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Main Message Board / fuel bleeder valve part #
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:02:12 AM »
I need to replace the fuel bleeder needle valve on my Universal M35 as the rotary thumb dial broke off. Does anyone know the part # and where I could purchase it?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Replacing old Adler barbour
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:43:43 AM »
Iíve been reading through the old threads but want to make sure of one thing. If I assess that I need a new system and want to keep the existing fridge/freezer box (so as not to dismantle the counter top)  is my only choice the Dometic cu-100 and vd150, etc. thanks, kerk

Main Message Board / Replacing seaward hot water heater
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:59:30 AM »
I have a seaward s600-120 that is 13x13x16, leaking badly do I want to replace it with the same model which is, unfortunately, 14x14. The hatch hole is 14.25. Can I squeeze the old out and new in by the hatch?  Or who makes a smaller unit?  Thanks. Kerk

Main Message Board / old silicone removal?
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:05:08 PM »
3M Adhesive Remover, Debond 2000, DSR-5, Goo Gone, West Marine Adhesive Remover, Mr Clean magic Eraser, the list goes on....and on.  Ugh. So many options and expensive at that, does anyone know what really works to take old silicone off gelcote and fiberglass.  If I were to buy one of these or something else what would it be? An age old problem I know..... Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / replacing anchor box drain through hull
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:51:57 AM »
The plastic mushroom head of our anchor locker drain Through hull broke off.  I am 600 miles from our boat and want to purchase the part and caulking before I go up to save time. 

1.Does anyone know the make and # of the Through hull?

2.  What is best caulk to re bed the new piece?  Do I apply a bead, let it set up over night, then apply the Through hull?

3.  The old Through hull was applied with silicone.  Ugh.  Anything new out there to to rid the area of this troublesome material?

Thanks, Kerk Fisher.  Into the Mystic II,  1990, Hull#1102

Main Message Board / making boat handicap accessible
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:27:30 AM »
My wife and I have been sailing for over 25 years in Canada's North Channel and in the last couple of years my wife has been developing difficulty walking up and down stairs and ladders. It's also difficult supporting herself with arms/hands-- a little is possible, but not preferable.  Any thoughts in making companionway stairs and swim ladder easier to negotiate.  We have an open transom. We want to sail til the end of our days!  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / gps mount on pedestal question
« on: May 25, 2017, 01:25:30 PM »
Q1:  I'm very far from "into the Mystic."  What is the diameter of the pedestal guard tube?

Q:  Any ideas on how to buy/create a Garmin 741 mount that will both rotate AND move around the Pedestal guard tubing from vertical side to the center of the rounded top?  Haven't found one online...

Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / sail slide size
« on: June 03, 2016, 11:19:17 AM »
 Does anyone know if the 5/8 sail slides by Bainbridge (sold at west marine, downwindmarine, etc) are exactly 5/8 and the right ones.  Last year I popped two slides in a rogue gust and had two 5/8 slides delivered by a marina and they were more like 9/16, a bit too small for my comfort--they look as if they might pop out of the track.  They worked to finish the season but need to be replaced.  Thanks, Kerk 1990, #1102

Main Message Board / rudder not enough clearance-how to fix?
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:55:01 AM »
Greetings.  We noticed at the end of last season that the trailing edge of the rudder has only an eighth of an inch clearance.  About 8 years ago we nicked the rudder when our keel got hung up on a rock.  (My wife says she would have noticed it well before now if this kissing the bottom had caused it)  It's solid with no loose play and has posed no apparent problem.  So we don't know the cause.  BUT our idea of fixing it is to belt sand the top of the rudder a bit so we feel comfortable with the clearance.  Q: How would we finish it off? epoxy, primer, then bottom paint?  What epoxy and primer? 

Main Message Board / Bottom paint question
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:41:52 PM »
I'll be repainting my 1990 34' wing keel Catalina.  We sail the great lakes so we've allowed the bottom paint to get pretty sparse.  Q:  How many quarts will I need of red VC-17m extra, how many coats, and how much do I thin it (a fellow sailor says about 1/2 cup of acetone to a quart)?  Also, I may be doing a little epoxy repair on the keel and will need to prime it before painting.  Q: What primer would adhere to both the epoxy and the bottom paint?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / boat pulling to port when using motor!! Distress!
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:03:23 PM »
This year, for the first time, our boat pulls to port pretty drastically when the motor is on. When moving slowly we don't feel it but as we pick up speed we need to need to struggle to keep it going straight.  Does not happen while under sail.  There was no trauma to the rudder, and we have a new stainless shaft. Propeller good.  Visual inspection down below indicated no problem apparently with steering mechanism, gears, all tight, running freely. Yard put boat to bed very well.  Last year no problem at all. But this year..... What happened and is happening?

Main Message Board / Help! Can't search
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:43:13 AM »
Hi.  I've tried searching lots of items and the site always comes up with:

2: pspell_new() [<a href='function.pspell-new'>function.pspell-new[/url]]: PSPELL couldn't open the dictionary. reason: No word lists can be found for the language "en".
File: /home/c34org5/public_html/bbs/Sources/Search.php
Line: 700

I have a MacBook Pro.

What's happening?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / vodka for fresh water supply in tanks
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:12:27 PM »
Anyone use vodka, instead of a chemical treatment, for the water supply.  If so, how much?  I"ve heard of it.... Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / v berth mattress size
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:39:51 PM »
Hi sailors, we are miles from our boat and it's been a long time since we put a mattress topper on our cushions in the V-Berth.  Does anyone know the widest and longest measurements of the V-Berth cushion area.  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / replace drain tube/banjo fitting with drain plug?
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:49:51 AM »
Does anyone ever replace the oil drain tube/banjo fitting and replace with a standard (metric 12) drain plug?  Oil change then through dip stick   Thanks, Kerk

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