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    That's a pretty big deal. Many find, when...

    That's a pretty big deal. Many find, when replacing motor mounts, that significant modifications are required to the wood & glass stringers the existing mounts are lagged into. The lag holes...
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    The crack forward of the anchor locker looks...

    The crack forward of the anchor locker looks serious.

    The crack abeam the locker (under the cleat) looks like standard fare, and in the same location, as is seen periodically on some E-boats. ...
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    Hell, if I still had youth and immortality on my...

    Hell, if I still had youth and immortality on my side I'd just tie the line to the shift lever--one tug and the boat backs up to retrieve me.

    What could possibly go wrong?
  4. Frank, Regarding my previous post #44: ...

    Frank,

    Regarding my previous post #44:



    In considering your starter circuit, disregard the trailer plug's black/ground wire, as the starter grounds through its metal-to-metal contact with...
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    If you like the tiller you have, I might try...

    If you like the tiller you have, I might try routing a 1/4 "deep groove on either side of the tiller, and laying in an aluminum bar on each side to fill the routed voids. You could screw the bars...
  6. I wound up replacing the engine-panel-side...

    I wound up replacing the engine-panel-side trailer plug when I did a complete rewire of the panel.

    In the engine compartment, I only cut the large-gauge wires (14-10 ga) out of the trailer...
  7. Here's an outside thought: Maybe it's not the...

    Here's an outside thought: Maybe it's not the trailer plugs themselves, but the Dielectric grease.

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    If the grease is raising the resistance, that explains why it would be worse when...
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    It's pretty hard to stop a leak on the pressure...

    It's pretty hard to stop a leak on the pressure side, compared to the inlet side, where whatever packing material you use will be sucked further into the void to help seal it.

    Being able to think...
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    I haven't done this upgrade yet, but I have the...

    I haven't done this upgrade yet, but I have the solenoid sitting on the boat, ready to go. If the solenoid is clicking when you press the glow plug switch, it sounds like you have a good ground on...
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    Sticky: BILGE PUMP. I swear I typed bilge pump, and not...

    BILGE PUMP. I swear I typed bilge pump, and not Big Booty...

    Good job with the cleanup guys, thanks.
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    Me too. I rely on seacocks (being closed), and...

    Me too. I rely on seacocks (being closed), and not bilge pumps, to keep my boat floating.

    I presently don't have an automatic bilge pump system at all. What good would it do--the boat is in an...
  12. My boat has a fuel shutoff valve near the...

    My boat has a fuel shutoff valve near the electric fuel pump. Don't ask me how I know, but the engine will run at low speeds for 15-20 min with the fuel valve closed.....
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    I like using terminal blocks for adding...

    I like using terminal blocks for adding connections. Cut your wire in two, and hook up both sides back up to the terminal block. Then add a jumper bar(s) and you can have the line feed multiple...
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    Now I know why the kids refuse to go sailing with...

    Now I know why the kids refuse to go sailing with me.
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    Mine has a bit of a gap between the light and the...

    Mine has a bit of a gap between the light and the mast as well. The aesthetics of it never bothered me, but I did mention the problem of water getting behind the fixture and into the wires. I'll...
  16. Thread: Tool Reviews

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    Yeah, I've seen 'em on ebay, too. It's called a...

    Yeah, I've seen 'em on ebay, too. It's called a "Clawson" hand drill built by Jo Mfg, I think back in the 40s. Apparently, Clawson was the inventor/patent-holder's name.
  17. My lift pump has a "disconnectable" spade...

    My lift pump has a "disconnectable" spade connector in the positive wire feeding the pump. I'd start at the pump and trace both the positive and negative leads back to their sources. An "unplugged"...
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    When you get to it, here's an installation tip...

    When you get to it, here's an installation tip for you: My light was replaced by a contractor (it is not LED). When it rains, the water somehow runs down the individual wires and gets into the...
  19. Thread: running hot

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    Here's my blog of my RW cooling system rebuild. ...

    Here's my blog of my RW cooling system rebuild. Surveyor commented after the seat-trial on an excess amount of steam coming from the exhaust even though the temp gauge stayed below 190 degrees. ...
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    Here's what came with my 85 Ericson. I haven't...

    Here's what came with my 85 Ericson. I haven't had problems with it, but it does seem to keep the batteries chronically undercharged--I rarely see it put out more than 13V. It's on my list of...
  21. Last month, I encountered the same problem that...

    Last month, I encountered the same problem that the original poster had.

    It all started after I pulled my aluminum fuel tank and rigged a temporary tank in its place, so I knew right away it was...
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    Why the need for a custom adapter? My Marina has...

    Why the need for a custom adapter? My Marina has a cone shaped universal fitting--fits in any tube +/- 1" or so from our deck fitting. It seals tight. You can feel the suction-break when you lift it...
  23. A note I made in an old file says "keel bolts...

    A note I made in an old file says "keel bolts 250-270 ft-lbs." I know I got that from an earlier post on this site. I'm assuming that is for the larger (mid) keel bolts and not the smaller fore-...
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    I have several such bungee-loop-and-hook hangers...

    I have several such bungee-loop-and-hook hangers in my lazarette. I hang dock lines, a throw-line, and a spare bailout pump from them. But I always cringe at the idea of the dock lines swinging...
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    I was having problems motoring up to six knots,...

    I was having problems motoring up to six knots, too, before my haul out. I did a quick dive on the boat, and was shocked at the barnacle growth on the prop. Also, big chunks of growth on the keel...
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    Not unless you cut a hole in the back or front of the trailer....
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    Sailing Short-handed

    No first-mate, no main or boom, no winches, deck organizers, or clutches. Just two sheets and a jib halyard tied off to the one remaining horn cleat on the cabin--and a nice sail back from haulout...
  28. It depends on the height of the tractor-trailer...

    It depends on the height of the tractor-trailer rig, too. My delivery guy had to take off the bow pulpit and front dorade guard to meet height restrictions.
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    Maybe check the shutoff pressure switch on the...

    Maybe check the shutoff pressure switch on the pump? See how high a column of water it will pump up a clear hose (or hold your thumb over the hose) to see if it will build up more than just 1 or 2...
  30. One man's junk is another man's...... ...

    One man's junk is another man's......
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    There is not a straightforward answer for many of...

    There is not a straightforward answer for many of these problems.....you just have to play around with the systems a bit and observe what happens.

    As to the fuel leak, many things could have...
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    I also read this caution in the owner's manual,...

    I also read this caution in the owner's manual, and it was a recurring discussion on the forum. I've had my tank diconnected from my engine FW cooling for two years now.

    As to the warning in the...
  33. Yeah, but I forgot the PV=nRT part....

    Yeah, but I forgot the PV=nRT part....
  34. Yeah, I thought about that too. But the density...

    Yeah, I thought about that too. But the density Craig quoted for propane is for the liquid. At atmospheric pressure (I.e. an unsealed propane locker) only gaseous propane will be leaking out. ...
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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...
  39. 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...
  41. 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...
  46. 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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