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by Iriemon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem

Here are my autopilot settings from the "Dealer Calibration" inputs: Vessel type: Sailboat Drive Type: 3 Rudder alignment: 0 Rudder limit: 25 Rudder Gain: 4 Counter rudder: 2 Rudder dampening: 2 Autotrim: 1 Response: 2 Turn rate limit: 20 Off course angle: 20* Power steer: 1 Autotrack angl...
by Iriemon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: What are these D-rings on the bow?
Replies: 11
Views: 221

Re: What are these D-rings on the bow?

The bow mounted rings are secure attachment points to use for towing or securing lines from storm prep, I believe. I recently read (I think it was Practical Sailor) that boats that used these type of bow mounted attachment points for lines in a storm/hurricane fared well in part because there is lit...
by Iriemon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Fridge Trouble
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Fridge Trouble

Question: Once you let the compressor cool down, and you turn it back on, does the compressor run for a period and then shut down? Or is it just not starting at all? Either way, it probably is the fan. If you have fans for cooling the compressor coils and the area where the fridge compressor is loca...
by Iriemon
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem

Hi Dennis, I had a similar problem with my autopilot before. There are a bunch of parameters that can affect this, including the deviation setting and latitude position, which if I recall ended up being my problem. Next time I get to the boat (might be a few days) I'll note all the autopilot setting...
by Iriemon
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: What an old PDQ 32 sailor is up to
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: What an old PDQ 32 sailor is up to

I gotta say, based on that picture alone, the cabin on the 32 looks a whole lot more comfy than the F-27.
by Iriemon
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: OVEN ALTERNATIVE
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: OVEN ALTERNATIVE

I've been looking into this issue as well, as our 32 Altair does not have an oven.

We do have a BBQ grill however, and there are a number of websites that say BBQ grills can work fine as ovens with the right technique, though I personally have not tried it yet.
by Iriemon
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Watermaker for a 32?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Watermaker for a 32?

Nice install and info, thanks Greg
by Iriemon
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Watermaker for a 32?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Watermaker for a 32?

Maybe you could mount the clark pump under the settee and mount the filters/pressure pump under the sink in the galley. You'd have to take out the trash receptacle and use something else, but it would be accessible, located lower in the boat, and close to the salt water intake.
by Iriemon
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Watermaker for a 32?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Watermaker for a 32?

The starting batts in my boat are located one each in each engine compartments. It probably wouldn't be that big a job to relocate them if you wanted to do a lazerette installation. I thought about corrosion as well, but the well in the lazerette in the cockpit is covered and protected from salt spr...
by Iriemon
Thu May 31, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Watermaker for a 32?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Watermaker for a 32?

I have a 32 LRC and am contemplating the same thing. It looks like ZTC located theirs in a under a cabin berth locker, not the best option on an LRC because the engines are in that compartment, and from what I've read I would not want to install a watermaker in an engine compartment except as a last...
by Iriemon
Wed May 16, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Destinations / Trip Reports / Crew
Topic: Need info on Bahamas trip please
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: Need info on Bahamas trip please

Hi Sam, You can go to the Bahamas anytime. If you want warmer weather and fewer cold fronts, then Apr - June is a good time to make a trip. July and August a probably a little warmer than you want! Mid-October - December is also a good time period. Jan-Mar you can get cooler weather and frequent col...
by Iriemon
Fri May 04, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Trampoline idea
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Trampoline idea

On an Island Spirit cat I had, the tramp was laced into mainsail slides that went into what were essentially mast tracks bolted on. I don't know if that would work on the 32.
by Iriemon
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Diesel engine mounts showing fiberglass cracks

I haven't noticed such separation on my '99 32 LRC. It looks like they didn't tab those motor mounts in very well on your boat. It does seem weird to me, like Drew (thinwater) noted, that they are pulling out. With a 250lb engine on them you wouldn't think they would pull up like that. Vibration and...
by Iriemon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Preparing surface for new salon lexan windows
Replies: 10
Views: 4281

Re: Preparing surface for new salon lexan windows

A tip I picked up germane to this thread re: rebuilding worn out/stripped screw holes. Use a small piece of cotton ball soaked in epoxy and push it through the worn hole. I used a couple bent paper clips to do this and to form the soaked cotton around the base of the hole as much as possible. I used...
by Iriemon
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Changing running lights and courtesy lights to LED on PDQ 32
Replies: 12
Views: 1454

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

Following up on my earlier post, I trash canned the LED bow light, and purchased and installed an Aqua Signal bow nav light. I installed this LED festoon bulb in it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8593GS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (HQRP 360 deg 41mm Festoon). It was $10 i...

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