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1993 Hunter 30T

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  1. fbcoache

    fbcoache

    Joined Jul 7, 2010
    16 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter / Catalina 30T / Capri 22
    US Oklahoma Grand Lake, OK
    Famos- That set up looks nice. We do some club racing so I may want to have the display heads where everyone can see them. Any brands or models to stay away from?
     


  2. Ken Cross

    Ken Cross

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    1,403 posts, 139 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Everett, WA
    This is scary to me. Read your owner's manual for the engine. I change oil and filter every 100 hours which is more than once a year.

    Ken
     


  3. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,378 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Ken, That's because we shelter in the shadow of the Olympics and we have to motor through pristine waters when the wind gods go on holiday... I've scheduled my oil changes to end of season or 150 hours which ever comes first (per the Perkins manual). Fuel filters, that's another animal... Engine filter with oil filter, Racor Primary as needed - when vacuum gauge shows clogging of filter.
     


  4. fbcoache

    fbcoache

    Joined Jul 7, 2010
    16 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter / Catalina 30T / Capri 22
    US Oklahoma Grand Lake, OK
    Anyone have any input about the wireless masthead wireless wind speed and direction instruments available? Upgrades, concerns? With a 50ft bridge clearance is there a strong enough signal?
    Brands that are good or ones to avoid?
     


  5. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,378 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    FB,
    Just a thought. You began this thread asking about your boat. A 1993 Hunter 30T.
    Now your interested in exploring equipment. You might get a better response by starting a new thread asking about
    then tagging it onto your general boat question.
     


  6. Dean Strong

    Dean Strong

    Joined Dec 10, 2003
    142 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter 30_88-94
    US Edmonds, WA
    I have a 1990 30G, same boat except better looking (30T has ruined lines just so you won't bump your head in the forward cabin).

    Engine: Replace fuel filters at least every other year....manual says 250 hours, I do 200 max (been burned on this). Change oil every year regardless of use, no more than 100 hours. Yanmar 2gm20f consumes oil, always check it and keep it topped off. Inspect mixing elbow every 200 hours; you'll read a lot about this part in these forums. Don't let it go, it will halt you quick. If the engine runs dirty or smokes (grey, not blue, white is steam--check raw water intake and/or impeller), first cause is mixing elbow, second is injectors. It is good to have them pulled and rebuilt every few years. Run engine at least 85% of wide open throttle, I cruise at 2900-3000 rpm to keep things clean. If you are racing and not motoring much, take the boat out every so often and run at wide open throttle for about 30 minutes. Diesels hate light loads and low rpms.

    Use an additive in the fuel to prevent mold/mildew. Fuel polishing is expensive...I cut an inspection port in my fuel tank when I first obtained the boat, drained the fuel into jerry cans, and cleaned the tank until white rags came out spotless. Replaced the fuel using a diesel funnel filter (West Marine), never had problems since. Diesel = clean, clean, clean fuel! It doesn't hurt to replace fuel lines every ten years or so.

    Sail the boat flat to go fast. Add a rigid boom vang (Garhauer is best) with a control line to the helm, and learn to use it in combination with the traveler. Modify the traveler control lines so they are easily accessible to the helm as well (I moved the cam cleats to the cabin edge and lengthened the control lines) If you keep the sail flat and drop it down on the traveler, you can go fast with full sails after others reef. With full battens you can keep the jib in tight and backwind the main a little ("fisherman's reef") before having to put in an actual reef. Downwind vang and traveler will enable you to stretch the main so you can drop the boom down further without fouling in the spreaders. This boat is designed with the mains'l as the engine and a small jib to channel air over the large main, not a large Genoa for power like masthead rigs use.

    I worried about the iron keep a lot for the first few years, and even ground it down and epoxied. Then my yard mentioned it would take over 10,000 years for it to corrode away....at each haul out there often a crack somewhere at the hull keel line, especially in the front. Hunter says open it with a Dremel, let it dry out, and fill with 5200. If it is really bad, glass over with a strip of cloth and epoxy (West Systems), paint and don't worry about it anymore. The bottom of the keel will always be rusty, learn about "rust converter" used on freighters, treat, paint, splash.

    Hope this helps, have fun!
     


    Last edited: Aug 15, 2017
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  7. fbcoache

    fbcoache

    Joined Jul 7, 2010
    16 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter / Catalina 30T / Capri 22
    US Oklahoma Grand Lake, OK
    Thanks for your reply. My current task is getting to know as much as I can about the Diesel and how to keep it up and running. Prevention, prevention, prevention. I am planning to winterize this fall and leave the boat in the water. Any tips?
    Thanks
     


  8. Apex

    Apex

    Joined Jun 19, 2013
    616 posts, 47 likes
    Oday 28
    US Muskegon
    for the hull/keel crack, instead of 5200 try G-Flex (west systems). I did that repair on a Catalina 25 5yrs ago. Still looks good. The hill and keel joint flexing at different rates is what causes the crack, a flexible filler can withstand the torture better.
     



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