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    The voltmeter is a much better guage of...

    The voltmeter is a much better guage of alternator health than the ammeter. It shows battery state at rest 12.7 at rest and lesser amounts like 12.3 if only partially charged. The voltage instantly...
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    I believe that I used a Yanmar type replacement...

    I believe that I used a Yanmar type replacement that I sourced out of the Midwest reasonably. Unfortanuatly, I can't assess my records at the moment. Perhaps someone else that has replaced their...
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    Do you have a screen on the outside of the...

    Do you have a screen on the outside of the thru-hull? If so remove it. If not replace the mixing elbow. Mine was plugged causing overheating. All of us should replace these old mixing elbows. At...
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    When I rewired and put the relay in, I changed...

    When I rewired and put the relay in, I changed the ammeter to a voltmeter. The ammeter at ankle level was rarely looked at. The voltmeter told me the alternator was working at a glance. A glance...
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    Actually, I had forgotten about the misery the...

    Actually, I had forgotten about the misery the glow plug switch had caused me (Forget the problems. Let the good times roll.). I had four switch failures. Three caused the system not to work and...
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    Sticky: Awesome!! The Rendezvous was perfect after all!

    Awesome!! The Rendezvous was perfect after all!
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    Oh! also take a careful look at your ground...

    Oh! also take a careful look at your ground wires. Corrosion at the terminals is a real problem. If theyare corroded, you don't get full voltage.
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    A full battery charge is 12.7 volts. While...

    A full battery charge is 12.7 volts. While charging, it should be 13.5 to 14.1 volts. If the reading is 12.0 volts, the batteries are severely discharged. When there is about 11.5 volts to 12...
  9. I had this problem drive me nuts for awhile. By...

    I had this problem drive me nuts for awhile. By bypassing the fuel filter, using a bucket of fuel, I figgured out the fuel filter was the culpert. An inspection of the filter revealed a crack in...
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    Sticky: Hi Tom & Karen. Next year. The trajectory...

    Hi Tom & Karen.

    Next year. The trajectory is upward now.
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    I would count my blessings if I could find a way...

    I would count my blessings if I could find a way to stop this (We even have these thunder bumpers up here in the North West but nothing compared to you guys down in the deep south. I spent four...
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    Sticky: It has been awhile since I tried "swabby". I...

    It has been awhile since I tried "swabby". I think the arms might work well enough for that. We have a big event at the club today with free food, a parade and all that. We will attend. You don't...
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    Sticky: It is with regret that I have to cancel my...

    It is with regret that I have to cancel my reservation for the Rendezvous. My Boat, "Dock Queen" uh, I mean "Terra Nova" has not left her slip in 21 months. She's fine except for a new AIS B system...
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    Hmm. Water tanks are a different composition...

    Hmm. Water tanks are a different composition than holding tanks. Also that tank would not fit properly in the cockpit locker. I wouldn't want the "pooper" tank under my cabin. Also, the space...
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    That looks like an underberth fuel tank. It is...

    That looks like an underberth fuel tank. It is probably origional from the 80's. The waste tank is normally found in the cockpit locker. Ronco should have the design for the 38-200 on file.
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    Ronco will make a tank of any size and outlet...

    Ronco will make a tank of any size and outlet size and position for you. It is critical this tank not leak ever. :mad: I would go with a new one and heavy hoses. The hoses are the source of odor...
  17. Thanks. It does take a little bit of study but...

    Thanks. It does take a little bit of study but simple DC wiring is not too difficult to understand. I began my study when I had a motor scooter in school and it broke. I could buy gas or have it...
  18. After multiple electrical failures in my first...

    After multiple electrical failures in my first year of ownership, I threw away the electrical "system" on Terra Nova and designed my own. I haven't had a failure since. The obvious thing was that...
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    Welcome aboard! I like the 37's. One of the...

    Welcome aboard! I like the 37's. One of the best looking of the Ericsons. For companionship and advice, you can't beat this site.

    I sailed the SF area and the coast mainly in a San Juan so I...
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    There is a potential problem with remote filters....

    There is a potential problem with remote filters. They take longer to pressureize. Some engines tolorate this well and others don't. I don't know about Universals. I have used Fram's in my...
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    Just think. These same people are clogging your...

    Just think. These same people are clogging your hiways. No wonder it's so bloody out there!
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    Sticky: All you recent signups be sure to call Cape Sante...

    All you recent signups be sure to call Cape Sante Marina 360 293 0674 to reserve a slip for the event. Tell them you are part of the Ericson group.
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    I like it. Perhaps on each side of the back of...

    I like it. Perhaps on each side of the back of the cabin for beginners. For some, adding arrows would be quite helpful.
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    About 2 or three years ago, a Seattle ferry with...

    About 2 or three years ago, a Seattle ferry with an apprentice helms lady was approaching a boat under sail. The skipper ordered a turn to port. The helms lady executed a turn to starboard,...
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    That open cabin layout is great in the marina (RV...

