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If you would like to support IPYOA and IPphotos, please use this donate button below to contribute. Your donation helps to pay for: domain names, multiple web servers, SQL database server, yearly software subscriptions, security patches and paid programming support. Currently, we are working with a new programmer to finally integrate the 11,500 photos from into IPYOA. We will be building the same photo categories and same structure as IPphotos. Once imported and completed, we will have nearly 20,000 IPY owner photos in this web site! NOTE#1: The IPY factory does not pay us for these services. NOTE #2, Whiteaker Yacht Sales donates yearly to support our efforts and we really appreciate that!

We, Hayden and Radeen, provide the constant yearly financial support, design and management for these projects simply as Island Packet Owners since 1991. We provide this service simply out of the JOY of IP ownership.

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Hayden and Radeen


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Barnaby Dixon uploaded 1 photos to the new album This is a test album. 1 hour 56 minutes ago
Robert Abel replied to the topic 'Fuel Level Sensor' in the forum. 9 hours 58 minutes ago

Unfortunately there is no clearance to remove/replace the fuel sensor with the tank in place.
I have a 1987 IP31 that years ago I had to remove the fuel tank to repair a tiny leak on the bottom of the tank.
In brief - drain fuel tank, cut an access in the Port locker bulkhead next to the tank and move the tank into the Port lazerrette.
The tank will not fit through the locker hatch but there is room for you and the tank in the locker to work.
Once I had the tank in the locker I was able to repair the tiny hole in the bottom of the tank as well as thoroughly clean the tank.
Wow what junk came out! With the tank in the locker it will be quite easy to remove the sending unit and clean/replace as needed.
Reassemble the tank and bulk head and you are good to go. No holes in the cockpit floor.


hayden replied to the topic 'AMEC CAMINO-108 CLASS B AIS TRANSPONDER' in the forum. 10 hours 59 minutes ago

I too have always had a dedicated AIS vhf antenna mounted on my Bimini frame. I do not like the idea of splitting the main VHF antenna, plus AIS antennas do not need to be high. This unit says that because it is a class B transponder it will transmit on the 2 watt power setting which says it will reach out 5 to 7 NM. Class A transponders will transmit at 12.5 watts and they will reach out 25 NM. Thi unit will transmit every 30 seconds when the unit is moving. I have not had this unit out to sea yet, but I have an AIS PowerPoint slide show showing years and years of my AIS screens from Maine to Bahamas with very interesting crossings. WIth my old unit I would see AIS targets 20 miles away. I hope this one will do that as well.



Alan Huffman replied to the topic 'AMEC CAMINO-108 CLASS B AIS TRANSPONDER' in the forum. 11 hours 15 minutes ago

Hayden, how is your transmitting strength? I installed a dedicated VHF antenna.


hayden replied to the topic 'AMEC CAMINO-108 CLASS B AIS TRANSPONDER' in the forum. 22 hours 27 minutes ago

More on my AIS CAMINO, I now added an on off Silent/Transmit switch

This AIS Camino has a connection for a simple on off switch that will shut down the transmit of the AIS but still leave the receive part on. This is called the TX/Silent connection for transmit vs silent mode. I made a simple bracket and added a small toggle switch and placed this under the instrument panel on our IP 35. Again, I am very impressed with this unit and it seems like a very fair deal and this AIS until will talk to any NMEA 183 or NMEA 2000 gear.

Here are a few more photos:

A simple switch

My simple $10 GPS added under the deck on a simple bracket

The GPS signal strength is great

Where I added the Tx / Silent switch for AIS

The Camino software diagnostics lets you know you are transmitting and all is working

I use OpenCPN computer nav software, here you can see the NMEA steam

Proof of the AIS working with targets on the OpenCPN nav screen

Hayden, on anchor off Fort Pierce, FL


Carroll Hebert created a new topic ' Fuel Level Sensor' in the forum. yesterday

I have an IP 31 that has a malfunctioning fuel level sensor. The gauge always reads full.
Disconnecting the sensor brings the gauge reading to empty.
I'd like to replace the fuel level sensor but there is only about 3" above the tank to extract it and the senders that I have looked at all extend to the bottom of the tank. It appears that there is a possibility of drilling a hole below the helmsman's seat that would be concealed if the sensor can be tilted aft far enough to get it out. Otherwise, the only solution that I see is to cut a hole in cockpit sole and glass the cutout back in once the sensor is replaced.

Has anyone else had experience with replacing that sensor?


Leonard Rodrigues uploaded 3 photos to the new album IP465-Terratima. yesterday
Chris replied to the topic 'Re: Exterior Teak' in the forum. yesterday

mluskin wrote:

If there's any rot in there try Smith's two-part liquid epoxy that's designed to seep in and replace the rotten wood with resin. They also make a two-part paste that will fill the cracks. Check instructions and video on the Jamestown Distributors site. I've had good luck with these. If there's no rot then just use a bedding compound or marine silicone for the screws.

Thank you for your reply! What we did is mix a little teak saw dust with resin and filled them in with that. Some of the other places I filled in with exterior wood putty. We' we finished all the sanding and will start varnishing tomorrow. It really does look nice at this point. While we are on the hard, it just made sense to do the rub rails. So far, we've done the hand rails and eyebrow. After we get Whimsy home to our own slip, I think we will do the cap rails and put maintaince coats on the hand rails and eyebrow.


Carl D replied to the topic 'Where do others mount or how do you attach your stern flags?' in the forum. yesterday

Here are some pics of our flag mount. Noe the bracket is somewhat bent as the result of a piling that refused to move out of the way as I was backing up. Stupid piling. ;)


Jimmy Stacy replied to the topic 'Where do others mount or how do you attach your stern flags?' in the forum. yesterday

That sounds perfect. Do you have a picture of that configuration?


