Loose Rudder – Teflon Film Solution

The idea is to let the rudder down a few inches….maybe 4 or 5″….and insert a shim around the post, on top of the rudder, then jack or lever the rudder back up in place.  Several here have done this….I used 0.015″ thick, about 3″ wide…..it’s lasted at least 6 years & still is good. I was able to do this without disconnecting anything, although some have disconnected autopilot mechanism and/or quadrant. Also did narrower band in upper bearing, mostly by “stuffing”. Warren C-380 #44   Teflon sheets- carried by Small Parts, Inc, Miami Lakes, FL (305)-557-8222, but they may not be in business anymore. I ordered 0.005″, 0.015″, and 0.030″, applied to base and top of rudder shaft with salt water grease (strips about 3″ high after dropping the rudder slightly using car jack support), as a temporary fix for the season. Total job took 15 minutes. This

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Cleaning interior window shades

Hi All, I noticed last season, that most of my pleated window shades were starting to look dirty and had lots of black mildew and bug stains on them. Replacing them is expensive. I found an easy way to have them looking like new. Remove them, fill a bathtub with about 4″ of HOT water, some laundry detergent and about 2 cups of real liquid bleach. Mix it up well then put the shades in to soak (opened up). I swished them around gently and let them soak for about 45 min with an occasional light agitation.   After a few good rinsings with cold water I dried them in the sun. All the mildew spots are gone. They look like new now and I got a chance to really clean the cabin roof where they attach. It would be great to know if there is anything I could spray

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Tachometer Acting Up

My tachometer started acting up. At engine idle it would read zero revs and as you slowly open the throtlle the revs jump up to 3500 and then settles around 4000 with the engine probably at 2800 or so which is where we usually cruise. I looked at the sender unit, pulled the wires off and noted significant corrosion. Cleaned terminal with fine emery paper and sprayed liberally with Corrosion Block. Restarted engine and to my relief the problem was fixed with tach behaving normally. I am thinking of spending some time with the engine and doing that with all the electrical connections. Sooner or later they will all corrode. BTW I replaced the oil pressure sensor (very surpising but it was only about $9.50) and the engine oil warning light and buzzer are working normally again. Trevor Rabie Dionysus C387 #8 Yanmar 3JH3E I had the same experience and

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Head: Fresh Water Flush

I use the head sink drain as a source of fresh water for flushing the head. I added a Y diverter valve to the head inlet hose. In one direction the valve connects toward the existing head inlet thru hull, and in the other direction it connects toward the sink drain hose. Also added a one-way fitting to the sink drain hose just above the thru-hull so lake water can’t be sucked in when flushing. In fresh water mode I turn on the sink faucet, let the sink fill a bit, and then flush the head. If I want to use lake water (or salt water in your case) turn the valve in the other direction. Works well. Jeff JC387 <>   We fresh water flush on my 387 but didn’t change any plumbing at all. Simply close the seawater intake through-hull so you don’t suck in saltwater and fill

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Mattress Replacement

In 2004, I got a Tempurpedic mattress custom shaped to replace the original from Tempur Marine, which is apparently now Artisan’s Mattress http://www.artisansmattress.com/ . Some of the best boat bucks I have ever spent. Still loving it today. Chris s/v MoonSail 1993 CM38 cc #26 www.MoonSail.com

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Antifreeze Types

Jeff mentions “OATs” so I thought I would elaborate on that from a website http://www.recycool.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1:antifreeze-today&catid=9:recycool-articles&Itemid=7 (The bolding and underlining are mine and may relate to the sludge some of us have found in our heat exchangers.) “Automotive antifreeze/coolant is made of ethylene glycol, water, and a chemical additive package. For many years, there was only one type of antifreeze on the market, conventional green. Antifreeze technology has become significantly more complex in the last several years with the introduction of Dexcool and other extended life antifreeze formulas. Currently, there are three main types of antifreeze on the market. They all contain an ethylene glycol base, water, dye and an additive package. What makes them different is the additive package. Conventional green antifreeze formulations usually contain a number of inorganic corrosion inhibitors that provide immediate corrosion protection because they maintain the pH of the solution (buffer it), but are consumed or

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Changing Antifreeze on Yanmar

The below advice, from Mack Boring, is for the Yanmar 3GM30F, but is essentially the same procedure for most engines: “Coolant Change – Yanmar 3GM30FC (Japan, circa 1999)Coolant Change – Yanmar 3GM30FC (Japan, circa 1999) Background: Yanmar accepts the following antifreeze applications in their products, present and past models: Ethylene glycol-Changed annually regardless of hours of operation. Extended Life Antifreeze or Coolant (Meets or exceeds ASTM D3306 & D4985) Changed every two years or 250 hours whichever comes first. Yanmar Ultralife YG30 Dex-Cool Long Lfe Coolant Havoline Extended Life Antifreeze Benefits of extended life coolants: reduces hard scale build up better heat transfer no phosphate or silicate formation long term corrosion protection for aluminum, bronze and cast iron improved water pump life Thomas J. Watts Technical Support, Mack Boring & Parts Company 908-964-0700 ext. 286   Equipment List: 0.5 gal Dexcool-type Extended Life Antifreeze (ex. Prestone 5yr/150000mi) Or 1

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Refrigerator Insulation

Insulating the box from the hanging locker is actually the easiest part of the project. I did it a while ago to get rid of the condensation on the locker wall. I’m now doing the rest of the box and it is a lot more work. In the locker figure out where you are going to drill the holes. Put vertical strips of 2″ wide blue tape and drill the holes in the center of the strips. Drill 3/8″ diameter holes into the void. I spaced the holes about 6″ apart. Start the foam at the bottom and work up. The foam will expand out of the holes so be prepared to wipe it away if it looks like it will go beyond the tape. You will learn to get it so that only a small tails comes out, leave it. After it cures, trim it off with a knife,

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Refrigeration – Discussion

HI, I’m in the process of installing a completly new refrigeration system. In removing the original equipment I found the installation to be lacking. The refrigerant lines run from the compressor to the box in what appears to be a PVC pipe. The lines were insulated for about 6″ from the box and a foot from the compressor. For the entire 12’/14′ run through the PVC there was NO insulation. In fact the two lines were twisted together and taped every 2 -3 feet. This has to have effected the effiiency of the whole unit and probably contibuted to condensation. I don’t know if this was a Friday afternoon boat issue, or if everyone has the same condition. If you can get into the aft locker, you can see into the PVC pipe to check the situation on your boat. Removal of the piping was quite easy. I’m not sure

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Batten Cars – Discussion

Does anyone have experience with Ronstan ballslide batten cars on a Charleston mast? Strongly considering getting a set for the full length battens as the batten compression makes the mainsail somewhat difficult to > hoist and requires a trip on deck to pull it down when dropping. Appears to be a great product, not requiring a track, thus much less money than Harken and others. Also allows for addressing the batten slides only vs. replacing all slugs, as would be required with a special track. Leon Akula-San Francisco C380#144   Leon, I installed the Ronstan Battslide Cars 2 years ago, when I bought new sails.You will need more than just the batten cars, there are cars in between the battens as well. It works well for me. I too didn’t like much having to go forward to pull down the sail. In practice it depends on how quickly and accurately

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