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  1. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    Just an update: after months of use, my holding tank has not shown any signs of malfunction except for one thing: the gauge would not show that it is already full. It will only alert me when the level is at 3/4 full. So at that point, I will have to use the toilet very sparingly and pump out as soon as I can. That is most probably the cause of the initial disaster: the gauge only showed 3/4 full when the tank is actually already full.
  2. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Depth Gauge

    Hi Everyone, Just an update: I talked to another boater who uses a Dragonfly 5 with sonar view with the transducer placed at the front bottom of the boat. He can actually see details and outlines of objects a few feet ahead. So if he motor in to an area with known rocks and reefs very slowly, he is able to avoid them. But the range is still too short to my liking. Maybe the if this technology becomes common in the future as discussed by Hatem, the price will be more affordable.
  3. Pogo Junior

    AC Maintenance

    Thanks Wingnut for that very comprehensive advise. I am very familiar with the maintenance of home HVACs but I was sure there are some very important differences the way marine HVAC works. And you brought that up. I will try to do that bleach method soon. Thanks also to Iggy and TexasPilot71.
  4. Pogo Junior

    AC Maintenance

    Thanks for the replies. I try to clean the filter once a month even if there is not much dirt in it. The water coming out of the boat when I turn the AC on is strong but I have no way of comparing since I only got the boat less than a year ago. I wonder if the AC needs to be recharged with refrigerant. But the more important question I ask is whether the AC has an anode that needs replacement, just like the generator.
  5. Pogo Junior

    AC Maintenance

    Good morning to all, My 2004 Sig 330 has an AC unit under one of the seats. It is working fine right now except that it takes about 15 minutes to either cool or heat and I am not sure if that is normal. May I also ask what regular maintenance it should get. And being on saltwater, does it use anodes that need replacement. Thanks and happy boating. Jess
  6. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Depth Gauge

    I do have a fishfinder. It’s a Dragonfly 5. But since the transducer is transom-mounted, it cannot see what is ahead of the bow, which is what I actually want to see to avoid hitting rocks on shallow waters. My draft is only 3ft but there are shores in my area that are at least 10ft deep but with a sprinkiling of rocks or reefs that are 5ft or more high. Do you think a thru-hull transducer will help?
  7. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Depth Gauge

    So it means it is midway from front to back. Do you know how far ahead it can detect the bottom?
  8. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Depth Gauge

    Hi everyone, My Sig 330 has a factory-installed depth gauge. I just want to know where exactly its sensor or transducer is located. Is it at the front end where it can warn me of any dangerous rocks in front of the boat? Or is it midway or near the stern? It will be a while before my boat will be hauled out so I have no way to find the sensor as of now. My Raymarine fishfinder has depth gauge but it is mounted at the transom. So I cannot rely on it to warn me if I am approaching any rocks or obstructions. Thanks for any info.
  9. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    Will take pictures this weekend to post here. Thanks.
  10. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    My boat is around 33ft long plus 3ft swim platform, total of 36ft. The slip is 35ft so I extend at least 1ft. My swim platform has 8 stainless rods supporting it. So what I plan is just to lift the 5ft wide dinghy onto the 3ft platform and support the remaining 2ft with nylon straps tied to the cleats or rails of the boat.
  11. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    Fantastic job you’ve done there Denny. That will have more use for me than just carrying a dinghy. Only problem is that my boat is normally docked in a 35ft slip in a marina and they will not allow no more than 3ft extensions. If I am to do my version, maybe I will use a netting material similar to those on catamarans so we can lie down on it when anchored. Just a wild idea.
  12. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    My Lehr 2.5hp propane motor has no built-in fuel tank but uses removable propane bottles. It is less than 40lbs in weight. My problem is where to hang it if I have to remove it from the dinghy, plus the danger of dropping it on the water every time I have to re-install it. If I could leave it on the dinghy, I may have to run below planing speed and spend more fuel, by how much, no idea. But buying additional davit system will also entail cost (maybe around $900) and will clutter the swim step.
  13. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    Ok. I will find a more secure way to hitch the inflatable rather than tow it. My main problem is still where to put the motor while the dinghy is sideways. If I hang the dinghy upright with the motor on it, the bouncing might be too much for the transom board to take.
  14. Pogo Junior

    Towing a Dinghy

    Thanks for all the replies. My dinghy is an 8ft inflatable with smooth soft bottom and 2.5hp propane ob motor. I was hoping to avoid hanging the inflatable so I don’t have to remove the motor. I still have no place to hang an outboard on my Signature. Definitely, I will raise the motor prop during the tow.
  15. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    So far, I have no problem on odor. But I read many times about people pouring hot water and some tablespoons of yeast to help breakdown and decompose the waste, just like in septic tanks. I wonder if it really works and worth the effort.
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