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by dblades
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Deck Finish
Replies: 12
Views: 2113

Decks

We always leave our decks natural--better grip in tough seas.
by dblades
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: FORWARD HATCH COVER 32'
Replies: 6
Views: 943

polycarbonate

Hi, Martin

I picked it up at Industrial Paint and Plastics. I like the strength and it is easy to work with (or I found it to be so). It's not tinted but somehow filters light well. It's more expensive, but seems very durable.
by dblades
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: FORWARD HATCH COVER 32'
Replies: 6
Views: 943

polycarbonate is best

Great question! We switched from acrylic to polycarbonate on our GB 32 and it has been great--very strong and weathers well, I recommend it!
by dblades
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Northern Lights Generator Wet Exhaust Elbow
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Wet exhaust elbow

We had the same issue and decided to go SS--it will outlast me but I'll never have to worry about it. In fact, I'm just about to install the new elbow this weekend!
by dblades
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Rust on Tanks
Replies: 14
Views: 1744

be careful!

Hi, All

what we thought was surface rust turned out to be entirely rusted out tanks ready to go--they rust from the inside out, it seems. We had to replace both of our tanks in our GB 32--a VERY expensive repair.
by dblades
Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: LED Lighting
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

LED lights

Yes, we replaced our before the summer--and notice no change at all in our batteries now while at anchor--they are expensive but well worth it.

Dave
by dblades
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Shift and Throttle Knobs
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Controls

Don, GREAT job and a good idea for us all!

Dave
by dblades
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Replacing of water tanks
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Water tanks--go for it!

Mike, we did it in our 32--I've posted the steps (with photos) on the GB site, so look for that. It worked out well--I had to take out the tank in pieces and the blades grind up quickly--in my post I have lots of advice. You can do it! The money we received for recycling the steel tank = cost of the...
by dblades
Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Dock Talk
Topic: Not selling your boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1598

Same thinking

Hi, Tom We have the same struggles--and our GB32 is fiberglass. I keep track of all expenses and it's discouraging how much she costs per year. But, then, this year in particular we had wonderful days on the water and got us thinking, "we should keep her"--it is less than chartering, too! ...
by dblades
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Specifications
Topic: Does anybody know what this is?
Replies: 15
Views: 5132

unknown pipe

I think that's it the same as ours--the "unknown" is a pipe that goes into the keel--but your location is odd; ours is under the shaft. Well, worth trying to see if the top unscrews I guess! Good luck,

David
by dblades
Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Specifications
Topic: Does anybody know what this is?
Replies: 15
Views: 5132

I know what this is!

Hi, Everyone We have this in our GB 32 as well--it is, as posts have explained, for pumping out any water that might migrate into the keel. I check every year and except for the first year owning Polar Star, we have never found any water at all! What I do is unscrew the cap and insert a clear tube (...
by dblades
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Looking at a 1980 GB 32
Replies: 1
Views: 824

What to look for

Thanks for your post. We have a 1977 GB 32. Some considerations: Get your surveyor to carefully check the teak decks as replacement is unbelievably expensive. Look for leaky windows--check the paint job in the head, around the galley and every window--on the inside. Look at the batteries--we replace...
by dblades
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Rocna Original Galvanized Steel Anchor - 44 Lbs
Replies: 18
Views: 2288

Rocna anchor

Hi, Everyone! We switched to a Rocna anchor this year and it was the best addition to our boat in years! We just spent a week in the San Juans and anchored all over--the anchor bit in mud, sand and weeds and never let go--even in strong winds (hit 30 Knots one night). GREAT anchor, sets easily and q...
by dblades
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: General Information
Topic: Anchor thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

size Ronca?

Thanks, Don--what size do you have on your GB 32? Any pulpit modifications?

David
by dblades
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Anchor thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Anchor thoughts?

Hi, Everyone We have a Delta anchor on Polar Star that we bought a few years ago--our old CQR needed to be replaced. The Delta has been an improvement, but not much and now I'm thinking of a Rocna--our cruising club offers a small deduction if we buy one this year. Any experience on Rocna anchors? T...