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Story by Bill Parlatore on
When you want something bad enough, chances are you’ll find a way to get it or make it happen. It’s that way with life, and it’s the same with boats. If you really want a particular boat, I mean really want a particular boat, other things will fall by the wayside and other priorities changed to accommodate getting that boat.
Perhaps that is a good way to begin our story about the Great Harbour 37.
Gary and Sue Danielson live in Michigan, St. Clair Shores to be exact. The husband and wife team are professional people, accustomed to living the good life in a dynamic suburb of Detroit. They are like many other professionals in the world today: Gary has a law practice, and Sue is a nurse. They seem quite normal enough; normal, that is, until you start talking to them about boats…
You see, a few years back, Gary and Sue were world cruising aboard the small 25-foot Erickson sailboat, Moon Boots, twice transatlantic, living among fellow travelers on the French canals, and enjoying a life that only cruisers can understand. They savored the adventure of cruising, and the freedom a small boat offered-even if the layout was narrow and confining. Youth is like that-it’s truly amazing what we can live with at a younger age.
They had the champagne life on a beer budget… more of us should learn how to do that!
Richard Lynch has shared several new photos. You’ll see them randomly in the header on the home page and a beautiful shot of the Blue Angels flying over his boat on his member page here.
The Great Harbour Trawler Association (GHTA) will be hosting its annual meeting May 9, 10 & 11 at New Bern NC Grand Marina. New Bern is located on the Trent River just off the Neuse River. The agenda is still coming together but expect great speakers again and as always a time to meet new and old friends.
Additional information will be provided as the agenda is finalized. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Dennig at 443.416.5138 or Janet Guyer at 913.406.5799.
Our bow thruster battery bank consists of two 12 volt AGM
start/deep-cycle batteries. Monitoring the charge state of the these
batteries under the bed is a pain in the neck. To ease the problem, I
recently made and installed a battery monitor such that the voltage
and charging current of each battery quickly can be monitored without
taking the mattress and hatch covers off. If anyone is interested in
installing one of these please contact me for details.
A related issue was the negative terminal on the port battery. This
terminal suffered a partial meltdown due to a loose connection in July
2010. A repair allowed continued operation without battery
replacement. Unfortunately, during installation of the battery
monitor, a crack was observed across the face of the terminal. When I
wiggled it, the terminal broke off nearly flush with the top of the
case. Although the battery is old, considering the cost of a new
battery, a repair attempt seemed worthwhile. The repair worked – a new
terminal was successfully cast onto the old terminal stub. A load test
with the bow thruster confirmed that operation of the new terminal
under heavy load current is satisfactory. Please contact me if you
need details on the battery terminal repair procedure.