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Messages - mregan

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Main Message Board / Re: Galley Counter Top
« on: June 08, 2020, 05:24:23 PM »
I like it.  Send pics when its finished.

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Main Message Board / Re: Outboard gas/oil leak
« on: June 08, 2020, 05:22:59 PM »
Going to the boat tomorrow to look through the manual but searching around on the internet that is something I saw.  Although from what I've read, it tends to cause hydraulic lock of the motor because the cylinders are full of oil.  I'm not having that problem, although maybe because the outboard was on the wrong side for only a half day while it was in the car.

I was also thinking maybe is was a leaking lower seal but it doesn't leak when the engine is off, only when running.  I think, sitting on the wrong side might be the problem.  I wonder if I let it run long enough it will clean itself out?

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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.

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Main Message Board / Re: Doyle Stack Pack v. Cradle Cover v. other
« on: May 26, 2020, 09:44:06 AM »
I got a Doyle Stack Pack last year.  Had it made mid summer, for some reason.  Loft had to take the main for 2-3 weeks.  Kids were in sports so were only able to get out for some afternoon sails with the jib so wasn't a big issue for us.  It is sewn into the bottom of the main.  Haven't noticed any issues with the draining, at least not yet.

One thing I did notice this year installing the main, I did need a second hand getting the bolt rope installed.  In the past I've been able to wrangle it myself.  You'll also need a second person to attach the lazy jacks to the pack.  I found I had to hold the pack up and my daughter would have to clip it in.  In the past I was able to get everything installed by myself.  It was too heavy and cumbersome to do it myself. 

Overall I'm very happy with it.  So much easier to drop the main now.

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Main Message Board / Re: New head
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:49:23 PM »
Looks great

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Main Message Board / Re: Planning to raise my dodger
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:47:04 PM »
I'm 5'11" and my dodger comes up to maybe my nose.  If I'm standing at the wheel, I can see over it.  So maybe it's 5'5".   When I had it made the canvasmaker said that was the height I wanted so I listened to him. I think typically they are made so you can see over it when standing and sailing.  6' high might work but it might look really awkward on the boat.

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Main Message Board / Re: U stack installed
« on: May 20, 2020, 01:18:31 PM »
Like the U stack.  Had a Doyle Stack Pack (same thing) made last year.  So much easier dropping the sail since I'm usually doing everything myself why my wife and teenager daughters watch in amusement.

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Main Message Board / Re: Documentation Reminder
« on: May 13, 2020, 12:58:44 PM »
Good timing.  I just received my annual letter from them last month.  About 2 weeks later I received my renewal from the Coast Guard.  You are correct $26 vs $75

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Main Message Board / Re: Marinas closed in Md.
« on: May 08, 2020, 12:25:46 PM »
Up in RI marinas are open.  Our marina sent out a letter saying everyone needs to wear a mask on the docks but on your boat you don't need to wear one.  They did mention the governor said no transient boats allowed this summer.  Although I was looking at the Newport, RI website and they mentioned transient boats had to self quarantine on their boats for 2 weeks so not sure if the rules got changed.  If that says in affect all summer, going to be a quiet Newport.

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Main Message Board / Re: Protest in Annapolis
« on: April 22, 2020, 06:10:01 AM »
Just received a notice from out marina in RI.  The governor considers marinas to be essential businesses because boating is go ingrained into our society/economy in RI so our marinas will be open this season.  But they have banned all transient boats for the summer.  Or at least for now. 
With all the kids sports cancelled this summer, we may actually get to spend a good amount of time on the boat

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Main Message Board / Re: Recreational boating banned in San Diego, CA
« on: April 07, 2020, 08:20:11 AM »
Hopefully that doesn't spread East.  Getting out on the boat is the only thing I've been looking forward too.

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Main Message Board / Re: Solar Arch
« on: March 10, 2020, 08:54:02 AM »
I put 2-100w flexible panels that rest on top of the bimini.  Sewed in some tabs on the bimini to hold in the panels. We are seldom away from our slip for more than 3-4 days but when at anchor for that time, the batteries are always fully charged. 

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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.

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Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:16:14 PM »
I replaced the stanchion vent with a thru hull vent located below the rub rail on the port side.  Went across the top of the tank, up behind the port cushion, into the small locker above the elec. panel and out the side of the hull there.  Went with 1" hose. 
When we bought the boat the smell was horrible.  Replaced the tank and all of the hoses.  Had a 2nd opening installed in the tank top.  Put a plug in the 2nd opening with a 1/4" hose through it and dropped into the bottom of the tank.  Other end of the hose I connected to a fish tank bubbler.  Read Peggie's book.  Figured the air being introduced into the tank from the bubbler would provide airflow and the aerobic action to eliminate the smells.  Hasn't worked as well as I wanted, although we aren't as diligent as we should be with pumping out.

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You need a 5 year old.  That was my daughter's "job" when we first got our boat.  Make sure there is water coming out the back of the boat, yell if there isn't.

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