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    That must be what the seacocks (ball valves) are...

    That must be what the seacocks (ball valves) are for. No other good reason to put valves on drains that exit above the w/l.

    Edited to add: other than maybe to slow the demise of an...
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    Yeah, I suppose epoxy-tapped threads that don't...

    Yeah, I suppose epoxy-tapped threads that don't penetrate the lower surface would be a good permanent fix to access the drains. I'll add that to the list.
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    Some good ideas all around. Does anyone know...

    Some good ideas all around.

    Does anyone know the construction of the cockpit sole in the vicinity of those drains? I've been concerned about repeatedly removing/inserting the screws for the...
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    Ericson center cockpit drains

    Trying to solve the age-old Ericson problem of the center cockpit drains during winter. I guess on some boats it's the outboard scuppers that drain via a through-hull in the galley. On my boat it's...
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    I got a new Forespar 12-18 for about $800 when...

    I got a new Forespar 12-18 for about $800 when West Marine had their liberal price matching scheme going. Last time I checked, WM had restricted the price matching rules quite a bit.

    Shipping...
  6. Rare find on ebay--Schaefer rope clutch

    Rare find on ebay.... Schaefer triple rope clutch. Like the one I originally had on Mariah. Couldn't find these when I looked for a replacement 2 years ago. Says its new. He also has double...
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    I just bought a Forespar LC10-18 whisker pole for...

    I just bought a Forespar LC10-18 whisker pole for my E32 last year. Says it's for boats up to 33ft. I'm thinking too small for an E38.
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    Year-round on the hook with no AC, I keep 6...

    Year-round on the hook with no AC, I keep 6 Dri-z-air pots spread around the boat all the time -- 5 in the cabin and one in the engine compartment. I buy the refill powder in 10lb jugs at...
  9. Google credits the term to: "A slang math term...

    Google credits the term to: "A slang math term that means "goes in to" Made famous be the character Jethro Bodine in the American situation comedy The Beverly Hillbillies. Feb 21, 2017"
  10. I have a Cole Hersee BP 24-series relay in my...

    I have a Cole Hersee BP 24-series relay in my parts box, waiting to be installed, so I've been following this thread.

    On a different note, it seems I read somewhere that the relay is supposed to...
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    Here's what you get if you disassemble the...

    Here's what you get if you disassemble the tilt-out bin under the galley counter-top:

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    A ton more space in the cabinet and lots of spare teak wood for other projects. I...
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    Thanks for the input. Frank's idea of sailing...

    Thanks for the input. Frank's idea of sailing year-round was clearly the best. However, I still travel sometimes half the month for work, which is probably more dry days than we'll have every month...
  13. Thread: Butyl Tape

    by Kenneth K
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    I just mounted two deck organizers and a line...

    I just mounted two deck organizers and a line clutch with Mainsail's butyl tape. First time I've used it. I'm really satisfied with it. I was concerned about its use in 50 degree temps, but it's been...
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    Keeping Sails on for the Winter

    Was just curious how many North Westerners leave their sails up all through the winter? I've always removed mine and stored them indoors about this time of year. My main concern about leaving them...
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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?
  22. 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...
  23. Thread: Engine Use

    by Kenneth K
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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,...
  26. 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?
  31. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  39. 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...
  43. Thread: Tool Reviews

    by Kenneth K
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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.
  44. 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...
  46. Thread: running hot

    by Kenneth K
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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...
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    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...
  50. 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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