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Search: Posts Made By: dabnis
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,259
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yanmar 1GM issues

No hands on experience with Yanmars, but am wondering about the "Throttle limiter"? Sounds like the mechanic may have advanced the timing if you picked up some RPM's, maybe too much? It is critical...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 470
Posted By dabnis
Re: Universal M25 Knock?

Two kinds of knock, ignition & bearing. Ignition, kind of like a ping in a gas engine, short & sharp. Bearing, kind of low frequency, longer duration, awful sound. I think if it was a bearing it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,913
Posted By dabnis
Re: Best outboard motor for a small inflatable?

I have one of the new "vent-in" only tanks on my Tohatsu 4HP 4 stroke & was concerned about the high pressure that developed when it was I the sun. I removed the little "one way in" valve from the...
Forum: Outboard 06-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 235
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yamaha f4a outboard stalling

Both2 & 4 strokes can suffer from fuel starvation problems in similar manners.
Assuming your ignition system is sound, it sounds like you may have a severe air leak, possibly along with fuel,...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 06-11-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By dabnis
Re: It's the season... Lund Harbour.

My goodness, busy place, enjoy your videos.

Paul T
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 05-26-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By dabnis
Re: Desolation Sound.

Always enjoy your videos, especially the tug boats. Thanks for sharing.

Paul T
Forum: Diesel 05-22-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 1,259
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yanmar 1GM issues

If you cannot reduce/eliminate the noise by re-aligning the engine it may be coming from the flywheel/torque plate? Can't think of the exact name of it, but it looks similar to a clutch plate with...
Forum: Outboard 04-19-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 495
Posted By dabnis
Re: Impeller replacement Merc 5hp

It is possible that the splines are not lined up on either, or both, the power head or gear box. With the spark plug removed, try turning the engine over, slowly and then the prop with it in gear. I...
Forum: Outboard 04-05-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 495
Posted By dabnis
Re: Impeller replacement Merc 5hp

No experience with your motor. On mine the thermostat could get plugged up, but there was a small by-pass hole in the housing, allowing a small bit of water to pass, maybe not enough to flow out the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-23-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 4,430
Posted By dabnis
Re: Maiden Voyage Newbie Trainwreck

Sailing on San Francisco Bay, one thing I learned really quickly was to reef early and ALWAYS be ready to let the main sheet go on an instants notice. Big gust of wind hits, another boat coming at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,086
Posted By dabnis
Re: marine head vs. porta potty

We had both, the Porta Potti worked fine, especially for day trips. Marina won't let you dump it? Just take it home. Only suggestions are to make it is secure in the boat, not flying around, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-08-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,816
Posted By dabnis
Re: Westerbeke Glow Plug

A bit difficult to trouble shoot from here. If your engine is "turning over" in the starting process and there is not a lot of "smoke & gunfire" coming from the electrical system, it appear the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-30-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 996
Posted By dabnis
Re: Adding a auxiliary outboard.

Unless you leave the outboard permanently mounted, trying to mount a 60 to 100 lb motor over the transom with the boat possibly bouncing around could be a real chore, even for a big strong person.
Forum: Diesel 01-08-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 798
Posted By dabnis
Re: One tiny piece of metal is ruining my life.

If it is a threaded hole, maybe get a piece of wooden doweling slightly larger than the hole and taper it so you can "screw' it in with a fair amount of pressure on the end. Or a smaller than the...
Forum: US West Coast 11-28-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By dabnis
Re: SF Bay to San Diego in Dec 2013

Not the best time of year to do that, although you will be going downhill, baring a storm. There have been many threads on this subject, going both up & down. A Sailnet search may help with details....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-07-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By dabnis
Re: Zonder Zorg - Sequel to Sequitor

Have thoroughly enjoyed both of your sites. The barge trip reminds me of our travel "over there" many years ago. Appreciate your time & efforts in sharing your travels & experiences with us. Hope...
Forum: Diesel 11-05-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By dabnis
Re: Universal M25XP Starting Problem

Possibly bad switch/key contacts, loose/corroded connection? You could try jumping directly to the solenoid. If it works the problem is probably in the switch. If not, jump battery directly to the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-20-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 3,777
Posted By dabnis
Re: Thinking of Losing My Inboard

Much has been written on this, I think this is the latest:

One other thing I forgot to mention is That I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-19-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,998
Posted By dabnis
Re: Replacing Inboard with Outboard

Some things to consider:

1. The A4 weighs about 350 lbs and is below the water line and near the center of the boat

2. A9.9 HP outboard & bracket may weigh about 150 to 200 lbs , above the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-03-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,486
Posted By dabnis
Re: Tips or Suggestions, Sailing from San Diego to San Francisco

Here is site giving real time sea conditions:

Northern California NOAA/CDIP Buoy Data (

It can get rough any time of year, but starting about now you can...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 09-03-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By dabnis
Re: Hello from Lund bc


We fished your waters from Campbell River to Langara Island for 25 years, Hakai Pass being our favorite area, beautiful country.

Enjoy watching your You Tube site, keep it up.

Paul T
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By dabnis
Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

All the trolling motors I have seen have the motor underwater with the "controls" up top. I don't think the controls would be happy under water, especially if there is any salt in it.

Maybe a good...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-26-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 1,711
Posted By dabnis
Re: SF Bay - how long do you get out of Pettit Trinidad SR?

We had our boat in Sausalito for 10 years. IIRC we used 2 coats of blue Petit Trinidad about every 2 years. Although we didn't race, speed was a concern as we used to make the long run outside to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-23-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By dabnis
Re: In Need of a 4 Stroke 9.9 HP engine

I bought a 6HP 4 stroke Tohatsu from here:

Discount Tohatsu Outboards and Nissan Outboard Motors (

Delivered to your door, add oil & fuel, ran perfectly right...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By dabnis
Re: Outboard fuel leak

I have a Tohatsu 6HP 4 stroke, maybe the same motor? Maybe a stuck float needle? A few taps on the float bowl might free it? Easy, not too hard! The other possibility is that the external tank only...
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