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  1. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Iʻm still using a clear-bowl Racor 500 in the engine compartment. My surveyor insisted a flame shield was necessary. Geico Insurance rep did not agree, since it is diesel not gas.

    The flame/heat shield requirement is a can of worms and your solution puts the lid back on. Thereʻs no doubt in my mind that the Racor 500 is far better all around than the screw-on Racors, which are just plain irritating in tight spaces. Hereʻs Maine Sail on the issue:
  2. Loren Beach's Avatar
    When we bought our boat in SF, in '94, Jim Jessie, one of the best regarded (i.e. feared by brokers...) surveyors in that area *wanted* me to follow and observe. It was quite a "class"!
    Alison, whose list I referenced here, loves to have the purchaser observe, and her predecessor Chip Gardes (retired now) always wanted the purchaser present.

    While a good final report has a *lot* of info, by observing the process you have a knowledge framework thru which to view it and understand the nuances.

    The guy you spoke to must have had some *really* obnoxious people following him thru a boat or two, but that's no excuse to act the way you describe.

    Not a part of the discussion, but watch out for surveyors that pad their survey with 50% verbiage containing nothing about the boat. I have heard of one that listed ALL of his tools, for instance. Oh how impressive.

    When you get a sample to look over, first, you will hopefully have a good idea of what you will end up with.

    Nothing wrong with taking your own notes either.... in these modern times you could use a small audio recorder and digitally transcribe it later.
    Like I said, it may be like a sort of "masters class in maintenance and construction" , condensed into a day.

    BTW, Bruce's wry observation shows that he actually Read ... the whole list!
    Updated 05-14-2019 at 07:36 AM by Loren Beach
  3. sgwright67's Avatar
    Great list, I will review this carefully. One local surveyor I spoke to insisted that he will only conduct the survey alone, which turned me off. If I am paying for the survey and the haul-out on a boat, I certainly want to be present to see the boat I am considering purchasing. As a professional, I wouldn't expect to look over his shoulder or interrupt his work, but I also want to form my own opinion of the boat in the limited time available while it is out of the water.
    I am curious how many surveyors insist on doing their work alone?
  4. Loren Beach's Avatar
    The underside of your deck and cabin laminate (balsa cored) has a translucent layer of glass and resin over it. Since it is covered up by a head liner it does not have a covering color coat nor would it need one.
  5. sgwright67's Avatar
    So are those photos showing the underside of the balsa core material through bare glass (no gelcoat)? Not what I expected it to look like.
  6. Slick470's Avatar
    Huh, the light air spin sheets that came with our boat have those connectors on them. I didn't realize how light of a load rating they have. Being plastic, I'm not surprised. I also learned that they are exactly the shape and size of the spin pole jaw and it would get really jammed in there if I wasn't careful. So, I added some of those donut things, which of course adds weight and probably nils any weight savings I get by using the plastic clips...
  7. bgary's Avatar
    This is awesome! I've been looking for a set of nabshackles for a long time (light-air spinnaker sheets). Thanks for the link!
  8. Loren Beach's Avatar
    They came with the boat, altho we are sure that the PO never used them. They are a heavy duty version of Phiffertex, with stitched hems and grommets.
  9. mjsouleman's Avatar
    Hi Loren, I like the lee cloth, is that a DIY project?

  10. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Perhaps poor practice to respond to my own blog, but I just noticed Christian's excellent thread entry on this subject and wanted to link up the subject matter.
  11. bgary's Avatar
    Great list.

    I'm challenged, though, by the notion that "excess beer" is considered a fault....
    Updated 09-22-2018 at 09:47 AM by bgary
  12. 907Juice's Avatar
    Sweet list! Nice to have it all in written form and easy to follow.
  13. vcirelli's Avatar
    Looks great, and love the hinge. Very nice.
  14. Slick470's Avatar
    Huh, on our 911, Ericson skipped the panel back altogether. It seems like it is tucked up a bit more in the 911 than the 34 though, so maybe that is why. That sail locker really is a big black hole on the 911 so you would really need to pack a bunch of stuff in there to get to the level of the panel. Plus the hatch is relatively small, so getting an actual sail in there is somewhat tricky.

    I've debated upgrading our engine control panel. The faceplate is cracked at the corners and I need to replace a few of the parts. When I get around to that project, I'll probably add a panel back then.

    As always, I appreciate you documenting your projects on your Olson. Every once and awhile, they apply to ours as well, or at least get me thinking about projects I should consider.
    Updated 06-28-2018 at 08:10 AM by Slick470
  15. Loren Beach's Avatar
    The new-series Kubota engine (Betamarine marinized) does not require an external lift pump like the 1988 engine did. It uses a small (hand) lever-operated diesel pump for pulling diesel thru the lines.
    I have used one of these lever pumps on a larger 150 hp diesel engine and it was a total pain (a tedious pain, at that) to use.
    Our mechanic advised us to keep the old Facet electric lift pump in the system to make bleeding out air easy.

    So, no, the new Beta is not "self bleeding", but it's pretty easy to get the air out.

    For the initial startup, we cheated and first used a small brass hand pump to suck diesel thru the filter and primary lift pump, and then let the lift pump click away. You do have to slightly open a bleed screw on the primary filter. (This is the only place that the 1980's injection fuel-return system was a little bit handier to use.)
    Updated 11-18-2018 at 12:17 PM by Loren Beach
  16. bigd14's Avatar
    Wow, really nice upgrade! Does the new Beta have a self bleeding fuel system? I just cobbled one together on the M18 and it works like a dream.
  17. Slick470's Avatar

    Thanks for the reply. Our 911 just has one bow cleat and I thought I'd upgrade to two in the spring. I have found a similar Lewmar cleat and there is a chance that Rigrite has some of the OEM left in new-old-stock but figured if you had any of your old ones laying around it would be a better fit. Oh well, worth a shot.

  18. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Hi "Slick"...

    I sold all them to another club member who was updating a much older Pearson 32.

    Alas, too late to help you now.

    Updated 01-31-2018 at 07:42 AM by Loren Beach
  19. Slick470's Avatar
    Loren, any plans for the cleats you took off?
  20. Slick470's Avatar
    Loren, this is a timely post for us. I pulled all of the original canvas doors last fall and we'll be replacing them with new material over the next few weeks. It's a different look, but the screens would be a nice improvement for air flow for those lockers. Previously I would go around the boat and unzip them before leaving the boat.

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