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  1. parclan

    Front Page - scotw

    +1!!!!! A short sided reprobate, indeed.
  2. My son and I flew our Asym spin this weekend for the first time ever. It is a small spin on my Bene First 375 - the kind with the saddle that buckles over the furled jib. Anyway, it was the only sail up on a long, hot, slowish, slog with wind angle about 20 degrees off DDw. The TWS was about 12 knots. The take down did not go well for us, and the sail did tried to sein for shrimp. But we got it back in without incident or damage. How do you douse the asymmetrical spin of it is the only sail up? No main sail to hide behind?
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    SA Front Page has gone

    It really isn't much of a web site anymore. And that's a real bummer. Now its just a forum with ads. I try to avoid the (invariably lame and too often neglected) front page as much as possible. Regardless of your political flavoring, I am always surprised by how much he thinks people care about his political views. I am embarrassed for him.
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    Asymmetrical spin (only) takedown

    So how do you hoist the main if you're already headed almost downwind? It requires heading up into the wind, and with the asym spin already up, thats a problem.... I think what we needed to do (better/more of) was dump the sheet all the way as we rounded up and just let it flutter aft until over the boat as we come into the wind. Then when as much of it as possible was fluttering over the deck, start dropping the halyard and gathering in as fast as possible, with the tack being released last - to keep it from going aft behind the boat all the way. if I can convince either of us to do it again, I may just try that approach.
  5. I replaced my batteries and took a serious look at how I have them secured and shimmed in place in the battery box. Here's the question: can I squirt some of that expanding foam insulation in a few select places to keep things from sliding around? I have a strap across the top of both keeping them snug against the bottom, but the box is bigger than todays batteries. Currently there wood blocks wedging them in. For air flow I wouldn't do it all around, just on ends.
  6. Rigging inspection today turned up this; he drilled a small hole to stop the spread. What's a good course of action from here? Boat is a two spreader mast.
  7. parclan

    Anyone used Kiwigrip and removed it?

    TRGeek- I have it on my boat and am still impressed with the durability. Surface prep has been the key - areas we did a poor job of prep (abrading the existing surface and cleaning thoroughly) are areas that have flaked off - like around a small piece of trim or something. But otherwise, it has held up very well so far after 20 months and we are on the boat 2-3 times per week.
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    I posted before about my possible head gasket issue on my Bene First 375's Volvo penta 2003b. Turns out I only had to have the injectors rebuilt, and the old gal purrs just fine now. Sort of.... So after the mechanic reinstalled the rebuilt injectors, and adjusted the idle speed up a bit, he left a crush ring at the last injector and we had a massive exhaust leak inside the boat. Took me while to find it, and after using all the bad words when replacing a section of exhaust hose, discovered the exhaust spewing out at the injector. He fixed that. I know have lower rpm/ top speed - down from 6.7'sh to topping out at 4.9 - 5 kts and at lower top end rpm than before. My tach has never worked well so I have to go by sound and vibration. Mechanic suggested my prop could be an issue... So 2 diver fees later confirms my prop is slick and opens/closes just fine. Mechanic came back and readjusted the throttle back to where it was in the beginning. Still best speed at 4.9kts and at lower top end rpm than before. Boat bottom is clean - diver every 90 days. Prop is fine. Oil is fine. Transmission fluid is fine. Exhaust is clean with good water flow. Engine runs smooth but has lost power/boat speed. Just for grins I flushed the raw water cooling side with barnacle buster and its fine. And the water pump is a year old and I checked the impeller - looks like new. What could it be?
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    Well, here's an update: tech came and took it apart, taking the head and all related parts back to the shop. Injectors had fouled too..The head was being sent over to another place that check it for cracks. We were in line waiting our turn, and initial thoughts were we had a blown head gasket. Then along comes a big storm called Harvey. The diesel shop is gone, as well as our engine parts. I hope everyone is safe, and that shop is one of hundreds and hundreds to be hammered. This one will take us a while to get out from under, its pretty dang bad. Insurance claim started. We will see how it plays out. All around, everyone has had a real good kick in the the anodes.
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    You make the assumption that one sits in front of a screen watching for responses; sorry, but I do not. I post when I post, and there may have been 44 or 144 posts betwixt. Its the best I can do. Thanks all, for the helpful insights. Looking forward to getting underway soon.
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    Sailak, best response yet, and everything I have found on line confirms what you said. Theyare come back next week to begin the surgery _ on the boat. Stay tuned.
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    Yup, I got the price from our local parts house this afternoon.
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    Ok kids, here is a brief update: The resident Volvo penta guru came out and looked her over, ran her under load, and got her to act up. His conclusion, based on what he thinks is leaking coolant being combusted ( according to very sooty water in the whitish smokey exhaust and that kinda sweet smell of coolant with it, plus not achieving full rpm under load despite proper settings) is that it's a bad head gasket or worse, a cracked head or maybe even a cylinder - and to my knowledge these cylinders are not sleeved. They are proposing to yank the engine and open it up at their shop to fully diagnose the issue _ for just over $2k. Then fix it for more $, and reinstall. Or repower if it can't be fixed So, I think I am going to spend a couple weekends with my downloaded engine manuals and take the thing apart. I'll know if its the head gasket or not when I get to that point. I can buy the new head gasket for $150, plus I figure another $500 or so for lost parts. And then if I still have to pull the engine because its something terminal, I can do so then. One of my elder sons is a certified diesel mechanic and he assures me I can't screw it up really, really badly. I am going to start a marine diesel repair business.....
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    I'll update details later, but what's a price range to repower a 37' sailboat that had a 28HP diesel? Bummed out at the dock...
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    So, here's the latest: after 2 sea trials at full throttle/power to try and get full rpm and boat speed, adjusting air and fuel, setting and resetting throttle settings, checking rpm, we're back to the same place! At one point, we (mechanic) did get the rpm back up and speed was better, but we had too much smoke (white) for the mechanics taste. So he re-fiddled to resolve smoke, but rpm and speed came down. The latest conclusion is the now it must be the injection pump.... I have new lift pump, new fuel filters, new fuel lines, new exhaust hose, rebuilt injectors, divers checked the folding 2 blade prop and pronounced it in fine shape, bottom gets diver every 90 days and was just done within the last 30 days.... The engine runs as smoothly as ever and starts right up from cold with no issue. How the heck could it be the injection pump? Do I have another option than spend another $1200 plus labor for that pump?
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    Diesel has me stumped....

