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  1. While closing up the boat the other day I noticed...

    While closing up the boat the other day I noticed that the propane bottle valve was open (not the solenoid, the physical valve).

    Hmmm. Probably open for a month.

    So: When cooking aboard, the...
  2. Yes, and I have given up the traditional...

    Yes, and I have given up the traditional directive to the helmsman "leave the buoy to starboard" (or port).

    "Huh?"

    The phrase seems backwards to people, or confusing, or highly technical. ...
  3. It looks like the helm command was misinterpreted...

    It looks like the helm command was misinterpreted or wrong. Nobody would intentionally turn to starboard in this scenario.
  4. And the Court of Inquiry Finds....

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    Video: https://youtu.be/aXrTvVh4NOs

    Story: [url]https://gcaptain.com/?s=historic%20schooner

    I think the investigators will have a short work day.

    "Starboard tack! Attention, we...
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    Installation was on deck, by weathered...

    Installation was on deck, by weathered appearance. Probably cockpit. Maybe.
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    It looks like Ericson trimmed the top of the...

    It looks like Ericson trimmed the top of the rudder to conform to the curve of the hull.

    That doesn't seem too hard to do. Or is it?
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    I doubt any M25 will idle well below 800 rpms. ...

    I doubt any M25 will idle well below 800 rpms.

    Iʻm no diesel mechanic, but before injectors Iʻd start with all the other usual causes listed in any troubleshooting manual.

    Hereʻs my report on...
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    No, not at all. An idea from the '70s, that's...

    No, not at all. An idea from the '70s, that's all. Genoa winches are on top of coamings now, if there is a coaming at all.

    And the seatbacks are great. Today's boats, in order to have...
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    Interesting that the genoa sheets pass through...

    Interesting that the genoa sheets pass through ports in the coaming. And what backrests those high coamings would be.

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    Welcome aboard. If you'd like members to comment...

    Welcome aboard. If you'd like members to comment on the boat you're considering, feel free to post a link to the listing.
  11. Also, If you don't use the table as a bridge...

    Also,

    If you don't use the table as a bridge for a double berth conversion, I say cut it down.

    A table that doubles as a bridge has to be big, and makes getting in and out of the settee a...
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    FWIW, the real value for me is cold drinks...

    FWIW, the real value for me is cold drinks waiting at the boat in the slip, all the time.

    Folks stop by, you go for a sail on a whim, or you're just working in the bilge in 90 degrees and come up...
  13. Thanks, they're all good links. A little...

    Thanks, they're all good links. A little embarrassing to find I asked the same question three years ago.

    And apparently I came to the same conclusion then: that I would gain little in my typical...
  14. Folding Prop Performance Question

    It is acknowledged that most of the benefit of a folding or feathering prop is at low hull speeds, where drag is most critical.

    In the real world, how about higher speeds?

    Do folks with...
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    I wish I could remember where it goes. But in...

    I wish I could remember where it goes.

    But in general we're supposed to ground the tank to the fuel fill, apparently against electrostatic discharge during fueling. I don't know how significant...
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    Here's my "solution" to the offhanded fill of the...

    Here's my "solution" to the offhanded fill of the factory's old mistake.

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    Sand away filler to make a square.
    Fill square with white gel coat.

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    There was no way to match the...
  17. I don't understand the rigging in the photo--the...

    I don't understand the rigging in the photo--the loops of slack line. Maybe it's just me.
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    You can do all those cruises once familiar with...

    You can do all those cruises once familiar with the boat.

    Your cruising ground is sometimes a piece of cake, and at other times provides great challenges of current, fog, shoals and crowds.
    ...
  19. Ken's link above contains much discussion. ...

    Ken's link above contains much discussion.

    Working on the boom internal TL and reef lines is not hard, but two people make it easier.

    --Use the halyard to support the weight of the boom and...
  20. Allow me mention, in addition to battery bank...

    Allow me mention, in addition to battery bank size, monitor and shore charger--the alternator.

    Do you need a more powerful alternator, with a "smart" regulator that can rapidly recharge the bank?...
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    Newbiesailor, If your interest continues, post...

    Newbiesailor,

    If your interest continues, post photos of the boat. The "for sale" , as a donation, is lacking detail.

    A diesel engine is a great thing on a 26, and it's either fine, just in...
  22. KISS: I lived on the 32-3 all summer, Hawaii and...

    KISS: I lived on the 32-3 all summer, Hawaii and back, effectively using only one Group 27 flooded battery discharged daily to 60 percent and recharged to 80 percent (100 amp alternator). No...
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    Congrats on getting her happily home. The...

    Congrats on getting her happily home.

    The cockpit drain water--well, check the drain hoses. If they're crossed, that 's supposed to restrict water coming in when heeled. If they go direct to the...
  24. ABYC requires a shut-off within proximity to the...

    ABYC requires a shut-off within proximity to the appliance.

    Ah, that explains why the electrical panel "stove" breaker isn't sufficient.
  25. You must assume that YOU are going to be the MOB...

    You must assume that YOU are going to be the MOB and these people will need to be able to figure out how to turn around and get you back into the boat.

