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by katorpus
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: F30 water tank
Replies: 14
Views: 6391

Re: F30 water tank

I think you're on the right track with the idea of replacing the original Freedom water tank...mine are aluminum, built by Florida Tank and original to the boat (1981). One of the other drawbacks to "indiscriminate use of foam" in the original construction manifested before I bought the boat (when i...
by katorpus
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: Exhaust Elbows
Replies: 3
Views: 2378

Re: Exhaust Elbows

I would think you'd want to wrap the whole works thickly in glass mat and epoxy where' you're "gluing" things together. It's not unheard of for a wet exhaust to suddenly become a dry exhaust with the failure of the impeller or some kind of intake obstruction. It wouldn't take long for the temp to ri...
by katorpus
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Plastic Through hulls at deck level
Replies: 3
Views: 2287

Re: Plastic Through hulls at deck level

Rather than risk boogering up a router bit on the glass (or if you don't have one), your can use a bent over 8 penny nail (with the head cut off) or one of the thousand allen wrenches that are probably lying in the bottom of your tool box. I've done this quite successfully. If you're installing any ...
by katorpus
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Random Chatter
Topic: Where do we find PHRF ratings for older boats?
Replies: 8
Views: 4155

Re: Where do we find PHRF ratings for older boats?

Ah yes...you gotta love those folks in California. Nothing like a little inconsistency. Freedom 40 (wrap around sails) is 102 in So Cal and 168 in Northern California The 40 would have to give up 36 seconds to the 44 in Southern California, while getting 27 seconds in Northern California against the...
by katorpus
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: New pedestal guard for F38 is trickier than anticipated
Replies: 15
Views: 7524

Re: New pedestal guard for F38 is trickier than anticipated

My conscience is clear, having pointed that out. I just know that, in my personal experience, in a sudden heel, roundup, or a "quick spin" (like obliquely hitting the occasional sandbar), everyone in the cockpit tends to grab whatever they can instinctually and without much planning. The guy on the ...
by katorpus
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: New pedestal guard for F38 is trickier than anticipated
Replies: 15
Views: 7524

Re: New pedestal guard for F38 is trickier than anticipated

Jay I hope you don’t get a finger snagged in that “Z”…could be painful and expensive. You might consider “underlaying” the letters with a piece of acrylic epoxied to the back side and pouring in epoxy dyed black then sanded & polished smooth flush with the top face to fill in those letters before in...
by katorpus
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Bridge clearance for F40 and F44
Replies: 9
Views: 4268

Re: Bridge clearance for F40 and F44

If you're gonna measure it yourself, don't mess around trying to pull a 75' tape measure up with the halyard... do this instead ... 1 ) Get a length of non-stretch line out of your line locker (it needs to be about 60'). This is your "measuring line". 2) Tie the measuring line to the halyard shackl...
by katorpus
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F44, raising and lowering the sails
Replies: 7
Views: 5088

Re: F44, raising and lowering the sails

Having learned to learn from others, I observed a former marina-neighbor who had an old wooden Paul Luke-Auge Nielson ketch. He was in his early 80's & did all work on the boat himself. Wooden masts require a lot of trips up & down to refinish. He had bought a Nauta bag big enough to contain enough ...
by katorpus
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F44, raising and lowering the sails
Replies: 7
Views: 5088

Re: F44, raising and lowering the sails

I feel your pain there...my setup is exactly the same with the same problems (F40 Aft Cockpit Cat Ketch). Some things to help: Before raising the sails, make SURE that the lazy jacks are tensioned so that the boom is perpendicular to the mast! Mark the lazy jack line so that you can "return" to that...
by katorpus
Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cabin sole finish?
Replies: 5
Views: 2569

Re: Cabin sole finish?

I've read nothing but good things about "Ultimate Sole", but I don't know of anyone who's actually used it (firsthand)