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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-06-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 2,013
Posted By Ajay73
Re: What type of Shaft Coupling

DB, I never did have to replace the shaft coupling. I have a Federal flexible coupling. See link below. I did replace the stuffing box hose and the packing and the strut(cutlass) bearing. Removal of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Main Sail Batten Pockets

I took the sail back today and they will change it. I kept asking why they made it that way and never did get an answer. This falls under the "What were they thinking?" category. Other than the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Main Sail Batten Pockets

Paul, I will be taking it back today and telling the sail maker to give me a more "normal" type of pocket. This sail is for a Cape Dory Typhoon, not a large boat and doesn't need a super robust...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Ajay73
Main Sail Batten Pockets

Picked up a new main for my boat. I'm a bit annoyed about the construction of the batten pocket closure. I'll try to keep the explanation simple. I know a pic would help.

There are essentially...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 6,960
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Where to get Butyl tape?

I bought some at a Coleman camper store locally. The price was $6.50 for a 25 foot roll. They did have two types of "butyl" and I think they were both in a roll of tape. I forget what they called the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   09-15-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 442
Posted By Ajay73
Alberg 22 Keels

Does anyone know if the Alberg 22's have encapsulated keels or the type that's bolted on like those that were used on wooden sailboats that were low aspect (low vertical height) and long horizontally?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 2,926
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Hot stuffing box...

Med, I'm happy to hear that they are considering alternatives. When I talked to the mechanic about my overheating problem he just gave me the "I've been doing this for forty years" talk and just...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 2,926
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Hot stuffing box...

Med I had the same problem of a hot stuffing box on my Catalina 27. The spec on my boat (one inch shaft) is 3/16" packing. The mechanic I had do the work put in 1/4" packing. I didn't think much...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

The help I was looking for was about how I was installing the bolts. I wasn't looking for thoughts on whether I'm wasting my time. Never asked if I thought they were needed, did I?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I see your skills go into psychoanalysis. Feeling wrong. No one is saying I'm wrong. Just that I don't need them. Take a look at your post. You're trying to tell me what I should and should not be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I asked about staggering the bolts versus side by side; how far down into the lead to go. The concerns were about the way I was doing it not that I should do it.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

When I took out all the wood there was an epoxy-like(hard as a rock) bedding compound(my description) that the plywood was set in, I presume. I never saw the lead, per se. I think I would have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

Don, don't understand that you were looking at the top of the lead keel. You should have been looking at the top of the fiberglass which should be about 3/4" thick. Under that glass is the keel. Do...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I had a professional re-glass the keel sump. I just removed all the plywood.

The keel sump is an issue with all C27's before 1988.

Two more bolts is adding to the strength to the keel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

The load will just be spread further, which isn't a bad thing, is it? Catalina engineering decided to put the wood in the sump which wasn't a smart thing in my opinion. Anything can be improved, no?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I haven't replaced my standing rigging but I pulled it all and had it checked by a rigger. Checked out fine. As far as keel repairs go any prospective buyer will already see that my keel has been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

Mark, I sail in the same area as you, western Lake Erie. It's mostly a sand bottom but I do know there are some rocks, but not many. I have never run aground in my sailing but I don't really roam...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

MS, when you did this work to your C30, did you drill all new holes(C30's have 8 bolts, I believe)? If so how did you place the new bolt holes, in the same pattern as the originals, only a little in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I'll second that. My next boat will have an encapsulated keel. My last one did. Too many worries-No joy.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

It's amazing that you had the leaks. Were the barrel bolts not filled with epoxy originally or were the barrel bolts so close to the outside of the keel that there was only a thin layer of epoxy?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

Take a look at this discussion.

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance-articles/19871-keel-bolt-repairs.html

"By drilling it up". I'm not planning just to drill willy-nilly all over...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

[QUOTE=Minnewaska;986459]

I'm just cautioning against drilling additional holes in one's boat without a really good reason and firm engineering.

The reason would be to spread the keel load. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

How did you come to that conclusion? When a boat builder is getting a new keel for a new boat, to me, it wouldn't be cheaper too have the boat builder drilling holes and windows in the keel. To me...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I am not depending on the epoxy to "hold" the load. It's taking up space around the bolt. The load is held by the plate and nut placed via the window. I wouldn't expect that the holding power of,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,626
Posted By Ajay73
Re: Keel Bolts

I think the bit most use is an augar bit and drilling straight shouldn't be much of an issue if you go slow. Sorry, but not getting what you mean by "it is still mounted in the boat". If you are...
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