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  1. I would cut up 2 by 10 2 or 3 feet long and use them as supports. Pavers can break. Use 4 or 5 supports. Back 2 corners and 2 on the front corners and 1 on the tongue. I have done that and then dropped the axel to replace the springs.
  2. From Victron, https://www.victronenergy.com/support I would contact the supplier of both and ask them. OR ask https://shop.pkys.com/support-form.html or https://oceanplanetenergy.com/. I don't have either but I have other Victron equipment that has worked as expected.
  3. Having sailed and motorboated all over Maine for the past 50 years I'm use to them. My advice is don't pass a buoy going sideways. By that I mean don't be turning the stern of the boat as your going by the line. Your much more likely to suck the line across the prop. I also don't try to miss them by a lot since that can put you in a bad place for the next one. And your swinging the rear of the boat back and fourth a lot. When motoring if you hear a buoy bouncing down the hull it helps go put it in neutral. I have done a lot of boating at night and in the fog and have never picked one up
  4. There where 2 other tow boats. Either could have pulled sideways on the mast and it would have come out faster. They allso had a hard time getting a line on the sailboat. I couldn't figure out why the guy was in the water. And lastly I was amazed the tow boat didn't have a protective wall for the driver. If the line broke or the cleat on the sailboat let go he could be hurting. I was in the USCG when they did tows. And have ripped more then one off of boats.
  5. I had a VW TDI Jetta diesel. It had a clear section in the line from the fuel filter to the injection pump. Very handy to see if there was any air leaks from the fuel filter. I thought it was a great idea until I tried buying that line to install in a boat. You think boat parts are expensive. I still think it's a good troubleshooting idea for low pressure lines.
  6. That's interesting, I have gone though at least 10 times in both directions and have read up on the canal and have never seen that. I did find it in the rules today. It's interesting because vessels smaller then 65 feet do not require clearance from the marine traffic controller. " Obtaining clearance (1) Vessels under 65 feet in length may enter the canal without obtaining clearance." That being said I have always planned on hitting the tide going my way including in Buzzards Bay. Makes for a much calmer trip.
  7. They have a contact email. https://www.doctorled.com/contact.htm
  8. Here are a few gauges. https://www.mcmaster.com/tank-gauges/
  9. They make a fuel gauge paste for a stick. It changes color when in contact with fuel. You can also get water finding paste for the bottom of the stick. This is one of them. https://www.amazon.com/Kolor-Kut-Gasoline-Gauging-Paste/dp/B07W1CNJRY
  10. I was trying to google ePropulsion and found this website with a lot of info on all kinds of electric. https://plugboats.com/electric-outboards-less-than-5-kw/ And to the question of buying one for your dingy? It sounds good.
  11. Not a boat but it is a diesel. I had a 2004 Sprinter van. It had glow plugs and a Espar water preheater. You could run the Espar for 15 min to warm up the block. I started it in 20 below. Did have a problem when the fuel filter plugged. I think it was a combo of needed changing and a bit of gelling. Few things that were important with it. Strong battery. It always started best when it spun fast. Diesels with glow plugs should never get either. They can get major damage. I have read that wd40 can be used instead and it's not as explosive. I think having the propane torch as an air
  12. Phones and most tablets have a gps in them. It has been true for years. It's easy to tell if they do. See if a charting app or GPS app works in airplane mode. I have used both many miles off shore without issue. On my phone I have a app called GPS Status and it tells me the error in feet. Right now in my house I am seeing 10 out of 22 sats. I also have used handheld GPS chart plotters up and down the coast of Maine. Both work well. My handheld last about 16 hours on 2 aa batteries. Or it can be powered off of a 12 volt system.
  13. We had fisheries inspectors. They were making sure the boats were not taking more of certain kinds of fish and that they had the proper permits to be fishing in that area. Primary we were in the Georges Bank off of Mass.
  14. A few thoughts. When I was in the USCG and stationed on a 378 cutter out of NY City I had to go buy 20 baseball bats so we would have them to beat the ice off the ship if it became a problem. It's hard to find bats in NY in the winter. We did use them but it never got really bad. But running a 25 foot life boat over to a fishing boat to do a boarding was COLD. Friezing spray on everything including you. Now I know it's much warmer there. And when I was frost biting in Maine we didn't sail if it was colder then 15 degrees due to the lines friezing. Have fun.
  15. A few thoughts I had as I read the thread are, Maine would be less of a slog to get to. And there is plenty to explore. Although I have thought it would be interesting to go up the Erie cannel so that could be interesting. Solo puts some limitations on going outside since you need somewhere to stop. Not always easy due to conditions. Hope you have fun doing it.
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