Tankless Water Heater

Here’s an email I got from my friend that installed a tankless water heater in his new 445. Needless to say, they love it. Wes C387#53 Spring Fever Marina Del Rey, CA Guys – I finished installing a tankless water heater in About Time. We tried it out at the Isthmus a few weeks ago and it works great – hot water whenever you want it without having to run the engine or generator. I installed the new water heater in the aft starboard locker and ran the exhaust hose to the port transom to avoid interference with the rear locker covers. I routed the hot water output of the original heater to the cold input of the new heater so the original heater’s output can still be used until it cools off. The output of the new heater now feeds the hot water lines on the boat. I

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Boat Polishes

The following posts were responses to requests for advice on boat polishes and waxes: You might want to read the post below from Rodd Collins. He is known online as MainSail, he’s a former multiple Catalina owner, and he really knows his stuff. I have bought and used the equipment he suggested for the past three years, and the results have been spectacular. When I bought Juniper she had been neglected for a couple of years, and the hull showed it. She now sparkles, and the shine lasts all year. http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/52772-tips-compound-polish-wax.html Tom Soko Juniper C400 #307 Noank, CT   We simply use Star Brite (correct spelling I believe) marine polish on our hull. When I got my first boat in the 1980’s it showed early signs of needing TLC and it was the recommended solution. In the old days I would put it on with a folded high quality paper

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ICW Chart Recommendations

The following are responses to the question “What are the best charts and cruising guides to the ICW?” In my view, the best ICW cruising guide is Managing the Waterway published by Mike and Diana Doyle. The minimum essential library of most useful documents I found on our ICW adventures were: that guide, the spiral bound flip chart navcharts published by Kettlewell (which serves as a backup to electronic charts as well as an extremely handy repository for hand added notes at critical points enroute), two Skipper Bob pubs specifically “Anchorages” and “Marinas”. These four books I used daily. Ocasional use included Waterway guides (Midatlantic and Southern versions) and A Cruising Guide to the ICW by Moeller. Actually, the latter was sort of superceded in our use by the Doyle publication which has a more useful format. All of this is being currently field re-tested by

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