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by thinwater
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Corroded holding tank access plate
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Corroded holding tank access plate

They probably used 3M 5200 or a similar polyurethane. Try Re-Move / DSR5. Apply, slit along, the seam, recoat, and wait. I would try this before cutting. Uniseal ( https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=89951 is the one I am familiar with. But I would try Re-Move first. If you replace th...
by thinwater
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Need help with repair of water in keel of a 36
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Need help with repair of water in keel of a 36

No. By fairing I meant eliminating the blunt trailing edge, which really detracts from windward performance. (this article is about a PDQ 32) https://www.practical-sailor.com/issues/37_67/features/Fairing-the-Keels_12039-1.html The PDQ keels have a very blunt rear edge (over 1 inch). This should be ...
by thinwater
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Corroded holding tank access plate
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Corroded holding tank access plate

The tank appears to be fiberglass; you can see the fabric.

For the record, aluminum is a terrible material for holding tanks and anything related to sewage. Urine eats it up. The brass didn't help.
by thinwater
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Need help with repair of water in keel of a 36
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Need help with repair of water in keel of a 36

I would also strongly recommend fairing and lengthening the keels while you are at it. It REALLY improves the pointing and tacking. Not that hard to do. I doubt I spent 6 hours on it. One of my best upgrades, and certainly the most speed/dollar. Better handling too. Every PDQ should do this. https:/...
by thinwater
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Cockpit Door Latch Replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Cockpit Door Latch Replacement

Remember, to prevent break in, you also need to secure the slider. Of course, that will just force them to break something more expensive.
by thinwater
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: A/C Units humidity control
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: A/C Units humidity control

The Dometic Turbo I installed had it on a ~ 6' cord. They suggested placing it in the return air duct, because that gives accurate measurement when the unit is not running, but as dstrecker1 correctly pointed out, it is only correct if the fan is running, which is not acceptable. The solution is to ...
by thinwater
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Trampoline replaced
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Trampoline replaced

Why Dyneema lacing? It is more UV and abrasion resistant... mostly. This depends on the specific product--single braids, like Amsteel, are not abrasion resistant in this application. Dyneema also places greater stress on the fabric, and that is the expensive part. On boats where the lacing bears on ...
by thinwater
Mon May 13, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Breaker placement for starboard windlass
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Breaker placement for starboard windlass

There was no special factory reinforcement. The windlass did come with a small backing plate. I have a pic from when I was replacing it (no easy way to post) and there clearly was no backing plate or special reinforcement. I did remove some core and fill with epoxy past to prevent water damage. I di...
by thinwater
Fri May 10, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Breaker placement for starboard windlass
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Breaker placement for starboard windlass

Mine was on port and the breaker was mounted on the aft end of the port settee, ~ 8" above the floor. The same location would work with your routing.

Do make sure that the back sides of the terminals are protected from anything that can short them (there needs to be a cover on the backside).
by thinwater
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Gas Oven Installation on our PDQ 34'
Replies: 11
Views: 1147

Re: Gas Oven Installation on our PDQ 34'

Unless you have a pure sine inverter, many microwaves do not run well. This may explain some of the problems.
by thinwater
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Unhappy Rudders
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Unhappy Rudders

a. Stainless does not expand when it rusts. It might crack. b. The rudder post is not that close to the surface (see below, PDQ 36 rudder, not mine). https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PXsektcr6VE/XK5SgUOHpaI/AAAAAAAAPSU/OJ8KVk5esoETxDo3DoXDjj4wSxA72HOuQCLcBGAs/s640/PDQ%2B36%2Brudder%2Bframe.jpg One possibi...
by thinwater
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Height dimensions of the hardtop
Replies: 7
Views: 1116

Re: Height dimensions of the hardtop

If you have a boat, basically it is pretty tight. 1-2 inches boom clearance at the front, and 2-3 inches in the back. It is probably more important how it fits YOUR boat than someone elses. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yVlRcOndR-Y/UHNprTxcH4I/AAAAAAAABJo/qzXTBmTT_TU/s1600/New+Windows+Side+View+low+res....
by thinwater
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Height dimensions of the hardtop
Replies: 7
Views: 1116

Re: Height dimensions of the hardtop

Boom clearance depends a good bit on the sail; The answer is not very much to about 3 inches when hauled tight. If you add solar panels you will need to allow for that as well. But it is easy to raise the boom by recut or even by extending the tack a little.
by thinwater
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Trampoline replaced
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Trampoline replaced

I'm still using the first tramp from my Stiletto 27 (1079) to cover a fishpond in the winter. The stitching is shaky, but I swear the net is good enough to put on another boat to this day. and I've jusrt stored it in a pile under the porch for the last 25 years. I'm sure the net is still fine. In fa...
by thinwater
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Sleeping in the salon?
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Sleeping in the salon?

Sailing version, but same answer. Using the seat back cushions does not work, but making custom fillers does. Then we covered the whole thing with a mattress topper, to even things up. The topper rolls up small enough. We used it in hot weather when we could not run the AC; better ventilation than t...