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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  6. 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
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  13. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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...
  21. 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....
  22. 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...
  23. 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,...
  24. I'm sure this will be an interesting discussion!...

    I'm sure this will be an interesting discussion! I asked a local mechanic about this for my universal 16 hp 5416 diesel engine. He said it should be run at cruising rpms, idled as little as possible...
  25. Our ice box has a Norcold conversion kit which...

    Our ice box has a Norcold conversion kit which turned it into a refrigerator. The installation is fairly straight forward and it allows us to go cruising for weeks at a time. Meat placed against...
  26. That's what makes this site so great! A problem...

    That's what makes this site so great! A problem that seemed insurmountable and potentially expensive generated very helpful replies and advice, and now it's fixed! :egrin:
    Good work!
    Frank
  27. Hi, More tools: you will need a crimper for...

    Hi,
    More tools: you will need a crimper for electrical connections, Allen keys, a sharp knife, possibly a drill and drill bits, large pliers or pipe wrench, Teflon tape, electrical tape, cable /zip...
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    Joliba, I think you win the prize for figuring...

    Joliba, I think you win the prize for figuring this out. :)
    I think that's the right explanation.
    Frank
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    Ok, that all sounds logical. However, some boats...

    Ok, that all sounds logical. However, some boats have water heaters but no expansion tank. How do they manage, without spraying coolant when the pressure rises?
    Still a mystery, I think. ☺️
    Frank☺️
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    So then does anyone have an explanation for why...

    So then does anyone have an explanation for why some of our boats have both a metal expansion tank with pressure cap and a plastic overflow tank with a nonpressurized plastic cap, while others have...
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    The hoses from our expansion tank go to / from...

    The hoses from our expansion tank go to / from the hot water heater - - I'm wondering if a hot water heater requires the expansion tank, and boats that don't have a water heater may not need the...
  32. The order is the same as on our 1984 E30+. It...

    The order is the same as on our 1984 E30+. It looks like you've done a very nice job. I'm not at our boat, so can't comment on the fuses.
    Frank
  33. Hi, I agree with Leslie that this merits a bit...

    Hi,
    I agree with Leslie that this merits a bit more attention. The Ericson manuals indicate quite strongly that alignment should be within .002 of an inch (that's thousands), about the thickness of...
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    Hi, The wheel brake is simple to apply and...

    Hi,
    The wheel brake is simple to apply and remove (just a knob to turn), and that will keep the boat reasonably on course for a quick washroom break, snack, sail adjustment, etc. I have an...
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    Hi, You asked about the traveller on the E30+....

    Hi,

    You asked about the traveller on the E30+. I'm not sure that earlier years were the same, but on our 1984 E30+ the traveller is on the cabin top in front of the dodger, with lines led through...
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    26235 HI, As the owner of a 1984 E30+ for the...

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    HI,
    As the owner of a 1984 E30+ for the past 13 years, sailing on the BC coast (Gulf Islands, San Juan islands, Desolation Sound, Discovery islands, Strait of Georgia), I am a bit biased. ...
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    Yeah, Ken, that's one very sweet and impressive...

    Yeah, Ken, that's one very sweet and impressive yacht!! But how would I single hand her, given that I single hand about 70% of the time??: :)
    Frank
  38. Fernando, congratulations on your boat purchase!...

    Fernando, congratulations on your boat purchase! None of those recommendations sounds difficult to me, though they might require some learning on your part.
    This is a great site, with many...
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    Hi, All boats (and most houses, cars, etc....

    Hi,

    All boats (and most houses, cars, etc. etc.) are a compromise, because few things in life are absolutely perfect. So a boat may be perfect in some conditions, but not others, perfect for a...
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    Well I hope you enjoy the movie--it's hard work...

    Well I hope you enjoy the movie--it's hard work buying a boat, or anything else of significance like that. Thanks for your explanation of your search--it sounds like you are doing everything right...
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    I have been inside an Ericson 29, 30+ (ours), 32,...

    I have been inside an Ericson 29, 30+ (ours), 32, 34, 35, 36. I think there is a big difference between the layout of the 29 compared with the others. If you are now wondering if a larger 32 or even...
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    So sorry to hear that! It's very unfair! But...

    So sorry to hear that! It's very unfair!
    But sometimes life is like that, and maybe a much better deal will come along with a boat in better shape! There are lots of good Ericsons on the west...
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    Seaward is still in business. You could phone...

    Seaward is still in business. You could phone their technical department, have them guide you through the start process, and advise on next steps or needed parts of it won't start properly.
    Frank
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    If I recall correctly from the instructions on...

    If I recall correctly from the instructions on the oven door, also available on line I think, the process is a bit different, and I also thought ours was broken. I recall there being a one minute...
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    Ken, I also found the gloss and semi gloss too...

    Ken,
    I also found the gloss and semi gloss too bright for the interior cabin and sole. But I have been pleased with the effect of a half and half mix of satin and semi gloss. It retains the muted...
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    Thanks, Kevin! That's reassuring. I do have two...

    Thanks, Kevin! That's reassuring. I do have two of the silver air circulation fans which do put off some heat, and I have a small ceramic heater with thermostat and auto shut off if it tips over....
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    That looks like a very nice little heater! 👍...

    That looks like a very nice little heater! 👍
    Frank
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    That's great! Thanks! 😊 Frank

    That's great! Thanks! 😊
    Frank
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    Hi Geoff, thanks for your reply. Do you know how...

    Hi Geoff, thanks for your reply. Do you know how much actual heat those rods produce? I would guess maybe a couple of degrees warmer in the boat with them, but I'm not sure.
    Frank
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    Thanks for your reply, Toddster. That's...

    Thanks for your reply, Toddster. That's reassuring. I sail a few times per week in the winter, so winterizing isn't very practical, and we don't usually get this cold in Nanaimo, BC.
    We were away...
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