Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook

New Equipment: Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook Back in January, we upgraded our anchor gypsy, chain and anchor.  We opted to go with an 85-lb galvanized Mantus Anchor, upgraded to 3/8″ Galvanized G-43 High-Test Chain from Defender, and the more beefy 3/8″ Chain-Wheel from Maxwell Marine.  After doing our boat inventory, we noticed that we could also really use an additional piece of equipment to assist us with anchoring and mooring.  That other piece of gear was on our wishlist for a number of months and we finally decided…

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Assembling and Installing Our New Mantus Anchor

Shawn and Our New Mantus Anchor installed on SV Banjo

Assembly and Installation of Our New Mantus Anchor A week ago, Shannon and I upgraded our anchor chain from 5/16″ G-43 High-Test to 3/8″ G-43 High-Test.  We also upgraded our windlass gypsy to the correct size for the new chain.  The only thing left was the anchor, and our ground tackle would be in great shape. It is finally the weekend and we have been eager all week to get our new Mantus Anchor, created and produced by Mantus Marine, assembled and installed aboard Banjo. We opted to purchase the…

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New Anchor Chain, Windlass Upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase

Anchor Chain, Windlass Upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase In this post, we are going to walk through the steps of performing our anchor chain, windlass upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase.  After we purchased Banjo, we saw that a portion of our anchor chain was rusty and needed to be replaced.  We decided, if we were going to replace the existing chain, that we would go ahead and upgrade the chain size at the same time.  Our previous chain consisted of 200-feet of 5/16-inch High-Test G-43.  We made a call to…

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Week of 2018Jan15: Cold with Rain & Snow on the way, Sushi and Boat Projects

Week of 2018Jan15 We shared a nice weekend and enjoyed the week of 2018Jan15.  Temperatures started to drop last weekend, but were tolerable.  We had a few days of overcast and rain but today was rather nice.  It was chilly, but not frigid… except maybe this am due to the wind.  But as the weekend progressed, it warmed up nicely.  Standing water in the area is frozen each morning when we take the pups for a walk.  Usually, however, the ice is melted by lunchtime. Anchor Chain Arrives We placed…

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Another Issue with the House Water Pump

Shurflo Extreme 5.7 Smart Sensor Pump

Backstory A couple months ago we noticed a small leak in our SHURflo Extreme 5.7 Smart Sensor Fresh Water Pump 12VDC, so we removed the pump to have a look and, after disassembling the unit, discovered that there was a small hole in the pump diaphragm. Our SHURflo failed.  Pumps dont last forever.  For that matter nothing on a boat does.  So we jumped online to research options and found the replacement part numbers on SHURflo’s Website.  We were looking forward to having proper replacement parts.  Little did we know,…

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New Blog Features: Email Notifications & Newsletter

New Blog Feature We also added a new blog features: email notifications & newsletter.  These features will allow you to sign-up for email notifications.  Now, you can be notified of new blog posts, so you never miss a moment. We are hoping to begin sharing a monthly newsletter as well.  Make sure you sign up today!  Shannon and I have been trying to record as much as possible and are hoping to have some content up on our Patreon site soon as well. Future updates will include more full-length video…

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