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Old 10-31-2014, 01:50 AM   #21
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Besides that it's a Tollycraft and built like a brick shat house. And, just before purchase she had been refinished and serviced by a pro... It's the Tollycraft Boating Club Forum that amazes me. Every question answered immediately. Each item I need or want to keep her as the original classic is soon available, new or used. Above and beyond the many instruction books that came with boat... every other page for every part of the boat has been supplied to me.

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Old 10-31-2014, 05:32 AM   #22
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The coolest unexpected thing on our old GB is the custom-built, retractable mount for the radar display that hinges down out of the overhead at the lower helm.

When we bought the boat it had a great-in-its-day Raytheon 2600 on this mount, but its day had long since passed.. Green CRT display that required a hood to use in the daytime. After a few years the CRT began to go, and replacements simply didn't exist anymore. So we replaced it with a Furuno NavNet VX-2 radar/plotter.

But we used the same retractable mount and it's great. Puts the display right at the helm when we use it (which is all the time when we're underway) but moves it completely out of the cabin when it's not in use. And whoever made it did a first class job.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:33 AM   #23
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Marin is that an altimeter above and just to the right of the helmswomans head?

Looks like your Navamatics is close too.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:01 AM   #24
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No, it's the boat's original knotmeter. The drive cable that connects the spiral log on the outside of the hull to the electric sender inside the hull broke while the boat was on the truck up from California. Since the boat had a modern Signet depth/speed/time/distance etc. system on it, we've never bothered to try to fix the original (Vetus) unit.

Not sure what value an altimeter would have on a boat....

And yes, Navimatics on the iPad is a great tool for zooming in and out or panning arounfpd to get the "big picture." Much faster than flipping through charts (although we have them at the helm as well), and WAY faster than zooming in and out on the plotters.

And since our iPad and iPad Mini are both wifi/cellular, we don't need any connectivity since the wifi/cellular iPads have a stand-alone GPS receiver where the wifi-only versions do not.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:10 AM   #25
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The Olssen dinghy davit. BZZZZT lower the dinghy into the water, climb in, start the engine and unclip. Coming back: Clip, clip, stop the engine, climb out, BZZZZT, done.
Actually, that is something that would be nice to have
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:24 AM   #26
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Marin - Who's gent in prominent picture, upper left??

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Old 11-01-2014, 09:20 AM   #27
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Jean-Francois de La Pérouse, the French explorer our GB is named after. In the manner of Capt. Cook's voyages of discovery, La Pérouse was the first French naval explorer to visit the Pacific Northwest before continuing across to the northwestern and southwestern Pacific. Google his name and you'll find out about him.

His voyage around the world began in 1785 and ended in 1788. One of the people who applied for a position on his crew was a 16-year old boy from Corsica named Napoleon Bonaparte. He was not selected and so did not go on the trip. If he had, the history of the world would have been very different.

I have a two-volume English translation of La Perouse's journals of that voyage-- he was a pretty interesting guy, quite different in character than the typical naval commander of the day.

I obtained the line drawing of La Pérouse while visiting the La Pérouse Museum in Albi, France, the city he was originally from. It is mounted in a heavy brass and glass license holder from a cargo narrowboat that used to work the English canals in the 1930s.

My father was French (from France), hence the connection.
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:04 PM   #28
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Boat farts from the holding tank.
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Old 11-01-2014, 05:54 PM   #29
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Not sure what value an altimeter would have on a boat....
Use it like a barometer: rising altitude means falling pressure, etcetera.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:07 PM   #30
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I guess the Weaver hydraulic hoist would be my pleasant surprise. It is a game changer for getting the dinghy tilted up for storage. That along with the leaver gets the 15 hp engine stored vertically on the platform. The hoist is foot activated, so no arm or back problem. Easy-peasy.
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I guess the Weaver hydraulic hoist would be my pleasant surprise. It is a game changer for getting the dinghy tilted up for storage. That along with the leaver gets the 15 hp engine stored vertically on the platform. The hoist is foot activated, so no arm or back problem. Easy-peasy.
Don, can you post a video of that in operation on Moonstruck? Feel free to use youthful, bikini-clad models in the demonstration. If you don't know any of those, talk to Baker.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:19 PM   #32
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Don, can you post a video of that in operation on Moonstruck? Feel free to use youthful, bikini-clad models in the demonstration. If you don't know any of those, talk to Baker.
Not quite a bikini clad model. Where is Baker when we need him.

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Pretty clever system. Thanks for posting the video. I've never seen one of these up here. The most common dinghy deploy/retreive system seen in this area is the Seawise, either manual or electric.
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Pretty clever system. Thanks for posting the video. I've never seen one of these up here. The most common dinghy deploy/retreive system seen in this area is the Seawise, either manual or electric.
Marin, there is a lot to like about the Seawise system. Not cheap, but very good. Of course, the Weaver system is no that I would call cheap, but they both use top quality materials.

What is really nice about the Weaver hoist is that you can just stand there turning the knob to regulate the hydraulic pressure to let it down.
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Don, do you use your left leg to pump up the dinghy to help assure both legs are equally developed?
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Don, do you use your left leg to pump up the dinghy to help assure both legs are equally developed?
No Mark, my right leg is huge. Thanks for the tip.
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Not always bikini clad...it is nice to find girls that still enjoy boating even when there is a chill in the air!!! These 4 are all teachers and just all around great girls!!!
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I just luuurve the pilot door, right there beside the main helm. Just makes the whole journey so good, I usually have no need or desire to even use the upper helm.
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Not always bikini clad...it is nice to find girls that still enjoy boating even when there is a chill in the air!!! These 4 are all teachers and just all around great girls!!!
I knew we could count on you, John. I forgot it gets cold there.
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I hate it when it's cold. I can't tell if the girls are cold or just glad to see me!
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