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  1. 964racer

    Simrad T32 tiller pilot

    Does your Tartan33 with below deck gear have a tiller or wheel ?
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    Simrad T32 tiller pilot

    My boat ( Ericson 33 ) came with a Simrad T32 tiller pilot . It seems work fairly well as I am gaining more experience using it . A few things I am interested is sorting : 1) there is no clutch . So if you want direct control of the helm , it seems you have to pop the auto pilot arm off the ball joint to free the tiller . It’s not easy . Especially if you want it off quickly . I have spoken to reps for other tiller pilot manufacturers - same issue . The clutch feature is pretty much a given on wheel pilots but not tiller pilots . Maybe there is better way to quick release the arm ? 2) does anyone know of a remote control solution for the T32 ? I’m thinking it wouldn’t have to come from simrad but maybe one that uses the network . If it was waterproof and have some range, would be nice also . 3) since I depend on an autopilot, should I maybe just limit my investment in the simrad and save up for a pelagic ? I have heard universally good things about them if you can get it set up right .
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    Rod vs Wire

    That’s a pretty consistent opinion I’ve received ( with various percentages quoted)
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    Rod vs Wire

    I have the standard “open” turnbuckles. It’s funny , I know the hardware was not replaced since 2006, but the rods / turnbuckles look good with no visible sign or corrosion, so I hope that whatever hardware that I’m replacing it with today will be just as good . From what I can see of the chainplates on deck , they look good also, but I’m not able to inspect the interior rods yet
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    Rod vs Wire

    I'm located in SF Bay area and there are definitely an abundance of riggers in the area. Just started researching the process. I agree with you that it's probably a bit more prudent to go with the same. It sounded like fittings though might be a problem on the supply side, but we can check on that. At least for now, I plan on owning the boat for 5-10 years, so new rod rigging should last longer if maintained/inspected. I plan on doing some racing with the boat (mostly single hand), but it will also serve as a weekend cruiser. I do have a furling jib which is working well. The Ericson E-33 RH is fractionally rigged and has a single backstay with a mechanical block/tackle adjustment and running backstays (dyneema). The backstay is wire and it might do me well to replace the mechanical tensioning system (which is inside the transom and not easily accessed) with an external hydraulic cylinder. I realize that will add considerable cost though, so I have to think about that.
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    Rod vs Wire

    Hello All, I am having my standing rigging checked out in a few weeks. it is rod-rigged (Ericson 33) with Navtec fittings. Don't have too much history on the rigging as I am the new owner. Ultimately, I know I have to replace the rigging. One option is to try to locate replacements for the Navtec (such as Hayn) and replace the rod + fittings with same hardware. Second option would be to convert to wire and retrofit the mast with new fittings. to accept the wire Weight aloft will be higher but I don't yet how significant that will be for my boat. The advantage of wire is maintainability and future cost. Wire seems to be easier to find fittings for and most riggers know how to deal with it. The backstay is already wire. Anyone have an experience to shed light on this ?
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    Catching it while sailing...

    I'm no spring chicken (just turned 60) but I'm pretty healthy and have offered to crew on a few older sailors boats (they are 80+). I have my own boat but some of these guys have beautiful yachts that seem to be just sitting there unused and I think it's because of Covid - sad.. I was just thinking that if we sit on opposite sides of the cockpit, wear a mask, only one person below at a time...it would probably be very safe, but again I would feel pretty awful if they caught it from me... difficult times.
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    My nephew got sick

    I teach at a local university with a large number of international students. Similar thing happened to me. I was sick as a dog in mid February with most of the Covid-19 symptoms (fever, cough etc.) , this was after classes started and students were coming back from abroad after holidays. Prior to that in January, I had students lined up in my office adding classes, I was signing forms (in some cases, I used their pen because I didn't have one on me.). We knew about Covid in January, but it had now dawned upon most of us yet. Short story, I recovered in about 3 weeks. I was fine it felt like a bad flu. So when the antibody test came out, I immediately signed up to get one (along with my wife).. I went and got the blood serum test which is based on Abbotts Labs platform (and they had temporary approval from the FDA). Guess what ? We were both NEGATIVE. So what I had was coincidentally something else (another virus). It wasn't Covid-19 after all.
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    Catching it while sailing...

