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Forum: Alajuela   05-11-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 11,695
Posted By JVallely
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Ben, thanks for replying re the rudder. I'm glad to hear the issue wasn't with the internal metal frame. I discovered that my rudder was out of alignment with the tiller head, but I think it must...
Forum: Alajuela   05-07-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 11,695
Posted By JVallely
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Snider, I bought a somewhat neglected but sound A-33 about 2 1/2 years ago.
I've done lots of work bringing systems up to date or upgrading--new hoses, second battery bank and all new high-current...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-16-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
You're staying on top of it, then. I've seen 2...

You're staying on top of it, then. I've seen 2 chimney fires, and they're pretty scary. They were like a 6 or 8 foot blowtorch spitting burning embers all over the roof and threatenning to blow apart...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-16-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 681
Posted By JVallely
I've found that smaller retailers often have...

I've found that smaller retailers often have better prices than the big 3--WM, Defender, J'town.
Check Fisheries Supply, Redden, Genuinedealz (electrical supplies) and some Ebay stores, like...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
That's a lot of creosote. Have you considered...

That's a lot of creosote. Have you considered insulating your flue? The hotter it is, the less combustion gas condenses inside it.
JV
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
The thread seems to get longer in the winter. ...

The thread seems to get longer in the winter.
Three cords is a lot of wood. Around here (northeast) the rule of thumb is 5 cords to heat a house over the winter in an airtight stove. That assumes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
CR--Thanks for the invitation. If I'm ever down...

CR--Thanks for the invitation. If I'm ever down that way I may take you up on it. I'm in Cohoes, on the hard for the winter. I want to outfit my Alajuela 33 for longer-term cruising. I considered...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
Thanks for that info, CR. I'm in upstate NY/New...

Thanks for that info, CR.
I'm in upstate NY/New England and want to prep for local temps, which can get to around 30 or less. I've always heated my house with wood, all or part, and like using solid...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-14-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
b40Ibis--you might try burning a wad of newspaper...

b40Ibis--you might try burning a wad of newspaper on top of the fuel immediately before you light the charcoal.
Burning the paper first puts a quick shot of heat up the flue, initiating a draft....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-14-2012
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
CR--thanks for the post re your Fatsco stove. ...

CR--thanks for the post re your Fatsco stove.
I'm curious--about how quickly does it go through charcoal, or about how long does a charge last?
JV
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-02-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,096
Posted By JVallely
Thru-hull flapper check valve?

I've read in several places about the idea of putting a flapper valve at the diesel exhaust hose outlet to prevent sea water ingress. I want to do something similar with my exhaust hose and with 2...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-29-2011
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
I see a lot of advantages in coal over wood. Note...

I see a lot of advantages in coal over wood. Note the 2 just mentioned--more heat per unit, so easier storage and less weight, and no bugs.
Coal burns cleaner and safer--less ash and no creosote, so...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-13-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,656
Posted By JVallely
My mast cap is welded on, so not all are...

My mast cap is welded on, so not all are removable.
I wonder if the foam tubes that (northern) hardware stores sell for insulating 1/2 or 3/4" copper tubing would be easier to get down the mast than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-13-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,813
Posted By JVallely
The shoes need white soles--otherwise they'll...

The shoes need white soles--otherwise they'll leave scuff marks, making you unwelcome. Those made for sailing have 'siping' in the otherwise smooth soles--fine, parallel cuts rather than lugs or a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-13-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 16,481
Posted By JVallely
Maybe a Southern Cross 28?

Maybe a Southern Cross 28?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 942
Posted By JVallely
Yes, I think marine.com is having problems

They charge your credit card, 'auto-update' your account page with vague, ambiguous information and ignore your phone calls and emails when nothing ever shows up. I'd call that a problem.
I don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,502
Posted By JVallely
Screw'em

I'm glad Marine.com eventually sent you the order you paid for, but as far as I'm concerned, if you have to get blown off repeatedly, to the point that you're posting here to find out if they really...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-05-2010
Replies: 180
Views: 57,311
Posted By JVallely
Scottyt's right. Though John R Pollard makes some...

Scottyt's right. Though John R Pollard makes some interesting observations, the total amount of heat that comes out of the stove has to equal the heat generated by the burning fuel--no more, no less,...
Forum: Niagara   12-24-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 11,545
Posted By JVallely
George-- Thanks for getting back to me. I...

George--
Thanks for getting back to me.
I hadn't realized that double belts would reduce side loading--is it because you need less belt tension?
I emailed a W'beke supplier about pulleys but never...
Forum: Niagara   12-24-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 11,545
Posted By JVallely
George, I know I'm replying to an old post, but...

George,
I know I'm replying to an old post, but I bought a boat recently with a Westerbeke 27 and I'm facing the same quesitons you had last fall.
Did you upgrade to a 100 amp alternator, and if so...
Forum: Diesel   12-22-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 5,617
Posted By JVallely
Every oil filter made since right and left were...

Every oil filter made since right and left were invented has threads that tighten to the right.
Left-handed threads are for mounting wheels, pulleys, tool heads etc that turn clockwise, so the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 5,047
Posted By JVallely
I hate to sound discouraging, but I had the same...

I hate to sound discouraging, but I had the same problem and tried many of the above sensible tricks without success. The PO had neglected them and 3 bronze ball-type thru-hulls were locked open....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-12-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 3,382
Posted By JVallely
The old sheaves look like decent machined...

The old sheaves look like decent machined aluminum with bronze bushings. New delrin would be nice, provided the material could handle the load, but apparently not essential, so I'm off to the machine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-11-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,155
Posted By JVallely
Yes, the wheel on the boat you linked to has the...

Yes, the wheel on the boat you linked to has the same assembly on it as mine. My boat is a 1979 Alajuela 33 cutter, though.
I'm glad you made out ok with the wheel. Maybe a little anti-sieze...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-10-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,155
Posted By JVallely
An autopilot--that would explain it. Yes, it...

An autopilot--that would explain it. Yes, it would take a narrow belt.
Good luck with the wheel. Careful with the heat on the stainless--you can turn it blue.
JV
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