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I've got an 8 1/2 foot Zodiac PVC airfloor that has served me well the last 10 years (even in the sun at 12 degrees north).  I've replaced the airfloor once, the zodiac decals are gone, and the transom has lost much of its paint, but that's pretty good since it's been in the Caribbean for 7 of those years.  It lives on my foredeck during passages or when I'm off-island.  I can pull it up on deck and launch it fairly easily by myself.  I use a 3.5 hp 2-cycle Tohatsu which is easy to pull up onto the stern railing.  The engine is also easy to work on and pushes me as fast as I need.

I'm starting to think about heading west again and my dream dinghy would be an OC270 from OC Tenders a New Zealand company [].  There was one in the bay here and it was really cool.  Although, I must admit there's something nice about having an old beat-up dinghy with a small engine -- no one will ever think to borrow, appropriate, or take it for a joyride.


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Re: Aquavane & tiller pilot
« on: February 28, 2019, 07:42:55 PM »
I've primarily used the hydrovane offshore where tacking is not really an issue.  Were I to have to tack (or gybe) I'd probably remove the  vane that sticks up, tack or gybe, and then replace the vane.  Alternatively, you could tilt the vane back and life up the topping life on the boom and the boom would clear the vane as you tacked or gybed.  It would not be feasible if you had to do this often, but a wind vane is set up for long offshore passages not inshore work.  If you were using it with a tiller pilot (autopilot) you'd probably remove the vane anyway, so then you could tack or gybe at will.

Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Re: Aquavane & tiller pilot
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:00:39 PM »
I've been very happy with my Hydrovane.  It's mounted in the center of my transom.  You do need to be careful with the mizzen boom since it could interfere with the vane, but I've never found it to be a problem (use a preventer on the mizzen boom to be sure). 

Pearson 365/367 Mechanic Shop / Re: Wind Vanes and Transom Luggage
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:11:28 PM »
Check out their website and talk to Will Curry.  His email and info is on the site under the Contact tab.  According to their site, you can mount it off-center without any loss of performance.  Read through the "Features" under "The Hydrovane" tab and check out the installation and operation instructions.

It was a fairly easy install.  The only difficulty as I remember was getting the backing plates and the the mounting pads trimmed to adjust for the camber and pitch in the transom. 

I particularly like the fact that the hydrovane gives you an auxiliary rudder.  You can use the boat's rudder to provide take out some of the weather helm.

Pearson 365/367 Mechanic Shop / Re: Wind Vanes and Transom Luggage
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:01:47 PM »
I centered the hydrovane on the transom.  You could talk to the Hydrovane rep about how to install their vane on your transom.  I've been very careful with the mizzen boom and the upper blade and have used a preventer on the mizzen boom and tilted or even removed the upper blade when tacking or gybing.  It really hasn't been a problem since the offshore passages I've done haven't require many tacks or gybes only adjustments to the vane when the direction of the wind changed. 

Pearson 365/367 Mechanic Shop / Re: Wind Vanes and Transom Luggage
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:30:44 PM »
I've been very happy with my hydrovane.

Thanks to everyone who got the site up and running.  It's been great to have it back.

Here's a shot of my 365, Evening Ebb, two weeks ago heading from Grenada to Carriacou.

Nicely done!  Enjoy the rest of your time in NZ.


I store my tanks in the starboard lazarette just aft of the water heater, next to the cockpit drain thru-hull.

Wow!!  Two 365s in the Neifu Tonga harbor at the same time.  Maybe I really do need to push myself to head west from Grenada this January.


At least in Grenada, the additive would be tin.  You can still buy bottom paint with tin and small containers of additional tin to add to your paint if you wish. 

But having said that, Wayne's gotten his "swiss cheese" bottom even farther than I've gotten mine.

All my best,


When I was outfitting Evening Ebb two years ago I got a great deal on a two burner Force 10.  It's worked great and I've been very happy with it.  A significant upgrade from the electric alcohol stove that was in the galley.

I've kind of given up on the battery ignition.  When I returned to the boat two weeks ago from the Australia delivery, it wasn't working.  And even after replacing the battery it didn't work.  The long bbq lighters work just fine so I haven't played with it since.

Of course, I've never used the oven since the boat's been in the tropics for the past two years.  The 80s during the day and high 70s at night here in Grenada aren't terribly conducive to baking. 

Good luck,


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Re: The unthinkable
« on: January 25, 2014, 05:48:35 PM »

Best of luck.  I'm sitting on a Beneteau 42 in the BVI getting ready to shove off for Australia, but when I get back to my Pearson in Grenada this time next year, I'll keep you in mind if I need to source any parts.  All my best on your new venture.


Any rigger can help you measure up a forestay and make it up for you.  When I replaced my Stearns DynaFurler I looked at all of those brands but went with a Harken Cruising 2 and have been very glad that I did.  It's gotten me to Grenada from the Chesapeake and after I get back from my trip to Australia it may have the chance to take me further.

Happy New Year to all.


Pearson 365/367 Yacht Club / Re: Spring is in the air????
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:20:13 AM »
Yes, I installed the Digital Yacht AIT2000 at my chart table.  I powered it on my VHF circuit so it would always be on when the VHF is on.  There's a silent switch that I use to silence transmissions when I'm in a marina or when I don't want to broadcast.

It's worked well so far.  Installation was easy.  Put a dedicated antenna on my mizzen across from the new wifi booster when I had the sticks out to replace the rigging (there are AIS/VHF splitters available as well).  GPS antenna is on the stern rail.  If you are thinking of traveling internationally, you should pay for an FCC radio station license which includes an MMSI number.  The free BoatUS MMSI numbers are only for inshore recreational sailing since they are uploaded to the USCG database, not international search and rescue databases.  Once the transponder is programmed with an MMSI number, it can't be changed.

Can't remember what I paid but I think I caught the Defender boat show sale and it was around $500. 


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