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post #11 of 54 Old 12-30-2009
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Hello Klaus,

Could you please tell me which pressure tube broke? Was it the same all three times, was it the hose itself or one of the fittings? I will be repowering this spring and have ordered a new Beta Marine 43 to replace the original Perkins 4-108 along with a new hydraulic pump, motor and hoses. So far after three seasons I have found the hydraulic system reliable but your experience has me concerned.

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Hello Steve,

because of a leakage in the hydraulic system, which I realised after the purchase, I decided for a new installation in 1991. The exchange concerned all tubes including fittings and the pump at the prop (shaft). It was a quite expensive decision.
As I already told, the tube broke three times and as far as I remember always near the new pump (at the prop shaft).
And near the fitting where the tube came out in a bow.
2002 the whole installation was replaced and I never had any problem with the engine again.
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F&C 44 Dodger

I'm looking to have a cockpit dodger installed on my recently purchased F&C 44 1981 Hull #33. Any owners have this and if so who was the builder?
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Steve H / Onyx,
Steve I'm from NY, LIS area and wondering if you keep ONYX near Huntinton as there is a dodger manufactuer there that I'm considering using. At present my boat, Amandolin, will be in the Chesapeake through June and I'll be heading Down East early July and will only be passing through the LIS for a brief time. Thought if He could look at your boat he might be able to rake measurements. I can be reached at (bsmithy2k -- aol --- com)
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I'm looking to have a cockpit dodger installed on my recently purchased F&C 44 1981 Hull #33. Any owners have this and if so who was the builder?
Hi, I own #19, SKYE, and sail out of Rye, NY. Hathaway & Reiser in Stamford replaced my dodger canvas for me. I'm sure they could build one from scratch as well.

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Does any have an estimate about how much does the change of place and new engine costs?
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I have many questions:
What diameter of propeller do they have and how many blades?
Do you have a retractable propeller? What kind?
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F&c 44 #12

I have just heard about this thread.
I own 1979 Hull #12, I love this beautiful boat, but just like any other love affair, it is not perfect.
I did have a hydraulic hose burst at the worst possible time in a very tight anchorage, going against a fast moving tide all forward momentum was lost. Best recommendation always carry a sharp knife to cut the anchor loose fast.
I am currently having problems with the original 4-108 and would be very interested in engine replacement recommendations, particularly if it could included the elimination of the hydraulic transmission. I am not quite clear how there is room to place the engine forward without major carpentry.
Also I did have a full dodger installed which I felt was badly needed.
Kiskedee originally from the East Coast now lives in Morro Bay California. I am not sure if there are any other F&C 44’s located on the West Coast since Roy Disney’s Shamrock was sold.
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Hydraulik

Dear Peter B., I had this problem 3 times till I changed the system.
Later hulls have the engine below the main companionway. I bought a new
Perkins Sabre M65 and had it installed in this position. But I have to admit
it was a big deal. Calculate the cost of a new engine at least twice for the complete installation.
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Repowering the F&C44

Hello Tackorjibe, #19 here, Rye, NY sorry not near you!
We're in process of repowering. Staying with the hydraulics, far less wear and tear on the shaft and bearing, and couldn't imagine the cost of moving the inards of the boat around although sounds like a good solution if you don't like the hydraulics. Looks like we'll install a Yanmar53hp.
Last thread is correct, double the price of the engine.

SKYE #19
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