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Search: Posts Made By: dabnis
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By dabnis
Re: A 100 year old gaffer

My Dad & his partner had the "Flirt" (Page 8 of the link) on San Francisco Bay in 1945. I remember many a rough windy day on it. IIRC, my Dad said it was originally Gaff rigged, later converted to a...
Forum: Diesel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,051
Posted By dabnis
Re: Radiator Cap

Some ways to do a pressure test:

1. Fill with coolant or fresh water right to the brim, when everything is cold. With a large rag or towel over the cap, slowly loosen the cap when hot....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 6,235
Posted By dabnis
Re: Synthetic Motor Oil for my Diesel?

Well, back to the original question. I think oil threads are similar to anchor & political threads, they can go on & on. :D

I can only speak from my own experience, and am not even close to being...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-14-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 700
Posted By dabnis
Re: Thick fog and lots of dolphins...

Another good one, keep them coming.:)

Paul T
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-18-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By dabnis
Re: Crete to the UK

Looks a bit less stressful than the other one you posted, mostly downhill?

Thanks for sharing.

Paul T
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-15-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Posted By dabnis
Re: This delivery was quite challenging!

Enjoy it, I did, GREAT video. Brought back some memories of old wooden boats we had:

The Flirt:

http://www.mastermariners.org/PDF's/Mar%202003.pdf Page 8

My Dad & his partner, Mike Klak,...
Forum: Diesel 09-12-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,307
Posted By dabnis
Re: Perkins 4.108 making oil

No experience with your engine, however, it sounds like your theory may be a good one. Except for the lift pump, I can't think of any other way fuel , in that volume, fuel can get into the crankcase?...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-11-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 4,216
Posted By dabnis
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

Only West Coast experience here. If you don't have a GPS, knowing your depth can be very helpful in determining where you are when visibility is low.

In our ocean waters "shallow" is deadly.
...
Forum: Outboard 08-31-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

Any/all that can be taken apart. Suggest you lay them out from left to right with the "up" side up in sequential order of dis-assembly. Pictures & a good shop manual or at least a parts diagram...
Forum: Outboard 08-29-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yamaha 9.9 problems

If you haven't drained the float bowl after using it for a week or so, it is likely there is debris in the low speed circuit. Sounds like you have covered everything else, hoses, filter, etc. Unless...
Forum: Diesel 08-05-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,452
Posted By dabnis
Re: Volvo Penta MD6b Cold Start System

If your engine has pre-combustion chambers I have read ether can do heap big damage. I used it once, just a small whiff, on my VW diesel in 15 below Fahrenheit weather & it worked. I used to use it...
Forum: Outboard 07-31-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 1,949
Posted By dabnis
Re: Maintaining an outboard

Yes, although I have also done many 2 stroke & automotive carbs




I have an air compressor which I use before the spray cleaner. A large, clean towel to put the parts on, lined up in...
Forum: Diesel 07-23-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By dabnis
Re: No neutral gear

Did the problem just occur or did it come on gradually? Oil level? Type of oil? Water in the oil? Any work just recently? Does it go solidly into forward & reverse with no slippage? Any change from...
Forum: Diesel 07-20-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 1,731
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yanmar 1GM issues

No hands on experience with Yanmars, but am wondering about the "Throttle limiter"? Sounds like the mechanic may have advanced the timing if you picked up some RPM's, maybe too much? It is critical...
Forum: Diesel 07-20-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 1,575
Posted By dabnis
Re: Universal M25 Knock?

Two kinds of knock, ignition & bearing. Ignition, kind of like a ping in a gas engine, short & sharp. Bearing, kind of low frequency, longer duration, awful sound. I think if it was a bearing it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-17-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,474
Posted By dabnis
Re: Best outboard motor for a small inflatable?

I have one of the new "vent-in" only tanks on my Tohatsu 4HP 4 stroke & was concerned about the high pressure that developed when it was I the sun. I removed the little "one way in" valve from the...
Forum: Outboard 06-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yamaha f4a outboard stalling

Both2 & 4 strokes can suffer from fuel starvation problems in similar manners.
Assuming your ignition system is sound, it sounds like you may have a severe air leak, possibly along with fuel,...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 06-11-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By dabnis
Re: It's the season... Lund Harbour.

My goodness, busy place, enjoy your videos.

Paul T
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska 05-26-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By dabnis
Re: Desolation Sound.

Always enjoy your videos, especially the tug boats. Thanks for sharing.

Paul T
Forum: Diesel 05-22-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 1,731
Posted By dabnis
Re: Yanmar 1GM issues

If you cannot reduce/eliminate the noise by re-aligning the engine it may be coming from the flywheel/torque plate? Can't think of the exact name of it, but it looks similar to a clutch plate with...
Forum: Outboard 04-19-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By dabnis
Re: Impeller replacement Merc 5hp

It is possible that the splines are not lined up on either, or both, the power head or gear box. With the spark plug removed, try turning the engine over, slowly and then the prop with it in gear. I...
Forum: Outboard 04-05-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By dabnis
Re: Impeller replacement Merc 5hp

No experience with your motor. On mine the thermostat could get plugged up, but there was a small by-pass hole in the housing, allowing a small bit of water to pass, maybe not enough to flow out the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-23-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 4,951
Posted By dabnis
Re: Maiden Voyage Newbie Trainwreck

Sailing on San Francisco Bay, one thing I learned really quickly was to reef early and ALWAYS be ready to let the main sheet go on an instants notice. Big gust of wind hits, another boat coming at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,516
Posted By dabnis
Re: marine head vs. porta potty

We had both, the Porta Potti worked fine, especially for day trips. Marina won't let you dump it? Just take it home. Only suggestions are to make it is secure in the boat, not flying around, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-08-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,225
Posted By dabnis
Re: Westerbeke Glow Plug

A bit difficult to trouble shoot from here. If your engine is "turning over" in the starting process and there is not a lot of "smoke & gunfire" coming from the electrical system, it appear the...
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