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Forum: Marine Electronics 13-08-2020, 09:50
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By JRM
Re: Simrad AP, Zeus3 instead of dedicated controller

I do have a wind indicator, but no dedicated gauges. I was displaying everything on the Garmin plotter on the bulkhead. The idea of Sailsteer really appeals to me, and the MFD would really only do...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 13-08-2020, 09:23
Replies: 40
Views: 2,933
Posted By JRM
Re: Realistic expectations for financing a 24 month trip. Canada.

Are you really married to the South Pacific? If you're looking for adventure, plenty can be had down in Mexico cruising the Sea of Cortez and mainland. And, it solves a bunch of your problems.
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Forum: Marine Electronics 11-08-2020, 10:42
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By JRM
Simrad AP, Zeus3 instead of dedicated controller

Howdy all,

It's time for a new electronic autopilot. One that can actually steer the boat when sailing. I've decided to go with a Simrad NAC-3 based system and a hydraulic ram. I have all...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 15-07-2017, 13:55
Replies: 14
Views: 2,143
Posted By JRM
Re: NMEA2000 Network wiring Questions

The Vesper marine AIS units, and he either has or is getting one, translate a bunch of PGNs to WiFi, no additional Ethernet hardware is required. Works great with OpenCPN.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 14-07-2017, 15:20
Replies: 14
Views: 2,143
Posted By JRM
NMEA2000 Network wiring Questions

How are you using the breakers, as power switches or over-current protection? Many people (and I'm not insinuating you are, just generalizing) use them as power switches and just assume they're...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 01-04-2017, 11:04
Replies: 22
Views: 7,437
Posted By JRM
Re: 1981 Valiant 40 by Uniflite...?

I think you might be mixing the HIN (Hull Identification Number) with what everyone normally refers to as "hull number." With the exception of one prototype, the Uniflite built Valiants did start...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-10-2015, 17:52
Replies: 6
Views: 1,666
Posted By JRM
Re: Electric motor?

You're not alone in that thought. There's tons of "experts" with zero real experience that will love to tell you how bad electric is. When we first started looking at converting five years ago, you...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 13-10-2015, 14:06
Replies: 21
Views: 2,419
Posted By JRM
Re: Marina Parking Situation

I imagine the contract tow companies will keep them honest. If not, find out which ones have the service contract and put them on speed dial. Skip the middle man, drop a dime directly, and they'll...
Forum: Marine Electronics 02-10-2015, 14:40
Replies: 1
Views: 920
Posted By JRM
Re: Best Prices on Garmin Electronics

If you find any make sure they're the proper version for your country. There's some "gray market" gear that is new but lacking in warranty because it's sold by an unapproved reseller outside their...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 02-10-2015, 14:27
Replies: 65
Views: 17,425
Posted By JRM
Re: How Do You Afford the Cruising Lifestyle? What's Your Story?

What I've learned along the way is that this cruising thing is more a mindset, you don't have to sail off into the sunset to live it. We have a boat, we do weekend and summer trips. I play with the...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 30-09-2015, 12:37
Replies: 55
Views: 8,532
Posted By JRM
Re: 2 Anchors 1 Windlass?

FamilyVan has this one in spades. I can't improve on that except for in explanation.

The second anchor for emergencies or for "reduced swing." Neither of those scenarios require speed or...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 29-09-2015, 15:44
Replies: 13
Views: 3,410
Posted By JRM
Re: Old Grunert Refer Freezer rehab ?'s...

Many thanks to Mr. Kollmann, who's information I used extensively for my project. I had originally thought to go with a keel cooler system, but after spending time on his site and searching his...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 29-09-2015, 13:28
Replies: 13
Views: 3,410
Posted By JRM
Re: Old Grunert Refer Freezer rehab ?'s...

Some pics from my phone.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 29-09-2015, 13:21
Replies: 13
Views: 3,410
Posted By JRM
Re: Old Grunert Refer Freezer rehab ?'s...

I did this project this spring before my trip. I got lucky and my system was already empty (original 1975 plates) so I didn't have to vacuum any refrigerant. Still, I put in two Danfoss based...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 20-04-2015, 15:20
Replies: 240
Views: 35,409
Posted By JRM
Re: Haiti attack on Cruisers.

I was down in Haiti in September, working in a private orphanage. I've spent a decent chunk of time in third world contries, and Haiti is different. There's a hopelessness there that has to be...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 04-04-2015, 18:44
Replies: 9
Views: 1,703
Posted By JRM
Re: Injured person extraction/transfer

I work as a first responder, and have spent a few years in the harbor station. I've packaged and removed quite a few victims from recreational (and commercial) boats. Here are some thoughts:

The...
Forum: Our Community 04-04-2015, 12:12
Replies: 1,168
Views: 184,863
Posted By JRM
Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

Just a quick update... I just finished a major sea trial for the boat. I went looking for heavy weather and found it. It was a real confidence builder in both the boat and myself.

I haven't...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 25-03-2015, 09:51
Replies: 49
Views: 9,767
Posted By JRM
Re: Valiant 40 Refit

Ok, so I'll take some pictures this afternoon and post a progress report tonight from work, and the progress has been mighty...

But I have to share this quick story, partly because it's so crazy...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 24-03-2015, 19:57
Replies: 24
Views: 6,902
Posted By JRM
Re: Yanmar raw water blocked! Help-semi urgent

Actually I didn't pull the zincs, didn't find any increased loss. If there was any phosphoric coating, I didn't notice.

I got the acid at a stone and tile shop. It's marketed as grout cleaner. ...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 20-03-2015, 11:00
Replies: 24
Views: 6,902
Posted By JRM
Re: Yanmar raw water blocked! Help-semi urgent

I did my own acid wash two or so years ago, in place. The trick is to use Phosphoric acid, not Muriatic. It takes much longer, but is much more forgiving. They put the stuff in soda pop.

I...
Forum: Our Community 16-03-2015, 21:22
Replies: 8
Views: 2,473
Posted By JRM
Thanks to SV Third Day

Many thanks to SV Third Day for being understanding during this past weekend's "green fleet" Opti regatta in Morro Bay. The race committee dropped the windward mark way too close to him, and that...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-03-2015, 17:14
Replies: 49
Views: 9,767
Posted By JRM
Re: Valiant 40 Refit

Finished the below decks portion of the propane system install today. I was trying to avoid drilling any more holes in bulkheads, so I ended up removing the old refrigerant lines from the original...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 09-03-2015, 14:17
Replies: 49
Views: 9,767
Posted By JRM
Re: Valiant 40 Refit

Maybe I wasn't clear. The solenoid control panel is what's mounted to the cabinet. The regulator and solenoid assembly is going to be mounted to a stantion aft, under a sunbrella cover. There...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 08-03-2015, 16:23
Replies: 49
Views: 9,767
Posted By JRM
Re: Valiant 40 Refit

After a couple of weeks of vacation I got back to work on the boat. I'll try and grab some pictures on Tuesday, but it's not really interesting work picture wise.

I finally installed the two LED...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 20-02-2015, 23:56
Replies: 202
Views: 20,864
Posted By JRM
Re: Medical Equipment AED Onboard

I don't think so. I don't think there is a need, nor is it practical. The reason being that the skills beyond first aid and BLS CPR are perishable. They wane rapidly without regular practice. ...
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