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    WjGray, Most of the 80s boats are sound, the...

    WjGray,

    Most of the 80s boats are sound, the difference between the specimens is often cosmetic (expensive cosmetic, such as hatches, upholstery, leaking portlights, sails).

    If a boat has a...
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    As usual Maine Sail (R C Collins) covers the...

    As usual Maine Sail (R C Collins) covers the waterfront:

    https://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/terminating_small_wires

    I set myself up for D-sub, the tiny terminals for tiny wires. Microscopic...
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    Scraper, yes. Heat gun with scraper or putty...

    Scraper, yes.

    Heat gun with scraper or putty knife, yes.

    For a large varnished surface like companionway stairs, a heat gun is the only rational way and is just about effortless.
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    I went back to varnish for the handrails. ...

    I went back to varnish for the handrails.

    With a good base (probably seven coats), I have redone the varnish twice in three years. Light sanding, two coats. Takes an hour or two. Most of that is...
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    This Sonar transducer wire had an enormous...

    This Sonar transducer wire had an enormous connector that wouldn't fit through the binnacle guard tube. Manufacturer said splicing it was absolut verboten!

    Meh. I just twisted together the wires...
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    Nice shape to the instrument pod. When I was...

    Nice shape to the instrument pod. When I was looking I found most of them clumsy looking.

    You have much more data now that the Apollo missions, Chichester (paraffin running lights), or the...
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    I was about 25 and my father and I entered a...

    I was about 25 and my father and I entered a double-handed race in his early 36-foot Newick trimaran. The triangular race course started at Sandy Hook, went down the New Jersey Coast to about...
  8. However, in my experience, if the scratches show...

    However, in my experience, if the scratches show a different color there's not much you can do.
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    Try lashing the dinghy to the side of the boat....

    Try lashing the dinghy to the side of the boat. That usually works to get from Point A to Point B.
  10. As I understand it (and that's 11 percent max),...

    As I understand it (and that's 11 percent max), portable devices are the main source of frustration. The desktop seems to work OK for most, but phones and tablets are a bridge too far.
  11. post first, then pull to desktop and then use...

    post first, then pull to desktop and then use paint to rotate?

    The first thing I do is find the original photo on the computer (not in any collection or other convenient program that displays...
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    Butyl tape is fine. Buy it from Compass Marine...

    Butyl tape is fine. Buy it from Compass Marine (Maine Sail), rather than WM or an RV shop. (I had to throw my WM butyl away as it became little more than goo.)

    But I use butyl tape only for...
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    Yours looks like a 1/2" Balmar pulley, which...

    Yours looks like a 1/2" Balmar pulley, which should work fine with a 3/8th belt.

    Everything I know comes from Maine Sail, who discusses pulleys and much else here:
    ...
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    It looks pretty normal to me after an hour or so...

    It looks pretty normal to me after an hour or so break-in. (It's OK if the belt rides low in the pulley as long as it reaches the "bottom."_

    Installed 100A Balmar here:

    ...
  15. The owner needs to to explain the issue. I...

    The owner needs to to explain the issue.

    I believe the headliner in the forward V-berth has been removed for inspection (wrinkles) and the trim piece (screws visible in photo; they were...
  16. I would investigate further. There is...

    I would investigate further.

    There is evidence of water incursion on the forward starboard shelf and above. Is that related to the cracks?

    As regards the photo evidence, note that it is...
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    Just pull sheet out of blocks and twist the twist...

    Just pull sheet out of blocks and twist the twist out. Try hand coiling it the “wrong way”. Perhaps your boom blocks are lockable, which resists the phenom a bit. otherwise this is periodic...
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    I don't know why taboo, any more than rocks,...

    I don't know why taboo, any more than rocks, sandbars, mud, tree trunks and motorboats on autopilot.

    Seems to me the risk varies locally. When I was growing up, NYC piers were rotting off and...
  19. You've probably seen this thread, but when...

    You've probably seen this thread, but when Merrimist had this problem it turned out to be the ground.

    the batt to engine neg terminal had not been cleaned. ...Indeed after more work that was not...
  20. >>>when I activate the start button, nothing...

    >>>when I activate the start button, nothing happens, especially after anchoring out.

    I'm curious how/when the engine eventually starts when this happens.
  21. Well, maybe the trailer connectors are an issue....

    Well, maybe the trailer connectors are an issue. But if they look like new--who knows?

    I have never understood the need for a bus bar when removing the trailer connectors. Why not just butt-slice...
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    https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1988/ericson-38-2...

    https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1988/ericson-38-200-3548645/
  23. Part 2, "Moving up to a Larger Boat"--25-Minute Video

    Starring an Ericson 381:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYwOmtvEB8U&t=955s

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  24. I think that a failed bellows would be not quite...

    I think that a failed bellows would be not quite so catastrophic.

    I carry latex cloth and hose clamps. I plan to wrap the spouting bellows, wrap with line, then complete the seal with the hose...
  25. I have that one. Works well.

    I have that one. Works well.
  26. I ran into this when I had 30 gallons in the tank...

