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by Mike Negley
Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 6
Views: 655

I live in the Tampa Bay, FL area which is the lightning capital of the US. The U of South FL has done exensive research on this subject and one professor, who is a sailor, has done specific work on lightning as it pertains to boats. First of all, lightning is so powerful there is really no way to ex...
by Mike Negley
Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:50 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Door Removal
Replies: 5
Views: 602

I think you will find a metal track at the bottom held down with flathead screws. By moving the door back and forth you can remove all the scresw (this is my recollection anyway). The track will still be glued down from old varnish but you can slide a thin knife under it and break the bond. With the...
by Mike Negley
Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:34 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Bubbles in Varnish
Replies: 12
Views: 847

First of all, I think the temperature is too hot for full strength varnish. You need to retard the drying time with Epifane's retarder (may be called brushing liquid, etc.). I would also varnish as early in the morning as possible and probably quit by 10:00 a.m. Epifanes recommends only denatured al...
by Mike Negley
Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Bubbles in Varnish
Replies: 12
Views: 847

What type of varnish brush are you using? Are you using any additives in the varnish (thinner, reducer, etc.)? What time of day are you varnishing and what is the temperature? Are you using a tack rag? What solvent, if any are you using before varnishing?
by Mike Negley
Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:53 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Dealing with 120 Volt 50 cycle shorepower
Replies: 3
Views: 538

A transformer will not change the frequency and since you have both 115 and 230 volt shorepower this is the only issue. Most Heart inverters work on both 50/60 Hz current. Try it and see if it works. Many 60 Hz pumps and compressors will work on 50 Hz too, altho they run slower. It is generally only...
by Mike Negley
Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Coldplate operation
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Do you know what brand the coldplate system is? Are the refrigerator and freezer in the same box with a partition in between?
by Mike Negley
Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: another charger question
Replies: 3
Views: 585

I suspect these are sensor wires to detect if the engine alternators are running. For example, when you start the engines with the charger on (gives a boost to the start batteries) the charger will automatically cut off as soon as it senses the engine alternators coming on line.
by Mike Negley
Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Fwd Berth Venting
Replies: 10
Views: 951

Wood boats, regardless of whether you can smell anything, still need a lot of ventilation. I have no problem leaving a 115 volt AC fan running. I leave a battery charger and at least one air conditioner running much of the time, along with a ventilation fan and security lights most of the time and a...
by Mike Negley
Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:04 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Fwd Berth Venting
Replies: 10
Views: 951

If you have a wood boat I would recommend a much higher capacity fan that will circulate a lot of air thru the boat. A good choice is the Lasko 655702 sold under the Stanley name at Home Depot for under $45. It is a three speed 125 volt AC compact blower/fan with good directional air flow and rated ...
by Mike Negley
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:23 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Can a regular engine be used in a boat or must it be a marin
Replies: 2
Views: 488

You should be able to buy a new or remanufactured "short block" for your engine. This gives you a new engine, but you can still use your marinized parts that make it suitable for marine application. Most marine diesels started out as truck engines, but not all were successful. The Ford Leh...
by Mike Negley
Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: East Coast Cruising
Topic: east coast crusing
Replies: 4
Views: 888

I think staying out and coming back in thru the inlets for fuel is the right way to do it in a trawler. Just watch your weather and the large vessel traffic. I would seriously consider adding AIS to your navigation system because there is a lot of shipping going up and down the coast and difficult t...
by Mike Negley
Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Batteries, inverters, chargers, oh my!
Replies: 8
Views: 796

You need to give us some more information. How large is the inverter (watts), is it sine wave or modified sine, does it have multi-level charging capability and at what amperage, what size/type are the AGM batteries and how many, does the inverter charger have the ability to independently charge dif...
by Mike Negley
Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Oil Change
Replies: 4
Views: 658

If often helps to punch a small hole in the top an upside down filter to release the vacuum and allow all the oil to drain out. Just put a piece of electrical tape over the hole before removing the filter. You can do the same thing on a side mounted filter too, but in this case, loosen the filter en...
by Mike Negley
Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: East Coast Cruising
Topic: east coast crusing
Replies: 4
Views: 888

I make that trip fairly regularly. If you want to "push" it, you can do about 75 to 90 statute miles per day on the ICW, but these are long days of 10+ hours. There will be some delays for weather, low tide and bridges or locks that can't open. You will have five locks across the Okeechobee Waterway...
by Mike Negley
Fri Jun 30, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Material of the cabin door ( GB32)
Replies: 11
Views: 656

I would just sand the old laminate real well and apply teak veneer over it and you don't need to take the door apart to do this. It is not difficult to do nor expensive and it will look so much better. A wonderful source is World Panel Corp in FL. They sell mostly to the marine trades and really kno...