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    Very nice

    Really nice job there. Good idea using the Kiwi in the cuddy, the gloss paint I used is pretty good at highlighting every ripple. You guys sailing in Cleveland yet?
    Mike
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    Autopilot Installation

    I installed one of these on my last boat and they are a great pleasure to have aboard. At 1.5 amps...probably less on a small boat like the Commander... they're not very hungry. On big boat deliveries offshore, I've enjoyed the sophisticated autopilots that include a sea state compensation feature...even in some pretty extreme conditions (see Ocean Navigator Nov/Dec 07, October 2010, pg 28-33, and May 2012 pg 24-28.) Incredibly, this little Raymarine T-1000+ has all the same features for way under $500 bucks, including sea state compensation. Often, I'm alone when the conditions are just right so my companions are the Pandora app on my Iphone/stereo and my T-1000+.

    This generation of autopilots has nothing in common with the older Navicos, et all. If you gave up on them then, it might be time to give them a try again.
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    Yes, Mike...sailing season started very early this year, and it has been great because the spring heat has not arrived yet...and the customary violence of the daily T-storms hasn't b een in evidence. It will come! But, "Full and By" is still in my shop, receiving her wood trim and wiring....

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    Commander 295 Gallery Pics

    We're just completing our first full season after a complete rebuild of C-295 and wanted to share some pics of this wonderful design. I'm happy to respond to questions about the boat and the rebuilding process. Ask away.

    The boat was originally delivered to Seattle in 1967. I purchased the boat from Dr. Charlie Weems in 2011 and trucked it to Ohio. I spent 16 months, off and on, rebuilding her.

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    Gorgeous! And thanks too for the write-up. I'll 2nd or 4th the Kiwi Grip. The boat I sailed this summer had the decks redone with it and it is superb stuff. Easier to clean than the beads and it doesn't sand you knees when you're doing work on the decks either.

    PS. I hope you don't mind me stealing your anchor storage idea.

    PSS. I'm wondering about your locker hasps. Pins that you can lock? Never seen the design before.
    Last edited by mbd; 11-12-2013 at 04:49 PM.
    Mike
    Totoro (Sea Sprite 23 #626)

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    Mike,

    Those hasps are know as bullet latches and are lockable using the traditional small padlocks. The beauty of them is that they don't bloody your shins like the old hasps and latch automaticaly when the hatch is dropped. I consider this a safety feature as the integrity of the hull envelope in heavy weather is protected to a greater degree. These bullet latches are used by "J-Boats" on most of their models although I bought these from an on-line vendor.

    You might note also that I replaced the original bronze open style turnbuckles with stainless steel tubular type, which was also a good modern upgrade, in my opinion. If the boat were to be built today, she would have these. The backstay tensioner was salvaged from a Tartan 27 with a distinguished racing history in her day...but was ready for the chainsaw to make way for the next group of abandoned boats.

    Thanks for your kind words. Good luck with your project.

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    Wow... Beautiful job!
    I just Googled your fridge, I want one. How nice to have a cold one waiting.
    What is the ring that your vang runs thru? Is it just bungee to keep it out of the way?
    Boarding ladder is excellent, how Is the flip down in the companion way? I'd like to find an option that is less awkward than the original library ladder. ( sure wish I had the older layout without the bridge deck.)
    Really nice job there. Beautiful boat!
    Mike
    C-227

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    Full and By, Commander 295 is for Sale

    Hello Sailors!


    A lot of water has passed under her keel (my keel, actually) since the re-launching of Full and By in 2012. She has aged well, better than I have, frankly.



    My beloved Pearson Commander hull no 295 (1967) is for sale on the hard in Cleveland Ohio. Give me a shout if you have an interest in acquiring her.

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    Beautiful Commander. Thanks for your stewardship of the old girl! Good luck with the sale.
    Kyle
    C-65 Lucky Dawg

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