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Messages - Stu Jackson

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 Question for you retired guys, How nice is it just to be able to sail when the weather is nice? >>>>>>>>


It actually takes a lot of effort.  I find it amusing to wander through a week without caring what day it is, and I just had a vacant look when a shopkeeper said, "Have a great weekend!" to me an hour ago!  :D

One does, however, HAVE to know what day it is so that the tide & current tables make sense.  Here it is critical, especially during springs.

For example, I've been on the boat since Sunday, got underway on Monday, and I think tomorrow is Saturday because I have to vacate this guest slip at Friday Harbor.

I've traveled through some of these waters by ferry, but it sure is superior when you do it on your own boat.

Getting "into" open ended cruising does take work:  provisioning properly is critical.

Then all ya got left is "Where do we go tomorrow?"

That's the FUN part.

Good luck.  If you need any more specific assistance, I'll probably be in an anchorage with "No Service" on my technologically marvelous toys.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Water Heater Question
« on: Yesterday at 04:23:15 PM »
If your water heater is leaking and needs to be replaced then consider replacing those old hoses when you replace the water heater.

Absolutely, writeup and link in Critical Upgrades.

Main Message Board / Re: Water Heater Question
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:32:11 PM »
That's correct, NO problem.

Ken is correct when he says the engines came without water heaters.


'Cuz they were (and are) tractor engines.  :clap

I get my Kubota parts from our tractor dealer about 3 km away from our house.  :D

Great guys, right parts, fraction of the Universal prices.

Ken also contributed a very good wiki article on the coolant flow, with corrections to the manuals diagrams.  You might be interested in checking it out.

Main Message Board / Re: Replace DC panel circuit breaker
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:49:47 AM »
I just did a search on "circuit breaker ratings" and there are three detailed hits that may answer your question.  If not, an internet search certainly should.  Sorry, I used to know but forgot...happens a lot these days!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Hit and Run
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:51:07 AM »
Sorry to hear.  Happened to me in SF Bay a number of years ago.  At anchor, just finished dinner, still a tad light out, guy had spent too long in the yacht club bar...  He was apologetic, 'cuz he couldn't leave because he'd run his damn bow up over my gunwale starboard side midships and was still stuck there with my lifelines curled around his anchor.  His insurance paid.
Good luck finding the asshat.

Main Message Board / Re: New Rudder Oversized?
« on: August 09, 2019, 03:25:39 PM »
Thanks for the update.  That kind of input is invaluable and really appreciated for those who have similar issues and are looking for resolution.  Sounded like a nice trip, too!  :D


I did replace the foam in some of the cushions in the saloon. I removed the cushion and made paper patterns which I sent to >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


How did you get the "buttons" on the seat part of the cushions out?  Any trouble with the zippers?

Thanks for the rest of the report.  I've got a foam store close by our home.

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:08:59 PM »
I'm on my boat now:

horiz diagonal from tank to rise behind the woodwork:  4 feet

vertical rise:  4 feet

horiz to base of stanchion:  1 foot

Wiggle room:  add another foot (it is, after all, YOUR money!!!:D)

However, if I was doing it, I'd go for the mushroom vent on the hull side and forget about the vented stanchion.  Check out the 101 Topics for how to do that.

Main Message Board / Re: Anchor locker hatches
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:02:33 PM »
I use Ken's hooks at both ends, PORT:  one side to the small bump ss on the aft end of the top rail of the bow pulpit and the other around the edge of the door; STBRD: sling it under the furling line.  No muss, no fuss, no extra anything to install or maintain or clean.

Main Message Board / Re: Question on Engine Hours
« on: August 06, 2019, 11:58:00 AM »
I have 3,600 on a 1986 boat.  100-150 per year seems "average." 

Main Message Board / Re: Which Oberdorfer pump is this?
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:12:59 PM »
Guys : I used to take my old Oberdoffer face plates to a machine shop and a friend would "reface" them for $5!!

If you decide to go the "sandpaper" route as Stu suggested  1. Make sure you have an absolutely flat surface to put the plate on and flat block to wrap the paper around &  2. start with 400 grit wet/dry paper (WET) and finish it off with 1500 grit WET paper!!!

A thought

I grab whatever sandpaper I can reach in my toolbox, find the finest I can, and put it on a block of wood and rub away.  DRY. 

As long as, as Ken K said, there isn't a huge divot in the faceplate, it's been working for me for 21 years.

If there was a deep gouge, I'd buy a new faceplate.  That's harder to do here on Vancouver Island than it was in SF where I could go to the local Universal dealer on the way home between the boat and home.

BUT...I found one or two here, so if I need one I can get one.

As they say here on "The Island," "I can get it for you by Tuesday from Vancouver!"

Main Message Board / Re: Cruising Speed/RPMs with Universal 25XP
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:06:18 PM »
Thanks for the input. Obviously I'll be shopping for a 3 blade this winter. For the short term, any thoughts on running at 2800? I've pushed it on a few occasions, but haven't run that high for any significant time.

I ran at 2800 from SF to Maple Bay, British Columbia, in 2016, 1500 nm, 7.7 knots.  Don't "baby" the engine.  Still runnin'.  :D

I put a 3 inch HX on eons ago.


Main Message Board / Re: Engine not turning over
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:02:57 PM »
Rod, congratulations and thanks for the report.  Feedback is always so welcomed.

I had to replace my ignition switch right before a cruise last year and wrote it up in the Tech Notes.

Link coming for those of you who are C34IA members:

Main Message Board / Re: Cruising Speed/RPMs with Universal 25XP
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:08:05 AM »
M25 6.5 -7 knots with a 3 blade 15 x 10 pitch prop. in flat water with no/little wind at 2800rpm, clean bottom, 2500 rpm is 6+ knots.  WOT that I check regularly both in gear and out of gear is 3000.

My PO removed the two blade, so I don't know what that performance was nor do I recall the dia / pitch - it's somewhere at the bottom of my locker.

Main Message Board / Re: Which Oberdorfer pump is this?
« on: August 02, 2019, 04:29:54 PM »

Check the backside of the cover with a metal straight.edge.  The impeller wears an indent, which can affect suction/flow.  The heavy bronze covers CAN be resurfaced.

Good point, but they don't need to be "resurfaced," unless I misunderstood, just fine sandpaper the surface.  I've had the same pump faceplate for more than 15 years and two seal rebuilds.  They do last a long time.

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