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by vanguard64
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chartplotter vs ipad
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Chartplotter vs ipad

Thank you for the thorough response!. When I looked at charplotters the other day I realized that the charts on them are very basic and that you have to pay additional to have more detailed C-map or Navionics charts. In addition, they seem to change the chartplotters so frequently it is hard to keep...
by vanguard64
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chartplotter vs ipad
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Chartplotter vs ipad

I have always relied on traditional paper charts and a handheld GPS for coastal navigation. Recently, I have been researching chartplotters and Ipad apps like Navionics. I went to WM and looked at the most recent chartplotters. I can see advantages and disadvantages to both systems. Are there any op...
by vanguard64
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Furler problem on Alberg 30
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Furler problem on Alberg 30

Good afternoon, Since I purchased my Alberg 3 years, I have been sailing her with the headsail on a Profurl furler installed by the PO. Recently, I had a halyard wrap episode that luckily we resolved promptly. I found out that the wrap-stop preventer at the top of the extrusion (a black plastic devi...
by vanguard64
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Screws vs rivets for spars
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Screws vs rivets for spars

I am getting ready to attach an eyestrap and block on the front of my A30 mast for a whisker pole topping lift. Should I tap for the #10 machine screws required or use 3/16 SS pop rivets?
Thanks
by vanguard64
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: How to Choose Correct Whiskerpole
Replies: 13
Views: 807

Re: How to Choose Correct Whiskerpole

I need to add an external topping lift to the mast for the projected spinnaker/whisker pole. I plan to use a 2.5 inch diameter spinnaker pole of 10.5 ft (J measurement) instead of a telescoping whisker pole. What do you suggest as hardware at the mast near the spreaders?
by vanguard64
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: How to Choose Correct Whiskerpole
Replies: 13
Views: 807

Re: How to Choose Correct Whiskerpole

I just finished watching atomvoyager's very practical video on whisker pole storage on the mast. I also read the last post on the matter and have some questions. I am also getting ready to invest in a whisker pole and based on what I researched it seems that the line control 10-18 adjustable pole fr...
by vanguard64
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Teak caprails on Alberg30
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Teak caprails on Alberg30

Thank you for such a detailed reply! I have seen your video on how you fitted a slotted aluminum toe-rail onto a pre-1970 A30. Would this work on the newer style Alberg with the raised joint? Is this a more practical albeit less traditional setup? I would think you can eliminate the genoa track alto...
by vanguard64
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Teak caprails on Alberg30
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Teak caprails on Alberg30

I re-bedded my caprails 3 years ago and so far have had no leaks. However, with the years, they are getting thinner especially on the inboard side. The previous owner had secured them with sheet metal screws along with finishing washers most likely because the thinning caprails can no longer accept ...
by vanguard64
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 cabin floorboards
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Alberg 30 cabin floorboards

The latches look great! How did you cut the top of the boards to accept the latches. Did you use a chisel or router? The boards on mine are made of plywood.
by vanguard64
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 cabin floorboards
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Alberg 30 cabin floorboards

I would like to secure my 4 cabin floorboards and need suggestions on the best hardware and method to use. My A30 is a MK2 so it has the fiberglass liner and the boards are simply held by gravity over the floor pans. The one at the aft end covers 2 batteries.
Thanks
by vanguard64
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

I am ready to purchase a rigid monocrystalline 50w solar panel. As I look around at different brands and vendors, I see a big discrepancy in price between those you can purchase on Amazon and those that are sold by marine solar panel vendors. Is there a distinction to be made between RV or land base...
by vanguard64
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Undersink water filter
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Undersink water filter

I just installed a new Whale Gusher foot pump for my galley sink. I also purchased a Glacier Bay under sink home water filter to install after the foot pump. These take the standard cylindrical 10 inch long filters. I have read that the foot pump has difficulty pumping water through some of these fi...
by vanguard64
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Galley stove
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Galley stove

That Jetboil stove looks very interesting. It sort of reminds me of the ones Forespar used to offer. As you said, it offers enough space for heating up a soup or boiling water for tea/coffee. Is the gas propane or butane. Are those canisters readily available? I would think they would be best stored...
by vanguard64
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Galley stove
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Galley stove

On my Alberg30 I presently have the original 2 burner Kenyon pressurized alcohol stove. I keep it well maintained and it has worked well for me at a quiet anchor or in a slip. However, I would like to have a stove with gimbals and the added security of pot-holders. My thoughts were to replace the Ke...
by vanguard64
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

I have looked at how the engine alternator, battery switch, and batteries are connected. I found this out sorting through historical papers provided by the previous owner. The work was done by an electrician at his boatyard in 2011. There is a smart battery isolator that ties the tow batteries toget...
by vanguard64
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

In reference to the wiring from the panel to the controller, I see that if I use duplex wire or any other wire, I will need to crimp a female and male MC4 connector to the ends in order to plug them into the MC4s that come with the panel. If I am not mistaken, I will need to purchase an MC4 crimper ...
by vanguard64
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

Thank you for all the good advice. I have been shopping around for a 50-80W solar panel to mount off the stern pulpit. From my understanding of solar panels, for those of us that live in the south, it is best to use a 36 cell panel in order to offset the decrease in voltage that occurs as the panel ...
by vanguard64
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

I think what makes it confusing to me is that on my boat, the battery switch has the classic Off, 1, 2, and Both positions. So it is my understanding that the 2 batteries are only in parallel when the switch is in the Both position. As they are, the batteries share a negative but they only share a p...
by vanguard64
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

