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Topics - Bill Shreeves

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Main Message Board / Metal AC Duct Fittings?
« on: March 14, 2023, 10:30:01 AM »
I'm replacing my old AC with a new one as well as the duct etc.  Having a tough time finding a plastic 6x6x4 wye but plenty of galv metal.  Any thoughts on using the metal fitting under the V-Berth to branch from the 6" main flexible insulated duct?

Main Message Board / Install toe rail 1-1/4" T-Track
« on: October 24, 2022, 01:31:04 PM »
Thinking about installing 1-1/4" aluminum T-Track on port and std toe rail.  What length 5/16" screws should I use?

Main Message Board / Icebox evaporating unit mounting location
« on: July 13, 2021, 08:22:47 PM »
I've had enough with buying ice to keep my food cold and I'll be installing a new Cold Machine CU-100/VD-150 on my '87 34 in a few weeks.

What is the typical or most common side of the icebox to mount the evaporating unit and thermostat?  The Admiral will have input on where she thinks it'll be easy for her however, I wanted to know where others have it mounted.


Main Message Board / Dimensions for space under table in MK1?
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:38:01 AM »
If anyone happens to be aboard their MK1, any chance you could get approximate dimensions of the space aft of the table post?  I'm wondering if a dog crate might fit in that space temporarily.  Ideally, dimensions fore and aft between table base and cushions projecting forward and starboard cushions to port side of table and height between sole and table supports.

Thanks if anyone can share that!


Main Message Board / stringer location
« on: April 20, 2021, 07:48:37 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a stringer anywhere between the one near the forward edge of the galley cabinet and the front of the engine compartment?  I meant to try and look last week and/or sound the floor with the sole lifted and forgot.


Main Message Board / Hole Saw for Thru Hull
« on: March 12, 2021, 11:50:55 AM »
Any suggestions on what type to buy that might survive well enough to cut through the hull?


Main Message Board / Defender 2021 Spring Sale
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:57:32 AM »
FYI, Strictly an online sale this year...  Fri. March 19th - Sun. March 28th

The existing alternator arm to my now dead Mando 51A alternator does not come even close to working for the CMI-105.  The CMI-105 is so long the alternator needs to rotate clockwise to keep connectors from touching the exhaust manifold.

Unless someone knows of an "off-the-shelf" bracket that will fit, it looks like I'll need a custom solution.  I'm all ears if someone has a suggestion.  Short of that, this is my approach:

I temporarily installed the 105.  With the existing arm mounted, I over-laid the template print-out of the universal arm from Compass Marine and adjusted the template to a position that appeared to be a good fit.  I taped the print-out to the old arm then removed the arm with the template attached.  I fabbed a piece of starboard out the new arm "template" along with faring the junction between the two arms.  I'll took the mock-up to the boat and checked the fit.  With a few minor adjustments, it looks like it'll work pretty well so, I made a drawing based on the tweaks and will start  looking for a machine shop to fab in 1/4" steel.

Any alternative ideas?

Main Message Board / New Standing Rigging
« on: June 26, 2020, 02:16:17 PM »
I'm about to pull the trigger on having a local rigger replace my standing rigging.  I'm very surprised after sending an email asking about a warranty on his work.  He replied that there is no warranty expressed or implied after the mast is stepped

Really?  Is this customary?  WTF can I do with the mast un-stepped?

Main Message Board / Mast Refinish
« on: December 08, 2019, 12:07:53 PM »
While my mast is down, Iím thinking about sprucing up the appearance of my unpainted, un-anodized mast because its looking tired.    Iíve researched painting and it looks like it should have several coats of high-quality primer as well as several coats of high-quality top finish paint which is time-consuming including the time between coats, hard to have a clean environment out in a boat yard and both are fairly expensive.   No point in doing it half-way right?   Iíve read that, assuming a quality paint job, its common for chipping etc. after 5 or so years.  Iíve also read that its not uncommon for corrosion to appear under the paint as evidenced by blistering.

A buddy with a í93 C34 also took his mast down at the same time at our yard.  His mast is painted.  He doesnít know when it was painted.  For all he knows its original.  It has some chips, scratches.  It also has a bit of blistering around the bottom 6Ē.

