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Search: Posts Made By: billyruffn
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Pinhole Leak in Bilge Wall (see pic)

I assume you would put the screw on the inside of the hull. Only problem with that is there is still a hole on the outside and, given that the hole is well below the waterline, the water entering...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 5 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,962
Posted By billyruffn
Re: This PFD could have killed me!

Good advice above. I use a small hand-held air pump (same one to pump up fenders) to inflate PFDs for testing. I've been told that's how the pro shops do it as well.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-27-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Reefing with Furling Sails

Sean,

Gentlemen never sail to weather. That's what delivery crews are for. :D:D

I never reef the jib more than the second reef mark, after which I roll it all the way up and either roll out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-27-2014
Replies: 143
Views: 9,742
Posted By billyruffn
Re: The Chicken is on the market

OK, Jon. I'll bite. How much?

I think the asking price was $300K.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-24-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,876
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Best aft master berth on under 50' boat?

Take your wife to sea and ask her to sleep in the big bed in the aft cabin and I'll bet you'll do the rest of your offshore passages without her. The huge aft cabin sells well at the boat show and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 2,951
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Useful survival trick

Yeah, but don't you feel virtuous for having it on board.:o
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I've mentioned torqueing the head bolts to three Yanmar mechanics in three countries. They all said it's not necessary. I point out to them that the engine's op manual suggests it. They just smile...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

I'll see if I can find these in the souk in Casablanca. :rolleyes:

One of the challenges of cruising in far away places is that many of the resources we take for granted in the US are, if not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Good idea, but no room for it in the engine space. A large day tank sits directly above the exhaust elbow.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-12-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

UPDATE:

When we arrived in Lagos, Portugal I invited yet another Yanmar mechanic aboard for a consult and another oil analysis in a local lab, results of which aren't back yet.

Since the last...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Fuel vent is on the stern about 2 1/2 ft above the waterline. Possible, but no water has shown up in the fuel water seperators (there are two between the tanks and the engine fuel filter) and the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

For 15 days we had big (15+ ft) swells hitting the stern every 15 seconds. Eventually it pushes enough water up the exhaust to fill the muffler. From there it moves up to the exhaust elbow and then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,566
Posted By billyruffn
Re: The WTF challenge!

Try a little dab of C 4 on each one. Boom! No more bolts. :D:D

Where do I claim my prize?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

A couple of quick responses....

1. There's no sign of "mustard" or "chocolate milk" oil.....it's clear. I know what that's like. Had a hydraulic lock once with the old engine after a 21 day...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-14-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Many thanks to those who have responded with suggestions.

An update:

We went on across Biscay. We had the right weather and crew was available, so we changed the oil and did the crossing. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Oil analysis came back today with ongoing sodium intrusion. French lab thinks it's a coolant leak. This seems to be confirmed by the pressure test we did today on the cooling system. Results of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Salts in the oil

Blackstone did the analysis and leans toward coolant, but wasn't 100% sure.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,788
Posted By billyruffn
Salts in the oil

Here I sit in a marina in France BR's engine in pieces. Why, you ask? Salts in the oil.

Prior to the trans-lant last summer I re-powered the boat. Out went the 18 yr old 55 hp Nanni, in came...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,806
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Mooring Line

I've used a Yale pendant for years. It's a very good product and stands up to a lot of wear.
Mooring Pendant 5/8""-12' Maximoor II Polyester Stainless Steel...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 06-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,097
Posted By billyruffn
Exclamation Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

Not sure where this post goes in the new scheme of things...."vessels in danger"?

Although it looks like he's going to T-bone Billy Ruff'n we're not really in danger...we're tied to a dock in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,066
Posted By billyruffn
Re: LED Spreader Lights

I bought two Taco Marine LEDs last winter and am now installing them. We wired up one spreader this morning and ran a test in the cabin with a jumper to the house battery. They almost blinded my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 5,819
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Wife won't retire with me....

I can not speak to the economic issue you raised, but I have a suggestion re getting her to "buy into the concept". If you hang around cruising couples long enough you'll discover that many of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-09-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3,053
Posted By billyruffn
Re: What is this device?

Faster, are you auditioning for a slot as an expert commentator on "Antiques Roadshow"?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,972
Posted By billyruffn
Re: How do you circumnavigate?

Not really sure what to say in reply, except I agree with the need for "cursing guides". They are always very helpful on a boat. :)
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-07-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 15,794
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

You don't anchor offshore? When do you sleep?:D

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