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    Small boat solar setup

    I'll leave it to the techies to answer the important stuff better than I could- but I do know that mounting flexible 50w panels to the wing nets forward of the beams on an F24 results in them getting dowsed with salt water regularly and failing; with impressive corrosion in the connector box. I still don't know what to do about this. Mounting them on the tramps was not really practical (dinghy on one side, activity on the other) and they would still get wet unless shifted every tack. I do have a pushpit and have been considering trying to use a mount to that but.... not yet. Any truly waterproof panels out there? Image of the F24 on the Rio Dulce showing the pushpit rails.
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    Dark side

    Those are some nice lookin boats. I just used that one Portofino above as an example- there are a couple much closer and much cheaper. I absolutely agree with all your points. The only thing that keeps me looking at the big express boats is the large volume all on relatively one level. The tri-cabins, convertibles, trawlers, and sedans tend to (not always) divide up the spaces with more vertical offsets. Of course, that gains you fresh air and a view... Anyway, you've confirmed my fears about the seakeeping of the expresses. I was hoping that the long waterine would make it doable. I will check out the Californian, and other like it. Thanks.
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    Dark side

    $400k is definitely not in the wheelhouse- 58K would require a stretch. I've got lots of toys to feed! I like that Californian though. It's been interesting contemplating the options. The one I'm leaning towards the most right now is a bit absurd- a big express cruiser like a Wellcraft Portofino. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1989/wellcraft-43-portofino-3248887/?refSource=enhanced listing I'd post a photo but I'm behind a Parental Control wall ATM. Don't ask. Why, you incredulously wonder, would I ever consider such a gas guzzling member waving abomination? Because it's kinda cool. It's got a great outdoor seating area that could seat about 12 people or so, in a canvas and plastic enclosure that makes you feel like an astronaut chicken. The inside is like I'd imagine the back office of Studio 54 looked like when no one was there and it had been freshly vacuumed. It is a tube and doesn't have the big windows all around but you got the enclosed cockpit for that; plus I'm shy and tend to keep my curtains pulled anyway, even if I have windows. The interior is all glossy plastic but that is at least easily cleanable and less likely to be moldy or harbor dust. It has a stall shower. A couple of big issues are gas guzzling and sea keeping. I'm wondering if I could run it like a trawler, at hull speed; maybe 8 knots or so. This might get me as high as 2-2.5 mpg versus .75 mpg or even less on plane. Would this (running at hull speed) be tenable in waves or would you get rolled too hard? From what I've been able to learn from forums it may be better to be on a plane but also at a speed where the boat doesn't pound. This sucks huge amounts of fuel so if that were the case I'd have to be a lot more selective about weather. ON the other hand, I couldn't find much discussion about running off of plane (in displacement) except for a side comment about getting tossed around if off plane. The COG must be low to the water on these boats, and they are not lightweight, so it's hard to see them rolling over barring extremes but I could see it being very uncomfortable. I also would like to find out if running at hull speed (meaning low rpm for long periods of time) would mess up the engines. I think diesels are more susceptible to glazing or whatever it is that happens so maybe gas engines is a good thing in that regard. Anyway does anyone have any experience with big express cruisers?
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    Dark side

    Jayzus down the rabbit hole we go. C’mon people- FOCUS!
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    Cruising comms

    Yeah I never messed with GRIBS over the inReach maybe someone more knowlededgable can comment. inReach does offer a couple of weather forecast options but they seem to be fairly broad- of course you could also be getting texts from any weather router service. The tracking can be turned on or off and only shared with the chosen; the subscription can be suspended and restarted. But the big thing for me was $300 vs $1200 or thereabouts, amiright?
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    Cruising comms

    No mention of InReach? i don’t know if it really reaches everywhere in the world but on a recent Mexico/Belize/Guatemala trip it allowed family and friends to follow my track and text messages for VERY small $$ and know-how. So far so good. I can’t say if the “Help me Mr. Wizard” red button works but as a placebo at least I can derive some comfort. Of course on that trip I could mostly swim to shore if it came to that.
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    Dark side

    Um, yeah, ok, thanks I’ll keep that in mind (backs away slowly)...
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    Dark side

