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    Posted: 03/05/2018 at 9:24pm
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Hey man.  Morgan here.  Its been a while.  Got my party hut pulled for winter repairs, and the stern thruster is giving me trouble.  It lowers just fine, but when raising it, the actuator doesn't seem to have enough power to raise it all the way.  I think it is because I am having the actuator push out, to push the thruster arm up and against the bottom of the boat.  I need a lever of some type, but cant figure it out.  Do you have a video of yours moving up and down?  Id like to see what you did more closely.  Thanks.




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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

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No pictures (but I can get some upon request)...

I had to fix a lot of muskrat damage to The 'Blocker this year....  Angry

Aside from that, the only major change or addition that I made was a ballast system.  I added additional flotation to the stern of her a couple of years ago which changed the center of buoyancy for the boat.  After that, when people would congregate at the bow (common) during a cruise, I ran into problems plowing the nose into wakes and rollers.  The only solution was to force folks to the stern.

So I added a stern ballast system.  I can now flood the rear pod (21" in diameter and about 10' long) which can put up to about 1500lbs of ballast behind the center of buoyancy.  I built the system using a "Ballast King" style reversible ballast pump.  The "tank" level is instrumented and I connected that sender into the NMEA 2K backbone, so the level can be displayed on any of my helm gauges.  

It all works quite well in the driveway.  Getting a late start this year due to the Florida activity.... so she hasn't gone into the lake yet.  Planning on doing that tonight.
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Still off-topic.... but this is what it looks like when three guys drop by to do a little servicing on one of your 1200HP engines!  Shocked


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In the near-term she'll be on the gulf coast of Florida.  She might make it into Lake Michigan one of these summers... but that's a ways out!
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that doesn't belong in wisc.! It belongs here! Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres MX!
 
 
 
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65' LOA, 19' Beam

2400HP (two 1200HP MAN deisels)

22KW genset

~70,000 lbs

4 staterooms, 4 heads, Jacuzzi tub

Separate crew quarters

Bow thruster, NAIAD stabilizers, Bennett trim tabs

1000 gallons fuel, 400 gallons potable

Meh... I guess she's "OK"....   LOLConfused
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OH MY LORD BLOCKER!!!! What did you do?!?!?!?
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I know I've been a bit scarce around these parts recently.....  been concentrating on my "new big pontoon" purchase:



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Ignore my previouse question. I Just noticed this
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HEllo Sun Blocker. I am new to this forum. I am Building a 34' x 8.5' Trailerable Haouseboat. I have a Blank slate at this point. Flat Frame. I am about to ionstall Airdeck aluminum decking then build the walls. WHat did you use for your siding. I could not tell from your post. I did see options but never a for sure selection. Frp?

I hope I am not missing something. Good Evening Sir!
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You made the roller assembly,,,talented,,I like the brand-name ,,lol

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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

wow do they actually push the blocker down?

And they also remind you what boat you're on... in case you'd forget.

Had to print the shrouds in two pieces, which is unfortunate.  But I got better with the seam by the 4th unit.

This is before I coated them with UV protecting clear spray.


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I don't like the "deluxe" interior ceiling kit for the Coleman as much as the Carrier (which had motorized "sweeping" deflector vanes)..... but it's not a bad looking unit.


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Originally posted by Morganh Morganh wrote:

Blocker.  Love the new ac. Can you give me details on exactly what you bought and where.  Im thinking about replacing mine.

No problem!

Now remember, I have bridge clearance problems, so "Low profile" is a priority for me.

I HAD a Carrier 15.5KBTU unit with a heat strip on there for about 8 years.  Lowest profile unit available.  It was great the first couple of years, but started to get jinky after that.  I was also gross overkill for the volume of my cabin and sometimes caused load problems when I was on shore power.

Carrier got out of the RV A/C business a few years ago.

The "lowest profile" units now are the Coleman Mach 8's.  I've had Coleman's before and their service life and performance have impressed me.  The original unit on The `Blocker was a Coleman (which was only removed due to the bridge, and that unit is still functioning in a different installation).

So this time around I went with the Mach 8 "Cub" (9.2KBTU) with a heat strip.  Plenty of cooling power for my "small" cabin, and I can even run it off of my inverter.  No "hard starting" issues, or load shedding required when running off of shore power (or the genny).  And it's pretty dern quiet.

I got it through PPL Motorhomes.  Good folks and I've done business with them quite a few times.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Blocker.  Love the new ac. Can you give me details on exactly what you bought and where.  Im thinking about replacing mine.
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Originally posted by twood twood wrote:

Hey blocker,,would it be ok if I PM you??

Sure!  No problem!
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Hey blocker,,would it be ok if I PM you??
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Yup!

Don't get me wrong, they are only designed for 1-2" max of bridge interference.  But it is that level of interference that has destroyed my AC shroud and some railing components in the past.  It's a strange sensation for feel The `Blocker "squat" as the rollers engage the edge of the bridge.

Nominally they just protect me from a port-starboard list due to uneven loading and ballast.... or "touches" if the water happens to unusually rough or some nimrod has rolled wakes in the channel.
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She got a new AC unit for 2016.... and finally, a solution for that nasty "hitting the bridge" problem!

Tested already... they work!


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Originally posted by Jeanniep Jeanniep wrote:

My husband and I are in the process of rebuilding out Tracker Party Hut but we are having a very hard time finding material for the walls. What are your new walls made of and where do you purchase them? Thanks

????

I believe that information is in the post directly above yours.
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My husband and I are in the process of rebuilding out Tracker Party Hut but we are having a very hard time finding material for the walls. What are your new walls made of and where do you purchase them? Thanks

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Hmmmm... SonO*inappropriate language not permitted*un.  I thought the information was in there somewhere.

My walls came from Parkland plastics.  They are a 1" (total thickness) laminate made from matte silk finish white Plastex on both sides of white foam (couldn't use other style foams due to the desired finish thickness).  They are not structural and I have them held in place with plastic rivets.

Way back in 2008 I got the panels for under $60/ea and they were delivered in about 2 weeks.

As I've already mentioned, I really like these panels.  But, if I wanted to I could probably put my fist through one (although I'm sure I'd break a couple of knuckles).
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OK Scott.  I have searched your rebuild, all 11 pages, and cant seem to see anywhere where you have said specifically what material, size, thickness, etc.  that you used for your replacement walls.  I saw you searching, and then, "my new walls arrived".  I need to order ASAP, and don't want to make a toio expensive, or too heavy decision.  What say you sir?  Advice?
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The `Blocker is in there somewhere!!  LOL
 
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