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Systems / Re: Manufacturer of CSY thru hulls
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:21:16 pm »
I forgot to post this it turns out the seacock barrels were fine.....the boatyard (Deaton’s in Oriental, NC) apparently didn’t know how to lap the barrels and were too lazy to use google.  They media blasted them !!! Insane.....I was fortunately able to later remove, lap and grease them and they have all been fine and leakproof since.  Since this occurred in year number two of our big boat ownership, I mistakenly assumed a professional boatyard would know how to perform seacock  maintenance better than I.  They also installed the handles in the wrong orientation so they looked closed when they were actually open.  New rule of thumb......DIY if you want it done correctly or at a minimum double check all proposed procedures and watch the pro so you can do it next time.  Live and learn.

Systems / Re: Fuel tank access hatches and Permatex
« on: August 06, 2019, 11:17:54 am »
It looked like a pretty clean install from outside.....not so much from inside....and the new gasket

Systems / Fuel tank access hatches and Permatex
« on: August 06, 2019, 10:59:30 am »
During a recent trip to Cuba we experienced an issue with our fuel supply.  In 2015 when we discovered a boatyard had failed to clean our Racors and replace the filters (which they were paid to do and I had to do) we began having a fuel supply issue that would either cause one tank to drain while the other stayed full or clog the pickup and stall the engine. During a fuel polishing I discovered that there were small reddish orange blobs in the fuel which turned out to be Permatex sealant.  I was concerned that the silicone was coming from some undisclosed leak that had been sealed with this product.  Fortunately, it was coming from the access hatches which were sealed down with permatex.  As our tanks are replacement tanks the hatches are semi easy to reach through the helm seat. I purchased some Buna-N gasket material on Amazon for $14 a square and made some custom gaskets for the hatches. I had been told the material was prohibitively expensive and that was why the sealant had been used but it must have become cheaper over the last few years.  So, if you have some of this sealant used in your fuel system be sure and get rid of it.....

General Discussion / Re: SSCA Melbourne GAM - CSY Breakfast
« on: November 10, 2018, 09:03:12 am »
We could have been at Squid Lips..... .....7:30 is way too early ....even for breakfast.....maybe some folks would like to meet this evening ? Saturday ? Some owners who live in Guatemala are here also....I'll post in Facebook group and see what happens

Systems / Re: Electro Scan
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:30:35 am »
I'm on my second unit since '96. Installed under the forward shower seat and plumbed to the original through-hull under the sink on a 44 WO.

Unfortunately, our unit has been siting in the box all this time...cruising and other fun has interfered with the install.....since we have installed a hatch in the forward shower seat and can now access that space, I thought it was time to try to get this done.  Although now I'm unsure there is enough room in that area for easy access to the plumbing and the unit.  Gypsy Rose ....did you put your access hatch on the front of the seat or the top ? ....I'm thinking about putting the unit under the V berth instead....any thoughts ?

Hull and Rig / Re: Rigging tension range scale for 44WO short mast
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:12:19 pm »
Update....I spoke to the rigger who did our inspection last year......he advised that each wire should be between 6% - 8% of breaking strength which in the Loos tension scale is about, if someone  else has this issue......there's the answer.....

General Discussion / Anyone planning to be in Melbourne for the Gam ?
« on: November 01, 2016, 11:05:17 pm »
I don't think Dave and Sherry will be here this year.....if people are interested I can call Memaw's the Friday evening before we'd like to have the breakfast and set up a table......unless someone is already on it and Imissed the here and I'll put a head count together......thanks....

Hull and Rig / Rigging tension range scale for 44WO short mast
« on: October 30, 2016, 05:04:31 pm »
Last year we had our rigging inspected, had the tensions checked and had the stay-loc fittings inspected as well.  This year we had to haul out for Hurricane Matthew which involved removing our forestay and roller furling for the lift.  Once we relaunched, I checked the tension on the rigging just to be sure.  The mast was still straight port to starboard with no waves in the sail track or other indications of deformation.  The actual rigging tension measurements were very symmetrical but I wasn't sure what the recommended scale range was for this style rig?  We did mark the forestay turnbuckle so we were able replicate where it was after the inspection and before the haulout.  Anyone have a resource for the proper tension ranges ?  Thanks.....

