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  1. VanIslandGuy

    New Sails for our 410

    New Sails by VanIslandGuy posted May 18, 2019 at 2:08 PMLast year our boat Freewill turned twenty. The sails were original. The boat still sailed remarkably well with the old sails, but I found that to keep heel under control I was keeping the traveller a lot lower than I wanted, and keeping the...
  2. VanIslandGuy

    A Lurker no more...

    I joined this forum after reading it only for several months. Since I read only up to that point I chose the name Lurker. Well after 3+ years of contributing to the forum I figured the name no longer worked. Hence the change to VanIslandGuy which is also what I use on the cruisers forum...
  3. VanIslandGuy

    yanmar oil/breather questions

    My engine is a Yanmare 4jh2e. We recently changed the oil. We took the boat out for an hour motoring first to get the oil good and hot, then changed it straight away. Service manual says 7 quart capacity. We had sucked 7 quarts out with a west marine extraction handpump vacuum tool. We...
  4. VanIslandGuy

    How cool do you run?

    Your engine that is... I've got a Yanmar 4jh2e, and I've never seen the engine warmer than 150-160'F, and normally 130'-140 is where it sits. I've replaced the thermostat in May this year but no change. Can the cool waters we run in here in the Pacific NW be a reason for the engine coolant...
  5. VanIslandGuy

    Laminate sails on a cruiser?

    Looking for ideas here on getting new sails made. I'd like to hear thoughts from cruisers and racers alike on battens (full, 2f+2p), loose-footed or not, how deep to set up each reef, cruising laminates versus higher performance dacrons etc. Anyone that has put a fat-head main on a B&R...
  6. VanIslandGuy

    Solar questions?

    I'm considering a solar project for our H410 and am looking for advice... I will likely get an arch fabricated that can hold solar panels and davits in the stern of the boat with the hope of mounting 200-300 watts of solar wired in series. All will run through an MPPT controller mounted close...
  7. VanIslandGuy

    Davits you can walk under?

    I know that the davit issue gets discussed a lot. Please bear with me...This discussion would mostly pertain to boats with an aft-cockpit rather than centre. We sail a Hunter 410 with a fibreglass arch. The only reason we've been a little hesitant on davits is that we like to dock stern to...
  8. VanIslandGuy

    Clearing/replacing a holding tank vent...

    Just got back home from a nice two week cruise. Unfortunately on day five I noticed that the forward head would start bubbling after being pumped dry once the tank was more than a third full. The joker valve is new, and the water coming back is clean and odourless. I take a look at the tank...
  9. VanIslandGuy

    Pirates Cove, BC, Decourcey Island

    Have any of you with deeper draft boats, (ours is 6'6") made the trip up to Pirates Cove? The anchorage looks really nice but I'm more concerned with getting in/out which will only be feasible at high tide. For those that have done it...any tips/warnings? Prefer to anchor without the stern...
  10. VanIslandGuy

    4jh2e first oil change...

    I've just done the first for me oil change on our H410. We ran the engine until the oil was good and hot and extracted all through the dipstick tube using a large hand pump vacuum extractor. We pulled around 6 litres our plus whatever was in the filter. We added 6 litres afterwards, ran the...
  11. VanIslandGuy

    Replace spin on Racor...

    My H410 has a Racor R25T which spins on from below. Changing the filter on this is a a pain but doable on the dock, but I could see it being a real nuisance in a rough seaway as you need to drain, use a strap tool to remove, and refill it each time you change the filter. Were most big Hunter's...
  12. VanIslandGuy

    SBO store measurements for running rigging

    Anyone have experience with this: When I go into my H410 owners manual on page 46A; the mainsail, jib, and spinnaker halyard lengths are all listed as 118 ft. Same numbers are listed for both furling/traditional mainsails. When I use this site's store running rigging calculator I get this...
  13. VanIslandGuy

    Fix it like the Fonz...

    Anyone remember Fonzie from Happy Days? Lately I've used the closed fist method to fix two items. 1.) Sticky tachometer. Wouldn't indicate above 2000 rpm despite engine sounding much faster. Two closed fist bumps and voila 3400 rpm indicated. 2) AC Voltage indicating 60v on my panel, but...
  14. VanIslandGuy

    Applying Dalys Seafin oil to teak...

    Our interior teak is in really good shape. Today we cleaned all the teak surfaces with no-scratch sponges and a spray bottle filled with water plus one teaspoon of murphy's woad soap and 1/8 cup of white vinegar. Once cleaned, everything was wiped down with a wet microfiber cloth, followed by...
  15. VanIslandGuy

    Stereo speaker upgrade time suck...rant

    Ever have a job that should take 60-120 minutes and takes all day and then some? Decided to replace all six original square seaworthy speakers in the boat. Main cabin needs top shelf of teak cabinets below the speaker removed to be able to fit new speakers in. Roughly 16 screws per cabinet to...
  16. VanIslandGuy

    3 recessed lights above the compression post.

    Hi Everyone, I've got a Hunter 410. There appear to be three lights that are on the headliner that triangle/surround the compression post. There are no switches to turn them on/off that I can see. I've turned on all the cabin/courtesy circuit breakers and they don't light up. Is there a...
  17. VanIslandGuy

    Going Hydronic...pulled the pin today.

    After months of research, we've pulled the pin and ordered all the parts for installing an Espar Hydronic heating system on our boat. We are excited to get started and expect we will complete the install in the first week of March. Why hydronic? This was the hardest decision to make versus...
  18. VanIslandGuy

    Replacing Jabsco macerator with Raritan

    Just replaced both macerator pumps, (Jabsco orignals 1998), with new Raritan pumps. If anyone is contemplating doing the same the good news is the mounting bolt pattern and electrical requirements are identical, meaning you can swap one for the other easily. The Raritan pump looks to be better...
  19. VanIslandGuy

    Boat needs a heater...input welcome

    We live on Vancouver Island. The boat is not a liveabord but will get used on good days in the winter and stays in the water all year long. It is a 1998 Hunter 410, two cabin, two head model. I'm leaning towards a forced air system since they seem to be a little better at keeping things dry...
  20. VanIslandGuy

    When to put in the second reef?

    It's been a fairly gentle first summer with our Hunter 410 as far as winds go. Yesterday was the exception. We had +25 kts of wind. We also had guests with experienced sailing parents, and inexperienced children. To keep things simple I reefed the main straight away to the second reef, and...