Raising the Helm Seat – Two Approaches

I made a folding seat platform from wood that I hook to the boarding ladder when I want to sit.¬ ¬ It folds flat and stores in either the lazarette or on the deck bungee strapped to the stern pulpit.¬ I place a standard floating boat cushion on top for comfort.¬ ¬ ¬ I do not carry the helm seat or cushion on board at all.¬ ¬ It’s at home over the garage where it has sat for the past couple of years.¬ ¬ I found it was always in the way and unpractical to sit on. Here’s a link to a picture¬ of it taken earlier this summer in case the attached picture doesn’t come through: ¬ ¬ https://picasaweb.google.com/102287896228248359993/September262012#5792580032623887234 Bill C380 #183 Rockland, Me.   Seems that when sitting on the helm seat, even with the oversized cushion, forward visibility left a lot to be desired, so I found

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Raymarine C80 Tide and Current Problems?

We noticed on our cruise that my Raymarine C80 was displaying incorrect tide and current data. Traced it down to the Raystar 125 GPS sensor which was having Deja Vu, and believed it was still 2AM in 1983. This was kind of insidious since you don’t note that the time and date information is off unless you check the GPS status page on my C80. That and the current was clearly against us when it was supposed to be with us. We picked up on this right away thanks to several smart phones being used on board. After checking around…several experts indicated that this is a known problem, due to a design flaw and a buffer overflow. While Raymarine acknowledged that this was true of the older Raystar 120, they denied it applied to the newer 125, and that it must be failing. I wonder how forthright Raymarine is being

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Shipping your 380

Hi All, Foreign Affair is now in the Seattle area. She traveled 3000 miles to her new home. For those of you who had questions about trucking, we had a great experience with Sky Services  http://www.skyservicesinc.com/ . To say Craig went above and beyond would be an understatement. Sam was already in Everett and I was on my own getting the boat ready. Craig willingly and enthusiastically helped. He is very personable and easy going. Being a fellow sailor, he understood that the easiest way was not necessarily the easiest for me. He took great care to make me feel comfortable. Kudos to Jim Turner for his strong recommendation. We couldn’t have made a better choice. Felecia Masoudi Foreign Affair C380 #212

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Rudder design flaw

I am in the process of having the rudder replaced as the original one bent and sheared at the post. Apparently there is a design flaw that was corrected at some point. The post for the new rudder has about 150% wall thickness as the old one. Our rudders are the same oned used on the C400. A friend of mine with a C42 who recently completed the Pacific Cup race replaced his rudder as a precaution after reading about a number of failures. The old design used a tube with thinner walls and a second tube inserted into that tube. The weld for the second tube happened to be right at the entry point into the lower bearing where all the load is. CY now makes them without the inner tube and just a thicker walled single tube. I am referring to the rudders used with the fin keel

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Shopping for Cockpit Cushions?

My cushions are beat up and smell really bad. Found “Bottom Siders” online which seem like a great product and available for the C380 including helm seat and stern rail seats. Anyone own these? Open to other suggestions. I want something that can take a beating and is completely water-proof and absorbs no water. Leon Akula-SF C380#144 Another option is C-Cushions. Like Bottomsiders, they are closed cell foam, and can stay out in the rain. A friend of mine tried sample cushions from bothvendors and liked the C-Cushions better. He is in his second set of them and I’m in my third set (for both of us, it was changes in boats, not the cushions going bad that prompted the replaceements). The only caveat with the closed cell foam cushions is that they are slippery when wet. Steve Magennis Alchemist C-380 #71   A couple of options for you to

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Blowing out raw water line and strainer

Editor:¬ A discussion ensued on finding a top for the raw water strainer where you could hook up a garden hose to blow out blockages.¬ Warren provided the following interesting approach: I took another approach..found a special “expandable” plumbing fixture that works great…and is “dirt cheap”. It’s called a “Mechanical Test Plug, with By-Pass”.¬ This is essentially a short pice of steel pipe [maybe a foot long] with a rubber “donut” attached to and surrounding the pipe, and has a large wing nut; the latter squeezes the rubber so that it expands, filling and sealing whatever its inserted into. This is made in many sizes/diameters.¬ Our ID of top of strainer is 2″, so I bought test plug rated for 1.5 to 2.25″., Got mine from McMaster-Carr, p/n 2644K21, $8.17.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ is shown on p.o., but website available. To make it easier to pour in a bucket

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Bow Thrusters

Has anyone installed a bow thruster on their 380? If so, any details with the installation would be helpful. Cost, brand, effectiveness, etc. Keith 380, hull 375 I¬ spoke to New England Bow Thrusters at the Newport Boat Show.¬ Their verbal quote was $8000-$8500.¬ He seemed to be very familar with the Catalina 380.¬ They are based in Groton CT http://www.newenglandbowthruster.com/ Harlan Shakun Morning Star We were also at the show and talked to Floridabowthrusters for a quote of about $6700 installing a Vetus BOW55 121 lbf./12 volt bow thruster .¬ We were looking for anyone who had installed a thruster and/or had experience with¬ Floridabowthruster. We also requested a quote from New England Bow Thruster, but have yet to receive a quote.¬ We are located in Groton Ct. Keith 2003, 380, hull 375 My¬ bow thruster was installed in 2007 by Engineered Marine Systems in Annapolis.¬ The total cost

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