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  1. sailme88

    Enjoy the Day

    Hoping you all enjoy Independence Day with your families and friends and hopefully aboard YOUR boats.. Stay Safe.. Rick
  2. sailme88

    EV-100 auto helm issues

    My autohelm has been acting up and I just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and may possibly have a solution. When engaged and it is making corrections the lock lever starts to move up towards free and then back down. Then on the up movement, to releases and the course is lost...
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    New and Interesting marine related TV show on the Weather Channel

    If you haven't seen or heard, The Weather Channel has a new show called Deep Water Salvage. While sometimes they are in deep water, many of the offerings are in and around docks. The premier features recoveries following Hurricane Sally last September. I find it interesting and unfathomable...
  4. sailme88

    OYE !

    Yesterday I get word that my Hurth tranny isn't too bad. Needs a gasket and bearing kit. Today marked 100 days until I launch and....now were getting 12 to 18" of snow...OYE talk about a bubble pop..
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    Aqua Lift muffler

    Well I knew last summer that there was a problem with the muffler. Soot water was collecting in the bilge. Retreating to the head to view the muffler, sooty water was indeed observed to be flowing over the top and down the sides. Went to Catalina Direct to order a new one. While my mechanic...
  6. sailme88

    Explains a LOT

    Three pics.. Today I had my Hurth transmission pulled out for either a rebuild or replacement. During the summer, I had noted soot water running across the top of the water muffler. Figured it was OEM and might need replacement. Ordered one from Catalina Direct in August ( still waiting for...
  7. sailme88

    Merry Christmas everyone...

    T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house.. There were empties and butts left around by some louse and the best quart I'd hid by the chimney with care Had been swiped by some bum Who'd discovered it there... My guests had all long been poured in their beds To awake...
  8. sailme88

    Moving on!

    With Thanksgiving behind us, I’ve moved on to Christmas...
  9. sailme88

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Hoping that everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.
  10. sailme88

    DONE !!!!

    A club mate bought an identical boat to mine. So that makes me a logical source for problem solving. Upon stepping and launching last June, it was apparent that the anchor, steaming and deck light were inoperative. We acquired an aux light to substitute for the steaming light before the...
  11. sailme88

    They're Back...

    If you have a Universal diesel with an Oberdorfer raw water pump, the long wait is over.. Oberdorfer is re-located ( in Michigan) re-tooled, manufacturing and shipping. My new pump that was ordered in July arrived last week.... YEA!!! In case you're wondering, the interior diameter of the...
  12. sailme88

    A Bad day sailing is better than a good day at work....

    Welllllll not so fast....
  13. sailme88

    NEED a new Auto Pilot?

    Realizing that not everyone is on Facebook, I though I'd pass this on.. Defender Marine is advertising a big sale on Raymarine Evo auto pilots. My suspicion is that a new model is about to be released and the shelves are being cleared.. That just means savings for us. It might be beneficial...
  14. sailme88

    WINTER arrived...

    Winter arrived today at 14:53.... on a positive note, I launch in 234 days 17 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds...
  15. sailme88

    ....and so it begins...

    In a weeks time, we'll unstep our mast and be transported home the next day... Today is the first prep day. Dodger and Bimini along with their frames will be removed. Then on Saturday, the last sail for the season before stripping the sails. On Sunday morning the mast will be unstepped, and...
  16. sailme88

    Hen's Teeth: The Saga Continues.....

    Brief recap: Had started to notice a gradual overheating over a period of time.. First thought was that the impeller was failing. After replacing the impeller, there was an inability to get water to come out of the stern discharge. Replacing the cam did help, but lost the prime yesterday...
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    Scarce as hen's teeth...

    Started to notice a gradual overheating taking place with my Universal M25. If I pushed the throttle to 2500rpm the temperature gauge would slowly rise. Tried new impeller(s) without success. So, it became an " only go to 2500 for short periods. The other day I had started the engine and...
  18. sailme88

    The Times they are a Changing...

    We are lucky... We managed to launch and step on time without a COVID derailment. So far, there has not been any infringement on our ability to sail our boat. Tomorrow we ( as a country) would normally celebrate the Independence that our forefathers fought for. Now all events ( in most...
  19. sailme88

    GREAT TOOL !!

    Hey all, Found a great tool. It's a hook knife. Sold as HOOKNIFE, by Sailboat Solutions in N.C. This sucker is unbelievably sharp.. Comes with a short 12" handle. I ordered a adjunct extendable pole that has about 8' of reach. My tests ( for amazed friends) utilizing 7/16 kern mantle line...
  20. sailme88

    Nice Run...

    As a follow up to the post last week about my friend's acquisition of a boat from the original owner with memory impairment, we successfully delivered the boat from Plymouth, MA to Portland, ME on Friday. We drove down on Thursday and spent the night aboard. Up at 04:00 to start the...