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  1. Stenn
    Hi Bill, been a LONG time....since 08 I think ! Woman pulled me out of my world, into hers, now, 8 years later, single again, back to focusing on sailing and SSB/HAM installation on my Newport 27S-II.,...still in area, live next to Ft Meade in Gambrills, MD....Newport is pulled at Harrington Harbour North in Deale.
  2. exMaggieDrum
    Hi Bill,
    I am intend to put a below deck hydraulic autopilot on Argonauta, our GW 42. I know you have one. I am planning on installing a Simrad (AP24 display/control head, AC42 computer, heading sensor, RFU, etc). I think I will be getting a non-Simrad pump and they don't sell a Simrad cylinder. My issue is sizing the pump and cylinder. The Simrad electronics are very good and strong, and I think rated for 25A to a pump. I had a bad experience with my Whitby 42 with a Hynautic helm pump and cylinder in a bad seaway with following seas and 20+kt winds. The effort required was too much for the AP (not uncommon in these conditions) and even for hand steering for hours. Do you have detail info on the rudder dimensions/square footage? What have you installed on your boat? Thank you very much. Happy Holidays!
  3. TrueNorth38
    Bill,
    We are a family of four planning a two year cruise to South Pacific from Seattle.
    I've made an offer on GW42 "Jackpot" in Anacortes. From your previous posts it appears that you pretty happy with yours. Is this still the case? Would you recommend the boat for the route?

    Unfortunately, the survey found very wet and delaminated foredeck. I had to stop it within an hour as the damage is quite severe. Unfortunately the same happened to previous buyers who walked after 45 minutes of the survey. But the sellers claimed that there was no problem .
    The question I have is this. I wonder if it would be worth getting the boat anyway and fix the deck (at proper discount of course)? Previous owners removed the teak, but apparently did a poor job, resulting in fully saturated core. Did you have to deal with wet core when you fixed your deck? What would you expect the cost of proper fix to be?

    Regards.
    Gleb Krivosheev
    Redmond, WA
  4. Ovation
    I was reading an old post of yours about charging systems and am curious if you still have a preference. I have 2 separate banks, starter and a house system (newly replaced) and have found my alternator $ regulator are not charging the starter system any longer...
    I would like to keep my systems separate if possible, but may have to look at upgrading my alternator to 100 amp, and replace the isolators?
    Any thoughts?
  5. svOhana
    I saw a post you made awhile back regarding your engine. I have similar problems and was curious if you could tell me how to wire a start push button directly to solenoid in the engine room. Thanks much. Hope all is well
  6. Jamesgfrew
    Hi bill, i was looking for my old boat that we had, the Licole, and i found your name connected to her, my dad was Jake Crane and we used to own her, and then my cousin jonathan chartered her. Did you know my dad? My name is Lisa Crane, im using my friends phone, id love to hear back from you! You can text me at 7034774827 Lisa
  7. ronbo1
    Hi Bill,
    I got the estimate from Icom, Wash on the attempted electrocution of my 802 and tuner. It's about $1900! I can buy a new system from Defender for $2300.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Ron
    s/v Arion, currently in Block Island heading to Shelter Is.
  8. DeepFrz
    Hi Bill; I wonder if you are still controller on the Cruiser's net if you could inquire about MarkJ in the Grenada/Trinidad area. Haven't heard from him for a while. His boat is "Sea Life". Thanks. Phil
  9. atoll
    hi
    i read in one of your posts that you have a brooks and gatehouse homer 5 ssb receiver,i have one too,but do not have the manual for it,accuired it last year so havent had a chance to use it yet would really be interested in getting a copy of the user manual,as want to set it up with a weather fax printer.

    thanks atoll
  10. cat whiskers
    Hi Bill,
    from Florida I sailed my 36' cat (Whiskers) up to Maine last year and down to Trinidad this season without SSB/Ham and should probably get one (my wife is adamant about that).

    I thought I would run an extra wire for an insulated antenna.
    I'd like to find an inexpensive radio and probably get the minimum licence (which?) for a Ham radio.
    I'd like to go without an expensive PRACTOR.
    and avoid a bronze grounding plate. (there was one mounted and it ate up all the fiberglass around it and it was broken loose by hand leaving a big hole)
    I dont want to trouble you too much but would appreciate some comment of an experienced senior sailor.
    Wolf Moell

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  • About btrayfors
    Vessel Make/ model
    42' Bob Perry sloop
    Vessel Name
    Born Free
    Location
    Chesapeake Region and Maine
    Occupation
    Marine Consultant
    Interests
    Sailing, radios, photography, music, reading, others.
    Biography
    I am a licensed marine professional, providing fee-based training and services in marine electronics, communications, navigation, sailing and cruising skills, and related areas.

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