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Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! Today, 09:11 AM
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I leave mine out if I'm in a canal with locks,...

I leave mine out if I'm in a canal with locks, etc. Otherwise, if I won't need deck access on one side while cruising, sometimes we'll just flip them up onto the side deck so we can just toss them...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By rslifkin
Keep in mind, if there's enough room to work, an...

Keep in mind, if there's enough room to work, an engine doesn't even need to come all the way out of the boat. It just needs to be lifted out of the hole and moved out of the way. I think Comodave...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By rslifkin
Yes, but by the time you cut them out, smooth out...

Yes, but by the time you cut them out, smooth out any rough spots that might rub on a new tank, etc. you might as well just cut the whole tank out and mount the new one without the old.
Forum: General Maintenance Yesterday, 08:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
Any reason for the galvanized steel preference? ...

Any reason for the galvanized steel preference? The existing stainless cleats on my boat have given good service for 34 years.
Forum: General Maintenance Yesterday, 03:38 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
That's exactly where I ordered my long 1/2" flat...

That's exactly where I ordered my long 1/2" flat head bolts for the samson post. The post will arrive Monday, so I'll get that mocked up and the holes drilled after work.

I did the windlass...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 03:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,724
Posted By rslifkin
This brings up a good point. For those with...

This brings up a good point. For those with faster boats (even if you normally cruise slow), it's always good to do a quick analysis for any situation on whether it's better to slow down / stop or...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 09:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,333
Posted By rslifkin
Exactly what I did! Chris Craft says it's 38...

Exactly what I did! Chris Craft says it's 38 feet, so it's 38 feet unless someone wants to pull out a tape measure. Although it's 40 for the purposes of paying my home marina, as the slips I fit...
Forum: General Maintenance Yesterday, 09:33 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
The sealing on the factory holes on my setup...

The sealing on the factory holes on my setup wasn't great. That's a good chunk of why the pulpit is coming off for better access. Fortunately, the most I've found so far in any of the holes is...
Forum: General Maintenance Yesterday, 09:31 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
That's what gave me the G10 idea. And they're...

That's what gave me the G10 idea. And they're cheaper than McMaster too. I'm going to start marking out the top of everything for me to drill the initial holes before the pulpit comes off, so I'll...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 09:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,036
Posted By rslifkin
It amazes me on some boats how close they come to...

It amazes me on some boats how close they come to good serviceability, but then just skip the last bit. I've got a whole bunch of deck hardware where the back side of it is totally inaccessible. A...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-24-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
Generally for SS, I try to order pre-cut pieces...

Generally for SS, I try to order pre-cut pieces for anything I do unless it's cost prohibitive. Then I only have to drill holes in it. I'll check on G10 vs aluminum for cost, etc and decide. G10...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-24-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
Interesting thought. Aluminum is definitely easy...

Interesting thought. Aluminum is definitely easy to work with and slightly cheaper than stainless. I was originally planning on stainless or maybe G10. But for this size plate, given large fender...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-24-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,524
Posted By rslifkin
At this point, the parts are already on the way...

At this point, the parts are already on the way for the samson post. I've got a set of nice, long 1/2 bolts for it here and the post is on the way. Once I have the final positioning figured out and...
Forum: Power Systems 01-24-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 508
Posted By rslifkin
What about dumping it out the side? My generator...

What about dumping it out the side? My generator dumps a few inches above waterline, 2/3 of the way forward on one side with a downward and aft facing clamshell over the output. Exhaust slopes down...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 654
Posted By rslifkin
That's a really good one I forgot about. I'm a...

That's a really good one I forgot about. I'm a bit spoiled right now, as the boat is a 6 - 8 minute drive from the dirt house (depending on traffic).
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 654
Posted By rslifkin
My list for choosing my home-base marina is...

My list for choosing my home-base marina is below, although I'm not really sure if I can put a strict order on some of the requirements.


Good dock layout (both items like cleat placement as...
Forum: Power Systems 01-24-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 508
Posted By rslifkin
On my boat, the exhaust from the engines feeds...

On my boat, the exhaust from the engines feeds into a bottom side input on a water lift muffler. Exhaust comes out the top side of the muffler, then drops about 15 - 18 inches straight down. Then a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,006
Posted By rslifkin
And along with that one, you get people who want...

And along with that one, you get people who want the item gone more than they want the maximum amount of money for it.
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,333
Posted By rslifkin
38 feet LOA / 33.5 waterline. Well, according to...

38 feet LOA / 33.5 waterline. Well, according to the builder. But that's 38 feet hull length before bolting on the bow pulpit and swim platform. Real LOA is in the 42 - 43 foot range.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-23-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 435
Posted By rslifkin
I wouldn't think the 45lb Boss is oversized at...

I wouldn't think the 45lb Boss is oversized at all for your boat.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-23-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,650
Posted By rslifkin
Personally, if a crimp doesn't cover the entire...

Personally, if a crimp doesn't cover the entire length of the connector barrel and I can do it without damaging the first crimp, I'll move the crimper down a little and make another crimp for more...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-23-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 868
Posted By rslifkin
The windlass (already waiting in my garage) does...

The windlass (already waiting in my garage) does have a rope capstan (I actually wanted the no capstan option, but it was cheaper with the capstan).

However, if I did feel the need to put a...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-23-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 868
Posted By rslifkin
At this point, I'm thinking that as long as I can...

At this point, I'm thinking that as long as I can make the 33kg / 73lb Vulcan fit, I'll just go with that. They give good enough dimensions that between a tape measure and assembling the cardboard...
Forum: Power Systems 01-22-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,441
Posted By rslifkin
I'll agree with the 454s holding up well when...

I'll agree with the 454s holding up well when they're not run WOT all the time. Mine are Mercruisers, not Crusaders, rated at 340hp. 2 bolt blocks on mine. One only has 100-something hours on it,...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-22-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 868
Posted By rslifkin
That's a useful bit of experience. And it sounds...

That's a useful bit of experience. And it sounds exactly like the situation where I dragged the Fortress a little. Looking at your avatar, I've probably got similar or slightly less windage from...
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