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    BELT DUST

    With the recent and latest cleaning efforts, I have found quite a bit of belt dust on the engine. I believe I have my pulleys lined up. The tension according to the manual is correct. All the pulleys match as in the width and depth of the groove. I ask the list, is there something I have missed...
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    LESSONS LEARNED

    While I let the third helping of Pecan Pie settle, I thought I might just put something out there that I recently found by chance. Once again, I changed my oil on the M20, this time as part of the winterization process. I used the oil extractor like I always do. Thought I got it all, however the...
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    Stanchion Talk

    I need to remove all the bases for my stanchions so I can re bed the bolts and stop water from coming trough into the cabin. On staring at a few of them, I noticed water in the base where the stanchion post slides in. Has anyone drilled weep holes to let the water out? Or is there an better...
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    HANK ON FRUSTRATION

    Who among us is sailing with hank on jibs. My brand new auto pilot, not even used yet had to go in for a recall for a version upgrade, and it came back broken. Took it to the boat to reinstall the ACU 100 unit and the bloody thing doesn't even light up. So it's on its way back to Flir/Raymarine...
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    VANG

    I've finally gone sailing with my 30 Oday. I put the Vang on, had a great day. Put the hook down, stowed the sails and settled in for the night. Went to open the center hatch and the Vang is in the way so I can't. Anyone else experience this. Are you all removing the Vang in order to open the...
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    CABIN SLATS

    Where do you put your plexi glass cabin slats while sailing. Mine fit between the hand rail and the companion way slide, however I always have this awful feeling that they are going to end up in the water. I'm sure you all have your spots, I just cant find one that I comfortable with.
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    Stuck Transmission Plug PART DEUX

    The manual states to use type A or Dexron ll grade automatic transmission oil. Neither are available in any of the automotive stores. The closest I've been able to find is Napa Premium ATF Dexron lll. Its the next generation but not synthetic. Anyone know the answer
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    STUCK TRANSMISSION FILL PLUG

    Yep, I rounded off the bolt that is the fill plug. Why its not a plastic unit with a dip stick like on a car, is beyond me. So, I'm asking the "go to guys" on this list what to do. If I apply heat, will there be damage to the transmission? I don't know much about how they work, but if there are...
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    HANK ON JIB SAIL SHEETS

    Once this pandemic is over and recreational boating and crossing state lines is again allowed, i'm going to have a maiden voyage under sail. It will be the first time I will sail with a hank on jib. My boat came with two jib sails, a 130 and a 90. My previous boat had a Roller Furler, so it was...
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    WHY DOES IT ALWAYS TAKE LONGER.....

    I went down to the boat to do a few scheduled jobs. Easy ones: Caulk the windows, remove and replace the raw water pump and check a cockpit support beam for measurements for replacing it. Well I started with the raw water pump, which on the M-20 works off the cam. Looking at it, it's a simple...
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    NEARLY BURNT DOWN THE BOAT

    I had installed a Blue Seas ELCI unit as suggested by the Surveyor, to meet the AYBC codes. It worked fine for nearly a year. Two weeks ago, I was down at the boat and it was cold, so I was running two heaters. After a while, the cabin was filling with electrical smoke. I manually flipped the...
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    RACOR VS. NO NAME BRAND

    I'm getting ready for the upcoming season. There is a large price difference between a racor T12R and a no name brand. Any thoughts as which way to go? They sure look like they would do the same job?
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    THOUGHTS

    I would like to install the compass and the brains of my new Raymarine Auto Pilot inside the Lazarette on my 30' O'day. I know I'm reaching in there a lot for buckets, cleaning equipment, and all sorts of stuff and I don't want to bump or knock the units. So I've come up with a possible...
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    HEAT EX CHANGER PENCIL ANODE

    What would be the normal replacement period for the pencil anode in the heat exchanger? Also, and this might sound silly, but is there an anode in the engine that needs to be periodically changed? I have a Universal M-20 diesel.
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    BECAUSE I'M TO LAZY TO FIND MY PREVIOUS POST

    Last year( it wasn't that long ago) I installed an low profile automatic Rule bilge pump, as my boat only had a manual pump. I routed the hose through the seat base, along one of the two water tanks, through the bulkhead base and coupled it to the head sink through hull. Roughly 12 ft. What I...
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    SAFE HARBOR MARINAS

    Does anyone know about these folks? Word has it that Georgetown Yacht Basin Marina is up for auction, January 14th, 2020 and that Safe Harbor Marina LLC is interested.
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    TWO OR THREE BLADE PROP

    What differences will I experience? Speed, handling, Fuel consumption, lower revolutions? What do folks think. As always your responses are appreciated.
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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    To each of you and yours, from me and mine, Robert
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    USING UP AN OLD RACOR FILTER

    As I removed a perfectly good Racor Fuel/Water Separator Filter and replaced it with the two R12T units, I created my own fuel cleaning process. I've actually run 19 gallons of fuel through it, got a lot of crap and water separated. I finally found use for the old machine I've had stored in my...
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    ALICE'S RESTAURANT COMES TO MIND

    After a few mishaps with the Diesel Fuel, crud and water in my boats fuel tank, I decided to go ahead and go major "overboard" with filtration of said challenges. When my setup was completely installed, I took this picture. Memories of every thanksgiving came back to me. Every year I would...