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  1. thorpecameron

    no boat speed through water

    To spin the paddlewheel fast for testing when removed... after making sure it is clean... I have found taking a big breath and blowing gets max speed.
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    no boat speed through water

    key words are "should" and "probably".... you want to "know" and be "certain" Most paddlewheel transducers are designed to be removed while the boat is in the water. Pull it out and quickly put the designed plug in its place. If your good less than a cup of water will come in. Then it is easy...
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    no boat speed through water

    This is quite likely! Remove paddle wheel transducer and clean. While out give the paddlewheel a spin while having someone else by the instrument to establish if it is working.
  4. thorpecameron

    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    The more affordable ballpark! I think better options than an S&S34 would be a Farr 1104 or 1020. A Bene 40.7 could also be good if weather favoured the slower boats... Interestingly we had a conversation on Filepro after finishing the last Hobart about what it would take to win overall...
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    Fattest boats

    I think this beats it for beam as a percentage of length.... Overall length of 29 feet 10 inches (a smidgen over 9m), she is 14 feet 7 inches (4.4 m) at max beam
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    Have you checked the exhaust elbow on the motor? On numerous brands they gradually block up over time. I have a Volvo D1-20 and lost top end revs and found lots of black crap came out exhaust if you pushed it hard (overfueling) This quickly got worse over a long weekend to the point I could only...
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    Taper mast base to fit mast step

       On 6/25/2020 at 1:20 AM,  Max Rockatansky said:  I’m an engineer, and I’m telling you: fire that rigger and either get another mast step to fit the mast or another mast to fit the step. Yeah but I don’t get to spend your parents money the way you do,  I just get to fuck your mom. I'm with...
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    Hot Water Heater Issues

    Connect the relief valve outlet to the water tank breather hose... that way any slight leakage goes back into the tank
  9. thorpecameron

    Cockpit Drain Anarchy

    By the the best cockpit drain ever invented is.... the open transom! Also easier access on and off the boat or getting onboard after a swim! Do it! you will never look back!
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    Companionway Washboard

    Had new washboards from Acrylic made as the old plywood ones were looking tired... Took the old ones to supplier and 3 hours later picked up new ones cut to size with edges flamed smooth. All I had to do was switch the fittings over. Cost was not much more than I would have spent on paint...
  11. thorpecameron

    Favourite Boat pic?

    But it was quick! I firmly believe the 4 up crews gain an advantage.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

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    Favourite Boat pic?

  14. thorpecameron

    Hullside paint costs & necessity?

    A much cheaper option for topsides is a vinyl wrap... typically 1/4 to 1/3 the cost
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    Well done! Boat looks amazing. Can't believe the transformation. But the cockpit lockers are begging for a lick of paint like you have done to the ones in the cockpit floor.
  16. thorpecameron

    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Not in this much breeze
  17. thorpecameron

    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Why would you want tidal relief on the incoming? Incoming is helping get ya to the finish!

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