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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-18-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 601
Posted By hopcar
Re: Attaching StarBoard to gel coat and fiberglass

Sudbury sealant is similar in consistency to other sealants in tubes. I'd run a good bead just inside the edge of the Starboard, screw it down, then clean up the squeeze out with paper towels and the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-18-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 601
Posted By hopcar
Re: Attaching StarBoard to gel coat and fiberglass

I second the suggestion of Sudbury. It's the first sealant I've seen that will stick to Starboard without elaborate preparation of the surface.
Forum: Watkins   05-28-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 459
Posted By hopcar
Re: A little woodworking today

It's very satisfying to do a job like that. You might try bleaching that top board with oxalic acid or Tip Top Teak to get a more even color.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-26-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,039
Posted By hopcar
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

my favorite way to deal with this is to install a small pump at the lowest point and a bigger pump a little bit higher. The small pump will have a smaller hose that will be holding less water when...
Forum: Diesel   05-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By hopcar
Re: raw water puzzle

Newhaul, if you look closer still, you'll see that the bronze elbow is screwed onto something with a plastic nut. I think it's safe to assume the plastic nut is on a plastic thruhull just like the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-06-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By hopcar
Re: New idea for stern thruster in sailing boat

Very nice. Is that a Lenco actuator that's moving the thruster?
Forum: Diesel   05-06-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By hopcar
Re: raw water puzzle

It looks like your exhaust is going overboard through a plastic thru-hull. That can't be good.
I'd be afraid the plastic would crack and let CO into the boat.
Hoses are all double clamped, that's...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   03-01-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,298
Posted By hopcar
Re: corroding seacock drain plugs

Let me know if you find a 1/8" plug in bronze. All of the ones I see look to be yellow brass.
If you drill it out and go up to 1/4" you can easily find red brass / bronze plugs. It really isn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,302
Posted By hopcar
Re: de-humidifier recommendation?

I've had very good results with bread loaf sized Peltier effect dehumidifiers. I live in Miami and the humidity is often 80%. My little EvaDry will drop the humidity in my cabin (pretty small) down...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   03-01-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,298
Posted By hopcar
Re: corroding seacock drain plugs

John, your seacock looks like it is an Apollo brand seacock. The drain plug is just a regular brass 1/8" pipe plug and is subject to dezincification over time. It can take many years to become a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,698
Posted By hopcar
Re: Manual Toilet Questions

I'm guessing you have a Groco HF toilet with the pump beside the bowl. I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to throw it out as it has a very sturdy bronze base where most of the other similar toilets...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-23-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,067
Posted By hopcar
Re: Thru hull and seacock installation

It's really not hard to remove metal fitting bedded in 5200. If you just warm the metal with a propane torch, the 5200 releases from the metal very easily.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
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   12-04-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
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: 6,620
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: 4,365
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: 1,451
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: 1,451
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: 1,122
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: 1,122
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: 2,648
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: 12
Views: 1,120
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: 3,472
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: 3,472
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: 3,472
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...
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