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    Some of us keep the water tank low unless heading...

    Some of us keep the water tank low unless heading off on a cruise.

    On the 381, the 40-gallon tank (more than 300 pounds) under the starboard berth creates most of the list.
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    Result of common list of vessel at rest?

    Result of common list of vessel at rest?
  3. Remove the sideways pix using "Manage...

    Remove the sideways pix using "Manage Attachments." Put the pictures on the desktop, confirm the orientation, and "save" them before uploading. They can't be fixed once uploaded, deleting and...
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    Remove the sideways pix using "Manage...

    Remove the sideways pix using "Manage Attachments." Put the offending pix on the desktop, confirm the orientation, and "save" them before uploading. They can't be fixed once uploaded, deleting and...
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    Limit is five per post. No limit on posts. Save...

    Limit is five per post. No limit on posts. Save photo to desktop to confirm orientation before uploading. Try to use a desktop, the software gets confused by mobile devices.

    If photo uploads...
  6. Ian't that device on the lower drum a capstan...

    Ian't that device on the lower drum a capstan lock? Looks like it's supposed to rotate in and engage the matching cutouts on the drum. If so, it would be in the "unlocked" position in the photo.
  7. My fuel tank, which sits on a shelf under the...

    My fuel tank, which sits on a shelf under the quarterberth, is secured with one tab and bedded in expanding foam--by the factory. No straps. The lid of 5/8ths ply was both screwed and glassed down....
  8. That particular job takes time, even for a pro,...

    That particular job takes time, even for a pro, if it's to come out right. Hence money.

    Try a local "handyman." It's not so much skill required as a willingness to take on a challenge--without a...
  9. When troubleshooting I move the shift lever on...

    When troubleshooting I move the shift lever on the trans by hand, maybe with a wrench for leverage.

    That eliminates the cables and controls from the equation.

    Probably you're doing that, too. ...
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  11. Gift Copies

    For a signed gift copy with inscription, let us have some notion of what to say and where to send the book.

    Send check made out to East Wind Productions, Inc. for $22 ($18.95 plus $3 media mail)....
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    In response to Max, my Eastport Pram only weighs...

    In response to Max, my Eastport Pram only weighs 65 pounds wet. It's easy for one person to leverage it over the side, or haul it back up. The lifelines are the handy fulcrum.

    A small inflatable...
  13. The ideas in fiction are mysterious and sort of...

    The ideas in fiction are mysterious and sort of seduce you and guide you, and none of my writer friends are able to say where they come from.

    But the sailing stuff, oh yes, certainly from...
  14. Hmmm. I'd probably ask a local boatyard for a...

    Hmmm. I'd probably ask a local boatyard for a recommendation.

    First thing to try on the drain tube is a coat hanger wire. Some boats have a copper tube, most have a short hose. A jet of hose...
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    Forespar has many recommendations for your money....

    Forespar has many recommendations for your money. A fixed ring works fine.
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    Hard to see the split in the photos. If split,...

    Hard to see the split in the photos. If split, I'd replace it.

    The corrosion doesn't look that significant, to me at least.
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    FWIW, a fixed ring on the mast may work fine and...

    FWIW, a fixed ring on the mast may work fine and save money.

    For a whisker pole, the height of the ring above deck is the same for all percentages of roller furling (with the same genoa jib).
    ...
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    Poll: It does sound like the prop. But then, the quest...

    It does sound like the prop. But then, the quest for a half-knot more speed is fairly Quixotic in my world. Yes, there is the humiliation, on the five-hour morning motor to Catalina (often no wind...
  20. "Rarotonga" by Christian Williams/Gift Copies

    Print and Kindle published today. Audiobook on Audible in a week.

    Gift copies see later post.

    Video: https://youtu.be/Hw39kJ-4rsk

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    Poll: Herb, what's the evidence of "underpowered?" ...

    Herb, what's the evidence of "underpowered?"

    Trouble maintaining six knots?
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    Pictures are always good. That's a very...

    Pictures are always good.

    That's a very different setup from the 381.

    Good greasing. Grease is god.
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    Poll: Engine Use

    My '84 ERicson 381 has about 2200 hours, according to the previous owner's immaculate records. He changed hour meters (Hobbs meter) a while back, so the new instrument reads about 400. (Hour meters...
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    Bob, We use the engine about the same, by...

