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  1. Greg Page

    Greg Page Member

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    After the longest most challenging purchase since I bought my first house during the California "silly season" boom in the 70's we closed on 1989 Post 43 II yesterday. Hoping to have it home over the weekend, then on to the projects (some I expected/planned, some I didn't). Picture is of the boat, but not our house. Will have plenty of questions for "experienced" Post owners.

    -g

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  2. Capt Ralph

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    Congratulations on your purchase.
    Fine looking ship.
    You have come to the home of the greatest Post owners available.

    It may help to open new threads for every topic or question.
    Just give them some time and the responses will start coming in.

    Also please keep your picture sizes down for e z downloading to remote or low bandwidth users.

    Post kids are Cool
    71s Rule
  3. OutPost

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    Welcome to the club, Greg!
  4. mwwhit1

    mwwhit1 Senior Member

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    Owned a 43 for 18 years that I just sold 2 weeks ago. Easiest sale I could ever ask for. Sorry... Will help however I can.
  5. Greg Page

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    Thanks I'm going tomorrow to move the boat to a different marina, then will be bringing it home on the weekend. Our Post has new CAT C7.1 power which I am looking forward to.

    For easy boats to sell, we sold our "soon to be prior" 35 Viking in a day.
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  6. boatpoor

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    Posts are simple straightforward vessels. Easy to maintain if you don't get behind. Let us know how the Cats run out. I'm sure there is more than one Post owner contemplating removing their Detroits.
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  7. Capt Ralph

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    No, Don't say "Remove" in front of a Detroit. Has to be a more subtle way to say it??
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  8. boatpoor

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    Mine aren't going anywhere and I have spares!
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  9. chesapeake46

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    Nice Boat. Congratulations.
  10. Stainless45

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    Congratulations and welcome. Nice looking boat!
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    Very nice boat !
    My only Russel Post experience is many a day on my Uncle’s 38’ Wood Post .
    He kept it in Immaculate condition.
    Had big old 300 HP ? Maybe more ?? I can’t remember, Chris Craft Marine engines In great shape .big and blue!
    Boat was a rocket ship! Not sure of it’s speed , pre gps etc. but she was fast.
    Vessel was called “Day Out”. Bay Head NJ.
  12. Greg Page

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    Thanks.

    Brought it up the VA coast and into Bluewater Hampton Thursday afternoon. Ran and handled well through mild whitecaps offshore. Autopilot holds heading well but seems to drift to stbd in route mode so may need some setup tuning.

    Going back down tomorrow to go over the boat more and my wife is loading the "creature comforts". Planning the run up the bay Saturday.

    One advantage of the CAT's is they are physically smaller so have an extra 15" or so fwd to get around them to crawl to the outside. They are also shorter so have more hatch clearance.
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  13. Greg Page

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    Question:

    Trying to figure out/confirm the black water system thru-hulls. What I have figured out:

    The one under galley floor aft is the gravity tank drain (normally closed)
    The one under galley floor fwd is the head raw water intake since head doesn't flush if it is closed (normally open)

    The unknown:

    The one under the fwd stateroom floor has a second line Y'd to it with it's own valve. Is the Y'd one the head overboard discharge and the main one is ??? Are both closed when using the holding tank or just the Y'd one?

    What is the line T'd off the stbd engine water intake? It has it's own valve and connects to a PVC line going back under the cockpit floor.
  14. NYCAP123

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    Was the wind / waves coming from the east? It sounds like your AP was countering Drift while trying to stay on your course line. Remember that on route it's not only trying to keep you heading for your waypoint but also to hold you on your course line. If you zoomed in on your chart plotter I think you'd have found yourself drifting off your course line to port. Also remember that the AP reacts. It doesn't predict. That's why the big problem with AP is in a big following sea. As you go down the face into the trough and hit the back of the next wave your bow will get turned. As this happens you would manually counter-steer, but the AP waits until the bow turns and only then corrects the heading. I once followed another boat out of Hilton Head in about 14' following seas. One moment I'd be looking at his transom; the next I'd be looking at his bow rail till I told him to steer manually. Be careful about fine-tuning the AP as you may over-work it if you have it correcting every time the bow turns like 1*.
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    Wind and seas on ocean leg pretty much head sea. Occasional random wave from stbd that AP would correct coming out of.
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    Prevailing wave direction is almost always toward shore or else you'd have extremely long beaches. Put it on track rather than course and it'll work less. Use course when going a few yards or more off your course line makes a difference (like across a bay with shallows to you side). Otherwise use track so it keeps heading you to your waypoint. If conditions take you too far off your course line you can always manually adjust. Course will also slow your SOG as it's continually fighting the current/wind to hold course. Track will play off it until you near your waypoint.
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    Brought the boat home today. AP works fine in heading hold and stays on what ever heading is when I tell it to engage, runs like a drunken sailor in follow route weaving back and forth across the course line at a furious pace. The "problem" is the compass and Nav system agree on heading within a degree, the AP is different by 12-14 degrees. Today was less than 3 knot winds and no waves so was not that the boat was crabbing (visual references agree with the compass and Nav as well). The cause is ??. Could be a setting somewhere, or AP heading reference (once I find it) could be physically not aligned to the boat?

    Suggestions on where to look first?

    =g
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    Cure 1: Zoom in your chart plotter so you can see exactly what's going on. If you're going to use follow course line you must be exactly on it and following it when you hit the AP or it's will do exactly what you describe until it eventually settles in on the course line, but it will take several attempts until it zeroes in on the course line. This is why I don't recommend using this unless you're going a long distance. Also you can expect to encounter this every time you hit your waypoints. Better to aim for your waypoint and manually adjust occasionally to stay close to your course line.
    Cure 2: slow down.
    Cure 3 : Change the mode, but I think this will lead to constantly chasing it every time sea conditions change.
    Cure 4: Get new/better fluxgate compass. Sometimes spending money makes people feel like their condition is cured.
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    What model AP?
    Sounds like to much gain and over steering.
  20. Greg Page

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    I agree the gains are high and it is too agressive. I think the underlying problem is the large error in heading. Display says "magnetic" but the heading would be correct if it was display 'true north". Now that it is at the dock going to delve into the settings function and browse what it is set to before changing anything.