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Topics - Mike and Joanne Stimmler

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Main Message Board / Removing rusted nuts using a candle and a lighter
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:48:51 PM »
I just saw this in the internet and thought it might be helpful in some cases.

Main Message Board / Strictly Sail-Oakland California
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:21:48 AM »

Anyone going to the Sailboat show in Oakland this year? It's April 9th thru 12th.
I'm hoping to go if nothing major comes up at home.


This is the control unit for the SL 250 Display for speed and depth. I do not have the SL 250 unit. I do have the power cable, Bus cable, paddlewheel speed sensor and the instruction manual. Cheaper than K Mart  :D

If interested email me at:


Main Message Board / New Diesel Deck Fill
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:02:42 PM »
I'm not quite sure how this would work but it looks like a good idea.

Main Message Board / BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:50:11 AM »
Here's a great video that shows the dedication of the boaters in New York city to help evacuate the people in Manhattan after the twin towers crash.

Hope you enjoy it.


Main Message Board / Calerpitter Has been sold
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:21:11 PM »
Hi Everyone,
As of a few weeks ago we sold our boat to a nice couple named Gary and Mary. They have moved the boat from Mission Bay to the Coronado Cays in the south bay. They will also be renaming her to Mariposa del Mar which means Butterfly of the Sea, a logical transition from Calerpitter. I have also given them the link to this site so I know you will be as gracious to them as you have been to me.
I will still be involved with this board, you are a great group of people and you can't get rid of me that easy  :D

Mile and Joanne

Main Message Board / Trouble finding fuel return hose
« on: May 06, 2011, 11:14:25 AM »
Last weekend, I found a leak in the short 4 inch by 3/16 return hose that comes off the rear cylinder and connects to a bracket that adapts it to what looks like 1/4 inch.
Has anyone had as much trouble finding the 3/16 inch hose as I did? Everywhere I went. the smallest hose they had was 1/4 inch. The Universal dealer could order one for me but did not have one in stock.
What I had was obviously the original hose since it was painted the gold color and also was a reinforced type hose. Napa had the 3/16 hose but it was not reinforced nor rated for fuel use. Some of the shops I went to indicated that since it was "ONLY A RETURN LINE", I didn't have to worry about the type of hose but I was very skeptical about that. After hopping around to many shops, the good folks at Marine Exchange on Shelter Island refereed me to a Yanmar dealer just down the street who did have the hose and although it didn't appear to be reinforced, the dealer assured me that it is the hose that Yanmar uses on their return fuel line and it seems to be working just fine.

I don't recall this hose being addressed anywhere on our board and was wondering if anyone else had this problem.

Starting out, it seemed to be such a simple solution but wound up being an all day project.


This came from Boat U.S and the info is at:

Main Message Board / Boat for sale
« on: March 17, 2011, 07:40:11 PM »

Sadly, we have decided to put our boat on the market for sale.   :cry4`

Details are in the boats for sale section

Mike and Joanne

Main Message Board / Aqua Lift Muffler Petcock
« on: March 15, 2011, 12:42:08 PM »
I would like to replace the petcock on the muffler and was wondering, does it screw directly into the fiberglass or is there a metal sleeve that it screws into? I'm concerned about removing it and cracking the fiberglass in the process. Any tricks to this job?


Main Message Board / Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel
« on: November 21, 2010, 03:55:05 PM »
Does anyone know if there any problems with using the ultra low sulphur diesel fuel currently sold at gas stations?

It's about $1.00 per gallon cheaper than the "untaxed" fuel at the fuel dock.

I have used the low sulphur stuff a few times but only 5 gallons at a time by gerry can when our fuel dock was closed temporarily.

I'm thinking back when they were converting from regular gas to unleaded and some cars weren't designed for unleaded and got valve damage as a result.

Any similarities?

