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Messages - britinusa

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Main Message Board / Re: Just overheated the engine
« on: August 09, 2020, 09:07:12 AM »
Just a thought, when I rebuilt the engine exhaust system I had to repair the fiberglass muffler where the engine exhaust connects to it. So I also added the silicone hose with a bump in it to reduce the vibration at the connection.

Main Message Board / Re: dual engine guages
« on: August 09, 2020, 08:30:18 AM »
Ron, good point.

We check the "Heart Beat" every 10 mins or less, and upon start up we also check the water  from the exhaust.

Re Electronic Option. I have considered that too, always liked the idea of having engine data display at the Nav Station. It would also allow engine data to display at the helm.

When Ken assisted me with knowledge about rebuilding our Engine Harness, I also installed all new instruments and screamers. At that time I put a switch in the engine panel lighting system so that we could turn the lights off during the day (the old lights had burnt the panell)


Main Message Board / Re: What’s in your chartable?
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:15:18 AM »
I stapled a piece of phifertex on the underside of the table lid, that's were we keep our chart books.

Made a holder (more phifertex) to snap on the inside of the hanging locker, that's where we keep the flashlights.

Made another holder for inside the bathroom cabinet door, that's where we keep the tools needed to disconnect the Raw Water input hose from the thru hull in order to clear anything that clogs the thru hull.

Anther holder for pens and pencils is secured to the aft facing surface of the bulkhead above the nav table.

The rest of the nav stuff (Dividers, Parallel Rule, Compass Rose, SSB HF Receiver, odds and ends)  gets tossed in the nav table, nothing as neat as yours but that gives some great ideas. Thanks.

Main Message Board / Re: Trojan Vs US Battery
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:07:28 AM »
Here's the cleaned up link:

Method: Fill with Distilled Water and replace the cap
Push nozel into open battery port and press down using the handle
Filler will dispense water until it reaches the tip of the nozel - for my batteries, that's full up to the lower edge of the battery filler port barrier.
Lift dispense, water is shut off, no drips.

Repeat for the other cells.


Main Message Board / Re: Mast collar and Partners pics
« on: July 28, 2020, 01:45:19 PM »
Patches, thanks for that description.

Sillycone was a favorite tool for one of the previous boat owners, I think they had shares in the Co.

The boot is failing, we could see a pin prick size hole from inside the cabin and other patches of near daylight. From the outside it's looking very weak and would tear at the slightest touch, so we don't.

Main Message Board / Re: Trojan Vs US Battery
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:27:57 AM »
I installed 4 x 6v Trojan 105's just a few months ago, they were price beaters, from Batteries and Bulbs +

I check the fluid levels at least every two weeks, barely have to add much, maybe less than 1/2cup of DW perhaps once a month.

I ignored our previous batteries for a few months, dumb, they evaporated too much water and only lasted 3.5 years.

This is the device I use to top up the batteries now, it's brilliant!


That item is actually better than the one I have, mine does not have the separate filler cap, the linked one does.

here's my battery install


Main Message Board / Re: Chasing m25xp smoke
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:16:01 AM »
If you run the engine at those rpm while at the dock, the exhaust will be easier to see and examine.

Ours runs clean, no smoke or steam, at 2000 rpm (max of 2100 rpm on ours) but if we rapidly change engine speed then we get dirty grot blowing out.

We replaced the injectors and tubes last year and had the injector pump rebuilt at the same time.


Main Message Board / Re: Mast collar and Partners pics
« on: July 24, 2020, 07:49:26 AM »
Ron, we have 5 or 6 wooden wedges in place, difficult to see from below.

I was asking for pics so that I could see what the top edge of the cabin mast hole looks like and how the collar is attached, our collar has a couple of tubes of Silly cone applied by the PO.

Main Message Board / Mast collar and Partners pics
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:59:32 AM »
Anyone got pics of the Mast collar without the boot in place?

I'm considering Spartite (yes, read all of the posts on the subject) but want to see what the partners look like. I saw Stu's pic of the partners filled with rope and silicone but wonder if anyone has clearer pics showing views of the mast in the partners without the boot etc.

Our single piece boot is deteriorating and have no plans to pull the mast for at least a year.



Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: July 22, 2020, 06:01:14 AM »
It's a Mercury 8' our Outboard is a Mercury 4hp - love it.


Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:57:20 AM »
Arch and solar panel adjustable angle

Now that is an ARCH! Love it. *****
Integrated pushpit gets a bonus point.

and your dodger and bimini look great too.

Very nice!

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: April 17, 2020, 10:24:56 AM »
Here's how we store the dink. We use a 4:1 handy billy to hoist it for raising / lowering which makes it a whole lot easier than hauling directly on a halyard.

Main Message Board / Re: Solar Arch
« on: March 10, 2020, 09:47:32 AM »
I've been looking at Arches for quite a while.

The back end of Eximius is already crowded. We have 350w of solar on top of our Bimini, so wires are running down the Bimini supports, we have a Radar mounted on a 2" pole with several stabilizing supports and, of course, there is the Pushpit and Swim ladder. We also have 2 Propane tank tubes and regulator hanging off of the Stbd Pushpit.

I saw a cruising video where they were considering adding an arch and making the decision between an integrated (with the pushpit) arch or stand alone arch. They went with the Integrated Arch.

That involved removing the pushpit and incorporating it into the Frame of the Arch. The result was a much cleaner layout, several of the holes from the Pushpit were utilized for the Arch, and in our case, it would really clean up the back end.

So, I'm leaning towards an Integrated Arch, it would have to be custom made. Saving boat bucks.


Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:51:05 PM »
Our Atlantic Tower is what they call a "tower in a box". They come in various sizes and Atlantic Towers was very helpful in picking the right size for us and answered all my stupid questions. Ours is schedule 80 aluminum and is solid as a rock. As memory serves I believe we paid $2300 on sale which included shipping. Installation was a breeze and they have a ton of accessories so you customize it just about any way you want. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure you watch out for the clearance for the mounting bolts because of the location of the storage area in the aft berth on the MKI. But you all know that story...measure a lot of times, drink a stiff shot before you drill holes in your hull. We did relocate the aft nav light on the arch because the dinghy blocks the one mounted on the pushpit.

It's very easy to raise and lower the dinghy and after we lower it into the water we use one of the blocks to lower the outboard. Two people are helpful but it's no big deal for one person either.

I saw them at Annapolis a year ago, impressed!


Main Message Board / Re: Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:02:43 PM »
The crimp tool arrived, got the one that makes or breaks the crimps.

So far I figure the cost to be about $150, which includes the Crimp tool, Pipe Cutting tool, crimps, pipe (White, Red, Blue) and the connectors which are mostly Pex to PVC and a bunch of Pex T's and L'bows.

Should start on it next month - I have another project that is creeping up in priorities - New Batteries!


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