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  1. G10 praise

    One more close up of the new flange that better shows the G10 fiberglass plate.
    I used some 3/16" scrap to make up this piece, and it took four pieces. They were joined with an overlay of two layers of light glass cloth on each side. Total thickness ended being about 1/4". For a light duty application like this it's very strong.

    While I trust the epoxy bond, I added a few screws as well, to accompany the clamp pressure. After some thought I later removed them -- extra ...

    Updated 08-04-2018 at 06:58 AM by Loren Beach

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  2. Engine Panel Back Upgrade

    General Observation:
    If you change out an engine in a 30+ year old boat, there will very likely be a formidable list of old irritations to address "while you're there".


    The EY factory might have sensed in 1988 that there was additional financial risk to making any new tooling pieces for the Olson boats that they had just purchased. They were struggling some, and indeed they had to close in late 1990.

    From looking at some other (32 ...

    Updated 06-28-2018 at 07:03 PM by Loren Beach

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  3. Original Battery installation & Upgrade to GC batteries

    I was looking (for something else, of course) and found these pix in an archive.
    Perhaps other Olson owners might be interested in one of our first changes. Not shown here is the second emergency 12 volt battery that was installed under the aft cabin berth in its own plywood & epoxy enclosure.
    We only exercise that spare battery a few times a year; it is an AGM and so has a very low self-discharge rate.

    The stock battery setup from EY was a pair of group 24 12-volt ...

    Updated 06-22-2018 at 07:48 PM by Loren Beach

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  4. Old engine out, planning for the new one

    Since, for several reasons, this project needed to be done at the slip, I needed to lock the shaft in position. Totally.
    It was believed to be well-aligned, and it could not be allowed to move forward and relax the spring-bellows in the PSS seal and allow water to run in.

    Since the Olson has a molded frp bulkhead panel right behind the engine, there was room to mount a piece of angle aluminum metal. It was screwed to the bulkhead and then U-bolted to the shaft. We did not ...

    Updated 06-19-2018 at 12:49 PM by Loren Beach

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  5. Engine Replacement, Olson 34

    This February we started the process of changing to a new diesel engine.

    While local trusted mechanics agree that most any middle-age diesel can be maintained or rebuilt to run indefinitely, there are practical reasons for replacement.
    Aside: a friend had to trouble shoot a low oil pressure pump on his late-70ís Yanmar YSM-12, and it took some real sleuthing to find parts. He succeeded, and the engine runs well and remains reliable. Still, as these power plants get older parts ...

    Updated 07-08-2018 at 06:46 PM by Loren Beach

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