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    Well, the price he gets selling the current boat...

    Well, the price he gets selling the current boat will be depressed by it needing a new engine so he'd be paying for the new motor for his old boat that way anyway, at least in part if he were to swap...
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    If you aren't interested in travel-sailing you...

    If you aren't interested in travel-sailing you might want to price out the trucking charge to/from your yard vs. owning a trailer. There is a lot I miss about having a trailer-sailor, like not...
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    Hmm, I don't have that short cut wire AFAIK. I've...

    Hmm, I don't have that short cut wire AFAIK. I've had starter and alternator out a few weeks ago so would have seen it I think. Also, the ammeter actually works as you'd think: it shows charging...
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    Do you still have your ammeter in place? My panel...

    Do you still have your ammeter in place? My panel has a working ammeter but I've read everywhere how this is dangerous / fire hazard / lowers charging voltage / etc. It seems that my entire panel to...
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    By "changed the starter" do you mean you replaced...

    By "changed the starter" do you mean you replaced the starter with a new unit? I did that earlier this season for the same symptoms: good battery, no starting.

    Here are a few things I discovered...
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    torque is based on the bolt size, more for...

    torque is based on the bolt size, more for bigger. The actual value to use depends more on the material/washers/location than it does for the bolt. If you torqued a 1" bolt to it's actual breaking...
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    That was the point I was trying to make: A single...

    That was the point I was trying to make: A single keel bolt torqued properly is pulling close to 50,000 lbs or so. Lifting just 4000 lbs is trivially easy for even a single bolt and you'll have a...
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    It seems intuitive that you'd want to torque the...

    It seems intuitive that you'd want to torque the bolts on the hard so the weight of the keel is supported and the weight of the hull "helps", but really, I think that if the keel bolts can't easily...
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    I often go jib only, finding it is nearly or as...

    I often go jib only, finding it is nearly or as fast as jib+reefed main when its blowing and reefing main is a pain. I often see boats with main-alone and wonder if they've ever tried it the other...
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    I bought a brand new Ullman main on eBay, and a...

    I bought a brand new Ullman main on eBay, and a used North Genoa on craigslist.

    With used sails it can be tricky because you don't know how the owner measured the sail exactly so you might get...
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    I stopped using Fram after hearing enough about...

    I stopped using Fram after hearing enough about how bad they are. Of course I used them for many years in many cars without any issues ever so I would not be worried enough about the one in your...
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    Ericson 25 genoa on ebay

    Seems a good deal to me

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Genoa-Sail-for-Sailboat-Fits-Ericson-25-or-Similar/303191824528?hash=item4697a41890:g:d5kAAOSwEm9c~nN5
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    The #3 injector seems like the culprit if...

    The #3 injector seems like the culprit if de-fueling it doesn't make any change to operation, and doing the other two make obvious changes. Of course there could be a generic fuel issue as mentioned...
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    At hull speed the fixed prop's drag isn't slowing...

    At hull speed the fixed prop's drag isn't slowing you down really as the hull can only go so fast, but it IS inducing slip, so you're loosing a few degrees of upwind ability at hull speed. A big...
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    I am finding that the bulk of my ice use is for...

    I am finding that the bulk of my ice use is for drinks on day trips. For longer trips I freeze gallon jugs of water for the cooler, and get fresh water as the end result, and longer trips are...
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    Not sure where the "wheel" came in. This ad...

    Not sure where the "wheel" came in. This ad states it has a tiller auto-pilot so I imagine it is a tiller boat. I prefer tiller myself, except when you get past 35 feet of boat the forces can be too...
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    Ericson 26 on CL

    Lots of equipment for the money. Looks not that bad.

    https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/boa/d/marblehead-1988-ericson-26/6903595307.html
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    Looks like the pipe is just angled wrong in the...

    Looks like the pipe is just angled wrong in the rudder.

    Even if you managed to reshape the top of the rudder to match the hull (or the hull to match the rudder) the rudder will *still* be angled...
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    The Facet electric lift pumps are "self priming",...

    The Facet electric lift pumps are "self priming", for at least a foot or two lift and should be able to suck air until the filter is full while you bleed the air out. You can also pre-fill the...
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    Not sure I believe the 20 hours on the M40... ...

    Not sure I believe the 20 hours on the M40...

    The rest of the boat looks well cared for as Christian said.
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    The fuel filter on the back starboard side is...

    The fuel filter on the back starboard side is there because that's where it is on the tractor the engine was built for I think. Some marinizers (Beta Marine?) move it up front.

    The Racor wants to...
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    Check these boats out like you are the insurance...

    Check these boats out like you are the insurance adjuster quoting the policy for a classic antique, not the proud new purchaser. The boat could be beautifully appointed and shiny, and be a complete...
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    I think the black soot is (most likely) rubber...

    I think the black soot is (most likely) rubber from the belt. It builds up as your belt wears down. The water pump get a little, but the alternator is closest to the belt and has a little fan that...
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    Thanks, Interesting how the front of your base...

    Thanks,

    Interesting how the front of your base has a flat on it. That is essentially where mine cracked, probably by pushing the pedestal hard forward at some point. I will probably defer this...
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    Just noticed this weekend my pedestal base is...

