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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: cockpit table
« on: Yesterday at 05:44:15 PM »
Very nice work on all counts.  Glenn, how did you attach the extension? can see the knobs ...

Knobs?  It's good to be king!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Finally found oil leak
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:19 PM »
Glenn, you can use the Knowledgebase spreadsheet to find those articles Ron mentions.

Main Message Board / Re: Motor soot
« on: April 20, 2019, 11:11:29 AM »
This may help you with tips & tricks:

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:26:07 AM »
How were they sure the strut installation was aligned perfectly, and not skewed?  Boat's on the hard and the hull is flexed.  Just curious.

A not unreasonable expectation.

However, it appears to me that the folks who do this work for as living would know a lot better than us average DIY-ers just how to do so. 

The strut is in very close proximity to the stern tube, so hull flex could well be "similar" in that particular area.  Certainly close enough to not have a material effect on lining the two up properly.  And the strut is made specifically for this boat.

We must also remember that there are tolerances and clearances for these alignments, even between the strut, the cutlass bearing and stern tube.

Probably just a longer-winded way of saying what Noah did!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Urgent: Sourcing a new strut
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:15:31 AM »

Main Message Board / Re: V-birth storage
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:09:58 AM »
If this hasnít been done yet, maybe I will document and post.


I think the reason it hasn't been done yet (and I don't recall EVER seeing it) is that folks often have their berths made up and don't want to lift the cushions or mattress.

While I used to have a "fancy" set of sheets and a nice comforter back when Cory was able to sail with me, I now have an extra large piece of 3" foam over the cushions athwartship with my sleeping bag on top.  Yes, I sleep sideways, it's way wide enough.  It's simply a PITA to lift it up to get underneath.  I still have plenty of space remaining under there for good reason: EASY access or lack thereof.

For those of you in this area for your cruising plans this season, the Canadian Catalina Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island will be held on July 12-14, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) [contact:].  The American Catalina Rendezvous will be in Roche Harbor on May 2-5, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday) [contact:].

Main Message Board / Re: Sickened by what we found
« on: April 08, 2019, 08:19:18 PM »
So sorry to hear about your issues.  The marina has some cahones.  Best of luck with a satisfactory resolution.

Main Message Board / Re: raymarine st 5000
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:18:21 PM »

Please understand that my boat has an ancient ST3000!!!

IIRC, the st5000 required a rudder position indicator to make it work properly.  The RPI may, I say MAY, work with the newer ev1000, which also, IIRC does require one, so check the specs out.

If you do have a RPI, and it works with both models, then all you're doing is swapping out the head end unit, and it could be a simple job.

If you don't have an RPI, then you will most likely need to add one, because everything I've read on many boating forums, indicated that the APs just do not work without one.

Main Message Board / Re: Engine kill pull at helm
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:01:36 PM »
It's most likely a Morse cable, standard on these things.  Usually the cable inside the sheath gets rotten and stops working.  Since you've found a way to turn the engine off at the engine, you have discovered what's missing between Point A and Point B.  Unless you find something else, it's the link between them.  Replace the cable.  It simply requires measuring the distance of the cable you already have and replacing it,  Easier said than done, but that's where you need to go,  Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: M35A Block Coolant Drain
« on: April 03, 2019, 07:48:18 PM »
I'm hoping someone has pulled this plug (these plugs) before and knows where to get new parts.  When I pull it, I'd just as soon replace it!


My original thought was something I chose to hold off on until I read some other replies.

I recommend that you simply forget about having a replacement-in-hand first.

Drain most of the coolant.  Use the hose under the freshwater pump as shown in the Burping thread (101 Topics) - different engines, same concept.

Then take the plug out and bring it to a trusted machine or parts shop.  Match it by inserting into a female thread WHILE YOU'RE IN THE SHOP.

Teflon tape or Recotr's Pipe Dope is the sealant of choice for that application.

You may have a plug in another pipe section.  Take the biggest, don't hassle yourself over the one-inside-the-other thing, which seems to be from your picture. 

I'm sure you've also looked into the manuals and parts list in the tech wiki.

Good luck.  Keep us posted.

Main Message Board / Re: Manual bilge pump hose strainer
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:32:14 AM »

If 1990, then it's a keep stepped mast, right?  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Stepping was a choice back then until the Mark IIs:,1406.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Wiind transducer wirung through mast conduit?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:25:33 PM »
I bought our boat when she was 12 years old.

Horrible mast slap.

Three years later during a standing rigging replacement, I dropped the mast to find out either the VHF antenna wire or the windex was placed outside the conduit!!!  OEM stuff that should have been inside it.  Both are shielded cables.

All wires in the conduit, no interference issues in the last 17 years.

Nothing special on our boat:  windex, anchor and steaming/deck light with VHF.  No radar or second antennas.

Main Message Board / Re: Overheating
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:18:05 AM »
I replaced my Exhaust Riser 2 years ago & it is quite a job.  Good idea soaking the manifold bolts with PB, give them time.  In my case when I removed the old one it just fell apart, almost like the insulation was holding it together.  I was in the US so I ordered a SS one from CD.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The last Mainsheet Tech Note on exhaust riser replacement was Feb 2016, Muffler & Exhaust Riser Replacement

Main Message Board / Re: Mounting of Garhauer radar tower
« on: March 25, 2019, 07:45:55 AM »
No, none required.  It's only in compression, not even any shear load.  Just screws.

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