Spare Parts 3/01


Micrologic Repair
Reader Carl Love wrote to say, You might want to add Bay Country Electronics to your list at 4 Dock St., Annapolis, Maryland, 410/263-3000. They indicated they were unable to find an LCD replacement part for my 15-year-old Micrologic 5500 Loran C but they successfully repaired and fully rehabilitated it by merely cleaning contacts and repairing a couple of cold solder joints. The LCD screen is back up like new. Cost $120. Im very satisfied with all this and suggest you add Bay Country Electronics to your list of companies able to address Micrologic Loran problems.

Pearson 37 Owners Group
I was pleased to read your review of the Pearson 37 in the March 2000 issue. It reinforced my impression of our boat. As these boats age, being able to communicate with other owners regarding maintenance and problem-solving becomes important. As a result, a few of us would like to be able to communicate with the rest of the 35 or so other owners out there through a Pearson 37 Racer/Cruiser Owners Association. (Dick Winkler, 4 Busque Blvd., Standish, Maine 04084; e-mail:[email protected];[email protected]

Metal Boat Society
Lynn King of the Metal Boat Society wrote the following, We welcome metal boat builders, buyers and owners to membership in our non-profit steel and aluminum boat organization. Membership includes the Metal Boat Quarterly, which includes articles covering how-to metal boat building; on-board boat systems and other related information.

Each August, our Metal Boat Festival is held with an in-the-water boat show, seminar and exhibits, which include designers and equipment. US membership is $30 per year; outside the US its $38 per year (US funds).

Metal Boat Society, PO Box 61856, Vancouver, WA 98666; 360/695-4861;

Darrell Nicholson
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at