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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

Cal,

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 (http://www.buckwoodcraft.com/)in 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 (http://www.woodfinder.com/woods/woodindex.php)

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

Daniel,

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 ?

thevdeub,

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

It,

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

Aka,

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

Itgoshen,

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

Cameron,

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

BGS,

Great additional info.

Take a few minutes and read this great guide from MaineSail: Clicky (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/installing_a_marine_battery_charger)

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

BGS,

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...

Philippe,

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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