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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Secondary Fuel Filter
« on: Yesterday at 01:09:51 PM »
What would be the recommended bleeding procedure for M35A ?


Dave's right.  IIRC, he sparked a discussion in Critical Upgrades about just that topic.

I somewhat disagree with Ron on this.  I have NEVER tried to put diesel in any filter.  Why?  'Cuz when, not if, it spills, it stinks.

For my primary I fill most of it up with injector cleaner, simple, cheap and in a bottle.  The rest of getting the air out is well covered in Ken Heyman's Bleeding 101 Topic.

For my secondary, I pop the screw as I described earlier.  When I ever get around to doing it, that is.  :D

This, of course, is for an M25.  The M25XPs and the M35s have the oil pressure wiring for the fuel pump, as described by Dave here and elsewhere.  It makes NO sense to have to engage the glow plugs to run the pump for when you're bleeding the engine, while it may for other reasons.  After almost 12 years of covering this topic, I haven't found one yet, though.

Here's the Critical Upgrade topic, please read the links.  Since 2007!  :D,5078.msg41829.html#msg41829

Main Message Board / Re: Secondary Fuel Filter
« on: June 13, 2019, 06:19:01 PM »
   Stu, you must be living right, 900 hrs on your filters. That 2 micron is doing it's job.


I'm sure I have been.  Listened to all the advantages and disadvantages of primary filter filtration, and personally decided to make the one I could get at easily the one to provide the smallest micron protection.  The other part of the equation is flow rate:  the primaries we almost all use are rated for scads of gph well in excess of what we actually use.  While the micron filtration isn't affected by flow rate, the amount of fuel that passes through certainly is, so one should expect a higher useful life.

My boat, my choice.  :D

PS:  Fuel Filtration 101 (with both primary Racor and secondary engine filter identification),1124.0.html and,6475.0.html

These links ^^^, and the links therein, really cover EVERYTHING about this subject.

Here's all that was there when I cracked it open:

Main Message Board / Re: Secondary Fuel Filter
« on: June 13, 2019, 06:10:52 PM »
Stu youíve gotten some nice CLEAN fuel.

How many do you know that have to bleed at the secondary housing?  Is that typical?
I have NEVER ever bled there- the only bleeding Iíve needed to do is using the bleed knob/valve (formerly bleed hex bolt) before the injector pump. Wouldnít that be bleeding the same thing, but just a little further downstream?

Is that a 2u Racor youíre using?

We have owned Aquavite for 21 years.  We have purchased fuel all over Northern California, up the coast and in BC and the San Juan Islands.  Just my dumb luck.

All I can tell you is what MY experiences have been.  Other than depending on our "Bleeding 101" guru, Ken Heyman, our C34IA Treasurer who "wrote the book" on primary filter bleeding, my points here are about the secondary, which was not covered in Ken's presentations.

All I can share are my experiences, since I rarely get into that arcane subject around the cocktails.  :D

I have shared these thoughts here before, too, and am pleased to re-contribute them.

Perhaps I wasn't patient enough the first three times I changed the secondary, but my experience is that the engine wouldn't start UNLESS I popped that screw.  Theoretically, if I waited long enough for the pump to run it all the way through the system, sure, you're right.


Main Message Board / Re: Secondary Fuel Filter
« on: June 13, 2019, 04:37:07 PM »
Mark : It has been posted MANY times -

1.  to fill the filter with diesel before you screw it ON. 

2.  Then do the bleeding procedure by loosening the bleed nut on the top of the filter holder!!

1.  Completely unnecessary for the secondary engine mounted filter.

2.  Once the new filter is in place, you WILL need to partially unscrew the vent on the secondary filter housing.  I installed a fuel pump shutoff toggle switch right next to the pump so when the fuel start pouring out of the screw I can easily shut off the pump, close the screw and finish bleeding.

As Ron always says, "Only do ONE thing at a time, so if something goes wrong at least you'll know for sure that it's the last thing you did instead of wondering which of two or more things it could be."  Very wise advice.  Do ONE filter at a time, make sure the engine runs, then go do the other filter.  Doesn't matter which one goes first.

And again, for grins & giggles, I finally changed my primary filter after 900 hours.  I haven't changed the secondary in decades.  This may start a sh*tstorm, but I use a 2 micron on the primary.  After those 900 hours, it was still almost spotless.

