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    Fresh water pump

    When we opened the boat to start the season last week, we noticed that the water pump was cycling every 15 seconds or so just as if we had left a faucet dripping or had a leak. After determining that all faucets were tight and no leaks appeared, we think our 14-year old Jabsco Parmax 31395 pump...
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    Greco SweetTank...

    What experience, if any , has anyone had using the Groco SweetTank product?
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    TWP...

    I am getting tired of re-varnishing the teak on my stern rail seats every year. What success has anyone had using TWP on exterior teak surfaces?
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    Raritan toilet install...

    Thinking about replacing my Jabsco manual toilet with a Raritan. What sort of issues will I be facing? e.g. removal of old unit, mounting bolt differences, hose connections, etc.
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    Portlight screens...

    For years we have made do with plastic-framed portlight screens.. that constantly fall out. We would prefer to make do with screens...that do not constantly fall out. Have you found a product that meets this need? I am referring to the smaller opening portlights along the hull.
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    Galley sole reinforcement...

    Over the years, the sole at the base of the companionway has shown signs of needing reinforcement. The flooring around the access to the thru-hulls seems too flexible and the section directly beneath the drawers has actually come loose. Before I starting to construct an ad hoc solution, I...
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    Hot interior lights...

    For years I have been aware that the recessed saloon headliner lighting fixtures become very hot after not much time. For whatever reason, this past weekend I got to thinking that, for several reasons, these hot lights may not be the best idea. Are there any replacement bulbs that fit these...
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    Tough landing...

    Recently, in the process of making a windy entrance into our slip, I managed to drag the starboard portlite along the corner bumper thus leaving a white paint smear on the portlite plexi. What is a safe cleaner to remove said smear without damaging the pleaxi? Thank you for your comments.
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    A/C water line stopcock...

    After years of having to reprime the A/C water pump every spring, I have finally decided to install a stopcock in the exit line from the pump to simplify the process. However, I am 4 hours round trip from the boat and cannot find a reliable refence regarding the size of that line. I think it...
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    Fuel filter...

    I have been made aware of a fuel filter located somewhere aft of the main berth that should peridically be checked. Can anyone give me a clue as to where to start looking for this item?
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    Overheating engine...

    Our Yanmar 3GM30F engine overheated earlier this Spring. We have a new repair shop owner on the lake this year and I decided to give this problem to him as a "get acquainted" job. He diagnosed the problem as a broken impeller and proceded to fix it with the comment that our engine is one of...
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    Ignition switch key entry...

    The molded threaded plastic key entry part of our ignition switch has broken away. As a result, the threaded plastic collar has nothing to screw onto leaving us no alternative but to tape the switch back into place until replacement parts can be found. Does anyone have a go-to source which...
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    European vs Japanese Yanmars...

    We sail a 2003 H356 and I recently had the new owner or our marina boatyard replace the impeller in the 3GM 27hp Yanmar engine. The impeller had been replaced several years before by the former owner. The new owner informed me that we had the European version of this engine which had a...
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    Boom vang adjustment...

    Our vang is attached to the boom at a point whereby no further downward adjustment can be made. We want to be able to tighten the mainsail leech. There is room to do so between the boom and the dodger. Is there any reason why not to loosen and reattach the vang further out on the boom? Are...
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    AC unit Mounting...

    As we all have learned, our boat's hull are huge sound boxes capable of amplifying and resonating sound. So here is my question...has anyone found a way to cushion your A/C unit mounts in such a way as to significantly reduce the sound it makes during operation?
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    Boat pole accessories...

    After something around twenty years, I have made an interesting discovery. While using my boat pole to help me clean out the accumulated crud in the bottom of my anchor locker, I took special note of the red rubber tip on the pole. It had never occured to me before to question its purpose. I...
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    Headsail size matters?

    I have been told and have read that since the H356 sails mainly off its main, a larger headsail (say 135 vs 110) is not an advantage and may be a slight disadvantage). Any comments? Doug.
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    New headsail...

    Here in the Midwest, the Spring weather has arrived, albeit a little late this year. Last night, 70mph straight-line winds blew through our marina and managed to unfurl our headsail and render it blotto (actual sailing term). In spite of the sheets being cleated in the anchor locker and the...
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    Refridge/Freezer theory

    This weekend, we heard a theory regarding fridge/freezer management that we had never heard before. Simply stated, never turn off your fridge/freezer units, ever. We were told that turning these units off over the winter and/or during long gaps between usage reduces their lifetime. They also...
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    Inflatable dinghy sealant...

    We have an aged inflatable dinghy that has developed a slow leak that, thus far, has avoided detection. My question is, has anyone had any good experience with a spray-applied sealant that we could appy to the pontoon seams throughout the interior of the dinghy?