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    Yes, those are special times when the little...

    Yes, those are special times when the little people share our time on the boat!
    Enjoy! 😊
    Frank
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    I made my main sheet lockable, as Christian...

    I made my main sheet lockable, as Christian suggests above, by putting a black zip tie through it to keep the block from swivelling. It's an easy, inexpensive fix.
    Frank
  3. Thanks, Loren. I do have one of those laser temp...

    Thanks, Loren. I do have one of those laser temp gauges, and the trailer plugs were both same temp as surrounding wires and air temp. It's so hard to know if they are ok, given that they are mainly...
  4. Thanks, Ken. I really appreciate your attention...

    Thanks, Ken. I really appreciate your attention to detail on this.
    Frank
  5. Thanks, Ken. Frank

    Thanks, Ken.
    Frank
  6. Thanks, Ken. I wasn't aware that dielectric...

    Thanks, Ken. I wasn't aware that dielectric grease is non conductive. I'll clean them off really well as you suggest. I'll have to think too about what to do on those trailer plugs - - you're right...
  7. Yes, Tom, that's the plan. Lots of good ideas...

    Yes, Tom, that's the plan. Lots of good ideas given. I'll re-read all of them, think it through again, create a logical plan and tackle it bit by bit starting with easiest, most accessible and moving...
  8. Tom, I can check the battery switch, it's not...

    Tom,
    I can check the battery switch, it's not hard to do, but I think the problem is more likely in the solenoid or trailer plug. The problem occurs most frequently when the batteries are slightly...
  9. Hi Bob, No, it happens very intermittently when...

    Hi Bob,
    No, it happens very intermittently when I'm starting the engine with the house battery. When I switch to both /all, it always starts right away. I did replace the battery switch a few years...
  10. Hi Bob, Thanks for continuing to think about...

    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for continuing to think about this issue!
    When it first began to happen I suspected the aging house batteries, cause the engine always started right after that when I switched the...
  11. Regarding that warning Buzzer. Many boats,...

    Regarding that warning Buzzer. Many boats, including mine have a high temp warning and an oil pressure warning, as either problem can ruin an engine quickly. They also have the Buzzer sound when...
  12. Yes, the expertise and helpfulness of the sailors...

    Yes, the expertise and helpfulness of the sailors on this site are quite amazing and have saved many of us lots of grief, dollars and mistakes. Like you, I had only sailed smaller boats with...
  13. Soupy Sails, It's possible that the trailer...

    Soupy Sails,
    It's possible that the trailer plugs have already been replaced and rewired on your boat by a previous owner. If not, you will find them in the clump of wires going from the engine...
  14. Thanks, Bob. I did recall Loren's post about his...

    Thanks, Bob. I did recall Loren's post about his temp check on the trailor plugs so I checked mine with my temp sensor. There was no extra heat at the plugs and they look fine when I pull them apart....
  15. Thanks for your lengthy and helpful post, Bob. My...

    Thanks for your lengthy and helpful post, Bob. My engine compartment looks pretty good, but not nearly as good as yours! Well done!!
    I was hoping to avoid pulling the solenoid and starter motor, but...
  16. Thanks, Keith. I did clean that spade on the...

    Thanks, Keith. I did clean that spade on the solenoid, and squeezed the open part with needle nose pliers and reattached. However, it goes on in such a cramped space behind the alternator that I...
  17. Thanks, Christian. I have thoroughly cleaned all...

    Thanks, Christian. I have thoroughly cleaned all the connections, so I don't think it's a ground connection.
    But keep the suggestions coming! 😊
    Frank
  18. Thanks for the additional suggestions. The glow...

    Thanks for the additional suggestions. The glow plug and start buttons are wired separately on my boat and the glow plugs work consistently, so I don't think I have an issue there.
    I could run a...
  19. Thanks, Al. I thought the same thing, so I...

    Thanks, Al. I thought the same thing, so I replaced the button and that didn't solve it. I have recently also tested the button for resistance using my multimeter, thinking maybe I had bought a...
  20. Hi Christian, This intermittent start problem...

    Hi Christian,

    This intermittent start problem happens without warning, and the engine can be either warm (from having run earlier that day) or cold (even with 20 secs. glow plug). Normally the...
  21. Thanks, guys. That's very helpful information....

    Thanks, guys. That's very helpful information. I'm hoping that replacing the trailer plugs resolves the intermittent starting problem. I'm hoping to avoid having to remove the starter motor and...
  22. Thanks, Christian. Yes, I could just butt splice,...

    Thanks, Christian. Yes, I could just butt splice, which would be easier than connecting to a bus bar. However, I would lose the ability to check voltage or resistance in the circuit as readily as...
  23. Questions about replacing those trailer plugs

    Hi,
    I have owned our E30+ for 13 years, and noted early on that the starting circuit has been rewired to shorten the long wire runs and increase wire thickness as has often been discussed on this...
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    Thanks! That makes good sense. Frank

    Thanks! That makes good sense.
    Frank
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    Hi guys, Despite my ongoing efforts to learn...

    Hi guys,
    Despite my ongoing efforts to learn everything I can to upgrade and maintain our E30+, I haven't heard about this upgrade. The only solenoid on our boat is on the starter motor. Can one...
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    Thanks, Kevin! Sounds like a really scary...

