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P323 / 323 washed ashore in Nicaragua years ago
« on: January 20, 2019, 04:15:34 PM »
This poor baby washed ashore.

Although scavengers have stripped her bare. She shows her strong bones!

Screen shots from a youtube video.

https://youtu.be/N-5CtL66-xw

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Interior Structures / Eliminating plastic bin under nav seat-
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:20:29 AM »
I have finally ridded ALMA of all of the silly poly bins Pearson used to save money on finish work.

Years ago I modified all the lockers with new 5mm five-ply birch Formica covered lids that enable access to the whole spaces the bins used to live in. The locker in the Vee Berth is at least three times the space of a poly bin. Likewise for the areas under the starboard settees.

The issue was making liners that kept small items from making their way to the bilge.

The space under the Nav Seat used to be stuffed with all the spares we need and of course some items we'll never use.
The wonderful rigging cutters a friend gave me are something I hope we never use!

Having all that equipment and spares stuffed into the locker prevented me from knowing what was in there.

I know some savvy cruisers make maps of whats in their lockers but I'm not that organized- yet.

This is a simple solution to utilizing ALL the bone-dry space under the seat-

I trash-picked the piece of Plexi years ago but I broke the tempered glass in our shore-side refrigerator soon after and had to cut a substantial piece for that repair.

Last week I finally got a scrap and welded it to the piece I had to have material big enough to span the entire space.

I now have three levels of storage- The very bottom is essential but rarely used spares and tools. The second level is general spares like impellers, seals and gaskets and spares for the head and other mechanicals.

The top level is everything else-

The only downside is trim- Installing a bladder tank in the port side settee I discovered a very nice mid-ships cavity forward of the tankage that I'll soon adapt for the heavy items- spare starter, ignition coil, fasteners, rigging and those trusty rigging cutters.

It would also be a perfect spot for a windlass battery...

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Interior Structures / Plastic Bin under Nav Seat-
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:12:36 AM »
I have finally ridded ALMA of all of the silly poly bins Pearson used to save money on finish work.

Years ago I modified all the lockers with new 5mm five-ply birch Formica covered lids that enable access to the whole spaces the bins used to live in. The locker in the Vee Berth is at least three times the space of a poly bin. Likewise for the areas under the starboard settees.

The issue was making liners that kept small items from making their way to the bilge.

The space under the Nav Seat used to be stuffed with all the spares we need and of course some items we'll never use.
The wonderful rigging cutters a friend gave me are something I hope we never use!

Having all that equipment and spares stuffed into the locker prevented me from knowing what was in there.

I know some savvy cruisers make maps of whats in their lockers but I'm not that organized- yet.

This is a simple solution to utilizing ALL the bone-dry space under the seat-

I trash-picked the piece of Plexi years ago but I broke the tempered glass in our shore-side refrigerator soon after and had to cut a substantial piece for that repair.

Last week I finally got a scrap and welded it to the piece I had to have material big enough to span the entire space.

I now have three levels of storage- The very bottom is essential but rarely used spares and tools. The second level is general spares like impellers, seals and gaskets and spares for the head and other mechanicals.

The top level is everything else-

The only downside is trim- Installing a bladder tank in the port side settee I discovered a very nice mid-ships cavity forward of the tankage that I'll soon adapt for the heavy items- spare starter, ignition coil, fasteners, rigging and those trusty rigging cutters.

It would also be a perfect spot for a windlass battery...







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Sails, Canvas, & Structures / Old clapped out 323 sails-
« on: October 30, 2018, 10:47:49 AM »
I still have my old Genoa and mainsail from many years ago.

They are old!

What should I do with them???

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I'm making progress installing my new Raymarine 'Evolution' autopilot.

Having a wonderful Simrad WP 30 for fifteen years that happily communicated with an old Garmin chart-plotter this install has been 'character-building'.

I remember installing the WP 30 in about 40 minutes.

Installing the Raymarine seems like 40 days and 40 nights of freezing rain, at the wheel with a foul current-

The paperwork from the FOUR separate components, wheel-pilot, control box, fluxgate compass, and display seem like they were written on different planets.

And the Sea-Talk NG (Next Generation) wiring "backbone" will not talk to NEMA 0183 without an expensive aftermarket 'adapter'.
The SeaTalk (and incompatible with Sea Talk, Sea Talk NG) is a buffed-up version of NEMA 2000 but with proprietary (expensive) cables that need proprietary (expensive) connectors, and (expensive) terminators like old SCCI computer connections.

I got an app for my phone that senses magnetic fields and the best location for the fluxgate compass (for ALMA) is right under the cabin sole on centerline adjacent to the mid bulkhead. I made a bracket to attach the fluxgate to the hull liner centerline flange. We'll see if this location works-

Instead of drilling FOUR holes into my nice Edson pedestal I re-purposed the Simrad wheelpilot's mounting bracket that is attached to the pedestal with plastic sheathed hose clamps. They have been in service a long time and look new. A simple piece of Aluminum rod turned down to fit the Evo's plastic wheel mechanism locates the pilots mechanism. The motor's wire passes through the spot where the Edson wheel brake lived before it lost its brake lining and quit. I removed the brake entirely. It never held the wheel very well for us.

I made another aluminum bracket to hold the SeaTalk backbone connector 'bridge' and used an existing spot under my galvanic isolator to clamp the bracket. We have no need for an autopilot on shore power so I'm not expecting any interference from the proximity of AC and DC circuits.

