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  1. Shakin The Spiders Out

    Went down to "check on" Arcturus this morning and it wasn't raining. Before I knew it, we were out on the river!
    Well, not much wind to speak of. But the motor probably needed a workout.
    Wow, could an exhaust leak have started itself over the winter? Lots of fumes in the sail locker... but oddly the CO alarm doesn't twitch. Maybe condensation steaming off the exhaust wrap? Hmm...

    Lots of wood in the water. Even a few sheets of plywood that don't look half-bad... ...

    Updated 01-20-2016 at 03:22 PM by toddster

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  2. Below Deck Fuel Tank

    by , 01-17-2016 at 11:02 AM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    This is a continuation of my previous blog we started with the desire to install an inboard engine for all the conveniences they offer, and dropped the idea because of the shockingly high cost. We settled on the blend of an outboard 9.9hp engine with electric start, alternator, nice instrument panel and below deck fuel tank. In my last blog we detailed the instrument panel, here we detail the below deck fuel tank.

    Tank Location:

    Our first decision was where to put the ...

    Updated 02-02-2016 at 03:47 PM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Engine / Fuel Systems
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  3. "Thelonious II"--A New Boat--Five-minute Hull and Engine Survey video

    Five-minute video of hull and engine survey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7mpbcCa-u4

    I was proud to see the first Thelonious, an Ericson 32-III, leave my stewardship on a truck headed to green pastures in the Pacific Northwest. She had taken me to Hawaii and back, and I was confident her new owner would do well by her and never be disappointed. She was the most proportionally perfect yacht I have ever owned and had both guts and grace. It was like seeing a kid graduate from college. ...

    Updated 03-28-2016 at 07:06 AM by Christian Williams

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  4. New Lifelines

    We’re trying to make Luffalee safe, easy and fun to sail,and comfortable in that order, so an obvious choice was to replace the lifelines. The ones that came on the boatwere probably the original ones and they showed it. They were sagging and didn’t have anything leftin the turnbuckles to pick up the slack. The gate on the starboard side wouldn’t open and there were multiple locationswhere rust was visible under the vinyl coating. With the discovery of CS Johnson splice line terminals and the ...
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  5. Back Stay Rebuild

    I’m quickly learning nothing on a boat is as simple as it seems and nothing goes exactly as planned. The most recent lesson came in the form of tensioning the rig after the compression post was rebuilt. All was going well until I attempted to tighten the backstay…

    I like taking the hands-on approach when learning, but maybe not so much when it comes to galling. The Navtec turnbuckle threads ...
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