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Messages - Ron Hill

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Main Message Board / Re: Deck/Hull joint torque
« on: Yesterday at 01:49:22 PM »
Jim : Somewhere in the Mainsheet Tech Notes I published the factory spec.!! 
As I'm recalling (in this 86year old mind), it was something like 107 foot pounds??
Like Stu said "tighten till the pain starts"!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Alternator Belt Tensioner Home Made
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:40:38 PM »
Jim : You can do the same "concaving" with a half-round file with the turnbuckle in a vice!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Alternator Belt Tensioner Home Made
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:25:51 AM »
Jim : Great Idea.  With a bit of practice on the grinder you can even concave the ends!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:19:24 AM »
Phil : On those inline fuses I either change the entire holder or replace it with a "stab-in" fuse/holder. 
You might also shine up the battery connections on the starter solenoid.

Check out the starter button with a jumper wire.

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Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:58:01 AM »
All : What Seldon says maybe true, but with all BB sheave at the top and bottom of the mast - it sure makes a big difference in lifting the main sail!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Circulating Water Pump (anti-freeze)
« on: July 13, 2019, 01:24:21 PM »
Mark : When you replace that internal water pump just be careful cleaning off the old gasket material.  That front engine casting is an Aluminum alloy and easily scored.
I also used some Hi-temp Locktight sealant beside the new gasket.

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Main Message Board / Re: New Rudder Oversized?
« on: July 11, 2019, 02:11:08 PM »
Steve : Your rudder doesn't look deeper than the keel!?!   :clap

Main Message Board / Re: New Rudder Oversized?
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:40:33 PM »
Guys : When you add more surface area behind the pivot (rudder column) of the rudder with the same amount of surface in front of the pivot - the heavier the rudder gets!!  Simple Physics!!

I'm not talking about weight :think, but force needed to control the wheel steering!!

They must have added surface area before the pivot to counteract the much larger added surface behind that pivot or it would be almost impossible to steer!!

However, there is still an BIG issue if that rudder is really 3 inched deeper than the keel!   :cry4`

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Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:29:01 PM »
CISM : I replaced the three blocks on the boom with Garhauer and left the more complex block that attaches to the traveler as is.  Works just fine.  Just make sure that the new blocks are NON swiveling!! 

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Main Message Board / Re: Florida Bimini & Flex Seal
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:22:47 PM »
Cory : I agree with Noah. I've used the 303 on the Bimini and Dodger for years. Never had a problem with rain leaking thru.  The first thing to go is usually the white zippers and the thread (if it isn't Gortex)!!

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Main Message Board / Re: New Rudder Oversized?
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:43:44 PM »
Dukes : WOW  !!  Ken has included my pictures of my modification of my original 1988 wing keel rudder to Catalina's new elliptical wing keel rudder.  You might want to look in the Mainsheet tech notes and read my article.
Your rudder is going to be so heavy that it's going to be near impossible to control. Definitely get CD to take it back and send you the correct one. Way too much surface behind the pivot point.  I pointed out that with the new elliptical rudder on the MkII C34, Catalina even increased the wheel up to 42" just to take care of the heavier rudder (more purchase)!!
Don't believe I have to say anything about the 3 inches longer (deeper) than the wing keel - do I?  Grounding by rudder first!?!  :cry4`

In another Mainsheet Tech note article I have an overlay drawing of the OLD and the NEW wing keel rudders (also the fin rudders) to send to Catalina Direct so they can see their screwup!  Jerry Douglas sent the drawings to me.

Just looking at your picture I also see that you do NOT have a Catalina 3 bladed Sailor Prop!!!  Looks like you have a Michigan Wheel with a much larger cord surface area!! Don't know the pitch nor diameter, but it may be a large load on your engine!!  Something else to check.

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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:21:24 PM »
Paul : Your 1987 came from the factory with fuses.  A PO has changed the entire panel so you now have CBs.

I don't believe that the ABCYA has ever approved of wire nuts in boats wiring!! I'd change all the "wire nuts " to crimps and or soldered (w/heat shrink) connections.

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Mike : As you already know the water lubricates the water side of the raw water pump!!  Those items are toast. 
The other item you might want to watch is the nipple in the riser where the raw water mixes with the HOT exhaust gases (cracks in the weld). 
Also look at the riser inlet connection into the muffler - I found that the fiberglass inlet can be warped by the HOT gases!!

Always listen for the SPLUSH/SPLUSH!!

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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 08, 2019, 02:55:56 PM »
Bob : I believe that Jon's comment is correct.  That 1st "main" outlet on the AC electrical panel is a GFIC outlet.
It may have gone bad and is not sending any current to all the other downstream outlets. Pull that GFIC outlet and see it maybe one of the down stream wires may be loose or disconnected??  If not just invest in a new GFIC plug. 
I changed my 1988 GFIC and replaced it with a new one that has a pilot light!! That way I know when it's "hot"!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: July 06, 2019, 01:49:51 PM »
Sun : It almost looks like someone made their own quick pull "pin" instead of using a ring clip or cotter key?
There are 2 shinny rub spots on the long leg while there is rust/corrosion on the rest of it!?!

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