Carl D replied to the topic 'Where do others mount or how do you attach your stern flags?' in the forum. yesterday

We have a flag pole bracket that mounts on a horizontal stainless tube that keeps the davits spread. The stainless tube sits well above the dingy. The flagpole is about 3 feet long and extends aft so the flag hangs down nicely aft of the dinghy. It's a clean setup. Just watch for nearby pilings when backing into a slip. :whistle:


Carl D created a new topic ' Inhaul line for in-mast main on IP 380' in the forum. yesterday

Sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere but I was unable to find it.

I'd like to get some thoughts on what type of line I should use when replacing the inhaul line for the in-mast main on our IP 380. I was thinking it should probably be a low stretch line. I'm not sure about that, but if it should be low stretch what type of line should it be (material, brand, etc.)? I want to make sure it has good handling characteristics, grips the winch, etc.

I haven't checked on the proper diameter yet. If anyone knows offhand it could save me some digging.



Robert Altin replied to the topic 'Success IPphotos is now' in the forum. yesterday

Outstanding, Hayden!


hayden created a new topic ' Success IPphotos is now' in the forum. yesterday

IPYOA, IPmail, IPhomeport, IPY and IP Dealers:

I am very happy to announce that after years of planning and requesting bids from programmers, we have finally succeeded in moving all the photos and all the user accounts from IPphotos into this IPYOA project. This has been one of the most challenging web projects of my career. This was made possible by me hiring a PHP expert from London and a Joomla Extension designer for Photo collections from Singapore. The three of us made this project happen, and we have worked on this non-stop since Oct 9th, 2015 starting at the Annapolis Maryland Boat Show. That was the day we officially started.

Working with these experts, we first had to upgrade the operating system of thisJoomla site to the latest 3.4+ version. Then, unexpected, we had to buy a new server account because we did not have enough room to clone the two sites together and keep it all running. This required me to migrate all my domain names and web sites over to a new web server and move all the domain names to this new server. (Note: This I did onboard via a verizon cell connection as we were driving down the ICW) Now, with more room, we were able to progress.

The next step was to install the photo application from Singapore. After a study of this, we thought it might be able to handle the IPphotos model I created in 2002 which has 525 photo categories and 11,500 photos from 2,000 users! Time to hire the best PHP MySQL expert and we worked on first converting the SQL database tables to plain database tables and text files so they could be imported into the databases of the newly installed photo application. Once the data was imported the structure of IPphotos was now built into IPYOA and it looked like it was going to work.

Next the 11,500 photos had to be imported from IPphotos into the clone site of IPYOA and these photos we recreated 46,000 photos because 4 images are needed for each photo. One photo for each display type, cell, tablet, desktop and original. After these new images were created they were then placed into the correct file structure allowing the new application to display the data and present the photos.

One of the most impressive aspects of this project was with the matching up of the 2000 users in IPphotos with the 2000+ users in IPYOA. Some matched, some did not, so we ran a script that compared the two using their email addresses and we were able to merge the two sets of users together. This brought the photo albums of the user in IPphotos into their existing account in IPYOA. Users that had accounts in IPphotos but not in IPYOA then had a new account created in IPYOA for their incoming photos. This was a big aspect to this job and it worked out very well.

The end result. We now have 16,134 photos in 1,945 photo albums all combined and sorted back into the nearly ideal structure exactly like I created in 2002 for IPphotos. Yes, there is room for much improvement, but my first goal was to simply reach this point of recreating the IPphotos structure into IPYOA. Now that we have that, we have much work to do to improve this model. Our first big task is to sort the photos that where in IPYOA (never in a category) into the proper category, but that will happen in time. We are building next a detailed photo search which will make it easy to find the exact photos you want.

For now, let us all enjoy this new rollout and have a look at the creation. This is the largest photo collection this application has every managed and the Singapore designer is amazed. I too am amazed, because I had many programmers tell me over the years, that it could not be done. Well here it is. SUCCESS, it has been accomplished, and I am very, very proud of the job. here is the success!

Note #1. Make sure you include the WWW in the URL, we have a glitch that without it, the photo collection gets confused.

Note #2. For about a month we ran two cloned sites of IPYOA, the live site used every day and our development site we built this on. Keeping two clones in sync was a very interesting challenge, but this was going on behind the scene.

Note #3. When we finished, we flipped the site over, Live to Development and Dev to Live, and here it is. all 400,000 files. We will soon delete the clone and that will give the server much needed room.

Hayden.....started this job in Annapolis Oct 9, 2015, on Island Spirit, finished it in Vero Beach, FL Nov 28, 2015. Worked every day as we were moving south!


hayden replied to the topic 'AMEC CAMINO-108 CLASS B AIS TRANSPONDER' in the forum. 2 days ago

UPDATE after install.

This was the easiest install ever, since I was simply removing one AIS radio and installing this one. One change I made was that I bought the $10 GPS puck and I installed this under the deck on a simple little L bracket with the puck directly under the deck. This way, all I had to connect was the 12 volt power and this GPS and plug in the USB cable. Then on the laptop, I installed the USB drive, always a challenge to get it to talk to the laptop, but once configured, this unit light up and is transmitting well.

What I like about this unit, besides the $450 price (Annapolis show special) is the fact that it will output NMEA 183 (two streams) and NMEA 2000, and USB cable. Ss right now, I can add this into my USB feed and present the targets on the OpenCPN nav software I use at the nav desk just for AIS. Then when I upgrade my helm navigation system to one that will read AIS, then I can feed this output via NMEA 183 or NMEA 2000 to the new helm station.

Overall, this is a great unit, it works well, and ti was easy to install. It took me about 30 minutes to install it, and about 30 minutes to configure the USB port.