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Messages - Ron Hill

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Main Message Board / Re: Engine bogs down under load
« on: Yesterday at 04:15:16 PM »
Guys : There are C34 owners with the M25XP engine that have removed the "course" engine mounted fuel filter from the engine and remounted it before the 'fine" Racor filter!!

Once again- I ran my engine on gravity feed alone for over a year (at least 500hrs!!).  I connected the fuel pump to the blower switch and could check if the engine RPM increased when the fuel pump was ON (Rational - I used that setup to check for a clogging/clogged Racor filter)

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Main Message Board / Re: Mast rake
« on: Yesterday at 03:21:25 PM »
Mike : I know my boat is "level" with the aft tank full and there is no standing water (rain or washing) on the cockpit floor!!

That's the way I determine it !!  A thought

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Main Message Board / Re: Engine bogs down under load
« on: February 17, 2020, 02:01:01 PM »
WindyT : What engine?
I hope that you've checked to make sure that the screen on the fuel pickup tube has been removed!?!  :think

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Main Message Board / Re: Mast rake
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:56:08 PM »
Noah : I used the main halyard.  You need to off set and list the boat (I used the starboard side) so the main halyard will not get interference from the boom.  I attached a crescent wrench to the main halyard and kept it just off the deck on a NO wind day and then adjusted the fore and back stays to get the rake of 4-6 inches.   :thumb:

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Main Message Board / Re: Mast rake
« on: February 16, 2020, 04:14:37 PM »
Andre : I was happy with 4"-6" 

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Main Message Board / Re: Winter storage warning
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:05:49 PM »
Mas T : Usually cradle supports have a pin that goes thru the outside sleeve and the inside pad shaft!??
I have heard that some O'Days have a balsa core hull!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Composting head
« on: February 11, 2020, 02:37:24 PM »
Patches : I looked into a composting head a few years back. 
The problem I found (back then) was there wasn't enough space in a C34 head compartment for a composting head.  Maybe now they might have smaller units??

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Main Message Board / Re: DC ground issue
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:13:15 PM »
Bill : All of my #4 gnd wires are together at the batteries.  Then I also ran a #8 negative ground from the batteries (under the flooring) to the DC bus bar on the top back of the instrument panel. That insured all items on the panel got a good negative connection!! 
It has been my experience that when I have a connection/continuity problem on the boat is usually the NEGATIVE !!  :thumb:

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Main Message Board / Re: Kubota Block Equivalent
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:03:55 PM »
GUYS : For those that have upgraded to the M25XPB
 Kubota block - D1005 ES01 
 Used in the F2400 and F2560 tractors

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Main Message Board / Re: Engine Spares for a Long Cruise
« on: February 05, 2020, 02:03:33 PM »
Ryan : What is your hull # and which engine do you have???

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Main Message Board / Re: water in cockpit after rain
« on: February 05, 2020, 01:59:37 PM »
Al : You have an early hull that probably does not have an aft water tank!  I'm afraid that you are going to have to live with the water in the cockpit not being able to drain back to the scuppers. 
You might try loading some more weight into your rear cockpit locker.   :cry4`

Also make sure that the drains for the companion way cover are clear so that water can drain on to the center deck.

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Main Message Board / Re: Antifreeze: Which type is best?
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:09:56 PM »
Guys : I'm absolutely baffled by a quest for the "BEST Anti freeze"?? 
I always thought that there were really only a couple of characteristics that you needed to for in anti freeze - at what low temperature does the mixture start to congeal, water-pump lubrication, rust inhibitor and some longevity (lasts more than a year before breaking down).  Most major brands profess they have these characteristics??!!

Also I'm interested in "who" it is that did all of the testing to decide "which" is the best!! Their criteria and test parameters??
Also It would seem to me that the "water (cooling) jacket" in any engine (spark or compression) is about the same. Temperature of approx 160 degrees also should be the same in our small diesel engines or small gasoline engines. Temp. Might be much higher in large truck engines?!? Probably be a difference depending on the metal that the engine block is cast out of.

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Main Message Board / Re: Battery Orientation
« on: January 29, 2020, 02:50:00 PM »
Steve : My AGMs were group 27or 29? 105/110 AH.  I was able to have the 2 side by side batteries in boxes, but the single battery I had to make a heavy clear plastic cover to protect the terminals.

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Main Message Board / Re: Can't get all the oil out of my M35 engine
« on: January 28, 2020, 03:06:56 PM »
eis : If your oil is extracted from the middle of the pan - The only time you'll see clean oil on the dipstick is immediately after changing oil!!  A soon as you run the engine (if only for a minute !!) you'll have dirty oil on the dipstick!!   :cry4`

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Main Message Board / Re: Battery Orientation
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:59:22 PM »
Steve : You have almost the same setup as I have. 
The only difference is I wired the single (for & aft) battery into BAT 1 position and the other 2 batteries (together) into BAT 2 position on the Perko Battery selector switch.   

Have had that battery setup for 15+? years and it has worked well.  Somewhere on this site I posted a picture.

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