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  1. Connections and catharsis

    I'm an idiot.

    Let's just get that out of the way from the start.

    I used to think I was fairly bright. Recent evidence to the contrary makes it fairly hard to cling to that belief.

    Case in point.... I thought it would be fun to provide my autopilot with navigation info. Makana has a perfectly functioning GPS/chartplotter at the helm. She also has a perfectly functioning wheelpilot at the helm. Both have NMEA-0183 capabilities. So I thought... why not get ...

    Updated 06-18-2016 at 02:05 PM by bgary

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  2. Bilge Pump Systems and Considerations

    What are bilge pumps for?

    I admit that for the first half of my life I figured they were there to keep the boat from sinking. But of course, they won't. Not even the manual Whale diaphragm that came with the boat will do that. Surely not the buzzy little gizmo under the floorboards that spits out of the transom.

    A Rule 1500 centrifugal bilge pump is rated at 1500 gallons an hour, or 750 2-gallon buckets. Sounds powerful. It would take a strong crewman to match that, not ...
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  3. Exhaust system photos, part 2

    by , 06-14-2016 at 05:50 PM (Journey of a new owner, Ericson 35-2)


    This photo is a little harder to understand, so I'll explain. First, it should be rotated to the right 90 degrees, but I couldn't get that to happen. The left side of the picture should be up. What I am showing here is the large black exhaust hose leaving the Vetus waterlock component and heading vertically up and to starboard to begin its anti-reflux loop, above the waterline, in the ...
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  4. Exhaust system, descriptive photos

    by , 06-14-2016 at 05:28 PM (Journey of a new owner, Ericson 35-2)


    This is the start of the exhaust system. This is a photo into the engine compartment, which is mounted center cabin in my boat, under a settee, just port of midline. I am looking astern and downward, The starboard wall of the compartment is removed. You see the silver exhaust manifold in the foreground, with a large cylindrical vertical muffler immediately behind. I assume this muffler ...
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  5. Schematic comment

    by , 06-14-2016 at 04:49 PM (Journey of a new owner, Ericson 35-2)
    In the diagram, "R.E.H." means "reinforced 1.5" exhaust hose, black"
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