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by thinwater
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Water in Fuel Sensor
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Water in Fuel Sensor

I'm guessing re. the PDQ installation, but... * The sensor is nothing more than a pair of copper stubs that allow conductivity (no float). There is little that can go wrong, other than get dirty. A wet connection can cause a false positive, as can a chafed wire. Could be a poor connection that fails...
by thinwater
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Deck Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Deck Storage

65-pound electric? Easy. Ask them whether they would rather get exercise peddling or loading the bike themselves. If they snicker, suggest that means the needs is not sincere.

Electric? Really? Are you really going far enough that it will matter?
by thinwater
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling

IMO, the self-tacking jib does not roller reef worth a damn. They never do, because the foot is too low, the clew angle is wrong, and you can't move the sheets aft. It just twists off and flogs. My genoa reefed down better. Add a third reef to the main. I did and found it very nice over about 30 kno...
by thinwater
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling

Yup, that's how it is done.

I wouldn't fly a chute in a squall on a PDQ32. That's a good way to break something, if only stretching out an expensive sail. Not worth it.
by thinwater
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling

Furling a genoa in 15-20 knots with no main is probably more vigorous than hoisting a reefed main and some jib. Certain, damamge is more likely. Same with a chute. If it's just for drifting in light air, then OK. But then you'll want the main if you want to sail past walking speed. I've sailed main ...
by thinwater
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Got a CPAP Aboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Got a CPAP Aboard?

Rather than struggle with locating a shelf near the head of the bed, we strung extra hoses together to make a longer hose, which we then looped along the edge of the ceiling. Worked very well. This allowed us to leave the CPAP safely back on the night stand. I recall the hose was 3x4'=12'. It did no...
by thinwater
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling

I suppose I've always been something of a sail trim maven. I like to to feel the boat move to perfection. I suppose that is why I tweaked the sail plan and underbody. Unless you are trying to sail with the AW aft of 120 degrees, the main should actually help the chute fill, by keeping the flow attac...
by thinwater
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Genoa and Assymetrical only speeds and handling

There is quite a bit of PDQ 32 trim stuff on my blog. Genoa Upwind.You are not going to be able to point to windward with more than ~ 120% genoa. This is because you need to sheet up against the hard top, which means rolling up some genoa. With a 180, the sail shape with probably be horrible after r...
by thinwater
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Corroded holding tank access plate
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

Re: Corroded holding tank access plate

I'm glad the Re-Move worked out. I enjoy testing things so that we can all benefit. Many products say they will remove polyurethane cauk=lk, but only Re-Move really does.
by thinwater
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: original construction materials
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

Re: original construction materials

My boat had both balsa and foam core. One transom was balsa, the other foam. Decks foam, bulkheads a mix of foam and balsa. All of it was very solid, though, with no bad spots.
by thinwater
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: New Owner - Bulb Part #'s
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: New Owner - Bulb Part #'s

Just a few thoughts. * 15 hp. No you will not get more power and you will get less in reverse. The Yamaha 9.9 really is the right motor. I've used other motors and they just aren't as good. * Solar is much more effective than engine charging when you have a big hardtop. You don't run enough engine h...
by thinwater
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Deck Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Deck Storage

Modify a bike rack. You can also buy them for rails. http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-carry-bicycles-without-origami.html http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_fDLXryKUnCE/TEIPBLsqXaI/AAAAAAAAAkw/phGSaOUVyCQ/s1600/Bike+Rack.jpg Kayaks can go on top of the davits (they were low on my PDQ 32). Oth...
by thinwater
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fuel Pick up tube problem
Replies: 29
Views: 8292

Re: Fuel Pick up tube problem

Was it a genuine Parker/Raycor element? They should NEVER distort under vacuum, and I have changed many hundreds in industry, many of which were tragically dirty and high vacuum. If it deformed, dirt got past it. If the injector pump is bad, that may be the reason. There should be a filter on the en...
by thinwater
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Boat Yoga
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Boat Yoga

I always found that padding all of the hard spots with multiple towels made boat yoga go a lot better. You think "it will just be a moment," and then some bulkhead or bump tries to cut you in half. Take the extra time to plan.
by thinwater
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Winterizing Water System
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Winterizing Water System

Shop vac, or if your forearms are slim, you can bail it out with a cut-down soda bottle within 10 minutes. No, 1/2-inch won't matter. 2 inches, I'm not so sure, so I always emptied it. I always liked to give it a good slosh around, a light scrub, and then vac it dry. Leave the port open, it would dr...