    Thanks, Kevin! Sounds like a really scary experience! I guess innovation is key in these crises to see what will work. But from your experience I know that rags alone won't work and some way of...
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    Hi Kevin, How did you seal off the shaft log to...

    Hi Kevin,
    How did you seal off the shaft log to stop the water coming in? Just wondering on car I ever have to do that!
    Thanks,
    Frank
  28. Hi Mark, While I understand replacing bulbs with...

    Hi Mark,
    While I understand replacing bulbs with LED in high use areas, like salon, anchor light, the steaming light is mainly used while motoring at night, so the alternator would easily replace...
  29. As an E30+ owner, the things I would check are as...

    As an E30+ owner, the things I would check are as follows:

    1) As Loren mentioned, the rudder stuffing box is often ignored. It is accessible through the port cockpit locker and there are several...
  30. Bob, I know the pros would do this with gelcoat,...

    Bob,
    I know the pros would do this with gelcoat, using acrylic colours to match. But I've seen the results from a few pros, and thought I could do better, with patience.
    I've found it easiest to...
  31. Colour matching suggestion for E boats

    Hi,
    I've struggled over the years to master colour matching for those small repairs in the off white of 80s E boats, and have finally come close enough that I can no longer find some spots I've...
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    Sticky: Thanks so much for getting this resolved! It was...

    Thanks so much for getting this resolved! It was troubling to see it, and we don't want to lose this site!
    I sure appreciate the work you do!
    Frank
  33. Yup, we agree👍 😏 Frank

    Yup, we agree👍 😏
    Frank
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    Glad to hear you're well enough to be out on the...

    Glad to hear you're well enough to be out on the water again!! Enjoy!!
    Frank
  35. It's not that the bolts can't take it, it's that...

    It's not that the bolts can't take it, it's that you will find it challenging to snug up the nuts on the bolts if you also have to lift the 4,000 lb. keel. It's much easier if the keel is supported...
  36. I've always heard that one can only reasonably...

    I've always heard that one can only reasonably tighten keel bolts when the boat is on the hard, not in the water due to the weight of the keel. I think I recall the nuts being tightened to 150 lbs....
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    We put our fenders under the salon table on the...

    We put our fenders under the salon table on the floor when underway, wedging them a bit so they don't slide around. When at anchor or dock they come on deck or are hung over the side, being careful...
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    Bruce, While Christian's link is likely the...

    Bruce,
    While Christian's link is likely the permanent fix, I was able to stop a similar leak at the handle by slightly snugging up the phillips screw at the handle from inside the cabin. I think...
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    Hi Steve, Is this the only area where the...

    Hi Steve,
    Is this the only area where the gelcoat has worn away, or are your pics just one of many areas that have worn?
    If it's only that area and the other gelcoat is still good, it would be a...
  40. Christian, On our E30+, I have to open the...

    Christian,

    On our E30+, I have to open the galley and head taps, hot and cold for a short while to release air bubbles until the sputtering stops and water runs free. After doing that,...
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    Bruce, I wondered about this, but decided to...

    Bruce,
    I wondered about this, but decided to drain the racor filter and take my chances. After doing so, I started the engine, but it only did a slight hiccup and then ran perfectly without any...
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    Bruce, if you have easy access to the bottom...

    Bruce, if you have easy access to the bottom corner, I would suggest pulling some fuel from the lowest section of the tank to see if you get sediment or water. I would be a bit cautious not to...
  43. Hi Bruce, That is a common issue for sailboats...

    Hi Bruce,

    That is a common issue for sailboats that don't use their engine much. I have the Universal 16 hp diesel engine, and my manual says change oil every 100 engine hours or annually. But...
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    Hi, For the same reasons I have tried to put a...

    Hi,

    For the same reasons I have tried to put a long plastic hose down the diesel deck fill to get to the bottom of the fuel tank to see what I can pull up from there. Whether there are baffles in...
  45. Hi Bruce, I also used a gasket sealant...

    Hi Bruce,

    I also used a gasket sealant product when I replaced my fresh water pump, but have always only used a gasket on the thermostat, and never a leak there. I think as long as the previous...
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    Pats, I can't imagine bacteria from the sink...

    Pats,

    I can't imagine bacteria from the sink being sufficient in numbers and size to actually create a blockage in the vent hose, though I don't know for sure. I have not had a problem with the...
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    Hi Pats, Sorry to hear of your water and vent...

    Hi Pats,

    Sorry to hear of your water and vent troubles. Owners of E38s will reply with more helpful information, but in the meantime you may find this helpful. I have a bow and a starboard water...
  48. Farlander, Before you cut the headliner, would...

    Farlander,
    Before you cut the headliner, would it be possible to put drops of oil on the fish tape as close to where it's stuck as you can reach, raising the tape so the oil goes to where its stuck....
  49. Thanks for that clarification, Alan. I'm aware...

    Thanks for that clarification, Alan. I'm aware that different engines have different rpm ranges, so that makes sense to me. I guess the question is still whether one should run diesels really hard...
  50. Art, The caulking on our hood also began to...

    Art,

    The caulking on our hood also began to fail on our E30+, but one of the screws holding the hood in place would not budge. So rather than breaking/cracking the hood or causing similar damage,...
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