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Messages - mregan

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Main Message Board / Re: Just overheated the engine
« on: August 08, 2020, 05:24:41 PM »
Finally got down to the boat today.  Took off the hose from the pump to the heat x.  There were impeller parts stuck in the hose.  Cleaned that out.  Then took the pump off again and found another impeller fin in the discharge fitting.  Got everything back together then cleaned the bilge which was full of dirty water.   Started the engine, water discharging out.  Wanted it to warm up to see where the temp would land. 
Went back in the cabin and noticed the bilge was filling with water.  Figured one of the hoses had cracked.  Engine hoses seemed fine so looked at the muffler.  The hose from the engine that attached to the muffler was leaking pretty bad.  Was thinking Ron was correct.  Unscrewed the hose.  Felt the fiberglass and it felt solid.  Looked like the hose had loosened and risen up.  Pushed it back down tight to the muffler and tightened the clamp. 
Started the engine back up and no leaks. After 10-15 min the engine had kept steady at 160* so things appear back to normal.

Thanks for everyone's help.

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Main Message Board / Re: Just overheated the engine
« on: August 02, 2020, 11:52:54 AM »
Will go down tomorrow after work and play around with it.  Will go through the water flow and see if I can figure out what the issue is.  Other than the lack of water coming out, it seemed to be running fine back to port.

I usually close all the seacocks when we go home for the weekend.  Just on the odd chance a hose breaks during the week.  That's why I keep the key on the intake valve.  So I don't forget to open it when I grab the key.  For some reason I had left the valve open last weekend but put the key on it.  Wasn't even thinking and grabbed the key and twisted the value, unfortunately into the closed position.  First time in 11 years. 

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Main Message Board / Re: Just overheated the engine
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:57:37 PM »
Thanks, found them just inside the housing so was able to get them easily. Was able to make it back to thr dock.  Was running at 175*. Little water coming out the back but not getting the big blast of water like normal.  Do I need to add water to thr muffler?

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Main Message Board / Re: Just overheated the engine
« on: August 01, 2020, 12:22:57 PM »
Thanks. Just checked. Couple of teeth broken so replaced.

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Main Message Board / Just overheated the engine
« on: August 01, 2020, 11:34:30 AM »
Keep the engine key on the engine water intake  alive to remember to open it before starting engine.  Had left the valve open but put the key on it. Came down today, removed key and shut the valve not thinking.  Just got out of the harbor and hear noises crime the engine and smoke. Shut it down. Temp gauge was pegged at 250. Lots of steam coming out of the manifold cap.  Didnít see leaks anywhere else.  Anchored now. Engine back down to 140. Manifold very low so filled with water for now.  Assuming I can get back to the dock, about 10 min motor.  What should I look for when Iím back at the dock?

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Main Message Board / Re: Holding tank leak
« on: July 24, 2020, 12:45:52 PM »
I have my vent like Francois's but mine doesn't dip down and it runs up to a fitting in the hull just below the rub rail.  When I bought the boat the vent stanchion had been leaking for years so I eliminated it. 
I still get terrible odors if we let any waste stay in there more than a week so I don't think just getting the dip out of your vent line is going to help. 
I thought I read in Peggy's book you wanted 2 vents to create a cross breeze so the anerobic odors couldn't form.  I may have been mistaken.
When I replaced my tank a couple of years ago, I had 2 openings installed in the top.  Bought a Ronco tank.
I couldn't find a place to route a 2nd vent so I added a fish tank bubbler with a 1/4" hose through a hole in the capped fitting on the 2nd vent. hole.  Thinking if I was pumping air in, it would pressurize the tank and keep the anerobic odors out.  Hasn't worked that way.  I had dropped the 1/4" hose to the bottom of the tank.  I'm wondering now if I'm bubbling up the odors from the water/waste.  I might cut the hose short so it's only sticks into the tank 2-3" and fills the air space above the water/waste with fresh air.
One thing when you order the Ronco tank,  any fitting you put in the top of the tank, put it towards the stern side of the tank.  I have one of my vent holes almost in the center of the tank and it hits the wood panel covering the tank.  Their seems to be more height towards the  stern side of the tank.

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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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