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Forum: Diesel   04-12-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Yanmar 4JH57 Break In

Not according to the engine load % readout it's not. I really have no choice but to just use the rpms.
Forum: Diesel   04-11-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Yanmar 4JH57 Break In

In my case 400 to 500 rpms below max does not seem to equal 60 - 70% of load. I'll just go by the rpms. Thanks.
Forum: Diesel   04-10-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By SteveInMD
Yanmar 4JH57 Break In

I'm trying to do right by my new Yanmar 4JH57 and properly break it in. I have read the break in procedure... During the first 10 hours run the engine at 60 - 70% of load most of the time. Do not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-15-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 996
Posted By SteveInMD
I was given the advice to connect the field wire...

I was given the advice to connect the field wire to the oil pressure "switch". Once the oil pressure comes up the alternator will come to life. This has worked well for me.
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls   02-01-2016
Replies: 44
Views: 2,922
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: How Big Is Your Dinghy

I'm hearing that size does matter, but I suppose the motion of your ocean has something to do with it too. I'm on the fence between a 8' 6" and a 9' 6" Achilles air floor boat. I'm leaning towards...
Forum: Beneteau   11-29-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,595
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Considering a Beneteau 45. Rigging options

I think if you go for a sail on a 45 you might decide the boat performs very nicely despite the vertical battens and shoal draft keel. I was impressed. Just add a Code 0 for light air.
Forum: Beneteau   10-31-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,595
Posted By SteveInMD
I'm looking at a Beneteau 45 and did a test sail...

I'm looking at a Beneteau 45 and did a test sail a few weeks ago. I was very skeptical of the in-mast furling main and the shoal keel but I have to say I was impressed. My current boat has a fin...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Yes, a 1994 MK1 Catalina 42 has no rudder bearings. Newer boats have them.

Since my original post I've spoken to a surveyor who has seen this exact problem before. The solution is to have a new...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Thanks Ron. The rudders look the same to me. The boat pulls to starboard under power and sail so it's not just a propwash effect. I guess the ultimate test would be to have another boat tow me so...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Rudder Replacement Problems

Perhaps I do need a surveyor and a lawyer.

The sleeve through the boat has not changed, so there is no way to misalign the rudder. There are no bearings on a Catalina 42, just a fiberglass sleeve...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By SteveInMD
Rudder Replacement Problems

Early this fall I found out I had to replace my rudder. I considered doing it myself, but opted to hire the work out. Based on a reference from a major boat yard in Annapolis I hired a boat service...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-21-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 11,339
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

I should also add, a few hours before leaving Cape May give everyone a dose of Bonine. It's does not tend to knock you out like Dramamine can. It lasts 24 hours. You can reduce the dose if all is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-20-2014
Replies: 165
Views: 11,339
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

I'm doing a similar trip now. As for gear...
I wanted a no stress coastal trip with the family and went with a chart plotter, AIS, radar, and laptop with nav software at the navigation station. I...
Forum: Electronics   06-15-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 851
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Raymarine AIS 650

I've had mine for a few months and have had no issues. I use it with my e95 plotter at the helm and also have a USB cable connected from it to my laptop at the navigation station. I'm running...
Forum: Diesel   06-03-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Siphon between heat exchanger and mixing elbow?

The previous owner of my boat created a siphon break from household pvc fittings and threaded the anti siphon valve to the top of it. While this setup worked fine for many years, I just replaced it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 3,312
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Starting engine with charger on

I have seen one situation related to this that left me scratching my head a bit. It was slow crank / high current draw situation from bad wiring in the key switch side. The key switch starting...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-29-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,703
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Bird nests in the boom

A drink coozie fits perfectly for me. Plus it's in easy reach when sailing.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-18-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,511
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Fuel tank sending units / gauges

I replaced my sender with a mechanical unit. The guage sits on top of the tank. It's totally reliable. Depending on where your tank is this may be an alternative for you.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-18-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 3,312
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Starting engine with charger on

It sounds to me like you should do a load test on your batteries.

Do you know how your high output alternator is wired? One thing that can make cranking easier is to connect the excite wire for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,258
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: Diesel bleeding.. havei damaged severly

It's very hard to describe the bleeding process in a meaningful way unless you understand there are two sections of the fuel system - the low pressure feed side and the high pressure (injector) side....
Forum: Electronics   05-11-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,077
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Thank you. I may take you up on that at some point.

FWIW...

I was being picked up sporadically on MarineTraffic and aprs.fi this weekend. Both sites listed K3ARS as the source. K3ARS is in...
Forum: Diesel   05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,957
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: How often to change impeller?

I think it has been six years since I've changed mine. If I remember correctly I have to jack up the motor and remove a motor mount to get to it. Brilliant design.
Forum: Electronics   05-09-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,077
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Well everything else is working and their wiring is neat and orderly. Prettier than I could / would have done. Hopefully the quality is there too.



Agreed. That's why I'm surprised I'm not...
Forum: Diesel   05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,957
Posted By SteveInMD
How often to change impeller?

I have a Yanmar 4JH2E. I had been under the impression that changing the raw pump impeller was just part of normal annual maintenance. I was told by a mechanic that the impeller is rated for 1,500...
Forum: Electronics   05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,077
Posted By SteveInMD
Re: AIS / Marine Traffic

Thanks. My system was professionally installed; I hope it's not an installation problem. There is a boat called Bernadette that has her AIS on 24/7 in Chesapeake Harbour. I don't see her on either...
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