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Old 02-27-2018, 11:27 AM   #1
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Random misc questions and comments

So the cockpit washdown has a lock on the door and itís locked and nobody has a key.

That metal piece on the side...is that a manual handle in case windlass fails?

Anybody familiar with seatel? Thereís a seatel dome on the boat. I saw one old post on here when I did a search where someone said it works with direct tv. I donít know what model it is or how old it is.

Iíve read several threads on these topics but I know new stuff is always coming out...so what is your favorite product to clean dirty vinyl covered flybridge cushions? What is your favorite product to clean and polish stainless steel? I figured that during the trip home I can be doing some cleaning.

I read somewhere that itís bad luck to have suitcases on board....where on earth did that come from and is it true?
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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Worse case, you can get a locksmith to open that locker.

The bar is used to adjust the clutch on the windlass. Loosen it and you can lower the anchor controlling the free fall rather than powering the anchor down with the windlass.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:28 PM   #3
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No experience with Sea Tel but here is their web link:

Sea Tel Cobham Satellite TVRO and VSAT communication systems
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:39 PM   #4
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Boat we purchased back in the Fall had a Sea Tel system on it. It is no longer on the boat.


The control pad looks the same as the one we had.


It was an older system. It would work with DirectTV, but only in standard definition. No HD. What we had was pretty ancient technology in general, would expect it to be problematic. Will be difficult to get the positioning unit serviced if anything goes wrong.


I knew we would change it out if we purchased the boat. One of the first things we did. Went with a KVH HD7. Very happy with it so far.


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Old 02-27-2018, 02:49 PM   #5
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Someone beat me to the Seatel link. They make and have made a lot of products. Like much of technology, generations become outdated.

As to suitcases on board, many allow no hard sided luggage, just soft collapsible. Storage is the only issue I'm aware of.

Now, some bring things aboard in bags or immediately remove the suitcases, putting them back in a car or somewhere.

We don't carry suitcases on board but have had people fly in to meet us who had them. We did have one time we had to make an unexpected trip from the boat and had to buy some luggage to do so.
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A good set of lock picks is under $20, learn a new skill!
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:08 PM   #7
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Boat we purchased back in the Fall had a Sea Tel system on it. It is no longer on the boat.


The control pad looks the same as the one we had.


It was an older system. It would work with DirectTV, but only in standard definition. No HD. What we had was pretty ancient technology in general, would expect it to be problematic. Will be difficult to get the positioning unit serviced if anything goes wrong.


I knew we would change it out if we purchased the boat. One of the first things we did. Went with a KVH HD7. Very happy with it so far.


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Yeah, We figured it was old and probably obsolete. I can do without TV until football season starts...that gives David a little time to research what he wants. Lol
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Someone beat me to the Seatel link. They make and have made a lot of products. Like much of technology, generations become outdated.

As to suitcases on board, many allow no hard sided luggage, just soft collapsible. Storage is the only issue I'm aware of.

Now, some bring things aboard in bags or immediately remove the suitcases, putting them back in a car or somewhere.

We don't carry suitcases on board but have had people fly in to meet us who had them. We did have one time we had to make an unexpected trip from the boat and had to buy some luggage to do so.
Iíd heard of bananas being bad luck...but never heard suitcases! We are flying to Florida and are bringing some stuff for the boat that we already have in a suitcase. So the suitcase is coming along on the boat for the trip home. I hope Iím not jinxing us....
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I think weíll just got a locksmith.
Or just remove the lock and replace the knob. We donít need a locking mechanism for that.
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Does the lock have any numbers on the face?
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I read somewhere that itís bad luck to have suitcases on board....where on earth did that come from and is it true?
It's just superstition. At the top of this list Sea Superstitions is having a woman on board! You gonna believe that one?
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It's just superstition. At the top of this list Sea Superstitions is having a woman on board! You gonna believe that one?
I peeled open a banana on an open party fishing trip when I was a young teenager and some of the passengers were ready to toss me overboard.
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I have an older Sea Tel, but it works great with Direct T.V. However, it is only standard definition, and Iím not sure how much longer the standard Def. satellites will be up in space for.
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You might try any key that will fit into the lock. These locks are quite simple and if they are anything like the RV world, there are probably only a few key codes. The service manager at the RV shop said there are only 4 or 5 codes for the basement locks on RVs.
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Does the lock have any numbers on the face?
I donít know. Wonít see the boat until next week.
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There is a drill bit called the Unibit. Buy one and just drill right through the lock.
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I donít know. Wonít see the boat until next week.
If it does. More than likely that's the key #. In my line of work there's only a handful of keys used buy various mfg. So if it does have one you can probably get a lock and key place to cut one just buy giving them the number.
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If it does. More than likely that's the key #. In my line of work there's only a handful of keys used buy various mfg. So if it does have one you can probably get a lock and key place to cut one just buy giving them the number.
Thanks....Iíll look and see when we get to the boat next week.
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If it does. More than likely that's the key #. In my line of work there's only a handful of keys used buy various mfg. So if it does have one you can probably get a lock and key place to cut one just buy giving them the number.
So what's the point in a lock if its so simple to get a new key?
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"So what's the point in a lock if its so simple to get a new key?"

A lock only keeps an honest man honest.

A bad person has a crowbar & hammer.

Remember in some areas the motto is ," If you cant steal it destroy it."
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