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Main Message Board / Fixed portlight install—foam tape spacers?
« on: April 29, 2019, 02:34:22 PM »
I took the leap this weekend and removed my fixed portlights. They were crazed, but not leaking but, couldn’t help myself—the crazing just offended me—so I opted to replace them. New ones are being made at a local plastics shop, using old ones as a pattern. I have screws in mine which were easily removed and I will reuse them for install. The two forward windows came out in one piece. But not the aft ones. Due to a solid coating of sealant under them at the aft pillars (by the head) the aft ones snapped into multiply pieces. The first one rear one I removed resulted a big piece falling in the drink and the pillar section chiseled into small chucks. The second one I removed more carefully, resulting in  four intact pieces that I seamlessly pieced back together to use a suitable pattern. Both sides are symmetrical including the hole pattern fro the screws.
Now my question:
I have studied the Catalina instructions that call for 3/8-1/2 x 1/8 thick foam spacer every 6-8 inches to hold the window slightly off the fiberglass to prevent the 795 sealant from completely squeeze out when the window is pressed into place. BUT, doesn’t that act as a barrier and eliminate any sealant from contacting/bonding the acrylic to the fiberglass where each foam spacer is located? Am I missing something here? When I removed the old windows, interestingly, despite what the Catalina shop drawing shows, there were no visible spacers underneath that I could see? Debating whether to use spacers or not? Thoughts please?

I had a couple of gallons or so of seawater in the low point of the bilge the other day AFTER an outing and have checked “everything” for leaks! None!  I usually have a dry bilge. Nothing is/was wet aft or under the engine. Not from stuffing box, etc. I suspect that my electric bilge pump hose (being low to the water positioned on the edge of the sugar scoop) is back-flowing seawater into the bilge when the stern gets buried. Has anyone with a 1990-vintage sugar scoop transom boat experienced this issue? I will try and plug/cork/bung the bilge pump thru-hull outlet then deliberately bury the stern by using high RPMs or backing, etc. next sail to see if it may be the cause.

Main Message Board / Manual bilge pump hose strainer
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:13:24 PM »
I promised Paul, “Cool Change” that I would post some photos of the intake hose end of my manual bilge pump. Fitting came with the boat done by a PO. Elbow into hose and stainer threads on.

I have an old-style Maxwell windlass breaker panel and the red “on” light is not working. Does anyone know how to remove/change the lightbulb? From front or back or???I don’t want to willy nilly start prying on plastic I can’t replace...

Main Message Board / Smart Gauge error message problem
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:23:05 AM »
Having an issue with my Smart Gauge. Have two Error messages displayed: “04” and “Lo”. Regardless of what happened to cause this, I can’t figure out how to clear errors, without doing a factory reset—which involves removing Smart Gauge from my panel, disconnecting power to it and reprogramming. Will not display SOC with error message “uncleared”. Bad/complicated instruction manual (for me anyway). My ProNautic 1240 P Battery charger seems fine and voltages displayed on my distribution panel’s multimeter and Smart Gauge displays seem OK. Although the two slightly differ.  I am going to test batts cells with a hydrometer later this week before I do anything, but doubt it is a battery cell issue. Errors still on display for 4 days now. Does anyone have a suggestion before I call Balmer tech support?

Main Message Board / Hatch ate my slider — fix
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:07:02 PM »
Following up on my comment from thread posted on companionway squeaking,9563.0.html:
 and my recommendation that those who bought and installed plastic glide strips under their hatch runner/track—should definitely fasten them down. Mine got displaced somehow and got sucked up inside the hatch under the cover and was a pain in the ass to remove and remedy. To retrieve the slide and restore to "normal", my fix was:
1. removed wood plugs/bungs from after trim of hatch encloisure
2. unscrew and remove trim
3. dig around and capture slide with 16 inch-long lock forceps/pliers (Green Giant-sized roach clip) from Harbor Freight
4. Drill and counter sink track slightly off center line to take #8 flat head screws. Drilled countersink outside the the boat as the  countersink bit would hit the hatch rails. I used a long 1/8 extension bit to pilot through countersink hole to drill into fiberglas track to pilot for screws.
5. Reinstalled trim with new wood plugs. Had to redrill for larger plugs as the old plugs were glued and holes were a bit "rough" after removing plugs with a chisel.  Next step. revarnish.

Main Message Board / Chain locker drain hose size?
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:11:06 PM »
Ok, I admit upfront I am being lazy. Yesterday, after I finished cutting some Hypervent material for under the V-Berth cushions, I dove into the hole under the bunks to the stemhead “inspecting” things. The chain locker thru-hull fitting was in great shape, but I noticed the drain hose was a bit funky, sticky and old—so I will replace it. Unfortunately, I didn't remove the hose at the time when I was crunched up in the bow. Dang! With the hopes of saving my old bones another roundtrip bow dive, just to measure, does anyone know the ID dimension of the drain hose? Next time I go up there I want a new hose in hand.

Main Message Board / New web hosting test
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:29:55 PM »
Looks fine to me so far. 8)
Thx Dave

Main Message Board / Washdown/rain leaks... grrr, don’t feel alone.
« on: November 11, 2017, 07:19:56 PM »
Joys of a 1990 boat...wet cushions in the aft cabin (centerline). Chased it down (I thought!) to leaking pedestal angle guard feet. Thought I  “fixed” it a few weeks ago, by rebedded feet with butyl tape, but...this weekend washed boat again and dang, wet aft cushions AGAIN. On the search for source AGAIN! Hard to do solo. Time to callout my hose volunteers, AGAIN, while surveying down below for drips. Did I say... I love my boat?! :shock: 8)

Break out the scuba gear :shock:

Main Message Board / Anyone want a lighthouse?
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:02:12 PM »
Here's a sweet little fixer-upper that may appeal to you Chesapeake sailors.

Main Message Board / Lewmar 46 winch parts?
« on: July 16, 2017, 05:48:04 PM »
Today's project was first time lubing my winches. All went well, but they really needed it with lots of the P.O.'s old grease turned to hard wax-like consistency. However, in only one of my winches (pictured) the plastic parts have oxidized to a gray pitted surface. After this photo, I treated with 3O3 protectant and it darkened up, but I would like to replace these parts, eventually. Anyone have a source they recommend?

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