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  1. Ralph Johnstone

    How's Your Bottom Doing These Days ?

    I recently became involved in a discussion here about bottom paint and was called out for stating that I was getting six to seven years out of an application of bottom paint. "Impossible" he said. I knew it was a hell of a lot better than my previous applications of Micron CSC but didn't think...
  2. Ralph Johnstone

    My Favorite Job of the Year

    I really can't decide if it's lubricating the head piston or getting a root canal (without sedation). Tough choice but I think the root canal comes out on top because it's a little tidier than the lube job. For the last 19 years, I had made do with a Jabsco just because I could. It was always...
  3. Ralph Johnstone

    What is the Weirdest Thing You Have Ever Found on a Boat

    @Sefuller recently posted that he was looking for a 7/8" barbed hose adapter for his water heater. https://forums.sailboatowners.com/threads/7-8-hose-fitting.1249923349/#post-1622810 And yes, there is a 7/8" hose and fittings. This got me to thinking, what is the weirdest device, design...
  4. Ralph Johnstone

    Rartan PHll Superflush Piston 0-Ring Lubrication ? ? ?

    Hi Peggie, In a nutshell, does the piston O-ring in a PHll Superflush require periodic lubrication ? I recently replaced my old Jabsco with a Superflush and know that piston O-ring lubrication (annually) was a mandatory requirement of the old Jabsco. It was an easy enough task, but for sure...
  5. Ralph Johnstone

    I'm Throwing in the Towel .........................

    .......................... because it's soaking wet from another leak on my Jabsco head. Up until now, I've put up with the leaks from every possible gasket, seal, and whatsit you can imagine. Usually, not too much trouble to repair and although a new pump repair kit is almost the same price as...
  6. Ralph Johnstone

    You May Think You're Insured But ...................

    As well as a few other earth shaking events in my life, my insurance comes up on July 31. A few buddies and myself were spending a sunny afternoon sitting around solving the problems of the world and I happened to bring up my upcoming insurance. And what do you know, one of the guys is an...
  7. Ralph Johnstone

    Torn From the Pages of "Ripley's Believe It or Not"

    This is truly one of the most unbelievable things I have come across in engine maintenance and I wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't seen it myself. Even at that, I'm doubtful. Several months ago, I pulled the mixing elbow figuring it had three years on it (about 300 hrs) and it was time...
  8. Ralph Johnstone

    Mast Climbing

    Has anyone come up with a safety line to use with the Easy Climb mast climber ? I am headed up the mast this summer to replace the anchor light and refuse be winched up the mast again. The downward forces on the mast get worrisome when you add your weight, the force pulling you up, and the...
  9. Ralph Johnstone

    Installation of an Electric Lift Pump on a Yanmar 2GM20F

    I recently had the pleasure of finding an external weeping fuel leak on the lift pump of my Yanmar 2GM20F. Now how much of a problem could it be to replace the lift pump ? With the engine location I have, bloody murder :banghead:. A few inches at best to see around the starboard side of the...
  10. Ralph Johnstone

    Is it Just Me .............

    .................. or has anyone else noticed a decline in boating interest in their area? This came to mind while replying to a posting by rgranger entitled "From lemons to lemonade" http://forums.hunter.sailboatowners.com/showthread.php?t=171554 Knowing the violent repercussions for...
  11. Ralph Johnstone

    Deleting a Posting

    How does one go about deleting a posted article from the "Sailboat KnowledgeBase" ? Accidentally posted a duplicate.
  12. Ralph Johnstone

    A Better Mousetrap ? ? ?

    ................. just maybe. Jabsco Heads. I don't think I'm telling any tales out of school when I say what a load of crap they are. Only thing that's kept me from replacing mine with a respectable head is that the step where it's mounted appears to be made for a Jabsco with 1/2" clearance...
  13. Ralph Johnstone

    Big Surprise .....................

    ........... for this 1999 Hunter 310 owner. And maybe a few others as well. In the last fourteen years, I thought I had plumbed every nook, crevice, and cranny in the boat and no further surprises could possibly exist. Yeah, you bet. I also hear the Pope's converting to Judaeism. While...
  14. Ralph Johnstone

    A Tale of Two Pumps ................

    Doctorbill recently brought up a subject which I swore I would not get into as I'm still in therapy trying to heal the mental scars. Recently had my Jabsco macerator develop a leak at the gasket. Damned thing was replaced four years ago. This brings to mind a post dealing with...
  15. Ralph Johnstone

    Holding Tank Vents

    Has anyone had a problem with odours permeating through the holding tank vent hose walls ? The compartment for containing the tank is under the setee which is fairly air tight and has little air movement. The smell is not like H2S or rotten eggs but smells more like rubber. If the cover is...
  16. Ralph Johnstone

    An Embarassing Question ............

    ................. no it's not ED, incontinence, or anything as trivial as that. Can anyone offer any help as to why I seem to have lost all the bells and whistles on my page for responding to, or posting a new thread ? Font colour, underline, italics, .......... gone. Thanks as always.
  17. Ralph Johnstone

    Blower Muffler

    Has anyone installed a bilge exhaust fan in their engine compartment ? Now before you label me an idiot or worse, this is strictly for cooling. On our H310, the engine is stored in a Nike shoe box and the temperature in there hits 150 deg. F which is not ideal for either the engine air...
  18. Ralph Johnstone

    Is it just me?

    .................. or does anyone else collect pictures of "fixer upper specials" where just a coat of paint is all you need to make 'er good as new ? That, and anything else should just buff right out.
  19. Ralph Johnstone

    Changing the Oil Filter on a Yanmar 2GM20F

    I've done it for years. Lately, it's gotten so bad that neighboring boats leave for the day when I change the oil. Sucking the oil out the sump with the Pela oil suction pump is neat and tidy as you please, but when the oil filter comes off, all hell breaks loose. Oil drains down the side...
  20. Ralph Johnstone

    One Last Question on Windlasses ..........

    .................. and then I lay down my money, so help me :cussing:. Actually two questions (I lied). 1. What is the experience of those using combined rope/chain gypsies ? Does your nylon anchor line get chewed up as it passes through those sharp little teeth ? 2. Can you use any three...