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Messages - Bobg

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Main Message Board / Re: Cruising Speed/RPMs with Universal 25XP
« on: September 03, 2019, 07:28:29 PM »
my 88 25xp gets 4.6 to 5 knots in calm water, empty boat no dinghy, at 2500 rpm, with a 15/10 3 blade prop.   used to get 6 knots can't figure out why I'm slower now but summer is so short here I quit looking for reasons why, seems like there is a huge disparity from one boat to the next even though the boats are the same,  Stu the thought of going close to 7 knots would make me a real happy sailor, a real wheee factor, grin

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Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c
« on: September 03, 2019, 07:11:56 PM »
I too am looking for a chart plotter, Garmin or equivalent, I don't need a depth sounder, just something to look at while sailing around familiar waters, would like to take it with me to use on other boats as well, keeping the costs under 500 dollars, any ideas", I have a small old Magellan with a very little screen so would like at least a 5 inch screen and easy to read in sunlight, I guess the internet is so full of chart plotters I get confused, need my fellow C34 member input, thanks

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Main Message Board / Re: fuel cut off cable
« on: July 29, 2019, 05:14:12 PM »
yes Ken, there is no metal thimble, but it certainly looks like something should be there, I can't blow your picture up to see that, I will look next time at boat, had company leaving and couldn't really look under engine to see if a "thimble" is laying under before we had to go, and Ron I'll have to see where cable is secured to see if its loose, thanks guys

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Main Message Board / Re: fuel cut off cable
« on: July 29, 2019, 05:54:27 AM »
thanks Ken, when I pull up on the handle there is a catch halfway up, with a little effort I can pull it all the way up and the engine will stop, I was wondering if something was missing where the cable contacts the bracket  before the spring loaded lever, because at the end of the sheath, about a 1/4", the paint is worn off, could be the cable is getting worn somewhere else.  Diagnosing boat problems a 160 miles away is tough thank you for the picture

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Main Message Board / fuel cut off cable
« on: July 28, 2019, 08:03:51 PM »
went to shut my engine off by pulling up on the fuel shut off handle, it went halfway and with a little more effort was able to pull it up all the way and shut the engine down, upon investigation I noticed the end of the cable sheething was pulled out of the bracket adjacent to the shutoff lever, does anyone know how this is supposed to be attached? or do I need a new cable? I thought I had pictures of my engine but can't find any to see what it used to look like attached.  Thanks

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Main Message Board / Re: Starter Push-Button Replacement
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:35:54 PM »
Stu is right, same thing happened to me, it was the switch, actually all my gauges acted jerky all summer, one day I pushed the button and nothing happened, had to bypass the switch to start engine while on the hook, new switch 10 years ago, about 14 bucks at the time, problem solved, steady gauge readings too.

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Main Message Board / Re: Singlehanding the Sea of Cortez + Video
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:37:46 PM »
I liked it, kind of fun to see another 34 out there doing it.  Heard so much about SnapDragon, was fun to see it in action, Ya I know it is a different owner now, and I followed his many improvements, from new engine to rear berth mattress, but was fun to see, saw the spice rack above the stove, gonna put one in now, thanks.  Maybe we should have more of our members post a few "just for fun" short videos, fun to see how the other guy does it in action in addition to project pictures.  splash in two weeks, can't wait, that video fired me up :clap

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Main Message Board / Re: Steaming light solenoid
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:30:46 PM »
Wow Noah, what a great job..in your bottom picture I noticed your 120 wiring, trying to get my head wrapped around the green wire thing, does all your green wires for your ac appliances go to that bus bar and does another wire go  from that bus bar to a ground,  like on the engine?  From what I hear,  the white wire and ground wire should never connect on a boat, (unlike a house). but on a boat, the dc ground and AC green wire ground should connect, like on a engine bolt.  Been studying this awhile, will be going to my boat next month and will see how it is wired, (I got a slight jolt on my boat once, grabbed the back stay and foot touched the water) reason for my inquire,  Thanks Noah, looks really good, not like the rats nest I got

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Main Message Board / Re: Steaming light solenoid
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:14:35 AM »
Noah, Did you run a bundle of  wires from your distribution panel to your pedestal for this? I mean can you still access your lights from your nav station?  very nicely done by the way

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Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:19:38 AM »
Thank you Ed, very informative, what I was looking for, I have the festoon bulbs in my salon slider lights, am interested in the dim/bright configuration, do you not have the festoon stock slider lights? or was that a different light on a 86 versus my 88. also my lights in the v berth are sealed behind the lens, not sure if I can change those bulbs, the fixture is so nice I hate to swap it out for the little I use it. Thanks again Ed

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Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
Thanks Kem, I'll give them a call, would be great to just change bulbs and a little wiring

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Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 08, 2019, 07:19:28 AM »
beautiful Job Noah, Thank you, I take it those are 12 volt fixtures in the ceiling?, I'm having a little trouble finding a 12 volt under cabinet fixture for above the stove refrigerator, lots of them out there but can't seem to find one with its own switch, would like to replace the two florescents I have there now from my "last" upgrade.

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Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:58:41 AM »
Going to love following your project, Just curious, but why did you feel like you had to change your transmission, was it slipping? or clunking or leaking?

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Main Message Board / Re: Sickened by what we found
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:40:17 AM »
Not even sure how to reply to a post like that, my heart goes out to you for sure, makes me want to run to my the boat and see how it's doing, please keep us posted on how you make out

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Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 06, 2019, 11:14:27 AM »
Thank you all, I have replaced the over sink fixture with a red/white light, and the one in the bathroom with the same, the rear berth I installed a led reading light, left the other two stock lights alone but would like to get led bulbs for those as well, I really want to replace the 8 festoon lights in the salon.  Probably leave the v berth alone, don't go up there much.

Also would like to install a couple overhead 120 volt lights in the salon, boat seems kinda dark and dingy at night when my family is up playing board games in the slip

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