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Forum: Diesel   1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 460
Posted By PorFin
Re: Perkins 4.108 Purging the fuel system

To boil this great advice down, just search "hydrolocked engine." Very easy to do, and potentially very expensive to repair.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 830
Posted By PorFin
Re: Dry or wet sand gel coat?

Can it work? You bet.

I watched a neighbor's boat (A nice F-P catamaran) get some repair work done a few weeks ago, and I picked the worker's brain a bit.

His technique was to prep and spray...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-12-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,395
Posted By PorFin
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

As a general rule, you're better off drilling the hole slightly larger than the fastener and letting the washer & nut do the holding for you.

If there's enough thickness in the glass, it is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,395
Posted By PorFin
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

And that's a success in my book -- Goodonya!
Forum: Boat Reviews   05-07-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 8,276
Posted By PorFin
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

Mr. Stadel,

On behalf of fellow BYB owners please accept my thanks for joining the discussion, and I hope you continue to share your views and experiences. You have first-hand knowledge on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-05-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By PorFin
Re: Compression on a 4-108?

The compression ratio for a 4.108 is 22:1.

If my math is right, then at max compression you should see 323 psi.

Keep in mind that's max possible, which does not take into account any small...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-04-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By PorFin
Re: W-M Tahiti Binos -- Repairable?

Thanks for the reminder -- I was successful in getting them exchanged. I was a little concerned that the "limited lifetime" warranty wouldn't cover the problem, but my worry was unfounded.

It did...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-04-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By PorFin
Re: Bet your Marina doesn't do this on Opening day!

Cool deal -- glad there's enthusiasm and folks are enjoying themselves.

One small thing, though... You might want to gently remind them that there should be NO flag higher on the flagpole than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-03-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By PorFin
W-M Tahiti Binos -- Repairable?

So, I've finally had enough peering through our West Marine Tahiti binoculars one lens at a time. Not sure how they got out of whack, but I need to get them collimated.

Anybody know if that's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-01-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By PorFin
Re: Cedar VS Epoxied Marine Ply

Cat,

I'm sure your Dad will be a huge help to you as you move forward -- watch and listen to him closely.

Just like in a home, plywood and dimensioned lumber both have their places. Because it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-01-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By PorFin
Re: Suggested marinas between Charleston, SC and Brunswick, GA

Check out Brunswick Landing. Good staff, good rates, they're doing a good job of reinvesting into facilities. Lots of full time cruisers summer there.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-29-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,395
Posted By PorFin
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Once the opening is sized right, put the flange in the hole. Mark & drill the first screw hole. Insert a machine screw and get the washer/nut finger tight. Wiggle the flange back and forth to find...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

It's a mindset thing for me. Years of baseball got me playing "what if..." almost continuously, which was honed by a career as an infantryman. Always try to be thinking well in advance.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Calm? Outwardly, I try my best to be -- inwardly, I can almost hear my sphincter slam shut. Adrenalin starts pumping, heart rate increases, have to remind myself to focus on the really critical...
Forum: Diesel   04-28-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By PorFin
Re: Perkins 4.108m

20,

That one's identical to what I have on my 4.108M. If it is not like what you have on your engine, you may need to make/have made a mounting bracket and the linkage rod between the solenoid...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,395
Posted By PorFin
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Matthew,

You mentioned "screw out deck plate..." Have you got both the removable plate and the permanent mounting ring?

As for enlarging the hole, it's kind of open season as pretty much any...
Forum: Diesel   04-28-2015
Replies: 267
Views: 75,750
Posted By PorFin
Re: Perkins 4.108M DIY Rebuild -- A Narrative

Patience, my friend, patience.

Let's see...

- House in VA renovated and sold? Yep -- just closed a couple of weeks ago.
- Off crutches and starting to walk again? Yep, albeit with a very...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-28-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Um, no.

The captain's first responsibility is to his/her own vessel and crew. The captain's got to make the decision -- and it's not an easy one -- about whether attempting to render aid is a net...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

One of the things that should be remembered about Mobile Bay is that the main channel's got shoal water on both sides -- difficult to assess individual skippers' decisions to run or fight into the...
Forum: Diesel   04-27-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 788
Posted By PorFin
Re: fuel tank leaking...

Rockter,

My condolences. Like yours, our original tanks were GRP-sheathed steel. They rotted from the outside in, due to moisture getting trapped between the sheathing and the steel.

I bit...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By PorFin
Re: Waterfront Market

Yeah, fully agree that provisioning along the AICW can be a real headache.

Instead of investing in a brick & mortar operation, why not just offer provisioning services? Have a website, let folks...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I saw a clip on the news last light from a boat out in the regatta. While they were under bare poles, a nearby vessel still had their main up and was clearly in trouble. Hard to tell, but it looked...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-26-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,260
Posted By PorFin
Re: BBB or type 54 - what's the difference?

Gary,

Unless they are planning to use low-carbon stainless (e.g. 316L), then welding it is going to really degrade its ability to not rust. Google "stainless heat affected zones" for additional...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-26-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 981
Posted By PorFin
Re: Need help with botched thru hull installation

Exactly my first thought as well. If they had been bronze components, I'd have given a heat gun a shot at softening up the epoxy, but I'm not sure the Marlon will hold up.

An angle grinder, a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-26-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 18,394
Posted By PorFin
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

OK, I've got ZERO experience in these types of races/regattas and I'm in no position to second guess anyone with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

I'm really interested if race committees or...
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