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Forum: Marine Electronics 17-06-2022, 10:47
Replies: 123
Views: 8,274
Posted By Jetx
Re: Lightening strike

LCJ Capteurs… as you say, the cable down the mast is NMEA 0183. That cable connects to their “WindyPlug” adapter, roughly the size of a thumb drive, which then plugs into the NMEA 2000 backbone....
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 30-05-2022, 05:26
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By Jetx
Re: Battery sense for Victron solar controllers

Bluetooth does make programming/configuring the controllers super-easy, which is nice if you have to tweak settings a few times to get everything playing nicely together. BUT you may not need it in...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 13-05-2022, 09:33
Replies: 0
Views: 91
Posted By Jetx
Laclede anchor chain?

I need to replace our anchor chain, and have been offered 3/8 G43 manufactured by Laclede in the USA. I've searched the archives, and while their name has been mentioned a few times, I haven't seen...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 05-02-2022, 14:39
Replies: 42
Views: 2,658
Posted By Jetx
Re: Interior Attachments to Foam Cored Hull - Two schools of thought.

Thin, you said Loctite, but did you mean Devcon Plastic Welder? I seem to recall the Devcon product being the one discussed in the recent “favorite adhesives” thread.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 04-02-2022, 06:54
Replies: 17
Views: 1,540
Posted By Jetx
Re: Picking up a mooring with a bow sprit

My wife drives the boat, while I handle mooring/ anchoring duties. We never retract or fold down the sprit.

Before approaching a mooring, I secure one end of both bridle lines to their respective...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 31-01-2022, 06:06
Replies: 2
Views: 648
Posted By Jetx
Re: Catana 471

There’s an excellent Catana discussion group here: https://catanacats.groups.io/g/main

After joining, use the search function and you’ll find plenty of info on your questions.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 22-01-2022, 06:54
Replies: 13
Views: 1,104
Posted By Jetx
Re: Northern Lights - overheating

Thanks for reporting back, and glad you found the problem. One more thought, since that loose clamp was the culprit and there was evidently communication between the fresh and raw water circuits, you...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 13-01-2022, 08:13
Replies: 13
Views: 1,104
Posted By Jetx
Re: Northern Lights - overheating

The M773 may not be the same, but on my M673 there is a rubber boot on each end of the heat exchanger. Each boot has two hose clamps… a larger one that holds the boot onto the HX body, and a smaller...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 05-01-2022, 08:07
Replies: 98
Views: 8,969
Posted By Jetx
Re: Crew Management -- Medium Sized Crew

Stolen from a friend:

We did a 10 day passage with a crew of four — two very experienced, and two daysailors (wife and I were the day sailors at the time). The skipper came up with a schedule...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 18-12-2021, 06:29
Replies: 123
Views: 11,599
Posted By Jetx
Re: FireFly Battery Long Term Users - Speakup

To achieve a 0.4C charge rate, I disconnect half of the batteries from the ground bus, charge the 4 that are still connected, then swap ground connections and charge the other 4, then put them all...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 17-12-2021, 14:59
Replies: 123
Views: 11,599
Posted By Jetx
Re: FireFly Battery Long Term Users - Speakup

We're on our second set of 8x G31 Fireflies. The first set died after 1 year, having been connected to shore power and kept on float most of that time. We carried out the FF recommended restoration...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 02-12-2021, 16:49
Replies: 25
Views: 1,213
Posted By Jetx
Re: Display coolant temp Volvo D2-50F

Greg is exactly right. We’re installing new D2-50F’s next week, and purchased optional Volvo EVC temp gauges to be installed alongside the standard EVC tachometer. The temp gauge simply daisy-chains...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 24-11-2021, 04:55
Replies: 32
Views: 2,325
Posted By Jetx
Re: What’s better Inox or aluminum exhaust elbow Volvo D2-50

Earlier this year, the heat exchanger outlet flange on my D2-55A failed… corroded completely through and perforated along the bottom edge… allowing a jet of exhaust gas to escape between the flange...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 07-11-2021, 08:22
Replies: 90
Views: 7,883
Posted By Jetx
Re: When To Use a RADAR Reflector?

