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Deck Mounted Hardware / Deck fill O-rings
« on: September 29, 2020, 08:06:43 PM »
On the P323, all 5 deck fills (3 water, 1 waste, 1 fuel) seem to be the same size. Anyone know what size o-ring they take?

Deck Mounted Hardware / Bent Bow Pulpit
« on: November 01, 2019, 10:10:13 AM »
During our last Bahamas trip, we had an encounter with a dock that left us with a bent bow pulpit.  (Our Atomic 4 is so quiet at idle that it had stalled and I didn't notice!)

The port side is bent sternward about 2 inches, resulting in very slack lifelines, and two of the screws on the feet have been pulled partially out.

Any recommendations on how to straighten it?  I'd like to be able to do it in place, rather than try to remove it.

Cruising / Type I MSD
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:33:33 PM »
I am seeking the advice of the collective brain trust.

A major limitation on our last trip down the ICW was the need
to constantly (every two days!) find a pumpout station due to the
small size of our holding tank (10 gal).

One of the things that struck us while in the Bahamas was
the freedom we had to anchor somewhere and stay as long
as we liked because we were able to pump overboard.

In an effort to achieve some of this flexibility while
in the U.S., we were planning on installing an ElectroScan
(a type I MSD) in order to be able to treat our waste and
legally discharge it overboard (except in specially
designated "No Discharge" Zones). There are lots of these
up North, but only one or two small ones here on the
Chesapeake, and a couple on the coast on the way South.

With time running out for our next trip South this Fall,
I was just about ready to purchase
the needed equipment and supplies and start tearing into
the boat, when I discovered that ALL of the Florida keys
are a No Discharge Zone!! Since our current plan is to
spend the winter in the Keys, I'm starting to wonder if
we're past the tipping point in the cost/benefit tradeoff.
I'm estimating about $2500 in materials, and a lot of work
to get it done in the next 5 weeks.

So, now we're faced with a dilemma. Do we

1) Proceed as planned, knowing that we'll still need to pumpout
the whole time in the keys?

2) Scratch the MSD and just deal with finding pumpouts in the
Keys and everywhere else in the U.S.?

3) Scratch the MSD and the Keys, and go back to the Bahamas for the
winter, hitting Eluthera and the Abacos (which we missed last trip)?

4) Do something else we haven't thought of?

Recommendations welcome and eagerly sought after!

- What is your experience with finding pumpouts in the Keys?
- How often do you need to pumpout?
- Any opinion on the future viability of Type I MSDs?
- What about composting heads? (The Peat-Moss needed may be
hard to find in the Bahamas.) And you still need to deal with
handling and disposing of the liquid.

Thanks in advance!

Steering System, Hull Structure / Strut Coating
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:27:48 AM »
The bronze prop strut on my P-323 appears to be coated with something to prepare it for painting.  The material is white and is approx. 1/16" thick.

Some of it has flaked off of the bottom portion of it housing the cutless bearing, exposing the bare bronze and allowing it to begin corroding. (Yes, it is bonded, and I have zincs on the shaft).

I've done a lot of online research, but been unable to find any clear guidance on coatings for struts.  Some sources say to never coat it, especially with copper-based bottom paint. At least one suggested clear epoxy.  Others suggest Interprotect-2000, and then bottom paint.

I have examined all of the other struts in our boatyard, and they all appear to be coated and bottom-painted.

Any ideas?

P424 / Sloop vs Ketch
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:43:08 PM »
I have always wanted one. A cutter or sloop. There is a nice one on Yachtworld now. It was a ketch converted with advice from Bill Shaw. What is the story on the keel failures?

I'm looking at ketches.  As I get older, a big mainsail gets harder and harder to handle.  The ketch sailplan breaks things up nicely.  Plus, ketches usually have a shorter mainmast,  and there's some 55' bridges I'd like to be able to get under.

I hadn't heard anything about keel failures.  What do you know?

P424 / 424 Section Gone
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:23:36 AM »
The Pearson 424 section seems to have gone missing.  A permissions problem?

Website and Forum Suggestions / Mobile Site Problem
« on: May 25, 2017, 11:56:56 AM »
Whenever I access the mobile site, the "new posts" feature is not working properly. Boards that have new posts show up with a highlighted icon, as they should, but if I click on the icon, I get no new posts. On the other hand, if I click on the board name, the threads with new posts show up with the Orange "new" tag.

Using an iPhone 6, IOS 8

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2016, 11:04:37 AM »
Merry Christmas to all!

Cruising / ICW South to Florida, Bahamas
« on: September 19, 2016, 11:36:56 AM »
Well, the time has nearly arrived!

In just 12 short days, on Oct 1, we will head out on our six month trip, down the Atlantic ICW to Florida, then over to the Bahamas for the winter, returning north on the ICW in the spring!

I've started a blog for the trip at

Meanwhile, I'm quietly going nuts trying to do the final provisioning in the last two weeks. In particular, I'm all over the map on spares and tools to bring, as there's very little extra storage on the Pearson 323.

Would love to hear specifics from people who have made this trip.

Interior Structures / Icebox Insulation
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:14:39 PM »
Afraid not.  My priority has been things I absolutely have to have done before we go south this Fall, down the ICW and over to the Bahamas, and upgrading the ports isn't one of them!

Currently working on adding insulation to the icebox/refer from the inside.  Yeah, I'll lose volume, but I already lose half the capacity because its so poor, I still have to use ice to keep foods from spoiling.  And it sucks power.

General Discussion / Annapolis Sailboat Show
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:18:27 AM »
Anyone going to the Annapolis Sailboat show this year?
Its looking like I'' be there on this Sunday.

Electrical Systems & Electronics / Solar Panel
« on: December 29, 2014, 08:13:20 AM »

General Discussion / P-323 Merchandise
« on: October 22, 2014, 02:25:26 PM »
I just stumbled across this Cafe Press site for P-323 merchansise:

Shirts, mugs, decals, etc, all with the P-323 sailplan and line drawings on them.
And Christmas is only 8 weeks away.

General Discussion / Where is everybody?
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:21:07 AM »
No activity here in two weeks!  Thought I'd try a post just to see if the forum is still working!

Sails and Canvas / Bimini Frame Finger Capture Danger
« on: November 14, 2013, 03:09:04 PM »
Just wanted to share my experience this past weekend in the hope that it will help someone else avoid a similar mishap.

While winterizing the boat this past weekend, I started taking down the bimini.  When enough of the zippers had been undone, the frame relaxed and some of the bows flopped down flat to the coaming.  Unfortunately, my left hand was not in a good place, and the closing "jaws" of one of the hinges caught the tip of my left index finger and nearly severed it.  I knew there was a "pinch" danger, but I never imagined that those lightweight bows represented an amputation danger.  But they do!

The bone was broken, and the tissue severed most of the way through.  The only thing that kept it from being a complete amputation was the fact that there was still a 1/4" gap when the hinge was all the way closed.

I was lucky.  The small flap that was not severed contained the artery, so there was still blood flow to the fingertip.  The hospital was able to reattach it, and they thought there is a good chance of saving it.

So respect those hinges!  Keep your fingers well away from them when deploying or removing the bimini!

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