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Main Message Board / Outboard gas/oil leak
« on: June 07, 2020, 05:09:27 PM »
I have a 3 yr old Taihatsu outboard, 4 stroke.  Tried to start it up on the dighy last week, seems to be leaking oil or gas, there is a sheen on water after trying to start it.  Pulled the cord a few times and noticed the sheen.  Tilted the outboard up out of the water and saw some brownish water leaking out of the drain holes above the prop.  Needs some more gas to start.

Went down today with some new gas.  Filled the tank and 3-4 pulls it started.  Getting a gas/oil sheen on the water again.  Let it run for 5 minutes and seems to be a constant sheen on the water.  Turned off and tilted out of the water.  Water coming out of the drain holes was clean.  Thought maybe the discharge from the week before was from taking it out of storage, putting in car then into cart to the boat.  Guess not.

No visible leaks from above the waterline so must be leaking below.  Any thoughts.

Main Message Board / Hit and Run
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:42:45 AM »
Was sleeping at anchor yesterday morning.  Had just come out of a deep sleep.  Hear a loud bang.  Wake up thinking the v-berth hatch had slammed shut.   It was open, looking out through it I can seen an anchor and mast off our port side. 
Now I'm thinking we dragged and hit another boat or had run aground.  Run into the cockpit, look around.  Still in the same spot we were in when we went to bed.  Look off the port side and there's a 40+ sailboat motoring away from us.  Run up near the bow and look over the lifelines, doesn't look to be any damage.  Look back over to the boat, still motoring away.  Notice a bare boat chartering co. name along the boom.
I couldn't believe the guy didn't motor back over and say sorry or, any damage.  My wife thought maybe he didn't realize he hit us.  I said even if he didn't think he hit us,  wouldn't he think it was odd that just as he came close to hitting us I happen to pop on deck at 5:30am.  And maybe he would stop and say that was close or sorry almost hit you.  Not turn around and motor away.
Plan on calling the charter company today just to give them a heads up.

Main Message Board / Cracked solar panel
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:47:38 AM »
Have a flexible 100w solar panel.  Stepped on it by accident, when putting it away in the fall, heard a crack and noticed a 1.5" crack in one of the square solar panel cells.  Will this have an impact on the whole panel or just that particular cell?  My thinking is that cell is kaput but the rest of the panel should operate normally so maybe now its an 85-90w panel?

The boat is on shore power all week.  The panels are really for 2-3 day trips to keep the batteries topped up so we don't have to run the engine.  With the kids sports schedules, we really only get out on multi-day trips 3-4 times a summer so a small decrease in performance shouldn't be an issue.

Main Message Board / Head pumping question
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:26:31 AM »
Have a Raritan PH or it may be a PHII.  I have to look more closely next time I'm down.  Mostly use the boat on the weekend.   For the last half of the summer, when we start pumping the head handle, it almost springs back up in your hand.  You can feel resistance as you are trying to pump down.  I'd pump it 15 times or so and it would start working fine again.
Last weekend it was doing it again, after the 15 pumps it was still springing up and wasn't draining the bowl, there was minimal water in the bowl.  I filled the bowl about 3/4 the way with fresh water and it pumped fine.  Almost seemed like there was enough pressure with the water in the bowl to force open the check valve and let it pump normal.  Worked fine for the rest of the weekend.  Seems like when we leave it for the week, maybe the check valve is getting stuck and once it frees itself, it works fine for however long we're on the boat.

Does it sound like a need a re-build kit?

Main Message Board / Replacing oil pressure switch
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:22:19 PM »
I think need to replace my oil pressure switch.  Engine buzzer stopped working.  When I put the buzzer to ground it works.  When it's connected back to the oil wire, nothing.  Wire is good, put a new one in 2 years ago but connected to about 6" of the old wire since it's in such a tight spot.  Hard to get to the switch on the engine block.  Was trying to unscrew the wire from the switch but the screw is very rusted and the wire terminal seems to have rusted to it.  When trying to unscrew the screw holding he wire, the wire spins with it.
When I remove the switch do I need to worry about oil spraying out?  Its an M25.

Main Message Board / Engine Panel Alarms
« on: April 30, 2017, 03:41:55 AM »
Did the '86 have a low oil pressure alarm and a high engine temp alarm.  I replaced the panel this winter (kept all the gauges)  Marked everything on the back of the panel and what I disconnected on the boat.  Was there today.  Got everything wired up but the alarm.  I realized I only had one alarm and some small circuit board that was wired into the alarm.  Was getting confused how to wire the alarm and the low oil pressure light and engine alarm light (lights never worked on the old panel)  Looked at the wiring diagram I had from the alternator to volt meter change.  Showed 2 alarms buzzers.  Was looking on Catalina direct and they made mention that boats before 1990 didn't have a high temp alarm, only low oil but there is a part you can buy for the engine to add a high temp alarm.  Will check tomorrow to see if PO had installed that part.  If not, I'm assuming I wire the alarm to the low oil pressure.  If that's the case, what would turn on the high engine temp light on the panel?

