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    Annapolis, MD
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    sailing, snowsports, stuff building.

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  1. mtn_matt

    Bucket vs RV Toilet vs Toilet w/holding Tank

    Bummer. Sorry if I sent you on a wild goose chase. So that means there's not a single rigger in 250ish miles of California coast line? (SB - Monterrey) wow! Good to hear there's a pumpout in Avila. I guess they might as well make use of all that leftover piping they have sitting around. I'm quite sure my wife would not go for the bucket scenario. I'd be working on my golf swing instead.
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    Bucket vs RV Toilet vs Toilet w/holding Tank

    There might be a rigger in Morro. Its a stop over point for cruisers going up and down the coast and I think there are some better services as a result. It always surprises me how little support there is once you venture outside the metropolis'.
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    Bucket vs RV Toilet vs Toilet w/holding Tank

    I doubt there is an abundance of pump outs in your area. Where do you sail out of... Port SLO, Morro?
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    Battery Ground Location

    Our Atomic 4 has the battery negative connected at one of the flywheel cover bolts.
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    Shore power installation question

    Hubbell makes a blank bezel matching their shore power inlets that accept a northshore safety ELCI. Its a good alternative that gets the ELCI within that 10' requirement, but it involves drilling another hole in the boat. for marine module cutsheet A.pdf
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    Shore power installation question

    Under the EU Recreational Craft Directive, an RCD has been required for a long time with good success. Since USCG has no regs on AC power installations on recreational boats, there's no law that says an ELCI needs to be installed. ABYC requires one, but they are voluntary standards which are industry adopted with virtually no oversight.
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    Shore power installation question

    Geesh... just when I thought I could provide something useful. oh well. There's a reason Al Bundy is my avatar.
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    Shore power installation question

    Common misconception is that a boat is "grounded" like your house thru the water. Bad things happen when the water is part of the circuit so the ground is there to serve as a fault path if something goes wrong. A boat like that will most likely be set up with the AC ground and the DC negative being tied together at ONE point on the boat (often the engine negative terminal or its bus). If you have a bonding system, your underwater components are tied together (by a green wire just to confuse things) and that all ties together at a bus as well and ultimately tied to the DC grounding bus. That is to keep all the components at the same electrical potential and not cathodically melt. AC neutral and AC ground are NEVER tied together on the boat as you would commonly see in a household panel. Put in a reverse polarity indicator or else you'll need to have double poll breakers on your AC panel. ELCI is required within 10' of the shore power inlet. So far I haven't seen someone building pre-made all inclusive panels like what you're specing out.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Mast step should be directly over the compression post. and I think it was just lag screwed on. It should be a flat spot on the deck where it rests. Yeah the pop top was held up by a goofy piece of aluminum that slid on the mast track. Never used it. Also... is that keel winch a trailer winch??? If so, it's a common cheap replacement but a bad decision. A clutch winch keeps control of the load when the keel is going up and down. A trailer winch will spin out of control when lowering if you let go of it.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    The glass work from the factory around the keel trunk under the liner looked like hell at best. That said, yeah, there is some worse DIY repairs visible in your photos. The scenario that comes to mind that would cause someone to do that is the keel cable let go and the keel swung hard against the trunk. That's bad news typically and a proper repair is more costly than the boat. I'm not saying that's what did happen... but that can happen. The keel weighs about 550#, was sand cast iron (i think) and the hardware only lasts so long. The pivot pin, cable, and cable terminus are all suspect on boats that haven't been maintained and they are challenging repairs for a DIY because of the weight of the keel. So proceed cautiously. The next concern I see is the bow detachment. Lots of those boats (mine included) have had the turnbuckle added, usually when a furler is installed to strengthen the front end and once completed I've never heard of an issue. But it sounds like this one was added after it separated so who knows what other damage resulted. If you wanted a project boat, you sure found one. Less than a grand or walk away.
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    Media Embedding - Failures

    This isn't intuitive. You certainly need to play around with it. So here goes...
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    Moovie Review Threade

    A couple years ago I got sucked into the pseudo-documentary Man on Wire (i think I found it on Netflix). Basically one man's batshit crazy idea to tightrope walk the twin towers for no other reason than, it would be beautiful. Very cool. Last year it was made into a feature film which is also worthwhile, but definitely hollywood.