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  1. jasonsansfleece

    Gluing batten to Tape Drive Sail...

    If you use the 5200 buy the fast cure if you don’t want to wait three or four days for it to dry
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    Flushing a Westerbeke diesel with oil in coolant

    We did it. First thing, opening the block drain valve and nothing comes out. Remove the valve completely and the block is completely solid with sediment, hard dark gray sediment. Had to dig 3 inches horizontally through the stuff till it would drain. Something for another day. We then flushed it the way I had asked about in the first post, ran 15 gallons of fresh water through it adding some detergent and monitoring what came out for soap bubbles and oil. New thermostat, gasket and hose. It took a while but we had to row water out and make a trip to the hardware store and NAPA for various bits and pieces, lunch. Quality time with the owner and she’s happy it’s done. Thank you,
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    Flushing a Westerbeke diesel with oil in coolant

    The engine has already been started and so I imagine oil has been distributed around the engine cooling system but I could start by siphoning off the contents of the coolant tank Two hours and 20 minutes to go,
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    Flushing a Westerbeke diesel with oil in coolant

    All suggestions greatly appreciated and accepted until 8 AM Eastern standard time Wednesday when I have to go and do this
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    Flushing a Westerbeke diesel with oil in coolant

    I would think the oil is already floating on the coolant. If I just drain the coolant through the valve at the bottom of the block won’t the oil just deposit itself on all the metal surfaces as the fluid level drops. Wouldn’t a flow of water through the engine with detergent in it emulsify the oil and carry it out? Apparently a 1 quart bottle was up ended into the coolant reservoir but as soon as the oil started to overflow the bottle was removed. Depending on the prior level of coolant there might be a cup or so of oil in there. painfully prone to over analysis
  6. So, it’s a old Four-60 that had oil put in the coolant. If I were to remove the thermostat, reinstall the housing, connect a freshwater supply to the housing and put the original hose to the housing into a bucket. Start the engine and introduce a little detergent with the freshwater and collect what comes out in the bucket. Would this work or have I got it all wrong? Hose connections the right way round?
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    Refinishing interior deck - low effort options?

    You could try this stuff, great for cleaning any gelcoat that has no pretension to a shine,
  8. jasonsansfleece

    Stable Centerboard Dingy

    Wayfarer or CL16 Not modern or asymmetric but will do everything else the OP asks for.
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    Best Tow Vehicle For US1

    I have a 1985 diesel Volkswagen golf and a 2011 diesel Jetta wagon. Both of them will tow any dinghy I’ve owned at their normal cruising speed (cars’) and up any launch ramp, CL16 being the heaviest. We did travel to one launch ramp and when I saw it was sand I decided against it. The only time you would want 4wd.
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    Best Tow Vehicle For US1

    That’s very funny, I can’t wait to try that on my Land Rover driving friend
  11. jasonsansfleece

    Bilge drain tubing

    In this application I would use trident marine series 149 bilge/live-well hose. It’s reasonably flexible and smooth, and is a well-made hose. Install it with new hose clamps and don’t buy the cheap ones (clamps or hose) 11/8” is $3.75 per foot at Hamilton marine
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    Y-Valve to switch between potable water tanks

    You can make a manifold out of PVC portable water fittings from the builders merchant. In the picture the line out is at the top and the two tanks feed the valves (The picture might be upside down and so the above might not be correct but I hope you get the gist)
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    Buoyancy Bag Replacement

    Thanks everyone. I think the TPU backed nylon is the ticket,
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    Buoyancy Bag Replacement

    Breakthrough. Good old Brits and their dinghy culture, but Crewsaver and Holt don’t have the right size bags, to much compromise. At Steam flyers suggestion I was looking at Canoe bags and found one with a fabric description. This was the clue I needed. There is a type of nylon fabric, in various weights, weaves and colours with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coating on one or both sides. It’s water and air tight, up to a point, and you weld the two TPU coated sides together with an iron. There are all these people out there making things with this fabric and there’s lots of info on the Internet on how to do it. The cost of fabric is less than buying ready made buoyancy bags, I can reuse the good quality screw together inflation valves, a simple rectangular pillow to weld together (he says) and I get the size I want.
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    Buoyancy Bag Replacement

    I have these two buoyancy bags that were custom-made by a company called Yachtsaver some 20 years ago. They leak air through the fabric and they are no longer color fast, they turn the bilge pink. They need replacement. The bags offered by Crewsaver and Holt are too short and the wrong diameter. I could use two per side but there’s no ideal permutation and the mounting would have to change and there would be less buoyancy available. If I could find the right fabric and an appropriate adhesive I would make my own. I’ve tried using Google but I’m not coming up with anything. The original fabric is some relatively lightweight nylon that had a proofing on the back face. What might that fabrics name be? I have found one or two manufacturers of custom water and fuel bladders but they’re all using a heavy fabric. Has anybody made their own buoyancy bags or know of anyone who can makes them?