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Messages - Jim Hardesty

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I installed this
http://www.borelmfg.com/products_alarm.htm
The one I installed also has low fuel pressure ie plugged fuel filter.  Was easy to install.  Can't report if the alarm works for no raw water flow.  One screw up I haven't done...yet.  Borel claims only seconds without raw water flow till alarm sounds.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Water tank clean-out
« on: July 02, 2019, 05:27:53 AM »
I don't have a cleanout on my MKll.  But other boats I have seen use an o-ring or rubber like gasket.  As it's on the tank top just need to keep dust and dirt out.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: mainsheet
« on: June 30, 2019, 04:45:32 AM »
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Think I'll do a few practice runs on old sheet and give it a go

It's fine to practice splices on old/used line.  Just remember that it's not as soft and smooth as new line and a small eye doesn't form as well.  FWIW I sometimes finish off bitter ends with back splices, it's similar to eye splice. Because back splice isn't loaded I will do them in old line.  A good way to try out splicing.  Just remember it does increase the diameter and may not feed through some places.

I enjoy doing rope work, makes me feel like a self sufficient sailor.  And unlike much sailboat work it's not at ankle height, don't have to crawl in a small space, or be in a bosun's chair 40 feet up.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: plastic stud for in-mast furling
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:18:13 AM »
Ordered from Catalina Direct should be here soon.  Will change next time the sail is down, may be end of season.  I do look at it with binoculars from time time to check it out.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: mainsheet
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:12:16 AM »
If it were my  boat, I'd do the eye splice.  No tail ends to foul other lines and just looks neater.  Think Fishery Supply would do it if you don't feel comfortable doing one.  A second thought is to sew and seize to make up the eye. I do that when I want an eye in used/old rope. Google how to.  As long as the turns are tight it's very strong.
No thimble, they are for times chafing would be a problem.  Think anchor shackle.
Suggestion from someone who's had problems.  Take pictures and notes to rerun the sheet or follow the old line with the new.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: plastic stud for in-mast furling
« on: June 22, 2019, 03:10:31 PM »
Yes,  That's what I need.   Thanks

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Main Message Board / Re: Steering wheel shudders
« on: June 18, 2019, 03:14:30 AM »
Edson steering gear last a very long time.  If the bearings at the steering wheel axle are worn the pulleys and steering cable may also need changing, or at least a close inspection.  I'm wondering if the steering cable has been over tightened and put stress on the bearings.  As Ron suggested also take a look at the rudder post for play.  That will cause the wheel to vibrate but not move up and down or in and out.
Hope you get this problem resolved soon and have a good sailing season.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: stanchion bolt size
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:58:26 AM »
Yes,1/4-20 is the thread size on Shamrock.  Length varied 1 3/4, 2 and some longer.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Secondary Fuel Filter
« on: June 12, 2019, 03:20:37 AM »
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Anyone have a good technique for changing the secondary fuel filter on a M25XP without spilling diesel?

You may be doing this, may be not.  Try shutting the fuel off before changing the filter.  Also keep an eye out for the right size and shape containers for filter changes.  Also I've used ziplock bags around filters, put on the bag, remove filter, zip-up bag.  Sometimes regular bags will work.
Jim


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Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:14:36 AM »
IMHO.  Don't get too hung-up on fixing up, repairing and replacing.  Certainly do the safety items and anything that will cause more trouble ie  deak leaks.  After that sail her as much as you can.
Hope you enjoy your new-to-you boat as much as I do Shamrock.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Going Sailing
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:20:52 PM »
Enjoy.   I had to cancel/postpone my North Channel plans this year.  If I do make it I'll keep an ear out for you on the Little Current Cruisers Net.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Keurig coffee maker
« on: June 03, 2019, 04:01:24 AM »
I use a Keurig K15 single cup coffee maker that runs off my 1800w inverter.  If Shamrock is healed much I put it on the gimbled stove that I have a cutting board on.  Found out that if the Keurig is tilted it won't brew a full cup.  Great to have a good cup of coffee with out much effort or mess.  On the down side, it's a power hog.  If anchored for a few days I use a Melintta pour over coffee maker.  Also a very good cup of coffee, with a little practice.
Been on boats that use the old perkulator, coffee was ok but the smell while brewing was great.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:57:10 AM »
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Yes, there will be a new name.

Welcome.  You said you are a new sailor.  My two cents.
You need to decide if you are going to be one of those that honor the traditions or not.  Everything is online and just needs to be googled.  For Shamrock's renaming I just went with drinks with friends and nice graphics.  Some go all out. I understand from a friend that went all out the pee from a virgin was hard to find.
The choice is yours. FWIW One of my peeves is bad flag etiquette.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: I bought the boat
« on: May 15, 2019, 02:47:25 PM »
congratulations
Stu's recommendations are spot on.  My recommendation is that you add your year, model, hull number, engine model, home port, etc to your signature.  You will get more specific information when you ask a question.
Hope you enjoy your C34 as much as I do.
Jim

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Main Message Board / Re: Hot Water Heater - Kuuma brand replacement
« on: May 14, 2019, 03:56:30 AM »
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I have a 2001 MKII.  I need to replace the water heater. It is located under the settee.  The heat exchanger hoses are out the back.  I have a couple of questions.  First, how do I keep the engine antifreeze from spilling all over when I disconnect the hoses? If I have to drain the antifreeze from the engine, how do I do that without just draining it into the bilge?  Second, it appears that the Seaward replacement is 3/4 less deep than a kuumo.  Will the Kuumo fit?

Shamrock is also a 2001 MKll.  I replaced the water heater a couple of seasons ago with a Seaward.  Was a close fit. The batteries and battery box had to come out.  Measure the replacement, I would not trust the advertised size.  As far as the existing coolant,  I'd suggest doing a coolant change.  I tape over the limber holes under the engine then drain and pump out from there.  Just run the engine for a minuet or two don't put hot coolant there.
One other nice-to-do project, especially if you need to winterize, is plumb in a hot water bypass.
Jim

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