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    Optional

    My manual states that the water heater was an optional piece of equipment. It's not needed to operate the engine.
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    Disconnect

    Disconnect it entirely and there will be no concern with hot coolant circulating through the heater.
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    Fastener scars

    Any other fastener scars that might give a clue as to where it was mounted. May have been a piece that the PO picked up from somewhere else with the intent of using it and never did.
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    Radio

    The stainless bracket looks like one used to hold a VHF radio given the multiple holes arranged in an arc. Maybe?
  5. Thread: Weather

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    Lake Champlain weather

    Chilly and damp for our launch today. Pretty much sums up this spring for us. Lake level still high. More showers and chilly temps for the next couple of days. Slow getting the boat ready this...
  6. Fix not complicated. However

    Getting at the components which need repair may be. First try removing the fasteners holding the end fittings on the boom. If they don't move, spring for the vang.
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    No wheel no problem and get experienced help or survey if you get to that point

    Since this boat doesn't have a wheel that's not an issue. Get an experienced friend to look it over or find a surveyor to help you assess the boat. Starting a diesel on the hard is not difficult. ...
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    Definitely more photos would help

    If you're seriously interested in it and are soliciting more advice. From one of the pictures in the CL ad the rudder seems to have a problem. This is typical of a boat of this age. Especially, if...
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    Nothing wrong

    Just folks with strong opinions and definite preferences. This could be a great boat for you. If it is in good condition and ready to go what a better way to start your sailing experience. I've no...
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    Stand pipe

    I agree with Toddster about you needing a stand pipe muffler. Stand pipes however are not without their failure points. If the center exhaust pipe rots off at the very top then water can get back...
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    Bushing

    Yes, there should be a bushing between the top of the ruder and the hull. One inch seems like an awful lot of play. You may also need one under the tiller head. You'll probably have to take...
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    Extensions

    Did a similar repair on my former 73' 27. Made up a series of sanding pads out of 1/4" plywood. Used spray adhesive to attach the paper. I screwed long, flat wooden handles to the pads and...
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    Raw water

    Correct, raw water side no fear of loosing coolant.
  14. Thread: Engine stall

    by Afrakes
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    Trial and error

    Warm up your engine to operating temp at the slip. Throttle back and note the idle RPMs, as suggested 800 is a good start. I wouldn't change what you presently read unless it is significantly below...
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    Sold

    This item has been sold.
  16. Thread: Mast and Booms

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    Good One

    Thanks for the laugh.
  17. Thread: Mast and Booms

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    Last Call

    These are headed to the recycling center soon.
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    Sold

    These have been sold.
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    Old Post

    This is an extension of an old post. I believe he's stating that his wheel is loose on the shaft, not that he can't get it off.
  20. Thread: Engine stall

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    Idle RPMs

    Check your idle RPMs when the engine is cold and again when it's hot. If you find that the hot idle RPMs are less then try setting the idle speed a bit higher. It's stalling under idle power so...
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    Key

    The key would have to be stainless steel. It would have to be machined to fit the worn slots in the shaft and wheel. Get yourself some stainless shim stock and experiment. If your wheel nut is...
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    Right to left

    I'm assuming that you mean that the engine is angled to the right or left of the centerline of the boat. Again I assume that the shaft log and strut are also angled. Sometimes that was done so that...
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    Cover

    Jeff: PM me with your address. PayPal works for me. I'll get you a total and then we'll go from there. Thanks. Al
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    Doubtful

    ​Don't think it will fit. 11'5" maybe but full 12'+ no. You could always add a tail to it.
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    Fix

    In calm wind conditions unwrap the sail and halyard. Then raise the sail higher on the foil to eliminate as much exposed halyard as possible and install a pendant to connect the bottom of the sail...
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    Of course

    Thomas, butyl tape from your favorite vendor.
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    That being said

    That being said, if you have inspection/cleanout ports that leak those could be the source of the water. When I first filled the starboard tank on my 28/2 nothing came out of the tank vent in the...
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    Ericson Sail Cover

    26888Ericson main sail cover suitable for an 11' to 12' boom. Condition good with one very small hole. $75.00 + shipping. OBO.
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    Cut the hole

    Cut yourself a good size hole in the port compartment wall adjacent to the fuel pump. Makes things a lot easier.
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    Backstay adjuster

    Toddster, what mechanism did you use to adjust the backstay? Do you have a bridle?
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    Mastand Boom Rehab

    If there are no major corrosion issues with either of them then take them down and renew them. If you have fifteen to twenty thousand dollars laying around and no inclination to work on them then...
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    That has been done.

    That has been done.
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    Manuals to archive

    Moderators: How do I go about getting my 87' 28/2 boat and engine manuals archived for other forum members use? Thanks.
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    Folding mast steps

    11, Defender Marine, Item Number 602063 folding mast steps. I'm changing masts and no longer need these. They were used for three years on a mast that came down and was stored under cover each off...
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    Bearing

    Dug out a receipt from 2007. If your shaft is 3/4" the West Marine reference number from then was 379917. Dimensions 1 1/4" OD x 3" length for a 3/4" shaft.
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    Local

    Have you spoken with Bill of Vermont Sailing Partners or Ed of the Doyle outlet?
  37. Thread: Furler

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    Picture

    Forgot to attach the picture.26710
  38. Thread: Furler

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    Furler

    North Sails (private labelled early Harken) furler, included are drum with pre-feeder, upper swivel and 35' 8" of double groove foil. Suitable for a 37' 9" x 1/4" headstay. I disassembled the drum...
  39. Thread: Gybe question

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    Kinder and gentler

    I think I'll stick with the kinder and gentler technique. As you are bringing the main to the centerline you also turn the boat to get it into position for the new tack. Turning as you ease out the...
  40. Thread: Gybe question

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    Follow

    Mark's more complete advice. Doing otherwise is definitely going to break something important and may bring down the entire rig.
  41. Thread: Gybe question

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    Gybe Control

    Are you sheeting in your boom to centerline as you're gybing and then easing it?
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    + 1 on Christian's comment

    I have a stern rail from a 81' E-28+ I've had for eight years. It also is too large to continue to store and will soon be recycled. I was lucky to be able to sell the 81' bow pulpit to another...
  43. Sailboatdata.com

    Check Sailboatdata.com. Also check the archives for a manual that will tell you the length. My 28/2 manual gives the lengths of the halyards and sheets.
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    Fram

    The filter you want is a Fram PH 3593A. It has a slightly smaller diameter than other compatible filters so your belt won't rub on it.
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    Not uncommon

    Kapnkd: There were a number of Ericson models with the chain plates glassed to the hull. My 73' 27 for one.
  46. Thread: Bow Water Tank

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    Sold

    This tank has found a home in another Ericson.
  47. Thread: Bow Water Tank

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    Bow Water Tank

    I have a Ronco B-125 bow water tank available that will work in Ericson's 28+, 28/2, 29, 30 and 30+ for sale. I'd like $50.00 plus shipping.
  48. Thread: Boom Kicker

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    Boom Kicker

    Anyone out there use a Boom Kicker? If so what has your experience been? I have one and am on the fence about installing it.
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    Charlotte

    That boat is located in Charlotte, VT on Lake Champlain not far from where I am. Been for sale for quite a while.
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    Rebuild Cost

    Rebuild costs can vary considerably depending on the actual condition of the engine. A quality rebuilt engine could cost as much as 4 to 5 thousand dollars, if you can find one. I rebuilt my own...
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