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  1. Thread: Tool Reviews

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    Back in my single-tool-box-days, (college,...

    Back in my single-tool-box-days, (college, basically) I had a yankee drill that was pretty handy for most uses. It eventually succumbed to corrosion though - possibly not a good sign for boat use....
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    This cordless grinder is a shark, and it looks...

    This cordless grinder is a shark, and it looks like one too. If you do fiberglass, you need this. I posted above about the ridiculously big expensive "Rigid" battery that the vacuum came with. ...
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    Nice. What about the noise? Is it quiet enough...

    Nice. What about the noise? Is it quiet enough to sleep with the AC running?

    Iíve got one mostly installed*, but havenít had a chance to use it yet. The sea-water pump I have seems loud, during...
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    On the other hand, we hear of the occasional Good...

    On the other hand, we hear of the occasional Good Old Cruising Boat, plodding along, that suddenly sustains rudder damage from unknown causes and sinks in minutes. Rare, maybe, but not unheard of. ...
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    From the Alfred E Neuman school of sailing: ...

    From the Alfred E Neuman school of sailing:

    Admittedly, that is a a bit more boat than mine, but single-handing is certainly possible with a bit of planning. And I don't even have self-tailing...
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    As mentioned elsewhere, I've been thinking and...

    As mentioned elsewhere, I've been thinking and worrying (mildly) about rudder-tube failure for some time, and would like to build-out a "crash bulkhead" just forward of the rudder post. At least to...
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    ...So the lazy jacks are ultimately hanging from...

    ...So the lazy jacks are ultimately hanging from the spreaders? Seems like there could be potentially large loads applied there, through accident or tomfoolery. (e.g. Just saw a picture of someone...
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    My hatch/portlight is leaking. What should I do?...

    My hatch/portlight is leaking. What should I do?
    If a Lewmar hatch or portlight does start to leak it is important to establish the leak path. Where the water finally appears in side the boat is not...
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    Well, the first step (?) is figuring out whether...

    Well, the first step (?) is figuring out whether thatís corrosion or not. I saw something like that and shrieked in horror. But the dark spots turned out to be splashes of resin from the original...
  10. Definitely get the disco ball! About seven...

    Definitely get the disco ball!

    About seven years ago, I spent what seemed like a lot of money on LED strip lighting. Even set up some in red at strategic locations and put in a separate dimmer...
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    Congratulations! Getting the darned things off is...

    Congratulations! Getting the darned things off is the hard part.

    On some boats, identical rails are mated to each other inside the cabin and on top of the cabin. This is very handy and highly...
  12. edit: found a photo of it - looks like this...

    edit: found a photo of it - looks like this doesn't involve the window at all http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/06/the-story-of-the-apollo-sextant

    If I ever knew the details, I've forgotten, but...
  13. 1. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, as described, but...

    1. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, as described, but check to make sure that your alternator is still working. You do need to supply voltage to the exciter terminal or you won't get any amps out. On a...
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    Spotted E29 for sale

    Looks like the Sea Scouts are selling an E29 in Portland at a decent price...
    https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/boa/d/portland-ericson-29-bsa/6920695470.html
  15. I seem to recall that Apollo capsules had sextant...

    I seem to recall that Apollo capsules had sextant reticules built-in to the windows, or some such arrangement. And Apollo 13 (at least) used them as the primary means to navigate home.
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    For something completely different: pp 56-57 of...

    For something completely different: pp 56-57 of the West Systems manual has a procedure for "fixing" loose rudder bearings by squirting graphite-thickened epoxy into the gap. Catalina Direct sells a...
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    My 29 has a short bronze bushing at the bottom. ...

    My 29 has a short bronze bushing at the bottom. It's not obvious until all the grease is cleaned out. Having just drilled through it a week ago, I can say it's much thinner than I expected, but...
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    If our box is truly sealed, except for the vent,...

    If our box is truly sealed, except for the vent, any gas expelled will eventually build up enough pressure to bubble out through a P trap.

    In my experience, minor leaks from fittings are about...
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    I would think that the only issue would be...

    I would think that the only issue would be whether the HX could withstand the heat in the circuit without the sink of the house water. And that only lasts until the reservoir heats up anyway. But a...
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    Ha. You typed faster than I :rolleyes:

    Ha. You typed faster than I :rolleyes:
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    Well yeah... but I think that D figure is for...

    Well yeah... but I think that D figure is for liquid propane. Weíre talking about vapor here, so weíre back to good olí PV=nRT. Itís not going to be heavy enough to push water out of a P-trap.
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    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the...

    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the workbench, I measured the angle between the rudder shaft and the top of my rudder, which fits correctly on my 71 E29.

    What to a casual glance appears to...
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    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's...

    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's brains just implode.

    Associated phenomenon: I've noticed that when approaching a group of people on the bike path, if you shout the traditional "On...
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    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in...

    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in German? 'Cause it sounded like that's what was shouted. But crew (tourists?) put the tiller to port instead.

    You know this is just what is happening...
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    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull...

    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull at one end and jammed into a deck plate at the other, I wonder how precise Ericson was at making that angle the same in every boat? Hard to tell with...
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    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep...

