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Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-02-2021, 04:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,403
Posted By AusCan
I prefer to have each bilge pump fused and...

I prefer to have each bilge pump fused and connected to a 3 way switch, for manual, off, and auto. (as psneeld suggests)

This is the switch I have mounted at the helm for each bilge pump.
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Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,722
Posted By AusCan
My little 3hp two stroke Mercury has been very...

My little 3hp two stroke Mercury has been very dependable. I chose it because of simplicity, not brand. It was a good choice.

The only issue I've had in 7 years was after it got dumped in the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 08-31-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 8,327
Posted By AusCan
Everyone has differing needs. I like to keep it...

Everyone has differing needs. I like to keep it simple.

I have a single 250 watt solar panel, a 480Ah AGM house bank and a 120A alternator. My only electricity uses are a fridge and freezer,...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 08-23-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,399
Posted By AusCan
As mentioned, house batteries should be deep...

As mentioned, house batteries should be deep cycle type which should have an amp/hour rating. Starting batteries have a CCA rating. There are also dual purpose batteries which have would have both...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2021, 11:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,679
Posted By AusCan
I built mine with 3/8" marine ply with 2x2"...

I built mine with 3/8" marine ply with 2x2" hardwood edging. A couple coats of epoxy before painting.
Rather than the bimini frame, I just used two straight 1" stainless posts for support, which...
Forum: Covid-19 Boating Information 08-09-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 11,884
Posted By AusCan
From the Govt of Canada website: Fully...

From the Govt of Canada website:

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents and French citizens and permanent residents of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (SPM) are eligible to enter Canada...
Forum: Power Systems 08-06-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By AusCan
Slowly getting more development in this area. ...

Slowly getting more development in this area. It still isn't cost effective, if you only count the dollars, but good to see electric boating progressing.

Here's one that caught my eye....
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,258
Posted By AusCan
I'm fairly happy with the Magma flopper stopper. ...

I'm fairly happy with the Magma flopper stopper. One unit on the outrigger reduced my roll at anchor significantly. Without the outrigger the reduction is much less.

I had the same issue with...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-25-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By AusCan
If they are AGM batteries, there are no levels or...

If they are AGM batteries, there are no levels or liquid to check specific gravity.

Either they have a shorted cell or the battery charger is out of control to produce high levels of CO. ...
Forum: General Maintenance 07-18-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,676
Posted By AusCan
Everyone has there own thoughts on this topic. ...

Everyone has there own thoughts on this topic.
I just use fill my tanks with Adelaide tap water then use it for showers, washing and drinking. I try to use up each tank completely every month at...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,640
Posted By AusCan
Some boats list more readily than others. A...

Some boats list more readily than others. A narrow boat with a rounded hull shape (like a canoe) will list with a relatively small imbalance, whereas a wide hard chined boat (shaped more like a...
Forum: Power Systems 07-02-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By AusCan
The photo isn't very clear. You may have to...

The photo isn't very clear.
You may have to follow each of the lines and draw up and post a schematic showing each line and valve.
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,423
Posted By AusCan
I have yet to find the limit for when to call in...

I have yet to find the limit for when to call in a professional. I did do it once (replaced standing rigging) but only because of my time constraints.

So far I've managed to all regular...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,799
Posted By AusCan
99% open water cruising without radar. We...

99% open water cruising without radar.

We rarely get fog (perhaps one or two days per year) and marine traffic is extremely light. Radar would be handy when making landfall at night but it...
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,578
Posted By AusCan
The "best" trawler is always a matter of opinion....

The "best" trawler is always a matter of opinion. There are always trade offs.

If you want a comfortable ride in less than perfect conditions offshore, then you need to think about...
Forum: General Maintenance 06-24-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By AusCan
Make sure the the nipple is long enough to double...

Make sure the the nipple is long enough to double clamp. Both clamps need to be over the nipple, and are not squeezing an unsupported part of the hose.. If the clamps are too wide to fit, you may...
Forum: Welcome Mat 06-03-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By AusCan
Welcome kcallagmy, A beautiful part of the...

Welcome kcallagmy,

A beautiful part of the world to cruise in. I'm jealous. I'm hoping to do a bit of boating up that way some day.
Forum: Power Systems 06-03-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By AusCan
Simi, You might be better off with a gauge...

Simi,
You might be better off with a gauge with a range of about -20 to +20 psi for reading pressure at the filter. Maximum vacuum for most filters is only about 3-4 psi (7" Hg) so it might be a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,145
Posted By AusCan
I'm not sure why you don't think a standard...

I'm not sure why you don't think a standard sailing rig for propulsion can't also fulfill a the role of roll attenuation. Any sailboat will become more stabilized with the sails raised. It may not...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 05-21-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,341
Posted By AusCan
For a simple, quick and inexpensive way to...

For a simple, quick and inexpensive way to monitor water tank level, just fit a tee onto your equalizing line. Then run clear tubing up from the tee to a level above the tanks. Leave the top vented...
Forum: Cruising and Events - West Coast 05-21-2021, 01:10 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 9,316
Posted By AusCan
Patience people. It doesn't make much sense to...

Patience people.
It doesn't make much sense to open borders yet unless the vaccination rate can get up to around 75%.

As a comparison, Australia isn't looking at allowing allowing any...
Forum: Welcome Mat 05-20-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By AusCan
Rawson built boats from the mid 60's until the...

Rawson built boats from the mid 60's until the early 80's. They were manufactured in the PNW of US. I don't know the number of boat built, but they included sail boats, fishing boats and trawler...
Forum: General Discussion 05-02-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,373
Posted By AusCan
I have factory installed roping chocks on my soft...

I have factory installed roping chocks on my soft chined round bilge hull. It still tools significantly at anchor or underway with any significant swell on the beam. Because the dampening effect is...
Forum: General Discussion 04-23-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,355
Posted By AusCan
I'm sold on stabilizers of some sort on a boat,...

I'm sold on stabilizers of some sort on a boat, even though I am a "keep it simple" kind of guy. I don't need thrusters or a generator many other things that others feel is a requirement, but...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 04-07-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,576
Posted By AusCan
A rounded bilge, soft chined, tender hull will...

A rounded bilge, soft chined, tender hull will tend to list more readily with an uneven port/stbd weight distribution. On these boats, leaving the fuel or water crossover lines open will not...
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