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Messages - Bill Bischoff

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Interior / Hatch Screens
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:49:25 pm »
Hi folks,

I am getting ready to make some screens for my opening hatches.  I was going to make a big cover out of bug screen and just drape it over the open hatches, but then I thought that I would be wasting a lot of material.  I am hoping someone can give me a better idea or two, especially if they have already made or bought screens.  Failing that, would somebody please give me the inside size of the two different opening hatches?  Five are 24" by 24" om the outside, and two are 24" by 29".

Thanks in advance. 

Cheers, Bill

Hull and Rig / Re: Mast Height
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:57:29 am »
Hi Mama,

Where are you located?  I might be interested in buying the staysail roller furler.

Thanks, Bill

General Discussion / Re: Introduction & looking for a CSY
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:55:23 pm »
Hello Dawn,

My boat is currently in La Paz, BCS, but I will be bringing her back to the USA in late June, when I will put her on the market for sale (I might be going to the dark side - MY or Trawler).  Odyssey is a 1979 WO that is cruise ready.  Let me know if you are interested in getting more info.

Cheers, Bill

Systems / Re: Serpentine Belt Conversion - Has Anybody Done This?
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:43:57 pm »

 If I remember correctly, I should have an unused pulley on the crankshaft, right next to the one being used to power the current set-up.  I will check next time I head down to La Paz.  If so, it would just be a matter of getting a double pulley for the water pump.  TAD might have something like that.
Suggestions anyone, for where I might find a double pulley for the coolant water pump?

Thanks and cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Re: Crankcase Breather Hose Size
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:36:35 pm »
Hi Matthew,
I would love to see the pictures, maybe I can do the same on mine.
Thank you.

Cheers, Bill

Eight-1-eight 32four-zero45six

Hull and Rig / Re: Anyone using synthetic lifelines?
« on: December 02, 2014, 01:07:26 pm »
I replaced my top lifelines a little over a year ago, using plastic-covered SS.  It came in a kit, with all the necessary hardware.  Barely one year later, the plastic coating is badly discolored and sticky to the touch.  It is in worse shape than my older bottom lifelines.   I have cleaned them several times, but they are terrible looking and leave residue on towels, etc.  I am going to strip the plastic off and go stainless only.  I wish I had gone the synthetic route. ::).

Cheers, Bill

Swap Meet / Re: Memory Rose CSY 44 Pilot HouseKetch - $229K
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:56:41 pm »
That is a beautiful boat.  I wish him luck selling at that price.

Cheers, Bill

Systems / Serpentine Belt Conversion - Has Anybody Done This?
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:42:41 pm »
Hi all,

I am getting ready to upgrade my alternator and it looks like the new one will have either be twin vee-belts, or serpentine.

Currently, I have a Balmar 721-80 alternator with the external regulator.  The problem is that my house bank is over 500A, so the alternator is substantially underpowered.  This leads to several minutes of belt squealing when I start up in the morning when anchored out.

Have any of you fitted either the dual vee-belts or a serpentine belt set-up to your Perkins (I have the 4-154)?

All input and advice is welcomed and appreciated.

Cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Re: Auto Prop Feathering Prop - Arch in a Box
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:57:35 am »

I have had my Arch In A Box for over a year now.  I didn't have the problems that Dave encountered luckily.  The arch has held up well, supporting my Caribe X10 dinghy, and 3 large solar panels.  It survived the recent Hurricane Odile, that made a fairly direct hit on La Paz, with no damage to the arch or panels.  The dinghy was removed, but I was in the States, and unable to remove the panels prior to the storm.  Winds in the marina were clocked at about 120 mph.  So I would say that the arch is pretty sturdy.

Good luck, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Crankcase Breather Hose Size
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:11:47 pm »
Hi all,
Recently I was on my boat in Mexico, fixing some hurricane-related failures.  While killing time, I thought I would repaint the air cleaner.  Well, once again, it was almost totally plugged.  I have since bought a K&N filter that will fit in its place.  I would like to install a simple elbow in the top of the K&N to attach the crankcase breather hose to.

Since I am not on the boat, and I would like to bring the parts with me next time, I need to ask you all if you know the hose ID that goes from the valve cover to the intake.

Thanks in advance, Bill

Swap Meet / 44 CSY for sale $39 000
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:06:41 pm »
Where is the boat located?


General Discussion / advice on close quarters maneuvering
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:31:37 am »
Hi Steve,

I have read this thread with some interest, as I too have a docking problem.  Even though I dock head-in, my boat really likes to turn left, and my first slip in La Paz was a right turn, starboard tie.  When I first came into the marina, which is almost always affected by currents and wind, I messed up the right turn so badly that people came out of the their boats to help and watch.  I ended up going down the fairway, which is really narrow, spinning in place to the left, and coming back to the slip, making it now a left turn in.

This shook my confidence so badly that the next time I took Odyssey out, I was thinking (stressing)about the docking situation most of the time.  Although I never had a repeat of the bad docking experience, I recently switched to a different slip that allows a left turn, starboard tie.  WAY EASIER, and such less stress.  Now I can do it alone, so I am much happier.

Most folks in my marina start out bow in, and then get help from neighbors at slack tide to spin the boat with lines.  Super easy, and you make friends by helping.  There is no way that I would try to back my girl into a slip.

Cheers, Bill

Hull and Rig / chainplates inspection
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:00:32 am »
Hi Keith,

send me your email and I'll send some pictures.  I'm not sure if they are the same on the 33.


Hull and Rig / chainplates inspection
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:51:12 am »
I don't know if anyone else encountered problems trying to inspect their chainplates on a 44 WO, but I sure did.  Access is VERY limited, as the chainplates were installed prior to the decks being fitted.  

I ended up removing all of mine and replacing them with the external round plates, which are always a source of compliments from other sailors :).

I do have a full set of original chainplates that are apparently in fine shape.  No obvious corrosion, cracks, etc.  If someone wants these they can have them for $120 plus shipping.

Cheers, Bill

Systems / holding tank placement
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:44:54 am »
Thane, my boat came to me with a rectangle shaped waste tank that is mounted on the starboard side of the motor.  It has a plywood cover which serves as a step when entering the engine room on that side.  If I was to redo it, I think that I would try for the area behind the port-side water tank.  It is much closer and the hose runs would be shorter.
Please post pics of your finished install.

Cheers, Bill

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