    My approach is different.
    ...
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    Also, if it is the starter motor, an overhaul by...

    Also, if it is the starter motor, an overhaul by any automotive shop can work wonders.

    The starter is probably held onto the engine by two bolts, far under the block. On the 32-3, it requires a...
  27. There are a great number of variables, most...

    There are a great number of variables, most related to the sails.

    New sails allow more sail when close-hauled because their camber is correct. Old sails have belly, which makes them inefficient,...
  28. Please post a photo of the existing rub rail. It...

    Please post a photo of the existing rub rail. It will help others in need of a solution. Ericson models have many different styles.
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    To level the surface you can also use Fixall. It...

    To level the surface you can also use Fixall. It fixes all, and quick.

    RE bolt: A stainless bolt that's too long can be sawed off after installation with a hacksaw or power tool. Put a hex nut...
  30. If you have aluminum:...

    If you have aluminum: http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/entry.php?280-Ericson-32-3-Aluminum-Rub-Rail-Replacement
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    I was probably bragging about the canvas bags I...

    I was probably bragging about the canvas bags I use to dangle Diet Coke, water and beer. They hang, or rest on something else down there.

    The E38 refrigerator is deep, and it's mostly so you can...
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    In the old days many sailboats carried their rode...

    In the old days many sailboats carried their rode on deck, and an anchor in chocks. Manila had to dry out. Chain was not widely used among cruisers. Bows were bows, not deck-access storage lockers. ...
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    Also possible to carry stuff outside the...

    Also possible to carry stuff outside the lifelines, which frees up knee room on deck.

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  34. You can see most sail plan choices for that model...

    You can see most sail plan choices for that model in this video. Note the frequent reefs, and on the return voyage the use of a third reef.
    ...
  35. Use Google, not forum search engine. Try--...

    Use Google, not forum search engine. Try-- Portlight Replacement Ericson Yachts Forum

    There are too many threads to list. Here's one of mine:...
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    ...And send Foss this link, since we are all very...

    ...And send Foss this link, since we are all very interested in their response.
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    Agree, a fast-dry varnish is a boon for the first...

    Agree, a fast-dry varnish is a boon for the first six coats or so, after CPES to seal the new teak and holly ply.

    My choice for final finish is two coats of Interlux Schooner varnish, high gloss,...
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    there are all sorts of additives you can mix into...

    there are all sorts of additives you can mix into gel oat, to make a “matte” finish, or give it texture, etc.

    Thanks, Bruce. That explains it.

    Baslin, here's a theory about this error: When...
  39. John Olsen has a very complete, and heroic, blog...

    John Olsen has a very complete, and heroic, blog on bringing his Ericson 25CB back to life, here:

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/blog.php?8875-Ericson-25CB-Resurrection

    He hasn;t...
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    I now have learned (thanks) that the...

    I now have learned (thanks) that the nonskid-patterned areas are indeed gel coat, not paint (other other coating).

    Their color is a nicely contrasting "stone" color, only slightly faded after all...
  41. I don't have a local source, but such fabrication...

    I don't have a local source, but such fabrication is fairly standard for any metal shop. And if you take the existing tank to them, they would have an opinon about another repair.

    This video may...
  42. I think typically the water lift muffler is off...

    I think typically the water lift muffler is off to the side, as on the 32-3 and the 381, adjacent to he prop shaft.

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    So it would appear :). But it isn't every day a...

    So it would appear :). But it isn't every day a for-sale ad complains about the boat offered for sale....
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    Deck Nonskid Matching

    When this boat was built a water-tank fill hole was drilled in the wrong location. No doubt this occurred at 4:56 pm on a Friday.

    The mistake was repaired with what looks like epoxy--after the...
  45. It looks like a factory installation. I don't...

    It looks like a factory installation. I don't know why a separate solenoid switch was required, or why the stock panel "stove" breaker wouldn't suffice. (I have to turn them both on).

    Anybody know?
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    It would be a fine cruise, with many harbors of...

    It would be a fine cruise, with many harbors of refuge along the way. East coast to Caribbean is a yacht highway these days. But it's long, with traffic and weather, so experience required. The...
  47. Things I have left behind and regretted leaving...

    Things I have left behind and regretted leaving behind:

    --the oars for the dinghy

    --the docklines

    --the shore power cord

    Things I have regretting bringing:
  48. Solving my own mystery: 2710527106 That's a...

    Solving my own mystery:

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    That's a "Sony Crossover Network" for the stereo, not a "sniffer." Apparently it splits signals for woofer and subwoofers and so on. Does everybody have one?...
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    For Catalina, take a mooring and pay the bucks....

    For Catalina, take a mooring and pay the bucks. No worries.

    However, to cruise the Channel Islands we need a good anchor and rode and a stern anchor too, and some familiarity and confidence. If...
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    Here's a handy diagram. ...

    Here's a handy diagram.

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/showthread.php?2251-Yacht-Specialties-Steering-Quadrant-Stop

    Sounds like you could have the stop-pin welded, if it's broken or...
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