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  1. Steve Binari says:

    Hi Herman,

    Thanks for sharing this very useful information.

    s/v Albireo
    P40, #57

    • hgd137 says:

      Steve – thank you for your kind words. This has been a labor of love for me.


      • Martin says:

        Hi Herman
        Hope you hat life is treating you well wife and I are planning our sailing adventure and would love to connect with you we also have a house in Marco island and will be there over the holidays any chanc we could meet .

        Regards Martin and Fiona

  2. Marty (Mike) Martinson says:

    Herman, you give us inspiration to re-create your improvements in our soon-to-be-acquired Passport. Passing along the knowledge and wisdom that comes with solving problems is much appreciated!
    Marty & Linny

  3. hgd137 says:

    Thank you for your note. I had hoped this site would be helpful. I will be adding more when I make further improvements.
    Good luck with your Passport 40. You made a wise choice.

  4. Thanks for some great info and will be exploring the ideas closley.
    Daryl Calvert
    SV Freycinet Passport 40
    Currently in Malaysia

  5. Eric says:

    Well Done Dad,

    The boys and I really miss you and Mom.

    Love- Eric. Nick, JJ, Ben, Jackie, George and Brady

  6. Ted bannister says:

    I am about to do my port lights and wondered what size you replaced yours with

  7. Hi Herman,

    I have a passport 40 in Seattle and am doing some major upgrades to our head. We have the v-birth configuration, so the head has a separate shower stall. Behind the stall and against the hull is where the original fiberglass holding tanks is located. I was curious exactly how you plumbed your holding tank to prevent clogs. Did you use a y-valve at the bottom of the tank?

    Also wondering about backflow pressure on the head and it’s joker valve. Any issues with that. I’m not sure about where your holding tank is located, but ours had about three or four feet of vertical rise above the head.

    Second question — any specific advice about removing the ports on the boat? I have heard they can be a bear to get out. I need to re-bed at least three of them this spring and will need to make sure that the screw holes are sturdy enough.

    Thanks and feel free to ping me at my regular address — mmcomber at gmail dot com.

    Thanks and best regards

  8. I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I certainly liked reading everything that is written on your website.Keep the aarticles coming. I liked it!

  9. Tim Hill says:

    Great, if not short, article. Not done reading all of it, but I will soon. And then I will make a few changes in my P-40, hull #56, Vixen. My cabin top is wood. I want to install a staysail. Stay is made, deck attachment is in place. I see your tracks are on the cabin top, same as my sailmaker recommends. My problem is now I have to
    Remove the wood ceiling to install the backing plates. Not my idea of fun! Is your cabin ceiling wood or vinyl! Any suggestions?
    Point of interest. Installing a staysail does not a “cutter” make. A cutter is defined by the placement of the mast, not by the sails the vessel carries.
    Thanks for any help with the staysail track install.

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  16. Matt Flannagan says:

    Just wanted to say a massive thankyou all the way from Australia.
    I am saving the pennies and have my heart set on a Passport and the information you have painstakingly shared has given me so much more confidence come the big day!
    Thanks again mate as we say in Australia “Your a bloody legend”
    Warmest regards,

  17. Matt says:

    Would it be too rude as to ask how much the respray of the hull and cabin cost?

  18. Helen Scott says:

    Hi Herman. My husband Earle and I have been learning from the information you posted. We purchased a 85′ p40 in April last year and have been working to bring her up to more comfortable sailing condition. Thanks so much for sharing your information. The info is really helpful and has helped us get ideas on things to consider while working on “Perfect Fit”.

    Can you give us a referral for having cockpit cushions and the full enclosure made?

    Thanks much for your generous sharing.

    Sincerely, Helen & Earle

  19. Martin says:

    Great blog with some ideas that I will investigate to see if they would work on our boat we have a po 46 similar vintage to the passport strangely we have a place on marco that we will base the boat from interested to see if you have the boat moored there We are in old marco and will most probably have to have the dock dredged to accommodate

  20. Kasia says:

    We love our Passport 40! Thank you for sharing the informations.

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