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    by Published on May 12th, 2012 22:21     Number of Views: 38605 
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    Whether you are renaming an old boat or christening a new one, accomplishing the ritual properly helps ensure you receive the favor of the gods. The results of ignoring this warning have been cited as the contributing factor in many marine related accidents from boats sinking to spilling your drink.

    You are probably asking, what is the proper way to perform the ceremony? Not so fast, to truly be a competent seafaring ...
    by Published on May 3rd, 2012 00:08     Number of Views: 4459 
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    This is a shot of the flybridge helm with the original Wagner 700 Series helm pump removed. The existing hole does not work for the new Seastar pump. I chose the Seastar adapter kit and I need to make a 4 1/2" hole to mount the new pump in. I must admit that the prospect of damaging the fibreglass made me a wee bit nervous.


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    by Published on April 29th, 2012 00:45     Number of Views: 7372 
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    A seacock needs some extra bulk between it and your hull mainly to absorb abuse from wrenching the valve handle, but also because once you add any adapters and a barb fitting, the hose can put some pretty serious side loads on your seacock flange. Here is one solution for the backer plates;

    When I'm doing any fiberglass work, I try to think ahead a bit by saving some of my scrap pieces of mat or cloth and cut them ...
    by Published on April 16th, 2012 21:56     Number of Views: 11502 
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    Troubleshooting marine ignition and starting problems will go much easier if you have a basic understanding of how all the components relate to each other and their specific duties. Overall, the system is similar to an automobile with a few exceptions. In a car, the frame serves as a pathway for the DC current to flow back to the battery or ground. Obviously, on a boat made of fiberglass this is impossible, even if the boat is made of metal this still ...
    by Published on April 11th, 2012 16:26     Number of Views: 8617 
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    My boat's non-skid surfaces are beginning to lose their effectiveness, so I decided to freshen them up a bit. I researched various products and after reading several reviews I settled on a product from New Zealand called KiwiGrip. KiwiGrip is a hard acrylic polymer that cleans up with water and is very easy to work with.

    KiwiGrip is a paste like paint that comes in white and can be tinted to the color you desire. For application, they ...
    by Published on April 7th, 2012 00:20  Number of Views: 3570 
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    OK so I gotta get this battery relocation project going. I hope to get batteries and supplies together this week. I've figured on going with eight golf cart batteries with as much capacity as I can afford and fit into my battery boxes. I like what I hear about Trojan batteries, they are priceyer though. I'm either going with eight Trojan 220 ah golf cart bateries, or for the same money I can get eight US Batteries rated at 245 ah. What would you do?

    I plan on running 2/0 cable from the batteries to the battery switch located in the settee above. ...
    by Published on March 8th, 2012 01:17     Number of Views: 4145 
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    When we first got our boat the v-berth had some moisture issues due to the anchor locker bulkhead not being sealed to the hull. It was made of unsealed plywood that was screwed into blocks at the top and bottom. You can see that there is actually an inch or so space between the bulkhead and the sides of the hull. This is an original Tollycraft thing that did not make a lot of sense. It seems uncharacteristic of the boats overall quality but there it is just the same.

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    by Published on March 8th, 2012 01:12     Number of Views: 6936 
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    I figured I'd start a new thread in the projects area for the carver, I'll link the other one here too. I'll start this one with a really cool item I just received for the boat, an original factory ad for the Carver line featuring the 33' Mariner from a 1976 "Rudder" magazine:



    And a reminder pic of her in the water prior to our purchase:


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