Recent content by Ralph Johnstone

  1. Ralph Johnstone

    Tacking Etiquette

    I'm just trying to picture the image of this delicate little thing, swinging part of a marine toilet over her head, and being used somewhere in a TV commercial :laugh:.
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    Diesel smell in the aft cabin...down the rabbit hole

    Spreads everywhere. I have seen it get smeared on to boats both two to the left of me and two to the right of me after finishing a particularly messy job on my boat :yikes:.
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    Toilet paper

    No problems even when somebody goes overboard and stuffs the bowl with paper. Make sure the pile is fully wetted and leave for 1/2 hour. The paper fibres will dissociate enough to enable the whole thing to flush. After that, ensure that the guilty party only goes over the transom just to...
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    Weather/Hatch/Crib Board Replacement

    Absolutely, but be sure to thin the first coat with 10% lacquer thinner to get penetration and then add 3-4 coats of straight epoxy. Make sure to coat the board 100% as once water leaks into the boards, there's no way out and the internal pressure lifts the epoxy. Don't forget the varnish for...
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    Diesel smell in the aft cabin...down the rabbit hole

    As @JamesG161 has said, cork is like a wick and has no business being near any fuel. I strongly suggest you remove the cork gasket before completely filling your tank or then you've got the problem of draining the tank enough to work on a new gasket. And I am assuming your tank is poly and not...
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    Number one.....or number two?

    If this came from a power boater, yes you were mislead (except in the case of Ms. @Peggie Hall HeadMistress ). They are also the leading source of misinformation in most other boating related things as well.
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    Keeping the engine running

    My concern is that the bulb doesn't have the resistance to mechanical damage that you see in a hard rubber fuel line. There is the possibility of the bulb being subject to either abrasion or cutting from accidental contact with anything sharp, a condition which could easily be encountered in...
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    110VAC Outlets

    But of course. Where else :banghead: ?
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    New Boat

    When you finally get out here to the Wet Coast, we can christen the trailer in the Pacific. It'll never be the same:laugh:.
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    New Boat

    .................. at six months of age :p.
  11. Ralph Johnstone

    110VAC Outlets

    If that doesn't work, grab a voltmeter and find out where the AC ends on its journey to the dead outlets.
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    Keeping the engine running

    I trust this is NOT a rubber priming bulb. Extremely dangerous if below deck.
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    Weather/Hatch/Crib Board Replacement

    Those are the original acrylic boards from when I bought the boat new in 1998. The joint between each board is set at 45 deg. for water exclusion. Routering acrylic is nice with carbide (only) bits, high speed, and very light pressure. The boards are held in place with a routered rabbited...
  14. Ralph Johnstone

    Dumb Jabsco head problem

    Is that a head or a toxic chemical plant you got in the back room :yikes: ?
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    Weather/Hatch/Crib Board Replacement

    Cleaning and varnishing stained hatch boards is not my idea of fun and I'm a hobby wood worker. Do yourself a favour and use smoked acrylic or at least Star Board. The acrylic allows for lots of light below. Both are great to work with wood working tools. This consists of four 1/2" thick...