NG2 Masthead Assembly

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.┬

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Helm Seat – Home Made – Three Versions

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

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Diagnosing Fridge Problems

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

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Schaefer Jib Furler Issue

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.

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Solar Panel Questions and Suggestions

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

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Westerbeke Heat Exchanger

There are a number of threads dealing with heat exchanger problems. ┬ Here is an unusual one from Dauphine, C380 #160:

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380 Deckplate Photos – Source of Leak

Water can get into the bilge through the mast and down the compression post. ┬ There is a weep hole in the deck plate that often is obstructed so the only place for the water to go is into the boat. The photo below is the bottom side of the deck plate. ┬ If you look at this from the top, it looks like there are a number of weep holes around the sides but those objects are simply cutouts for the bolts. ┬ The weep hole is the small grove at the top o the picture. ┬ IMHO: It is too small and gets blocked easily. From Mike and Morning Glory   Compression Post Deck Plate

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NewTeak

Several members have asked about installing NewTeak on their boat: From Paul, hull 170: I was reading some older posts from Cole about his nuteak flooring. I am sure i saw some pics a while back but can’t find them in any of the albums. Cole or anyone, just wondering how the product is holding up and how happy you have been with it? Any pics would be great as well. Thinking of this for a project this summer. From Cole: I can’t be happier. I get the pressure washer out a couple of times a year and it still looks great. It has better performance when wet and doesn’t get very hot.  

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