Re: cushions and rails and posting
- Mike . Thanks for the info. and no I think it was just some bug in
the message system or interfering signal string or something that
caused my write up to vanish when I clicked the send button. Stupid me
wrote it right there in the body box and had no back up so it was
gone. As if that's going to happen again. :-)
Yes, the cushion thing will probably be a home made job. Just wanted
to cover all the bases ... since I have this group to run things by on.
I probably won't proceed on the bilge pump project until I see exactly
how much water I take on anyway. I have yet to do some real sailing.
I just heard from others that the back bunk area tends to stay wet for
a variety of reasons. Guess I just wish I could nip that one in the
bud. Mildew and cloud bursts are major problems down here. Also with
the heat building up in the cabin to 120 -130 degrees in the summer,
the idea of manually pumping and sponging the water out of there once
or twice a day (or even once or twice a week) just to keep things
reasonably dry isn't very appealing as you might guess.
Right now I'm in the process of researching my emergency VHF radio
options. The guys at West Marine are telling me I'd be better off
with a standard permanently installed model. Then I thought that since
I've got another small 14' fishing boat a portable model might be
better. Why buy two? Then I learned that I can install a 3 or 4 foot
antenna on the stern and connect a good quality hand held to it giving
me more than enough range for this area and pretty much everywhere
else I might go with my Mac19. The last recommendation I got was for a
Icom M72 VHF radio.
I've pretty much selected the Garmin Map76s as my GPS unit when that
I've also had the power trim unit fixed to the tune of $700 last week
and I fitted a 2x6 pressure treated block to my factory installed rear
ladder. Now I have a way of mounting my Nissan 3.5 hp kicker back
there in an emergency. It's really pretty cool. I'm going to try it
out soon and then I'll take pictures and report on it to the group.
Mike, where you going to mention something about the hand rails?
That's it for now and thanks again.
--- In email@example.com, mike fortuna
> hope I'm not the reason your postings disappeared. I
> try to moderate messages as soon as I see them. We
> were getting spam so I switched to moderated.
> I still think you can make your own cushions. Just
> get some foam from the fabric store, pick some
> material you like and find someone with a sewing
> machine who will owe you a favor or wants boat rides.
> If no one qualifies, ask at the fabric store. They
> may recommend a sewing person.
> The bilge pump idea is good but usually you don't get
> much water in the bilges. Most leaks seem to be into
> the ballast tank. If you have just one pump, you need
> to heel the boat so water goes to that side. I think
> the hoses are 3/4" I. D. You can get a T fitting and
> the hose at Home Depot or other hardware store. Good
> luck, Mike
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