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  1. Boat Rewiring and More....Part 1

    Iím coming to learn that boat ownership is a never ending tale of repairs and projects in multiples of threeÖthat is it takes 3 times longer and costs 3 times more than what you budgeted for. Every weekend I strike one item off the to-do-list and then add two more on to the to-do-list and so it has been with my boats electrical rewiring project. It all started easily enough with the planned installation of a decent stereo at the nav station along with a Blue Sea combo 12V/USB outlet and two slim ...

    Updated 02-21-2017 at 04:19 PM by kiwisailor

    Maintenance and Mechanical
  2. Prop Removal - Ericson 27

    Thanks to many suggestions and some video research the prop came off quite easily. The innovation here was the use of a standard gear puller that I was able to borrow from Canadian Tire- the store lends tools that are normally a once in a while expensive tools. This gear puller was just the thing to gently coax the prop off the shaft with only two turns. Now the task is to clean and polish both the prop and the shaft. If anyone has advice on what works best to lift this fresh water scaling ...
  3. Ericson 38--Improving Foam mattresses, Teak Repair, Binocular Box

    I was glad to find all new foam on the new boat--until I took a nap on it. Oh dear. Hard as a rock. I said I'd get used to it, after hauling all 16 cushions home and back for new fabric. I didn't get used to it. The princess and the pea? Maybe. But sleeping on a boat is hard enough without being even harder.

    I priced all new foam, had the predictable gag reflex, and started rethinking, fast. My foam was simply too dense (I think Loren said somewhere that the proper density is "2.5"; ...

    Updated 02-05-2017 at 03:51 PM by Christian Williams

    Maintenance and Mechanical , Ericson Ownership
  4. EP making the change to lithium

    by , 01-18-2017 at 05:47 PM (Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27)
    After 8 years of use with AGM batteries for propulsion I have removed and replaced them with lithium (LiFePO4). The AGM's were still working fine for short term motoring needs but the range capacity had definitely dropped in the past few years.

    Lotus Flower had two 48 volt AGM battery banks. One bank of group 27's and one bank of group 31's. The lead acid batteries worked well and were relitivaly simple to install.

    The new lithium battery setup also has two 48 volt ...

    Updated 01-19-2017 at 09:42 AM by Mark F

  5. 1984 E30+ Strut Replacement Part 3

    After removing the strut, I found an exact replacement at Marine Hardware in Redmond WA. They apparently obtained the patterns from Ericson back in the day. The new manganese bronze strut with bearing cost $635 and took them about 6 weeks to turnaround. I also had a new strut and coupler manufactured for $400. I test fit the strut in the boat, and was hopeful it would fit right in. But this is a boat, and that would be too easy. It seems that casting bronze is an inexact science. Or that the pattern ...
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