    Just noticed this weekend my pedestal base is starting to crack and crumble on the fwd part. Yay. I thought of trying to find a used one, but then that would probably be ready to corrode and crack as...
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    have you confirmed your wheel play is actually...

    have you confirmed your wheel play is actually from the shaft/key interface? Especially considering the wheel doesn't pull right off I'm imagining your key/shaft fit is probably nice and tight....
  27. Replacing a Univeral diesel timing gear cover (long, with pictures)

    This is how I went about replacing the timing gear cover on my 5424. It was the most complex thing I've ever done on an engine and there was a lot of learning involved, so putting this here in case...
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    To close the loop here, I finally implemented...

    To close the loop here, I finally implemented ideas here. In the end, I decided I had already spent so much effort getting water OUT of the bilge I didn't want to put more in so I went with the...
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    Thanks, I ended up wire brushing the...

    Thanks,

    I ended up wire brushing the alternator bracket and the alternator where they meet. Nice shiny aluminum. Then grounded the lift pump to the manifold where there was a broken crimped wire...
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    Alternator wiring - lift-pump and ground

    I had to take the alternator off to get my timing gear cover off. In the process it seems I pulled off a wire and I can not figure out where it went. The wire seems to be the ground for the lift pump...
  31. Yes, that's a primary advantage of AGM vs FLA. ...

    Yes, that's a primary advantage of AGM vs FLA. But it gets tricky with the battery's actual ratings. AGMs are just better in general at deeper discharges, But keep in mind that battery life is...
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    Interesting. I have my "air cleaner" off while I...

    Interesting. I have my "air cleaner" off while I replace the timing gear cover. The air cleaner is nothing more than an egg-shaped metal box with a small mesh screen at the pointed end of the box. ...
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    This guy from any marine store. After going...

    This guy from any marine store. After going through a long series of "Sony" etc. car stereos on the race boat, each of which lasts a season maybe, I put this cheap thing in my E35. It's perfect....
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    What these folks should consider *first* is what...

    What these folks should consider *first* is what a brief swim in salt water will do to the trailer. Unless they have sealed lights, sealed electrics in general, hydraulic brakes, well greased...
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    Yes sir. I couldn't find handles like that that...

    Yes sir. I couldn't find handles like that that have the smooth sides
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    I'll have to take one to the h/w store. The...

    I'll have to take one to the h/w store. The valves look something like this one.

    https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=45048

    But are probably original to the boat? There are three...
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    I have two fuel filters in series. The first is...

    I have two fuel filters in series. The first is right up front near the oil filter and easy to get to. I figure it protects the hard-to-get-to one and if there is a major dislodge of gunk in the tank...
  38. According to Kubota manuals, the gasket itself...

    According to Kubota manuals, the gasket itself and no sealant are sufficient. For all their gaskets. Personally I don't think that's really true when you're putting back on an old corroded part that...
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    Qest, hmm. Is this yet another worry? That Qest...

    Qest, hmm. Is this yet another worry? That Qest gray pipe is polybutylene, a plastic super popular in the mid 70's to mid 90's, until it started leaking all over peoples houses. It turns out that...
  40. All you need to know about theory:...

    All you need to know about theory:
    https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/absorbent_glass_mat_agm

    The bottom line for me is the low self-discharge and the ability to routinely go much deeper...
  41. I'll ask the shop guys next week if they can cut...

    I'll ask the shop guys next week if they can cut stainless thick enough. I am guessing the vent covers I got are about 1/32 or so thick but 1/16 would be nicer, I'd also use 316 instead of 304 as...
  42. I got the stainless ones last year. They *almost*...

    I got the stainless ones last year. They *almost* fit, had to drill out one or two holes to get the screws flush. Unfortunately, even with the wider metal, fewer slots they still bend if you step on...
  43. Hi Mark, I am guessing you meant you get 3000 rpm...

    Hi Mark, I am guessing you meant you get 3000 rpm in neutral, not "idle". The 2800 -> 1700 is a really significant drop. I notice my speed being significantly slower on the way to Winter storage in...
  44. Hmm, AFAICT The Kubota part 15321-73015 as in...

    Hmm, AFAICT

    The Kubota part 15321-73015 as in the L245 parts catalog (see Messicks). That is a 180 degree thermostat and is what came with the tractor from the factory
    The Kubota part 19434-73014...
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    What color/pattern?

    What color/pattern?
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    Yes, the slots aren't "the best". Mine are...

    Yes, the slots aren't "the best".

    Mine are velcro with a single snap on the bottom, which makes it easy and a bit adjustable. I do like the idea of stack-packs, just not the look.

    My main is...
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    Three things that make the main way better on my...

    Three things that make the main way better on my 35-3

    1 - full battens. less noise, less flapping, better shape, and helps make flaking easy

    2 - tides marine track. main drops itself, and...
  48. My E35-3 still has a CNG setup, but the boat...

    My E35-3 still has a CNG setup, but the boat comes pre-molded with two propane lockers in the stern. Fitting propane is on the to-do list for me, but not in a rush as long as my local marina is...
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    What Christian said makes a lot of sense (as...

    What Christian said makes a lot of sense (as usual). A good engine and drive train should win over the entire combination of sails/rigging/galley. Even if all the latter cost about the same as the...
  50. My 35-3 holding tank is under the port settee fwd...

    My 35-3 holding tank is under the port settee fwd of the water tank. Also looks difficult to remove. I'll be doing it soon to replace all the hoses with the new head, so I'd love to hear advice too!...
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