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Forum: Other Trawler Systems Yesterday, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 645
Posted By Fletcher500
Sun, curious why you mentioned Dana Point for...

Sun, curious why you mentioned Dana Point for install? Thats a fairly small yard. Is it because they are in Nordhavn land and do a lot of fin installs/repairs?
Forum: Welcome Mat Yesterday, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 567
Posted By Fletcher500
We have all lost ours as well. I am not clear if...

We have all lost ours as well. I am not clear if you bought a boat, or looking? You will find out in about a year or two if this whole boating thing makes sense for you. It will drive you crazy at...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 698
Posted By Fletcher500
We did the San Diego Bay Boat Parade last night....

We did the San Diego Bay Boat Parade last night. The weather cooperated, and we had dry skies until the last 5 minutes on the way back to the slip. A fun time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,104
Posted By Fletcher500
A large boat wake was how I got the cut on my...

A large boat wake was how I got the cut on my finger as noted in my earlier post. I was in the middle of the bay, close tied the tender to get inside to make an adjustment. A big boat came by and I...
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 12-03-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Fletcher500
Their sailboats seem to do better on QC issues,...

Their sailboats seem to do better on QC issues, power, not so much. I also know this from personal experience. I admire your moxy for going after them to make things right.
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,545
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, the results shown in the video are...

Agree, the results shown in the video are impressive.

I have a hard time believing that the big players with large R&D departments staffed by people who have PHD/PE after their name would not...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 11-28-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,324
Posted By Fletcher500
Good feedback, Thanks. Yes, it can get...

Good feedback, Thanks.

Yes, it can get crowded, especially in the Summer/Weekends. The last time I used a stern anchor a few years ago it popped loose in the middle of the night when the wind...
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,524
Posted By Fletcher500
Regarding the earlier posts about turbines; these...

Regarding the earlier posts about turbines; these were replaced by slow speed diesels (large commercial shipping) for reasons many have noted here. Chevron tried gas turbines on their tankers for...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 11-27-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,324
Posted By Fletcher500
The FX 23 is also what I was thinking of. I...

The FX 23 is also what I was thinking of.

I am one anchor only 90 plus percent of the time, so I don't want to carry more than needed as you note.

I really prefer bow only to keep things...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 11-26-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,324
Posted By Fletcher500
Stern Anchor

Most of the anchorages in our area are typically single anchor.

There are a few spots I have visited where a stern anchor is also used.

I had a stern anchor left over from a previous boat...
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 11-22-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,619
Posted By Fletcher500
What a great trip, I am jealous. I used to surf...

What a great trip, I am jealous. I used to surf San Quintin and Colonet years ago. We slept on the beach and had the break to ourselves. Probably not the case anymore. Keep the photos coming.
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,865
Posted By Fletcher500
That seems sketchy to me. My Cummins Engine Tag...

That seems sketchy to me. My Cummins Engine Tag shows the manufacturer date to be about 6 months prior to the boat build which is to be expected. It appears to me that is not the original engine to...
Forum: Power Systems 11-20-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,248
Posted By Fletcher500
Interesting, alot of inter marriages going on in...

Interesting, alot of inter marriages going on in the marine generator world.

In retrospect, I could have gotten by with a smaller rated unit but wanted the extra capability for future gear, and...
Forum: Power Systems 11-20-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,248
Posted By Fletcher500
I knew Kubota made the engines for Cummins/Onan...

I knew Kubota made the engines for Cummins/Onan Gens, but didn't realize they also provide for Northern Lights. I thought they used Luggars in NL.

I had a choice of any Gen manufacturer I wanted...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,104
Posted By Fletcher500
I spent the Summer towing a hard shell Bullfrog...

I spent the Summer towing a hard shell Bullfrog 11 ft with a 30Hp. I used a bridal for the longer runs, and a single line on a side cleat when in protected waters. I would make minor adjustments to...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Fletcher500
Agree, they are the gold standard. Methodical,...

Agree, they are the gold standard. Methodical, professional, and they appear to have a great time doing it. I recall reading about his race car background awhile back.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 11-18-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,745
Posted By Fletcher500
My sons Helm Station (20 years ago) when he was...

My sons Helm Station (20 years ago) when he was running the Ferry to Alcatraz in SF. The bib makes him look younger than he actually was.
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 11-13-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 560
Posted By Fletcher500
Not necessarily; it depends. For us, and what we...

Not necessarily; it depends. For us, and what we do, an AC system made more sense because:

Higher water output when we have up to 6 people on board, which includes a lot of showers on the swim...
Forum: Catamarans, Multi-hull Power Cruisers 11-12-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 11,507
Posted By Fletcher500
Pulling wire is a good thing. Is that a spot...

Pulling wire is a good thing.

Is that a spot light on top of the PH? Have you had one in that position before? How did it work at night in regards to glare with the light shining overhead?

A...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 11-11-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 560
Posted By Fletcher500
There are some good threads on here by fellow...

There are some good threads on here by fellow TFers about these that are worth reading.

I recently purchased a Blue Water, Express XT, 15 GPH, AC unit. It looks like it may be the same one you...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,287
Posted By Fletcher500
I use Navionics on a large iPad next to the helm...

I use Navionics on a large iPad next to the helm to supplement my main display and really like it. I just googled Aqua Map after reading that people on here use it, and it has good reviews overall....
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,993
Posted By Fletcher500
Congrats on your new boat. As you can tell, there...

Congrats on your new boat. As you can tell, there a lot of people who love their GBs and deservedly so.

I also like to travel at night for longer runs. I don’t sleep much during my off watch, but...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 8,079
Posted By Fletcher500
I have been boarded twice. Once by USCG and the...

I have been boarded twice. Once by USCG and the second time by the Fed Police near the Mex border so they were looking for drugs. Both times it was announced. As others have noted, I was courteous...
Forum: Catamarans, Multi-hull Power Cruisers 11-08-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 11,507
Posted By Fletcher500
Great looking boat, especially the forward rake...

Great looking boat, especially the forward rake Pilot house.
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,304
Posted By Fletcher500
The usual caveats, how was it’s past life, PM’s...

The usual caveats, how was it’s past life, PM’s done, etc.

The Navy refits their swift boats in the San Diego area for the regular Navy, and Special Ops with Cummins. Mostly QSB’s. Granted, it’s...
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