Boatworks

Tank Trouble

by Nigel Calder, Posted October 21, 2010
Larry Barth of Columbia, South Carolina, asks:

"For some reason the metal fuel tank feeding the Fischer Panda genset on my Hunter 41 now contains some water and other debris. How should I clean the tank? Would I be better off replacing the fuel tank with one made of plastic? Also, there is still about 10 gallons of diesel in the tank. How do I filter the fuel so I can use


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GroupThink

by Don Casey, Posted October 21, 2010
John Green of Kemah, Texas, asks:

"Many sailboats in my marina have “grouper” or “guppy” anodes that dangle in the water on a wire clamped to a shroud or backstay. I’ve asked a number of owners why they are doing this, and their answers range from grounding the standing rigging, to preventing galvanic corrosion of the rigging, to helping lightning find a route to the water


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Fine Tuner

by Gordon West, Posted September 21, 2010
Ben Hathaway of Coos Bay, Oregon, asks:

"My boat’s VHF and SSB both have the same Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number. I’ve recently purchased a new marine VHF handheld with DSC capability. Should this new handheld have the same, or a different MMSI number?"

Gordon West replies:

This is a great question, and it’s one that is


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Green Machine

by Nigel Calder, Posted September 21, 2010
David Kampenga of Houston, Texas, asks:

"I’m thinking about converting my Hunter to an electric motor propulsion system, which would involve installing a 6kW 48VDC motor. I would like to keep the fixed two-blade prop that’s on the boat. I would also like to retain the existing gear reduction, which is 2.14:1. I don’t quite understand the reduction gearing and am curious how


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Chain Gang

by Don Casey, Posted September 21, 2010
Mark Gagyi of Vermilion, Ohio, asks:

"Last year I converted from a manual to an electric windlass and replaced the rode. Now I wish I had more chain. Is it is safe to weld some more chain on to what I now have?"

Don Casey replies:

The answer is no and the reason is that the welds in every link of an anchor chain must be stronger than the rod


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