    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep people away...

    BITD when I worked at the Lazy-H Ranch, the Hanford Patrol helicopter ("Airwolf," of course) would often follow me as I rode my...
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    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this. Hmm......

    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this.

    Hmm... no "smilie" for "envy..."
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    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. ...

    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. Maybe enhanced a bit to make it look less dark? Possibly a good idea to look around for water damage. Something going on in the aft cabin?
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    That is the same one shown in my link above. If...

    That is the same one shown in my link above. If you shop around to the right vendor, you can buy it with an extra mounting bracket and relocate the whole thing to the cockpit in a jiffy.
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    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle...

    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle Craigslist for the last year or two. From the ad alone, looks like a pretty nice deal.

    This one? ...
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    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the...

    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the boat. Had to remove the batteries to get my shoulder in there. No fans.
    Pretty unusual to get this much heat this early in the season. The Roses...
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    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After...

    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After fighting the shaft log in 105į heat until I was exhausted, sweating, and bloody, I replaced the prop shaft with a piece of all-thread and used a nut and...
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    getting hosed

    Ah, the mail person just brought my new stuffing box hose! Here's a pic for comparison.
    Left to right. 3/4" packing gland. What Was On There Before. 1 1/4" Buck Algonquin hose. 1 1/2" Buck...
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    Perusal of my bill, OTOH, reveals that I am...

    Perusal of my bill, OTOH, reveals that I am paying a (ludicrous) set fee for power, water, and garbage. Metered use only kicks in if I exceed the quota. Which I don't, even with a heater plugged in...
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    Continuing to not answer the question... I found...

    Continuing to not answer the question... I found that switching to a smaller table did a lot to make the cabin (of my smaller boat) more habitable. At least for the situation where there is usually...
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    Here we go again

    It's Deja Vu all over again! I went through this six years ago but somehow forgot the details. Making detailed notes in the maintenance log now... :rolleyes:

    This old boat with 3/4" prop shaft,...
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    Scratches head... But what if you have two...

    Scratches head... But what if you have two different appliances on opposite sides of the boat? Oh well. My boat probably isn't big enough to have non-proximate areas. I could probably reach the...
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    Dunno... the standpipe system is all hard...

    Dunno... the standpipe system is all hard connections. I was a bit concerned about a vibrating motor attached to a bolted-down muffler, so I added some rubber bumpers (appliance feet from the...
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    I'm trying to imagine getting a stiff exhaust...

    I'm trying to imagine getting a stiff exhaust hose to bend onto that outlet pipe in the few inches you'll have available under the quarter-berth... maybe. :confused:
    And will there still be room...
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    If I get your drift correctly, maybe a bit of old...

    If I get your drift correctly, maybe a bit of old bicycle inner tube? I usually save a few for that sort of thing. Maybe even rubber bands?

    BTW: Looking for creative uses for rubber bands. I...
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    The pressure gauge can't tell you how much...

    The pressure gauge can't tell you how much propane is left because propane in your tank is stored as a liquid - only a small amount of it is in the vapor phase and more evaporates from the liquid as...
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    It's difficult to get a clear photo of the...

    It's difficult to get a clear photo of the original configuration, since the standpipe was concealed within a plywood baffle in the sail locker. Here's a couple of shots taken early in my ownership,...
  43. I'll add: Roll of quarters for marina showers....

    I'll add:

    Roll of quarters for marina showers.

    Heavy wetsuit, mask, and snorkel. If not for recreation then for clearing fouled lines out of the prop and rudder.

    Can you tell I'm only...
  44. A set of wrenches large enough to adjust the...

    A set of wrenches large enough to adjust the stuffing box nut. A wrench large enough to change propane tanks (if so equipped.). BTDT.

    What engine do you have?
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    Ah yes, the one time I bought a new car (in 1990)...

    Ah yes, the one time I bought a new car (in 1990) I also bought a fancy stereo system for it. Separate crossover circuits were a big deal. Though I think that they are mostly built in to the amp...
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    It doesn't sound like the stock exhaust system. ...

    It doesn't sound like the stock exhaust system. All the ones I've seen or heard of had the standpipe exhaust as per the manual posted on this site. (I think it's the last page of the manual, IIRC.)...
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    Possible, but may require great patience: ...

    Possible, but may require great patience:

    Ericson 27 - number built 1250
    Ericson 28 - number built 90?
    Ericson 29 - number built 625?

    Although these numbers from sailboatdata might be...
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    Speaking of which, does anybody have a source for...

    Speaking of which, does anybody have a source for aluminum or manganese pencil anodes? It has become painfully obvious that zinc doesnít work for boats that mostly float in fresh water.

    I...
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    I thought I would be clever and install speakers...

    I thought I would be clever and install speakers in the holes that I had to cut in the liner to access deck hardware. But I couldn't figure any way to get decent speaker placement out of it.
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    That many gadgets probably shouldn't hang off a...

    That many gadgets probably shouldn't hang off a tank connector. In fact, my regulators did come with wall-mounting brackets. The tank-mounted one that came with the boat failed early on.
    I'm still...
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