Main Message Board / Motor mount and exhaust riser (with flix)
« on: November 04, 2010, 01:37:18 PM »
I have been having an increase in engine vibration fur the last few months and at first thought that it was related to the recent cutless bearing replacement but on closer inspection I've found that my forward starboard motor mount is bad.
Also Ken Heyman pointed out while he was visiting with us a while back, some water that was around the muffler at the exhaust riser hose connection. I traced this later to a small hole in the exhaust riser, just above the hose connection which I was able to temporarily fix with epoxy putty.
So, it looks like it's time to replace motor mounts along with the exhaust riser and hump hose.
I've been reading the threads and it looks like most are using the vetus k50 or k75. Is there a better choice of one over the other? Has anyone tried to use the factory mounts from Universal?
On the exhaust riser, will the one from Catalina Direct be OK? As others have noted,  Catalina Parts requires that you send the old one to them to copy, Catalina Direct doesn't. I'm concerned that the one I get will fit and do I need to replace the flange or reuse the old one.
Catalina Direct looks like the best source for the 8" hump hose, which I understand will reduce vibration as well.

Any help will be appreciated,

Main Message Board / Docking Aid
« on: September 11, 2010, 04:02:44 PM »
Has anyone seen or used one of these "Bow Catchers"? We were looking a new marina in the south bay and a few boats were using this type of arrangement so I pulled out an old furling line from the dock box and converted it to a "bow catcher".

I haven't tested it at full speed yet,  :D but it does hold everything in place if I'm docking short handed and I don't have to scurry quite as fast as before.

Here's some pictures,

Main Message Board / Head Hoses 101: Head Flushing/Hose trouble
« on: July 02, 2010, 05:13:54 PM »
I had been having intermittant problems with flushing the head. When trying to pump the handle, you would get tremendous resistance as if there was a blockage and you could not force it down. A dockmate recommended that I just put more pressure on it and try to force it  to clear the blockage. I tried this and it actually started working and was pumping and flushing just fine. This happened twice and I was able to clear it by forcing it.........until last weekend. It wound not budge at all on the down stroke and so the adventure begins. I took apart the pump assembly to check the joker valve and the flapper gasket at the bottom. The 0 ring was obviously good with all the pressure it was creating. So now cones the hoses. First of all I was expecting to get a blast of nasty stuff when opening up the hose connections but just the normal residual came out which was bad enough. We checked the short piece between the head and the Y valve and it had some build up but was not blocked. Next the longer length between the Y valve and the holding tank. First of all I had never used the Y valve and it was frozen solid, wouldn't budge. We opened up the hose connections and found our problem.I was expecting to find a paper or cloth plug but what we found was a solid build up of salt in the hose to the point that when we took out the hose and tried to pour water in the top, none came out the bottom. Also I took apart the Y valve and it to was plugged solid.

The attached picture will give you an idea of the blockage. Has anyone run into this solid of a blockage?

Main Message Board / Cutless bearing and shaft removal
« on: March 17, 2010, 03:15:48 PM »
I had our boat hauled out this past Monday to have some work done.
1. bottom paint
2. replace the old signet transducers with the new raymarine transducers for the new instruments in the navpod.
3. replace the stuffing box hose along with the whole stuffing box assembly.

I have a friend who is a surveyor who did an inspection of the bottom and he found some play in the cutless bearing and recommended replacing it while the shaft was being disconnected to work on the stuffing box.

The next thing I know, the mechanic is telling me that he's going to have to drop the rudder to get the shaft out and the cutless off and all the associated extra cost. So I proceded to tell him that I knew many owners through the Catalina IA that have done this without dropping the rudder and he said that he's been doing  this for so many years and he's NEVER been able to do it. So we agreed to disagree but he did promise to at least try before dropping the rudder.

The next day I called the yard owner to express my concerns about the additional cost of dropping the rudder and also asked if he knew about a device called a strut-pro that could remove the cutless without even removing the shaft and he said that they normally use a hydraulic ram devise to basically do the same thing but the Catalina's have what he called " A THIN WALL CUTLESS", which has a tendency to crumple inside the strut when trying to remove it that way. My answer was, "what do we have to lose"? If it crumples then pull the shaft like you were going to do anyway and if you get the cutless out, then we don't have to worry about getting the shaft out.
He agreed to have the mechanic at least try all these things first before dropping the rudder.

This is one of the problems with not living near your boat. You have to put a lot of trust in the yard doing the work. Living in the Phoenix area, it's not a easy jaunt back and forth, otherwise I could keep an eye on things.

I was planning to drive back down Friday to collect our boat but I won't know until Thursday if all the work is done and the outcome.

Is anyone familiar with the term "thin wall cutless" and is there problems in this area?

I will keep you posted on the outcome.

Mike :nail

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