While researching painting and looking in YouTube as well, I ran across someone that stripped very old paint off his aluminum mast, polished it and coated it with the EverBrite a clear coat product. The video was made several years ago and the poster has updated a few times saying itís still looking really good several years ago.  The mfg. says it never chips and it looks really easy to get a quality and you can apply several coats in one day.  So, Iím strongly considering this since Iím not necessarily interested in color, just a nice looking, cared for mast.

Does anyone have experience with EverBrite or similar products on unpainted metal or any thoughts on this?

If interested in the video just search YouTube for Everbrite Mast.  The mfg. site is www dot everbritecoatings dot com

Main Message Board / Annapolis Sailboat Show this weekend
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:36:50 PM »
Anyone from the org going?

Main Message Board / Toilet bowl leak between bowl and bronze base
« on: June 11, 2019, 08:15:56 PM »
I installed a new bowl on my Groco HF-B last year along with a new Groco mfg gasket.  It started leaking last weekend and tightening the bolts doesn't seem to be resolving it.  I am being very cautious about the amount of torque and trying to keep it generally uniform around the bowl to avoid cracking the ceramic base.  i didn't use any gasket sealer last year but, I'm wondering now if maybe I should have.  No leaks last season except for an adjustment after initial installation.  Thought I'd ask the forum before installing the new gasket.

Main Message Board / 2 very impressive boat cleaners
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:51:08 PM »
I'm sure many know about these products but, these where a "discovery" for me this week and I'm so impressed, I wanted to share for those that haven't tried them.    Starbrite Instant Hull Cleaner for cleaning the boot stripe and Starbrite Instant Black Streak Remover.

The Instant Hull Cleaner cleaned the nasty white boot stripe exactly as directed and it was as effortless as wiping it clean.   I applied with a rag but, I'll make sure I have a way to spray it on in the future.  This worked for me far easier than On Off last season.

The Instant Black Streak Remover on the hull that appear under the deck drains etc. cleaned up with little effort.  It also cleaned the transom that gets dark from a variety of causes really very well. The label says it won't remove the wax but, the water definitely beaded far less where I used this product.  This was prep for Spring commissioning and waxing so, no big deal to me.  I also made sure to thoroughly rinse with plenty of water after using these serious cleaners

I don't think I've ever promoted a product like this before but, I wanted to share for those looking for an easy way to get these tough to clean jobs done.

Can't wait to get her back in the water later this month!

Main Message Board / New West Marine Price Match Policy Restrictions
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:01:17 PM »
It seems that WM has recently pulled back their price match policy to only matching brick & mortar locations within 50 miles or an Amazon fulfillment product.  I hear WMs interpretation for the Amazon fulfillment price match is only for products Amazon stocks in their fulfillment centers.   I haven't found anything "official" from WM.  That's what the WM employees told a friend that that recently was denied a price match.  I doubt they'll advertise their new policy.

Main Message Board / 2 Keel Bolt Nuts Frozen
« on: March 24, 2019, 07:14:38 PM »
I replaced 7 of the 9 keel bolt nuts and washers.  Unfortunately, I'm unable to budge 2 of the nuts despite generous applications of Kroil for a couple of weeks in advance and two shots on each with Freeze Off, tapping etc. and a 25" breaker bar and they won't budge. .  Also tried using my impact screw gun on one hoping the shocks might coax it but, the 1/2" adapter for the socket just twisted off after a short while.  Fortunately, they're #4 & #5 counting the forward keel bolt in front of the mast as #1 so, these are very accessible.

I'm guessing my only option is a nut splitter.  The bad news is I've been unable to find one large enough for a 1-1/8" nut.   Best I can find is 27mm which is a .062 undersized.  Thinking if it won't squeeze on I could probably grind a little off the crowns of each facet to get the 62 thousandths.

I can't imagine I'm the first to encounter this so, anyone lick this one?  if so, what worked for you assuming Freeze Off and expletives weren't the answer.

Thanks in advance for any assistance

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