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Old 28-08-2019, 07:37   #46
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

1) Replaced bathtub (!) in aft head with curtained shower (fabricated a fibreglass shower pan to fit contour of hull) and that gave room for a Haier washing machine also
2) Full removeable cockpit enclosure.
3) Full batten main with Dutchman sail flaking on boom.
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5) Replaced an upper level pilot berth in salon with storage cabinets, drawers and TV area. All teak matching existing cabinetry.

BTW someone mentioned adding electric winch would add years to his life. I disagree, thinking that the little workout I get on my manual winches is just what I need for my heart after sitting in the co kpit on a long tack.
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Old 28-08-2019, 18:34   #47
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

Mine
1 Sensor lights in dark cupboards & lockers
2 $20 for 2 windlass remotes. So handy.
3 Stainless Steel lifting system on the Stern for lifting the 9.8 outboard.
4 Watermaker. Probably should be no1 as this has totally changed the way we cruise.
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Old 28-08-2019, 18:51   #48
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  • And my favourite nerdy mod is the integrated wifi with Internet and NEMA data. Every single phone and tablet on board has access to the Internet, charts and Nema all from a single hotspot. The integrated PC at the nav station adds the cherry on top.
Would love to see a rundown on how to do this.
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Old 28-08-2019, 21:16   #49
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

Our mainsail rides on simple flat slugs and there's a fair amount of friction. Sometimes when striking it, it would fail to fall (as it were), sticking with the head well out of reach. So, I added a downhaul, a bit of 6mm dacron fastened to the headboard slide and reaching almost to the third reef tack cringle. There I spliced in a length of bungee cord to keep it taught and dead ended it at the that reef cringle. It stays tightly against the sail whilst hoisted, falls free as the third reef reaches the boom and allows one to assist the last few meters of sail on its way down. If one then lashes it to a nearby cleat, it prevents the sail from climbing back up the mast in a squall and allows you to cinch down the halyard to quiet it without having to climb up and remove it from the sail.

It has been quite useful.

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Old 29-08-2019, 00:20   #50
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Would love to see a rundown on how to do this.
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Old 29-08-2019, 16:57   #51
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My system uses openplotter. Specifically I have a Rpi setup with it installed and utilise KPlex and SignalK for sending NEMA data to a wired network. Of course it also has OpenCPN on it too, and I can VNC into that but I just run OpenCPN on the attached devices and use the NEMA data coming from KPlex. The RPi is also running samba to make it a simple file server which is fantastic for storing documents, charts and routes for sharing. It's also a very simple matter to make this data available to the Internet if required.


Simi, one way to get NEMA data and Internet together over a single WiFi connection is to utilise a RPi as a Kplex server then connect it to a portable Wifi Router. The wifi router is configured to connect to a 4G modem over wifi and use it as an internet gateway. This then allows internet access via either the wired connection or the unit's own wifi hotspot. This means that even if there is no Aircard attached, the router will still transmit NEMA data and vice versa.


My system seems a little complex at first glance, but it is designed to be modular and to have redundancy. I use a 5 port portable USB powered switch so as to integrate the MFD, radar and Nav station PC onto the wired network directly. In the pictures below, the black box is the pc, the blue is the wifi router and the "Optus" labelled unit is the 4G modem. The other picture shows the RPi in it's installed position on top of the VHF radio. My RPi is a little thicker than standard because it has a dAISy HAT AIS receiver board attached.
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

Thanks, looks like I have some homework
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Old 29-08-2019, 22:25   #53
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Our mainsail rides on simple flat slugs and there's a fair amount of friction. Sometimes when striking it, it would fail to fall (as it were), sticking with the head well out of reach. So, I added a downhaul, a bit of 6mm dacron fastened to the headboard slide and reaching almost to the third reef tack cringle. There I spliced in a length of bungee cord to keep it taught and dead ended it at the that reef cringle. It stays tightly against the sail whilst hoisted, falls free as the third reef reaches the boom and allows one to assist the last few meters of sail on its way down. If one then lashes it to a nearby cleat, it prevents the sail from climbing back up the mast in a squall and allows you to cinch down the halyard to quiet it without having to climb up and remove it from the sail.

It has been quite useful.

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Old 30-08-2019, 09:03   #54
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

Ditto on StrongTrak!
Wow love that thing!
When I single-handed the Atlantic on my Morgan 38 and now on our Shannon ketch, it's amazing how you can reef from ANY point of sail. Just did again last month daysailing with the wife when a squall blew through with 40kt gusts....
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Old 30-08-2019, 09:04   #55
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

The PO installed a second water tank. The valves are in a very inconvenient location. He also installed 2 water pumps (one hot, one cold). After 6 years of fighting the valves, I replumbed and rewired. Now 1 pump tank 1, 1 pump tank 2 and an on-off-on toggle to switch tanks. Even my wife can do it (yeah, I'll pay or that).

When on a ball or anchor my wife is anal about saving water. Also, about not taking a cold shower. She would fill a large bowl till hot water arrived. I installed a pump between the hot water and cold water. Now a press of a button for 20 seconds, voila, instant hot water (almost) and no loss of water.
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Old 30-08-2019, 09:28   #56
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

-Docking & spring lines for both sides of our boat. Two midship springs each side.
-Minimum # of fenders for both sides. If need more on dock side because of weather or action (like spinging off dock in tight spaces) just borrow from off side.
-USB power supplies...at least 20,000 mAmp
-USB powered fans...attach to power supplies for awkward spots
-Small dehumidifier(s).
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Old 30-08-2019, 09:31   #57
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

++ on the cockpit enclosure, it almost doubled the living space on our little ketch.
Another thing I did was glue a 15' LED strip zig-zagging around the overhead of the engine compartment (engine dungeon). Lots of light and no shadows.
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Old 30-08-2019, 10:06   #58
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

Dewalt wet-dry 12v vacuum
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Old 30-08-2019, 10:40   #59
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Re: Those really convenient things you did.

ok I'll shamelessly add a thread in case it has something of use for those perusing this thread.
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...al-153058.html

and a couple others

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...se-197008.html

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...at-191311.html
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This reminded me of another thing I'm glad for.

My Strong Track.

Greased lightening for mainsails.
Just remember that it doesnít last forever. Seems like 8-19 years is the life expectancy.
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