Passport111

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  1. Passport111

    Whale Gulper IC reviews

    Just to confirm, you are referring to the sensor not the pump correct?
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    Sourcing panel switches

    No kidding, I can't believe I missed that. I usually prefer metric. I think I measured the old ones with my Standard calipers and got stuck in a thought rut.
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    Sourcing panel switches

    The boat was built in Denmark in the mid 80s. The panel seems custom but I figured most switches like this are nominal sizes and ubiquitous across applications. I guess not or maybe they were but the industry has migrated with the largest producers, e.g. Carlington. The ones I found on Del City were literally identical. However did not have tinned plated connectors (not the failure mode) so I figured I replace them with something better when I found it. I certainly didn't think they would last less than a year (some probably had less then 20 cycles). I considered having a whole new panel made but that is expensive and I wanted to keep the original look of the boat. It is probably overkill too. Only a few of the old switches were intermittent or had bad lights and now I'm the same or worse off. One problem I may have with enlarging the holes is the over crowding of the switch faces across the whole panel. I'll have to give it a more detailed look. BTW- I don't have Loran. Removed sticker.
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    Sourcing panel switches

    Thanks! I think that will work. I don't need the IP ratings but it can't hurt. I never tried searching metric dimensions.
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    Calculating Bevels

    Its humbling how smart our ancestors were. Its easy to equate lesser technology with lesser intelligence. Most of us picture some extra from Monty Python's "Life of Brian" or "Holy Grail". Just one example - look into the roots of celestial navigation and you'll see that the spherical trigonometry et al. calculations that filled tomes were done long hand (not to mentioned they figured out the theory and equations) hundreds of years ago.
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    Sourcing panel switches

    @weightless Thanks gents but yes I check both of those (usual suspects). Your search returned the same I found a year ago. Further filters for 12V and LED leaves 6 options. https://www.mouser.com/Electromechanical/Switches/Illuminated-Switches/Illuminated-Rocker-Switches/_/N-cbt5j?P=1yrmuzbZ1y95lgmZ1yzs91gZ1z0z1hd Unfortunately these "Contura" type are all too big, .83" x 1.45". The only form fit with LED illumination are AC.
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    Sourcing panel switches

    A few of the original (34 year old) rocker D.C. rocker switches in my electrical panel were functioning intermittently and/or their "on" illumination was no longer working. So one project last winter was to rewire a good portion of the panel and install new switches. It took me a while to find a drop-in replacement but I found these. https://www.delcity.net/store/Illuminated-Rocker-Switches/p_791339.h_791341 They snapped right in but I was unhappy that the illumination was incandescent. I'm even more disappointed that after only 5-6 months of use, the illumination of 4 of the 14 is not functioning, and 1 of the switches doesn't work at all. Does anyone know of a switch in this form factor (1/2" x 1" mounting hole) that is more durable and has LED illumination? IVe searched the usual suspects but it seems the only other form fit replacement is AC.
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    Whale Gulper IC reviews

    Hey 3R - FYI I was reading the specification literature on the Waterwitch 101 and noticed they say that rainwater may be outside the sensor range. Looks like a great sensor but about the only water I have in the bilge is rainwater so may not be the best option. NOTE: If large amounts of rain water can enter the bilge, it may dilute the normal, fresh or salt, water outside our sensitivity window. Corrective action can be to switch pump on manually to remove diluted water or to add minerals such as salt, baking soda, bilge cleaners, etc… NORMAL FRESH WATER HAS AMPLE MINERAL CONTENT FOR PROPER OPERATION.
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    Whale Gulper IC reviews

    Ah sorry I see. For some reason when you mentioned the Johnson I pictured the Rule style. I'll check it out. Thanks Edit: Looks like I need a sensor like the waterwitch with this too correct?
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    Whale Gulper IC reviews

    Thanks for the replies. My bilge is dry, clean and shallow so this should be just pumping clean water (that comes in through the mast or companion way when the hatch is open with weather). @jgbrown I appreciate the feedback but with the Rule pumps, I have to add a 90 degree elbow somehow which both increases that 5 3/4" length and adds friction. I do have the low pro Whale you reference to scavenge from the mast area. The application for this is in the sump. I'll look at the Jabsco with a waterwitch too but steele said it may be a wash considering the ease of install of the Whale.
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    First Caribbean charter, looking for advice

    I was out of pocket for a week but just caught up with this and appreciate all the replies!
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    First Caribbean charter, looking for advice

    Ok sounds like BVI is still the first choice and Bahamas is a good second. I'll look into Captains Compass, thanks. I have no problem with some cosmetic issues on an older boat but hopefully won't be dealing with a bunch of breakages.
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    First Caribbean charter, looking for advice

    Thanks for advice and great list of tips. Yes the BVIs was on my short list but just thought I'd check about the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Florida, etc. to keep cost down. I of course don't want to throw good money after bad so if the value just isn't there with the other locations then the BVIs it is. What recommendations are there for charter companies?
  14. Bare-boat. I've wanted to do this for a few years with the kids but my wife insists on going adults only first to get the lay of the land which is probably a good idea. We want to invite one or two couples with us. None of our friends sail. They like the idea of it but I need an easy sell to close. I'm looking for the best location and charter company to get the best price (flights and boat) from the midwest, good cruising grounds with lots to do if people want off the boat for a while, and I think a catamaran is best for our friends. Mid April is what I'm thinking but can be flexible if there are much better times to go but do want it to be during the cold months up north.