    Bob,

    We use the engine about the same, by those numbers--50 hours a year, or so.

    I'll start a poll to see what engine hours typically are, and the extremes.
  25. Sticky: Ugh. We appreciate your perseverance, Sean.

    Ugh.

    We appreciate your perseverance, Sean.
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    I'm Curious how a boat gets 5,000 hours on the...

    I'm Curious how a boat gets 5,000 hours on the diesel. Any obvious explanation?

    That's something like 170 hours a year for 30 years, which is an hour of motoring every other day.

    On average....
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    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/photo-yach...

    https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/photo-yacht-slams-dock-at-port-angeles-boat-haven/

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    That's a honkin' big corner wheel. I had a...

    That's a honkin' big corner wheel.

    I had a smaller wheel, even bought a cover for it to stop marking up the boat.

    If fell off the dock. Hmmmm. Should've tightened the screws. Diver couldn't...
  29. My rig looks in the photo like a trip hazard (now...

    My rig looks in the photo like a trip hazard (now that I look at it), but in the real world it isn't. When not in use it just lies passive.

    Whichever combination of blocks you use, perhaps...
  30. Most of the furler lines I see run along the...

    Most of the furler lines I see run along the bulwarks, guided by blocks on the stanchions.

    And on the port side, since Ericson put spinnaker pole mounts on the starboard foredeck.

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    You'll need to provide a lot of photos so folks...

    You'll need to provide a lot of photos so folks can see what the challenges are.

    I suggest going around the boat with a cell phone camera and photographing every part, inside and out.

    The...
  32. If the original tube in the stem is useless now,...

    If the original tube in the stem is useless now, I'd drill it out and glass in a new one.

    A little awkward working through the V-berth door, and might need some creative maneuvering.

    Is a...
  33. It's called plastic T-molding, widely available....

    It's called plastic T-molding, widely available. For example, https://www.amazon.com/Johnsonite-T-Molding-CD-XX-Material-Vinyl/dp/B01N5FETYW

    Instead of "teak", I chose white. It matches the...
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    My '84 381 was set up just as Loren's Olson is. ...

    My '84 381 was set up just as Loren's Olson is.

    There must have been a reason for the vent shutoffs on the E34. Anything in the manual?
  35. By all means get a chartplotter, they're cheap,...

    By all means get a chartplotter, they're cheap, simple and better than the GPS in a car. Airmar will make a compatible sonar transducer that glues on the interior hull and you can just leave the plug...
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    Those four philips machine screws in the picture...

    Those four philips machine screws in the picture secure the upper rudder bearing to the deck of the cockpit.

    My guess is that they're loose.

    There are nuts below. Tighten them up. It will...
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    There are adapters in the world of Pex, Qest and...

    There are adapters in the world of Pex, Qest and Sharkbite--and confusion. It's hard sometimes to know the identity of what you've got.

    As far as I know--somebody correct me--the '80s boats used...
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    old gray hose Probably Qest. Impossible to...

    old gray hose

    Probably Qest. Impossible to spell or remember. https://www.plumbingsupply.com/polyb.html
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    i'd hire a freelance boat painter to do the...

    i'd hire a freelance boat painter to do the transom in two-part paint, and have him (and everybody else) vote on a chip match.

    It only has to be "close" since the transom and hull are always in...
  40. Schaefer will know. Just recall that if you have...

    Schaefer will know. Just recall that if you have an Ericson aluminum channel under the traveler track, that's also a factor.

    Many current traveler cars and accessories won't work in the channel...
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    3) Steering Pedestal Base: has a corrosion...

    3) Steering Pedestal Base: has a corrosion perforation that goes all the way thru the base casting (but curiously not in the vicinity of any of the big mounting bolts). Am wondering if this is a...
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    Yes, the belt drive of these things needs to be...

    Yes, the belt drive of these things needs to be sluiced out with water -- sometimes twice a day. That stops much of the noise.

    Brief demo here:...
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    Big fan of EV-100. Good under sail up to waves...

    Big fan of EV-100. Good under sail up to waves and whitecaps, good all the time when motoring.

    Video review: https://youtu.be/IzXkixctc74
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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...
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