Yesterday I was able to finally complete the installation of the components and power up the whole mess. The components are located in the Starboard lazzarette just forward of my shore power inlet. They are set on mahogany stand-offs set in epoxy. I don't drill holes in ALMA often- and this 'kit' hasn't offered a sense of permanence!

I was so apprehensive of the complexity of this install I first put the wheel on the pedestal without the keyway's key- I figured if I had missed something with the hard-over settings the wheel would slip on its axle should the rudder come to its stop before the 'brain' knew.

Actually everything went perfectly.
The motor cable has no polarity- just an "A" and "B" label.
No worries though, the display asks the installer= "Did the wheel turn to Port?" LoL.

No it didn't- but after answering 'no' the brain called "B" "A" and "A" "B"!
I swapped the motor leads so I wouldn’t see THAT message for eternity-
Funny the two wires are “B”lue and “B”rown…

So- I'm ready to complete the setup next trip to the boatyard and I'm looking forward to the Raymarine hyperbole of 2 degree course holding.

Next up? A new chartplotter and a big Raymarine wedding!

A BIG-Bonus is the new lazzarette panels I made from Home-Depot white coated pressed board.
The old pegboard panels were gnarly and these should keep engine sounds, heat and smells where they belong.

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Deck Mounted Hardware / Swim Platform
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:26:37 PM »
Has anyone had experience adding a swim platform???

Like this?


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Electrical Systems & Electronics / New autopilot
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:49:23 PM »
Our Simrad/Navico WP 30 quit the weekend before layup and since the fantastic WP 30 is discontinued I wanted to hear what other 323 captains are using.

I see the Raymarine wheelpilot has a $500 rebate making it about $1300 shipped.

The Raymarine and likely other new units do not communicate with my old Garmin chartplotter through NEMA 081 without clumst adapters.

What do you use?

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P323 / clogged engine water intake
« on: July 06, 2017, 06:28:59 PM »
Over the twenty years I've owned ALMA I've had 4 clogs of the raw water intake on the keel.
One this weekend with six aboard...

Sometimes I move a purposely longer inlet hose to the sea water sink pump through hull. Effective but certainly not elegant.

Today hot tubs need two drains. That prevents the pump from sucking in a hand. The pumps have a "choice".

I've been kicking around the idea of boring a hole opposite the existing raw water inlet and adding another and its seacock and a tee so no bag, jelly or jetsom can get me again.

Ever heard of such a thing?



Crazy?

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Interior Structures / ALMA's new HDPE shower panel
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:05:05 PM »
We shower often on ALMA since we are berthed in a busy marina and the bath house although wonderful is over a thousand yards away. I often saw water collecting in the shower head's storage cubby from the dripping hose. It wasn't possible to shake all the water out of the hose and when stowed the water found its way to the bottom of the plywood panel and the bottom edge started to rot after 40 years...

I have made many Starboard pieces- the most popular being the Coming Box trim a few 323 members have used my drawings for. This project is not Starboard. I tried to get a nice piece but only a cut and shipped piece was available to me and its cost was plain stupid.

I have a nice plastics shops near me in Philly and they have a great scraps bin with their own generic Starboard (cutting board) material. I didn't see a suitable scrap in months. Something about 17" when I needed 18...

I found this HDPE in another shop for 35 bucks!

It is a glossy finish unlike Starboards texture and if I find I don't like the glossy I'll scrub it with polishing compound.

It sure will dress up my head! I mounted the fiberglas cubby with stainless washers between the panel and the cubby so water drains after each use. It does not drain into the head but the bilge. I don't think a few drops will hurt anything.

I enlarged the opening so the right side cold water tap is more accessible. I also made the opening bigger hoping we can stow some toiletries in the cubby too.

Enjoy- 

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General Discussion / Boat Insurance scam-
« on: March 01, 2015, 05:36:33 PM »
I've been with Boat US insurance over 20 years. ALMA has had the same Boat US policy for over 15 years. This week I got my renewal with my new Declarations Page.

Imagine my surprise when Boat US took it upon themselves to downgrade the Agreed Value of ALMA from 28 grand to 21! ( almost a 1/3!)
This with no notice, letter, inspection of the vessel or survey. ...AND the same premium!


Most of us simply cut a check in the Spring and move forward with the list of items on our boat's to-do lists.
Maybe you will want to take a close look at your insurance Dec Page and make sure you are getting what you think you are getting!

I called Boat US Insurance and spoke to a rep, then had HIM call an underwriter and straighten out my Agreed Value.

They called back and are sending me new paperwork reflecting the AGREED "Agreed Value"!

I've heard horror stories about Boat US only paying for having one side of a hull painted after a claim- Great... Half gelcoat. Half PAINT.

Insurance companies know we need an expensive and superfluous new Marine Survey to change carriers (my survey said Diesel Generator in tip top condition). Guess what- ALMA has no generator! If she DID it wouldn't be Diesel with an Atomic Four GAS auxiliary!

Watch out mariners. The sea is unpredictable- Insurance companies Less So.

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Ports & Hatches / Salon side ports
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:40:12 AM »

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Boat Handling / Sail to winter layup
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:37:18 PM »
We sailed ALMA from Cape May to New Gretna (VIKING Yachts home on the Bass River) for winter storage at Allan's Dock last weekend.

We had a great sail both days with perfect conditions!

Now the winter projects start!


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Ports & Hatches / 323 with opening ports
« on: October 21, 2014, 03:35:30 AM »
This 323 came from the factory with opening ports instead of the windows we have in the salon.

I think it looks sharp. Opening ports in the salon would be fantastic.

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