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    Rescue Monday off Hatteras

    This is the forecast and actual conditions from a few weeks ago OCMD to Cape Lookout. Hatteras needs to be respected, but it’s not the boogie man. Watch the weather, jump off from VA Beach (Rudee inlet) if timing a small window and stop at Cape Lookout (one of the coolest anchorages on the East Coast).
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    Rescue Monday off Hatteras

    No, there are good widows anytime of the year. You need to watch the weather and make your own decision. I went around Hatteras in January last year and it was a non weather issue. Are we talking about getting around Hatteras or jumping across Gulf Stream enroute to Caribbean?
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    Rescue Monday off Hatteras

    Down the ICW? Isn’t mast height and issue for a boat that size?
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    My last boat, (Baba 40) I sent the AP ram back to Octopus (coincidence that both used Octopus ram) when I bought the boat. I felt raped when I got the bill (they just replaced the seals) and it was a pita shipping to Canada. I ended replacing the seals again when I got to NZ on the Baba. Current boat (Crowther cat), didn’t leak when I got it, but after a couple years, has stated leaking. Seems like the seals are only good for 5 years?
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    Rescue Monday off Hatteras

    ????are you swimming????! A few weeks ago I went from OCMD (farther N than Hampton Roads) to Cape Lookout (just outside Beaufort) in 36hrs
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    I’m on US East Coast...but still a PITA to ship to Canada with customs BS. Octopus sells a $60 seals kit that I bought on Amazon today. I’ll either do the job myself or take it to another hydraulic shop. The place I originally took it to wants nothing to do with it after the way he was treated by Octopus. Octopus hung up on him when he was inquiring about info. Local tech thought they got disconnected and called back and OctoPussy berated him with ‘what don’t you understand about it needs to be sent back’
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    When I picked up the Octopus ram from my local hydraulic shop, I talked to the tech that was to work on it. He called Octopus to get some info and the guy hung up on him twice and said it’s got to be sent back to British Columbia for service! Looks like I’m changing the seals myself. Fuck Octopus!
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    It’s a slow leak from the shaft ends where it passes through the cylinder. So I need new o rings/seals.
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    I dropped off my Octopus hydraulic ram to a local shop and they emailed me later in the day: We can not get nay information on it, they are telling me it is a proprietary unit
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    West 610 (caulk tube) has very nice working characteristics. It is more viscus than 105 epoxy + additive while not sagging. It’s very expensive, but a dream to work with. I keep a tube on hand as you can mix up small amounts without the mixing nozzle (for when you need less than one pump of resin + hardener) Also good when you’re in the weeds on a bigger job and need epoxy quick. 610 can be used in conjunction with 105 resin+ hardener. If you want belt and suspenders, once all holes are prepped, mix a small batch of neat epoxy and wet out core with a q-tip. Then immediately fill with 610 from the caulk gun.
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    Autopilot hydraulic ram leaking?

    That’s what I was debating. I replaced the seals in an Octopus ram on my last boat while in NZ. I had to have a shop break the seal between the housing and internals. Then I went back and made a mess in the salon. I think I’ll look for a hydraulic shop to do the job, as you said, at least they can bench test.
  12. Is it normal for a Autopilot hydraulic arm to leak a bit of fluid or is it time to replace the seals?
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Leaving (OCMD) tomorrow morning to go around Hatteras and spend a couple days at Cape Lookout. I think the track should be good for now, with the loose screw holes now helicoiled. It’s something I’ll keep an eye on and consider replacing this track with a glue on next summer. Out of curiosity what does 180ish .25”x1.25” screws weigh?
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    The mast is carbon wrapped with a sacrificial layer of 4 or 6 oz glass on the exterior. The mast track is tapped into a 3/8” thick aluminum bar stock glassed into the inside of the mast. I think 10 years of SS fasteners in the AL are compromised by corrosion. No way around it.....unless tefgeling you’re SS on AL fittings on a yearly basis, the AL is going to corrode.
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    I think the issue is likely from dissimilar metal corrosion of the aluminum tapped track inside the mast. 2 years ago I attempted to remove the track to paint the mast. I got 90% of the fasteners out, but the rest would not come free while trying all the tricks in the book. I used new fasteners when reinstalling, but probably should have helicoiled each one. Ill just have to keep an eye on it for now and maybe replace the track next summer with glue and screw. The reef was put in by hand (no winch), using the topping lift to get the clew close to the boom.