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Search: Posts Made By: hopcar
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-05-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By hopcar
Re: Plastic 3 way valves

It is possible to over tighten the screws on those valves which would cause them to stick.
Before you throw them out, see if you can loosen the screws without letting them leak.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-05-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By hopcar
Re: Plastic 3 way valves

Those valves are made by the Bosworth Company. They recommend Dow Corning #44 Silicone Grease.
The maintenance instructions can be found here: The Bosworth Company - Product Instructions...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-28-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,534
Posted By hopcar
Re: Electronic Auto Bilge Switches, yay or nay?

There are two types of electronic bilge switches with no moving parts. The first type has two contacts that rely on the conductivity of the water to trigger the switch. The Water Witch is an example...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 3,192
Posted By hopcar
Re: Holding tank cabin odor, is it a bad hose?

All of those hoses look like they have seen better days. There is a test to see if the hose is permeated. Take a clean white rag and rub it on the hose. Then sniff the rag. If the rag has picked up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,050
Posted By hopcar
Re: Hurricane hole in Bahamas

"During those two hurricanes my boat, a 31 ft tri, was in the Mangroves and did not even suffer a scratch. "

If you can't get well inland, mangroves sound like a good idea. I know of a couple of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,050
Posted By hopcar
Re: Hurricane hole in Bahamas

I've lived in Miami more than sixty years. I've gone through a lot of hurricanes. I would never stay on a boat in a hurricane. Get the boat as far inland as you can. Tie it up good and get off! I've...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-17-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Posted By hopcar
Re: Jabsco-12v-Electric-Conversion for Head

Capta, Thanks for the feed back on that conversion kit. Noisy but reliable and easy to install. Good to know.

The noisiest toilets are the ones that use a rubber impeller type pump to supply the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-15-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Posted By hopcar
Re: Jabsco-12v-Electric-Conversion for Head

Jabsco makes four conversion kits. Avoid this one as it is very noisy.
The others are all pretty good.
You can also reuse your bowl with a Raritan Sea Era conversion kit.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-07-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,239
Posted By hopcar
Re: I had to cut away my anchor :(

I use a hanger very similar to the Schaefer shown above. It was made by Davis and is more than twenty years old. It hasn't dropped the anchor yet. I don't think Davis makes it anymore so I would buy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-09-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 798
Posted By hopcar
Re: Bent shank on my Danforth Anchor

I once chartered a trawler in the Florida Keys. The anchor it came with was a Danforth and the shank had a slight bend in it. The first night we anchored several squalls came through and we dragged...
Forum: Outboard 09-06-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,426
Posted By hopcar
Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

"The only thing that bothers me is having an automatic shut off for the propane. Especially if you store the outboard on the stern rail, if it starts leaking propane could easily find it's way to the...
Forum: Outboard 09-06-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,426
Posted By hopcar
Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

"I don't think that he can afford the down time to schlep them back to WM, and then have WM send them out to get serviced... not until the winter anyway."

No need to schlep them to WM. Call Lehr,...
Forum: Outboard 09-02-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,426
Posted By hopcar
Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

Paul, Lehr is actively looking for dealers and service centers. They pay well for warranty work. You may want to talk to them about it. Give David Kurens in their customer service a call. There is...
Forum: Outboard 09-01-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,426
Posted By hopcar
Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

"We have had reports of the LP bottles icing up in the lower Niagara river when the J70's were running WOT for a time. Aside from that, they seem to run very well."

When the small bottles are more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-26-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,244
Posted By hopcar
Re: Best North American boat show?

I work both the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale shows.
Miami has a pretty good selection of sailboats. Ft. Lauderdale not so much.
I've always heard that Annapolis was the sailboat show but I've never...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-30-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 798
Posted By hopcar
Re: Surveyor near Ft. Lauderdale?

I've always used Butch Pliske. I've know him for about forty years. He knows what he's doing and has a lot of experience with sailboats.
World Yacht Survey - Pliske Marine - Mega Yacht Surveys Fort...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-22-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,043
Posted By hopcar
Re: How not to get wet

Attach a long trip line to the anchor so you can pull it to shore after the last trip.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-20-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,043
Posted By hopcar
Re: How not to get wet

This is what you need to make a dry beach landing.
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,152
Posted By hopcar
Re: Sailboat that can be beached???

I've been thinking of building one of these to make a solo trip around the south end of Florida. It is a Sharpie design so it is suited for shallow water. Both the daggerboard and rudder are designed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By hopcar
Re: Best Outboard for 24 San Juan

"No modifications were needed, just some tweaking of the carb jets. In fact, it would run on regular gas, just not as smooth."

While it's possible to make a gasoline engine run on propane, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By hopcar
Re: Best Outboard for 24 San Juan

You might want to consider the Lehr 5hp. It runs on propane so it avoids the carburetor problems of gasoline engines. No need to drain the gas each time. It can sit for months without use but will...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-25-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,843
Posted By hopcar
Re: ebay purchase gone bad: 1/4" G43 anchor chain

HRD imports inexpensive marine products from China. They have a very pretty catalog. Their address is in an industrial area west of Miami International Airport.

The following information comes...
Forum: Outboard 06-21-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,426
Posted By hopcar
Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

I'm a Lehr dealer and I'll try to answer some of your questions.
Reliability: The first container load to hit the US were not good. Lehr just gave everybody a new one. I'm afraid it hurt their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-21-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 701
Posted By hopcar
Re: chemicals!

"Where can I get all three: PB Blasters, Barkeepers Friend, and Goof Off?"
Almost any hardware store. Also look for Whink as a rust stain remover. ...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 06-16-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By hopcar
Re: Hey folks - Newbie in Florida

Welcome aboard. Sounds like you need at least two boats, but why stop there?
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