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:37:18 AM »
jm, thanks for that reminder.  I recall removing the screws holding the teak wall up about, oh, 10 years ago, and never replaced them since the wall stays up all by itself and friction.  All I'd have to have done was pull the wall off to get to the valve.  Doh!  Maybe next time...:D  At my pace, that'd be in 2025...

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 10, 2019, 06:05:49 PM »
  My exhaust leak is between the engine manifold and the muffler. I received a price discount for its repair, I think $600.00 it may just needs some bolts tightened, I will find out by this weekend. I will be sure to post what I find out.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You could start here

and "take it with you" to the new thread.  :clap

One of the first things I did was a thorough inspection and getting to learn all the parts and how they worked together.  It really helps.

After 21 years I finally figured out what they call the pointy end.  :D

We're here to help.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:27:24 PM »

You can add "The New Boat Smell" by buying a can of air freshener, fiberglass smell.  I use one every decade whether I need it or not!   :D

Why not start new thread telling us about your exhaust thing?  I already have a few ideas, i.e., BTDT.

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:17:16 PM »
Just a suggestion, if it is possible to align the fuel shut of handle directly under the opening in the cockpit locker it makes getting to it a lot easier. ........................

That's the way mine is.  I used to be able to exercise it, i.e., make it work.  Last time I tried, after emptying out what I call "My Toxic Waste Dump" port locker which holds all my cleaning stuff (yeah, like I ever use any of it! :shock:)  Maybe it's 'cuz I finally changed my primary fuel filter after 900 hours.  Not a typo.  2613 to 3505 hours.

So I guess my recommendation is to change the filter more often so the valve works.  Otherwise, you'll end up having to pull "The Ron Hill Trick" of vise clamps with sacrificial material around the hose.  Always nice to have a backup method.

Of course, I have "The" second fuel filter cutoff valve just willin' & able to be put into into the filter body and hose under the head sink, sitting in my "To Do" box.  Since 2003...

That valve does work.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Raw water leak behind raw water pump
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:10:18 PM »

Do you recall which you used?


This one.

57 hours since November, so far, so good.  No hubris involved here.   :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Going Sailing
« on: June 07, 2019, 01:23:28 PM »
Safe journey, IIRC you'll be meeting some C34 skippers there, too.  Remember last year?  "Watch out for the bears!!!"  :D:D:D

Main Message Board / Re: Pics of my smaller dinette table
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:34:23 AM »
Kevin's right.  And Ed's right.  The cushion's thickness and stiffness make up for almost any reasonable gaps.  Of course, if all you have is a really small cocktail table sized left, then probably not.  But most successful table modifications I've seen have left a substantial portion of the surface intact.

I noted this when I did my table mod by slicing 6 1/2 inches off the aft end.  And I did that finally after 18 years of using that cushion all of twice!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Pau Hana Update
« on: June 05, 2019, 11:26:41 AM »
and also a smaller 12v dedicated starting battery (recommendations?)

Glad to hear you're gettin' there.

Start battery only needs to be a small automotive one, mine is a 60ah.  Many will say that it's the CCA rating, but once you get to that size in ah they are all more than robust to start our engines.

Main Message Board / Re: Keurig coffee maker
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:27:35 PM »
Carefulómaking coffee onboard is as controversial and personal a topic as the choice of anchor systems.  I am a French Press advocate myself! 8)

Noah's right!

Just for grins&giggles, I did a search on "coffee" figuring that it would find all sorts of prior discussions.

Interestingly enough, and much to my surprise, many of the posts were about skippers having a cuppa right after they repaired some difficult to access mechanical glitch or installing a technological  enhancement.  As in: "I just finished and sat down with a cup of coffee, admiring my..." :clap

Few of them admitted to the addition of rum to the cuppa.   :D

Main Message Board / Re: Teak Grate in Head
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:21:13 PM »
Very nice job, Susan.  Nice to see you back.

Am I correct in remembering that you are one of many skippers who have owned two different Catalina 34s?

For photos:

Posting and RESIZING Photos 101,3701.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Mast wedges and tuning
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:29:56 AM »
It never made any noise in the almost 3 years I have owned her.  With my luck it will when I'm through with the project..


Think of it "as music to your ears."  It'll mean the wedges are placed properly, making adequate contact, and the interior turnbuckle is all that needs to be adjusted.  For silence.

After my mast was stepped it took a few sails to adjust it just right.

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