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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 554
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Can you identify this shaft coupling?

If that shaft is sliding around in the keyed flange it's just a matter time until it just spins it's way on out the back.(unless it hits the rudder first) Should have a plug ready. Check set screw....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,091
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Before we knew better

One of my special pleasures was beating hard to windward against the flood on my old gaff ketch and besting some clown with his sail covers on.
Forum: Diesel   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Westerbeke 30B3 running rough in idle

If the engine has to labour to breath properly at idle it could be the exhaust riser and/or air filter. All part of maintentance.
Forum: SailNet FAQ   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Yanmar 2gm raw water, water manifold plug

All metal replacements pop in by whopping the convexity with a mallet.Easy if you can get the room. There are rubber expanding types ,two washers ,a rubber puck and a thru bolt to tighten and seal....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-23-2015
Replies: 624
Views: 47,327
Posted By Capt Len
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Before you pull the engine can you check the shaft alignment and turn the shaft by hand while disconnected to see if you can detect a wobble..A one inch shaft (yours is??)is amazingly flexible...
Forum: Gas   06-19-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Ericsson 32

The gear cable is not one you want to replace when it finally breaks. In the overall scheme of things, they are cheap and easy. If you want to change to single lever( and I think they are so much...
Forum: Diesel   06-15-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,967
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Coolant puzzle

The level in this expansion tank tells you much about slow leaks and blown head gaskets.To be looked at occasionally.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   06-08-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Steering cable adventure...

The direction of wrap at the drum and choosing which cable first as they exit the pedestal might have some effect on push/pull.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   06-08-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Steering cable adventure...

Before the Titanic all wheel steering was assbckwards to todays method. What you're used to .The same quick thinking is required as you enter into a fast current.(running a gap) Suddenly the water is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-27-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,089
Posted By Capt Len
Re: what is this goo in my bilge?

Did you give it the taste test?
Forum: Diesel   05-07-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,111
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Should I dump my fuel?

Professional polishers do this all the time .Most are pretty competent.Probably cheaper than doing it yourself.They have the pumps and big external tank if needed. One trick they use is a small...
Forum: Outboard   04-26-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Pull start cord doesn't retract back in...

The housing holding the spring and cord straddles the flywheel. Usually 4 bolts and the top of the flywheel is bare. This unit has pawls which can stick. Taking this unit apart and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2015
Replies: 139
Views: 6,804
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Good Small Boat for Older, Fatter Woman to learn on

The Adventuress out of Seattle sails up the coast with all woman trainees .Maybe that would be better than a car topper Going aloft is optional..
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,073
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Convert Cooling System to Closed Loop

Some manifolds have the expansion tank built in. If this is so, the heat exchange is mounted low so it fills to the high point and no air lock. If sealed manifold, expansion tank,often built into top...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-26-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,947
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Bilge Pump Plumbing

If that last suck still in the hose runs back and annoys you ,may I suggest this solution. ,,,A small pump and small hose in parallel,T'd in just past the vented loop.Wired from the main pump float...
Forum: Diesel   03-05-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By Capt Len
Re: How do I remove exhaust elbow plugs?

If rusty water was in the elbow, sounds like it's dangerously close to backing up into the engine (depends on the shape of things but not good.).. I like a drain in the bottom for this...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-05-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,786
Posted By Capt Len
Re: DIY eye on wire halyard?

A sailor needs to know how to splice an eye. I assume the wire is small stuff and 7x19. A molly hogan on 1/2" and smaller is easy by hand. A liverpool takes some work Look it up and try on some spare...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Getting frozen shackle off mooring ...

A big enough pipe wrench will turn most any shackle or torque it off. A crow bar or rebar thru it will give you something to pull against.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-11-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By Capt Len
Re: A 100 year old gaffer

Loved it. Our loss that we don't have the same interest (as in Europe) in the old classic woodies. I'm not one for photo recording but fortunately others are .Thane is all over you tube ,.Here is an...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-11-2014
Replies: 700
Views: 65,117
Posted By Capt Len
Re: I hate boats...

Med ,if you like those vents Main suggested. you could extend the top of the existing U's up to whatever is convenient with small line (doesn't hold much water) and place the plastic thinga mabobbi...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-05-2014
Replies: 700
Views: 65,117
Posted By Capt Len
Re: I hate boats...

IF you need to raise the outlet .... A couple of 45 el's and short nipples in Blackplumbing fittings can do it without any welding .a neater job can be a few cuts almost all the way thru a nipple and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-27-2014
Replies: 700
Views: 65,117
Posted By Capt Len
Re: I hate boats...

A long and shady youth of siphoning gas has left me with a pretty good understanding of the physics.By definition the hose comes above the fluid level (WL) and back down to lower where liquid will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2014
Replies: 105
Views: 6,737
Posted By Capt Len
Re: Turn that frown upside down! Lets talk NEW engines!

When I chose my 95hp isuzu I started by looking at the curves for HP,torque, and fuel consumption at rev's .Weight difference didn't matter much as boat is 22 t and kinda old fashioned . Price...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-23-2014
Replies: 700
Views: 65,117
Posted By Capt Len
Re: I hate boats...

On this same thought, I once rebuilt a '42 Chrysler Crown that had sat 7 years with the head off and full of rain water. Cleaned up and ran well for years, So this is no biggie.
Forum: Multihull   10-22-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,785
Posted By Capt Len

Sailed a 44' aluminium cat to India from Thailand. Sometimes you couldn't put your coffee cup on the table for the slamming. Got real tiring. Condensation was bad and ventilation at sea minimal or...
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