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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-21-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 7,146
Posted By Gene T
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-10-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 3,958
Posted By Gene T
Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

People dry out their boats all the time in parts of Europe. Search the web for that term and you should get some info. I have seen pictures of boats leaning against a wall or with lines out to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-09-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 3,198
Posted By Gene T
Re: Stuffing box & grease fittings

That is too hot. Figure in the neighbor hood of 60 Deg C. Cool enough to touch but not continue touching. Should be no warmer than lukewarm. I used to grease Teflon packing with Teflon grease. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-09-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 3,198
Posted By Gene T
Re: Stuffing box & grease fittings

Sorry for being glib Kenn. I was thinking the PO had one to many one day and had an idea. I wouldn't worry about your stuffing box if you know the packing is OK. The grease is not a substitute for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 3,198
Posted By Gene T
Re: Stuffing box & grease fittings

Drinking and boating doesn't mix.

Gene
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 7,146
Posted By Gene T
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-05-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 4,961
Posted By Gene T
Re: Clean or replace holding tank?

Get rid of that used 5/8 hose. It can stink more than you know. The biggest problem with it is it probably is not sanitation hose. That turned out to be the problem with a N30 I owned years ago. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-05-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 4,961
Posted By Gene T
Re: Clean or replace holding tank?

While you said you changed all the hoses did you replace the old 5/8 vent hose also? Just checking as that is very important.

Gene
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-02-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By Gene T
Re: Prop for my 9.9 Merc used for a sailboat

You would generally want to go down in pitch to give you more power and up in diameter to give you more efficient bite. More blades will help too. The prop that comes standard is meant for a boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-30-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 1,667
Posted By Gene T
Re: Oh lordy... bent keel?!?

The picture is tilted a bit which makes it look worse than it is. I would also be interested to see it in the slings. Put a straight edge on it to see if it is bent over it's vertical rise, looks...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-23-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 896
Posted By Gene T
Re: Diesel Full Cutoff (Shutoff)

Faster is correct. Just pull it out till it stops, then push it back in. Modern engines have a solenoid that interrupts the flow when a button is pushed. But it does the same thing as a pull knob.
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-22-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By Gene T
Re: Volvo Problems

Search, this is my post from several years ago.

MD7a - know it well. You can use a non contact thermometer for troubleshooting. It works great for showing the hot spots. I had cooling problems...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-18-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 5,605
Posted By Gene T
Re: VHF Receive but not Transmit?

I recently had a mic go bad. The radio is at the nav station with a mic in the cockpit. It simply quit, but would receive just fine. Not an uncommon problem as I found out. Found a used mic on ebay...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-15-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,318
Posted By Gene T
Re: Marine A/C and refrigeration

I fought a problem with my Frigoboat air cooled fridge for over a year. It started out as stopping working. By turning it off for a few hours it would then run for months. It eventually got worse. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 904
Posted By Gene T
Re: Patching Around Strut

Agree with Faster. Remove all damaged material. I would go at it with a putty knife, then grinder. Check out that rusty spot. I would layer some glass on there to strengthen it. Needs a zinc too.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By Gene T
Re: Noise Reduction

It has been about 20 years since I put in any noises reduction materials so things have probably changed a bit. I insulated a gas engine compartment which required a different density of foam for the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-13-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 6,141
Posted By Gene T
Re: Replacing lead Keel bolts

I think the solution here is not to spend $3,000+ to repair a 33 year old 25 foot boat. That is why doing it yourself is appealing. What really is a viable alternative?

Gene
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-13-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 6,141
Posted By Gene T
Re: Replacing lead Keel bolts

I believe I would drill a new hole for the new stud. Then drill a large hole in the side of the keel to meet the end of the first hole to put a nut/washer on. Drop in some threaded rod, put a nut on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 6,192
Posted By Gene T
Re: Foul Weather Gear

Horses wear them

Gene
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 6,192
Posted By Gene T
Re: Foul Weather Gear

Strongly disagree, The best option it to sail South till you don't need shoes.

Gene
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-12-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 6,192
Posted By Gene T
Re: Foul Weather Gear

Breathable!!!

I have noticed how I use my fowl weather gear. I have a West Marine Explorer set that I like a lot. I also have a lighter duty (cheaper) jacket with hood.

Cold offshore trips -...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-11-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 8,211
Posted By Gene T
Re: 2 blade or 3 blade propeller

Generally better to start a new thread than use one 8 years old. 3 will have more drag with lower vibration probably only felt on the tiller. Drag with a 3 blade is so significant most sailors will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-11-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By Gene T
Re: Islands 17 Spongy Deck

Core is rotten. Decks are generally made with a sandwich of fiberglass on each side with plywood or end laid balsa wood in between. When water gets in the wood rots. Proper repair involves cutting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-10-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 4,391
Posted By Gene T
Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

You can get away with heavy material on a full batten main because the battens hold the shape in light winds. And it won't lose shape in a blow. The large roach gives extra sail where you need it in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-10-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 4,391
Posted By Gene T
Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

I have full batten main and the Tides track. I like it. The track does make it easier to raise and lower the main. I still need to go forward and pull some of it down however but that is mainly due...
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