    I ran into this when I had 30 gallons in the tank and needed it empty for installing inspection ports.

    My attempts at a siphon didn't work (tank fuel level too close to sole level), and a $10...
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    Meantime, run the pressure water and pump the...

    Meantime, run the pressure water and pump the foot pumps at the same time.

    The pumps lose their prime and introduce air in the pressure system. It is often necessary to use that trick (which I...
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    Try Google Images for Ericson 39 Flush Deck....

    Try Google Images for Ericson 39 Flush Deck. Might get some photos of decks.

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    Welcome aboard. This will help with uploading...

    Welcome aboard.

    This will help with uploading photos: http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/showthread.php?12998-Adding-Photos-to-a-Forum-Message

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  30. I think they can run anywhere convenient--just...

    I think they can run anywhere convenient--just not where we'll be standing or sitting on them when working under there.

    All that matters is no sharp turns in the cables, which may mean that...
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    Funny you should ask, Bob. I am currently...

    Funny you should ask, Bob.

    I am currently halfway across the Pacific on my own paddleboard, but unlike that guy I am doing it standing only on one leg. I use the other leg to hold my camera and...
  32. I like Ericsons, but not enough to go...

    I like Ericsons, but not enough to go cross-country. Lots of good sailboats on the east coast.
  33. Thank you. I have a new novel coming out in...

    Thank you. I have a new novel coming out in October. There aren't many stories with yachts in them, I hope some of us will enjoy it.

    Video introduction: https://youtu.be/98vU5AjkE1E
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    Misery. The bleedin' faucets are often hard to...

    Misery. The bleedin' faucets are often hard to get to.

    There exists a standard tool ( a basin wrench) that might help. Or not.

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  35. The aerosol can also works to cool beer if you...

    The aerosol can also works to cool beer if you don't have a refrigerator. It is a very simple thermodynamic phenomenon that I find easy to understand.

    What I don't understand is how come those...
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    Yeah, it can be hard to tell after many years. ...

    Yeah, it can be hard to tell after many years.

    My impression is that earlier Ericsons used mahogany, teak came later.

    In this picture, teak left, mahogany right. I made the fiddles of my...
  37. A headache. Sounds like the owner listed with a...

    A headache. Sounds like the owner listed with a broker and put in on eBay too. Hmmm.

    My take on yacht brokers is that they're valuable. Least so with a cold call demanding to see a certain...
  38. I'm exploring the topic of moving up in size in a...

    I'm exploring the topic of moving up in size in a few videos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ2iaRhnQZk&t=527s

    I agree that the 38 isn't intimidating compared to 30-footers, its just...
  39. I agree that the comparison boats are not market...

    I agree that the comparison boats are not market equivalents.

    Big deal 32-3 to 38 in lifestyle terms? Meh.
  40. Really great. Also, you must have the best and...

    Really great. Also, you must have the best and shiniest gimballed stove in our fleet.
  41. I'm impressed. Wow, in fact, especially if shoal...

    I'm impressed. Wow, in fact, especially if shoal draft comes in handy.

    For this specimen an offer of 18K sounds a bit lowball. At least be armed with other competing local boats for sale to...
  42. If there's a public listing, posting the link...

    If there's a public listing, posting the link will help draw opinions.

    This sounds like a project boat. They require time and tools and cash.

    What you pay is not as important as the...
  43. Mike, As you walk around on the deck, feel for...

    Mike,

    As you walk around on the deck, feel for soft spots (not the anchor well lid). There shouldn't be any.

    Glance over the exterior hull for signs of traumatic collision. There shouldn't be...
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    Hove to means slowly fore-reaching. The wheel...

    Hove to means slowly fore-reaching.

    The wheel should be lashed hard, turned all the way "heading up" (max turn). Jib is backed. Mainsail is eased or reefed or allowed to luff, that's what balances...
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    Ericson 33. Please put your boat and engine in...

    Ericson 33. Please put your boat and engine in your signature line so we don't have to remember. Settings/My Settings/Edit Signature

    These are probably not big diesel concerns. Sounds like...
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    And of course, after portlight replacement, if...

    And of course, after portlight replacement, if the existing stained teak is more or less in one piece, you can fair it and paint it.
    ...
  47. Parts 1 and 2--Moving up to a Larger Boat (video)

    What's the learning curve from daysailer to cruising boat?

    My daughter Alex is finding out.

    https://youtu.be/eZ2iaRhnQZk

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    Why would you suggest diesel? Marine diesel...

    Why would you suggest diesel?

    Marine diesel is dyed red. Gas station diesel is clear. Taxation is the difference.
  49. This is a bigger project than it looks and a 38...

    This is a bigger project than it looks and a 38 is a big first boat.

    Tempting, though.

    Just be sure not to have a job, small kids to take up your time, or a credit card balance:).
  50. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/universal-...

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/universal-5411-cooling-system-failure-and-fresh-water-conversion-36861.html

    Post #3 suggests the Sherwood was part of the conversion kit, and mentions...
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