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Search: Posts Made By: billyruffn
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I've mentioned torqueing the head bolts to three Yanmar mechanics in three countries. They all said it's not necessary. I point out to them that the engine's op manual suggests it. They just smile...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I'll see if I can find these in the souk in Casablanca. :rolleyes:

One of the challenges of cruising in far away places is that many of the resources we take for granted in the US are, if not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Good idea, but no room for it in the engine space. A large day tank sits directly above the exhaust elbow.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

UPDATE:

When we arrived in Lagos, Portugal I invited yet another Yanmar mechanic aboard for a consult and another oil analysis in a local lab, results of which aren't back yet.

Since the last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Fuel vent is on the stern about 2 1/2 ft above the waterline. Possible, but no water has shown up in the fuel water seperators (there are two between the tanks and the engine fuel filter) and the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

For 15 days we had big (15+ ft) swells hitting the stern every 15 seconds. Eventually it pushes enough water up the exhaust to fill the muffler. From there it moves up to the exhaust elbow and then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 1,893
Posted By billyruffn
Re: The WTF challenge!

Try a little dab of C 4 on each one. Boom! No more bolts. :D:D

Where do I claim my prize?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

A couple of quick responses....

1. There's no sign of "mustard" or "chocolate milk" oil.....it's clear. I know what that's like. Had a hydraulic lock once with the old engine after a 21 day...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Many thanks to those who have responded with suggestions.

An update:

We went on across Biscay. We had the right weather and crew was available, so we changed the oil and did the crossing. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Oil analysis came back today with ongoing sodium intrusion. French lab thinks it's a coolant leak. This seems to be confirmed by the pressure test we did today on the cooling system. Results of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Blackstone did the analysis and leans toward coolant, but wasn't 100% sure.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,002
Posted By billyruffn
Salts in the oil

Here I sit in a marina in France BR's engine in pieces. Why, you ask? Salts in the oil.

Prior to the trans-lant last summer I re-powered the boat. Out went the 18 yr old 55 hp Nanni, in came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,452
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Mooring Line

I've used a Yale pendant for years. It's a very good product and stands up to a lot of wear.
Mooring Pendant 5/8""-12' Maximoor II Polyester Stainless Steel...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 06-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 927
Posted By billyruffn
Exclamation Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

Not sure where this post goes in the new scheme of things...."vessels in danger"?

Although it looks like he's going to T-bone Billy Ruff'n we're not really in danger...we're tied to a dock in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,585
Posted By billyruffn
Re: LED Spreader Lights

I bought two Taco Marine LEDs last winter and am now installing them. We wired up one spreader this morning and ran a test in the cabin with a jumper to the house battery. They almost blinded my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 5,157
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Wife won't retire with me....

I can not speak to the economic issue you raised, but I have a suggestion re getting her to "buy into the concept". If you hang around cruising couples long enough you'll discover that many of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,312
Posted By billyruffn
Re: What is this device?

Faster, are you auditioning for a slot as an expert commentator on "Antiques Roadshow"?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,124
Posted By billyruffn
Re: How do you circumnavigate?

Not really sure what to say in reply, except I agree with the need for "cursing guides". They are always very helpful on a boat. :)
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-07-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 14,081
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

You don't anchor offshore? When do you sleep?:D

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Petulance Alert: Watch out for "Wombat said that at #124"
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-06-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 14,081
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

On the more technical side of the subject of this thread, John over at Attainable Cruising Adventures has a post on Myths of Offshore Sailing that is worth a look.

20 Myths About Offshore Sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 3,256
Posted By billyruffn
Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

Christian,

I watched the sail maker spec the cover out. With the sail on he took girth measurements every two feet or so from the head of the furled sail to the end of the boom. From those...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-03-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 14,081
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

There's wisdom here.

Here's what I did. Call it the Goldilocks strategy.

First time I took her cruising it was to Greenland. Ice, fog, rocks, cold. Way too cold.

Second time I took her to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 3,256
Posted By billyruffn
Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

The sail cover wraps around the sail and under the boom....lacings are under the boom. Lazy jacks are slacked while the cover goes on and then tightened.
Simple, but it does take a few minutes to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,809
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Radio calls ... What not to call your boat?

Andre, before she was "Billy Ruff'n" she was "Belle" and before that "Bellerophon". The switch to "Belle" was for exactly the reason you outlined. That and the fact that several French customs...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,809
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Radio calls ... What not to call your boat?

Once upon a time, after I had decided to buy my boat but before I had decided on what to name her, I was fortunate to have as a dinner guest a very salty old dude who'd sailed around the world at...
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