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Messages - Ross Fisher

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Main Message Board / Re: 2002 Mk II Hatch
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:26:29 AM »
Pictures would help.

Main Message Board / Re: Removing engine covers - Mk 2
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:32:52 AM »
I also wrestled with this issue for years, but had too much interference and just couldn't get it past the mouldings, Last week I approached my trusty cabinet maker who planed 1/6th inch from both sides, sealed it, and all is A OK. Best bottle of red wine I've spent!!

Main Message Board / Re: Poor exhaust water flow
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:24:34 AM »
Ron, I checked the impeller today and it was fine, although I suspect that the gasket was faulty and I had an air leak. Replaced the gasket, did not think to reverse the impeller, tested it and all was back to normal. This was after going through the entire raw water plumbing system, rodding the Heat Exchanger, checking all connections and cleaning all narrow flow points. All members advice pointed me to a logical approach. Many thanks to all contributors.

Main Message Board / Re: Poor exhaust water flow
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:36:00 PM »
Thanks all for the suggestions. I will undertake a systematic examination of the raw water plumbing, as it seems highly likely that there is a blockage or severe restriction somewhere in there.
Ken, to respond to your question, the flow of exhaust water has dropped from the expulsion of about a pint every 3 or 4 seconds at fast idle, to expelling a pint every 15 or 20 seconds. This, coupled with a bit of steaming at cruising speed causes my concern.

Main Message Board / Poor exhaust water flow
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:26:30 PM »
Checked my Heat Exchanger today by removing both end caps and examining end chambers and tubes for blockage or contamination. Seemed all OK after removing lumps and scraps of old Zincs and some seagrass. Replaced Zinc, started and test ran the engine and observed very poor flow of cooling water from the exhaust. Temperature did not go above 160, but this concerns me. What steps should I follow to investigate this problem? Thanks for your knowledge.

Main Message Board / Re: Oil pressure switch for Universal M35B
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:09:58 PM »
A belated thanks, Ken. After a little further research, I discovered that Westerbeke has an agent in Australia. Pricey, but not prohibitive! Job done!!

Main Message Board / Removing engine covers - Mk 2
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:28:46 PM »
How do others remove the front and top covers from the engine compartment of the Mark 2 C34?
The front panel of my boat will not allow removal unless I remove the Rear Cabin door panel. It is a PITA!
There has to be an easier way.
I do not know how to remove the top cover.
Any and all tips or suggestions will be absolutely welcomed.

Happy New year!!!!

Main Message Board / Re: Oil pressure switch for Universal M35B
« on: December 14, 2018, 06:32:54 PM »
Many thanks for your research and advice, Ken. I'll certainly follow this up.

Main Message Board / Oil pressure switch for Universal M35B
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:48:42 PM »
Can anyone help me out with a Kubota part Number ( or other equivalent part No.) for the double prong oil pressure switch that is used on the M35B engine?  The Universal/Westerbeke part number is 37323. Sourcing the Westerbeke part is very expensive from Australia, as it involves high shipping costs (on top of the inflated Westerbeke prices). Kubota parts are a much-preferred local alternative. Many thanks for your help.

Main Message Board / Re: LPG gas usage
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:12:04 AM »
My usage is about the same as yours and I typically get about 18 months out of a gas bottle.

Main Message Board / Whisker pole deployment
« on: January 31, 2017, 02:26:09 AM »
Hi all,

I have a 13.5 Ft Selden Pole to match my 135% genoa.
This works efficiently in many downwind angles but has limitations.
When sailing close to directly downwind, the forward stay prevents the pole from being brought back far enough to become really effective.
To overcome this, I have deployed the pole between the forward stay and the mainstay, but this is a high risk maneuver and my rigger says should be avoided.
Have other members approached, and possibly resolved this issue?
I will welcome your suggestions.

Main Message Board / Re: Water over the swim step under power
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:44:07 AM »
I have sailed and motored my boat, similar specifications, in all manner of conditions and never had any situation like this. Do you have any particularly heavy  equipment in your stern lockers?

Main Message Board / Re: Belt adjustment on new style autopilot
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:45:58 AM »
Minute adjustment is the key. A couple of clicks forward or back is sufficient. You will be surprised at how sensitive it is.


To add to the discussion,I specified that the dodger had to fold flat for racing. This resulted in the steeper slope on the front screen to allow the stainless frame to fit  behind the traveller without interference, when folded.




How's this?


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