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by thinwater
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 955

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: 955

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: 114

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: 955

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: 6
Views: 326

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: 295

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: 422

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...
by thinwater
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Dry Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Dry Storage

John and I already talked, but I will repeat some of it here for the group. I've had my PDQ 32 out many times, blocked under the keels and with stands under the hulls, but without support under the bridge deck. However, it was never for more than a week, and it was never subject to snow load. I alwa...
by thinwater
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: My Book is Finally Out
Replies: 1
Views: 255

My Book is Finally Out

I've published over 200 magazine articles and a handful of e-books, but this is my first book with a bricks and mortar publisher. I spent many hours on my PDQ paddling out with anchors, turning winches, and taking readings. Lots of scraping mud and recording distances. I've dispelled a few myths and...
by thinwater
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: source for bow pulpits?
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: source for bow pulpits?

Curiously, quite a few did not. I think that was the original design. For the record,my Stiletto 27 and my F-24 have no railing. Obviously jacklines would do it, but yeah, pulpits are nice to have. However, with a little common sense, I don't think it is actually a safety item. There is really no re...
by thinwater
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props

I think the pitch says "9 1/4", but it is difficult to read. They are all the same.
by thinwater
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props

11.5-inch diameter. I would be guessing at the pitch.

They are older, probably about 1997-2000.

As a spare it won't matter too much. I used these with 2012 engines and can't say that I noticed any difference.
by thinwater
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 955

Re: Replacing original solar panels

Yes, heat might be an issue in the tropics. It will reduce efficiency a few %. There are several solutions: * Mine is mounted on a 1/8" thick slider turtle, so little different than mounting on canvas. NOT a PDQ solution, but it was a part of my reasoning. * Many slip a layer of something corrugated...
by thinwater
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Spare 9.9 HP Yamaha High Thust Props

I got these with some used engines some years ago and I'm cleaning out the workroom. Gotta make room for projects and Corsair stuff. They are used but functional. In my opinion every PDQ owner should carry a spare or two. Just ask how many have wound up a rope in a prop,spinning a prop. It's a 5-min...
by thinwater
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 21
Views: 955

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I've done well with Renology panels. Over 8 years and still going. I've also done well with semi-flexible panels from Chinese sources. I was planning to permanently install a bunch of these, but ended up selling the boat. However, one of them lives on with my F-24 and I am very happy with it. The ke...