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  1. oldhatt
    01-22-2015 12:24 PM - permalink
    Billy - like you, I have a 36' Gulfstar trawler down here on the Florida Gulf coast. It is old (1973) and needs a lot of stuff. One of the things it needs is an anchor windlass. I read that you bought a Good brand windlass along with 100' of chain and 300' of line. Have you had a chance to actually use your Good windlass with the 100' of chain? I spoke to Tom at Good today and he recommends only 20' of chain and 300' of line. I much prefer a lot more chain, sort of like the system you have. I believe that Tom recommended the F-850 model. Is there any problem anchoring with the 100' length of chain? Thanks for any suggestions you might have. All the best. Michael.
  2. Billylll
    09-13-2014 09:00 AM - permalink
    John, sorry it took me this long to respond. I haven't had a boating season this year.
    Now on to the VHF question it's entirely possible the radio that doesn't receive much compared to the GX has a damaged front-end this would have to be repaired at the factory. If you had a spare antenna or it was easy enough I'd try swapping the 2 radios locations and see if the problem follows the VHF radio or it stays with the antenna.
    Also make sure the GX antenna's connector is properly installed. Since the GX has the "new" antenna my gut tells me the GX needs to be repaired or replaced, this assumes the new antenna connector was installed properly.
  3. knuckelbuster
    08-22-2014 12:31 PM - permalink
    Bill I hope you are having an enjoyable summer and you boating has been spectacular.

    A couple of questions on my VHF set-up. I have a Icom-M504 in the pilothouse and Standard Horizon GX 1700 on the Flybridge. Antenna model on the Icom is unknown. Antenna on GX is 5225 XT, recently installed because of poor transmitting. Both antennas are located on the radar arch about 12 ft. between them.

    Puzzling to me is why to these radios receive broadcast differently? The Icom receives lots of chatter and the GX is silent or maybe I hear the tale end of the chatter, why? Should both radios receive equally or is this just the nature of the VHF frequency?

    I have not done any sophisticated testing other that "radio check" and both radio appear to transmit and receive ~15 nm.

    Is this "normal" VHF radio performance?

    As always thanks for answering my questions.


  4. Billylll
    06-23-2014 11:27 AM - permalink
    I'm in the dreamer stage of my life in boating. I just got done parting with a vessel my wife and I loved a 1993 Mainship 40SB. The boat had big gas motors and with the price of fuel and the problems with Ethanol we decided it would be less expensive to sell the Mainship and purchase a maintained 1976 Gulfstar trawler. The trawler need many safety and creature comforts updated but that's the one area I don't dream in. The work will be done this summer in time for hopefully Fall cruising.

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    36 Gulstar MarkII
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