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by raymacke
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Electric Power & Systems
Topic: Electronics Upgrade for Cruising
Replies: 12
Views: 4379

Re: Electronics Upgrade for Cruising

Kens, Before the purchase I talked with both Raymarine and Lowrance and both were confident their products were configured with proper sentencing and that cross communication would be no problem. And for the largest part they were correct and chartplotter plays well with the autopilot. But it is tha...
by raymacke
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Electric Power & Systems
Topic: Electronics Upgrade for Cruising
Replies: 12
Views: 4379

Electronics Upgrade for Cruising

I have added several pages to my True Grit building blog covering an upgrade to the electronics. Included is a new VHF radio with AIS, chartplotter, radar, autopilot and an NMEA 2000 network to connect them all together. There will probably be limited interest from most builders but those with large...
by raymacke
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pontoon Bulldozer
Replies: 0
Views: 8148

Pontoon Bulldozer

Just got back from an interesting four day outing on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes. The tow down there was interrupted by a nasty storm that had me sitting it out for 20 minutes on an interstate ramp apron about 30 miles from the marina. Not a lot of rain but powerful wind. When I got there the power was o...
by raymacke
Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I guess it's time to come out of the closet!Bartender 24
Replies: 1515
Views: 331629

Re: I guess it's time to come out of the closet!Bartender 24

Again I believe the difference is BAYSTAR vs SEASTAR. Baystar is designed for engines under 150 HP. Because of the lighter loads it is supplied with plastic tubing not reinforced rubber hoses like the Seastar system. From Teleflex's web site - (I emphasized the "Cut To" text - not them) The BayStar ...
by raymacke
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I guess it's time to come out of the closet!Bartender 24
Replies: 1515
Views: 331629

Re: I guess it's time to come out of the closet!Bartender 24

It has been 6 years so my memory might not be 100% but my BAYSTAR system came with plastic tubing. I think one end had swedged fittings installed but the other end used a compression fitting. Cutting to get the right length was suggested in the instructions and that is what I did. But I thought on t...
by raymacke
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: Holy Smoking Surge Brakes!
Replies: 5
Views: 3363

Holy Smoking Surge Brakes!

About 100 miles from home on a return trip from Kentucky Lake a car came up beside me on the Interstate and shouted that by wheels were smoking! Looking in the mirrors I could see nothing unusual but pulled to the shoulder to take a look. As soon as I stopped smoke rolled from behind all four tires!...
by raymacke
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Small Working Tug On Kentucky Lake
Replies: 3
Views: 2497

Small Working Tug On Kentucky Lake

I was on Kentucky Lake again last week and this small tug caught my eye as it was dry docked on a barge. It had been in use by a construction company replacing a bridge crossing the lake (seen in background of the 1st photo). I was impressed how tall it was considering the minimal amount of below th...
by raymacke
Sun May 22, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Picking a design
Replies: 7
Views: 3300

Re: Picking a design

A lot of my interior was worked out using a computer based drawing app. I started with accurate measurements of the available space plus a copy of Glen-L's drawing and created a base drawing. From there I could start experimenting with different layouts. I made dozens! Here are a few - Aft cabin Tru...
by raymacke
Sun May 22, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Picking a design
Replies: 7
Views: 3300

Re: Picking a design

When looking at prices for plans I think you really need to compare apples to apples. Most experienced carpenters can build a shed or garage with no plans. The same for seasoned woodworkers building furniture. I am personally not a professional carpenter but I feel confident I could produce a very a...
by raymacke
Sun May 08, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Electric Power & Systems
Topic: 120 Volt Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 6355

Re: 120 Volt Connections

I am certainly not an expert but just for clarity I am going to add a direct quote form Charile Wing's book "Boatowner's Illustrated Handbook of Wiring" as it sums up much what I have read in numerous sources on the subject. - "The use of solder in marine connections is controversial. Some experienc...
by raymacke
Wed May 04, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Windshield brackets and Faria GPS
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: Windshield brackets and Faria GPS

I have never used one but it is my understanding the Faria Speedo GPS units have a built in antenna and need no external antenna.
by raymacke
Tue May 03, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Silicon Bronze...Frearson vs. Square Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 8356

Re: Silicon Bronze...Frearson vs. Square Drive

My experience with square heads exactly the same as Curt's - white oak - lots of screws - next to no problems. I also second the use of the battery powered impact. Even on non-boat projects I tend to use it more than the cordless drill. With a set of hex shanked drill bits it is my preferred tool fo...
by raymacke
Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishermen At The Ramp Today
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Re: Fishermen At The Ramp Today

I should have asked to be sure but I am guessing they haul them to a plant about 70 miles away where they are processed. The original plant operators were basically sued out of business by the city where the plant is located because of the foul order coming from the place. They gutted the fish and s...
by raymacke
Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishermen At The Ramp Today
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Fishermen At The Ramp Today

Took the True Grit out for the day on my home port Kaskaskia River. Had a nice ride and was back at the ramp getting ready to load when this boat and three guys came in. As they approached I noticed the big jon boat was really setting low in the water and when they got there I saw why! That is one B...
by raymacke
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cabin Skiff Motor hp
Replies: 11
Views: 3004

Re: Cabin Skiff Motor hp

You knew exactly where I was going! Yes, as per plans the well is too narrow for modern cable steering systems. I made it work with the narrower well but it is less than optimal. At 32" or above you will be fine. The build looks really nice. BTW - Time off is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not a ra...