    Alright I’ll admit it- I’m thinking of selling my Cal 34 live aboard and getting a powerboat live aboard. More room, a shower, yes, but also thinking that I would take it out more without the hassle of getting the sails up and down and stuff stowed so nothing goes flying. More weekend destinations open up. At one time I was thinking of the sailboat as a retirement cruiser but I am now facing the reality that with having a house and small trimaran (F24-2) in Mexico already I simply won’t have time to go cruising on a mono slug. I’m running out of years here (age 62)! I’m seeking advice/observations from people who’ve done this- would you do it again or bad idea? Another thing I’m wondering is which live aboard powerboat in general is seaworthy enough for the coast of Northern California (outside the bay)- can trawlers do it no problem or will they be scary? Thanks
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Hadn't really looked at that. I wonder what happened to the original. But Longy if you mean the tiller was left behind the pushpit I think thats a flag staff but IDK. I also DK where the steering mechanism is. Alright you guys win I'll move it to the other thread......
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Believe this is a 2-29, with diesel, $5500. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/boa/d/299-cal-for-sale-5500-obo/6747424575.html
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    It's like an abandoned mansion with ghosts of genteel people aboard; a gentleman offering his hand to help a lady balance as she makes her way below wearing inappropriate shoes..... Now it makes my lungs hurt to look at it.
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    Dodger or no?

    Hey! Whachoo want with a little tri- I thought you had a new toy, what was it- a platypus? As it is the dodger question is longer term mulling over as I'm leaving on or about July 1 to tow the 242 to the Yucatan (behind a 1993 Ford E250 van) and sail down the coast through Belize to the Rio Dulce. I've got three months to do that trip, so ultralight cruising is upon us! The Cal is my current liveaboard and relatively soon to be (2 years +/-) retirement home. Same vintage as you? Really?? Fuck I'm old. Lemme know if you're going to be in this hemisphere and want to camp on a tramp over clear blue water!
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    Dodger or no?

    Zonker- VERY cool! Thanks tons for taking the time. That is what I'm agonna do. The traveler track is 5' long. I'll price out the Harken, and I know that it is top shelf all the way, but last time I looked into it I thought that it was about twice as expensive (+/- $2k vs 1k) and if that is the case I may still go Garhauer as long as it's strong and it works. I think both of these should be completed before I try to get a dodger fitted, so I'll be working some OT to secure da funds. We lookin about 5 grand easy (w/dodger) or about 1/3 of the boat's value FCOFL.
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    Dodger or no?

    The votes so far are near unanimous in favor, with one dissenter. Quite persuasive. I believe that I'll be ordering one up. The lack of sea hood complicates the decision tree- build a sea hood first? Go without? I'd really like to have a sea hood, but at my current rate of project completion it will take me about 20 years to build it and even then it will be a POS. Sigh. I really cant afford to pay someone the $100/hr to do it..... But first comes the new traveler! I should post some photos but the existing traveler which the PO installed, relocating the position from the cockpit to the cabin top, has risers which were apparently cast aluminum with perhaps sand pocket inclusions, so it is pitting and corroding badly. I'm thinking of going with a Garhauer set up (another boat buck) and going straight rail instead of cambered with the cabin top. Anyone have any thoughts on Garhauer or curved rails? Thanks for the help!
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    Dodger or no?

    So I'm thinking of eventually sailing south from SF Bay towards warmer climes in my Cal 34. The boat has no dodger. Should I spend the +/- $4 boat bucks to get one? I don't like the closed in feeling and lack of visibility when I've been on OPB's that have one, but they do seem like it would provide a good place to stuff wet foulies...... I'm also lacking a sea hood, or whatever we're calling the cover over the sliding companionway hatch. I'm mulling in general the difference between spending a lot of money getting properly outfitted versus fack it just get in and go (after replacing the through hulls, the standing rigging, and dropping/evaluating the rudder). Side note- I recently went to shut the valve for the head output through hull and noticed corrosion around the valve handle. While wire brushing that area off I noticed water weeping. Further investigation showed that the bronze elbow just above the ball valve was leaking through its wall which was tissue thin. Big time bummer had it failed completely at night offshore or even in the slip! A reminder to check all those through hulls, valves and fittings! This is on a 1979 boat, no idea if it was the original. Thanks for thoughts on the dodger and/or sea hood