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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Chasing down a persistent Porthole Leak

Yes leaks sometime travel a long way
Buy some cake coloring or food dye
5 different colors if possible
Spread on deck and specially by the toerail and stanchions and see what color will come out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-23-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: What the heck is this plug in?

Yes autopilot or maybe the remote for autopilot
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-26-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,130
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: what is this goo in my bilge?

I would first eliminate any mechanical fluid leak that could lead to engine failures
So
Clean bilge with marine soap and degreaser
Check all fluids level , engine, transmission, compressor...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-16-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,885
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Departing the slip in reverse singlehanded

Every boat reacts differently so you need to try different ways and see what worksbest for you on a non windy day
On mine ( Irwin 40 ) I havea trick that works most times
Most times ...so I keep...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,447
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Engine Instruments Fail to Read - Help!

Happened to me on a Yanmar 3 YM
Original panel
Was not the heat
Everything was running fin with boat flat on water at the dock
As soon as we moved and where at sea all stopped working
Was fuse...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-07-2015
Replies: 0
Views: 309
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Good sailing book

Great book by famous US sailor Rich Wilson
His Vendee Globe Challenge on Great American a racing 60 ft sailboat

Race France to France Leave Antartica to Startboard : Title says it all and sets...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-19-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,180
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

If solo I will dock backward and have the dinghy cleared at my bow with a 10ft line so it moves freely and follows the moves.
If I have a crew and dock forward I will have someone hold the dinghy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-09-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 14,917
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Props 3 blade Vs 2 blade

A good prop shop around Boston
H&S propellers in Salem Ma
Very helpful and will work closely with you

I changed from 2 blades to 3
Not much difference in term of speed but real improvement...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-23-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,982
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Yanmar 3GM 30 Cooling Water Mystery

Had same problem with a 3ym
Good flow at low rpm but almost nothing after 2500
Flushed with phosphoric acid Lots of thread on forum
Back to normal and did not need to take anything apart
I would...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-22-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 4,587
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Irwin Citation 31

You can find a good Irwin group on Facebook and ask for opinions from owners
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-20-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,899
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: backing into a slip with single screw

I sail solo most of the time and I always back up my 41 ft boat
In fact I often have problems going in forward as I have poor visibility !

For my boat an Irwin 41 moving backward it takes about...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-20-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,334
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Make Cushions Without Sewing

Velcro is what you are looking for!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-16-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Looking for any ideas ( Diesel smell & wood )

I used a pool / spa concentrated fragrance to wash everything
Then let some in bilge
Works wonderfully

Odor totally gone

Now use it in head and bilge on a regular base
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: clear for smooth bilge pump tubing?

Kinking?
Have about 20 feet of it since 5 years and never had any kinking!
Was a necessity since boat in water during winter and makes it easier to find the frozen parts . I then warp the frozen...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-06-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 587
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: V-belt width for Yanmar

Be careful Size are different with years and exact model
Learned it the expensive way!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-21-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Forgot my zinc!

Love your examples and as I always say " got to do what you got todo"
That is why I carry the wetsuit and a bottle of whiskey

But here we have a very simple solution where I avoid risks and stay...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-21-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Forgot my zinc!

Thanks everyone !

I am going for the metal wire ( plastic coated) attached to the shaft just before the stuffing box Easy to do especially as there is a direct vent for the engine room AND I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-20-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Forgot my zinc!

Let's just say that any reply suggesting diving will be deleted !
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-20-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Forgot my zinc!

Just found my olive zinc in a drawer ! Meaning that Diver forgot to install it on shaft last time we cleaned the hull
It's now winter in Boston , boat is in the water at the marina with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-20-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,429
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Sailboat Insurance

Progressive on line insurance Good prices and prompt support
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-05-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,963
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Cockpit Draining - Below waterline?

Same boat Same settings
Several bad experience
First a clamp failed underway ...lots of water incoming !
Second There is a fair amount of water that stays in the pipes and hoses
And mine froze...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-17-2014
Replies: 193
Views: 12,535
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: What's your favorite sailing term? One word only, no explanations.

Jump '

Like in : Jump now the dock is closer than it seems :)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,240
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: keel vs deck stepped

I. Have a keel stepped
If I loose mast in nasty condition I will always have a tube where I can insert the spinnaker pole for a jury rig
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-02-2014
Replies: 106
Views: 8,743
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Fall sailing! Brrr

Nor Easter and snow
60 mph winds
Boat on its mooring

A bit anxious but nothing I can do !
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 8,289
Posted By THEFRENCHA
Re: Synthetic Motor Oil for my Diesel?

Also it is my understanding that once you switch to synthetic in your engine you cannot go back to standard oil
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