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by thinwater
Mon May 13, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Breaker placement for starboard windlass
Replies: 3
Views: 149

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: 149

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: 640

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: 254

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: 641

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: 641

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: 1
Views: 360

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: 550

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...
by thinwater
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 2675

Re: Replacing original solar panels

The space I'm referring to was not a locker in my boat. It was occupied by steering cables, power bus, and galvanic isolation. Basically under the helmsman's feet. It had a door, like a locker, but only for access.
by thinwater
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 2675

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I fed mine through the top into the helm light fixture. From there the wires go down the support and into the cabin. I recall fishing wires was a reasonable one-man job and that large wires should fit (I think mine were #10 and there was lots of space). https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6o2F9j_OuL8/WUBRkNE...
by thinwater
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Electric Choke Switch Options
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: Electric Choke Switch Options

Electric, in this case, means that the choke is thermoelectric automatic, correct? If this is the case, why do you need a switch? My last engines were electric choke, and the choke was trouble free. In very cold (sub 40F) weather a manual option is slightly better, but I don't think many sail then. ...
by thinwater
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 2675

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I intentionally left a substantial gap in the center because I liked walking down the center of the hard top and then dropping down on the after deck. Saves a lot of walking around. There isn't much sun under the boom anyway.
by thinwater
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: fuel "burping"?
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Re: fuel "burping"?

You might try a Clean Way Fuel Funnel. I've used one and it worked pretty well. Yup, that's my PDQ at the fuel dock. They come with a set of addapters, up to some big sizes. If it works for you, let us know! http://www.hopkins-carter.com/scclwayfufi.html https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--Cnp76u3sJ0/WRCEot...
by thinwater
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: removing/replacing stantion bases
Replies: 1
Views: 656

Re: removing/replacing stantion bases

Have you tried PB Blaster, long soak, followed by lots of heat? I believe they may be threaded into embedded aluminum plates, in which case you prospects are tough. I mapped out many of the plates on my boat with ultrasound, after trying to remove a few fittings. If that is the case, I'd be re-drill...
by thinwater
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Dry Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Dry Storage

Slightly off topic, but perhaps of interest. Numbers always help me. I needed to move the keel blocks on my F-24 (~ 2000 pounds) to paint the bottom. It turns out that the keel blocks on a PDQ are on the bottom of the keel, small, and not worth worrying about, but on the F-24 they are large and in i...