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Main Message Board / Heat Exchanger symptoms of failure
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:58:36 AM »
Howdy all,
It has been ages since my last post. We have been working hard bringing our Wellington 44 to sea worthy status. However, we were relocating to a new marina the other night and at the end of the 10 mile motor/sail, I was powering down. The cabin filled with a black, sooty smoke. The interior was coated with the stuff. Engine was running normally and all of the levels were as they should be. I continued to my dock (3 minutes).

In the day light, I inspected the under sink engine access on the port side head. It was sooty. The muffler looked to be streaked with a black fluid. I read this,8137.msg56798.html?PHPSESSID=807153e15047426572180aed75d08962#msg56798 but, it doesn't seem to match. Any suggestions before I pay for something I can do myself?

Thanks in advance!

Main Message Board / Air conditioner comparisons
« on: December 02, 2016, 07:54:05 AM »
I installed a 16K btu Marinaire about 3 years ago. Not the smartest choice I've made......

The unit is broken - again. Do NOT buy this brand.

Now, I am comparing the Wabasco FCF 16k to the Marine Air 16k. What is this esteemed groups recommendations. Both are reverse cycle heating.

Main Message Board / Rewiring the refrigerator breaker
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:00:12 AM »
I am rewiring my fridge breaker as I have moved the refrigerator to next to the ice box. The red line (Circled in blue) goes to the refrigerator breaker. I have looked for the black line and cannot find it. Where can I ground the new line from the fridge? I have to refrigerators on Kitty's Cat. These line go to a buss bar for both fridges.

We were motoring out when there was a squeal and the motor acted upon. Upon opening the compartment up there was water leaking from the circulating pump and it was not moving well when the motor was running.

Any ideas while I sit here at anchor?

Main Message Board / Asym/Cruising spinnakers
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:29:01 AM »
Yes, after all these years, I finally have an asym/ cruising spinnaker. In reality, it is more of a reaching cut. My question is.... Is it possible/practical to use the asym while the jib is out on a reach? The set up would almost look like a cutter rig. I also have a symmetrical for those long, off shore, downwind legs......

Main Message Board / Galley Sole
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:16:00 AM »
Hey all,
As many of you know, we live aboard Kitty's Cat. One of the things that we have noticed is excessive wear on the galley flooring around the companionway steps. I am almost finished with a project that will solve that until we move up to a bigger boat in the future. Here is what I'm doing and why.

High wear area and dangerously slippery when the sole is removed.

Step 1: Remove the sections that make up the galley sole and put away in storage for refinishing
Step 2: An extremely thorough cleaning
Step 3: Purchase 14 squares of Almond Dri Dek
Step 4: Lay Dri Dek down. 10 will roughly fill in the area without trimming. The remaining 4 squares are used to cut to size around the perimeter of the sole

Result is an easy to clean surface that provides a very sure grip when wet. Unlike the wooded sole, dri dek allows water to drain through the factory drilled drain holes under your sole. To clean (Dry) Vacuum (Wet) Mop. Every once in awhile we think you'll need to pull back and sweep/mop underneath.

Main Message Board / Macerator Installation
« on: February 12, 2016, 08:48:25 AM »
Kitty's Cat did not come with a macerator installed (Removed by a PO). Now that we are beginning off-shore trips were pump-outs aren't available, I would like to install one. I've read all the articles I found using the search. However, there are few PICTURES of the installation.  :cry4` Does anyone have any good images of their installation? I have an electric head which macerates as it pumps to the holding tank. I think, because of that, I can have sharper turns in the hose routing to the second macerator.

Main Message Board / A different barnacle problem
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:37:36 PM »
Ok, no worries with the bottom, shaft or prop having barnacles. My problem is in the air-conditioning. As I pull my strainer I have the usual grass and also a few barnacles - no big deal. However, the other day I noticed that the out put through hull was way down from its usual flow. Step one was to dive in and clear all my through hulls from the bottom. A bit dirty but not much. However, when I pulled the hose between the trough hull and the strainer, it was literally, not figuratively, packed with barnacles! What type of preventative maintenance can I do for this issue?

I know I'll get great responses so, thank you in advance! :thumb:

Main Message Board / Zinc life
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:05:53 PM »
Ok, I have had the boat in Saltwater since March, should the zinc already be sacrificed away this quickly??

Two major events happened today. HELP!!!
1. While on way to pump out, it sounded like the prop shaft zinc came loose. When we arrived at our dock, the prop wrapped in the dock line.

2. Dove in and discovered:
    a) prop had corroded.
    b) prop shaft had pulled away from strut.
    c) underside of strut holding shaft was gone.

How do I fix this? And worse, how much do you think it will cost?


Main Message Board / Storing perishables in warm climate
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:19:44 AM »
Ok all,
Now that our move to the Gulf is complete, we've noticed that fresh items go bad quicker - duh. What are some of the things you do to keep things like bread and vegetables fresh longer?

Main Message Board / A new frontier for me
« on: February 18, 2014, 04:21:05 PM »
Ok, pulled the mast for the first time. Great help from y'all - went unbelievably smooth. Thanks
My question is this. When I pulled the mast, I discovered that my mast was equipped with Spartite. I suspected as much as I found the decal in a compartment. However, I expected to find partners - none were found. Is that correct?

Main Message Board / Seacock Strainers
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:49:25 AM »
How many of you saltwater sailors have strainers installed over your seacock intakes? If you do, on which intakes are they installed?

Thanks in advance?

Main Message Board / Unstepping the mast
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:16:07 PM »
Ok, I'm in the process of getting ready to decommission Kitty's Cat for about 2 weeks. Part of this will involve stepping the mast. All of my other sailboats have had deck stepped masts. However, Kitty's Cat has a keel stepped mast. Other than disconnecting the electrical, standing and running rigging, vang, removing the boom, and removing the interior turnbuckle assembly inside the cabin, is there any other steps I might have overlooked?

I looked through Randy's great photo layout of his unstepping/stepping; but, I didn't see anything about the partners or the metal collar around the hole that the mast slips through. I have a month before the mast pull. Any help will be appreciated.

Main Message Board / Blister repair
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:54:44 PM »
After looking through the search engine I found a lot of info on finding blisters etc. However, I didn't find anything about repairing them yourself.

A couple of questions:

1) After popping the blister, letting it drain and dry out, what to is the recommended filler after bevelling the blister out?

2) I have been told that you need to prime the hole prior to adding the filler. If so, what is the primer? I hadn't heard that from the guy who does the bottom jobs here.

Thanks so much in advance! :thumb:

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