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Forum: Diesel   1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 481
Posted By PorFin
Re: Perkins 4.108 Purging the fuel system

To boil this great advice down, just search "hydrolocked engine." Very easy to do, and potentially very expensive to repair.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-25-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 1,873
Posted By PorFin
Re: I need more horsepower


If you love the boat, work your way through addressing your power challenge. The upside is that you've already learned her idiosyncrasies, and you've probably already dropped a boat buck or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-11-2015
Replies: 139
Views: 6,944
Posted By PorFin
Re: Good Small Boat for Older, Fatter Woman to learn on

Maybe a Sunfish or one of its many clones?

Rigging is as quick as dropping the mast into the slot, affixing the rudder and dropping in the dagger board -- ten minutes tops. Definitely not a...
Forum: Diesel   04-11-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By PorFin
Re: Soot( Carbon) in engine bay.

That looks a lot like like belt dust to me -- the ribs of the belt showing are a pretty good indicator that there's excessive wear on the forward edge.

When you've got the old belt off, check...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-07-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,240
Posted By PorFin
Re: Wetsuit recommendations

Like others have mentioned, how much insulation you need will depend on your own personal comfort zone and energetically you swim.

At a minimum, I'd invest in a skin. They're cheap, and I've...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-16-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By PorFin
Re: Buying teak onine?

The cross country shipping costs may rule this one out for you Left Coasties, but I've been happy with Buck Woodcraft ( Marathon FL. They've got a good selection of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-25-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By PorFin
Re: Yanmar Advice Needed.

Sounds like the air valve on your anti-siphon valve is stuck open. It happens sometimes. If you can, take the valve apart and clean it. Different valve designs have different internals, so that's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 914
Posted By PorFin
Re: Wood selection

Welcome aboard!

Here's a couple of links to useful sites:
Woodfinder's Wood Library (

The Wood Database (
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,150
Posted By PorFin
Re: Got My Orders...


Have you thought about calling the auto crafts shop at Belvoir? They've got a pretty big yard, and as a bonus the wood shop is in the same building. If the boat's gonna stay on the...
Forum: Diesel   01-30-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 952
Posted By PorFin
Re: How : Diesel lines without lift pump ?

The W40 is almost identical to the Perky 4.107 & 4.108 (which I'm kind of familiar with.) The lift pump is on the starboard side of the engine, mounted below the fuel filter.

If you want a...
Forum: Diesel   01-29-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 952
Posted By PorFin
Re: How : Diesel lines without lift pump ?


What engine do you have?

I'm no diesel mechanic, but I've turned a wrench or two. I'd bet that you've got a low pressure (lift) pump there somewhere. A parts and/or service manual...
Forum: Diesel   08-12-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,123
Posted By PorFin
Re: RACOR 500FG Turbine fuel/ water separator


I probably got you going, but not necessarily along the proper path... Sorry!

Stainless fittings are not what you want either.

Here's what I should have said:

Don't use brass in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-12-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 3,555
Posted By PorFin
Re: anchoring story ... your opinion sought


While I agree with the others that you bear some responsibility here, I wouldn't go any further out of my way trying to make amends. You initiated contact both before and after the incident,...
Forum: Diesel   08-07-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,123
Posted By PorFin
Re: RACOR 500FG Turbine fuel/ water separator


Easiest stuff first: You can attach different sized barbed hose fittings to your filter to make a proper connection. Just remember that the filter body is aluminum, so stay away from...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-09-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,659
Posted By PorFin
Re: Wizards, put on your hats...

OK, following my mental fault isolation tree it looks like the next thing to check would be your float switch.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-30-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By PorFin
Re: Raised chainplate deck fittings question

Yep -- I'm in full agreement with Tom.

Here's the reasoning. Gelcoat is simply polyester resin thickened with talc; it has little inherent structural properties. If you have that layer between...
Forum: Diesel   05-21-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,454
Posted By PorFin
Re: Fuel tank drain


Given your particular install, I think a drain on the bottom of your tank is a sound alternative (as long as it's not proscribed by law or regulation.)

The bad news is that it's gonna...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-21-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,335
Posted By PorFin
Re: Battery Charger Recommendations


Great additional info.

Take a few minutes and read this great guide from MaineSail: Clicky (

Unless you've got...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-20-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,335
Posted By PorFin
Re: Battery Charger Recommendations


Here's the thing -- in order to get the best solution, you need to take a lot of variables into account (hence MaineSail's questions.)

What we know:

1. You want a new charger.
2. It...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-11-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 2,743
Posted By PorFin
Philippe, I have no personal experience with...


I have no personal experience with the 42, but I've been rebuilding a Vagabond 39 cutter (coach roof, not pliothouse.) I'll take a stab at general shipwright things I've found on my...
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