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by thinwater
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: How to change engine coolant water
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: How to change engine coolant water

There are mail-in services and there are test kits: http://www.acustrip.com/res/pss/PSS-3300.pdf Seawatr it typically about 25,000 ppm chloride, and the condemning limit for used engine coolant is about 150 ppm, so even trace leakage is a problem. This is why there is no such thing as extended servi...
by thinwater
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: How to change engine coolant water
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: How to change engine coolant water

I spent decades in the engine coolant formulation industry (chemical engineer), and designed, built, and operated one of the larger facilities. Unless the system has been neglected, never use flushing chemicals. The people who make them (the tech and testing folks--not the sales department) don't ev...
by thinwater
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Rectangular porthole hatches, part number needed
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Rectangular porthole hatches, part number needed

Yes, everything Iriemon said. Pull the gaskets, clean, and condition. Even new hatches will leak in a year if the gaskets get dirty in behind.
by thinwater
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: AC Installation
Replies: 0
Views: 95

AC Installation

Good Old Boat Magazine has a 6-page, 15-photo article on installing AC in the PDQ 32 in the March-April 2018 issue. Pretty detailed and pretty factory looking, if I do say so. Yup, it's me. I'm immodest. Actually, I put extra work into it, knowing it would get photographed and nit picked. Turned ou...
by thinwater
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Changing running lights and courtesy lights to LED on PDQ 32
Replies: 7
Views: 217

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

^^ What he said. West Marine charges stupid prices for LEDs. I replaced ALL of the lights on my F-24 through Amazon (Dr. LED and others) for less than the cost of one bulb at WM. Clean the ends and use a dab of waterproof grease. Bed the cover with butyl tape. The fluorescent fixtures in the cabin a...
by thinwater
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: battens
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: battens

Pictures. This depends on the hardware style. But yes, there should be some sort of pocket in the hardware that it fits into. Otherwise, it will soon cut its way through the cloth.

You also need a good way to apply some compression. It is the cloth tension that supports the roach.
by thinwater
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: mainsail
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: mainsail

If you have mast-mounted winches this works really well. Fast and easy to use. Garhauer has some good prices. Otherwise, just pay up. The one I used was in my "might need" bin. For a boom the thickness of the PDQ, tapping for bolts is best. The material is thick enough that you don't need ...
by thinwater
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Shoal Survivor is Sold... but I'm not going anywhere.
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Shoal Survivor is Sold... but I'm not going anywhere.

Once, long ago, I took down a web site related to rock climbing. I sold the business, but I should have left some of the information up. Since, I have vowed never to take a Blog down or to completely abandon it. I have two others, although they are less active: Rock and ice climbing: https://old-rag...
by thinwater
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: mainsail
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: mainsail

There was a small cleat on the starboard side of the boom. I removed it and replaced it with a double jammer. One is used for the outhaul, and the other the 3rd reef clew line. Since my winches were on the mast, it was easy to lay the outhaul line a winch. If I didn't have mast winches I think I wou...
by thinwater
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: When the wind comes...
Replies: 1
Views: 211

When the wind comes...

... sometimes the water goes away. A strong North wind can such the water right out of the Chesapeake Bay (this tide is about 4 feet below normal). Thank goodness for strong boats that take the ground well. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPriWVwZDyc/Wk5xwOfV8CI/AAAAAAAAOX0/nkrytN1hoZYWn5IC5TZkpEpEJBEjXd...
by thinwater
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: mainsail
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: mainsail

I was very happy with my Mack main, and I am a little bit of a shape fanatic. It was perfect through all 3 reefs. Considerably better construction than the factory main. The Rolly Tasker offering seemed lighter. I abandoned the slides and went to a clew strap, which I have been very happy with. This...
by thinwater
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fore / Aft Boat Balance
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Fore / Aft Boat Balance

Hobby horsing is very condition-specific. Glad it worked out for you. I would add that catamarans seem happier and a little faster when trimmed slightly bow-down, unless traveling at very high speed. It is probable that getting back to proper trim had a lot more to do with the reduction in hobby hor...
by thinwater
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fore / Aft Boat Balance
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Fore / Aft Boat Balance

Bear in mind that adding weight to the extreme ends will increase hobby horsing that may be worse than the trim problem. Bow weight should be the absolute last resort, and possibly avoided even then.

Also consider storing parts etc. differently.
by thinwater
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: 32 rigging
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: 32 rigging

Contact me through my blog and I can send you an owners manual. The blog also has a lot of information that should be helpful.

http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2017/03/pdq-32-owners-manual.html
by thinwater
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: iPad navigation program
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: iPad navigation program

+1 for Navionics.

I've got a Garman in the cockpit, but I love the Google earth overlays on Navionics. I use it on a tablet, just because the screen is bigger.

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