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4 Days Ago 07:03 PM
colemj
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Can you move the filter? Have done that in the past on cars/boats to make servicing easier
I can't tell whether this question was addressed to Gary's or Minnewaska's problem...

Mark
4 Days Ago 06:42 PM
Minnewaska
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Can you move the filter? Have done that in the past on cars/boats to make servicing easier
I've thought about it. The hard fuel lines from the filter mount to the fuel pump would need to be redesigned, or there would need to be a remote mount system available. I'm not sure there is a great place to relocate it to, that wouldn't end up in the way of something else. Pretty tight down there.

When I was done this year, I said to my wife, "I need an engine room". She likes the Passport 61, which has one, and said "okay". I just need to work long enough to afford one, which sort of defeats the purpose.
4 Days Ago 06:27 PM
outbound Can you move the filter? Have done that in the past on cars/boats to make servicing easier
4 Days Ago 06:01 PM
travlineasy
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

Don't worry guys and gals, all those mechanical skills you learned and quickly forgot will come roaring back into your minds when you get old. Things like this happen to old people, and we never know why.

For me, it's music and songs that filter in from the cobwebs of my mind. A few nights ago, I was sitting in front of my arranger keyboard, and like a bolt of lightning a sing slammed into my frontal lobes - the James Bond Movie theme You Only Live Twice. It wouldn't go away, and after two days of it swimming around in my brain, unmolested, I kicked it out and recorded it on the keyboard. Here it is:

https://app.box.com/s/d7hr2sk6xhsrlu28e4755z1p0nhw6al9

Now you know what you have to look forward to - gettin old ain't fer wimps and sissies.

Gary
4 Days Ago 01:00 PM
mbianka
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Yes, that was it. My spouse and I both took their three-day course. Was great for someone like me who had never even held a torque wrench in my life. By the end of it I was bleeding, changing filters and even setting the timing like a champ. The only negative (for me) was it was taught solely on Yanmars, whereas I have a Perkins. But the principles are the same.

Sadly I've forgotten too much, but it was a great course. A great investment in how to keep the boating budget under control. Too bad they stopped offering it.
Took a three day course taught by the late Chuck Husick at Hanson Marine. Luckily they are a Westerbeke dealer/distributor so that is what we worked on and what I had on my boat. But, they gave us Yanmar manuals for study. Even got a discount on Westerbeke parts. I bought a lot of parts. But, the thing I remember is the last day they bought in a new type of generator for a demo. A Honda 1000 amazingly quiet and powerful. Little did I know that I would eventually scrap my diesel and use it's big brother the Honda 2000 for my poor man's hybrid electric propulsion system.
5 Days Ago 12:04 PM
Minnewaska
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

I force myself to do maintenance items on all boat systems, so that I am familiar with them.

This year, for example, I removed the turbo charger to do a thorough cleaning over the winter. I could seriously take my time, understand what I was doing, try different things, etc. Since I was going to reinstall it myself, I also made it my "diesel" year. Just to get operational sooner, I often pay the yard to do the filters, impellers, etc. I did them all this year, just so I would be in practice.

It's not really enough just to know what to do, it's being practiced on how to do it on your own boat. For example, accessing the secondary fuel filter on my Volvo requires some serious boat yoga positions. By practicing, I've realized that fully removing the companionway steps helps tremendously. Then I've fashioned a special drip container to fit the small space (ie cut off the bottom two inches of a plastic gallon water jug that will contort to get back there). Then, since only one arm fits back there, fashioning something to hold the filter against the threads, while the one arm turns it back on, took a few minutes of imagination. Just knowing how to get it off/on and bleed the system after install, is bluntly the easy part.

For every job I do, I think to myself what it would be like to do offshore, with high winds and heavy seas. That fuel filter would be near impossible.
5 Days Ago 09:37 AM
outbound
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

It's a shame we forget so fast if we don't use skills like this on a regular basis so probably is a good present. When I did the course my boat had a Leman diesel. Parts where hard to find, imported and expensive. It was a converted race boat so engine access wasn't high on the list. I did my own routine maintenance but never really used the skills they taught me so now not secure I have even the basic skill set beyond fluid changes. Been asking others too many questions. Hope course will prevent me from wearing out my welcome.:-).
5 Days Ago 09:13 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Did the Mack boring many, many moons ago but unfortunately they no longer offer their course and refer to Annapolis School. Fortunately she was able to find a course locally. Psyched to learn new stuff.
Yes, that was it. My spouse and I both took their three-day course. Was great for someone like me who had never even held a torque wrench in my life. By the end of it I was bleeding, changing filters and even setting the timing like a champ. The only negative (for me) was it was taught solely on Yanmars, whereas I have a Perkins. But the principles are the same.

Sadly I've forgotten too much, but it was a great course. A great investment in how to keep the boating budget under control. Too bad they stopped offering it.
5 Days Ago 09:04 PM
outbound
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

Did the Mack boring many, many moons ago but unfortunately they no longer offer their course and refer to Annapolis School. Fortunately she was able to find a course locally. Psyched to learn new stuff.
6 Days Ago 04:24 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Thanks Mike.
Wife gave me a diesel course as a delayed Xmas present. Was concerned she spent too much. Maybe as usually she is smarter than me.
My wife and I gave ourselves the same gift a few years ago. It was a good three-day course. Now at least I know what I don't know, which is much better than my previous state of not knowing what I didn't know
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