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    Fan Belt/Impeller

    I've just crossed 5 years and 500 hours on my Yanmar 3JH5E. I'm pretty sure I'm dealing with the original belt and original impeller. I've not had any significant issues with engine performance but I have noted that when running WOT, the temperature does seem to be about 10-20 degrees hotter...
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    Flexible Solar Panel on Bimini - Backing?

    I am planning to install two Renogy 175 watt flexible solar panels on my bimini this summer. After numerous detailed conversations with several local canvas professionals and marine electronic professionals, the consensus is that I should keep it simple for the first few months if not the first...
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    Catalina 385 / Golf Cart Batteries?

    Its time to upgrade my 4D batteries on my 2016 Catalina 385. I had really wanted to convert the 2 4Ds to 4 6V Golf Cart Batteries but the pre-fabricated battery boxes the 4D batteries sit in appear to be about 1 inch too short to accomodate Golf Cart battery dimensions. While the standard 4D...
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    Fiberglass Scratches and Overall polish

    Meguires, Fleetwax, 3M, or other for Sailboat fiberglass and stainless steel? Go
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    Anti-fouling wax

    Does someone want to retire rich? Invent an anti-fouling wax for use between the edge of the bottom paint and the top of the boot stripe. This wax would be impervious to sea water and wouldn’t wear off. Just spent my day cleaning the sea water staining primarily from the heeling in the slip...
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    Battery Planning Time

    At the end of this month we mark 5 years of our original manufacturer installed battery bank (2 205AH 4D House Bank in parallel = 410AH) and 1 Starting battery. The starting battery is in great shape and has only been used about 4-5 times in the last five years and never really discharged...
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    Diesel intermittent Low RPM stall

    My 3 cylinder diesel has begun to intermittently stall immediately after starting about 10% - 20% of the time. It tends to start on the next try. Have not had any performance issues. It’s 4 years old with 450 hours ... ran perfectly until this season when this started about mid - season. Any...
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    Clicking Shaft

    On our last sail we noted a "clicking noise" directly under the cockpit while under sail. When I opened the engine access compartment I noticed the shaft spinning rather quickly (we were sailing along at about 5 knots) and it was definitely the source of the "clicking". Yanmar specifies that...
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    Charging Voltage Question

    This morning we awoke to the voltmeter reading 12.1 with the refrigerator and freezer on. We were fully charged when leaving the dock yesterday and sailed with all instruments and radar but no engine for about six hours ( estimate 15amp hour burn rate). The refrigerator and freezer burn about...
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    Coast Guard Support

    Friends: Today was the Active Duty Payroll date and members of the Coast Guard were not paid during this pay-cycle. Information on this can be found here: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/budget/ Young Coast Guard families and personnel typically have not yet built up significant emergency financial...
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    Coast Guard

    Many of you know that I am Coast Guard family and quite proud of it. Everyone by now knows that there is a Federal Government shutdown. I could probably argue its merits from both sides successfully in theory … I’m not writing about the merits of this annoyingly more commonplace political tactic...
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    DC Ammeter Identification

    My 500A DC Ammeter suddenly started providing current readings as high as 900 Amps with no decimal and fluctuating between 150-900 amps. The boat and the ammeter are 3 years old and have worked flawlessly until today (typical range was 0-30 Amps, always with a decimal). My system is a 12 volt...
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    In Memory of Coast Guard Crews Lost in the line of duty

    Please let this be a reminder for all of us to be responsible when on the water and not do dumb $&@$ with a sense of entitlement that it’s the USCG’s job to save us ... and that also goes for all of us in situations where we are ordered to evacuate ... helicopter SAR is extremely dangerous for...
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    In Memory of Coast Guard Crews Lost in the line of duty

    Please let this be a reminder for all of us to be responsible when on the water and not do dumb $&@$ with a sense of entitlement that it’s the USCG’s job to save us ... and that also goes for all of us in situations where we are ordered to evacuate ... helicopter SAR is extremely dangerous for...
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    PVC Dink Seam Leak Repaired Finally

    I have a West Marine HP310 (about 5-7 years old now). Anyway, about 5 years ago when she was very new, I caught the port stern on a sharp rock and created a pinhole leak in the seam. We tried everything including multiple patches and shipping her off to the group West Marine uses to repair...
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    Honda EU2200i Companion - 16K Airconditioner

    I was completely surprised (in a good way) today. I finally broke down and purchased a Honda EU2200i Companion generator. My primary motivation for this was to provide the ability to charge my battery bank while on a mooring using my Pronautic 12-30P charger instead of running my engine. It...
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    Best LIS Ports

    Will be travelling back from Block Island to Atlantic Highlands NJ from Sunday 8/12 to Friday 8/17. Have to drop off crew in New London on Sunday afternoon. Have traveled LIS many times but looking for new ports … mostly moorings if possible. Recommendations??
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    Battery Charging

    I know Main Sail has extensive postings on this topic so perhaps any answer already exists and someone can point me to it. How can I check the actual amperage output from my alternator and the true amperage input at my battery bank when the alternator is charging? I have a 120 amp...
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    Barnegat Bay Yacht Clubs with 5 ft Draft

    Looking to plan a cruise including Barnegat Bay ... are there any Yacht Clubs In Forked River or south of Forked River that can accommodate 4 ft 8 inch draft and a fun, family atmosphere?
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    Air Conditioner Reversing Valve Issue

    I have a common problem … my air conditioner cools okay but does not heat. I am now out of warranty. The unit is a Pompanette 16K unit and Pompanette's customer service and technical staff were great in talking me through the issues and how to check them. That said, the leading candidate is a...