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Messages - Roger Blake

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Main Message Board / Re: Dodgers
« on: December 23, 2013, 04:50:17 PM »
Jim, next time to the boat, I will take some pics...but basically, from the oval opening to the outside (on portside, installed zipper towards port, vice versa for starboard).

Main Message Board / Re: Dodgers
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:22:53 PM »
Jim--I agree, the lines going thru the dodger resulted in a lot of time removing and installing the I had my canvas shop install zippers. Now I just unzip, install/remove the dodger, and move onto the next task. Did it about 3 years ago...wish I had done it after the first season. Now, on to the next task...fix a leaking aqua lift muffler case...

Main Message Board / Re: Area under oven
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:41:32 PM »
Steve...hope you did not see my initial response...did not see your full are correct...I use that area as a spare fuel area...but have not quite figured out how to get it to the sails...thought about inhaling then blowing in the sails...but think that will not work. Going back to the drawing board...maybe a storage area for physical stuff is better. Know others on this website went down that avenue.

Main Message Board / Re: Area under oven
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:36:24 PM »
I store air in need for any restraining straps...stays in place no matter the weather.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Head lube...
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:33:00 PM »
Squirt of baby oil has worked for me over the years.

Main Message Board / Re: Water tanks
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:17:17 PM »
Les--My panels are tight too...if you pull in the middle, they will come out. What I found, is they will not reinstall...I am going to shave about 1/8" off total (1/16 each side) to reinstall them. But in doing so, I will need to seal the "raw" edges with varnish to ensure it will not swell due to mositure.

Main Message Board / PYI Dripless
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:09:59 PM »
Gonna keep a long story short. Had a problem with the water line to my PYI dripless which caused water egress into the boat. When I contacted PYI, they sent, free, replacement parts. When I emailed and said I would be at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, they hooked me up with their folks onsite at the show to get the parts that is service...and me boat is now ready to go back out.

Main Message Board / Re: Winterizing engin
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:29:39 PM »
And on my boat, have to winterize the heat pump system (HVAC) and the shower sump and pump.

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:43:06 PM »
Tom--Thanks, your pic seems to follow the crack I had. Since I have not had an issue all these years later, that was probably it. Now, on to the other things I need to do...delayed due to a broken wrist this year. Healing just in time to put the boat up for the season...jeez....

Main Message Board / Re: Water Heater Replacement
« on: September 16, 2012, 07:29:38 PM »
Agree with Ron...use epoxy or glass resin and mat rather than 5200...have not use 5200, but everything I hear is that it is permanent...done deal, no second chances.

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:52:14 PM »
Thanks Ron. That is what they did...glassed it in. Will move to three stands on port and mentioned loosing the bow support (because I have a wing keel), what about the stern support (which may have caused the problem)? Just go with three stands each on port and starboard? Thanks again.

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:11:06 PM »
This is how I have the marina blocking now...since the crack. Ron, Stu, if ya think I got it wrong, let me know. I have one stand on the bow, 2 each along port and starboard, and one behind the strut.[attachimg=#][attach=#]

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:49:19 PM »
Ron--To address your other comment, I had requested the yard start blocking the boat level or bow down, and add a stand behind the prop strut...they were not doing that before. So, I think you are probably right, improper blocking caused the problem. Then I changed marinas...8 yrs later, no problems...and I keep blocking either level or bow slightly down. If you think the bow down is not good, let me know. Thanks for the input.

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:33:16 PM »
Ted, it is the prop strut...crack was just forward of it.
Ron, I had it checked on the interior prior to repair. I brought 2 different companies in to look at it...before I dremeled it and after. The advice I was given, open it up in order to put repair material into keep in mind, it was mostly a hairline crack that I opened up...but there were a couple of areas the crack was a litle wider (but not much more than hairline) I opened that area up more.

Others who have inquired: I did the prep work, had the professionals do the actual repair. I have had no issues since...this all was around 2004, so 8 yrs later and all is good. The only thing I did after the "professionals", was to do some light sanding to smooth down a small hump around the repair...figured I could get another .0001 knts out of her.

Main Message Board / Re: Blocking for under Wing Keel on 1987 C34
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:29:05 PM »
Ralph and Les...yes, had it professionally checked...and the crack did not pentrate to the interior (looks worse in the pic than it was). Had it structurally checked...all ok. No hard, or any, grounding. When I boat the boat, I stripped all the bottom paint off and repainted...there was no crack. Hauled out, sat over winter, prepped bottom for the season in Apr, and found the crack (it was more hairline...but I dremeled it out to get enough material in). Now, one could argue the yard may have dropped the boat, or damaged it in the sling...but I had no evidence they did something wrong...could not prove they caused the crack. Anyway, repaired it and went on my merry way...that was something like 6yrs ago and everything is still fine (know this, cause I again removed all bottom paint about 2yrs ago and no hull issues).

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