders. Just make sure you have a patch there. However my boat is much smaller than yours, P is only 10.16 & E 3.57. In terms of short handed handling, its good that it doesn't really flog which makes life easier, definately don't feel as rushed when reefing. At the end of the day I don't find it any easier or harder to flake the sail. No idea if its worth it for the rating hit, but its what the boats always had since I bought her so I've stuck with it.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    Sorry! Work forecasts all use m/s rather than knots.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    Doesn't look like the strong winds are going any time soon. Apart from a few luls, our forecast is giving 15-20m/s for the next week almost.
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    Experience Making my own Working Jib and Storm Sail

    Did you pay for this review advert?
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    need music ...new stereo

    My boat came with a standard car stereo head unit down below & speakers hidden behind those plastic screw on access hatches to keep them out of the sun when not in use. I really only use that when I want the radio on, most of the time I just have a waterproof bluetooth speaker in the cockpit. There are some great sounding ones now & since most have controls on them you can leave your phone down below. Saves cutting speaker holes in the cockpit.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    Quite possibly, I was working for MCS at the time on the shore side coordination so I'm sure I'll have pestered you for certificates at some stage! I also did do a couple of shifts with SMC until the Cygnus finished up. Small world eh. Defintely the busiest site I've worked on, absolute chaos in the months leading up to spring / summer time, was glad when it finally calmed down. Hopefully I'll be here till around June / July time so you never know if they decide to ramp up with more CTVs we may end up speaking again.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    I'm contracting for Senvion right now as vessel manager on the Wind Innovation so we're running out of Eemshaven, you've got a couple of boats here at the north end of the harbour I think. Just comissioning the Trianel Borkum 2. Up till December I was working as marine coordinator on Merkur so I worked with quite a few of your vessels, Zephyr, Forsetti, Avocet are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    They generally don't. If I was still on my older contract I could have shown the whole wind park maxing out, but this will do: Currently 40% of demand from wind, not bad. Its a nice feeling being safely in harbour when the weather outside goes to shit.
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    the perfect boat

    You didn't actually name the boat above, just showed us a pic. Think its the Pogo 8.5? Look like a blast to sail, though I'd probably prefer the A31 that you have, the A31 is on my short list for 'next boat'. I guess you could look at a JPK 960? Think they're sub 80k now.
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    the perfect boat

    So whats the question?
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    Yipes - Look at the North Atlantic

    The last 2 weeks have been pretty crazy for wind. We're working on the construction of an offshore wind farm around 30 miles north of Borkum & we've had about 3-4 workable days for the 2-3 weeks. Just running for cover now as we're already out of workable limits with regard to the sea state.
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    I won't be using Awlgrip but a 2 part Aliphatic Acrylic Polyeurethane by PPG. Hopefully its suitable. This one in fact: https://www.ppgpmc.com/products/SIGMADUR-550 I have the correct thinners for it but no idea what the correct viscosity should be, are there any rules of thumb? Like dipping a stir stick and then observing the drips, something like that? Do you have any pics knocking about of the kind of finish that you achieve with this method?
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    Never heard of it so probably not.