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by thinwater
Thu May 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Ice maker GFI
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Ice maker GFI

If it is down stream of another GFI there is no advantage in it being GFI. One receptical protects the string. Look at the wiring instructions.
by thinwater
Sat May 19, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: PDQ32+
Replies: 19
Views: 2640

Re: PDQ32+

Some of the thought process: http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2013/05/better-boarding-extended-transoms.html http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2013/08/extended-transoms-process.html First, 2' seemed like enough to me. The PDQ 32 if kept light (mine was) is not a transom-dragger, not at rest. 2' is ...
by thinwater
Sat May 19, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: PDQ32+
Replies: 19
Views: 2640

Re: PDQ32+

^^ What he said. Though the performance improvements are real, my primary motivation was to ease dinghy and kayak boarding. They really are just fun at anchor. I did consider rudder mods, at the same time I was making the other changes. I decided they were not needed. Once the changes were complete,...
by thinwater
Fri May 04, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Trampoline idea
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Trampoline idea

If the gap is a problem, have them make a narrow strip with grommets and lace it in the gap, using the center lacing (it can be much lighter material). This common practice on some designs, including the Stiletto 27. I think this is the simpler and safer solution. I don't like having lacing where I ...
by thinwater
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Keel Modification
Replies: 10
Views: 2776

Re: Keel Modification

Yes, a genoa is required for proper balance. You will also need inboard tracks to get it sheeted right upwind. The keel extensions are step 2, in part because they are easy to do during a bottom job. The transom extensions help too, but not as much as the first two steps. And don't over sheet the ma...
by thinwater
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Keel Modification
Replies: 10
Views: 2776

Re: Keel Modification

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. I would bet the difference is VERY minor. If it bothers you (it might bother me), just screed on some filler (epoxy thicken with a fairing filler--not fumed silica--too hard to sand) with a straight edge and sand with a long board. That is if I am understand this...
by thinwater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Imitation (inexpensive) Teak in the cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Imitation (inexpensive) Teak in the cockpit

Very slick! I've been happy with a wooden grating. What I like best is that of the grit and bits fall through, so that I'm not always looking at sand bits of debris. It is on a flexible backing, so I can lift it up with one hand and hose out under it several times each season. Basically, no more swe...
by thinwater
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks

^^ In reality, I would probably try that. BUT I would figure on many cleanings (first hot degreaser, followed by xylene), followed by lots of grinding, followed by laying relatively large area of several layers of 17 oz. biax in order to get a good foundation and bond. At least 8 inches square under...
by thinwater
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks

What I can tell you (many years of refinery expereince with FRP diesel tanks) is that if there have been diesel leaks (looks like there have been), the diesel has soaked into the FRP and getting a good bond is going to be very difficult. Just cleaning and working epoxy and glass in is not going to w...
by thinwater
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Changing running lights and courtesy lights to LED on PDQ 32
Replies: 12
Views: 967

Re: Changing running lights and courtesy lights to LED on PDQ 32

I switched all of the festoon cabin lights in my new boat to LEDs by Yitamotors (Amazon, about $1 each). Quite cheap and I like the daylight color better. Look up the lumen equivalence for a good match; I intentionally went up 25% in brightness because I knew they would run cooler and would still be...
by thinwater
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fresh Water water flow PDQ 34
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: Fresh Water water flow PDQ 34

This problem is unfamiliar up here (Chesapeake) because we drain and vacuum the tanks each winter. Not just in terms of equipment maintenance, but water quality, you might want to think about this as annual maintenance of a potable water supply. With a shop vac it is a matter of minutes. These were ...
by thinwater
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Keel Modification
Replies: 10
Views: 2776

Re: Keel Modification

Actually, the main reason the post was removed from my blog is that an article on the topic was published in Practical Sailor Magazine. Often I post short versions of topics on my blog that later grow and get published. I can't leave them up both places, though it is a shame. But writing about saili...
by thinwater
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: PDQ 34/36 Curved Keels?
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: PDQ 34/36 Curved Keels?

Then if they were modified, the purpose is baffling. Harsh words, but look at the blunt trailing edge. If this were any kind of attempt at improvement, it would have been cleaned up and brought back to a square 1/4-inch edge. It should com out more like this (lower right, PDQ 32): https://cdn.practi...
by thinwater
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: PDQ 34/36 Curved Keels?
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: PDQ 34/36 Curved Keels?

If it were damage, there would be cracks, not such weird curves. I hope someone knows. Certainly you want to pull up the floors and look at the bilge. It's hard to tell much from the photos, but I would certainly want to see how it pointed during a sea trial. If it is terrible and that matters to yo...

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