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  1. Thelaserguy

    This is for the birds...

    I hang compact disks in a couple of areas. The light reflecting off them keeps the birds away. Best alternative use for a salsa mix cd that I have found to date.
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    Banging noise under sail, small(er) speed under power ?

    Will you engine achieve full rpms, around 3200 in neutral? Is there any vibration at high RPM? The engine is designed to do this safely and the manual recommends that you do this for 30 to 60 seconds prior to engine shut down to blow out the carbon built up by the low RPM operation associated...
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    Bizarre bilge pump mystery

    Have you tried to run the pumps with a stand alone 12 VDC power supply like is used to jump a car with a dead battery? You may find that all of your pumps are still good. A ground wire going south because of corrosion causes some weird behavior. I replaced 2 pumps back to back. First one pulled...
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    Bizarre bilge pump mystery

    Since he had multiple problems with multiple pumps from various manufacturers in multiple configurations, I would bet a steak dinner the wiring is the culprit which can be quickly verified with an external 12 VDC power supply connected directly to the pump, thereby bypassing the existing wiring...
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    Bizarre bilge pump mystery

    A check valve seems like a good solution, but strictly prohibited. I tried it anyways and it was a failure for multiple reasons, and all of them were not good if you wanted the pump to work. A scupper valve at the end of the discharge hose is the best approach for reducing water flowing back...
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    Bizarre bilge pump mystery

    Bilge pumps are essential safety equipment keeping your boat afloat if something dire should happen while out sailing miles away from land. Your 34' boat should have around 4000 gph pump capacity installed. The bilge should have two completely redundant 1100 gph automatic bilge (completely...
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    Bizarre bilge pump mystery

    My 2 cents. Float switches are problematic. Upgrade to automatic Rule 1100 gph with the built in computer sensor. Pump comes on every 2.5 minutes for a brief check to see if there is any water to pump. This gives you an audial confirmation that all is good without having to uncover the bilge...
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    Shaft anode small bubbling

    Dammit Jim I'm a doctor not an electrician!
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    Let's say you sold your boat to one of your good friends.............

    I helped out a golf pro who had a security issue by selling him an AK47 version 12 gage shotgun at cost, really cool Russian manufactured piece of hardware. He sold it a few days later at 100% profit. I felt used. I never made that mistake again. The experience helped me in the long run to...
  10. Thelaserguy

    Tachometer installation method found!

    Do you take the entire cable off and soak it, or just where it attaches at the engine? And where does it attach at the engine? And thanks for the comment, my tach has just started reading erratically.
  11. Thelaserguy

    Friday evening sails and fireworks at Kemah Boardwalk

    The Kemah boardwalk features a fireworks display on Friday nights in June and July. I am taking a crew of 6 out on Galveston bay for a sail and then watching the fireworks. We went a little too far out the first trip and almost made the ship channel before turning around and heading back to...
  12. Thelaserguy

    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Through putting on the fiberglass. Next step is to sand and then cover with 5200 so it blenDs in with the rest of the bilge. Going out this Friday for a sail in the evening then will anchor off the Kemah boardwalk and have a few sundowner with the crew.
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Another 5 layers applied to the divot after work today, still another 15 to 20 to go. After it is sanded will cover it in 5200 so it will be white and match the rest of the bilge.
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Repair work is underway. I am also repairing the cover for the wiring at the electrical distribution box. I pulled the cover off to get access to the wiring lugs to add a new hot wire for the new bilge pump. Have applied 10 layers to the repair of the box in the bilge so far. Probably about 10...
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    The only way to get visual access is to completely remove all the fiberglass, which appears to be at least 2" thick. After excavating 1 1/8" deep there is no more crack. Since fiberglass is waterproof I am inclined to believe that everything below the fiberglass is in good condition. Other than...
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Chiseled off the horizontal top layer and the vertical surface adjacent layer. This revealed a thick fiberglass structure. On the right side of the picture you can see a cut I made with a cut off wheel. The cut is about 3/8" deep and is still cutting into fiberglass. Chiseled a notch on either...
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    On the bilge pump issue ever since the automatic pump failed I have wished I had a backup pump in place. Not keen on taking up the flooring to run a separate line to a thru hull fitting I have been pondering a way to use a Y valve to have a second pump ready. Not wanting to use check valves...
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    The bilge pump ( brand new attwood 500) failed last weekend and the bilge was completely full of water. Replaced with automatic Rule but now I know the area under that fiberglass cover has seen water intrusion. If the inspection port shows the wood to be sound I can put a fan on the area and dry...
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Before sealing it with 5200 looks like the consensus is cut an inspection port and see what is inside. I'll do that and post pictures of what I find. Can I use a cut off whell to make an inspection port? While wearing a dust mask of course.
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    Is this serious? Crack at base of mast support

    Thanks, that is what I was hoping. I know it does not leak, I put papertowels around it for a couple days in port and they stayed dry. Unless someone has another idea 5200 sounds like a winner.