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Messages - KeelsonGraham

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Main Message Board / Re: Low Volts Alarm
« on: Today at 03:52:57 AM »
Thanks guys, Iíll do that.

Main Message Board / Low Volts Alarm
« on: Yesterday at 09:44:58 AM »
A strange one. I have a set of 4 lead acid golf cart batteries paralleled to give me about 360 ah at 12v. A couple of weeks ago the low volt alarm sounded on my Victron battery monitor, even though the calculated charge capacity was showing 97%. The boatís voltmeters were showing in the yellow range.

The batteries are less than a year old and Iíve never let the electrolyte levels fall.

Any ideas?

Thanks Ron.

So, just to be clear on this, are we saying that any steam in the exhaust is unacceptable??

Main Message Board / Re: Boat Fire
« on: May 23, 2023, 01:53:01 AM »

Was this issue fixed in the MkII?

Thanks for the tips. Iíll action all these points next time Iím down at the boat (2 weeks from now). Iím using a ribbed belt and tensioning by eye/finger pressure as per the manual. Sea temp is 12c at the moment so that shouldnít be a factor.


Hi all, thanks to everyone who helped me with my cooling issues. I flushed the HX, filled the header tank to the correct mark and burped the engine. But now Iím puzzling about what should be a normal operating temperature. At 1500 RPM the indicator reads a needleís width past the central vertical mark. At 1800 RPM the indicator reads a needleís width under 180 degrees, is this about right or too hot for a Universal M35?

Second question. Iíve taken much time and trouble to buy a correctly sized alternator belt, make sure itís aligned on the pulleys and tensioned correctly. But the darn thing will start slipping after a few hours. I really donít get this. The belts on my car go for thousands of hours without needing any attention, so why canít the boat belt do the same?

Hi Jim,

Yes, theyíre going to replace them but I guess (in the absence of alternatives) Iíll have to keep a few extra spares.

I canít get over just how poor quality are the cabinet latches sold by Catalina Direct. Of the four new ones I bought from them, two are completely unusable because the adjusting bolts donít screw in or out. A third fitted OK but lasted about 2 months before the pathetic dab of glue that holds the front piece on broke off.

Are there any decent alternatives to these expensive, useless items?

Main Message Board / Re: Access to Rear of Engine on a MkII
« on: March 25, 2023, 09:41:41 AM »
Please forget this request. I did what I should have done in the first place and searched the forums. The answer is there in plain sight. 🙄🤦‍♂️

Main Message Board / Access to Rear of Engine on a MkII
« on: March 25, 2023, 06:25:00 AM »
Hi all,

Iím trying to get sufficient access to the HX on my Mk II to replace the end seals.
This is almost impossible without removing the whole engine cover in the aft cabin.
I canít figure out how to do this. For example, where are the fixings holding it in place and how do you get it out with such limited headroom.

If anyone knows the magic solution please help!

Main Message Board / Re: Weatherstripping for aft Lazarette
« on: March 19, 2023, 01:28:56 PM »

Gutters are definitely not blocked but I do get a significant leak when hosing down. Iíll check the hinges, but Iíd be surprised if they alone could account for all the leakage.

Main Message Board / Re: Weatherstripping for aft Lazarette
« on: March 18, 2023, 11:18:09 AM »
Bump for this thread. Does anyone have a new improved way of preventing rain from leaking into the aft lazarette?

Main Message Board / Re: Dumb Question about freshwater coolant
« on: March 15, 2023, 10:43:15 AM »
This has been a very useful discussion. Thanks folks. Apart from the new overheating issue, my engine starts in and instant and runs as sweet as a nut. So iíd always assumed it was fine. Back in the water in the first week of April so Iím going to take a closer look at it then.

Main Message Board / Re: Voids in the Skeg
« on: February 15, 2023, 12:40:22 AM »
Yup, all now filled with epoxy. It just puzzled me that the hull was totally fine and only the skeg had problems.

CopperCoat doesnít recommend an epoxy barrier layer. It goes straight on to the gelcoat which is keyed using an 80 grit sander.

Iíll post some pics when itís done.

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