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Graham Jones replied to the topic 'Keel to Rudder Arm, aka Weed Shoe' in the forum. 3 days ago

Steve, glad to be of assistance. The box section weed shoe and it's attachment to the keel is much stronger and more rigid than the original shoe design and, as I mentioned, does contribute to stabilizing the rudder The flat strip used previously probably didn't do much except keep weed and lines from fouling the rudder or prop; it was a good design change.


Steve replied to the topic 'Keel to Rudder Arm, aka Weed Shoe' in the forum. 3 days ago

I bedded a screw to fill the hold, so doing what you suggest should be an easy process next time the boat is hauled. I'm not sure why the advantage is of a boxed gizmo over the original, simple design on other boats, but there you have it.

Thanks again for your insight!



Steve thanked Graham Jones in topic Keel to Rudder Arm 3 days ago
Tammy and Robert Kirk replied to the topic 'Boat yards for bottom work NC/SC/GA/Fl' in the forum. 3 days ago

I just had the bottom of our IP40 redone (unknown paint from previous owner removed and new Petit bottom paint) at Wayfarers Cove (252-249-0200), in Arapahoe NC (about 8-10 miles from Oriental NC). This is the 2nd time we've had work there and were very pleased both times with the quality of the work, the value (fair-pricing), and the owner (Tom) was AWSOME at communicating all the details about the what/when/how-much/etc. If you need any other work done, they have the best all-around boat mechanic in the area (Asa Gatlin), as well a great canvas worker (Ginny Vogt), and fiberglass guru (Dave). Tom is also great about letting you do whatever work you'd like to do yourself and didn't charge us for any time in a slip or on the hard.


david Jolley replied to the topic 'Fuel polishing and tank access IP 370' in the forum. 4 days ago

Re Tank Access:

The fuel and water sensors on my IP320 (2000) took some unscrewing (because I coudn't get a wrench onto the square nut, had a jig made up by a local engineering shop for £10) .
Unscrewing the nut revealed what is effectively a static dip stick that was easily removed with a floating collar that moves up and down and passes an electrical signal current to the fuel gauge.

As the gauge stopped giving accurate readings (squeezed in 10 gals into "full" tank) ended up making new electrical connections which has fixed my particular worry.
The link to the manufacturer and helpful advice is


Graham Jones replied to the topic 'Keel to Rudder Arm' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi Steve,

Just saw your post and Hayden's reply. We have an identical weed show on our 380 and for a long time I could not figure out why water seeped out for weeks or months after the boat is hauled. I finally realized that the back of the shoe where the rudder post fits is higher than the front where it fits around the back of the keel, and the bottom of the box section stays full of water and slowly comes out of any tiny cracks in the bedding where it is screwed to the keel. Sometim . bnafter at the front wrthe


George W. Ruth replied to the topic 'Boat yards for bottom work NC/SC/GA/Fl' in the forum. 4 days ago

Thank you; I'll che
ck them out.


Renard replied to the topic 'Boat yards for bottom work NC/SC/GA/Fl' in the forum. 4 days ago

George - During the 2011-2012 sailing season I had Sailcraft in Oriental do a lot of work on my IP 38, including a complete bottom job. The staff there were very professional and helpful. As an added bonus, Oriental is a terrific community to hold up for awhile. Assuming Allan is still the owner I feel confident the workmanship remains at the highest level.


hayden created a new topic ' NOTICE: IP 420 IP440 FIRE DANGER' in the forum. 5 days ago

IP 420 Owners and IP 440 Owners:
I have been alerted to this excessive heat issue on these boats by the owner of IP 420 Sandpiper which had a fire. He asked me to post this to the fleet and to give everyone a heads up on this issue. Please see his post here:

copy of Guy's message
In regards to an article in Boat US magazine,Apri/May 2017, it mentioned a
fire aboard The Sandpiper, hull and manufacturer date unknown. This fire
was discovered under berth cushion in back cabin, near exhaust riser. I
have written in the past about the turbo charged Yanmar turbo engine.
Hayden has written several articles about the risers being stainless or
steel including diagrams. However, my research has found that the exhaust
riser on the 420 and 440 models were custom made from stainless, for these
boats only. My 420 was purchased NEW and was on the mailing list from the
factory for any service bulletins. Any 420 or 440, bought used or
previously owned, may not have received this important service bulletin,
dated Feb. 20,2012. Enclosed/attached is a copy of the service report
stating a potential fire hazard. I'm not sure this is the cause of The
Sandpipers fire, but it would warrant owners of 420's or 440's to check
the exhaust area and change their impellers, YEARLY, to maximize water
flow through the risers. Also, clean your heat exchangers regularly. We
had a replacement riser custom-made by the original manufacturer as a
"backup" when needed.

Please read the attachment service report sent from IP.

File Attachment:

File Name: IP420-IP440-FireHazzard.pdf
File Size: 423 KB

end of copy from Guy

Thank you Guy for this update. Let's all get this word out to all IP 420 and IP 440 owners.



George W. Ruth replied to the topic 'Rotary vs linear drive for autopilot' in the forum. 6 days ago

I have not installed one but just replaced one on a 38'. I believe my steering set up is the same as yours and honestly, while it's a great place to have it, it's a NIGHTMARE to get to. My brother in law and I spend 2.5 days pulling out the old one and putting the new one in. Access is the issue. I ended up having to take the water heater out to get to that side of the unit. I like the rotary unit as it's a direct chain and sprocket to sprocket hook up to the steering shaft but it's just a tough one to get to. It may be easier to mount it under the seat somewhere OR off in the lazarette.


George W. Ruth created a new topic ' Boat yards for bottom work NC/SC/GA/Fl' in the forum. 6 days ago

I'm trying to find a recommendation for a boatyard that does good work with removing old paint, repairing blisters, recoating and repainting my 38' IP in any of the following states: NC/SC/GA/Fla (east coast). Can someone steer me to a recommended provider?


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hayden replied to the topic 'Packet Cat surveyor near Seattle?' in the forum. 7 days ago


I would find an accredited one here:



David Bliss created a new topic ' Packet Cat surveyor near Seattle?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi all,

I'm new here; I have a Packet Cat 35 under contract and need a good surveyor, preferably one who knows Packet Cats, or at least multihulls. I'm having no luck tracking down anyone with those specialties near Seattle. Does anyone have suggestions? I tried the forum search and didn't come up with anything.



hayden replied to the topic 'What cable is this?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Good move. That's the way to go. I am glad you found a radar cable on ebay. Good work

Happy to help.



Blair replied to the topic 'What cable is this?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi Hayden

Thanks for all of your help! I was able to find a cable on EBay which didn't cost much more than the junction box. Going with this option is a bit easier in the long run.

I really appreciate your advice!



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