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by thinwater
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:51 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacement solar panels
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Replacement solar panels

The rigid panel mountings can be glued on, using either epoxy or polyurethane sealant (Sika 291 etc). I used epoxy, but Sika would have made removal easier (De-Bond takes polyurethanes off, even 3M 5200). I mounted mine with glue-on studs that allowed leveling and zero twist. A 1.5-inch aluminum ang...
by thinwater
Tue May 24, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: HELP structural problem with my 36
Replies: 2
Views: 1520

Re: HELP structural problem with my 36

I've seen that before under black paint (which is why it is a bad idea) and more commonly with black gel coat. Basically cosmetic. Grind out a little, fair, and repaint the area (since it is chipping and badly faded anyway). Overheating, and more importantly, because the gel coat was way too thick i...
by thinwater
Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Refinishing Salon Table
Replies: 13
Views: 4686

Re: Refinishing Salon Table

Very nice job.

I strongly recommend you cover the windows, not the table. Might as well protect everything. I never had fading, but I always covered the windows from the outside.
by thinwater
Sat Jan 01, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: PDQ 32 cockpit ports/windows
Replies: 7
Views: 2381

Re: PDQ 32 cockpit ports/windows

The cause seems to be corrosion on the pins causing expansion/cracking. Too bad we didn't all replace the pins 10 years ago, before they got brittle. Probably too late now. If I could not get a replacement hatch I would probably either fabricate the parts from aluminum (paint white) or 3-D print the...
by thinwater
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Refinishing Salon Table
Replies: 13
Views: 4686

Re: Refinishing Salon Table

For this reason, and to ... * Keep bird bombs off * Reduce AC load and warmer in the winter * Protect the plexi from UV ... we nearly always kept the windows covered from the outside. Also covers on the hatches after this was taken. Makes a huge difference on fading. None. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-...
by thinwater
Tue Nov 02, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Yamaha repower
Replies: 2
Views: 2017

Re: Yamaha repower

Try Andy Jr. at Shipyard Island Marina (800-213-3323). Many PDQ owners purchased engines from him.
by thinwater
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Hurricane Mooring Aft Cleats
Replies: 6
Views: 3657

Re: Hurricane Mooring Aft Cleats

^^ Then mount more cleats and make the backings strong. On the PDQ 32 this arraignment is bar tight on the deck and is not a tripping hazard, but it could be, depending on the angles. I've always seen a few ropes on deck as a boat thing.
by thinwater
Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Hurricane Mooring Aft Cleats
Replies: 6
Views: 3657

Re: Hurricane Mooring Aft Cleats

Like this. A bolt hanger and carabiner deflect the line across, under the dinghy. Use wire gate carabiners. Also, coat the line where is bears with Yale Maxijacket--that will increase the life ~ 5-10 times, based on a decade of experience. http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2009/06/easy-mooring-with-...
by thinwater
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Area Rugs
Replies: 9
Views: 5473

Re: Area Rugs

Carpet is easy to cut and ravel-free if cut with a hot knife. Easy and neat. Just take a length of coat hanger, bend it to a shape you like, hammer it flat in the cutting area, and put it in a 100-150 watt iron. Copper wire will work, but coat hanger lasts longer and heats faster. https://s30384.pcd...
by thinwater
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Shift and Throttle cable replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 5117

Re: Shift and Throttle cable replacement

Get coupling nuts, so that you can use the old cables to pull the new cables through. If you can't find them, PM. I've got a bag of them, I think.
by thinwater
Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Bottom of keel photo and question
Replies: 7
Views: 7167

Re: Bottom of keel photo and question

SJM: You may not have understood James. When he suggested finding out if the keels were flooded, he did NOT mean whether they was water in the bilge, he meant "did water drain out of the keel when hauled" or did you drill a hole to find out. Because they are separate you would NOT find water in the ...
by thinwater
Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Dingy motor hoist
Replies: 7
Views: 9532

Re: Dingy motor hoist

The OP asked for something that could clamp on the rail. That is almost certain to either bend the rail or start a leak at the stanchion base. Not a good idea.
by thinwater
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Bottom Paint
Replies: 2
Views: 3022

Re: Bottom Paint

I have a bit of a problem with Seahawk. They have probably changed their ways, but for years they were producing top performing paints by illegally blending tin in with the copper. This went on for 5 years and resulted in jail time and big fines. It was not an accident or oversight, it was intention...
by thinwater
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Vented loop re direct discharge
Replies: 1
Views: 2931

Re: Vented loop re direct discharge

It hinges upon whether the bowl lip and top of the holding tank are above the waterline. I believe they both are (were on my PDQ 32), so no vented loops. Monohulls are different. That said, you may want to loop the hose just above the water line to reduce flow-back in the the bowl. The pump will mos...