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Messages - DougP

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Main Message Board / Re: Filling/ Drying Void in Liner
« on: May 07, 2007, 04:56:25 PM »
Thanks Stu. That's pretty much what I was thinking.

I am still pondering the idea of using an injectable, closed cell foam.  Inject the foam into the voids, then epoxy the exposed edges for a nice finish and good surface to apply sealant.

My thinking is that filling the voids would reduce areas for water to travel or pool. That might make it easier to deal with leaks in the future. The foam might also add some stiffness and insulation in areas around the ports, which may help maintain a seal longer.

What I can't see, is any negatives. The foam is cheap, and would only be in the voids in the head liner. I should never have to worry about cleaning it or removing it.

Main Message Board / Filling/ Drying Void in Liner
« on: May 06, 2007, 09:43:43 PM »
I pulled all my ports to deal  with some leaks. A couple of them have large voids, and there was moisture in them.

I've read the threads about filling the void with epoxy. My question is this: The voids do not appear to be an issue in terms of strength or structure. Why fill them with epoxy? Seems that all I really need to do is fill the void to eliminate a water path. I also doubt I could properly clean & fill the voids (deep or on top of the hole) with epoxy, Instead of epoxy, what about some sort of injectable closed sell foam?

Also, how do  dry the liner out without drilling?

Main Message Board / Traveler leak
« on: April 30, 2007, 07:57:16 PM »
Yes, I've spent a couple of evenings searching old posts, but....

I'm trying to track down leaks. My  '87 has a Harken traveler with 4 screws, but none are though bolted.

I suspect a minor leak in the traveler, and started to remove it. Problem is a couple of screw simply don't want to come out. Getting them out is going to involve some damage somewhere.

I'm looking for either hints to remove the screw/ bolt, or a clean way to seal the traveler in place. With the 4 bolts (per side) in place. I'm not too concerned about the strength, just want it dry.

Main Message Board / Re: Marelon thru-hull lubrication
« on: April 25, 2007, 07:37:06 PM »
Your club launches 100+ boat in one day? First splash after a Winter on the hard?

I don't know if I should scream in horror or fly up to watch the show :D

Main Message Board / beckson Trim on sale
« on: April 12, 2007, 09:07:16 PM »
Just passing a bit of information on: West Marine (on line) has the trim rings for the Beckson ports on a clearance sale for a touch over $5.00 a piece.

Disclaimer: I have no financial connection with West marine, as long as you don't count the fact that about 25% of my income seems to almost automatically slide across their counter every month :cry:

Main Message Board / Yamaha generator & AC light
« on: April 11, 2007, 07:35:18 PM »
Thanks to all the threads on small generators, I opted to buy a Yamaha 1000 instead of upgrading my house bank and adding a starter battery. Hooked it up today and played around. For what it's worth it:

Very quiet, but I'd still be very self conscious about running it in an anchorage.
Light enough to be a non- issue
Fits in the port locker

AC lighting- No problem for a couple of 60 watt lamps.
Portable  heater (West Marine)- Ran OK as long as the fan wasn't on max
Xantrex 20- Looks OK
Blender, small hair dryer, TV, small shop vac (OK, we were playing around at this point)- one at a time (with lights also running)- no problem.
Water heater- nope. Overloaded and shut down.

I do have a question or two:

1) The power obviously goes up and down as items draw power. Is this going to damage the charger?

2) The AC lights  on the panel- Usually both are lit, but with the generator only one was lit. Is this an issue, or is the boat just saying " this is 15 amps, not the 30 I'm used to?"

Main Message Board / Re: Chainplate and stanchion sealant
« on: March 26, 2007, 08:17:05 PM »
I agree that there's few places for 5200, but I also don't care for silicone.
Silicone is great stuff, but it can only be mechanically removed. In other words: No 3M adhesive remover, acetone, or solvent will remove it. Makes it hard to remove it all.

Main Message Board / Re: Transducer Compatably
« on: March 15, 2007, 10:21:47 PM »
Just about everybody uses Airmar transducers, but I don't think Signet does. I know the Signet was smaller than the ones I put in for the Tacktick, which I think are also the ones used for ther ST60.

Here's Airmar's cross reference sheets:

Main Message Board / Re: Bio Diesel
« on: March 06, 2007, 07:17:55 PM »
Interesting articles, but still my question is unanswered.

I have an older ('86) engine. I generally hand fill it at the slip. I'd like to use B20 or better most of the time just to cut some odor and support the developement of the fuel.

My question remains: Can I run B20 without modification? What about topping the tank off with B100 evry so often so I end up with something like B30 B40?

Main Message Board / Re: Where do you sail?
« on: March 02, 2007, 06:57:29 PM »
Would more people vote if there was a small raffle sort of thing for participation?

Small meaning very small: C24 sticker or patch. Catalina tumbler. Set of Tacktick wireless instruments....


Main Message Board / Re: Surprise
« on: February 22, 2007, 07:12:28 PM »
Thanks for the paint advice. I also checked with Rustoleum about the temp range for their hammered finish paints. They said it would up to 200 with no problem. May try that next time. Puts a tough, textured finish on.

Main Message Board / Re: Surprise
« on: February 22, 2007, 02:16:21 PM »
Took mine to a local radiator shop. They cleaned it, pressure tested, re "rounded" the hose fittings, made new gaskets and primered it for about $60.

The would have painted it too, but only in black. I of course opted to order expensive bronze colored Westerbeke paint and finish the painting myself. Looked real good until I was putting on the last coat and it fell from the hook and landed, wet paint and all, in the sawdust and metal shavings on the floor. :x

Main Message Board / Re: Cockpit light
« on: February 15, 2007, 07:48:26 PM »
We bought a few LED head lamps. They run off of a couple AA batteries for hours and have a three levels of  brightness.

Took the strap off one and the clip slid right into the zipper seam at the top of the dodger. The other two I strapped to the mast in the cabin and use as spot lights for the table and a piece of art we have on the bulkhead. When needed I can use them for working in the dark, hiking at night, etc..

Yes, it was a "temporary" fix that will likely be around for a long time.

Main Message Board / Finish not setting
« on: February 13, 2007, 05:00:30 PM »
Have to redo all the exterior teak this Spring. I want to use a Cetol type product, but avoid the Cetol type color.

I decided to try West Marine's Wood Pro semi gloss finish.  Fortunately, I had a test ready to go with the cockpit table and a new teak drink holder.

The table was old and previously oiled. I sanded, rubbed with alcohol, light sand and another alcohol rub.
The drink older was brand new. I used two alcohol rubs with a very light 220 sanding in between.

Finished them both.

While not the 4-5 hours the can says, the table set up over night.

The drink holder is still tacky a two days later  :x

Has anyone used this product?
Any ideas on the best way to remedy the finish on the new teak drink holder?

Main Message Board / Re: Message Board Problem
« on: January 21, 2007, 07:32:18 AM »
I have the same problem.

Also, the tech pages are missing and the spell check won't come up.

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