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Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 01-08-2020, 07:44
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

You are correct.

Step 1. Stop all leaks. Nothing else matters if water is still getting in. I think I have finally caught all the major leaks.

Step 2. Drain and dry areas with standing water or...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 31-07-2020, 18:57
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

Getting closer to completion. The new chainplate is installed, I've disassembled the settee on the port side and accessed the stringer.

Last week I drilled a hole through the stringer and...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 22-07-2020, 09:43
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

Our harbor requests that owners do NOT run air conditioners when we are not on the boat. Most people only come to their boats once or twice a week at most. I've seen some boats that don't see any...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 22-07-2020, 08:54
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

My GE dehumidifier is working great so far. The interior is much drier now and when I open the hatch on a sunny day it no longer feels like a steam sauna inside.

I've been taking moisture readings...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 22-07-2020, 08:48
Replies: 95
Views: 11,406
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Killing mold for good?

I have used Borax with the other ingredients listed earlier. In most places where I washed the surface with this solution no mold has regrown. However, mold has appeared in other areas.

A month...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 07-07-2020, 21:33
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

I've repaired the deck and installed the new chainplate. I sealed up the gap around the chainplate where it protrudes from the deck with Life Caulk. Once the Life Caulk set up I reinstalled the deck...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 07-07-2020, 21:24
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

My plan is to run the dehumidifier continuously as long as I'm in port and not aboard and storing it in my dockbox when sailing overnight. I'm hoping to find the rest of the leaks, if any, and plug...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 07-07-2020, 21:20
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

I bought the GE model that does 35 pints a day. It's bigger than I originally wanted but they dropped the price to match the 22 pint model. Since the bigger one was now $50 cheaper I grabbed. At 35...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 07-07-2020, 21:14
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Marine insulation?

What glue did you use for that packing foam?
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 28-06-2020, 10:19
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

Getting closer to finishing the chainplate reinforcement. The new chainplate is finally installed and the Sta-lok support is attached to it. I need to remove the top of my settee to get access to the...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-06-2020, 10:13
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Marine insulation?

I did a quick search and found both cork sheets and foam carpet tiles.

Cork costs around $1.60 per square foot.
Foam tiles cost around $1.30 square foot.

Now, the most important question is:...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-06-2020, 10:04
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Marine insulation?

Dan and Kika on Sailing Uma have used these tiles as insulation. In some places on the boat they leave them exposed. Waterproof and easily glued to fiberglass. The nice thing they come in various...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-06-2020, 09:57
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

I've seen this model recommended several times. It's seems pretty small. Does it actually work? We had a dehumidifier in our basement for years and it made a lot of noise but I don't know if it did...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-06-2020, 09:46
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Marine insulation?

I really like that idea. Does anyone know the longevity of cork? Do you suggest any prep or treatment to the exposed surface, such as coating it with epoxy?
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-06-2020, 09:44
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Marine insulation?

I would prefer not to spray anything. I'm really leaning toward sheets of pre-made material that can be glued. My final prep will be to cover it with PVC paneling. So, I'm gluing furring strips to...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 28-06-2020, 09:16
Replies: 20
Views: 1,631
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Wallpaper & Glue & Insulation...oh my.

Most fibereglass boats are made with polyester resin. So Bondo would be a chemical bond for many boats. In fact, I have used epoxy over polyester several times where the bond has failed. West Systems...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 27-06-2020, 23:24
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Bigjim
Marine insulation?

I am remodeling the interior of my 42 year old boat. The old vinyl liner had foam insulation under it. The insulation in most place has dissolved over the years.

So, I'm looking for a product...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 27-06-2020, 23:14
Replies: 32
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bigjim
Recommendations for a dehumidifier?

My boat is very wet. I bought it 2 years ago and it had been leaking for years. I'm just catching up to all the leaks. But I need a good dehumidifier to start sucking some of the water out of the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 26-06-2020, 20:29
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

I got my eta-lok components and wire from West Marine. I've got everything I need to reinforce the aft chainplates.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-06-2020, 11:41
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

Duh. My math has suffered in quarantine. The rod would be 19" or so. Obviously, the turnbuckle extends to a max length of about 17".
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-06-2020, 11:38
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

I just ordered eyes and forks from Rigging.com. They saved me about $60. Once the turnbuckles arrive I'll get the wire from my local West Marine.

The stay support will be inside the cabin. I've...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-06-2020, 09:30
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

The turnbuckle is only 12". I need around 34". But I was considering a threaded rod with an eye as one option. So, that would require a rod around 27" or so.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 20-06-2020, 09:27
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Re: Custom rigging HELP?

I never thought about using rope. I replaced my wire halyards on my Cal 27 with Dyneema a couple of years ago. Thanks
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 19-06-2020, 08:28
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By Bigjim
Custom rigging HELP?

I need a short custom cable to reinforce my aft stay below the deck. But I can't seem to find one resource that sells all the components or that can build it for me.

I have ordered a turnbuckle...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 19-06-2020, 07:38
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Bigjim
Re: New doors to match my new hatch

Attached is a picture of the first doors. You can see the gap at the top of each door at the sideboards. The error was on my part. My measurements were spot on. My angle was spot on. But, I didn't...
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