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Forum: General Maintenance 10-15-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 552
Posted By Maerin
No help for the posted problem, however for...

No help for the posted problem, however for future reference, keep RainX handy. When we had fiberglass work done post-collision, I noticed a whole lot of RainX spray bottles around the shop. I...
Forum: General Discussion 10-11-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 566
Posted By Maerin
I'm a Coastal Explorer fanboy. I've been using it...

I'm a Coastal Explorer fanboy. I've been using it full-time cruising since 2008 and have well over 20,000 miles planned and run from PEI to the Bahamas and out to Georgian Bay. It still interfaces...
Forum: Cruising and Events - Interior Waters 10-10-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By Maerin
Don, We did the Trent Severn in our...

Don,



We did the Trent Severn in our 43' Selene in 2017. You'll find more information on our blog, start here. (http://maerin.net/archives/2909) It's a wonderful trip, we'd do it again if we...
Forum: Cruising and Events - East Coast 10-08-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 372
Posted By Maerin
Not much in the way of debris, LOTS of brown...

Not much in the way of debris, LOTS of brown water, even offshore it's like a sea of Dr. Pepper. Cape Fear River stinks to high heaven. We went outside from Morehead to Masonboro, not a problem and...
Forum: Power Systems 10-01-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,995
Posted By Maerin
Duty will likely be in the 45% range. Your...

Duty will likely be in the 45% range. Your cruising permit will allow duty-free parts required for propulsion repairs, but probably not for a generator.
I'd be looking at heading to Lauderdale,...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 09-30-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By Maerin
We're doing that trip, now. If weather holds,...

We're doing that trip, now. If weather holds, we'll jump out at Morehead City, it's a day's run to Masonboro Inlet (Wrightsville Beach). We'll go in at Masonboro, then take the ICW south to Southport...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 09-24-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 190
Posted By Maerin
OK, that's a new wrinkle. I'm with the find a new...

OK, that's a new wrinkle. I'm with the find a new tech group. It's amazing the unvarnished CRAP a marginally experienced tech will spout to divert attention from their lack of knowledge. In this...
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 09-23-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,024
Posted By Maerin
An alternate method would be to close the thru...

An alternate method would be to close the thru hull, drain the system or vac/blow out as much seawater as possible, then temporarily connect hoses to each of the condenser coils in turn, creating a...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 09-12-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
Posted By Maerin
Post a picture. :) Unfortunately, the...

Post a picture. :)



Unfortunately, the plumbing trade lives by a nomenclature that is almost its own language. Add to that regional "dialects" that corrupt otherwise understandable...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 09-10-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,113
Posted By Maerin
Mr. FF makes a great point, one I overlooked. The...

Mr. FF makes a great point, one I overlooked. The case could be made that the alternator is self-limiting, so a fuse isn't really necessary. That doesn't alter the fact that the feed wire from the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By Maerin
While that may work in a land-based application,...

While that may work in a land-based application, the difference is in the grounding . The Sq-D panel will have a neutral bonding screw. On land, that screw will probably be in place, since the panel...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 09-09-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,782
Posted By Maerin
^^^ This ... We anchor a LOT. We use a chain...

^^^ This ...

We anchor a LOT. We use a chain hook that has a nylon lead to each hawse cleat as a bridle. The chain comes from the anchor to the hook, then has a loop hanging down over the hook,...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 09-07-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,113
Posted By Maerin
Precisely why the primary battery should be the...

Precisely why the primary battery should be the largest and the one that discharges the deepest. It should be fed directly (fused) from the alternator and the regulator sense lead (if externally...
Forum: General Maintenance 09-03-2018, 11:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 796
Posted By Maerin
How old, how many hours? When did you last...

How old, how many hours? When did you last service fuel filters? Has the fuel filter on the engine ever been changed, do you know where it's located? They're easy to overlook unless you're aware of...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 09-03-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 817
Posted By Maerin
Look for Nu-Calgon products. They make condensate...

Look for Nu-Calgon products. They make condensate pan tabs, pads, that are all easy to apply and won't damage the coils. They also make evap cleaners that are good for cleaning a dirty coil. Don't...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 09-02-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 817
Posted By Maerin
1st off, the line is pretty small diameter, it...

1st off, the line is pretty small diameter, it exacerbates any problem you may have with air. A line that small will have trouble draining by gravity unless there's a lot of fall in the line, even...
Forum: Power Systems 09-02-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By Maerin
The fittings are push-lok. They don't meet...

The fittings are push-lok. They don't meet standards. Have hoses made, they can fit the end to mate to your existing flared connections. Someone recommended a compression fitting, don't do it....
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 09-02-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,977
Posted By Maerin
Are you experiencing any vibration that indicates...

Are you experiencing any vibration that indicates damage, or did your experience with the bottom include telltale prop noise? The run west from Kirkland is notorious, we contacted the bottom twice,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By Maerin
And the ones who got pissed at me when they...

And the ones who got pissed at me when they failed. No, I can't leave the sticker for you to affix after you get new flares.
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2018, 10:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By Maerin
Generators and inverters should both be grounded...

Generators and inverters should both be grounded to the boat's ground when they're producing power, as well as the neutral-ground conductors bonded. This doesn't occur during shore power operation,...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 08-31-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,397
Posted By Maerin
There are myriad hoses that will work for waste,...

There are myriad hoses that will work for waste, only a couple of them that won't permeate (stink) in a short time. The hose you referenced is the former. Unless it specifically says "non-permeable",...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 08-31-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,397
Posted By Maerin
Now that you know how to do it, it won't take as...

Now that you know how to do it, it won't take as long when you go to replace the stinky $2 hose with righteous waste hose...
Forum: General Maintenance 08-31-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,030
Posted By Maerin
Inflatable Experts in Annapolis stocks neoprene...

Inflatable Experts in Annapolis stocks neoprene stick on numbers. They last a LONG time, no comparison to the stick-on vinyl that will end up coming off. Sorry, but the sharpie numbers or the...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 08-30-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,397
Posted By Maerin
So you've ruled out the use of muriatic acid. You...

So you've ruled out the use of muriatic acid. You added clorox, so unless you want to create a real HAZMAT situation, DO NOT ADD MURIATIC ACID TO THE LINE CONTAINING A CHLORINE COMPOUND. YOU'LL...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 08-29-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,397
Posted By Maerin
It's not a Vacuflush. If the photo of...

It's not a Vacuflush.


If the photo of the joker valve is indicative of the discharge hose, consider replacing it. Is it obstructed? You'll have to R&R it to clean it, so it's only the cost of...
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