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15 Hours Ago 09:44 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

...also, while I'm wrapping up old mysteries...there was no more diesel leak into the bilge after I added a screw to that missing hole in the sender unit. So, it must have leaked through that hole when the tank was full and we were heeled and/or when the fuel warmed up and expanded.

Good to have that sorted. Nothing worse than a bunch of diesel in the bilge. Okay - maybe gasoline is worse...
15 Hours Ago 09:36 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Mike Banks View Post
Those plates look like copper--and copper and aluminium hate one another. Replace them with stainless steel or plate aluminium--because sooner or later they will destroy one another.

Once you have the inspection ports off--shine a lamp into the tank and see if you can see any light emerging anyplace around the sides. You may even be able to see the leak--an alternative is to connect an air pump to the outlet, block the filler, and pump air into the tank. One can hear it hissing where it emerges--and an ultrasonic detector makes it even easier to pinpoint the leak. Having found it--a simple fix is done with aluminium or stainless steel washers each side, o-rings glued to each side of the tank with neoprene rubber solution, and a bolt of Tuffnel nylon or stainless steel, bedded in o-rings on the inside, and tightened but not TOO tight.

Next time the tank is out, have it welded properly--but get rid if that copper ASAP.
Hey Mike - thanks. Actually, I got the tank nicely sorted a while back. She should last another 30 years with the epoxy solution I came up with. Much better than welding and that tank was not coming out of the boat anyway.

Here is the scoop:

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BTW - the access port covers weren't copper. They were actually clear plexiglass over rubber sheeting that had been tacked down with caulk. That sheeting just happened to be a red/brown color - making it look like copper.
18 Hours Ago 06:37 PM
Don0190
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

[QUOTE=smackdaddy;2996842

Furthermore, you need to define exactly what "motion comfort" is and where it comes into play enough to be the make-or-break factor between boats. [/QUOTE]

Comfortable is - you just threw up
Uncomfortable is - you threw up 10 minutes ago
1 Day Ago 04:34 AM
Mike Banks
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Those plates look like copper--and copper and aluminium hate one another. Replace them with stainless steel or plate aluminium--because sooner or later they will destroy one another.

Once you have the inspection ports off--shine a lamp into the tank and see if you can see any light emerging anyplace around the sides. You may even be able to see the leak--an alternative is to connect an air pump to the outlet, block the filler, and pump air into the tank. One can hear it hissing where it emerges--and an ultrasonic detector makes it even easier to pinpoint the leak. Having found it--a simple fix is done with aluminium or stainless steel washers each side, o-rings glued to each side of the tank with neoprene rubber solution, and a bolt of Tuffnel nylon or stainless steel, bedded in o-rings on the inside, and tightened but not TOO tight.

Next time the tank is out, have it welded properly--but get rid if that copper ASAP.
1 Day Ago 02:23 AM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by Matt View Post
have you found that most of the factory wiring is marine grade? the wiring being just normal wire was one of those things i've heard, this may not be credible information. i also read about flexing and some modifications to reduce this. did any of this apply to your boat?
I don't know about all those particulars. What I can say is that it seems to work okay - even after 26 years. Take that for what it's worth.
1 Day Ago 03:12 PM
seaner97
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I think the PS MAY be the only one on that list that MIGHT have a bluewater boat. All the others are coastal cruisers that people use to go offshore, but I don't think any of those companies really designed boats that were intended as offshore boats.
1 Day Ago 02:39 PM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
Ride out a squall in an exposed anchorage on a J/24 then tell me motion comfort does not exist or is only for "blue water".
A J24 is a bit of an extreme example don't you think? I've sailed a J24. It's not something I'd take on a multi-day offshore run. Ever.

I've also sailed Pearsons, Pacific Seacrafts, Benetaus, Hunters.

Like I've said I find my Hunter 40 every bit as "motion comfortable" in lumpy seas as any of the above.
1 Day Ago 02:11 PM
RainDog Ride out a squall in an exposed anchorage on a J/24 then tell me motion comfort does not exist or is only for "blue water".
2 Days Ago 12:12 PM
Matt
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

have you found that most of the factory wiring is marine grade? the wiring being just normal wire was one of those things i've heard, this may not be credible information. i also read about flexing and some modifications to reduce this. did any of this apply to your boat?
2 Days Ago 12:06 PM
JonEisberg
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I honestly think the "motion comfort" thing is, in general, a load of crap.
25-30 years ago, back when I was a Young Punk myself, I might have agreed with you...

I'm guessing that you, as I have, will likely 'modify' that assertion to some degree, with the passage of time...

;-)
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