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Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,776
Posted By AusCan
I look at the cost of diesel fuel a bit...

I look at the cost of diesel fuel a bit differently.

I am always amazed at how inexpensive fuel (gasoline, diesel, petrol) is, once you consider it has taken hundreds of millions of years to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2022, 04:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,229
Posted By AusCan
My 10 foot Zodiac with a little 3hp 2 stoke suit...

My 10 foot Zodiac with a little 3hp 2 stoke suit me well, but everyone has their own preference. I like it because it's a lightweight package that I can lift on the cabin roof when needed, but can...
Forum: General Discussion 12-22-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,563
Posted By AusCan
I love my boat's canoe stern and big rudder which...

I love my boat's canoe stern and big rudder which handles beautifully in following seas.

My favourite upgrade would be adding solar and a bigger AGM battery bank to make the boat self sufficient...
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By AusCan
In theory, having all the tanks equalized should...

In theory, having all the tanks equalized should keep the boat level, although in real life this doesn't always happen. As mvweebles mentioned, if something else causes causes the boat to list then...
Forum: Taiwanese Makes 11-11-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,595
Posted By AusCan
Nice job. Kind of like a beautifully restored...

Nice job.
Kind of like a beautifully restored classic car.
A great hobby for a restoration guy and fun for shows, but tough to maintain if actually used regularly.
Forum: General Discussion 11-10-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,740
Posted By AusCan
I certainly wouldn't rely on a zip tie to secure...

I certainly wouldn't rely on a zip tie to secure my anchor; although my main anchor doesn't have a trip mode.

Luckily, it is very rare to have an anchor stuck on bottom around here.
Last week...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 11-10-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,618
Posted By AusCan
The noise often is from the gearbox, but but a...

The noise often is from the gearbox, but but a good damper plate can reduce or eliminate the rattle. Mine does until the bushes wear out. I'm still searching for the the root cause of the problem.
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 11-10-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,618
Posted By AusCan
You can buy a bushing kit for the polyurethane...

You can buy a bushing kit for the polyurethane type damper plates for about $50. Easy to replace on the Centa brand damper plates.

Pulling the transmission can be a pain in the butt. Before...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 11-02-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,556
Posted By AusCan
Building an integral tank tank has several...

Building an integral tank tank has several advantages.

It uses all the available space efficiently.
One side is done for you already. (the hull)
It adds a degree of safety if that part of the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-02-2021, 04:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,320
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.
...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,649
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: 223
Views: 14,487
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: 1,931
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: 2,415
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: 176
Views: 15,539
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: 495
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: 63
Views: 6,391
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: 810
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: 3,456
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: 3,003
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: 372
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: 7,254
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: 4,078
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: 9,908
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: 622
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...
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