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Search: Posts Made By: Mechsmith
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Need tips on moving a small wooden Catspaw Dinghy from R.I. to CA

Try U-Haul if you are driving. It would also fit in a full size van. Lots of ways to skin a small boat. A car trailer also would work. Depends a lot on what else has to go and the money availiable...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-17-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Mast-attached winch problem

Most Auto Parts stores stock "Heli Coils". I'd investigate those first. If you have a suitable place for them they are better than new. For instance they are used extensivly in aluminum cylinder...
Forum: Engines 06-13-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: fuel pump repairs

They are not taboo. The difficulties are largely the high degree of cleanliness required and since they fail pretty rarely parts aren't easily availiable.

In the last 50 years I have never had...
Forum: Diesel 05-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: 1977 ODAY Repowering options Questions

I have a Yamaha 8 hp out board. It is satisfactory and will push the 29 footer against about 25 knot winds (barely). To keep the prop in the water is the biggest trouble with this setup.
Forum: Diesel 05-05-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,857
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Cleaning my Yanmar injectors?

Now you have them out I would prefer to take them to a diesel injection repair shop or read the test and spray proceedures from a shop manual. They are all more or less similar but a common problem...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,799
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Or cleat it on the bow but lead the rode outside the lifelines and shrouds back prior to anchoring, then lower it from the cockpit whilst on a reach or run and wait for it to set and swing you...
Forum: Diesel 04-29-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,045
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: oh oh water pump

Just a little note on antifreeze.

Some brands are "pre mixed". You can run these at 100%. Some brands are essentially pure ethylene glycol with some additives. DO NOT run these at more than...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Why don't boats have headlights?

I set one up but the fog off the water made it worse than none at all. That was on the Calusahatchee River wanting to see daymarks into channel. Maybe a different color or polarizing would help but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 5,017
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: The run aground poll

Last time I had the keel off I installed a "sled runner" on the bottom of it. That probably tells you enough!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-09-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,143
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: If you scuttle your boat, will insurance pay?

I only carried liability insurance. If you can't afford to lose your boat then it's irresponsible to expect somebody else to.
Forum: Diesel 03-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: 1gm10 low oil pressure after changing water pump

I'd bet on the oil pump inlet screen being clogged up.

Fryewe gave good advice
Forum: Engines 03-25-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: kh18 shift fork

No additional thoughts. That'll work, probably better than new.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-24-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 6,983
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Hatch lens replacement

I would try one of the headlight cleaning kits sold in auto parts stores for plastic headlights. They may do the job pretty well.
Forum: Diesel 03-24-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Perkins 4-107 Overhaul

I feel like talkin. Hope you feel like readin.

First when you have an older motor lets see what you have as far as the hard parts are concerned.:(

Get the thing warmed up and take her out some....
Forum: Engines 03-20-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: kh18 shift fork

I have brazed up the wear pads on a couple of different forks. If its broken and brass (common) or broken and bronze you should be able to repair it.

Steel ones usually have plastic wear pads...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-10-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 9,456
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Bounty captain Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' blamed for sinking

If it was a movie prop why was it off shore? Was the captain or company informed that it was just a movie prop and never was intended to be sailed.

Yes a lot of poor judgement was shown but...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-10-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 9,456
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Bounty captain Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' blamed for sinking

Sorry, I would blame a lot of it on the builder.

Ships and boats are supposed to utilize wind and water. Short of hitting shallow water or failing to depower the sails there is a limit to what...
Forum: Outboard 02-06-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Outguessing the Outboard

On my 7.5 hp Merc there is a warning not to let the wires touch each other. It'll take out the rectifier. The 6 amp alternator was on many smaller outboards. Kind of handy.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-18-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 777
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: sewing sunbrella

I found a White "Jeans Machine" in a thrift shop for $25.It has all the power that you'll ever need short of doing it professionally. No walking foot though, and it would be better with one.
Forum: Florida - Western 01-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: vacation help... panama city fl to key west fl

One time through the Franklin Lock we were accompanied by a couple of manatees. They know exactly how the locks work. You'd see quite a few of them in winter near the electric plant near Ingles....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-13-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 3,756
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal..."

This is similar to the automatic brake system in automobiles. When they work they are wonderful. When they don't they may solve all your problems permanently. There are enough hazards out there or...
Forum: Diesel 01-13-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Transmission removal

Hopefully you could use a dental mirror or see enough flywheel through the crack that you have to help determine the location of the bolts.
Forum: Diesel 01-12-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Transmission removal

I had to cut a hole in the cover housing and take the bolts out of the flywheel on a similar deal. Excessive force will damage the front bearing in some cases. this damage may not show up for a while.
Forum: Diesel 01-10-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: One tiny piece of metal is ruining my life.

It's probably IPT---- International Pipe Thread. A bolt won't fit it, whether metric or otherwise.

IPT is tapered so that it becomes leakproof when sufficiently tight.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 856
Posted By Mechsmith
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

On my Seafarer 22 I install the boom while mast is down and use a line on each chainplate to the outhaul. Take the main halyard and attach to the traveler and use the winch on the mast to lift the...
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