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Forum: General Maintenance 03-10-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By AusCan
I'd also be concerned about anything heavy and...

I'd also be concerned about anything heavy and unsecured on the boat, especially lead ingots. They could easily snap off a seacock if your boat started getting tossed around.
A polyurethane foam...
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,108
Posted By AusCan
I'd enjoy cruising with most of the folk on here....

I'd enjoy cruising with most of the folk on here. The only folk I shy away from for cruising partners are those who turn green at the sight of a wave.

I think I'd really enjoy cruise with...
Forum: General Discussion 03-09-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,161
Posted By AusCan
I would estimate that a Marine Trader 34 would...

I would estimate that a Marine Trader 34 would need about 250 square feet of sail area to give a noticeable steadying effect and a wee bit of propulsion. The original setup was less than half of...
Forum: Liveaboards 03-05-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,639
Posted By AusCan
GK - You'll struggle to find a powerboat or a...

GK - You'll struggle to find a powerboat or a sailing catamaran that will cross oceans with a 100k budget. With a monohull sailboat it is possible, but will take a few years of dedication to build...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-04-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 688
Posted By AusCan
I like the bilge switch panel. Besides being...

I like the bilge switch panel. Besides being able to shut off the pump in case of a fuel leak, it allows me to turn on the pump manually. This may be needed in case of a bilge pump switch failure...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,726
Posted By AusCan
Those that like to get up and plane to smooth out...

Those that like to get up and plane to smooth out rough seas are surely talking about fairly minor rough seas. There would be a limit where the swell and waves are big enough to pound most planing...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 03-01-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By AusCan
The chain will slip and chew up your capstan. ...

The chain will slip and chew up your capstan.

Another option is to mount a pulley block as far back on the deck as possible and run your rode through this. If you can find a pulley that will...
Forum: General Maintenance 03-01-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By AusCan
A simple IR thermo gun may work just us good. ...

A simple IR thermo gun may work just us good. Available for as cheap as $3.
I paid $20 for one and it works great for checking tank levels.

Not as fun as a $350 IR camera, but just as...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 902
Posted By AusCan
Your boom should lift it, but it still would be a...

Your boom should lift it, but it still would be a pain to do every night.

I'd just have insurance on it and not worry about it. Maybe just lift the outboard if you're concerned.
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,440
Posted By AusCan
It all depends on your locker shape and size. ...

It all depends on your locker shape and size. You should be fine with 50 metres of 10 mm. You're better off with nothing. Try it and see.

Same with a swivel. You're better off with nothing...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,340
Posted By AusCan
Sounds like a common sense solution to the...

Sounds like a common sense solution to the problem.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 02-27-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By AusCan
It will happen from time to time, especially if...

It will happen from time to time, especially if you don't use your anchor very often.

Other than manually sorting it out, one option I know of is changing to stainless chain. It is not as...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,531
Posted By AusCan
I'm happy without a generator on the boat for a...

I'm happy without a generator on the boat for a number of reasons.

They take up valuable space on a small boat. I could squeeze one in, but access for servicing would be very tight.
Our...
Forum: Taiwanese Makes 02-26-2019, 12:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,243
Posted By AusCan
Hello Marangal. How about these? ...

Hello Marangal.

How about these?

https://www.whitworths.com.au/stainless-steel-t-apart-hinge-85mm-x-50mm

You should be able to attach pics after you make about 10 posts, so keep talking.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-25-2019, 03:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,456
Posted By AusCan
I like that idea, SG. The water here almost...

I like that idea, SG.
The water here almost always has good visibility, and a bow camera would pick up any upcoming lumps in the bottom, as well as the regular dolphins on the bow wave. A portable...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 02-24-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,737
Posted By AusCan
I'm slowly building up my experience, as its big...

I'm slowly building up my experience, as its big open water with few protected harbours going any distance from here.
My longest trip in this boat was Adelaide to Port Lincoln. About 400 nm over 15...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,726
Posted By AusCan
Without a doubt, speed is a plus when crossing a...

Without a doubt, speed is a plus when crossing a bar.

However in big lumpy, confused seas in open water I'd prefer to be in a slow FD boat with a low centre of gravity. (riding in the water...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,726
Posted By AusCan
I agree. It is nice to have the speed to keep...

I agree. It is nice to have the speed to keep ahead of the rollers coming up behind you.
Second best is having a double ended or canoe transom that will limit the risk of broaching as a wave...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,478
Posted By AusCan
Yes, with 3 keels a boat tends to stay on its...

Yes, with 3 keels a boat tends to stay on its line. Most of the time this is a good thing perhaps itís worth upsizing your rudder when installing bilge keels.
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 771
Posted By AusCan
If you've got the space for a panel, I'd also...

If you've got the space for a panel, I'd also recommend going solar.
I've got power available at the dock but don't bother plugging in, as the 250 watt panel keeps my little fridge running plus...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,478
Posted By AusCan
I'd agree, Brett. They are also a bit too...

I'd agree, Brett.
They are also a bit too vertical for maximum roll reduction. I'd think that a 90 degree angle from the hull would be most effective.

The designer may have had to reduce the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-19-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,051
Posted By AusCan
I prefer not to have any chargers or power...

I prefer not to have any chargers or power outlets at the helm. That's where I operate the boat. Everthing there is fixed permanently. I don't like things dangling around, and don't use portable...
Forum: Liveaboards 02-19-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By AusCan
I'd guess they are for plywood panels to protect...

I'd guess they are for plywood panels to protect the glass in heavy seas or boat parties and/or to block the sun during the summer.
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,478
Posted By AusCan
Yes - I love getting the boat up on a wave as...

Yes - I love getting the boat up on a wave as well, although I found my limit on some big rollers off Yorke Peninsula which broached me. It went from ecstasy to terror in about a second. :eek:
...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2019, 01:50 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,858
Posted By AusCan
I like the two cockpits. I spend most of my time...

I like the two cockpits. I spend most of my time in the cockpit so having a second one would be a bonus.
My only concern would be how it drains if water came over the bow, but in protected water...
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