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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Running Cables for Windlass
« on: September 19, 2019, 07:19:41 AM »
I got the VW 10 not sure if the 10-10 or the 10-8 but I will check.
anyway I installed it horizontally in the anchor locker with the gears and motor in the area between the exterior of the locker and the veneer...plenty of room there. I have pics is anyone wishes.

This is on my short list of much needed projects. I'd love to see pictures. Please email to

PLEASE post pictures here.

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:13:02 PM »
There have been, and will continue to be, detailed discussions about this topic.  Kinda like asking your mom what girl to marry before you've had a first date, or "What boat should I buy?"  :D

Here's another good recent one:

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar ARS-5 Voltage Regulator Power Source
« on: September 17, 2019, 04:42:32 PM »
That's clear now.

FWIW, when I replaced my key switch a couple of years ago, I found a 3 position switch there, although my boat only used two because I have both pushbuttons for glow plugs and start.  The factory only wired two poles anyway!  I just put a two position I/O in instead.

Main Message Board / Re: Winch size for spinnaker halyard
« on: September 17, 2019, 03:43:49 PM »
Have you considered using a vang tackle connected to your main halyard for hoisting the dinghy?

My preference is to always try to find dual uses for existing stuff before adding anything.

Wouldn't you need a clutch or cam cleat to hold the tailed halyard right there at the mast?

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar ARS-5 Voltage Regulator Power Source
« on: September 17, 2019, 03:39:53 PM »
Mike : Like Stu said the KEY switch.  Just make sure you wire it to the continuous pole and not the intermittent pole!!

A thought



Just to be clear, the regulator doesn't need to be ON all the time.  You WANT it to go off when you turn the key off.

So, use the correct pole on the key switch.  Sometimes terminology can be confusing...:D

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar ARS-5 Voltage Regulator Power Source
« on: September 17, 2019, 11:18:36 AM »
This indicated that the regulator is not receiving power. The regulator harness brown wire for power is connected to the engine oil pressure switch circuit. Iím not sure how this circuit is supposed to work.

I know that it is supposed to turn on the warning light at the panel in the cockpit when oil pressure is low, such as momentarily when starting the engine. The light does blink on when starting the engine. I donít seem to be able to get a voltage reading for that circuit when the engine is running. It should read the battery voltage. Any ideas would be appreciated.


The regulator power should be coming from the ignition switch, not the oil pressure switch circuit, because that circuit only gets energized after the engine starts.

When I replaced my OEM alternator I installed an MC-612, and drew detailed wiring diagrams.  These are in the Electrical Systems 101.

Alternator Regulator Wiring Diagrams - all three,4548.0.html

Also, the Critical Upgrades topic discusses the unforeseen consequences of the M25XP and M35 engine wiring changes related to the oil pressure switch and the the operation of the electric fuel pump.  I only mention this so if you don't already know about it, you can find out.

Perhaps your oil pressure switch is faulty.  In most cases, IIRC, it's not the switch but the wiring connections.  Ken Kloeber has written a lot about this.  Since I don't have experience with it because I have a simpler M25, I'll leave this one to others.

Main Message Board / Re: oil hose kit?
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:19:11 PM »
MDID : If you look in the Mainsheet tech notes you'll find an article that I wrote on this very subject.  >>>>>>>>>>>>

Ron, it wasn't a tech note, it was in Projects:

I found it using the Knowledgebase.

Main Message Board / Re: Tech notes
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:01:37 AM »
Try clicking on the individual articles, instead of the month.  This could be the period where we were transitioning to original files from pdf black & white copies.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 12, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
Hi Stu your double line is a good idea but what are you doing with the reefing two and maybe three

See the November 2003 Tech Notes.  Entire article with pictures.  First and second reefs.  I've written before that I don't believe a third reef is necessary.  If you do, save some $$ and just put in a deeper second.  Your boat, your choice.  :D

Go to NAPA and get the GATES.  But you have to know which one to buy.

Noah's idea is good.  Also check the 17 foot exhaust hose from the muffler to the transom, that's where I found a lot of soot.  The hose looks good but it becomes porous after many years and does make a mess under the head sink and in the port locker.

How difficult is it to change that belt out?

i recently changed mine out without having to remove the alternator.

You should check to see if your pump is weeping through the weep holes or whether it's just that the faceplate gasket needs to be replaced.  This is because it appears that there is leakage down to the engine mount.

You should read the sticky CRITICAL UPGRADES and learn how to properly align your alternator belt.

The CRITICAL UPGRADES and 101 Topics also have suggestions and links to routing your oil breather to the air intake.

None of us was born a diesel mechanic.  We all learned.  I put off buying a bigger boat for 13 years because I could take my outboard engine off my Catalina 25!  Once I bought this boat, I spent a LOT of time reading and researching, and getting my hands dirty.  It doesn't happen overnight, but the years I spent trying to find information was in 1998-2000, just as the internet was getting started.  In the meantime, we've captured almost everything you need to know about your engine right here on this website.  Should save you a lot of time.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:58:59 PM »
That's a good idea.  Another is to go to double line reefing.

Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Preventer
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:07:11 AM »
A preventer should always be led to the aft end of the boom and then to the bow.  Otherwise, one risks breaking the boom.  This comes from many discussions on cruisers forum from long distance sailors. 

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:30:26 PM »
Worth considering, thanks.

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