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    Bob, I don't have a spinnaker pole yet, just now...

    Bob, I don't have a spinnaker pole yet, just now investigating all the parts/hardware involved in setting one up. I was under the impression that pole length would likely equal the "J" dimension of...
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    Geoff, Bruce, I think Bruce covered it well. ...

    Geoff, Bruce,

    I think Bruce covered it well. Only bits I can add:

    I did tap a few holes in the mast this summer to attach a new halyard horn-cleat. I was surprised how easy it was to tap and...
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    I've also found that this site's software doesn't...

    I've also found that this site's software doesn't like "tall" pictures. If your photo is taller than it is high, and you crop it down to a "wider" picture, the site will more likely upload it...
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    Kerry, Thanks for the info and the diagram. ...

    Kerry,

    Thanks for the info and the diagram. I checked my 323 manual for Spinnaker diagrams, but it doesn't show any hardware info. Sounds like 1-1/4" track is a way to go.

    Thanks for the...
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    Ok Bruce. Thanks for checking.

    Ok Bruce. Thanks for checking.
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    Sure Kerry (and Bruce) that'd be great if you...

    Sure Kerry (and Bruce) that'd be great if you could.

    All the Genoa car tracks on my boat are 1 1/4, so one thought is to keep the mast track the same (ie, a mast ring car can be used as a...
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    Spinnaker Pole track for E32

    I'm looking at adding a t-track and sliding ring car to my mast for whisker/spinnaker pole use. Anyone know the size of the factory installed mast track on E32-35s? 1"? 1 1/4"? Doest it matter much?
  8. Thread: Engine Use

    by Kenneth K
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    Poll: Frank, Yes, the comment is overly...

    Frank,

    Yes, the comment is overly simplistic. Therein lies the beauty and wisdom of it.

    Of course there are exceptions and outliers, and we all know the story of the old woman with the '65...
  9. Thread: Engine Use

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    Poll: The very first boat broker I met in 2015 when I...

    The very first boat broker I met in 2015 when I started looking for sailboats made an interesting comment. He said, "You're looking for 50 hours per year on an auxillary diesel. Any more, and that's...
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    On Mariah, the fifth mast exit plate is to port,...

    On Mariah, the fifth mast exit plate is to port, and looks to be the highest of all the exit plates. As such, I use this (the highest) for the port spin halyard, the middle for the pole lift, and...
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    I couldn't think of the name of this stuff when I...

    I couldn't think of the name of this stuff when I originally posted, but here's a pic.

    27848 Actually, I've never used Lonocote either, but I believe it's similar to this stuff. Lanolin based,...
  12. Man, that Acacia flooring looks amazing. Better...

    Man, that Acacia flooring looks amazing. Better color and graining than real teak, plus, it's gonna last forever.

    And, Geoff, I posted about this elsewhere, but I had a hard to find leak under...
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    I don't know of any built-in weaknesses with the...

    I don't know of any built-in weaknesses with the late model 32s.

    The Universal M25 diesel has a few standard issues though: the original alternator bracket can crack the gearcase and render the...
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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?
  17. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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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    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...
  25. 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...
  29. 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.
  30. 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...
  32. 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...
  34. 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...
  36. 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...
  41. 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...
  43. 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...
  46. Yeah, but I forgot the PV=nRT part....

    Yeah, but I forgot the PV=nRT part....
  47. 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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