I agree with boatpoker.. too many boats still out there without AIS. I wouldn’t move along the E coast at night, or in the fog in Maine, without radar. Thankfully all of the lobster boats have a...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 20-10-2021, 10:47
Replies: 18
Views: 2,734
Posted By Jetx
Re: Installing an external regulator on a Volvo D2-55

I’m also considering converting our stock 115 amp Volvo/Mitsubishi alternators to external regulation. I’m curious… how much continuous current do you observe coming from your modified alternators...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 11-10-2021, 11:09
Replies: 10
Views: 1,301
Posted By Jetx
Re: Anyone Use Emetrol For Nausea?

We’ve also had very good success with Stugeron and noticed no adverse effects (we have the lower dose pills, not the FORTE). I don’t feel seasick often, but on the rare occasions when I begin to...
Forum: Marine Electronics 11-10-2021, 03:11
Replies: 29
Views: 4,474
Posted By Jetx
Re: Mobile hotspot for cruisers

What works for us:

Netgear Unite Explore hotspot. Originally built/marketed for AT&T, but purchased ours unlocked off Amazon. Have successfully used T-mobile, Google FI, and AT&T SIM cards in...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-09-2021, 12:10
Replies: 61
Views: 6,666
Posted By Jetx
Re: If Gunboats Can Have This, Why Can’t I?

We have a similar arrangement for main halyard, reefing lines, outhaul and topping lift, and that works well. They’re mostly set and forget, and don’t often need adjusting.

But I don’t think I’d...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-09-2021, 09:22
Replies: 61
Views: 6,666
Posted By Jetx
Re: If Gunboats Can Have This, Why Can’t I?

The double mainsheet arrangement also makes gybing safer and easier. Going into a gybe, the leeward sheet (new windward sheet) is already tensioned, so when the stern comes through the wind, the...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 02-09-2021, 07:56
Replies: 57
Views: 4,360
Posted By Jetx
Re: Gas can ‘Safety’ spout fix

+1 for the No Spill cans. Use mine regularly to top off the dinghy tank, which shares the bow locker with a bunch of stuff I don’t want to get gasoline on. I have a single paper towel in hand in case...
Forum: Marine Electronics 02-09-2021, 06:58
Replies: 13
Views: 1,208
Posted By Jetx
Re: Running data cables down binnacle stanchion ... sealed at the bottom?!

In “blind nut” situations where I can’t reach into the space, I’ve had some luck with securing the nut into the end of a box-end wrench (use regular tape or a small dab of butyl, depending on...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 23-08-2021, 04:00
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By Jetx
Re: Another Cheapest Place to Store a Catamaran Thread (eastern USA)

Try Dennis Point MD, western Chesapeake… dennispointcampgroundmd.com. We know a number of Catana 471’s with 25’-3”” beam that haul and store there annually. Travelift bay is tight, have to pad the...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 21-08-2021, 10:44
Replies: 12
Views: 1,162
Posted By Jetx
Re: Rubber safe grease for seacock valve with rubber inserts

Try Superlube synthetic (non petroleum). Lots of uses on the boat.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 29-07-2021, 13:29
Replies: 73
Views: 7,807
Posted By Jetx
Re: Would You Buy a European 220V Boat for Use North America

We also bought a 230v / 50hz European boat which we’ve sailed in the US for the past 3 years. Everything works fine, and we plug in wherever we want. We don’t have any 120v / 60hz outlets or...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 14-07-2021, 08:30
Replies: 9
Views: 1,179
Posted By Jetx
Re: Installing vacuflush in place of a electric head

Our current boat has two Vacuflush heads. They’re fine, but definitely require more maintenance than an electric macerating head (which we we had on our last boat). Besides changing duckbill/joker...
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