Boat systems

Head decisions…

There are days when the insanity of boat gear makes me want to scream and shout. What’s even worse is how compliant we all seem to be with this kind of norm where boat stuff is concerned. Talk about marine quality… The last few days I’ve been trying to fix a traveler car which retails …

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poleaxed…

Every project in my experience has a “day from hell” or something like it and yesterday was the Islander’s day from hell. Funny though, it started as a day with high hopes with no problems foreseen. In fact, it was a day of high expectations with nary a sign of a problem at all. One …

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a sound boat…

The nice thing about most classic plastic boats is the fact that they were mostly built like tanks. Fiberglass and polyester resin were cheap and did not require much in the way of expensive labor to slap together so, for the most part, a lot of very strong boats got made in the late 60s …

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a recent purchase…

I mentioned earlier that I’d found an inexpensive stove that I was going to try on the Islander and it arrived yesterday. The stove in question is this one… I’m actually pretty impressed. Inspecting the stove it appears that making it into a gimbaled stove will be non-problematic and at a cost of maybe ten …

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Plumbing…

It’s amazing just how much space water can take up on a boat. Our Islander has two twenty-gallon water tanks in the salon area and it’s a bit frustrating because it’s the space I’d choose for tools and camera gear. I’ve been thinking of moving the two tanks elsewhere but it’s a good location for …

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