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  1. I regularly save things like yogurt containers and sheet plastic to use. I like the idea of re-using brushes. What brushes work best if stored in acetone?
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    J22 Cruiser....

    I have thought that it could be set up like a cheap version of the alerion 28 by adding coamings and doing a stackpack and roller furling.
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    What have you lost overboard?

    Not the worst but the funniest. Years ago, my folks had two college kids racing with us who were enthusiastic but green. Just after the bottom mark, one of them starts asking where his foul weather top is. Some searching ensued on the way to the top mark but no success. It was breezy and when we set the chute it filled quickly and we all watched the young man's foul weather top go sailing through the air. It seems that his buddy in his enthusiasm managed to pack his foul weather top in with the spinnaker.
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    Spinnaker Pole Repair - Internal Sleeve

    Fibere Glast makes carbon fiber fabric sleeves
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    Source for rope hangers?

    A number of places seem to have plastic solid balls in nylon, delrin etc. in 2 or 2.5 inches
  6. I checked again today in much stronger wind. At the server the current between pin 16 (screen) and pin 14 (yellow) was .1 volts. The voltage between pin 16 and 15 (white) varied from 2.0 to 3.5 volts and varied with the swing of the boat on the mooring. Coming from the mast, I got the same pattern with screen and yellow reading a constant .94 volts and between white and screen it varied from 2.3 (more North West) and 3.5 (North). I am assuming that the transducer is not providing wind speed information but I am not quite sure why I am seeing the voltage that I am. If the windspeed data is constant or missing I am assuming that the display turns off. Does this sound right? thanks
  7. Thanks for the reply- it took me a couple of days to get to the boat. I have a server and Multi Control instrument. The wind instrument is connected to the server. Unfortunately the wind was not very strong. There is a kind of bus near the mast where the line was cut and joined on each side. The manual says that the voltages should not be 0 or 5 and be between 1 and 5 volts. On the white wire I get voltages between 1 and 1.5 and on the yellow wire I get a very steady 0.94 volts.
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    Deck Cleats and mooring lines

    I don't go through the posts but just loop over the horn. The chocks are completely closed so not any chance of the loop coming off the cleat. The load on the splice is what you'd want.
  9. I have an old nexus instruments system v. 1.0 from the late 90s. The wind speed/direction display stopped working this past winter. I have checked the voltages as outlined in the manual at the display and they appear to be within acceptable ranges. When I power up the instruments (there are multiple transducers for depth, speed, etc. and a multi control), the wind direct and speed appear. The speed starts dropping very quickly and dispappears after maybe 10 seconds. The wind direction appears to be correct but disappears after about 40 seconds. Does anyone have any ideas about where to start looking? thanks!
  10. I have the st4000 autohelm and the rubber boot and connector to the motor drive has fallen apart. There is a replacement cable A18061 that is not too pricey but the connector seems to be of pretty poor quality to break down so quickly. Has anyone found a replacement connector that will either fit directly into the motor drive unit or one where both sides of the plug can be replaced fairly cleanly? It is a two pin connector.
  11. Last season, the bolts holds the quadrant gear in the pedestal loosened and the pinion gear was damaged. One of the teeth was slightly bent. Does anyone have suggestions for either fixing the part or places to look for a replacement. The model is the 5R model. If I can find the part at a reasonable price, I would rather fix the current pedestal.
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    All electric boat setup / Moonwave

    I am curious about diesel electric technology for sailboats. Can diesel generators be sized to match electric motors and batteries so that it makes sense or is there too much power loss?
  13. Last year I bought a vinyl mesh tarp with a 50% shading rating. I hung it off the Bimini behind the back stay when motoring with the sun behind the boat. Helped to keep the helm comfortable but you can see through it. They are cheap online and it is easy to add grommets.
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    rudder tube material

    It is high enough that water did not come in. There is a fitting that clamps onto the rudder post about 2" above the top of the tube that the steering arm in the picture attaches to.
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    rudder tube material

    I have included a picture of the interior which shows the old PVC tube as it was installed. The tube is about 11" from where it emerges from the built up socket in the hull.