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  1. Scott T-Bird

    Cockpit Flooring Project

    Nice, how thick is it? (How much does it raise the floor level?)
  2. Scott T-Bird

    Nautique all-electric ski boat a game changer - Plugboats

    I suppose the propeller could be different, but I think it would simply be managed by the throttle, same as usual. I imagine it would be pretty smooth, actually.
  3. Scott T-Bird

    dog on board

    If I could downsize, I would have headroom and not need a larger boat! It wouldn't be a bad thing if I could downsize like Tom's dogs. ;);)
  4. Scott T-Bird

    dog on board

    The handle on the pfd does make a difference and getting the dog on-board in rough water is definitely an issue. That said, I'll also attest to their ability to climb a ladder. Our Shelby (setter-border collie mix) climbed the ladder on our boat from the water all the time, even tho it was a...
  5. Scott T-Bird

    dog on board

    Do Springers like water? No, not much … My daughter's Springer, Schotzie swims out to the line-up when the surf is up. These dogs will swim very well without pfd in my opinion. They can slide under the netting pretty easily if not secured all along the bottom. Our dog slid under the...
  6. Scott T-Bird

    Traveler theory

    Probably not enough to even think about. This is the first time in 16 years on this forum that I have even seen this issue raised! ;) Not that it hasn't been discussed before, but I've paid attention to a lot of sail trim discussions and it is a new one to me! Maybe it's flown right by me in...
  7. Scott T-Bird

    Traveler theory

    I'm pretty sure that my traveler on the bridge deck has the sheet angled back slightly when the boom is at the centerline. I was thinking the same thing … easing the traveler would ease the leech, but only to a point. Maybe when the traveler is all the way to the outboard end, the sheet may...
  8. Scott T-Bird

    Setting up for slab reefing - cheek block position?

    I don't always do this but after putting in a reef, I've simply detached the outhaul and connected it to the new clew. It has helped to flatten the sail at times and I don't know why you couldn't loosen it to give the sail a little more shape if wanted. Sure, it's an extra step but it's not...
  9. Scott T-Bird

    Mold adjudication?

    @Randall Schmidt not everybody has the same sensitivity to mold. What makes some people very sick may not affect somebody else. Mold spores are all around us in the air, as it is obvious, since you find it on your boat. You can use a simple respiration mask that you get at HD depending upon...
  10. Scott T-Bird

    Traveler theory

    @jimshipsky keep in mind that the location of the traveler track also makes a difference in how functional it is. Those towel-bar configurations have a very limited range because they are located on the stern. A track mounted on the coach roof has a much wider range of effectiveness because it...
  11. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    Good eye! I think there may be leakage at each of those screws. I could try to replace them with machine screws and nuts, but it doesn't look like I will have a flat surface on the upper ones unless I remove the fitting and cut away the remnants of the old tube. here is another look with a...
  12. Scott T-Bird

    New flooring suggestions

    I don't have a workshop with multitudes of tools anymore! I just have my garage floor for doing simple projects. I think I am going to seek a craftsman with a real shop for this little project!
  13. Scott T-Bird

    New flooring suggestions

    The plywood sits flat on the fiberglass floor pan. The only openings in the floor are the two bilge access panels lined up in the center over the keel for access to the keel bolts and bilge pump.
  14. Scott T-Bird

    New flooring suggestions

    Well, I found a source for teak & holly plywood at a reasonable price and a location where I can drive to get it. This is how I am going to do the job. The only complication is that it is available either in 1/4" or 1/2" thickness. The original is 3/8" thickness. I need to determine if I...
  15. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    I don't think the darker red color is staining from water intrusion. There is the same material around the other cockpit drain on the port side and it doesn't show the tracing of a water leak. It looks more like a sealant material. The lighter rust stain is the tracings from water and it...
  16. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    Well, I did have some concern about the other thru-hulls that are in that vicinity because they are all virtually submerged when the boat is running. If you look at the photo underneath from further back, it is pretty evident that the water comes from the exhaust port. The 2 cockpit drains...
  17. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    My general impression is that there is water leaking around the outer flange and that the bedding was not done very well. However, the muffler tube and the stern tube do not align perfectly, either. There is only about an inch or less gap between the muffler tube and the SS tube at the stern...
  18. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    Yes, the boat squats quite a bit. It is virtually submerged while running even at about 2/3 WOT. I tend to run at high RPM just about every time I'm going anywhere outside the channel, so the exhaust is submerged probably 75% of the time I'm running with auxiliary. It's just barely submerged...
  19. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    Well, I am curious about the rust stains around the flange, but the specifications from Vetus indicate that it is 316 SS. Also, what are those 2 rings at the end of the inner tube if not a hose barb? (I'm looking at the Vetus link). That fitting has been in place for 6 seasons of relatively...
  20. Scott T-Bird

    Exhaust leak troubles

    I've had a persistent leak at the exhaust since I installed our new engine several years ago. It isn't a major leak, just enough to cause a little water in the bilge while underway. It's been a long time since I removed the back panels to look at it. Now I'm wondering how to go about curing...