I have 3 more questions regarding installation. 1. Should the solar panel be disconnected when the engine is running or the inboard electric battery charger is being used? Wouldn't the alternator or electric charger output be affected by the voltage from the solar panel? If so, would you need a swit...
by vanguard64
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

I have been waiting for my present batteries to start getting weak (based on specific gravity readings) to tackle purchasing new batteries and adding a solar panel (50w on stern pulpit)and the time is getting close. I have been reading about the subject to make the best possible decision. I presentl...
by vanguard64
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Isolating the core
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Isolating the core

I just finished using your technique for isolating the core for the padeye bolt holes and it went very well. There was no gap between the headliner and inner skin and the core was in pristine shape. Great peace of mind when done.
Thanks again.
by vanguard64
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Isolating the core
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Isolating the core

I am locating my two Wichard padeyes on the coach roof. These take three 5/16 machine bolts each. I have a sheet of 1/4 inch G10 to make the backing plates. I have 2 questions related to installation. 1. When adding the thickened epoxy to isolate the bolt holes, I foresee the mixture seeping between...
by vanguard64
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Isolating the core
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Isolating the core

I am getting ready to install padeyes on my cabin top for jacklines. I will be drilling through balsa core. I have always potted the holes with epoxy to prevent water intrusion into the core. But recently, I have started to wonder what happens if a crack develops in the interface between the upper s...
by vanguard64
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Jacklines, tethers, and harnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Jacklines, tethers, and harnesses

Thanks for your reply. So in essence, your harness is attached directly to the snap hooks on the ends of the jacklines? How do stay attached when you go forward? Do you wear a PFD at all or just the harness? I assume your handrails are just like mine, through bolted through the coach roof. I also as...
by vanguard64
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Jacklines, tethers, and harnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Jacklines, tethers, and harnesses

Good evening, I am in the process of improving safety aboard my Alberg 30 as my wife and I take more frequent 2-3 day trips aboard. Our sailing is coastal for now. There is enough information about safety harnesses, tethers, and jacklines to "drown" in. Some principals seem clear though. T...
by vanguard64
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Outhaul for Alberg 30
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Outhaul for Alberg 30

My main reason for adding extra purchase is to be able to flatten the main to lessen heel angle in that wind speed before taking the first reef. I do agree that a winch on the boom is probably a good addition especially for reefing. I have the 3 cheek blocks on a track for the reefing lines and have...
by vanguard64
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Outhaul for Alberg 30
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Outhaul for Alberg 30

It is time to upgrade the outhaul on my A30. Presently, it only has a 3:1 external purchase which is very weak for making adjustments while underway. My thoughts are to add a 6:1 internal purchase system and double that to 12:1 by adding a block to the clew of the sail. So in essence, a 1/8 SS wire ...
by vanguard64
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Cleat backing pads
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Cleat backing pads

I have had the same experience cutting aluminum as svmira. The first time, I went after it like I was cutting wood and the aluminum just melted on the blade. I was surprised by this as I figured aluminum would be much easier to cut than other metals but as svmira mentions, slowing down works much be...
by vanguard64
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Cleat backing pads
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Cleat backing pads

Thanks guys,
Great explanations and suggestions on an important topic. It always amazes me how many manufacturers cut corners in this regard.
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Cleat backing pads
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Cleat backing pads

Hi, On my Alberg 30, the SB original 6 inch Marinium stern cleat has developed a crack in one of the four feet by the bolt. These cleats are marginal and my plan is to replace them with 8 or 10 inch SS Herreshoff cleats at a close by location. What is your favorite backing plate material for cleats?...
by vanguard64
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Whisker pole arrangement for Alberg30
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: Whisker pole arrangement for Alberg30

James,
Thanks for all the clarifications and the links. I have a much better understanding now after having read the material and your explanations.
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Whisker pole arrangement for Alberg30
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Whisker pole arrangement for Alberg30

Good afternoon, My upcoming project is to install a proper whisker pole on my Alberg 30. Presently, my mast has the original 1 inch aluminum T-Track on the leading edge that should accommodate a sliding car with the ring for the whisker pole. I am planning on purchasing a Forespar HD 7-15ft telescop...
by vanguard64
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom

Thanks for the positive comments. I was lucky to find a bail that was just the right fit where the holes lined up.
It was a Ronstan RF1045.
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom

This is how I ended up repairing the broken tack attachment.
by vanguard64
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom

James,
Thanks for all the good suggestions. It is good to know that a replacement is available if need be.
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Broken tack attachment on Alberg 30 boom

Good afternoon,
This morning, the point of attachment for the tack shackle broke off the cast aluminum fitting at the front of the boom as pictured. I am open for suggestions on how to deal with this new problem.
Thanks,
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Hong Kong sailmaker
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Re: Hong Kong sailmaker

I just ordered a new mainsail for my Alberg 30 from Lee Sails in Hong Kong. I have never ordered a sail from them before but they were recommended to me by James Baldwin from Cruising Yacht Services in Brunswick, GA. He has vast experience in all matters pertaining to cruising sailboats. I live in t...
by vanguard64
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Re: Solar tracking mount

James,
Thanks for the practical answer. I failed to realize that I can't really go past 50% discharge when calculating battery capacity without damaging the battery. I saw a similar setup to the solar panel you describe on marinehowto.com or phase.com.
Marcelo
by vanguard64
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Solar tracking mount
Replies: 19
Views: 3258

Solar tracking mount

I have an Alberg 30 with two group 27 flooded batteries of 80ah each. One handles engine start and the other is for house use. I have a battery isolator between them and a smart electric charger on shore power. My alternator is a 55 amp unit. The boat is kept in a slip and daysailed 80 % of the time...