Main Message Board / Electrical Connection Grease
« on: December 27, 2016, 07:59:40 AM »
Replacing some gauges on my engine panel.   Is dilectic silicone grease the right product to use on the nuts/connections.  Can I just slather it on the connections after I get them together.  I'm talking about the spade connectors and screwed connections.   All the butt connections are getting heat shrinked.

On a similar note, what is the best product to used on stainless nuts and bolts up on deck to prevent any corrosion on the threads.  Would the dilectric grease work on those also?

Main Message Board / Cushion button repair
« on: October 10, 2016, 04:44:47 PM »
Anyone know how to get the fabric button covers back on the cushion buttons?  A couple have fallen off.  Tried pushing them on but can get about 3/4 on then can't get the rest to snap over the button.

Main Message Board / Mattress choice
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:47:35 AM »
Looking for some advice.  Currently sleep in the v-berth.  Use the v-berth cushions then on top we have a 4" foam mattress.  Always feels nice when I first lay down but I always have a sore back in the morning. 

Was at the boat show and saw one vendor with 6"-8" foam mattresses and another vendor with a spring/foam type mattress.  Was also looking at the Frioli system to use with what I currently have.

At home we have a standard spring mattess with a foam topper which I love.  Would like to go that way for the boat but it's the most expensive.  Almost double the 8" foam mattress.

Anyone use the full 8" foam mattress or go with the Frioli system?

Main Message Board / New Engine Panel
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:26:06 AM »
Was looking to replace my engine panel.  Just the aluminum plate itself, starting to look pretty warn, would switch out all the gauges/buttons.  I found a co. that can make me a new plate.  I've got an 1986 with the separate ignition, glowplug button, and start button.  Looking at Catalina Direct I noticed they had a replacement panel for sale with a combined ingition/glowplug and separate start button.  Any benefit to switch to the combined ignition/glowplug or should I keep the separate ones I have.

Main Message Board / Winch Adjustment
« on: September 11, 2016, 11:51:56 AM »
Is there a way to tighten the jaw on the main winches.  They don't seem to be gripping the sheets as well as before when I'm cranking on the winch handle.  As I'm cranking, if I don't keep some tension on the tailing end they will slip out of the jaw.  Never used to do that.
  They appear to be original so they are 30 yrs. old.  Can't remember the make of them (maybe Maxwell) but I know they are not Lewmar.

Main Message Board / Auto/manual PFD
« on: July 08, 2016, 07:32:22 AM »
Do you have to have the CO2 cartridges installed in an auto/man PFD to make them compliant if you were stopped by the Coast Guard?
I usually keep 2 on the boat without the CO2 installed.  We have 2 inflatable paddleboards and a local Harbormaster told me we need to have a lifejacket on or strapped to the board when out paddleboarding.  CG regulations.  We use the 2 without CO2 for the paddleboards so they don't autoinflate if they get wet but could be manually inflated if needed.

Was just wondering if we were stopped by the CG, when sailing, if there is an problem with them only being manual inflation?

Main Message Board / Roller furler issue
« on: July 03, 2016, 12:24:06 PM »
Roller furler has gotten harder to roll in over the past couple of years. Each year it seems to get harder to roll up. . Once I get about 1/6 of the jib in it rolls up pretty easy but to get that first 1/6 in is a real bear. Last 3-4 times we were out it was 10-15 knot winds. Turned boat into the wind and pulled with all m might and couldn't get it started. My 14 yr old daughter had to help me. It's a Cruising Design Reefer I.  Seems to unroll fine. Not sure if it's time for new one its original '86. Or maybe need service? 

Main Message Board / Cleaning Stainless
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:10:10 AM »
What does everyone use to clean their stainless.  Have some areas that have some light rust spots, other areas I just want to polish the stainless. 

Main Message Board / Macerator pump issue
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:59:00 AM »
End of last season I pumped out the tank.  Then added some antifreeze over the winter.  This spring I tried to use the macerator pump to get the antifreeze out.  Didn't seem to work.  I put a new tank in last year and changed the piping up from the old tank.
There is a pickup tube in the tank, installed by Ronco, that exits on the top side corner of the tank.  Hose goes from the tank fitting to a y valve.  One side of the valve goes to the pumpout deck fitting.  Other side goes to the macerator pump.  Would the macerator not have enough oomph to pull through the pickup tube?

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