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    Couldn't make out a word that was said. Except...

    Couldn't make out a word that was said. Except for "UH-OHHH......"
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    Great look! I think this is the route I will...

    Great look! I think this is the route I will take when the time comes. As to wear, I would guess that the "middle" sections of each painted area (where everyone steps) are the sections that will...
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    Clever fix. I might have labeled one "Rum," just...

    Clever fix. I might have labeled one "Rum," just on the off chance......
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    The easy stuff (if you have stock Ericson wiring)...

    The easy stuff (if you have stock Ericson wiring)

    1. With the battery switch and key switch on, is there any power at the panel (gauge lighting? volt/ammeter? low oil pr light?)? If no, check...
  5. Check out this thread from E32 owners: ...

    Check out this thread from E32 owners:

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/showthread.php?15826-E32-3-Reefing-Mysteries

    Fixing the internal boom rigging is not hard but it does present...
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    Having bilges that don't empty (pump problems) is...

    Having bilges that don't empty (pump problems) is one thing, but the separate and larger problem is having the bilge fill with water in the first place. You said you were heeled and had water in the...
  7. Ok. The more factually you describe it, the...

    Ok. The more factually you describe it, the better it sounds. Awlgrip is a top quality paint.
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    I hope it works well for you. Post some pictures...

    I hope it works well for you. Post some pictures of your installation when you're done, as it's no doubt somebody else will have this same issue soon.
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    No problem Loren. That was a pretty creative...

    No problem Loren. That was a pretty creative install your shipwright did.
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    Gerr Marine Technical Articles

    An interesting collection of marine technical article by Dave Gerr. Apparently he's done a lot of writing for Good Old Boat.

    https://www.gerrmarine.com/Articles.html

    Found this while searching...
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    I rebuilt my my exhaust system (M25 diesel) in...

    I rebuilt my my exhaust system (M25 diesel) in 2017. Here's the best article I've read on the subject:

    https://www.goodoldboat.com/reader_services/articles/Marine_exhaust.php

    While it's more...
  12. That is a nice looking mast and boom. What kind...

    That is a nice looking mast and boom. What kind of paint was used for the top coat, and what kind of primer beneath? Do you have the standing rigging? What kind of shape is it in? Running rigging?...
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    Or, if you're daring, lube one side of the tubing...

    Or, if you're daring, lube one side of the tubing with Vaseline and slather the other with thickened epoxy. Insert, wait, and pray it comes apart again.

    For bolt length you could use 5/16 threaded...
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    I have an M25 so I don't know if part is the...

    I have an M25 so I don't know if part is the same. You can probably twist it off with your hand since the nut (housing) is so big (1" maybe) and the 1/8" pipe thread so small.

    If you go with a...
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    Temporary Fuel Tank

    If you want to buy some time and evaluate fuel tank repair options (without missing sailing days), you could rig a temporary tank from a basic, plastic outboard gas tank. That's what I'm currently...
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    Wow, that is a head-scratcher. Unless there's an...

    Wow, that is a head-scratcher. Unless there's an obstruction in the exhaust tubing?

    You sure it's raw water and not anti-freeze/coolant in the manifold?
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    Here are some notes I took when researching a new...

    Here are some notes I took when researching a new pump. I think this was on Mainsail's old PBase Marine website. At the bottom, he addresses cube vs round pumps. It sounds like the round pumps...
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    With a 360 degree exhaust loop, it seems unlikely...

    With a 360 degree exhaust loop, it seems unlikely your seawater in the manifold is traveling all the way from your exhaust thru-hull. I'd be checking out that exhaust elbow. You should post some...
  19. A spare v-belt, hose splices for all the common...

    A spare v-belt, hose splices for all the common hose sizes on the boat, extra hose clamps. Oil, coolant, beer.
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    Yeah, same issues here. I've been copying pics...

    Yeah, same issues here. I've been copying pics of configurations I like when I see them. Here are two I like:

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    I'll probably move my secondary filter to the location shown in...
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    Others will know more, but my understanding is...

    Others will know more, but my understanding is that the smaller tube that runs aft to the exhaust thru-hull IS the vent for the vented loop. Sure, it may pump water out while the engine is running...
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    Wish you'd told me that three days ago.....

    Wish you'd told me that three days ago.....
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    Having just finished my third day of compounding,...

    Having just finished my third day of compounding, waxing, and buffing my hull,

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    I'm skeptical that waxing old, oxidized gelcoat does much. It takes quite a bit of work with a Makita...
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    Sounds like there's a high likelyhood that...

    Sounds like there's a high likelyhood that tequila is somehow involved in the making of this story.....
  25. Here's what the back of my alternator looked like...

    Here's what the back of my alternator looked like before I removed it for the alternator bracket upgrade. Nothing, other than the regulator, was (or is now) connected to the ground post on the...
  26. I think I have the access to work 4200 in that...

