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  1. Another Engine Panel Upgrade - Pt. 2

    (Continued from Part 1):

    The original black engine panel frame was in pretty good shape. The panel-back has a slight rim around the mounting flange which leaves a shallow void behind the screw holes. I think this is why it often cracks beneath the screws. I filled this void with epoxy around all the screw holes. The black plastic itself is pretty flimsy and the panel was deformed somewhat form having the old gauges clamped against it, but it cleaned up nicely with black spray paint. ...

    Updated 06-05-2019 at 09:33 PM by Kenneth K

    Maintenance and Mechanical
  2. Another Engine Panel Upgrade - Pt. 1

    Hereís my posting of my recent Universal engine panel upgrade. The real nuts-and-bolts of engine panel and wiring upgrades has already been posted, thankfully, by C. Williams and T. Metzger (see CW-1, TM-1).

    My write-up assumes youíve already done Modifications A, B, and C posted in the second link. Still, having done those upgrades, a single, undetermined short disabled my entire panel (by repeatedly tripping the 30A supply fuse) during my first start-up this season. The ratís-nest ...

    Updated 06-01-2019 at 12:14 PM by Kenneth K

    Maintenance and Mechanical
  3. Muffler Mod for an Olson

    There is an old saw about choosing whether to "raise the bridge or lower the river" and after our new engine was installed we had to deal with this kind of decision.

    To wit: the distance from the top of the exhaust elbow on the engine needs to be XX inches above the top of the water lift muffler body in order to avoid possible back flow.
    Our former Universal diesel had a higher cast "neck" than the new Beta. The Beta has an optional higher one, but it would ...

    Updated 05-30-2019 at 09:24 AM by Loren Beach

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  4. New Spectra Topping Lift

    The original Ericson topping lift was heavy stainless wire, coated in vinyl. I've tossed it, but the effective diameter was 3/8ths or more. It was dirty--how do you clean a fixed topping lift? I was unable to easily check the top shackle. The swaged loop at the foot of it connected to the internal leader with a shackle, which made a rather clumsy thing banging around overhead. And the leader had meat hooks, from which my regular application of failing vinyl tape provided a nice flag blowing ...

    Updated 07-12-2019 at 11:30 AM by Christian Williams

    Maintenance and Mechanical
  5. Sailing school in Greece because of my YouTube channel!

    A lot has changed since my last first and last blog entry. I made it from Mid-Michigan down to Cleveland and bought my Ericson 35 Mark ll. I bought the bought from a marine mechanic who paid next to nothing for her from one of his customers who inherited the boat from his dad. The curtains inside literally fell to pieces upon touch. Everything was filthy and moldy and there were spiders and webs all over. It was a mess. My daughter and I stayed the weekend to clean out the inside.

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