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Ports & Hatches / Re: Hatchmasters--Has anyone Used Them?
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:25:50 PM »
I have a friend with a Bertram who had good success with a watchmaster recondition. It was very expensive.

I removed the acrylic on mine and was luck enough to have a much bigger hatch given to me.

I took that acrylic and cut it down to fit my hatch. I glued it to the aluminum and did not use the phillips screws and did not drill the acrylic. The Hatchmasters also do not use the obsolete screw method.

I took the front hatch acrylic and cut it down to fit the midships hatch (without mounting holes).

They held up nicely but eventually it leaked. Now I have cleaned the hatches and applied electrical tape to the perimeter where the seam is.

They are completely leak free.

Sure I'll need to change out the tape every few years...

Far better than a thousand dollar 'restoration' that will also eventually leak-

Boat Handling / Re: Weather Helm
« on: June 28, 2019, 07:28:47 PM »
It would but only if it is not blown out and the wind is light.

Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: Mast light wiring diagram
« on: June 11, 2019, 01:26:47 PM »
The original wiring on my 323 #74 is still performing as it did when built in Portsmouth. I have not had to replace the wiring in my mast. If anything is wrong with the old wire it is now too robust (therefore HEAVY) for LED fixtures.

ALMA is sailed every weekend in the ocean 43 years now. No wires have corroded.

The ABYC is not always the best recommendation. But if rewiring is in your future there surely is no down side except expense in following the ABYC color codes.

The only ABYC color code I always follow is the 'new' color for 12V DC ground. The new color is yellow not black as we are all used to.

The yellow is to make sure no one confuses the 120V AC HOT Black wire with a simple 12V Ground. That error could be dangerous.

But feel free to use Radio Shack speaker wire for speakers... There is no need to spend a fortune on Anchor Brand 'tinned' Boat Cable. It is just a waste of money.

General Discussion / Re: 74 Pearson 33
« on: May 08, 2019, 01:25:55 PM »
It breaks my heart to see an idiot 'improve' one of these with his own idea of what the keel should be at my winter boatyard.

He removed the centerboard and cobbled up some strange fiberglass to cover the retracted centerboard. What a loon-

Introductions / Re: Hello From Nebraska
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:48:16 AM »
Welcome aboard!

Ports & Hatches / Re: Beckson or Bomar 414 opening ports HELP
« on: March 31, 2019, 08:03:50 PM »
New Found Metals-

There are some good threads about replacing all three brands.

P303 / Re: Navigation Lights
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:32:06 PM »
If you have hull side lights they were once approved but when sailing and heeled over one is always hidden.

You are much better off with a LED combination red/green mounted to your bow pulpit.

You can run the wires through the pulpit and into the vee berth through the deck. Be sure to waterproof the deck core if you pierce the deck for wires.

I installed a combination light and just last week followed up with home made aluminum plates to block off the holes in the bow where the old rusted so-called stainless hull lights lived...

If you go this route be sure to plan a way to mount the combination light in a way a little collision with a piling won't scrape it off- Mine is vulnerable to being scrubbed off...

Mechanical and Plumbing Systems / Re: sump pump switch
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:25:59 PM »
My 'crash pump' is operated manually with a switch on the panel- It is labeled Bilge Pump to prevent confusion...

The reason the 'crash pump' is mounted 7" above the bottom of the bilge sump is to keep it dry and clean. It's only purpose is to give me extra time to find flooding or arrange abandon ship. It is as new and ready any time. It is plumbed with smooth wall high pressure hose I scavenged from an old hot tub.

A smaller diaphragm pump is used for bits of rainwater or beer... That pump also drains the shower/icebox plastic tank. We removed the Head sink and all of its Rube Goldberg plumbing.

Here is the BIG Rule pump mounted to a bent piece of Aluminum to hold it above the bilge. The aluminum is drilled to allow water in from the base as well as the sides. The aluminum is precisely bent to allow it to wedge itself without fasteners and it is easy to lift the whole assembly for maintenance-This photo made right before wiring was finished...

And second photo is its discharge through the existing side deck scupper above the water line. You can clearly see the $50.00/ft white 'marine grade' hose and its brown twin 'scavenged hot tub hose'-

I imagine a little left rudder will be required to compensate if this pump is ever used in anger LoL.

It squirts like a jet boat!

Mechanical and Plumbing Systems / Re: sump pump switch
« on: February 23, 2019, 07:24:26 PM »
We have the original pull on push off switch at the head and I made a spot for a 'sump' switch in our new electrical panel by the battery switch. I don't recommend any automatic arrangement for this switch. The gray water has too much flotsam for a float switch to work.

I made a grey water 'tank' from a Tupperware to replace the original Pearson arrangement which had a heavy fiberglass tank with 18 screws holding a lid. We use the shower often so a Tupperware lid is great for the constant cleaning of hair and soap scum from the sump tank

This gray water 'tank' accepts water from the shower sump and icebox. The icebox tank inlet is higher than the shower one so there it is less likely for sump water to back up into the ice box drain line.

I also ran solid PVC pipe from the (original PAR) sump pump to the tanks so I could tee-off a line to the bilge with a strum box to pick up any nusance bilge water. I have a huge electric 'crash pump' that is available for serious flooding. It is mounted high and dry 7 inches above the bilge sump to keep it clean and ready for a "Redford".

This arrangement has worked well over ten years.

Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: Raymarine EV-100 Autopilot
« on: February 18, 2019, 06:43:31 PM »
I mounted mine in the bilge just aft of the sump. It is on centerline and also in the center of the boat as specified by Raymarine. It is submersible so an occasional splash of bilge water or beer isn't a problem. I made an aluminum bracket that attaches to the hull liner joint fastener so again no new holes drilled in the boat. I mounted the controller aft is starboard lazzerette aft of hatch.

P323 / Re: 323 washed ashore in Nicaragua years ago
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:58:04 PM »
Yes-  it would be a completely different boat to sail that way.

Interior Structures / Re: Replacing Pegboard in Cockpit Lockers
« on: January 27, 2019, 06:52:13 PM »
That is the starboard side. The plywood shelf's rack is held with two 8/32 screws with fender washers against the pressboard back. The panel is slightly thinner than the pegboard and a similar composition.

It has held up very well on its first season. I want to trim up from the bottom another inch or so so it never blots up water. The stringers it simply rests against to are at least 9" tall so there is plenty of leeway.

The shelves hold bins that only have some cleaning stuff and cushions on starboard side, docklings on the other- lightweight stuff.

I think better than worrying about waterproofing them in the basically dry lockers, I'll simply replace them from time to time. The material is $8.00? That way a scrape or stain isn't ever a worry.

You will love the quietness!!!!!!

Interior Structures / Re: Replacing Pegboard in Cockpit Lockers
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:12:39 PM »
The shapes are so irregular I'd use cardboard to make templates.

Remember they are two piece so they can be installed through the openings.

I didn't use pegboard for the new ones- I never used pegboard hardware so I uses plain pressed-board, one side white vinyl from Big Box store.

I have shelves I made and that is what the plywood piece is for. The shelfs are made from 5mm birch plywood and they rest on the plywood and cleats epoxied to the hull.

P323 / Re: 323 washed ashore in Nicaragua years ago
« on: January 24, 2019, 10:06:53 AM »
A tribute to the mounting of the anchor roller- everything else picked clean!

I'd like to have the (missing) storm hood.

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