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  1. SirMichael

    Smell from Stringer drains after head problems…

    I had a mishap with fixing the head on my ‘78 Hunter 28.5, where I removed the drain hose and had some of the backwash from the black water tank run onto the floor and down into the stringers under the boat. I think I got most of it cleaned up, but I’m wondering about cleaning up the leftover...
  2. SirMichael

    Bilge Drainage?

    The head on our 1978 Hunter 28.5 stopped working, the nut on the bottom of the pump valve came off (I had repaired it a couple years ago, must not have gotten it tight). So I had to remove the pump and in a fit of stupidity, I didn't check the blackwater tank, and removed the hose. A few...
  3. SirMichael

    28.5 Side windows

    I have a 78 Hunter 28.5. one of the side windows is cracked and I’d like to replace it. the approximate dimensions Are 7 x 45.5 and is about 1/4” thick. I can’t seem to find a commercial replacement and I don’t mind cutting a new replacement. Anyone have an idea of where I can find tinted...
  4. SirMichael

    Bottom Coat - It's coming OFF!

    Last Saturday, my son & I went up to our boat to try a number of things, to get the bottom coat off our 78 Hunter 28.5. For the most part, it only has a black ablative coating on it. I have put several coats of Interlux ACT on the bottom, but I'm not sure what the previous owner(s) put on...
  5. SirMichael

    Bottom Paint on a Cradle

    I’m going to strip the bottom coat off my 78 Hunter 28.5 (1978) that sits on a cradle. Sounds like the normal thing to do is to hang the boat on the crane over a weekend to paint the two sections where cradle sits. Trouble is it has to be done no matter what the weather is (been there, done...
  6. SirMichael

    Remove Hunter 28.5 Mast

    The coax up to my antenna failed inside the mast And I have lighting problems (bulbs?) but being cautious I decided to remove the mast this winter for maintenance. So my question is how do I disconnect the mast to lay it down? I have access to a crane and I can disconnect stays to lower the...
  7. SirMichael

    Replace Marine Radio Coax & Mast Lights...

    I have a 78 Hunter 28.5. It's about a 40' mast, plus the mast step in the cabin. 1. I found that the antenna match from my radio to my Marine antenna wasn't as good as it used to be (SWR was 1.2:1, recently over 4:1). I ran a "TDR" (Time Domain Reflectometer) and found that it was failing...
  8. SirMichael

    Change the antenna coax for the Radio in my Mast

    I have a 1988 Hunter 28.5. I took my antenna analyzer to my boat to measure the antenna match on the VHF radio today and found that the SWR is about 4:1 (too high!). I have a record from a few years ago where it was 1.2:1 (very low, as it should be). (I'm an old time ham radio...
  9. SirMichael

    Small cracks in Hunter 28.5 fresh water tank

    I put my Hunter ‘88 28.5 back in the water last week. I was checking out the systems and discovered some small hair line cracks in the corners of the fresh water tank under the V-berth. It really doesn’t look too serious but I’d like to keep ahead of it. My first thought is to use some kind...
  10. SirMichael

    Head Won't Pump Out...

    My son called, he was using our boat this evening, and reported that the head won't pump out (reportedly just liquid). We have n 88 Hunter 28.5 with a manual pump on the head. The head is a SeaLander Model 752. I'll have to go up there (about 50 minutes) and take a look at it. Can anyone...
  11. SirMichael

    Installing Cable Covers???

    The cable covers on the lifelines of my '88 Hunter 28.5 have seen better days, so I ordered some Davis White Cable Covers from this site. I did manage to get one 8' section installed today, and learned a little: 1. I had to cut the old ones off, using a sharp cutter (I found that I didn't...
  12. SirMichael

    Is Halyard Latch Adjustable?

    I have an 88 Hunter 28.5 and yesterday I replaced the main halyard with a 7/16 line, replacing the old 1/2” line. (I’ll replace the jib halyard when I have some help.). The problem seems to be that if I pull on the line continuing through (from the cockpit side) the line will slip through the...
  13. SirMichael

    Rusty Mast Rivets

    I have an 88 Hunter 28.5. While sailing yesterday with a family of 3 boys (teaching them how to sail) I noticed that on the front of the mast, there is a set of rusty rivets that are spaced about every 2 feet all the way up the mast. They do all seem to be holding well (from the outside)...
  14. SirMichael

    Bottom coat new depth finder?

    I replaced the depth finder on my boat with a 2” through the hull sensor. It is basically epoxy with a plastic coating on the bottom side. Should I put bottom coat on that new sensor? I’m in Minnesota, Lake Pepin (fresh water). There are all kinds of warnings on the sensor not to put any...
  15. SirMichael

    Gasket Sealant on Thermostat?

    I did a bunch of testing on my 2GM20F Yanmar engine for a coolant leak. I sealed up the inner tube of the heat exchanger (after cleaning) and pressurized it and immersed in water, no leaks (looked like new inside and out) and also put the end caps back on the engine after removing the heat...
  16. SirMichael

    Should I remove my water heater?

    I have an 88 Hunter 28.5 that I purchased three years ago. I have never used the water heater (currently turned off and bypassed). The water heater was replaced by the PO just before I bought it, so they must have used it somewhat. We sail on an inland lake (Lake Pepin, MN) and seldom over...
  17. SirMichael

    So where's the coolant Leak?

    I have a 1988 Hunter 28.5 with a Yanmar 2GM20F engine. Incidentally, I'm in Minnesota, there is still a very hard crust on Lake Pepin! Last September, the temp alarm went off as I was motoring in, so I shut down immediately (we were just cruising into the dock). After a short troubleshooting...
  18. SirMichael

    Yanmar 2GM20F, Leaking Antifreeze, Heat Exchanger

    A couple weeks ago, I had the temp alarm go off on my 88 Hunter 28.5 with a 2GM20F. Found the antifreeze was low so I filled it up. I've been checking it and it keeps going down. (This is my second year with the boat.) So, today I went up to the marina armed with a cooling system pressure...
  19. SirMichael

    Topping lift question...

    I have a hunter 28.5 in occasionally the cam cleat that holds the topping lift will release when I'm lowering the main sail. Is there any reason that I shouldn't just tie a knot in the topping lift rope below the cam cleat to keep it from dropping down and clunking someone on the head when I...
  20. SirMichael

    Sanitation Hose Looping

    I'm looking some ideas. I installed new Trident hoses in my '88 Hunter 28.5 to get rid of the smell. The problem is that the drain hose from the head loops down and then back up, causing a lot of the water and waste to remain in the hose, thus, it would seem, promoting faster penetration. It...