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In Topic: Bilge Pump Discharge question

01 February 2016 - 06:05 AM

Oh, I've heard some interesting stories of gate valve failures.

The most benign is the handle shearing off. It gets worse from there.


I had one where the gate was entirely gone..    Actually got a USCG warning because that particular valve was the head discharge and they could not verify it was closed.  I knew it wasn't working properly (it was just above the waterline) but it wasn't until I replaced it that I found the gate was completely gone!  

In Topic: Generator for Emergency back up

27 January 2016 - 03:50 AM

My power outages are generally only a few hours.  Not worth keeping another infernal combustion engine around and maintained for that.  These things just don't like to start unless exercised (exorcised?) regularly in my experience, and I am not the type to fire up the old genny on the weekends for shits.



1000 Watt Sine wave inverter and a deep cycle battery in a box.  Price is about that of a cheap gas generator, but it can live for years being topped off my a 5 watt solar panel inside my garage and can provide all the backup power I need.  I've seen commercial products "solar generators" and such but any random average sailor should be able to put together an inverter system without much trouble.


With gasoline shelf life being counted in days thanks to ethanol and other formulation changes I just don't need another carburetor around the house....  Worst case power outage I figure I will just swap it out with my truck battery and drive around for an hour to recharge.  Not the most efficient but oh well.

In Topic: 7.1 in Alaska?....

25 January 2016 - 03:43 PM


Scared a couple bears..............

...probably woke 'em up....



I have to figure the 45 degree temps have done that.  Quake wasn't all that bad here except my well is muddy now :(  Few things weren't where I left them around the shop.


I'll never look at a hardware store the same however... Death traps!   Watch the security video.  Had there been people in those aisle they would have been screwed!



In Topic: Replacing standpipe with seacock and through hull.

17 December 2015 - 03:53 PM

Get an "Oops arbor" and drill it out from the outside.   Problem I had with a standpipe on my last good old boat was the pipe had suffered Dezincification.   




In Topic: Volvo 2003b fresh water recirculated pump HELP

17 December 2015 - 03:38 AM

I think it would be pretty easy...


Ditch the heat exchanger, pump etc.  Raw water pump re-routes to block and thermostat re-routes to exhaust elbow.  Done; maybe with a few pipes and plugs to purchase and the thermostat.


Fresh water system:



Raw water: