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Messages - mregan

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Main Message Board / Re: Cracked solar panel
« on: December 30, 2017, 07:55:11 AM »
Good idea.  I'll try it in the spring.

Main Message Board / Cracked solar panel
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:47:38 AM »
Have a flexible 100w solar panel.  Stepped on it by accident, when putting it away in the fall, heard a crack and noticed a 1.5" crack in one of the square solar panel cells.  Will this have an impact on the whole panel or just that particular cell?  My thinking is that cell is kaput but the rest of the panel should operate normally so maybe now its an 85-90w panel?

The boat is on shore power all week.  The panels are really for 2-3 day trips to keep the batteries topped up so we don't have to run the engine.  With the kids sports schedules, we really only get out on multi-day trips 3-4 times a summer so a small decrease in performance shouldn't be an issue.

Main Message Board / Re: Cable slap in mast
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:53:02 PM »
I also had the slapping.  The pvc conduit had come loose inside the mast.  Mine had actually broken in two.  I was able to re-rivet it although it turned out to be a bigger pain in the ass than I originally thought.  If you don't have a conduit then I think the noodle or pipe insulation would work.

Main Message Board / Re: dorade vent holes cracked
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:27:07 PM »
I have the same cracks on mine.  I was getting some water through the cracks.  Rebedded the dorades but didn't help.  Figured out the fiberglass had cracked under the traveller.  Replaced the traveller (it barely worked anyway) repaired the fiberglass and thru bolted the traveller.  Leaks disappeared.

Main Message Board / Re: Counter top Replacement
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:08:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure I just unscrewed the original trim pieces and screwed them back into the new countertop.  Mine had screws behind the bungs.  I used the old counter as a template for the new so it was the same exact size.  The teak trim fit like the original.

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Inspection Port - 1987 Mk 1
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:16:04 AM »
I have the Sensatank on my holding tank and it reads fine so I don't think the tank wall is too thick.

Main Message Board / Re: Head pumping question
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:43:23 AM »
Good idea.  I'm going give the head a good once over in a couple weeks when the seasons over.

Main Message Board / Re: Head pumping question
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:38:41 AM »
Thanks for the link. 

Main Message Board / Re: Head pumping question
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:56:11 PM »
Took some friends out last night.  When I tried the handle, it pumped fine?  Been sitting all week. 

Jeff, don't think the intake is the issue. We usually dump a couple cups of fresh water in the head rather than seawater so the head valve is always set to dry when we are pumping.

Ron, would the joker valve turn itself inside out if it's getting old?  The head has been working fine the past 3 years we've owned her.  Not sure how old it is, came with the boat.

Main Message Board / Head pumping question
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:26:31 AM »
Have a Raritan PH or it may be a PHII.  I have to look more closely next time I'm down.  Mostly use the boat on the weekend.   For the last half of the summer, when we start pumping the head handle, it almost springs back up in your hand.  You can feel resistance as you are trying to pump down.  I'd pump it 15 times or so and it would start working fine again.
Last weekend it was doing it again, after the 15 pumps it was still springing up and wasn't draining the bowl, there was minimal water in the bowl.  I filled the bowl about 3/4 the way with fresh water and it pumped fine.  Almost seemed like there was enough pressure with the water in the bowl to force open the check valve and let it pump normal.  Worked fine for the rest of the weekend.  Seems like when we leave it for the week, maybe the check valve is getting stuck and once it frees itself, it works fine for however long we're on the boat.

Does it sound like a need a re-build kit?

Main Message Board / Re: Windless article
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:19:33 AM »
Is a separate battery required for the windlass.  I've been thinking of adding one but haven't looked into it too deeply.  And do you need to use all chain rode or can you have a combination chain/rope?

It would be nice not having to replace toenails once a season when the anchor locker drops on my feet while I'm hauling the anchor in.

Main Message Board / Re: Stern Handles
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:06:08 AM »
I know it probably more than you are thinking about doing, but we built a swim platform for our '86.  My wife comments how much easier it is getting into the dinghy everytime we use it.

Main Message Board / Re: new owner many projects
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:00:53 AM »
Sounds like you and I purchased the same boat. Mine was original owner, hull and engine sound.  Chainplate leaks, vented stanchion leaks.  Smelly bilge, cushions stuck to high heaven, floor was scratched and waterstained.

My vented stanchions leaked so bad I had to replace all the countertops due to water damage and rot.  Also the bottom half of the bulkhead separating the head and nav table. 

The deck around the vented stanchions were not too bad.  The port side had some rot that I scraped out and filled with epoxy but other than that, the deck was okay.  So maybe you'll get lucky and will have mostly pass-through water.  If that's the case, check your countertops.

Like someone mentioned above, if you remove the chainplates, you can cover the holes with butyl tape.  It will be easy to pull up in the spring.

Main Message Board / Re: Synthetic Teak Decking
« on: July 28, 2017, 01:30:01 AM »
I went with the Cetol.  The 2 part version, I think it was 6 coats of Cetol Natural Teak, then 6 coats of the Gloss.  Or whatever they recommended in the instructions. Looks great, still looks pretty new after 4 years and haven't done anything to it.  May put another coat on this season just to get the high gloss back, getting a little dull after 4 seasons.

Main Message Board / Re: Synthetic Teak Decking
« on: July 26, 2017, 10:54:48 AM »
I do the same with the covers.  Rails still look pretty new after 4 years.

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