Had problem with my anchor light. ¬ Here are a couple of suggestions… From Bill Worsley: From my experience the biggest cause of failure for an exterior LED bulb that has been used to replace incandescent is exposure to water.¬ That is what happened to my LED anchor light 9 years after installation.¬ The base of that LED bulb was not sealed thus allowing moisture to get into the chip.¬ I still replaced it with superbrightleds.com LED (BAU15S – CW18 – T) which now has a sealed base.¬ At $6.95 each, I got two. The other recommendation and what I use as a spare or additional LED anchor light is from cruisingsolutions.com (Utility Anchor Light for $35) .¬ It also has a photocell to turn on at dusk and off at dawn.¬ Connect to a 12v socket in stern of boat and hang from backstay. The cost of a new
From¬ Mark O. Flaherty,¬ DIVERSION Catalina 380/296 Am installing Raymarine S100 Autopilot Remote Controller and would like lessons learned if anyone in group has already done so.¬ Trying to make best compromise of ease of installation and coverage.¬ Can the base station be ‚Äútucked‚ÄĚ into the instrument pod?¬ Adequate coverage? Aft lazerette? Nav Station? Other of which I have not thought? From Warren Elliott I had no issue with base in aft lazarette.¬ I tried there first (stb. Lazarette) because system computer was there making wiring super easy. From Jeff: Be careful when you are using it. When it’s battery runs low and the unit shuts down, it switches the autopilot to standby. From¬ Mike ’79 C380 ‘Debbia’ Racine, WI If you are sailing solo and carry the remote on your person, the Autopilot switching to standby on signal loss is a good safety feature. Should you fall
There are three screw holes in the lower rudder post bearing. ¬ According to Warren Pandy at Catalina, these were originally to secure the lower bearing to the hull but for a number of years now they have not been used and are unnecessary. ¬ The lower bearing needs to be secured to the boat using 3M 4200.
From Paul, Hull C380, #170 Plasdeck is similar in nature to Nuteak. It is coloured all the way through but the seams are all welded , not glued. Guy came and took all the templates, they are sent to a factory in Ohio where they make each panel. They are shipped here and installed as individual panels. Chris Aslin from Aslin Boat Builders in Toronto did the work.¬ It took him a good day to make all the templates and about 11/2 days to install. Prep from my side was make sure it was good and clean and dry as well as all dodger/bimini poles that mounted to the deck came off. Taxes in it was $5000CAD. It took about ¬ 5 weeks from when the templates were made till install. The templates are sent to the factory in Ohio and then the finished panels are delivered to the
From Bill Worsley Southern Skies C-380 #302 My C-380 is hull # 302 and I have an Isomat NG-70 spar with an Isomat NG-2 masthead cover.¬ I think there have been several masts for the C-380, Jim’s being one of the original.¬ Based on hull numbers, I think we may have the same mast – many would say it is a Charleston spar, but actually Isomat design (see the discussion on the rigrite website about Charleston Spars).¬ If you go to rigrite.com website and follow this path, you will get to a diagram of the masthead assembly: Spars\Isomat Spars\Mast Specs and Components\NG-70\Masthead Parts\NG2 Masthead Assembly ¬ Note that the cover plate is held in place by two “feet” that slip into the top forward part of the mast body and is bolted down on the aft end by two hex head bolts.¬ This only gives you access to the sheaves.¬
There are a number of other posts that suggest approaches to a helm seat for C380s. ¬ Here are two more. From Mike Gilmore of Morning Glory: Mike used a Texaline Springfield low back folding coach seat #142232763 mounted on a swivel post mounted on the insert leading to the swim platform. ¬ These are available from West Marine and other sources. From Chuck and Nat Speicher s/v Trinity Hull #3387¬ This is really simple, and cheap, ( about $30)¬ ¬ when traveling down the ICW last year, we realized the need for a helm seat as it’s just too many hours to stand.¬ We bought one of those shower seats, with the plastic seat and adjustable legs on amazon.¬ ¬ It fit perfectly¬ on the seat behind the¬ wheel, with out the cushion, we secured it to the back stantions¬ with some ties to keep it from slipping.¬ If
From Rick Beauregard: Thank you Dick Kollmann! www.kollmann-marine.com To recap, my frig was cycling on for 5 seconds, then off for a minute or two, then on again, and not cooling. I found Dicks web site where he gives a detailed ¬ diagnosis process for the Danfoss type compressors we have with the Alder Barbour frig, and others. Basically, these units are made up of five components: the compressor, the controller which turns it off and on, a thermostat, a cooling fan and radiator, and the cold plate and tubes.Often people jump to the conclusion that the compressor is bad before doing the complete diagnosis, or needs recharge. This is not the most likely¬ failure¬ unless the compressor has been tampered with. Dick provides a diagnostic procedure for determining if the problem lies with the controller, thermostat, fan, power issues to the unit, or other problem ( http://www.kollmann-marine.com/techtips.aspx). After going
A number of members have mentioned problems with early Schaefer Jib Furlers seizing up. ¬ Note that you should never use petroleum based lubricants on Marlon bearings. From¬ Stan of¬ Frankie Anne¬ C380 #247¬ East Greenwich, RI: I just had to fix the same issue. ¬ The bearing design in the lower unit was changed at some point. ¬ The newer models have, I believe, bearings in tracks rather than loose. ¬ The unit still needs to be rinsed periodically but holds up better. ¬ The lower swivel with the new design is available from Schaffer and costs about ¬ $200. I opted to have a rigger do the work due to some complications but it’s a reasonable DIY job.
This is the first question I’ve seen that asks what to do with excess energy… From George Anderson,¬ C387 Sunlife,¬ Gulfport Florida I am in the midst of some systems upgrades and improvements on my C387 and put this out to the group. I am definitely adding solar panels and Blue Sky MPPT controllers are my preference in part due to of all of their products I have purchase over the last two boats they ¬ have given not any problems, their customer service is great and they are made in the US in colorado. The wind generator a Rutland 1200 delivers¬ 3 phase AC¬ ( an advantage in having the ability to run smaller gauge wire for the arch to the controller )and comes with their own MPPT ¬ controller which is capable of handling an additional Solar input as well as quiet ( one of my dock mates