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Search: Posts Made By: bsfree
Forum: Living Aboard 01-09-2009
Replies: 224
Views: 88,973
Posted By bsfree
I have lived on my Challenger 32 sloop for 4...

I have lived on my Challenger 32 sloop for 4 years, very spacious for a sailboat, also lived on a Challenger 35 ketch for 8 years before that, no difference in interior space, the boat has everything...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-30-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By bsfree
Thanks guys, never thought of the paint flaking...

Thanks guys, never thought of the paint flaking off into the rope fibers, that's reason enough not to do it. Hellosailor, the sheaves are aluminum, and the bushings are in good shape.
Thank again.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-29-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By bsfree
Painting Sheaves

I'm refurbishing my mast and a friend suggests I paint the sheaves to protect them. I'm not convinced this is a good idea as I've never seen sheaves painted. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-12-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By bsfree
I ran the engine per whatever the chemical...

I ran the engine per whatever the chemical additive said, then drained it via the bottom most hose, in my case below starboard side of the heat exchanger. I also used a hose from the dock faucet to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-11-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By bsfree
I did this to my Perkins 108 and used a chemical...

I did this to my Perkins 108 and used a chemical cleaner. However, unlike I did, if you use a chemical cleaner, and have a water heater plumbed to the the engine you should disconnect it and join the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-10-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,550
Posted By bsfree
My boat came with a 1974 vintage hydrovane, minus...

My boat came with a 1974 vintage hydrovane, minus it's rudder, and some parts were seized. I took the head unit apart and will try to refurbish it when the other boat projects are done. I agree that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-16-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 18,910
Posted By bsfree
I was very happy with the Reefurl I installed on...

I was very happy with the Reefurl I installed on my last boat, and will be installing another on my present boat. As a previous poster said, maintaining tension on the line when unfurling the sail is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-09-2008
Replies: 87
Views: 9,672
Posted By bsfree
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this kit, I've...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this kit, I've owned one for about 8 years and love it because it is compact, and does both sae & metric. I have a bunch of other "specialized" tools as well, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,715
Posted By bsfree
You guys understand the electronic in's and out's...

You guys understand the electronic in's and out's far more than I do, I was just happy to see resistance of 120 ohm's on the present sender, which is correct for two stations. Joe had told me that,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,715
Posted By bsfree
So you were reading 40 PSI...twice? Kind of,...

So you were reading 40 PSI...twice?

Kind of, as the gauge read 40psi before starting the engine, and then plus whatever the real pressure, came out to around 80psi. I only checked the ohms last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,715
Posted By bsfree
Oil Pressure Mystery Solved

The oil pressure on my Perkins 108 has read 80psi since the day I bought the boat, a Challenger 32, I figured a constricted oil way so have changed the oil about 5 times and used a sludge remover...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 2,558
Posted By bsfree
I used to have a 8' portabote with the honda 2hp,...

I used to have a 8' portabote with the honda 2hp, I liked it but if I do it again I'll get a tohatsu 3.5 because I found the honda air cooled motor a little noisy, also a little under powered as I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-07-2007
Replies: 91
Views: 5,822
Posted By bsfree
I used to want to change the world. Now I'd just...

I used to want to change the world. Now I'd just like to leave the room, with a little dignity.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-24-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 7,157
Posted By bsfree
Not to get off the subject but I am interested in...

Not to get off the subject but I am interested in what Denise said, quote
" I do have a squeeze bulb on the fuel line from the tank too and it's been great and saved a lot of engine cranking".
I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 3,498
Posted By bsfree
By the way, you will want to remove the wheel...

By the way, you will want to remove the wheel before you remove the pedestal, do this by removing the nut, then you'll probably need a pully to pull the wheel off the spindle, I did.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 3,498
Posted By bsfree
I have a Yacht Specialties steering pedestal, and...

I have a Yacht Specialties steering pedestal, and have overhauled the steering. I can tell you that there's not much to be afraid of, but be aware that if you break something it may be very hard to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-09-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,621
Posted By bsfree
As well as to stop the rudder moving when...

As well as to stop the rudder moving when docked/moored/towed, it can be used, as TB says, as a form of autopilot. You get on the course you want, then balance your sails and lock off the steering....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-07-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 7,884
Posted By bsfree
I'm very happy with my Origo 6000, cooked a...

I'm very happy with my Origo 6000, cooked a delicious roast chicken this past weekend, and while it is true that the temp control is not precise I have learned to use the oven more by "feel" than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2007
Replies: 67
Views: 5,852
Posted By bsfree
You're welcome Cam, there's fully a dozen of you...

You're welcome Cam, there's fully a dozen of you guys here I regard as "authorities" on many subjects, I have no shame at picking yours, or anyone else's, brains in an effort to aid whatever I'm...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2007
Replies: 67
Views: 5,852
Posted By bsfree
Got a Toshiba Gigabeat (40gb) instead of the ipod...

Got a Toshiba Gigabeat (40gb) instead of the ipod because of price difference, put all my cd's & tapes on it, approx 2500 tunes, and think it's wonderful to have one's entire music collection in...
Forum: Living Aboard 10-24-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 4,063
Posted By bsfree
I bought my first boat in 96, became a legal...

I bought my first boat in 96, became a legal livaboard, did a lot of work to her and dreamed of taking off one day and being self sufficient. Sold the boat in 04 and went back to Europe to be with my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-20-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,759
Posted By bsfree
I use Don Casey's suggestion to clean my teak,...

I use Don Casey's suggestion to clean my teak, find it works well for me. Here it is.
Cleaning
Before teak can be given any coating, it must be completely clean. Your expensive teak is literally...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-13-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 4,128
Posted By bsfree
I got my boat in late 2004, motored her down to...

I got my boat in late 2004, motored her down to Marina Del Rey from Ventura, would never have done it if I'd known the terrible state of the coolant system, full of crap the po had used to stop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-02-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,442
Posted By bsfree
Dougyoung, I got Teleflex gauges and senders,...

Dougyoung, I got Teleflex gauges and senders, from Defender, also a new tach, alternator driven, that won't do anything but "blip" one time when the alternator turns on, and again when I shut the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-02-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,442
Posted By bsfree
Safe Perkins 108 Temp & Pressure

I have just replaced the gauges and senders for my 108. The temp
doesn' t seem to go above 165 degrees, and the oil goes to 80psi, and will only drop to around 77psi at idle. My question is, is...
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