Proper Wire Is A Must
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This is not a joke. Rubber jacketed wire was used in place of proper marine rated & jacketed wire.
All wire is NOT created equal...
One of My Biggest Peeves
This is a Shakespeare PL-259 "Center Pin" VHF connector. The ONLY thing they do easily is FAIL!!!
I replace more of this terminal than just about any failed terminal on a boat.
Someday someone is going to die because one of these crappy "easy to install" connectors failed to allow a VHF transmission.. Arghhhhh.....
Don't Let The Age Fool You
This Shakespeare Pl-259 "Center Pin" connector had less than four weeks of use before it FAILED TO WORK.....
A Raymarine ST-60 Wind Transducer
The plastic barrel nuts on these ST-60 wind transducers fail at a rather alarming rate. Some of them just disappear right over the side of the boat. This owner was lucky and it landed on deck.
If this was the first one I'd seen FAIL I'd give Raymarine a pass but I have seen far to many of these FAIL for this to even be laughable. Heck the ST-60 wind on my own boat has failed just like this, but this was a customers ST-60...
A Real Bright Idea.....
This builder thought it wise to use aluminum for a holding tank & it was just three years old!!!!! Lets see human waste & uric acid + aluminum oh yeah = HOLES......
Covered under warranty...? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, that's funny....... Not!
When The Boat Yard Installed.....
When the boat yard installed this new heat exchanger..... Well, you get the idea..
Nasty Diesel Leak
#1 There is not a single fuel priming bulb I can find certified for BELOW DECK USE. This one was used to prime a Racor fuel filter after filter changes..
#2 It SPLIT and leaked nearly 75 gallons of fuel into the bilge.
#3 The boat still smells to this day......
#4 Please try to use sound best practices when installing below deck fuel systems..
Previous Owner Blues
The previous owner of this boat thought silicone was a great bedding material. When the current owner got the boat every single chain plate was leaking.
He excavated & attempted to remove the old silicone to the best of his ability and re-bedded with 4200.... It FAILED......
NOTHING LIKES TO STICK TO SILICONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wet decks can lead to potentially life threatening situations especially when we are talking about lifeline stanchions. There was literally no solid core left under this stanchion gate brace....
The deck surrounding this was pegged on the Electrophysics moisture meter.
Another Previous Owner Fail
At some point the previous owner took this stanchion off and reinstalled it. So, what's the problem with that you ask??
It was installed with dinky little washers, basically zero backing, and NO BEDDING COMPOUND WHAT SO EVER.. The deck core turned to wet mush and when pressure was applied to the lifelines SNAP, RIP, CRUNCH.....
This owner was fueling up and literally heading off shore from Maine to Maryland when I noticed his rigging....
This boat was advertised as; "Bristol condition, sail away ready, recent sails & standing rigging."
It was a cesspool with NOTHING good about it, especially this beauty.. Standing rigging looked to be the same age as the boat, 41 years old!!!