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Kenneth K

  1. Last Year's Winter Projects

    And so it goes with owning a boat. As in these are “winter projects” from last winter; things I’m just now finishing up months later than planned. The winter list was something like this:
    - Alter sail cover to fit around Dutchman and add bird-proof netting underneath,
    - Revamp compass and teak base,
    - Re-finish and repair damaged bilge cover-plates and mast trim rings.

    I contracted the sail cover work out over the winter, so that was completed on time and ready ...

    Updated 10-04-2018 at 08:21 AM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
  2. Forespar MF850 Marelon Ball Valves

    I've replaced five Marelon ball valves on my '85 E32-3 since I bought the boat last year. It wasn't my explicit goal to change out so many valves, I only replaced the ones that stopped working. My E32 has 10 valves; three in the head, four in the galley, and three in the stern. All are either 3/4" (raw-water intakes for engine, galley, and head), or 1 1/4" (head pump-outs (2), galley sink drain, cockpit drains (3), and engine exhaust).

    While Marelon valves take a lot of hits ...

    Updated 12-17-2017 at 10:53 AM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
  3. Mariah Part IV: Engine Monitoring Systems

    Before rebuilding my exhaust & cooling systems, I was alarmed at how easily the engine would warm up to 185 degrees, requiring me to back-down on the throttle and run at a lower speed. I was also concerned about the lack of warning about rising engine temps--you wouldn't know it unless you happened to look down at a somewhat-hidden temp gauge. It was a similar situation for oil pressure--the idiot light is not in a place that would rapidly grab your attention (and, had no buzzer).
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    Updated 08-14-2017 at 11:40 PM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
  4. Mariah Part III: Lift Muffler and Battery Relocation:

    This was a project I decided to undertake after my first round of repetitive engine maintenance last year. The starting battery was mounted on a piece a wood sitting behind the engine, bridging the two elevated surfaces surrounding the prop shaft. The battery was difficult to remove or replace—it had to be turned sideways, tilted to port (I was always afraid of spilling battery acid) and yanked upward over the quarter berth, where there is no way to get your body in a good position to lift a heavy ...

    Updated 08-12-2017 at 12:41 PM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
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  5. Mariah Part II: Exhaust Riser/Elbow Replacement with Support Bracket

    As I mentioned in the previous post, I was unable to remove the bottom flange nut that held the exhaust flange on to the exhaust manifold. It wasn’t simply a case of the nut being frozen on the stud; there just wasn’t enough physical clearance to get a wrench-head between the bottom of the exhaust riser and the nut itself (i.e. the flange must have been bolted to the manifold before the riser was screwed onto the flange). (see photo #1)

    The first question for me was, did I want ...

    Updated 10-28-2017 at 10:13 AM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
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