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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Ralph Johnstone

    Deleting a Posting

    How does one go about deleting a posted article from the "Sailboat KnowledgeBase" ? Accidentally posted a duplicate.
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Ralph Johnstone

    Rope to Chain Rode Packages

    Does anyone know of a well priced supplier that will make up rope/chain packages to given dimensions ? I'm looking at installing an electric windlass (to replace the armstrong windlass) and installing new rope and chain. Our northern waters are a little deep (need 400' of line) and 40' of...
  18. Ralph Johnstone

    Using the Lewmar V700 .........................

    I said I'd never do it but I'm looking at installing a windlass. Too many miles of running and I've now got some young neurosurgeon telling me I've got a few compressed disks and if I know what's good for me, I'll watch my back. Aw, crap :cussing:. Hauling up the anchor by hand is one...
  19. Ralph Johnstone

    Bilge Blower Hose ...................

    Has anyone had any experience installing bilge blower hose other than the usual clothes dryer type of wire reinforced floppy vinyl hose ? Now before you go off shaking you head thinking "idiot" or worse ............... the need for the blower and hose is due to my engine being hidden away in a...
  20. Ralph Johnstone

    Wire Labelling

    Has anyone come up with a good product for labelling electrical wiring which lasts ? I am ready to give up and just photograph each and every wire on the boat and then write the description on the prints. I have gone cheap with various types of adhesive tape to expensive with adhesive printed...