also happen in the inlet itself or somewhere
along the wire run between the inlet and the
back of the panel. Before doing anything,
with the cord disconnected, check the inlet
and wire run thoroughly, and replace anything that looks suspect. The cable could
have chafed on a sharp object or fallen
across a hot exhaust. If you smell burning,
then there should be signs of damage. These
are the types of issues that can cause in-water shock issues and can potentially kill
swimmers. If the problem isn’t immediately
apparent upon your inspection, I suggest
finding an ABYC-certified electrical technician and having the problem fixed.
PARTS FROM THE PAST
I bought a 1988 Wellcraft St. Tropez, and
need top rollers for the Plexiglas entry door.
Can you help me locate replacements?
TOM NEALE: I don’t know where the
company got the rollers they used in 1988.
But many people have questions similar to
yours because older boats were often built
by companies that are no longer in business
or, even if they’re still in business, don’t
have records that would give an answer. But
you often don’t need to spend extra time
and money trying to get the exact original
parts for something like this. Drawer rollers,
door latches, hinges, cabinet latches, and
other interior hardware can often be found
at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Buy high-quality
parts made from materials that won’t be
harmed by the marine environment. But you
can usually solve this type of problem, too.
Remove one of whatever it is from your boat,
and take it in for comparison. Frequently the
customer-service people will be very inter-
ested in helping you to find something that
will work for a boat. You might also want to
consult one of the many relevant catalogs
such as for example, McMaster Carr, which
has a list of sources for odd rollers, tracks,
bearings, and so on.
Don, I read about colloidal silica in your
Sailboat Maintenance Manual. I’ve also seen
something called fumed silica being sold
as a similar product. I’ve looked online and
haven’t been able to find any decisive information as to the specific differences of these.
DUELING DEPTH FINDERS,
I sail an older fiberglass sloop, and use a
Uniden depth finder with in-hull transducer.
I’m considering installing a Garmin chartplotter with fishfinder capabilities. If I install
the new Garmin dual-frequency in-hull
transducer next to the Uniden transducer,
do I risk electronic interference between
Kennett Square, PA
DON CASEY: Yes, and that applies even if
the transducers are not next to each other.
If you run both depth sounders at the same
time, and they’re operating at the same frequency, there’s the possibility of interference. Even if your Uniden is transmitting on
200kHz and you set the Garmin for 50kHz,
it may not solve the problem. As I understand it, even though the display is limited
to the selected frequency, the transducer
is still transmitting on both frequencies.
Interference does not always occur, but if it
happens, you may be able to filter some or
all of it out by reducing the gain. Otherwise,
the only sure solution is to turn off one of
the units. Locating the transducers adjacent to each other is certain to increase the
likelihood of interference.
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