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Messages - Phil Spicer

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Main Message Board / Re: Sickened by what we found
« on: December 10, 2019, 06:28:05 AM »
  Good to hear you got back in the water without delays and your insurance took good care of you.

Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 13, 2019, 07:29:37 AM »
   Ron, Thanks for the tip on using black zippers. I have 4 vertical zippers in my sail cover for the lazy jacks. I have had to replace
them because of UV damage. I plan to make a new sail cover this winter and will change to the black zippers. In fact, all of
the white zippers on the dodger and bimini have been replaced because of UV damage. Good thought Ron.  :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 27, 2019, 06:04:13 PM »
You could tie a line to a halyard and run it up to the top of the mast. Mark the length
 at the deck level and then measure the line. There’s your mast height above deck. Lay a long
 boat hook across the deck and measure boat hook to water. Add those dimensions plus anything
 on the top of the mast (light antenna etc.) Allow a little for clearance and you should be good to go.
Almost forgot, pray or wait for low tide.
   Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show this weekend
« on: October 10, 2019, 06:22:18 PM »
   Saw the new 545 today. It's a lot of boat.
  Of all I looked at today I still like our 34. If I was to replace our 34 it would be a 355

Main Message Board / Re: Cruising Speed/RPMs with Universal 25XP
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:56:06 AM »
   All of our racers down play the 3 bladed prop because of the drag, but it will back down right now. Wife does all of the motoring in and out of the dock. Some times I get a little worried if she comes in a little hot, but in 25 years she has always stopped well short of that steel sea wall. Fixed or folding, your choice. To me, I'll stay with 3 blades. (i don't race)

Main Message Board / Re: Soundproofing
« on: July 29, 2019, 03:37:37 PM »
   WOW!!! On your next trip to the great lakes you can make mine transparent also

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:48:39 PM »
   Sorry to hear that Jon. I understand. On a good note, Boat started again today.
   Ron, I'll Look into those grounds. Thanks

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:25:39 PM »
   After checking things with the help of a fellow 34 owner we thought the problem may be the rebuilt starter. Took it to the shop and
it checked out good.
   Pulled the ground wire, it was clean, wire brushed it anyway. Wire is to short to put on the bottom starter bolt so returned it to the bellhousing.
Cleaned all connections. All back together and it worked. Over the next 2 hours I started it 6 or 8 times.Started each time. Hope it keeps working.
   A C30 friend came over (after the work was done) and said I should make sure the slip on spade connector on the solenoid was tight. He said that could sometimes causes an intermittent start problem if it wasn't tight. Don't know now, but as of yesterday it has started.
   Thanks to you all for your guidance.

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:26:40 AM »
Ron,  New stabbing fuse holder is on its way.  Will try to check all connections today Phil

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 18, 2019, 07:15:22 AM »
  Plan to meet family for a sail today. Will check fuse connection and starter wires when we get to boat. Next will be a new starter button. Key switch is 3 to 5
years old. Also will clean those connections on back of panel. Will try one thing at a time

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 18, 2019, 05:13:52 AM »
     Dielectrical grease repels moisture & protects electrical connections against corrosion. Always talk about corrosion on that inline fuse.

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 17, 2019, 02:58:01 PM »
   Mark: I have the standard set-up from 1988. Always start with switch set to ALL.

Main Message Board / Re: Starting problem
« on: July 17, 2019, 02:54:35 PM »
   Ken: 2 new batteries last year. New solenoid was put on the starter. I do not know the voltage on the "S" wire. I do plan to change the fuse to the new type and use the water proof holder. Saw that yesterday at marina store. It was a 12 gauge wire. Is that ok? It looks like
that is larger than the fuse wire.

Main Message Board / Starting problem
« on: July 17, 2019, 01:39:39 PM »
   Had starter and alt checked out as preventative maintenance. Rebuilt as needed so all should be good. Checked that almost hidden inline fuse and cleaned it and the holder. Added a thin coat of dieelectric grease and  put it together. The first time I hit the starter button I got nothing. Did see volt meter drop. Hit the starter button another time or two and fired up.
   Fired right up last week and went for a sail. When I tried to start up to motor in I got nothing. Had to push starter button 3 or 4 times then the starter kicked in. Same thing yesterday. Had to hit the button several times before I got contact.
   Tomorrow I will clean the contacts on the starter. Pulled the panel and checked for loose contacts, nothing.
   Yes, I removed the gummy bear plugs. Where do I go from here? New starter button? Jack up my documentation
numbers and run a new boat under them?  I turn wrenches, I do glass work, but not wires. Please point me in the right direction.
   If I replace the starter button, how many amps should the button handle? I see 10, 25,and 35 amp starter buttons.
   Thank you for the help and suggestions

Main Message Board / Re: Florida Bimini & Flex Seal
« on: July 12, 2019, 05:32:19 AM »
  I get 303 Fabric Guard at the wal mart at the lake for almost 1/2 the WM price. I say at the lake because our local wal mart
doesn't have much in marine products.

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