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Search: Posts Made By: JimsCAL
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Stop cable

As I suggested in my first post, try holding the cable with Vicegrips. That should allow you to apply enough torque to the handle to unscrew it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Winterizing Questions?

A couple of comments/additions/personal preferences:

1. I remove all the cushions and store in my basement. They get shampooed and Scotchguarded each spring before being returned to the boat.
Forum: Diesel 07-18-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By JimsCAL
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-15-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 743
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Inflatable Boat Airfloor Replacement with Plywood

My Achilles is a wood floor type. I would guess plywood is 1/2 inch. It's in four pieces which makes handling and storage easier. In addition to channels to make the pieces move together, there...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-13-2014
Replies: 159
Views: 6,559
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

Yes, Block Island is a special place. Been there many times over the last 30 years and hope to go back many more. Two of my favorite things to do there:

1. Take the dinghy into "Zodiac Beach"...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-03-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,097
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Best outboard motor for a small inflatable?

I have a 2-stroke Yamaha 2hp on my 7'6" Achilles. It also is only good for 3 people. I find the engine a good match to the boat and love the light weight (about 22 lbs). If you can find a good one...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Zippered Pocket on Foot of Main Sail??

My new-to-me Cal 33 came with a Dutchman System. Really love it. When I replaced my main last year, I had the system put on the new sail. Basically all you need is a new or modified topping lift...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,394
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Mooring Line

I agree with paulk. It's not tensile strength that's important in selecting the size.

Most pennants fail due to chafe. A larger pennant is less prone to chafe. Get the largest that will fit...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-06-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: New Prop for Catalina 30

Sounds small. IIRC, the prop on the Universal 5411 I had on my previous boat was a 14D 12P Martec folder. Pushed the Cal 9.2 to almost 6 knots. But the Cat 30 was designed initially for the Atomic...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Safe paint removal?

There are a few strippers sold by the marine paint companies that will not harm gelcoat, but they are pricey. I've used Citristrip which is available at Home Depot and many hardware stores and it...
Forum: Diesel 05-31-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: old yanmar 12HP water pump additional inlet and outlet lines

Its common on larger powerboats to have the ability to use the engine pumps as emergency bilge pumps. Perhaps the PO picked up on that and connected his engine raw water pump up that way.
Forum: Diesel 05-23-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: What to know about a raw water cooled Universal

With regard to the pump, just look for leakage out the weep hole between the two seals. If its not leaking you are fine. Universal replaced the original pump with a new one a number of years ago. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Universal Oil filter

Since it's fresh water cooled, it is most likely a 5416. The 5411 was raw water cooled. Check the dipstick as it will have the Kubota engine number. The 5411 was Z-500. The filter I used for the...
Forum: Diesel 05-11-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: What to know about a raw water cooled Universal

See my reply here.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 546
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: tiller / rudder to stiff? wy

Rudder bushings on the P26 are very easy to change. Did it several times when I owned one. Basically just a cylinder with a raised lip on the end. As long as the previous owner didn't put...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,197
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: picking a new motor for the job!

Yes a 20 inch longshaft will work, but expect the prop to be out of the water A LOT if you get into some good sized waves and the boat starts pitching. I had my P26 in some bad weather over the 10...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,197
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: picking a new motor for the job!

I had a Pearson 26 back in the 80s and had the same model Johnson 8 Sailmaster bblument has now. It replaced a 9.9 Mercury longshaft that got stolen. The Johnson Sailmaster has a 25 inch shaft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-20-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Your top 5 favorite sailing spots?


Or anyplace there's water and wind.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Looking For A Prop

You have a Martec Elliptec. It's a good prop. You definitely should consider having it rebuilt. Martec does this all the time and does a great job for a reasonable price. Here's the link to info...
Forum: Diesel 04-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Pencil Zinc location for Yanmar 2GM

My 3GM30F has no zincs due to the heat exchanger material (Cu-Ni). I suspect your engine is the same.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-02-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Removing Mast on Rhodes 19 keel boat

Its not so much the weight (which isn't that much) but maintaining control as you lower it and loose leverage as it approaches horizontal. Two guys can do it easily. I once had an Oday 22 and would...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 458
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Genoa measuring, help please.

You really should look at the headsail area. You can calculate the area using Luff x LP/2 = Area. If they give you luff, leach and foot, you'll have to do a some geometry/trig calcs to get there. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: To do it myself or not ?

The biggest piece of that job is dropping the rudder. If you can deal with that, I would say do it yourself. I've done that several times on boats up to 30 foot with a tiller. Bigger job on larger...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-19-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,937
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Winter Stick

I use a separate light chain (1/4 or 5/16) shackled to the upper chain. Thus the upper chain lies in the mud all winter. I know it sounds like a lot of money for a "chuck of plastic" but if you see...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-18-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,937
Posted By JimsCAL
Re: Winter Stick

A 4x4 or 6x6 (NOT pressure treated) will work. I make one out of three 2x6s nailed together that lasted for years. Currently using a Taylor and its MUCH better than a wood stick. Its weighted at...
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