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  1. jleblanc31

    A Liveaboard friend has a question

    Can she suck the water out with a wet dry vac and plug the hole with a automotive type rubber freeze plug they come in all sizes . just a thought
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Had a chance to go to the boat sat and Sunday but weather was horrible . so I just did some more cleaning got the lights in the head and v berth working . A big cold front came through wile on the boat. wind howling the boat was listing but the little heater I picked up at home depot worked...
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    Fastbottoms, avert your eyes!

    Im scare now. When I bought my boat the previous owner said they bought it in 2008 and they sailed it maybe 3 times since . PO said it was hauled out in 2011 for a bottom job. when i started to clean up the out side there was this brown with white poke a dots jelly fish looking bubble on a...
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    I have been working on the boat. finally got my friend out there to do some wood work but got a long way to go . installed a solar vent in the head . went to the Boat show in St Petersburg learned more stuff to get me in trouble and got to sail a 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 . bought a LP...
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    El nino in your boat

    Just talked to my neighbor at the slip and he said he keeps his A/C on 24 7 So now I have Dehumidifiers A/C Heater and desiccant/dryer Which way do I go George Which way do I go .
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    El nino in your boat

    Unfortunately I cant stay on my boat yet and it has its own El nino going on inside wile im gone . it sweats and the perspiration slides down the walls and drips from the celling. I just ordered two solar vents and I have dried the bilge all the way so water is not evaporating and getting...
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    Possible new owner 33 Ranger

    Well I bought it and have been working on it for a few weeks the engine was not running like the owner said but I got her running with minimal effort just had to pull the head and free some valves. ordered all the running rigging , added some new cushions, and am working on the electrical and...
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    Old boats

    I started with bicycles ,than lawn mowers, go carts, than my dad a Mobile mechanic brought my ants car home one summer and said here take the motor out. He thought it was going to take me all week to get it out . I had it laying on the ground before he came home for lunch (I was 12 at that time)...
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    Advice on jacking up then down, a boat that is on a trailer

    When I bought my Macgregor I used a engine hoist on the rear to lift it and a A frame on the front worked great you could use two engine hoists can probably rent them .
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Just took my time and scraped with a razor blade than vacuumed than wire brushed than vacuumed that's it any dust will burn up with the first combustions stroke in each cylinder. besides the valve clattering that I forgot to adjust it sounded like a sewing machine.
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Progress at last! Took the valves out wire brushed them and wire brushed the valve guide . dropped the valves back in ,put the head back on, manifold, distributor and alternator . and she fired right up. I forgot to set the clearance on one of the lifters but I think I can get to it with...
  12. jleblanc31

    Old boats

    Ive seen sites with threads called stickys and they do the same thing you are describing . DIY stickys, Project boat , Ask the Yard Hand would be a good titles and do like you said attach links to post or threads .
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    Old boats

    I am currently restoring a Ranger 33 I bought off craigs list 2 months ago . the owner bought it in 2008 and never did anything with it. wood rotten, engine not working, all lines rotted, there were water marks all inside where it had filled up at least a foot of water before it was pumped out...
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Thanks for the encouragement. jeepbluetj and Karyon jeep I think we have been through this but are you jeeple? SF yes the box looks damaged to me. The box was to small and the order off the gaskets that are in the box is not correct to me .the order they are in is head gasket piece of...
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Ya know after looking at the order the gaskets are in in the box I don't think it was Moyers falt I think UPS mestup and tried to get away with it . will wate on moyer to answer my email they didn't answer the phone.
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Well I ordered the gaskets from Moyer and paid extra to get the gaskets to me for the weekend and this is how I got them. Who ever packed these gaskets needs to be fired. The head gaskets are unusable. Just another Grand Adventure with Philter
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Ned Yes ive been to Moyer and have the gaskets on there way and that explains why the water started coming out I will close the valve when I first start it again . Thanks ken Ill be looking into them later all of the gadges for depth and knots are gone . so I will have to locate some . Well...
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    Nope not intimidated one bit I am a Mechanic and auto body man by trade . the only concern I have is if water got to the rings and seized them but there was no rust in the cylinders so I think im good Im going to free the valves up and put it back together . if it works great if not im only...
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    My Grand Adventure with Philter

    finally got out to Philter today. and just concentrated on the Atomic 4 . put a fresh set of points and condenser in went to start it and no go . she just sputtered . double checked all connections and fuel no go . so I pulled out the compression gauge . Number one 90 psi great ,number two o...
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    What's your favorite boat name?

    Captain Jack Sparrow was known to say, "You gotta get a woman, mate". LOL