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    Looking at a boat...that sank!

    Here's the story as I recall it. I do not know the owner of the boat you are looking at. The owner of the other boat involved is a friend of mine. The boat was moored in Oswego, NY along with several other boats. The moorings there are not regulated. The harbor has a break wall and is exposed...
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    Looking at a boat...that sank!

    I think I know this boat. Did this boat sink on Lake Ontario? While not as damaging as salt water, fresh water can have its own damaging effects. The wiring will certainly be suspect unless all the connectors were heat sealed, which I doubt. Count on rewiring the boat. Even though it has...
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    Propane Outboard

    The Lehr, Mercury, and Tohatsu are all made by Tohatsu. The propane versions have almost all the same parts as the gas versions, except the carburetor and fuel supply. I seem to recall reading that Tohatsu continues to market the propane version under their own brand.
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    Should the prop shaft flange be painted?

    When I replaced the flange this spring I sprayed it with a corrosion inhibitor based on a reccomendation from Steve D'Antonio. He uses CRC Corrosion Inhibitor. Search his website for the full article on shafts, couplings, and props.
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    I just came back from rescuing a dinghy. A neighboring sailor was trying to get back to his boat that was upwind in 10+ knots. His normally reliable motor kept stalling out. The problem it seems was the vent on his gas tank (internal tank), he had left it open the day before in the rain and...
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    Medicare requires a permanent residential address. What do cruisers do?

    This is not quite accurate. Generally Medicare does not pay for medical care delivered outside of the US or its territories there are a few exceptions, see the link below. It does not matter where you live, only where the service is delivered. Some Supplemental Medicare programs do offer out of...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    White "smoke" is likely water vapor. On a 2 stroke the smoke should be blue. One of the issues with ethanol is getting water in the fuel. It may be that you do have water in the tank which causes the white smoke which is really steam. Older motors were not designed or built to deal with...
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    Medicare requires a permanent residential address. What do cruisers do?

    St Brendan's Isle Mail Forwarding Service. It is where I currently receive mail.
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    Medicare requires a permanent residential address. What do cruisers do?

    An SBI address will take the form of: Your Name 411 Walnut St. #XXXXXX Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 Looks like an apartment address to computers.
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    B & G Zeus 3 intermittently powering down

    The voltage drop can be the result of seemingly random events. For example the AP engages at the same time the refrigerator starts up, while some transmits on the VHF. Or if the batteries are small like Group 24s without much reserve capacity. Does this happen more towards the end of a sail or...
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    B & G Zeus 3 intermittently powering down

    Check all the connections to make certain they are good. A drop in voltage can cause electronics to power down. This an happen if there is a sudden increase in the load as well as if the batteries are old or in a low SOC. You can contact B&G tech support, but they will probably blame it on...
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    Medicare requires a permanent residential address. What do cruisers do?

    St Brendan’s Isle mail forwarding company. They will help you establish Florida residency for all those things that require a permanent residence. We are currently using them although not for residency purposes
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    Replacing Cabin Sole

    As noted not all silicone caulks are the same. Caulks like DOW 795 and GE Silpruf have a different chemistry and properties than the cheap stuff bought in a hardware store. 795 and Silpruf are archectural glazing compounds Formulated to hold plate glass windows in place. They have both good...
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    Sanity Check: Winterization...Covering winches in a below freezing winter ? Maybe a cockpit tarp over the boom or unstepped mast ?

    If you tarp the boat secure the tarp by tying down the edges and running lines over the tarp. This reduces billowing and reduces stress on the tarp, it lasts longer and is less likely to blow off. I have the same question as @thinwater’s about the trains. The will be a time in the spring and...
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    Replacing Cabin Sole

    once the surface silicone is removed sanding will help. Use a vacuum sander so the dust gets sucked up, this may reduce the amount of silicone that gets ground into the pan.
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    False fume alarm ?

    The alarms will detect almost any organic vapor, such as diesel fuel, alcohol, some cleaning compounds, and of course propane. When Second Star developed a fuel leak the alarm went off. The other day my wife was cleaning under the stove and the alarm went off, the cleaning solution had some...
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    Is using 3M 5200 selant too strong to water proof cockpit?

    And make sure the pad eye is properly secured and backed up. Might as well caulk that too. ;)
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    Is using 3M 5200 selant too strong to water proof cockpit?

    For that application 4000 or 4200 would be appropriate. There is a UV stable 4000 or 4200 (can't remember which off hand) that would be best as it will not yellow or turn brown. To do the job properly, it will be necessary to remove the old caulk and clean the surfaces. The seal will be better...
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    Is using 3M 5200 selant too strong to water proof cockpit?

    5200 is primarily an adhesive, not a a sealant or caulk, thus it would be a poor choice for sealing leaks. In the 3M line 4200 or 4000 might be a better choice depending on the nature of the gap being filled. To seal a leak the sealant needs to be flexible and be able to stretch due to boat's...
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    Bare lead keel prep

    Clean the lead to remove any loose paint and contaminants. Wire brush the lead to rough up the surface. Coat with neat epoxy and wire brush the epoxy to the lead. Fair with your favorite underwater epoxy fairing compound. The most important part is doing this relatively quickly. Do not wait...