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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By fallard
Re: Time for a new exhaust elbow

BS: You don't know my experience or expertise and how I filter information from salesmen, technical staff, or anyone else with an opinion. I offered an informed opinion to the forum and don't care...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,235
Posted By fallard
Re: Bilge pump blues

Galo is on the right track. My comment was intended to object to wiring the pump through a panel switch in automatic mode. Of course, the pump itself would not be directly wired to a battery or it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By fallard
Re: Time for a new exhaust elbow

Is this the same BS who says experience trumps theory? It would seem Yanmar mechanics would have more qualified experience than BS. As stated earlier, the problem with exhaust elbows is carbon...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,197
Posted By fallard
Re: new anchor feedback

Not implying everyone should do things my way. But I do think disparaging a CQR anchor is not consistent with my experience over the past 20 years using one as my primary. No, it isn't perfect for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,197
Posted By fallard
Re: new anchor feedback

We all seem to like what works for us, resulting in a lot of anecdotal evidence in these anchor posts. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of objective qualification on technique and specific bottom...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 695
Posted By fallard
Re: Cooling system water not flowing

I added a washer under the knob of my Forespar strainer to assure there was no leak path there. It seemed to help assure a rapid prime on start up.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,235
Posted By fallard
Re: Bilge pump blues

The only time in 20 years that I needed my bilge pump to work--and the brand new switch failed--was an unusual situation when we had a "nor'easter". My boat was in a temporary slip awaiting seasonal...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,235
Posted By fallard
Re: Bilge pump blues

Good practice is to have a starting battery that is isolated so that your house battery(ies) can go down and you can still start your engine--and maybe recharge your house bank? This case would...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,235
Posted By fallard
Re: Bilge pump blues

I had a pneumatic bilge pump switch on my sailboat for 20 yrs and replaced it when I thought the tube connections were no longer completely airtight and the diaphragm looked old and tired. The new...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By fallard
Re: Time for a new exhaust elbow

The real issue with exhaust elbows is blockage. You need to periodically replace the exhaust elbow, according to the folks who service Yanmars and other similar arrangements. Stainless isn't the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,473
Posted By fallard
Re: West Marine

It doesn't? We do have an incredible sailing venue.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 497
Posted By fallard
Re: Throttle on Edson/Yanmar keeps dropping

We've had this issue with our Edson/Yanmar combination and use a rubber band looped around the pedestal guard to the throttle leverr to stop the throttle creep. Some day I'll get around to a proper...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 2,083
Posted By fallard
Re: Interior cushion material choices

We're going on 19 years after reupholstering with Ultrasuede and are still impressed with how well it has held up. It has not stained and is easy to clean when there are the inevitable spills. Not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,473
Posted By fallard
Re: West Marine

Rob:

My understanding from the Mystic WM store a few years ago is that their policy to is price-match Defender only in the Mystic and Old Saybrook stores. They will only price match identical...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,968
Posted By fallard
Re: Cruising ICW on low budget

It would seem that eating "organic" food would not be consistent with cruising the ICW on a low budget. However, eating inorganic food seems like an oxymoron. Does anyone see a dilemma here?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By fallard
Re: Thin water tidal changes and wing keels?

If you are open to other designs, you might consider a retractable keel. Some of these boats are pricey, however.

There is the English-built Southerly series and the US-built Hakes (albeit...
Forum: Electronics   07-26-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By fallard
Re: Does anyone really know what time it is?

My Raytheon C90W had a brain freeze a few years back. It was only a few years old. The result was loss of electronic charting, including the feed to my autopilot. So it was back to the handheld GPS...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   06-18-2015
Replies: 1,118
Views: 51,107
Posted By fallard
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

Bob, I am having a hard time uploading new photos for some reason. Here's a view of my swing keel Clearwater 35 taken at the end of our sailing season, hence the sails are missing.
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-18-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 3,539
Posted By fallard
Re: The heart of the matter

I think we have the same Raymarine AP. My linear drive failed after about 20 hours total time. That was a replacement for one that appeared identical and had lasted 10 years. It was only replaced...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   06-18-2015
Replies: 1,118
Views: 51,107
Posted By fallard
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

This would appear as "the pot calling the kettle black", when a steel zealot, whose plastic experience appears minimal, pontificates about the shortcomings of plastic boats, but doesn't respect...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-17-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 3,539
Posted By fallard
Re: The heart of the matter

And I have to disagree that AIS is much more useful than radar. Perhaps in the poster's world, but in my world, there are a lot of recreational boats that don't have AIS and stil travel at speed in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-15-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 732
Posted By fallard
Re: Butyl or Dow Corning 795 sealant--forward hatch and port windows

I've had very good luck with Dow Sylgard to seal fixed acrylic portlights to FG and aluminum. It was recommended by the local glass shop here in a maritime neighborhood. It is a very messy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-15-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By fallard
Re: Running rigging life

Most of this perspective seems logical enough, but seems to be quite conservative. UV is an obvious factor, so southern environments may shorten lifetimes. That said, my 25 yr old boat was in FL...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-13-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 3,739
Posted By fallard
Re: Our West Marine Debacle

The opinion of a board-certified psychiatrist?:wink
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-12-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 3,739
Posted By fallard
Re: Our West Marine Debacle

That isn't a legal opinion, is it?:wink
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