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Member Since 21 Oct 2007
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In Topic: towing inflatable backwards

16 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

I used to charter a 35ft boat that had a reverse tow setup for the inflatable.  It consisted of two stainless draw bar links that ran from padeyes on either boat's transom.  Similar to what is pictured above but no connection between the two links.  On the dingy end there were 4:1 block & tackle to raise the dink out of the water.  You could get it up fairly high, which would minimize the amount of water it could collect. This was done with the outboard still attached, which may not have been the best plan but it wasn't my boat!


The setup was clunky and I never got comfortable with it.  The dink would pull, twist and bank making quite a racket back there, especially in a good seaway or with fallowing seas!    On the otherhand there was significantly less drag compared to towing. 

In Topic: Carbon Fiber tube for VHF antenna mount

14 August 2014 - 03:37 AM

I have a cell phone booster antenna (about the weight of a VHF antenna) on a 7 ft x 5/8" fiberglass tube on my pushpit rail.  It has been up for 3 years now and weathered gales at sea and storm force winds at the dock.  No vibrations or anything from it. 

In Topic: electrical trouble shooting

05 August 2014 - 01:25 AM

As said earlier, tach gets its signal from the alternator, and that signal disappears when the alternator is turned off by the voltage regulator when the regulator senses the batteries are charged. Thus, this behavior is not uncommon. Some regulators have a special tach output to remedy this.

Also, check the wiring harness connector on the engine. This dammed thing is very unreliable, with the pins and sockets becoming easily dislodged, especially after 25 years of service. PITA but the connectors are Amphenol and commercially available.



Thats a good point.  I had a lot of trouble from the connector on my 2002.  Mostly problems with the temp and pressure gauge signals.  Not seeing any reason to have the bulky fault prone POS I cut it out and spliced the harness back together with head-shrink butt connectors.  I think they put those in to make shipping and installation easier, but really I couldn't see any benefit to me.  

In Topic: electrical trouble shooting

02 August 2014 - 03:58 PM

Before you start pulling the alternator you might check all the ground wire connections for corrosion.



Cheapest place to start.

Good luck.

Bad grounds will fry a voltage regulator too..

In Topic: WTB Foul Weather Gear for Kids

28 July 2014 - 04:24 AM

REI has great breathable foulies for kids under their brand name.   West Marine sells the PVC stuff that isn't too bad either.  I have purchased sets from both places.


Pic of the West Marine stuff getting the full Alaska test on a 5 year old.  3 years later and it is still the goto gear for real rain.

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