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Search: Posts Made By: fmueller
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-08-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,288
Posted By fmueller
Re: solar recommendations

Poly and thin film are two different things. Thin film are, in fact, more tolerant of diffuse radiation, though they have lower performance overall.

On any Mono or poly crystalline module, shading...
Forum: Diesel 06-04-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By fmueller
Rough running

Our boat has a Westerbeke 20B30 diesel. Has been well maintaned, starts easily, never smokes and generally runs well.

Buy it certainly has speeds where it seems to run better than others and I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-29-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By fmueller
Re: Hello from Coastal Downeast Maine!

Welcome. We were up in MDI this weekend and were reminded of just how beautiful it is. Haven't sailed there yet, but hope to in the next few years.

Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk
Forum: Beneteau 05-26-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By fmueller
Re: Sailing ... transmission in reverse?

This is incorrect. Their is no reason a spinning prop would create more drag than a fixed one (except folding props of course). The opposite is almost certainly true.

Sent from my XT1060 using...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-15-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Thanks for all the advice.

Sounds like doing nothing is a bad idea.

A new pump from Depco is $470.
The rebuild kit is $191.

as much as I prefer not to, I think I'll be going the rebuild...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Is there a forum specific to 49 year old French boats? Probably not. In any case this boat was repowered so the motor isn't original. The water pump is westerbeke 033636, which I understand has been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Is there a reasonable source for less expensive alternatives? Or does anyone sell remanufactured pumps?

I don't mind doing the rebuild if need be bit hate to do it during the sailing season.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Can I replace the lip seal without removing the pump from the engine or does this require a complete pump rebuild(bearings and oil seal too)?

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By fmueller
Raw Water pump leak

After replacing my raw water pump impeller before launch this spring I noticed we have a slow drip from the pump when it is running. I thought it was the pump cover gasket but have now discovered...
Forum: Diesel 05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By fmueller
Re: How often to change impeller?

We only put about 50 hours a year on the motor too, but change the impeller every year. As others have said, once you open it up to inspect it, you might as well replace it. This year i found a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-20-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 928
Posted By fmueller
Re: Soler Panel help how many watts?

In the summer months in Utah, an unshaded solar panel mounted horizontally will generate an average about 5 W-hr per rated watt per day.

In other words, your 30 W panel, will give you about 150...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-02-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,917
Posted By fmueller

neither my home or auto insurance provider would even give me a quote for our boat because of its age. 1969.

I ended up using Progressive and it was easy and fairly priced. Got an instant quote...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-27-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,964
Posted By fmueller
We share our dufour arpege with some friends of...

We share our dufour arpege with some friends of ours and it works great for us. It is legally my boat, but we treat one another as equal partners and share the annual expenses evenly. Capital...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-01-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By fmueller
Hi David, Nancy, Welcome. I also sail out...

Hi David, Nancy,

I also sail out of South Freeport, though this past year was my first one with a boat of my own. Since we have as couple toddlers at home, I didn't get to do as much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-25-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,617
Posted By fmueller
Winter under a tarp

Hey All,

I'm looking for opinions about wintering under a tarp rather than shrinkwrap. We are in Maine and it seems like atleast 90% of the sailboats I see are shrinkwrapped in the winter (and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-15-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 567
Posted By fmueller
Re: solar help

What kind of panel?
Under what conditions?
and how are you measuring the amperage? under load? shorted?

The voltage sounds awfully low for an open circuit voltage for pretty much any panel you'd...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-07-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 812
Posted By fmueller
Re: Residential Energy Credits

I don't know much about sailboats, but I do know something about solar:

The distinction here is between the FEDERAL tax credits on one hand and the various STATE and UTILITY rebate programs which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-01-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,128
Posted By fmueller
tying off the tiller at the slip

Maybe this is a dumb question but I haven't seen it answered anywhere. Is there a reason the tiller should be tied off amidships when at a slip?

That's the way I've always done it and what i've...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By fmueller
Re: Fuse in lighting bond circuit photo didn't load. I included a link to the photo on drop box but that didn't seem to work.

does this:

Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By fmueller
Fuse in lighting bond circuit


I'm in the process of replacing a badly frayed copper braided wire that runs from the backstay to one of the keep bolts on my 1969 Arpege. I understand that this is the bond/ground for the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-08-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By fmueller
Re: Newbie w/a project already!


Have you seen the 'active captain' site?

I think a lot of the kind of information you list is there and in a pretty good format (not to mention some useful sailing tools too).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-01-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 1,736
Posted By fmueller
Re: How to start diesel in spring

related to the OP question....

This is my first spring with a boat. The Boatyard winterized the engine (did an oil change, fuel filter and racor change and filled the raw water system with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 837
Posted By fmueller
Dufour Arpege Hull Number

Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone can tell me where I might find the Hull number on my 1969 Dufour Arpege?

The boat is new to me and all the registration paperwork I got with it from the previous...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-21-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,246
Posted By fmueller
Re: Insurance

Speaking of insurance...

Do most Marina's require both liability and Hull insurance? Or is liability only generally sufficient? I can understand the liability piece, but why would they require...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 04-21-2012
Replies: 3,302
Views: 577,895
Posted By fmueller
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