    That open cabin layout is great in the marina (RV Park). It is a horror at sea. No place to careen into until you have a great deal of momentem going. I also notice that the manafacturers are not...
  26. Thread: Weather

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    Weather

    Man! It is an interesting weather year. Yesterday the wind was zero at 7 am and zero to 1.9 knots at 1:30 pm. The temp was 81 degrees. A Pod of Orcas obligingly came into the harbor and took a...
  27. Having to cut tools in half to fit and redoing...

    Having to cut tools in half to fit and redoing the job at least twice a year is why I put a PSS shaft seal in. My knuckles are now purdy!! The access in the 34 is god awful bad. The bilge is now...
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    Hey! It's an eighty's boat. It's susposed to...

    Hey! It's an eighty's boat. It's susposed to have those speakers. Looks funny without them.-
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    My '87 34-2 has lead blocks fiber glassed in...

    My '87 34-2 has lead blocks fiber glassed in under the port aft berth. It appears Ericson was balancing it so it stands straight up at the berth.

    The installation of the tank in the 27 may have...
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    It's called Woody Wax nonslip deck wax. Bob

    It's called Woody Wax nonslip deck wax.

    Bob
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    I use a non-slip deck wax that came from West...

    I use a non-slip deck wax that came from West Products.
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    Sailing out of Port Angeles, The two normal...

    Sailing out of Port Angeles, The two normal routes for me are Haro Straights (the long way) and Cattle Pass (the short way). If heading out to the Gulf Islands, Haro Straights is the way of choice. ...
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    Another possibility is bearing failure on the...

    Another possibility is bearing failure on the upper swivel. On my boat, the sail would furl one way but not the other. Cleaning and lubing it (generally not recommended) would work for a while then...
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    Be careful using PB Blaster around seals. It...

    Be careful using PB Blaster around seals. It tends to dissolve them. Otherwise, it is the greatest.
  35. They are, of course jokeing. I don't think these...

    They are, of course jokeing. I don't think these things are capable of 6.5kn in any conditions and going to windward is best accomplished with the iron wind.
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    E-34-2 hard on the wind, 15 knots wind strength,...

    E-34-2 hard on the wind, 15 knots wind strength, 130 and full main.



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    While there is trailer maintenance, boat...

    While there is trailer maintenance, boat maintenance drops almost to zero. Getting the boat away from that corrosive marine environment makes almost last forever. I added a freshwater flush to the...
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    The very best thing that can be done is link them...

    The very best thing that can be done is link them up with an experienced trailersailor. There must be several in the general area of Evert/North Seattle that have E-23's or E-25's and tow. It's...
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    The secret is a trailer tongue extension. It ...

    The secret is a trailer tongue extension. It throws the boat further back in the water without launching the tow vehicle. I regularly launched a SJ26 for over 30 years. With experienced crew: 30...
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    Your thermostat is stuck and needs replacing. Mine was stuck also and replacement solved the temp problem. I went with a 180 degree thermostat. The engine runs better. I pull the ends on the heat...
  41. Diesels like to run at about an 80% load at a...

    Diesels like to run at about an 80% load at a constant RPM. Gasoline engines like to run at about a 23% load with varying RPM. This makes diesels ideal for boats and gasoline engines ideal for...
  42. Oops! $130 per cylinder. $260 per year. I need...

    Oops! $130 per cylinder. $260 per year. I need to proof read! :confused:
  43. I never much liked the way my '80s CNG stove and...

    I never much liked the way my '80s CNG stove and oven cooked on Terra Nova so cooking was not much fun and it was very expensive. At two cylinders used per season at $130 each, it wasn't cheap...
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    Or consider tacking over and then falling off to...

    Or consider tacking over and then falling off to the new course. Loads safer in higher winds. On the RH you have to reset the running backstays also. They are what keep the mast from pumping when...
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    Thanks Christian. It's hard to find stronger...

    Thanks Christian. It's hard to find stronger built boats.
  46. Switch to non-ethanol gas. You will be reawarded...

    Switch to non-ethanol gas. You will be reawarded many times over. It's more expensive but saves large numbers of repairs. :egrin:
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    Technically, the E-34 does not have chain plates....

    Technically, the E-34 does not have chain plates. It has Navitech rods that transfer the mast loads from the deck to the Tri Axial grid. There is no transfer of the load to a bulkhead. In fact,...
  48. Do you do anything to keep the cabin humidity...

    Do you do anything to keep the cabin humidity level down in the winter?
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    I forgot to mention that you can buy ethanel free...

    I forgot to mention that you can buy ethanel free fuel in most towns to use in your boats, lawn equipment, and older cars. In our little berg, it is sold at the marina and at Masco Petroleum. Just...
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    The Atomic 4 is one of the simplest engines to...

    The Atomic 4 is one of the simplest engines to repair anywhere. "Mechanics?" who claim otherwise either don't have any desire to work on a boat (cramped spaces) or don't have a clue what they are...
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