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Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-29-2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,051
Posted By rwidman
Perhaps the fuse is just missing. Someone took...

Perhaps the fuse is just missing. Someone took out a blown fuse and never got around to replacing it.
Forum: Power Systems 07-29-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,973
Posted By rwidman
Certainly, your prop is not made of brass. Brass...

Certainly, your prop is not made of brass. Brass will fail pretty quickly in salt water. Your prop is bronze, nibral or another alloy.

As for "thinning". when I had my boat surveyed in 2008,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,548
Posted By rwidman
I installed Amtico flooring in my boat several...

I installed Amtico flooring in my boat several years ago and it has held up beautifully. The flooring is a very good imitation of teak and holly.

I did the work myself and it was pretty tedious. ...
Forum: General Maintenance 07-29-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 806
Posted By rwidman
If you go to West Marine of any other large boat...

If you go to West Marine of any other large boat retailer, you will find adhesive especially made for dinghy repair. You need to know if you are dealing with PCV or Hypalon. It is not inexpensive,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,565
Posted By rwidman
If you are using a hose o fill your boat's...

If you are using a hose o fill your boat's potable water tank, you really should be using a "drinking water safe" hose. These are usually white and can be found at West Marine, RV stores and Walmart...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By rwidman
They do not.

They do not.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 05-15-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By rwidman
No cold water, no hot water or none of either? ...

No cold water, no hot water or none of either? Do you have water everywhere else?

Have you looked under the sink for shutoff valves?
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 05-09-2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By rwidman
A web search turns up many options for me,...

A web search turns up many options for me, including one at Lowes.

Try again.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 05-09-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,399
Posted By rwidman
Unless the main breaker panel in your boat is...

Unless the main breaker panel in your boat is rated for 50 amps, you cannot simply change the breakers.

ABYC requires that the main breaker disconnect both the hot and neutral connections...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 04-17-2022, 01:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,953
Posted By rwidman
My point was more along the lines of, The...

My point was more along the lines of, The developer thought the people who bought the condos would buy the slips but they didn't so to avoid losing money, they started renting the slips to transients...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 04-17-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,953
Posted By rwidman
Several of the marinas we have stayed in as...

Several of the marinas we have stayed in as transients started out with that same plan, but the people who bought the condos didn't want the boat slips so they were converted to a "marina".
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 04-17-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,953
Posted By rwidman
One was built recently on the Wando River near...

One was built recently on the Wando River near Charleston, SC.

My home marina is expanding.
Forum: Power Systems 04-17-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,323
Posted By rwidman
Why?

Why?
Forum: Power Systems 04-17-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,084
Posted By rwidman
"Alexa" and a smart plug should do it if you have...

"Alexa" and a smart plug should do it if you have internet access on your boat.

A web search might turn op a simpler solution.
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,072
Posted By rwidman
I think removing the flybridge to install solar...

I think removing the flybridge to install solar panels is a bad idea. You will really reduce the value of your boat and of course, lose the flybridge for your own use.

If you have your heart set...
Forum: Trailerable or Pocket Trawlers 04-16-2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By rwidman
You cannot rely on one sender to measure both...

You cannot rely on one sender to measure both tanks. Although they are normally connected together, this is through some small diameter tubing and a couple valves. My two tanks often read...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 04-15-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By rwidman
The hoses in the Camano aren't long enough or in...

The hoses in the Camano aren't long enough or in difficult to access places to even need techniqes such as you mentioned.

I took mine all out and laid them on the dock and measured them before I...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 04-15-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By rwidman
Whoever told you that is an idiot! The...

Whoever told you that is an idiot!

The cabinet in the head compartment comes out with four screws and you can set it aside. The floor panel in front of the head door lifts up and you can set it...
Forum: General Maintenance 04-05-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,458
Posted By rwidman
If your engine starts easily with the existing...

If your engine starts easily with the existing battery, there is no need to add an additional battery. If it's marginal, you may be able to simply replace the existing battery with one that has a...
Forum: General Maintenance 04-05-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,458
Posted By rwidman
In theory, perhaps, but not in practice unless...

In theory, perhaps, but not in practice unless the cables connecting the batteries together are undersized or the batteries are some distance apart.
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 03-24-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By rwidman
There may be closer boatyards, but you will have...

There may be closer boatyards, but you will have to do a search on your own. I have no other experience.
Forum: General Discussion 03-24-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By rwidman
Or just remove it altogether? :ermm: ...

Or just remove it altogether? :ermm:

Seriously, the propane alarm is doing what it's supposed to do, telling you that there is a problem. Don't mess with the alarm, fix the problem.

One...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,616
Posted By rwidman
Same here. GFCI outlets are cheap and in many...

Same here. GFCI outlets are cheap and in many cases, one can be wired to protect an entire circuit (several outlets).

Install the GFCI devices and sleep well knowing that you have improved the...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 03-23-2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By rwidman
There is a good yard/marina near Point Lookout on...

There is a good yard/marina near Point Lookout on the Potomac Rivere which of course is about ninety miles from Alexandria, VA.

I don't know about DIY or outside contractors, but their in-house...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-23-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,826
Posted By rwidman
The "apps" are all under $50. Compared to the...

The "apps" are all under $50. Compared to the overall cost of boating, I wouldn't be looking for a "free" app. You do get what you pay for.

Navionics and AquaMaps are by far the most popular.
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