    J I'm back. I Since the last post, I have blamed the mechanic, and they sent a new guy. He checked all the basics as detailed above. Suggested it was likely a fuel lift pump as I had zero suction from it, even straight out of a can. He fiddled with this and that, checked rpm and idle speed, ran it up and checked rpm, then suggested I try a new lift pump. So I put on a new one today, and Presto! Absolutely no change at all. Zero. So in summary, I have rebuilt injectors, a new lift pump, a new exhaust hose, I changed both fuel filters, and while I was at it, changed the oil and oil filter. A diver has checked the prop and pronounced it slick and clean. The engine does run smoothly. She is still running at lower rpm and at reduced power. I used to top out at 6.75 knots under power, now its 4.9. What the heck is going on?
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    The Pulse 600 Saved My Life

    Great write-up. I've seen you out there, CW, and watched with a sense of increasing, I don't know - despair.... I have also followed you around the race course in Lasers years ago (and folks - the man is GOOD). I, too, went to KP (`81) and used to own a Corsair 28R. Loved it, loved it, but it was a bit too athletic for us after our older sons left home, so we went back to dragging lead around (I have a special needs daughter so the accommodations are more important now, and the Admiral doesn't like a bucket). Switched boats a few times over the past eleven years, and have settled on one for the moment to finish a bucket list solo trip to Key West, then she's for sale, pronto. Been thinking about what's next... and I do believe you are on the right track. Thanks for sharing.
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    Exhaust leak

    I have an exhaust leak somewhere and I cannot find the bloody thing! The leak began after my mechanic removed and then reinstalled the freshly rebuilt injectors. There was not a leak before that. I have since replaced the hose from the engine (Volvo Penta 2003b) to the muffler thing because it had an obvious bulge in the bottom and it was at least 25 years old. The rest of the hose from there to the transom is semi-buried behind the diesel tank and impossible to get at. It only fills the aft cabin with toxic deadly fumes when I run the engine.... any ideas?
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    Exhaust leak

    Blitz, nope to the crankcase hose. I mean, the amount of exhaust is bad. We motored around the marina tonight to back her in stern first and the stink was really bad - even with the ports open and fans on. Bad! I know this is not a sexy topic, but help a sailor brother out. We are (literally, if it ain't fixed) dead in the water...
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    mondo bondage

    I think its a grand idea. I did the same thing sorta: bought a 32 year old Ben First 375 and have spent a year of weekends fixing/replacing/learning. My new VW cost more than the boat did, and that just takes a major stress out of boat ownership. The old gal sails like a dream, is holding its own in local races, and the whole thing has just been... pleasant. Much much more so than the same sized boat we went from which cost +4x what this one did and was much newer. I think there is a bunch to be said for making these kinds of boat choices, and I suspect there are lots of folks walking the docks thinking the same thing. Its about being on the water and having fun. Bravo to you and good luck!
  21. My 85Benefit First 375 has a likely head gasket failure (white smoke for exhaust, a little sluggish, and the coolant just leaked out into the pan under the engine). This is a Volvo penta 2003b diesel. Does anyone know if his can even be done anymore? Is this a major overhaul? Is,a new engine cheaper?
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    Ouch. Head gasket is failing - I think

    Allow me to sweeten the mix: I am at a dock 50 miles from home. I also noticed the normally strong water flow out of the exhaust was much less. Checked the impeller and it is clean (raw water pump was replaced about 50 hours ago). All of the fresh water coolant had leaked out and pooled under the engine. I refilled it. I need to either try and limp the boat home and hope the engine lasts getting out of this marina and through about 1 mile of channel, and the same on the home end, or leave it here and look for a local mechanic. Both channels have commercial ship traffic .....
  23. I want to install an autopilot on my wheel steered 37' 17000lbs sailboat. I have no idea of what I am looking at when I read about them on line. Is it something a bafoon can install? Do I have to buy it through a local marine shop and have them do it? Gracias
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    Want to install an autopilot

    So, to answer the questions about what I want it to do: I want it to keep the boat (a Bene First 375) steady long enough for me to adjust sails or use the head or grab a meal and maybe take a nap for a couple hours. I do not see myself needing more than that. Helping me tack would be handy. Will the Raymarine plastic POS handle these chores, or do I need to spend more?