I've been to the past 2 Annapolis Boat Shows looking for specific items to buy, trying to get boat show deals. It mostly seemed that "Boat Show Deals" could easily be matched by carefully looking on line.
The shows mostly were a good place to put your hands on gear, talk to venders and compare...
On my 93 C30 the battery compartment is under the aft half of the starboard cabin bench. The water tank is under the forward half of the bench. The tank's water outlet is on the aft end of the tank forward of the battery compartment. It is a tight fit to get to the outlet. I cut the hose off...
My raw water pump would stop pumping water after a day sail.. Turned out a bad o ring seal for the pump cover was the culprit.
So, yes they do not need a prime but an air leak will prevent them from doing so.
Good point from @Hayden Watson about checking the strainer seal.
i don’t think you can tell if the HX tubes are clogged by taking only one end cap off. You need both caps off to look through It. Actually just put a flashlight at one end and see if the light shows at the other end. At least that’s how I check mine.
My alternator had an out-of-round hole the foot. I gave it to the marina owner along with the pivot bolt. The next day he handed it back with a pressed in bushing drilled out to fit the bolt. Did it in his own metal shop in about an hour or so.
A highly recommended belt is the Dayco TopCog belt. Recommended by Maine Sail AKA Rod Collins of Maine How To .com and contributor to the forums. I switched to the TopCog belt and drastically reduced any belt dusting/slippage.
Gates is another belt brand he recommended.
Then do as @Stu...
I just learned this from my dock neighbor who has a Hunter 310. Very experienced sailor. He's been frustrated by the difficulty with furling his in mast main. I mentioned another friend with a Hunter 33 seems to have no problem with in mast furling.
He explained that Hunter didn't use the same...
Probably because most outboards are purchased for fishing boats with planning hulls and the displacement hulls of sailboats benefit from different prop designs and pitch.
@LakeShark posted while I was typing and explains it much better.
The pump shouldn't need to be primed but it may if there is a slight air leak at the cover plate o ring.
This last spring I was having intermittent issues with no water flow when starting after a day sail. Tried lots of things.
Then I went back to Stu's idea that the pump was losing prime...
Thanks for the follow up.
And, I joined your club.
Went to the boat yesterday and found my batteries at 9.2V. (two GC2 6v FLA)
Turns out I had left my battery charger turned off when I last left my boat Labor Day Weekend.
My fridge ran the batteries down. Luckily I don't get much water...
Yep, agree with jeepbluetj, do nothing and see what happens. In one day your solar brought the battery back up to 11.4. If it comes back up to normal voltage you'll be able to tell pretty quickly if the battery sustains your use for a day of sailing or not. When it doesn't, time for a new one.