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08-04-2008 01:00 PM
bruceyp
Speaking of barnacles on the prop...

I dove down and checked my prop again and found that in the 2 or 3 weeks since last posting here I have grown a new colony of barnacles. Smaller to be sure but they are there. I have a MaxProp and it is bronze. Last year I did nothing to it and I don't remember having much problem (last year was my first full season with the boat). This year I sprayed the prop with some Zinc spray from Pettit that the PO left in a box of odds and ends.
So what do you all use on the prop?
BP
07-16-2008 09:28 PM
sailingdog Thanks guys... last week was nine years since our first date.
07-16-2008 08:42 PM
Martinini Sometimes the memories are the hardest part to get over!
07-16-2008 08:27 PM
jackytdunaway SD,
Be thankful for the time God gave you with her. She must have been real special. Pretty too.
07-16-2008 10:32 AM
SteveInMD I'm glad you found the problem and resolved it.

You might consider pulling your heat exchanger core and cleaning it at some point. You can get a chemical cleaner or a radiator shop can dip it for you. It's usually not a very difficult job. Most marine diesel engine books will show you the steps. I like this one..

Amazon.com: Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance and Repair Manual: Jean-luc Pallas: Books

It can certainly wait until the end of the season.
07-16-2008 08:23 AM
bruceyp SDog,
Your memories can only ease that edge so much. Revisit them often.
BP
07-16-2008 08:08 AM
sailingdog In my case it was in general... I married a woman a lot smarter than me... nicer too... and very pretty. I miss her everyday...and wish she were still here telling me what to do.

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SDog,
Are you being metaphorical? Are we talking boats here or marriage in general? Yeah, I know, you would think I could learn that lesson after all these years.
BP
07-16-2008 07:52 AM
bruceyp
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Umm... might want to listen to the admiral when she says something in the future... I found that was generally the wisest policy in my house.... and even if they don't know much about engines, many admirals do have a very keen sense of when something isn't the way it should be....
SDog,
Are you being metaphorical? Are we talking boats here or marriage in general? Yeah, I know, you would think I could learn that lesson after all these years.
BP
07-16-2008 03:01 AM
sailingdog Umm... might want to listen to the admiral when she says something in the future... I found that was generally the wisest policy in my house.... and even if they don't know much about engines, many admirals do have a very keen sense of when something isn't the way it should be....
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Went to the boat and dove in to check the barnacle situation. I'm surprised it drove the boat at all. It was covered with about 3/4" of marinelife. Twenty minutes of scraping and she was like new. Motored out and she seemed like a different boat. (The admiral has been bugging me about, "Don't you feel that vibration?" My thought was, "What the hell would she know about marine diesel engines?") Well the vibration is noticably reduced, the boat responds to the throttle better, and I took her up to 3000 RPM and no smoke or black water.
But...
Steve,
Thanks for your input. I will take your advice and start keeping a better engine log for future reference.
BP
07-15-2008 11:49 PM
Sabreman I go over the side at least twice a summer to clean the prop. Besides loading the engine, I lose at least half a knot with a dirty prop. We often swim off the boat and cleaning the prop, checking the centerboard and rudder are normal maintenance things. I keep a masks and fins on the boat for just this reason (and in case I snag a crab pot). I use a putty knife. Works great; sometimes I skin a knuckle, but nothing significant. I like the gloves idea, though.
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