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Quote from: scgunner on October 24, 2023, 06:20:12 AM
Looks like a PO thing to me that's obviously a replacement electrical panel. Before I started digging around behind the panel I'd flip that switch on then turn everything on then flip it off and see what happens.

Did that, nothing!
I'm planning on a complete panel replacement. The area currently consists of 3 different pieces looks horrible and the nightmare behind them is cause for more. Long term project.
Main Message Board / Re: Raising the boom
October 23, 2023, 02:43:46 PM
I found this in a MackSails video

Main Message Board / What is this 'Service On' Switch?
October 23, 2023, 12:51:23 PM
It's really really difficult to get a good view of the wiring behind this switch. I have no clew what it's for. ( Red arrow points to it )
1987 C34 Mk 1 Tall Rig fin Keel.
Main Message Board / Re: Raising the boom
October 23, 2023, 12:17:39 PM
Quote from: KWKloeber on September 25, 2023, 03:28:15 PM

As I said, "yes."
No pics.

I simply moved up the gooseneck bracket (it mounts differently than yours.)   
If it gives you enough lift maybe use the top holes as the new bottom holes?

My boom had leeway as well and I shortened it a tad to help keep it from hitting on the angled-down connecting awning.

I like that idea Ken. I had our new sail made in 2016, they were supposed to cut the sail so that the aft end of the boom was raised by 6in. Not sure if they did that. The bolt on the end of the boom does touch the front edge of the bimini. But as you state, the boom is longer than needed. I could cut a few inches off of the boom and that would solve the problem that I share with the OP. However, that would also move the topping lift nearer to the mast and thus contact the sail more than it currently does.   I have seen a SS support bracket that mounts on the end of the boom which lifts the lower end of the topping lift about 10" higher and that would solve the issue.   Any idea of the name of that bracket? I believe that it's normally a component of a stack pack.
Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
August 30, 2023, 02:28:21 PM

Ok, went down to the boat, added Anti-Freeze via a funnel inserted into the Coolant fill port. The oil floated to the top and drained out of the overflow and into a capture jug. I spent about 15 minutes adding AF very slowly so that the surface of the oil could drain down the overflow tube.

When done, there was not even a consistent oil surface and it was obvious, looking at the overflow container, that about a 1/4 - 1/2 cup of oil was removed, it floated to the top of the container and measured about 1/8" inch thick. So I consider this a success.

Thanks everyone.  I'll be doing a full coolant flush in the next few weeks.

Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
August 28, 2023, 06:23:28 AM
Did not know that Ron!

Good idea Ken.

Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
August 25, 2023, 10:00:56 AM
Thanks Jim,

agreed, it's time.

Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
August 24, 2023, 02:35:27 PM
Thanks Ken.

I'll check out those options. Always value your input.

Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
August 24, 2023, 01:58:05 PM
Thanks Guys.

BTW, just being able to share this issue with the world made it a lot less stressful.

Perhaps just filling the tank and letting it overflow through the discharge port ( name??? ) on the port side of the coolant fill point.

If I put a different hose on that overflow tube and lead that into a jar, then I should be able capture 100% of the liquid and then able to see when it's running clear.

Main Message Board / Oil in the coolant
August 24, 2023, 12:03:21 PM
I screwed up. After completing an oil change I checked the belt tension and the coolant level. It was a little low so I decided to add some.

I pulled the yellow jug of what I thought was coolant - didn't check - it wasn't - it was engine oil.

As I began to pour the liquid into the funnel, I immediately realized it was not coolant  :shock: I had probably poured about a 1/4 cup of the oil into the coolant tank.


I used a paper towel to mop out the oil from the surface of the coolant.

I did not start the engine!!

So, how bad did I screw up and what suggestions for dealing with it.

BTW we've owned the boat 8 years and only had to add coolant a couple of times, once after servicing the heat exchanger, never any issues. I don't know how to drain the coolant.

I'm guessing the oil will float to the top of the coolant. Perhaps just filling the coolant reservoir with fresh coolant, the oil would float to the top and I could soak it up with paper towel.

Holding my breath.



The stove was modified for Propane before we purchased the boat.
Thanks Craig. I have a heat gun :)

Here's how the galley drawer cabinet turned out.

The cutlery drawer is next, then the slatted door.
I'm refinishing the interior of Eximius, just done the Galley Drawer Cabinet, turned out really nice.
Next project is the Door on the front of the hanging locker ( just aft of the Nav Table )

But how to refinish the slats?

The Galley Drawer Cabinet was pretty easy, just sand it down to remove 36 years of previous finishes and then apply 3 coats of Water Based Polyurethane.
But sanding those slats, that's a challenge, anyone done it or knows how?

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
April 02, 2023, 10:02:21 AM
Fixed :)

Finally got the new belt and pulleys installed.

I had an issue with the supplied belts being too long, the Alternator would protrude out of the access door in the head.

Balmar offered to replace the 42" belts with 41" belts. Instead I got them from V Belt Guys for about the same including less shipping than I would pay to return the originals to balmar and back.