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  • in reply to: Insurance Boat US #226065
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I had a similar encounter with my Boat US policy. When I bought my boat it was in Stuart FL and we sailed it offshore using the Gulf Stream to push us along to the Chesapeake. Before we left I asked the exact same thing because my policy was worded as yours. I never got a definite answer but they verbally affirmed I was good at that distance offshore.
    I really wasn’t satisfied with the answer but I took a chance. Before my wife and I go cruising tot he Bahamas and Caribbean, we’re going to find another insurer.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by Rich Harris.
    in reply to: 424 Plan C brochure #226045
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Very nice find. I really like the layout of the plan C boat.

    in reply to: Refrigeration #225909
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Rich brings up a good point. The insulation in your unit is key. I just finished tearing out my old refrigerator. The foam insulation was poor. It was set and a prior owner had attempted a fix by adding spray foam. Unfortunately the spray foam just made it harder for me to pull it out. I intend to replace the old unit With at least 4″ of foam in the refrigerator compartment and 6″ of foam in the freezer compartment.

    in reply to: Cored hulls? #225908
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I wonder if maybe it was optional or during a transition when they were building hulls at such a rate that some were cored and some not. I’m 100% sure my hull is solid not cored. I’ve patched up enough holes and been all over the boat enough to know. Now, the deck is cored for sure.

    in reply to: Cored hulls? #225906
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Ours is a 1982 hull 186 and we have a solid hull. I would say between Brian’s answer above and mine, the change to cored hulls was sometime in 82 or 83.

    Fat fingered hull number it’s really 187

    in reply to: Cored hulls? #225899
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Ours is a 1982 hull 186 and we have a solid hull. I would say between Brian’s answer above and mine, the change to cored hulls was sometime in 82 or 83.

    in reply to: Replacement for 424 stainless rubrail strake #225860
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I bought a length online made by Taco marine. It’s an exact replacement

    in reply to: Hot Water heater tpe/placement #225850
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I installed an Isotherm SPA 20 about 4 years ago and have been satisfied with it both using 120V electric heating dockside and using engine heat when cruising. I installed it in the middle of three lockers under the aft cabin berth.

    Patrick,
    Do you find the 20l capacity enough? We plan to eventually move aboard for a few year so we’re concerned with tank size but also want to be water conscious. The 20 is a better fit then the 25 (length) and the 30 is even a better fit since it’s a bigger diameter that still fits in the locker and shorter than the 20 and 25, allowing very little modification to the locker.
    Thanks,
    Rich

    in reply to: used winter cover #225804
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Eduardo,
    I bought two 20 x 40 White extra heady duty tarps and they’ve work very well over the past two winters. I reinforced the edges with gorilla tape and added a bunch of grommets to distribute the stress on the grommets. Use 1 gallon milk jugs about every two feet (40 in all) as weights to hold the tarp down and you’re all set. Total cost less than $200.
    Rich

    Hello team.

    I know it’s been a while on this thread but being a new owner I need a winter cover for my #144 ketch.

    Is there any used one for sale any of you are trying to get rid of ?

    anybody found a manufacturer that does not charge and arm and a leg for one?

    Tnx

    in reply to: Cap rail removal #225768
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I can tell you from experience that the hull will flex a bit when out in rough seas. If you’re coating the inside of the hull with anything, it has to adhere well and not crack when flexed. Have you had to boat out in rough seas after using this stuff? By rough, I mean pounding conditions.

    Rich, I have not applied it yet. Nick did. I see your point and I understand the coating dries to a flexible consistency. Almost rubbery. I’ll give it a test at home first then maybe in a small area like the v berth first. Good point.

    in reply to: Propane lesson learned. Check your system! #225765
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Scary stuff, thanks for sharing. I try and do a leak down test on the system once a month but obviously it only takes one time with a sudden leak to bring on disaster. Was it just coincidence that it ignited when she went to operate the solenoid? Was the source of ignition the stove itself?

    We recently installed a detector that alarms and shuts off the solenoid below the stove but I do worry about the line running through some spaces that are hard to inspect.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, thanks again for sharing. I see people get complacent with their propane systems and always good to be reminded that it, 120V power and gasoline are three very real dangers on a boat.

    – Bryan
    S/V Pelican

    Bryan,
    Not a coincidence. The solenoid switch definitely caused it. The breech in the pipe was about 7 inches from the switch and the switch box was in less than pristine condition. The stove itself was off when it ignited. We’d been sailing for two solid weeks before without incident.

    The new replacement system will have sniffers and we’re relocating the control from the factory location left of the stove to the inboard side of the cabinet above the sink. This will put the operator a couple steps away from the stove and in a location that the hose won’t pass through.
    Rich

    • This reply was modified 11 months ago by Rich Harris.
    in reply to: Cap rail removal #225759
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    David,
    Been following this thread. I have this project coming in the next year or two. Regarding the interior finishing, I had a conversation with a guy on Instagram who owns a 424 #nickrotindo about that. He used a really cool idea to refinish the insides of his cabinets with exterior paint mixed with This stuff: https://www.homedepot.com/p/STYRO-Industries-5-Gal-Foundation-Grey-Tuff-II-Foundation-Coating-TTFG/203009638
    He mixed it 1 part paint to 4 parts foundation coating.
    From his photos and videos he sent me, this is a really good alternative to finishing the inside surfaces of the hull. He trowels it on then finishes off with a texture roller like you would with kiwi-grip. The finish looks really nice.
    I’ve purchased everything I need to do the same but have yet to apply it. It’s on schedule for this winter.

    • This reply was modified 11 months ago by Rich Harris.
    in reply to: Holding Tank Removal #225720
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Mine is under the salon sole and is make of nylon/plastic. It’s held in with cleats to stop lateral movement and strapped to keep it down. Mine needs replacing soon also. The top fitting isn’t holding a seal and I want a bigger better designed tank.

    in reply to: Solar arch for a ketch #225677
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    I have solar on my davits.Two 150 watt panels. They are well clear of the mizzen boom. I’ll be at the boat tomorrow and can take some photos for you if you wish. Can’t give much insight on the install as it was there when I bought the boat.
    Rich Harris
    Forget Knot.

    in reply to: Main halyard #225637
    Rich Harris
    Participant

    Attempt #2
    Portside deck. Forget Knot

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