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In Topic: Marelon seacock for exhaust outlet?

Yesterday, 02:39 AM

I had the same thought but then I realized how many exhaust thru-hulls are that crappy white plastic and I've never seen one fail from heat damage.
The one on my boat is heading for 33 Y.O. and is still solid.

Yeah my present through-hull fitting is a 26 year old white plastic mushroom.

Guess I'm just wondering if long-term exposure to heat and/or exhaust gasses would be a problem for a seacock mechanism (plastic or metal).

Or this just a dumb idea altogether? Just stick with a plain barbed through hull and shove a plug in it to change the exhaust hose?

In Topic: Bad Deck Layouts - Bad Hardware Placement

12 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

that kind of cockpit drives me nuts and would be a dealbreaker for  me.  There's no excuse for it.  If you want a wide-open cockpit unencumbered by nasty rope and hurtful obstructive lumps of hardware, get a powerboat.


My 26 year old production sailboat has what I consider a perfect cockpit layout for singlehanding (which is mostly how I sail).  Boom-end mainsheet led to a traveler that spans the cockpit directly in front of the pedestal, big primaries set so far back I can reach them from aside the wheel, and all other controls (halyards, outhaul, vang, reefing, babystay, etc) led to clutches and winches on the cabintop.  


"Production" doesn't have to be lame.

In Topic: How long Can A Fiberglass Sailboat Last?

30 December 2016 - 09:55 PM

5 pages and over 400 posts about a fucking U-bolt! :D


I doubt Wichard has that much documentation on that thing from the original cocktail napkin to the first sales receipt.


This is an example of the bizarre world of SA that keeps me coming back.  I don't know WHY I want to read five pages of heated discussion about a U-bolt, but I do!

In Topic: The 30 foot price barrier, how come?

30 December 2016 - 09:51 PM

All the sub-30 foot boats I'm looking at have full on interiors, heads, galley's etc.  The 32 plus foot boats have the same stuff, just 6% more of it.  So why the 300% price difference?  It's not "volume".  Heck it takes less than 6% more glass and resin.  It's got to be a marketing / advertising / emotional thing.


I'm also looking at smaller multi-hulls.  Sheesh, they have skyrocketed in price since the last time I looked.  Granted they have twice or 3 times as many hulls, but a $100K multihull is pretty much a "starter" boat.  Crazy.


A 32 is more like a 36 than a 28 in terms of complexity and equipment, so I'd expect a 32 to be closer in price to a 36 than a 28 as well.


A buddy of mine has a 32' Ericson, which is much closer to my 36 than my prior 28 by any comparitive assessment.  30' does seem to be a threshold for an exponential price jump, but I understand why.

In Topic: The 30 foot price barrier, how come?

30 December 2016 - 09:32 PM

I think sub-30 foot you are probably looking at much simpler systems - motor, tankage, head, etc - and that stuff add up quick for the builder.


Plumbing and electrical are the biggest differences in systems complexity that I see between my former and current boats.


But the hardware comprise major cost differences too.  I had ALL the standing rigging on the Sabre done for around a grand.  But for the C&C, a PARTIAL refit on the rod rigging was $7K.  The halyard winches are bigger than the previous boat's primaries.   And I'm REALLY not looking forward to buying new sails for it.


Buying the boat isn't the hard part.  It's upkeep and yard fees that will slowly kill you if you don't know what you're in for.