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    Loren Beach

    Hurth 17 mm Drain Plug washer

    I just spent some tedious hours changing out the old ATF in our '88 Hurth model 50 trans. The top where the fill/dip stick fitting lives is visible only when both bolts that hold the heat exchanger...

    Loren Beach 09-04-2014 11:45 AM

    The Mighty Tillermaster Autopilot On A Budget

    Among the items the prior owner of my first sailboat left for me when I bought it was an amazing little auto steering device called a Tillermaster. Over 10,000 of these grey, boxy little...

    Gregoryulrich 07-18-2014 03:31 PM
    Christian Williams

    Off to Hawaii

    Tomorrow I depart Marina del Rey for Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii. I am sailing solo, and looking for a passage of 22-25 days--or better, of course. The GC course is 2200NM, or 2500 statute miles.

    Christian Williams 07-01-2014 12:54 AM
    Loren Beach

    Carrying More Diesel

    I note that another blog here has illustrated a much nicer way to carry more diesel than my, um, traditional one -- light lines and lots of knots!
    Still, we did use a "rattle syphon" to move...

    Loren Beach 06-21-2014 11:00 PM
    Christian Williams

    Fuel Jugs, Bookshelf, Tell-Tale Compass

    Fuel jugs appear on deck when a cruiser needs the option to motor past his tank capacity. For the 32-3, that's 22 gallons, or 200 miles. The four 5-gallon containers shown roughly double the...

    Christian Williams 06-18-2014 08:21 PM
    Christian Williams

    Flotation for the Dinghy

    A good dinghy needs to serve many masters. I have no inflatable or outboard. No emergency life raft, either. So my 60-pound mahogany plywood Eastport pram needs to be a jack of all trades--sailboat,...

    Christian Williams 06-18-2014 01:10 PM
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    E 27 sliding hatch

    There is a sliding hatch for a 27 on San Fran.Craigs list.
    These are hard to find and a hassel to rebuild or build new.

    tomh Today, 11:01 PM Go to last post

    Correct way to assess leak damage before rebedding

    So.... one of my tasks I'm undertaking as I work on my E27 project is rebedding just about everything. Today's project working on a stanchion rebedding

    JPS27 Today, 08:59 PM Go to last post

    Those old Universal Engine Blues

    I went through the Beta agent in Malaysia who also handles SPW props, so I got the engine, control panel, gearbox, 4 blade variprop, new shaft, cutlass

    DanielW Today, 08:31 PM Go to last post

    Hi Loren

    Simple story:
    I removed the drain hose, rinsed out some crud and re-assembled.... turned the pump to manual and she pumped the bilge near dry.

    mjsouleman Today, 06:01 PM Go to last post



    what was the ball park cost and what was the breakdown (purchace, shipping, installation). Did you purchase just the engine or

    mjsouleman Today, 05:58 PM Go to last post

    Thanks for the great feedback and Very helpful.

    Really appreciate the feedback and post. Leaning toward 140 based on comments. Thank you

    Jpconnelly Today, 04:45 PM Go to last post
    admirals barge

    time for a windlass

    its time to put a windlass on my 74 35 II. I am looking at a Maxwell rc8-10 or an rc10-8. does anyone with a 35 have either of these and what

    admirals barge Today, 03:18 PM Go to last post

    Ad Hoc Must Do 2015 Cruise to Desolation -- Please Read

    We could not make the 2014 rendez vous (regrettably) due to previously planned trip that turned out amazing. There is an annual music festival on East

    wurzner Today, 01:11 PM Go to last post

    Sweet Independence 31!

    Very nice boat, it was on ebay for about a year a wile back.
    I guess ut sold for under 20,000 it had been reduced down around 18,000 the last time

    tomh Today, 11:09 AM Go to last post