    I think I have the access to work 4200 in that corner, I'm just skeptical that anything will stick to that slick plastic that the box is made out of.
  27. Be sure to post your results. My coaming...

    Be sure to post your results.

    My coaming storage box is intact but still leaks badly. The drain holes are slightly higher than the seam where the box is glassed into the boat. Water has managed...
  28. Installing a rudder grease fitting

    Nothing really new here, just my version of installing a lower zerk fitting in the rudder post of my E323. I did the project with the boat out of the water--just felt better for me, to be drilling...
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    Nice fitment of square portlights in the oval...

    Nice fitment of square portlights in the oval openings.

    And I've always wanted a convertible.....
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    Bruce, Don't know if you made a decision on...

    Bruce,

    Don't know if you made a decision on your fuel tank cleanup or not. I just pulled my tank last week so I thought I'd show you what I found. Here's what I got when I was "sticking the...
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    You'd have to measure your intake tube size (and...

    You'd have to measure your intake tube size (and maybe top and side clearances) to know. Its a slip-on fit for an M25 in an E32-3.
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    K&N RU-2450 Universal Clamp-On Air Filter: Oval...

    K&N RU-2450 Universal Clamp-On Air Filter: Oval Straight $39.99
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00062YQRA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    That's about $12 more than the first...
  33. The SeaFoam idea is interesting....especially...

    The SeaFoam idea is interesting....especially since you need to refill the new filter with something if you don't want to spend an hour bleeding the lines.

    Could refill with SeaFoam rather than...
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    Great video. Thank you. I'm just a few days...

    Great video. Thank you. I'm just a few days away from pulling my tank. Going to get estimates on cleaning and inspection ports and then decide whether to do it myself. Were you happy with the...
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    Haven't heard of the Scotchrap idea. Just...

    Haven't heard of the Scotchrap idea. Just putting another barrier between the metals? Where'd you get the Scotchrap?

    Also, I need to tap some 1/4" threads into the mast. Can go 1/4-20 or...
  36. Nice. A gold mine.....

    Nice. A gold mine.....
  37. I guess I should add the comment that in the end,...

    I guess I should add the comment that in the end, Discount Marine Supplies fulfilled my original order for the correct Mooring lines, and paid for the return of the incorrect ones.

    All told, it...
  38. Does anyone know the Universal, or better yet the...

    Does anyone know the Universal, or better yet the Kubota part number for a 180 degree thermostat for an M25?
  39. And, you are correct, I have the original 2" heat...

    And, you are correct, I have the original 2" heat exchanger. But it was thoroughly boiled out, with new injection elbow, exhaust riser/mixer and all hoses replaced in 2017.
  40. Good points Alan. I hadn't thought of the...

    Good points Alan. I hadn't thought of the effects of higher temps on the heat exchanger. But this is why I called it an "inconsistency;" Kubota built the engine and then Universal "marinized" it...
  41. A very thought-provoking post. It makes me think...

    A very thought-provoking post. It makes me think I've "babied" my M-25 a bit too much in the last 2+ years I've owned it.

    It brings up what is probably a related inconsistency in how many of us...
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    Love this post. It should be required reading for...

    Love this post. It should be required reading for all us newish sailors every spring. Made me realize that 30 years ago, when I got my first boat, this would have required a drive down to Barnes &...
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    Awesome tips....can't wait to try Christain's...

    Awesome tips....can't wait to try Christain's technique. And then, there's my $10 Amazon solution to try out as well...26707

    Of course, one teqnique is for active helmsmanship, the other for...
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    Thanks for the pictures Mark. Looks like you're...

    Thanks for the pictures Mark. Looks like you're rigged for speed! Those Spinlock organizers are nice. If the outermost two screws are through-bolted, that would be considerably more holding power...
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    Replace those old starter switches....

    Good article from Sailfeed about an electrical fire caused by a start switch stuck "on."

    https://www.sailfeed.com/2017/01/electrical-fire-and-some-lessons-learned-about-starters/
  46. Actually, Leslie makes a good point. There is an...

    Actually, Leslie makes a good point. There is an overall patina that may develop over time due to exposure in a marine environment, but there are also raw water leaks (impeller cover plate gasket,...
  47. 26682 Gonna need a bigger toothbrush....

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    Gonna need a bigger toothbrush....
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    I realize swapping sides with red and green is...

    I realize swapping sides with red and green is blasphemous, but ALL my port lines are currently red/white. If I swap sides, I'll at least know the "wrong" colored lines are the reef lines.

    That,...
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    I considered this too. Rather than running my...

    I considered this too. Rather than running my roller-furled jib halyard through a deck organizer and a line clutch, I plan on just adding a horn cleat to the mast and terminating the jib halyard...
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    Well MJS, you're still ahead of me. My boom is...

    Well MJS, you're still ahead of me. My boom is still hanging from straps in the garage, stripped of all lines and sheaves. I was going to repaint it but its getting so late in the season I may just...
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