Interior / Affordable resource for a Single bowl galley sink
« on: September 10, 2016, 02:16:40 pm »
Hello wife has always wanted to replace our double bowl stainless sink with a large single bowl stainless sink.  It just didn't become one of those projects that got to the top of our list.  Recently we had to remove the existing sink and in the process discovered that it was held in by a copious amount of 3M 5200....needless to say the sink was bent in the process of removing it so we began to seriously look for a replacement. Since the sink was 17" front to back it was impossible to find a mass produced replacement in any boat or RV stores (and we searched and called for weeks while working our way back up the Keys).  We got some custom fabrication quotes ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 so that seemed like a dead end. Until we came upon a fabricator from near our old home town who made us a new sink for $250 !!!! We just installed it today so some photos will be coming but we are very pleased so far.  If anyone is in a similar position and wants a new sink please let me know and I can get you the contact info for the gentleman who made ours. 

Systems / Re: Port side diesel tank not sending fuel
« on: November 17, 2015, 04:08:21 pm »
As it turns out it wasn't a detached pickup line but a glob of sealant from when the access panel was replaced five years ago that must have fallen into the was lodged in the two way on off valve for the tank....mystery solved....

Systems / Port side diesel tank not sending fuel
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:59:11 pm »
When we headed south this year, we noticed about two days in that our port side diesel tank wasn't using any diesel.  We usually have a small discrepancy between what comes from each tank but it is usually only a couple of gallons difference.  This time the port side tank used zero fuel the entire trip south so we just kept filling the starboard side tank till we arrived in Florida.  I assumed it was some sort of growth or blockage and set to change the Racor filters and see if I could purge the lines and maybe get a tank cleaning service to come to the boat.  Today while I was trying to figure out where the blockage was I put a manual diesel transfer pump on the port side tank fuel outlet and gave it a few pumps and it just moved it possible that the fuel pickup hose has come loose from the fitting at the top of the tank and that's why we didn't get any diesel from that tank? I guess I assumed those were one piece brass  tubes that were welded to the outlet elbow at the top of the tank.....I reversed the hand pump and could see the air blowing on the surface of the diesel in the tank......anyone ever heard of the fuel pickup line becoming separated like this?  Thanks.....

Systems / Re: Steering sheaves
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:23:03 am »
Just a quick a update....the pin was in good condition....some slight wear from the bushing and a few grooves worn in it.  The bushing seems to be the main doesn't seem to allow the sheave to turn at all, or very little.  Easy enough to remove but finding a new one may be a problem....Edson doesn't have any on its website.....I'm waiting on a call back from them.....all the other sheaves in the system are turning freely......later news...Edson finally called back they offer a one day turn around for bushing replacement !!!! To the UPS STORE !!!

We will be in Melbourne and plan to attend the breakfast and maybe the Gam....$50 per person.....may have to skip that ....I don't recall it being that expensive when we went in 2013......see you at breakfast for seems like a membership renewal used to get you in for far less than $35....or maybe I'm just getting old.....or boat broke...or both.....

Systems / Re: Steering sheaves
« on: November 08, 2015, 08:55:04 am »
I spoke to Edson tech support shortly after I found the issue.....they were the ones who recommended the SS pin replacement ......they didn't mention the bearings though.....since I had time to do a little research I became curious about replacing the bushing/bearing without replacing the whole sheave.....

Systems / Steering sheaves
« on: November 07, 2015, 10:45:39 am »
Recently, I was inspecting our autopilot, quadrant, cable and sheaves.  I noticed that our upper port side sheave wasn't turning more that 15 degrees.  The cable is still solid, not showing any undue wear or broken strands.  We still have the bronze pins which I am replacing with the stainless pins.  But I don't know much about the sheaves....can the needle bearing in those be replaced by a machine shop or do you have to order all new sheaves ? Which run about $500 each......ouch....

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