    I'm curious...Does anyone know of case where someone caught covid-19 from an asymptomatic partner while sailing (and keeping reasonable distance) ? I mean if your not sick, you're out in the wind and you're not hugging each other, what is the risk of transmission ? Maybe not 0 but it's got to be pretty low....
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    J35 for family use

    Maybe out of your price range, but you might want to also consider the J/32. They didn't build that many of those so availability might be a factor. btw, I started a long thread on the topic of looking for boat suggestions which might be of interest. Lots of good info in there. I was originally looking at 50K price range, but I ended up spending half that and getting a 1982 Ericson 33 (Ron Holland) which I love. I
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    navtec vang questions

    OK, I get this joke now.. I had no idea they were that expensive ...I guess I better maintain it because I can't afford to replace it (or equivalent unit) https://www.navtechydraulics.com/navtec-hydraulic-assemblies-price-list/
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    navtec vang questions

    The reservoir top looks like it has a hex-shaped cap on it. It is definitely not hand tight. Can I just put wrench on this to remove it to check oil level ? Btw, the old docs that I have for it (provided by previous owner) do say you can use either #10 hydraulic oil or non-detergent motor oil (I don't have the docs in front of me - they are on the boat( What is the difference between #10 and iso 32 jack oil. (I would be inclined to use the iso 32 jack oil because that seems closest to this application).
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    navtec vang questions

    Thank you for the clear explanation. If I were to use a hydraulic cylinder for my backstay (when the boat is re-rigged), do they use an external pump/system like this or is it self contained on the backstay adjuster ? . It would be kind of cool to use the same pump but with a switch to choice either cylinder, but I realize that is probably adding too much complexity (and money) to an already old system and to be honest I am not sure how much racing I am going to do to warrant spending money this fancy stuff.
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    Tides Marine Mast Track System

    I realize there was a variety of different views on the durability of the Tide's system, but I decided to go with it anyway :-). I think the opinions on the negative side consistently focused. on the durability of the plastic track itself over time (and UV light). I think this is excellent feedback. We should look at the track itself as a maintenance item to be replaced at an interval depending on your local conditions/use etc. My system was installed by Hood Sails in Sausalito. He did an excellent job. I could have installed it myself but most of the work was in modifying the sail itself to accept the guides (there are two types -one for batons and one for other areas). I tested it today at the dock in calm air. I was able to hoist the sail at the mast without a winch (the E-33 has a 302 sq2 main) . As other's mentioned it also comes down fast. One thing I completely overlooked is that once you install the guides, the sail takes more space on the mast when it is lowered. This is because the guides themselves take up vertical space. This will make the reef point (the cringle ?) a bit higher than it was before, requiring an extension to your "dog bone" if you use a simple cringle/hook setup for your luff point. Not a big deal. in a jiffy I just tied it with line, but I am going to make up a new "dog bone" with stainless rings. The added space may also require a new sail cover. (mine did). This is a considerable additional expense, but my sail cover was pretty old anyway and had expended most of it's useful life.
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    navtec vang questions

    It appears to be leaking from the lower side, but since you mention that is rare, I'll make sure it is clean the next time I go sailing and then inspect again after. You're right, it could be a leak from somewhere else and just be running down. Didn't think of that. I'm in Sausalito but Alameda would not be too far. I suppose I could figure out how to discounnect it and bring the cylinder to rebuild it. I believe I have the original vang if it is just a simple two pulley block system that could be used while they have the cylinder. Thanks for the advice. I should check the oil.. If it's been leaking a while, I am not sure how much fluid is left. These units have 0-ring seals in them and I'm sure they have had a useful life already.