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Messages - Ron Hill

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Main Message Board / Re: Winter storage warning
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:05:49 PM »
Mas T : Usually cradle supports have a pin that goes thru the outside sleeve and the inside pad shaft!??
I have heard that some O'Days have a balsa core hull!!

A few thoughts

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Main Message Board / Re: Composting head
« on: February 11, 2020, 02:37:24 PM »
Patches : I looked into a composting head a few years back. 
The problem I found (back then) was there wasn't enough space in a C34 head compartment for a composting head.  Maybe now they might have smaller units??

A thought

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Main Message Board / Re: DC ground issue
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:13:15 PM »
Bill : All of my #4 gnd wires are together at the batteries.  Then I also ran a #8 negative ground from the batteries (under the flooring) to the DC bus bar on the top back of the instrument panel. That insured all items on the panel got a good negative connection!! 
It has been my experience that when I have a connection/continuity problem on the boat is usually the NEGATIVE !!  :thumb:

A thought

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Main Message Board / Re: Kubota Block Equivalent
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:03:55 PM »
GUYS : For those that have upgraded to the M25XPB
 Kubota block - D1005 ES01 
 Used in the F2400 and F2560 tractors

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Main Message Board / Re: Engine Spares for a Long Cruise
« on: February 05, 2020, 02:03:33 PM »
Ryan : What is your hull # and which engine do you have???

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Main Message Board / Re: water in cockpit after rain
« on: February 05, 2020, 01:59:37 PM »
Al : You have an early hull that probably does not have an aft water tank!  I'm afraid that you are going to have to live with the water in the cockpit not being able to drain back to the scuppers. 
You might try loading some more weight into your rear cockpit locker.   :cry4`

Also make sure that the drains for the companion way cover are clear so that water can drain on to the center deck.

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Main Message Board / Re: Antifreeze: Which type is best?
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:09:56 PM »
Guys : I'm absolutely baffled by a quest for the "BEST Anti freeze"?? 
I always thought that there were really only a couple of characteristics that you needed to for in anti freeze - at what low temperature does the mixture start to congeal, water-pump lubrication, rust inhibitor and some longevity (lasts more than a year before breaking down).  Most major brands profess they have these characteristics??!!

Also I'm interested in "who" it is that did all of the testing to decide "which" is the best!! Their criteria and test parameters??
Also It would seem to me that the "water (cooling) jacket" in any engine (spark or compression) is about the same. Temperature of approx 160 degrees also should be the same in our small diesel engines or small gasoline engines. Temp. Might be much higher in large truck engines?!? Probably be a difference depending on the metal that the engine block is cast out of.

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Main Message Board / Re: Battery Orientation
« on: January 29, 2020, 02:50:00 PM »
Steve : My AGMs were group 27or 29? 105/110 AH.  I was able to have the 2 side by side batteries in boxes, but the single battery I had to make a heavy clear plastic cover to protect the terminals.

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Main Message Board / Re: Can't get all the oil out of my M35 engine
« on: January 28, 2020, 03:06:56 PM »
eis : If your oil is extracted from the middle of the pan - The only time you'll see clean oil on the dipstick is immediately after changing oil!!  A soon as you run the engine (if only for a minute !!) you'll have dirty oil on the dipstick!!   :cry4`

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Main Message Board / Re: Battery Orientation
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:59:22 PM »
Steve : You have almost the same setup as I have. 
The only difference is I wired the single (for & aft) battery into BAT 1 position and the other 2 batteries (together) into BAT 2 position on the Perko Battery selector switch.   

Have had that battery setup for 15+? years and it has worked well.  Somewhere on this site I posted a picture.

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Main Message Board / Re: Fresh water pump will not shut off.
« on: January 27, 2020, 02:57:51 PM »
Bob : With NO leaks the problem is internal to the pump!  My guess (had the same problem with my pump) was that some junk from the tank (shavings) went thru the course filter screen and screwed up the internal pressure differential inside the pump.
I called the company and told them about the problem and they sent me a new pump (as long as the old pump motor worked - which it did). 
Then I got a finer screen for the fresh water filter - Wrote that up in the Mainsheet tech notes. All is well!!

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Main Message Board / Re: boom end caps
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:27:06 PM »
Glenn : The end caps came from the factory with a flat black paint!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Universal M35B steam at 2500 rpm
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:59:12 PM »
Derek : Did you ever find those missing blades??   They usually don't make it all the way back to the HX!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:44:27 PM »
Guys : I believe that the factory used much more than one tube of 5200 between the hull and the keel.  As Gerry Douglas commented to me once, "You never heard of a keel falling off of a Catalina!!".

There is so much weight (thousands of pounds) pulling on those 8 keel nuts when the boat is in the water, it's nearly impossible for those nuts to back off.

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:32:30 AM »
Guys : I wrote this 25 years ago in the Mainsheet Tech Notes : Snap-On -Tools makes a 6 inch deep, 1 1/8" - 1/2" SD socket.  You really need to check your keel bolts once when you are on the hard.    :thumb:

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