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Is this still for sale? Do you know who made the rudder? Is it for a fin keel?

Main Message Board / Re: xp25 rpm's
« on: May 07, 2006, 08:44:27 PM »
As others have mentioned, your tach is probably wrong. Most mechanics have a special tach that looks sort of like a strobe light. They put a white mark on the front of the lower engine pulley and can measure RPM'sit in less than a minute. The XP25 should be able put out about 3200 rpm under way. If it isn't, it could be your prop is pitched too high. I think 15x10 (3 blade) is what most folks find is the most efficient.
Your alternator will take a some power but it shouldn't be as much as you're describing unless it's very large. I have a 100 amp alternator with a Balmer MC-612 and it's never done what you describe.

Main Message Board / Re: Bruce Anchors?
« on: April 23, 2006, 07:14:04 PM »
I my opinion I would go with some other anchor. I've seen several instances and heard of several more where a rock gets lodged in the claw of the anchor. My friend had to use a crowbar to get the rock out. With the rock in the claw the anchor will not hold. I know the Bruces are quick setting but I think this rock thing is a major issue.
Just my opinion

Main Message Board / Prop shaft position out of water
« on: April 23, 2006, 07:06:18 PM »
Replacing my cutlass bearing turned into a very challenging project because I was unable to locate the correct tool for the job. After alot of struggling I finally got it in place. Now I have new prop shaft, cutlass bearing, and coupling.
My question is this. I have to really pull up on the shaft to get the coupling mate to with the transmission. I've read in other threads that the hull bends to some degree while on the hard but I'm wondering is this is too much. Also when measuring with a feeler gauge, 3 of the 4 quadarants on the coupling mate well while my lower starboard one is a bit a way. Much more than something you measure with a feeler gauge. I've rotated the shaft measuring things and the larger gap stays in the lower starboard quaduarant.  I'm wondering if it's just the boat twisted a bit or something else is awry. When I had the engine aligned two years ago the mechanic was able to get it within 4 thousands.

I'm going to have the yard look at it tomorrow but if anyone has had a similiar experience I'd appreciate hearing about it.

SO Journey #959

I'm in the process of installing a new s/s prop shaft. I've read on the board here that you can do it without dropping the rudder or removing the engine. I just tried removing mind today and when I tried to work it around the rudder it looked like I was putting a huge amount of load on the strut let alone the shaft. The old one isn't an issue but I'm concerned about the getting the new one in place without bending something (IE new shaft or strut).
It was stated that you have more room if you install the shaft before the new cutlass bearing. The one I have is pressed into the strut so I'm wondering how you do this when the shaft is in place.
Any insight to this is greatly appreciated. I'm current out of the water and want to get the boat back in as quickly as possible.

Thanks again in advance for your help.

So Journey #959

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