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Old 06-09-2015, 11:43   #16
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

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The only way it could be more useless is if the makers had conceived of some way for it to also draw down the batteries.
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

Yeah, must be drawing down my batteries too. I cant see the photo.
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I hate that it's tied up to the dock.


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Old 06-09-2015, 11:57   #19
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The only way it could be more useless is if the makers had conceived of some way for it to also draw down the batteries.
Au contraire. Those things tell you whether you are going sideways without drawing power from the GPS. A little data gathering is needed first.


At a certain angle of heel your keel will start slipping.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:11   #20
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

They built the damn thing inside out. Need access to your hoses? Tough luck. Your choices are to deal with it or cut holes in your nice woodwork.

The PO cut holes throughout the heads. And then covered them with family photos. Imagine my surprise when I took possession and all the photos were removed.


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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

I have a squeak which only makes itself known offshore in large seas. It took me a while to pinpoint it and I'll try to correct it this fall after she's hauled. It could only be pinpointed by feeling the vibrations of a piece of teak trim under the bridgedeck. I may have to cut a thin slot in it to isolate it from its surroundings. I cannot dismantle it without destroying it. My engine cover was also squeaking but silicone spray cured that. Nothing else makes a sound, even in very large seas. It only takes a small squeak to make you go nuts.
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Old 06-09-2015, 13:40   #22
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

Hate is too strong but my current aggravations include how the mast wiring is fed though my deck, my too-tight engine room, and some of the stanchions a po poorly installed.

Oh, and yes, there is a special place hell reserved for boat builders who use slotted screws. Phillips are great, but give me a Robertsons any day.


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I've got a brand new 40hp engine to install. The cabin was built around the old one, so it won't come out through the companionway. :-(

Oh, and it was built in 1978 in the period of changeover between imperial and metric, and built off imperial plans, so everything is a weird size to replace.
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Boat bites are badges of some sort. Not sure if they represent courage or stupidity though.
Finally somebody who calls 'em the same thing I do!
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Access to everything is possible on my boat.

Just the other day I removed the muffler.

It did come out, but it was "brain-salad surgery" - clearance was a nano-spec; after wiggling a bundle of wires out of the way. How I'm gonna get the new one is a still a myserty.

Other than that, I've replaced almost everything 'cuz I can get to it.

Oh: other thing -- bottom nut of the stud for the exhaust riser. Always a week-long fight.
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Oh, and yes, there is a special place hell reserved for boat builders who use slotted screws. Phillips are great, but give me a Robertsons any day.


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Have Robertson screws made it to the rest of the world yet? I remember once shipping a piece of equipment to the US in a crate with Robertson screws, and they called us to ask for the "special tool" needed to open it.
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Au contraire. Those things tell you whether you are going sideways without drawing power from the GPS. A little data gathering is needed first.


At a certain angle of heel your keel will start slipping.
Thanks! There is now nothing I don't like about this boat.
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

I call it Previous Owner Syndrome. Most older boats have thirty plus years of repairs and modifications executed with of varying levels of expertise and planning...

Now, I can't complain about my boat's previous owner, but we've all known that guy with a whole bunch of tools and enthusiasm but the poor SOB couldn't fix a sandwich without screwing it up... if that guy owned your boat before you - you'll hate him.
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Have Robertson screws made it to the rest of the world yet? I remember once shipping a piece of equipment to the US in a crate with Robertson screws, and they called us to ask for the "special tool" needed to open it.
I don't think so, but yet another reason for Canadians to be proud ... humbly and modestly proud . Whenever I need to replace one of those wretched slotted screws I reach for a Robertson.
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Re: What do you hate about your boat?

Engine access causes the majority of swearing on my boat. On the plus side, my flexibility and yoga is improving. I may be able to find work at the circus as a contortionist.


The slotted screws also in my bad books. I have been bringing Robertson screws into Australia from Canada for myself, but any future owners of the boat may also be looking for the "special tool".
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